With the 11th weekend of the 2020 season in the books, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor some of the top performances. Each week, Athlon Sports will highlight some of the top performers in college football with its weekly awards section. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, team, and freshman from Week 11:
College Football Week 11 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
Howell threw for 550 yards and six touchdowns and added 21 yards and a score on the ground in North Carolina’s 59-53 win over Wake Forest. Howell is the only player in ACC history to record six passing touchdowns and a rushing score in a conference game.
Defensive Player of the Week: Jaelan Phillips, DL, Miami
Phillips recorded eight tackles (4.5 for a loss) and 2.5 sacks in Miami’s win over Virginia Tech.
Team of the Week: Wisconsin
The Badgers were sidelined for the last two weeks due to a COVID-19 outbreak, but coach Paul Chryst’s team was sharp in its return to the field. Wisconsin thoroughly dominated Michigan 49-11 on Saturday night to move to 2-0 this fall. The Badgers led 28-0 at halftime and never looked back thanks to a strong effort on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Graham Mertz completed 12 passes for 127 yards, while the ground game gashed Michigan for 341 yards. Wisconsin’s defense limited the Wolverines to 4.9 yards per play on 45 snaps. Coordinator Jim Leonhard’s group also forced two turnovers and gave up just three third-down conversions on 11 attempts.