Week 12 of the college footballseason is in the books. The weekend slate provided plenty of highlights, big plays, standout performances and surprises.
With another weekend of action in the books, it’s time to hand out the hardware to honor the best of the best from Week 11. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 12:
College Football Week 12 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
Prescott carried Mississippi State to a 51-50 victory over Arkansas on Saturday night. The senior completed 38 of 50 passes for 508 yards and five touchdowns and added 46 yards and two scores on the ground. The 508 passing yards were a career best for Prescott, while the senior became the ninth player in SEC history to score seven touchdowns in a game.
Defensive Player of the Week: Ejuan Price, DL, Pittsburgh
Price and the Pittsburgh defense dominated the line of scrimmage in Saturday’s 45-34 win over Louisville. The Panthers held the Cardinals to minus-one rushing yards and recorded seven sacks. Price was responsible for most of the damage, recording six tackles for a loss, five sacks and 10 overall stops.
Coordinator of the Week: Harlon Barnett, Co-Defensive Coordinator, Michigan State
Michigan State’s defense delivered one of its best performances of the season in Saturday’s 17-14 win against Ohio State. The Spartans owned the line of scrimmage, limiting the Buckeyes to just 86 rushing yards and never allowed a drive longer than 32 yards. Additionally, Barnett’s defense surrendered only 46 passing yards to quarterback J.T. Barrett, with the longest pass completed at 16 yards.
Freshman of the Week: Shannon Brooks, RB, Minnesota
Minnesota kept its bowl hopes alive and earned the first victory with Tracy Claeys as the team's permanent coach with a 32-23 win against Illinois on Saturday. Brooks was a key cog in the victory, recording 174 yards and three scores on 17 carries. He also caught four passes. The 174 yards was Brooks’ second-highest rushing total in his brief career at Minnesota.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Chris Johnson, QB, Baylor
With Seth Russell out for the year and Jarrett Stidham sidelined with an ankle injury, Baylor was forced to turn to Johnson against Oklahoma State to keep its playoff and Big 12 title hopes alive. While coach Art Briles is one of the nation’s top offensive minds, Johnson was converted to receiver in the offseason and had yet to throw a pass in 2015 prior to Saturday night. All Johnson did was complete 5 of 10 passes for 138 yards and two scores and rush for 42 yards and a touchdown on six attempts in a huge 45-35 victory in Stillwater.