Week 13 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 13. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 13:
College Football Week 13 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
Thanks to Henry’s standout performance on Saturday, Alabama clinched the SEC West title and earned a 29-13 victory over rival Auburn. The junior recorded 46 carries (a school record) for 271 yards and one touchdown against the Tigers. Henry has rushed for at least 200 yards in Alabama’s last three SEC games and has four 200-yard performances this season. The junior is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy and will have one more opportunity to bolster his resume in Week 14 against Florida in the SEC Championship.
Defensive Player of the Week: Ty Summers, LB, TCU
The weather was awful in Fort Worth on Friday night, but TCU’s defense made sure Baylor’s high-powered offense never got on track. The Horned Frogs limited the Bears to an average of 3.5 yards per play and only just 62 passing yards in a 28-21 double-overtime victory. Summers led the way for TCU’s defense, recording 23 tackles (1.5 for a loss) and stopped Baylor running back Devin Chafin on the game’s final play to secure the win for the Horned Frogs.
Coordinator of the Week: Pete Kwiatkowski, Defensive Coordinator, Washington
Washington secured the Apple Cup and bowl eligibility with a 45-10 victory over rival Washington State on Friday. The Huskies’ defense led the way, holding the Cougars to just 10 points and 4.6 yards per play – both season-low totals for Mike Leach’s offense. Additionally, Washington scored three defensive touchdowns, recorded three sacks, eight pass breakups and did not allow a play longer than 30 yards.
Freshman of the Week: Chris Warren III, RB, Texas
Texas fell short on Thanksgiving night in a 48-45 loss against Texas Tech, but true freshman running back Chris Warren turned in one of the top individual performances from Week 13. Warren rushed for 276 yards and four touchdowns for the Longhorns, including a 91-yard score in the second quarter.
Offensive Unsung Hero of the Week: Brandon Wilson, DB/RB, Houston
Houston clinched the American Athletic Conference’s West Division with a 52-31 victory over Navy on Friday. Quarterback Greg Ward was outstanding in the win (308 passing yards and three touchdowns and 83 rushing yards), but the Cougars had an unsung hero in the form of Wilson. With starting running back Kenneth Farrow out due to injury, Wilson moved from cornerback to running back and ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensive Unsung Hero of the Week: DeMarcus Walker, DL, Florida State
Florida State’s defense dominated in Saturday night’s win over Florida. The Seminoles held the Gators to 262 total yards, generated four sacks and allowed only two drives longer than 50 yards. Walker was the catalyst for the standout performance by Florida State’s defensive front, as he recorded eight tackles (2.5 for a loss), 1.5 sacks and blocked a field goal in the second half.