Week 14 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 14. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 14:
College Football Week 14 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
McCaffrey closed out the regular season with one of the top individual performances of 2015 in Stanford’s 41-22 victory over USC in the Pac-12 Championship. The sophomore rushed for 207 yards and one score, threw an 11-yard touchdown pass, caught four passes for 105 yards and one touchdown and added 149 overall yards on returns. McCaffrey now owns the NCAA record for most all-purpose yards in a season. Additionally, the 461 all-purpose yards against the Trojans were the most by any player in Stanford single-game history.
Defensive Player of the Week: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
Michigan State’s play in the trenches was a key cog in Saturday night’s 16-13 win over Iowa in the Big Ten Championship. Calhoun led a strong performance from the defensive line, as the senior recorded six tackles (three for a loss), two sacks, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble. He was also a big reason why Iowa managed only 52 rushing yards on 24 attempts.
Coordinator of the Week: Brent Venables, Defensive Coordinator, Clemson
The final stat sheet showed Clemson surrendered 382 yards and 37 points to North Carolina, but Venables’ defense played much better than what the statistics showed on Saturday night. The Tigers made life difficult for quarterback Marquise Williams all night long, as the senior only completed 11 of 33 passes for 224 yards. Additionally, Williams was sacked twice and lost two turnovers against this defense. Clemson also forced six three-and-outs on the Tar Heels’ explosive offense and generated eight quarterback hurries.
Freshman of the Week: LJ Scott, RB, Michigan State
Scott hard running and determination on Michigan State’s final drive clinched the Big Ten Championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff for the Spartans. The true freshman finished the game with 73 yards on 22 carries, including a one-yard score with less than 30 seconds left to give the Spartans a 16-13 edge over Iowa. Scott was initially stopped by the Hawkeyes’ defense, but the freshman running back pushed his way into the end zone for the touchdown.
Unsung Offensive Hero of the Week: Nick Arbuckle, QB, Georgia State
Georgia State picked up one of the program’s biggest wins on Saturday, defeating Georgia Southern 34-7 to earn its sixth victory and first bowl trip in program history. Arbuckle’s play was a big reason why the Panthers finished with six wins, and the senior delivered with solid performance against Georgia Southern (20 of 32 for 346 yards and three touchdowns) to propel coach Trent Miles’ team into the postseason.
Unsung Defensive Hero of the Week: William Jackson III, DB, Houston
Jackson III delivered a handful of clutch plays in Saturday’s win over Temple in the American Athletic Conference Championship. The senior posted five tackles (one for a loss) and recorded seven pass breakups – a single-game school record – against the Owls. Wilson’s seven pass breakups gave him 20 for the season, which is the most by any defender in program history.