With Week 14 of the 2019 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 14
College Football Week 14 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Dobbins ran for 211 yards and four touchdowns over 31 carries and added 49 receiving yards on two catches in Ohio State’s win over Michigan.
Defensive Player of the Week: Zakoby McClain, LB, Auburn
McClain recorded 11 tackles (one for a loss) and returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown in Auburn’s win over Alabama.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Eddie Gran, Kentucky
Behind receiver/quarterback Lynn Bowden, Kentucky recorded 521 total yards (12.4 yards a play) and 45 points in Saturday’s win over Louisville. The Wildcats completed only one pass but gashed the Cardinals for 517 yards on the ground. Gran’s ability to tweak the offense to fit Bowden’s strengths during the year is a big reason why Kentucky finished 7-5.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Jim Leonhard, Wisconsin
Leonhard’s defense limited Minnesota to 372 total yards, forced two turnovers and ended two drives on fourth-down stops. The Badgers also recorded five sacks, eight tackles for a loss and nine pass breakups in the 38-17 victory.
Team of the Week: Auburn
Auburn improved its record under Gus Malzahn to 3-1 in matchups against Alabama in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers were outgained (515 to 354) but made timely plays on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Bo Nix delivered clutch throws in a solid outing (15 of 30 for 173 yards) and accounted for two total touchdowns. Auburn’s defense stepped up with two interceptions that were returned for scores and forced a field goal attempt that was missed on the Crimson Tide’s final possession.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
Howell helped North Carolina clinch its sixth victory of the season by throwing for 401 yards and three touchdowns on 23 completions against NC State on Saturday night.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Tiawan Mullen, CB, Indiana
Mullen recorded eight tackles (2.5 for a loss), a forced fumble and four pass breakups in Indiana’s win over Purdue.