With the 15th 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 15:
College Football Week 15 Awards
Offensive Players of the Week: Michael Carter/Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
Carter and Williams share this award this week after combining for 544 yards and five rushing scores in the win over Miami. Carter paced the team with 308 yards, while Williams ran for 236.
Defensive Player of the Week: Talanoa Hufanga, S, USC
Hufanga recorded 17 tackles (two for a loss), a forced fumble and interception in USC’s win over UCLA.
Team of the Week: LSU
The Tigers pulled off the weekend’s biggest upset by defeating Florida 37-34 in Gainesville. LSU’s offense did just enough (418 yards) behind true freshman quarterback Max Johnson, while the defense returned an interception for a touchdown and sacked Florida quarterback Kyle Trask four times. The Tigers also forced two other turnovers and stopped a drive on downs at the one-yard line to open the game.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Phil Longo, North Carolina
North Carolina’s offense was unstoppable in Saturday’s win over Miami. The Tar Heels recorded 778 total yards and averaged a robust 10.4 yards per play. Longo’s offense posted 554 yards on the ground, with quarterback Sam Howell throwing for 223 yards on 14 completions. North Carolina connected on six of 11 third downs and did not end a drive with a punt.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Nate Woody, Army
Points and yards were at a premium in Saturday’s Army-Navy game, but Woody’s group came through in the clutch to help the Black Knights secure a 15-0 win. Army limited the Midshipmen to just 117 yards (2.8 per play), with 52 coming on one snap. Navy had just nine passing yards, converted one third down and only one drive went longer than 27 yards. Army’s 15-0 win was the first time the program earned a shutout over Navy since 1969.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Max Johnson, LSU
Johnson was steady in his first career start for LSU. The true freshman completed 21 of 36 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns and added 52 yards over 18 rushing attempts.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Eli Ricks, CB, LSU
Ricks had a huge night in LSU’s win over Florida. The freshman registered three tackles, a pass breakup and returned an interception for a touchdown.