With the second weekend 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 2:
College Football Week 2 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Burrow became just the third player in LSU history to throw for 400 yards in a contest, as the senior torched Texas for 471 yards and four touchdowns on 31 completions.
Defensive Player of the Week: Evan Weaver, LB, California
Weaver is the backbone of one of the nation’s top defenses, so it was no surprise he delivered another clutch performance in the upset win over Washington. The senior collected 18 stops (two for a loss) and forced a fumble.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Jay Johnson, Colorado
Colorado’s offense was shut out in the first half of Saturday’s win over Nebraska, but this group came alive over the final two quarters. Johnson’s play-calling helped the Buffaloes score on five of eight second-half drives, including a 96-yard touchdown toss in the fourth quarter. Colorado finished the game with 464 total yards (5.9 a play), went 6-of-17 on third-down attempts and averaged 13.4 yards a completion.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Brent Venables, Clemson
The Tigers limited Texas A&M to just 289 yards (4.2 per play) and only 10 points in Saturday’s 24-10 victory. Clemson’s defense stuffed the Aggies’ ground game (53 yards) and did not allow a play longer than 20 yards.
Team of the Week: LSU
The Tigers scored the biggest victory of Week 2 by winning 45-38 against Texas. Quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 471 yards and four touchdowns, and three LSU receivers topped the 100-yard mark. The Tigers gave up 530 yards, but this unit made two key stops in the red zone to prevent the Longhorns from scoring in the first quarter.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Kedon Slovis, QB, USC
Slovis shined in his first career start, connecting on 28 of 33 throws for 377 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-20 win for USC.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue
Karlaftis has made an instant impact in his first two games on campus. The true freshman recorded four tackles, one quarterback hurry and a key pass breakup in Saturday’s win over Vanderbilt.