With the second 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 2:
College Football Week 2 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Jonathan Adams, WR, Arkansas State
Adams continued his hot start to the 2020 season by catching eight passes for 98 yards and three touchdowns in Arkansas State’s 35-31 victory over Kansas State. Adams’ last score came with less than one minute left to lift the Red Wolves to the upset.
Defensive Player of the Week: C.J. Brewer, DL, Coastal Carolina
Brewer was a key cog in Coastal Carolina’s road win at Kansas. The senior recorded four tackles (three for a loss) and two sacks. He also grabbed a two-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.
Team of the Week: Louisiana
The Ragin’ Cajuns scored their first road win in program history over a top 25 team on Saturday. Louisiana used two touchdowns on returns and strong efforts on both sides of the ball to beat Iowa State 31-14. Running backs Trey Ragas and Elijah Mitchell helped to lead a ground game that registered 118 yards, while quarterback Levi Lewis connected on 13 of 21 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown. The Ragin’ Cajuns held Iowa State to 4.3 yards a play and did not allow a play to go longer than 19 yards.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Rhett Lashlee, Miami
Lashlee had a successful debut as Miami’s offensive coordinator on Thursday night. The Hurricanes gashed UAB for 492 overall yards (6.3 a snap), with 337 coming on the ground. New quarterback D’Eriq King connected on 15 of 23 throws for 141 yards and a touchdown and added 83 yards and a score on the ground.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Patrick Toney, Louisiana
Toney’s debut as Louisiana’s defensive signal-caller was a huge success. The Ragin’ Cajuns limited Iowa State to 303 yards (4.3 per snap) and no play went longer than 19 yards. Additionally, Toney’s group held the Cyclones to 145 yards through the air and forced two takeaways. No Iowa State drive went longer than 31 yards in the second half.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Jeff Sims, QB, Georgia Tech
Sims shined in his first start for Georgia Tech. The true freshman connected on 24 of 35 throws for 277 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 64 more yards in a 16-13 win at Florida State.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Myles Murphy, DL, Clemson
Murphy dominated the line of scrimmage in his debut for Clemson. The true freshman recorded seven tackles (three for a loss) and two sacks in Saturday night’s win at Wake Forest.