With the second weekend of the 2021 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: CJ Verdell, RB, Oregon
Verdell led the way for Oregon’s offense in the win at Ohio State. The junior ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 34 yards and one score.
Defensive Player of the Week: Matt Hankins, DB, Iowa
Hankins was a key cog in Iowa’s dominant defensive effort on Saturday. The senior broke up two throws, recorded four tackles and picked off two passes.
Team of the Week: BYU
Arkansas, Oregon and Iowa all deserve consideration here, but let’s spread the wealth and give a nod to BYU for team of the week honors after snapping a nine-game losing streak to rival Utah. Helping to lift BYU to a 26-17 victory was strong play along the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, along with a plus-two edge in the turnover battle. Quarterback Jaren Hall completed 18 of 30 passes for 149 yards and three scores and added 92 yards on eight rushes. The Cougars also stopped two Utah drives in BYU territory and limited the Utes to just two third-down conversions on nine attempts. Also, it was a good week in off-the-field news for the program after BYU announced its intention to join the Big 12 by 2023.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Joe Moorhead, Oregon
Moorhead pushed all of the right buttons for Oregon’s offense on Saturday. The Ducks won 35-28 behind a balanced attack (236 passing and 269 rushing) to average 6.9 yards per snap. Moorhead’s group converted on half of their third-down attempts (eight of 16) and scored on all four trips into the red zone. Also, Ducks made several clutch plays in the second half and seemed to have an answer every time the Buckeyes scored.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Barry Odom, Arkansas
Odom crafted an outstanding gameplan and never allowed the Texas offense to get on track. Arkansas limited the Longhorns to four yards a snap and did not allow a play longer than 25 yards. Winning up front was a big reason why Odom’s defense won the day for the Razorbacks. Texas gained just 138 yards on the ground, and the defense recorded 11 tackles for a loss and three sacks.