With the third weekend of the 2018 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 3:
College Football Week 3 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Murray completed 21 of 29 throws for 348 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 77 yards in Oklahoma’s 37-27 victory over Iowa State.
Defensive Player of the Week: Dre’Mont Jones, DL, Ohio State
Jones recorded six tackles (two for a loss), one sack, a pass breakup and returned an interception for a touchdown in Ohio State’s win over TCU.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Jeff Grimes, BYU
Thanks to BYU’s upset win at Wisconsin, Grimes earns this honor for the second time this season. The Cougars managed 311 yards (6.1 per play) against the Badgers, including 191 on the ground. In addition to winning the battle up front against a physical Wisconsin team, Grimes’ offense went two-for-two in red zone trips and did not lose a turnover.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Jim Knowles, Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State’s defense dominated the line of scrimmage in Saturday’s win, holding Boise State to just 34 rushing yards and limiting the offense to 4.8 yards a play. Additionally, the Cowboys recorded seven sacks and 10 tackles for a loss.
Team of the Week: LSU
The Tigers added another big-time win to their 2018 resume, as coach Ed Orgeron’s team defeated Auburn in a 22-21 thriller. LSU’s defense held Auburn’s offense in check in the second half, while Orgeron’s offense made enough timely plays, including back-to-back scoring drives to end the game.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Alan Bowman, QB, Texas Tech
Bowman completed 43 passes for 605 yards and five passing touchdowns in Texas Tech’s 63-49 victory over Houston.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Corione Harris, CB, Kansas
Harris contributed to Kansas’ strong defensive effort in the win over Rutgers. The freshman collected three tackles and picked off one pass.