With the third 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 3:
College Football Week 3 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Tagovailoa became the first quarterback in Alabama history to throw for 400 or more yards (444) and five touchdowns in a contest. The junior also connected on 28 of 36 throws, including an 81-yard touchdown toss to Henry Ruggs in the first half.
Defensive Player of the Week: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Simmons recorded 11 tackles (3.5 for a loss) and two sacks in Clemson’s victory over Syracuse on Saturday night.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Jeff Grimes, BYU
Grimes called a solid game on Saturday, as BYU recorded 430 total yards (5.8 per play), converted 7 of 16 third-down attempts and zero turnovers in an upset win over USC. The Cougars chipped away at the Trojans with 154 yards on the ground, while quarterback Zach Wilson accounted for 290 total yards and two scores.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Jeff Knowles, Temple
Temple’s defense led the way in a 20-17 upset victory against Maryland. The Terrapins entered Saturday’s game averaging 71 points a contest but were held to just 17. The Owls also held Maryland to just 4.0 yards a play, allowed only five conversions on 21 third-down attempts and forced four sacks. The Terrapins went just two of six in red zone scoring chances.
Team of the Week: Kansas
The Jayhawks pulled off the biggest upset of Week 3 by beating Boston College on Friday night. Kansas was upset by Coastal Carolina in Week 2, but coach Les Miles’ team didn’t let that loss hang over this team. Thanks to a balanced attack, the Jayhawks averaged 7.9 yards a play. The defense held the Eagles to 5.1 yards a snap and did not allow a point in the second half.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Dillon Gabriel, QB, UCF
Gabriel connected on 22 of 30 throws for 347 yards and four touchdowns and guided UCF’s offense to 45 points in Saturday’s win over Stanford.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Dee Winters, LB, TCU
Winters helped TCU’s defense limit Purdue to just 13 points and 204 total yards in Saturday’s 34-13 win. The freshman collected three tackles (two for a loss) and one sack.