With the third 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 3:
College Football Week 3 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Jake Haener, QB, Fresno State
Haener threw for 455 yards and two touchdowns to guide Fresno State to a huge road upset over UCLA on Saturday night.
Defensive Player of the Week: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
Hamilton was all over the field in a dominant individual performance against Purdue. The safety collected 10 tackles, two pass breakups and an interception in the Fighting Irish’s 27-13 victory.
Team of the Week: Penn State
Penn State finished a disappointing 4-5 in last year’s abbreviated season, but last year’s bad results are a distant memory in 2021. Behind a raucous home crowd in Happy Valley, the Nittany Lions scored a key 28-20 non-conference win over Auburn on Saturday night. Quarterback Sean Clifford was efficient (28 of 32 for 302 yards and two touchdowns), with Jahan Dotson (10 catches) giving the Tigers trouble in the secondary all night. Defensively, Penn State limited Auburn to 4.6 yards per play and made a key stop on the goal line late in the fourth quarter to help secure the win.
True Freshman of the Week: TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State
Henderson ran for 277 yards and three scores in Ohio State’s 41-20 win over Tulsa.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Jay Johnson, Michigan State
Johnson called a terrific game for the Spartans in Saturday’s 38-17 win at Miami. Michigan State averaged 6.3 yards per snap, converted six of 15 third-down attempts and scored touchdowns on four out of the final five drives.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Joe Klanderman, Kansas State
Kansas State held Nevada’s high-powered offense in check in Saturday’s 38-17 win. The Wolf Pack entered the contest averaging 7.4 yards per play and 35.5 points a game, but Klanderman’s group did not allow a point in the fourth quarter and limited the Wolf Pack to 5.2 yards per snap. Kansas State also limited Nevada to 25 rushing yards and sacked quarterback Carson Strong three times.