With the fourth 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 4:
College Football Week 4 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Blake LaRussa, QB, Old Dominion
LaRussa helped to engineer Old Dominion’s upset over Virginia Tech. He completed 30 of 49 passes for 495 yards and four touchdowns and added a rushing score.
Defensive Player of the Week: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Murray recorded 28 tackles in Saturday night’s overtime win over Army. The 28 tackles are the most by any FBS player since 2000.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Mike Locksley, Alabama
Alabama’s offense recorded 524 total yards and averaged 8.6 yards a play in Saturday’s 45-23 victory over Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide torched the Aggies for 415 yards through the air, went three-for-three on trips to the red zone and scored on five of their first seven drives.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): David Gibbs, Texas Tech
Texas Tech’s defense came up big in Saturday’s win at Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders held the Cowboys to just 386 yards (6.2 per play) and 17 points. Gibbs’ group pitched a shutout in the second half, generated two takeaways, recorded seven tackles for a loss and two sacks.
Team of the Week: Old Dominion
Monarchs pulled off the biggest upset of the 2018 season by defeating Virginia Tech 49-35. Coach Bobby Wilder’s team gashed the Hokies for 632 yards (7.5 per play) and 49 points, including 28 in the fourth quarter.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Lawrence completed 13 of 18 passes for 176 yards and four touchdowns in Clemson’s 49-21 victory over Georgia Tech.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Caden Sterns, S, Texas
Sterns recorded five tackles and two interceptions in Texas’ win over TCU.
Top photo of Old Dominion courtesy of ODUSports.com