With the fourth 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 4:
College Football Week 4 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Taylor was limited at times due to injury during Saturday’s 35-14 win over Michigan, but the junior still rushed for 203 yards and two touchdowns over 23 carries.
Defensive Player of the Week: Demetrius Taylor, DL, Appalachian State
Taylor’s monster game helped Appalachian State win at North Carolina on Saturday. The junior recorded four tackles (2.5 for a loss), 2.5 sacks, intercepted one pass and forced two fumbles. Taylor also returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown in the first half.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Graham Harrell, USC
Harrell lost starting quarterback Kedon Slovis to an injury on the first drive of the game, but the offense stayed on track behind backup Matt Fink. The junior found a connection with Michael Pittman, as the senior receiver grabbed 10 receptions for 232 yards and a score. The big plays in the passing game helped the Trojans finish with 381 total yards (7.1 per play) and just enough points (30) to pull off the upset on Friday night.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Kevin Steele, Auburn
Texas A&M tacked on a couple of scores late in the game, but Auburn’s defense delivered another standout effort in Saturday’s 28-20 win. The Tigers limited the Aggies to just 56 rushing yards, generated seven tackles for a loss and three sacks and forced four three-and-outs.
Team of the Week: San Jose State
The Spartans snapped a 24-game losing streak to Power 5 opponents (since 2007) with a 31-24 upset over Arkansas on Saturday night. San Jose State was a heavy underdog to the Razorbacks, but coach Brent Brennan’s team pulled off the victory thanks to a strong effort on both sides of the ball. San Jose State’s offense recorded 503 total yards, while the defense forced five turnovers and limited Arkansas to 5.9 yards a snap.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Nebraska
Robinson ran for 89 yards and one score over 19 carries and added eight catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns in Nebraska’s victory over Illinois.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Derek Stingley, CB, LSU
Stingley’s standout freshman season continued in Saturday’s win over Vanderbilt. He recorded five tackles, intercepted one pass and broke up three throws.