With the seventh 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 7:
College Football Week 7 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Joe Burrow, LSU
Burrow led the way for LSU’s offense in a prolific performance against one of the top defenses in the nation. The senior quarterback connected on 21 of 24 throws for 293 yards and three scores and added 43 more yards on the ground.
Defensive Player of the Week: Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina
Mukuamu was instrumental in South Carolina’s upset over Georgia. He recorded 11 tackles and three picks, with one of the interceptions returned for a touchdown in the first half.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Eddie Gran, Kentucky
With Terry Wilson out for the year due to injury, and backup Sawyer Smith less than full strength, Kentucky turned to receiver Lynn Bowden at quarterback for Saturday’s win against Arkansas. Gran maximized Bowden’s ability, as the Wildcats ran the ball 54 times for 330 yards and ended the night with 418 total yards (6.3 per play). Bowden gashed Arkansas for 196 yards and two scores on the ground and added 78 yards and a touchdown through the air. The ability to improvise around the injuries and maximize the pieces on the roster earns Gran a spot in the Week 7 awards.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Alex Grinch, Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s defense has improved significantly since Grinch arrived this offseason. The Sooners limited Texas to just 310 yards (4.2 yards per play), did not allow a completion longer than 22 yards, forced four three-and-outs and generated nine sacks in Saturday’s win.
Team of the Week: South Carolina
The Gamecocks scored one of the biggest upsets of the 2019 college football season with a stunning 20-17 win at Georgia. Both sides of the ball delivered for coach Will Muschamp’s team. The offense recorded 142 yards on the ground, with backup Dakereon Joyner filling in admirably for injured quarterback Ryan Hilinski. The defense forced four takeaways, one of which was returned for a touchdown in the first half. South Carolina also limited Georgia to just 4.9 yards a play and did not allow a run longer than 14 yards.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Jayden Daniels, QB, Arizona State
Daniels connected on 26 of 36 throws for 363 yards and three scores and added a 17-yard rushing touchdown with less than a minute to lift the Sun Devils to a 38-34 win over Washington State.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Cory Trice, CB, Purdue
Trice recorded six tackles, one pass breakup and two interceptions (with one returned for a touchdown) in Purdue’s win over Maryland on Saturday.