Week 9 of the college footballseason is in the books. The weekend slate provided plenty of highlights, big plays, standout performances and surprises.
With another weekend of action in the books, it’s time to hand out the hardware to honor the best of the best from Week 9. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 9:
College Football Week 9 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Clemson’s perfect season and playoff hopes remained intact thanks to Watson’s huge performance against NC State. The sophomore completed 23 of 30 passes for 383 yards and five scores and added 54 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Watson has not tossed an interception over the last two games and has completed over 65 percent of his passes in four consecutive contests.
Defensive Player: Travis Feeney, LB, Washington
Washington thoroughly dominated Arizona for a 49-3 victory on Saturday night. The Huskies’ defense held an explosive Wildcats’ offense in check, limiting Arizona to just 3.8 yards per play and three points. Feeney was instrumental in Washington’s dominant effort, recording 11 tackles (4.5 for a loss), two sacks, one pass breakup and two forced fumbles.
Freshman of the Week: Kyler Murray, QB, Texas A&M
The Aggies were looking for a spark on offense after scoring just three points in last week’s loss against Ole Miss. Coach Kevin Sumlin decided to switch from Kyle Allen to Kyler Murray under center, and the true freshman delivered a huge performance in Saturday’s win over South Carolina. Murray completed 20 of 28 passes for 223 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 156 yards and one score. Murray’s 156 rushing yards marked the first time in school history a freshman quarterback has eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground.
Coordinator of the Week: Mike Yurcich, Offensive Coordinator, Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State improved to 8-0 thanks to a 70-53 shootout win at Texas Tech on Saturday. Yurcich’s offense led the way in the victory, gashing the Red Raiders for 662 overall yards and the highest-scoring mark of the season for the Cowboys (70 points). Oklahoma State averaged 8.4 yards per play and scored six touchdowns over the last seven offensive possessions.
Unsung Hero: Vernon Adams, QB, Oregon
A healthy Adams makes a big difference for Oregon’s high-powered offense. In Thursday night’s win over Arizona State, the Eastern Washington transfer completed 23 of 40 passes for 315 yards and four touchdowns. The stat line doesn’t show just how valuable Adams was in the victory, as he made several clutch plays – including a fourth-down touchdown pass in regulation – to guide Oregon to the 61-55 win.