With the ninth 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 9:
College Football Week 9 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Gardner Minshew, QB, Washington State
Minshew earns this honor for the second week in a row. The senior connected on 40 of 50 passes for 438 yards and three touchdowns in Washington State’s road win at Stanford.
Defensive Player of the Week: Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky
Allen recorded 11 tackles (two for a loss), two sacks and two forced fumbles in Kentucky’s win over Missouri.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State’s offense recorded 502 yards and 38 points against Texas on Saturday night. Yurcich guided quarterback Taylor Cornelius to a standout performance, as the senior connected on 23 of 34 throws for 321 yards and three scores and 23 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The Cowboys also went 10 of 20 on third downs and clinched the victory with two crucial drives in the fourth quarter.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Tim DeRuyter, California
California’s defense led the way in Saturday’s upset win over Washington. The Golden Bears limited the Huskies to 250 yards (4.3 per play), 10 points and just four third-down conversions on 13 attempts. Additionally, California allowed only 91 rushing yards, forced two turnovers, recorded eight tackles for a loss and generated two sacks. One of the takeaways was an Evan Weaver interception returned for a touchdown, which put the Golden Bears ahead for good late in the third quarter.
Team of the Week: Georgia
The Bulldogs rebounded from their loss at LSU by winning 36-17 over Florida in Jacksonville on Saturday. Quarterback Jake Fromm threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns, while Georgia’s defense limited the Gators to 275 yards and forced three turnovers.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Tobias Oliver, QB, Georgia Tech
Oliver recorded 215 rushing yards and three touchdowns in Georgia Tech’s win over Virginia Tech.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Talanoa Hufanga, S, USC
Hufanga led USC’s defense with 11 tackles (2.5 for a loss) and recorded a pass breakup in Saturday’s game against Arizona State.