With the ninth 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 9:
College Football Week 9 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: CJ Verdell, RB, Oregon
Verdell carried the Oregon offense on Saturday night, running for 257 yards and three scores over 23 attempts and adding 56 yards on four receptions. Verdell’s 89-yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter was the longest run of his career.
Defensive Player of the Week: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
Young recorded six tackles (five for a loss), four sacks and two forced fumbles in Ohio State’s win over Wisconsin.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Courtney Messingham, Kansas State
Messingham’s offense was instrumental in the upset win over Oklahoma. The Wildcats averaged 5.8 yards per play, controlled the time of possession (38:08), went 6 of 13 on third-down conversions and scored six times on the ground. After a three-and-out on its first drive, Kansas State proceeded to record eight consecutive scoring drives to help open up a 48-23 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Dave Aranda, LSU
LSU’s defense held Auburn to just 287 yards (4.2 yards a play) and forced six three-and-outs in a 23-20 victory. Aranda’s group recorded one takeaway, registered three sacks and allowed only one drive to extend beyond 50 yards. Additionally, seven of Auburn’s drives failed to generate more than five yards. Of Auburn’s 130 rushing yards, 70 came on one play.
Team of the Week: Kansas State
Kansas State became the third unranked team in three weeks to pull off an upset over a top-10 team. Thanks to a solid performance on offense and a few timely stops on defense, the Wildcats stunned Oklahoma 48-41 in Manhattan. Kansas State’s offense pounded the Sooners for 213 rushing yards and six scores on the ground, while quarterback Skylar Thompson (18 of 28) was efficient through the air. The Wildcats gave up 497 yards but forced two takeaways that the offense converted into 14 points. New coach Chris Klieman was regarded as one of the top hires last offseason, and as evidenced by Saturday’s outcome, has already made quite an impact on this team.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Max Duggan, QB, TCU
Duggan connected on 19 of 27 throws for 273 yards and two touchdowns and added 48 more yards and a score on the ground in TCU’s 37-27 upset over Texas.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Cam McGrone, LB, Michigan
McGrone led Michigan’s defense with 12 tackles and played a key role in limiting Notre Dame’s offense to just 180 yards on Saturday night.