With the ninth weekend of the 2020 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: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Smith torched Mississippi State’s defense for 11 catches for 203 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-0 victory by the Crimson Tide on Saturday night. Smith’s 203 receiving yards were more than Mississippi State’s entire offense recorded (200).
Defensive Player of the Week: Joseph Ossai, LB, Texas
Ossai was all over the field for Texas in a key win at Oklahoma State. He recorded 12 tackles (six for a loss), collected three sacks, forced a fumble and also notched a fumble recovery.
Team of the Week: Michigan State
The Spartans rebounded in a big way by beating rival Michigan after last week’s loss to Rutgers. New coach Mel Tucker’s squad held the Wolverines to 5.3 yards a snap and did not allow a play longer than 26 yards. Michigan State’s offense hit on several timely big plays in the passing game and churned out 126 rushing yards over 38 carries. The win ended a two-game winning streak by Michigan in this rivalry.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Chad Morris, Auburn
Auburn’s offense delivered its best performance of the 2020 season in Saturday’s win against LSU. The Tigers torched LSU for 7.2 yards a snap (506 yards), converted eight of 13 third-down attempts and had a streak of five consecutive drives ending in touchdowns. Quarterback Bo Nix threw for 300 yards and three scores, while the ground game recorded 206 yards and three touchdowns over 44 attempts.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Marcus Freeman, Cincinnati
Memphis entered Week 9 with one of the top offenses in the AAC. However, the Bearcats limited the Tigers to just 10 points and 321 yards (5.0 yards per play). Additionally, Freeman’s group allowed only four third-down conversions on 16 attempts, recorded six sacks and forced one fumble.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): D.J. Uiagalelei, QB, Clemson
Uiagalelei had big shoes to fill in replacing Trevor Lawrence on short notice. However, the true freshman shined against Boston College, completing 30 of 41 throws for 342 yards and two touchdowns and adding 25 yards and a score on the ground.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Brandon Joseph, S, Northwestern
Joseph recorded four tackles and intercepted two passes in Northwestern’s win at Iowa.