Maxwell Award Players of the Week for Week 4

Maxwell Award Player of the Week – Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee, QB

Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs has been selected as the Maxwell Award Player of the Week for his performance in Tennessee’s 38-28 victory over Florida. Dobbs helped lead Tennessee rally from a 21-0 deficit to break an 11-game losing streak to the Gators.

Dobbs accounted for five touchdowns, completing 16 of 32 passes for 319 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing 17  times for 80 yards and a touchdown.

In the second half, Dobbs was 9 of 12 for 235 yards and all four of his touchdown passes were at least 20 yards. The senior has 36 career passing touchdowns, which ranks No. 5 in Tennessee history among quarterbacks.

His outstanding performance also earned Dobbs SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
 

Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week – Derek Barnett, Tennessee, DL

Derek Barnett a University of Tennessee junior defensive lineman has been named as the Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week for his dominant performance in the Vols 38-28 conference win over Florida.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound junior defensive lineman totaled five tackles, two sacks, three tackles for a loss and one pass breakup. Both sacks came in the second half, sparking a Volunteers defense that held the  Gators to 102 second half yards and a Tennessee victory.

“It was just Derek saying, ‘Climb on my back, I got this,'” Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop said, according to FOX Sports. “I’m not sure I’ve ever had a player take over a game quite like he did for us.”

Barnett’s performance also earned him co-SEC defensive lineman of the week honors. On Saturday, Georgia has the challenge of trying to stop him.

Maxwell Football Club Weekly College Football Update – Week 4

Here are the highlights of notable candidates on the Maxwell Award Watch List for the week ending September 25th.
 
Who’s Hot
 
Seth Russell, QB, Sr., Baylor

Russell threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns on 18-of-28 passing in Baylor’s 35-24 Big 12 opening win over Oklahoma State. He was also BU’s leading rusher in the game with 10 carries for 65 yards. His touchdown passes covered 38, 38, 89 and 15 yards, the 89-yarder was his career-long and the third-longest in program history. The 387 passing yards is tied for 20th on BU’s all-time single-game list. Russell threw his 50th career passing touchdown during the second quarter, joining RG3 and Bryce Petty as the only Baylor players with 50-plus career passing TDs.

Trayveon Williams, RB, Fr., Texas A&M

Williams, a true freshman, helped the Aggies beat Arkansas at AT&T Stadium 153 net rushing yards on 12 carries for an average of 12.8 per carry and scored two rushing touchdowns in the Aggies’ victory. Williams also caught three passes for a net of five yards.

Tommy Armstrong, QB, Sr., Nebraska

In a 24-13 Big Ten-opening win over Northwestern on Saturday, Armstrong had 378 yards of total offense and one touchdown. He set a career high with 132 rushing yards, including a season-long 37-yard run, and was 18 of 29 passing for 246 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. His 132 rushing yards came on 13 carries, good for an average of 10.2 yards per rush.

Mitch Trubisky, QB, Sr., North Carolina

Mitch Trubisky completed 35-of-46 pass attempts for 453 yards and five touchdowns all career highs. He extended his school record for pass attempts without an interception to 202 and set the UNC record for most passing yards in back-to-back games. Ryan Switzer was on the receiving end of 16 of his passes for 208 yards and one touchdown, setting career highs in yards and catches and tying a UNC record for receptions in a game.

Steven Montez, QB, Fr., Colorado

In Colorado’s 41-38 win at Oregon, the redshirt freshman made his first collegiate start, and had 468 yards of total offense and 23 first downs earned (8 rush/15 passing). He enjoyed the best game in a quarterback’s first start at Colorado in terms total offense (surpassing 430 by Kordell Stewart vs. Colorado State in 1992 – 409 pass/21 rush). His 135 yards rushing were the most in a debut by a starting QB at Colorado (topping the 116 by Darian Hagan vs. Texas in 1989) and is the 10th most in any game all-time at Colorado by a quarterback (and the first 100-yard game by a quarterback since Nov. 4, 2006 when Bernard Jackson rushed for 105 against Kansas State). Montez’ 468 yards of total offense were the fourth-most in a single-game in Colorado history and it was the first-ever 300 passing/100 rushing game in school history
 
The Maxwell Football Club will also honor the nation’s best defensive player with the Chuck Bednarik Award. Here is an update on standout performances from the Bednarik Award Watch List candidates.
 
Who’s Hot

Travon Blanchard, Baylor, NB, Jr

Blanchard had 11 tackles (8 solo), including a career-high 4.5 TFL in Baylor’s victory over Oklahoma State. He also had a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a PBU and a QB hurry. With Oklahoma State driving with under 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter and Baylor leading 28-24, Blanchard punched the ball loose at the BU 2-yard line and recovered it at the 1-yard line to prevent an OSU scoring opportunity.

Armani Watts, Texas A&M, DB

Watts helped lead a defensive effort that kept the Arkansas Razorbacks out of the end zone on two goal-line situations. Watts had nine tackles on the evening, with 2.5 tackles for losses totaling seven yards. He forced one fumble and recovered near the Arkansas goal line. He also broke up one pass and had one quarterback hurry. * His 4th-down stop of Arkansas kept the score tied at 17 and ended a 19-play 89-yard drive by Arkansas.

TJ Watt, Wisconsin, Jr., LB

After a dominating defensive performance, redshirt junior T.J. Watt was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. The Wisconsin Badgers’ outside linebacker recorded 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles against the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing on Saturday. He also tallied six tackles (tied for second on the team), two quarterback hurries and was credited with a pass break-up. On the season, Watt leads the team in sacks (4.5) and tackles for loss (5.5), and is second in tackles (18). He is a top the conference standings in sacks and seventh in the nation in that category.

Solomon Thomas, DL, Jr., Stanford

Thomas had three tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, and one touchdown in Stanford’s 22-13 victory over UCLA. He led a Stanford defense that held the Bruins to 77 rushing yards and 2.3 yards per rush. Thomas’ sack in the third quarter with Stanford down by seven forced a punt, and his 42-yard fumble return for a TD on final play of game sealed the Pac-12 road victory.

Treyvon Williams, LB, Jr., Florida International

Treyvon Williams missed the last two months of the 2015 season due to injury. He’s been a consistent presence since returning. Through four games, he’s reached double-digit tackles three times. Against in-state foe UCF, Williams matched a personal best with 13 tackles. The junior had three stops for loss and two sacks, both of which were career-high marks.
Feature Game of the Week
Clemson vs. Louisville Game Preview
When: Saturday, Oct. 1 – 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
TV Broadcast: ABC

College football doesn’t get much better than two top-5 teams facing of in “Death Valley” on a Saturday night in front of a nationally televised audience.

That’s exactly what faces the No. 3 University of Louisville football team this weekend when the Cardinals face No. 5 Clemson in front of 81,000 raucous fans at Clemson Memorial Stadium on ABC with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Samantha Ponder announcing.

The Cardinals, who are 0-2 all-time against Clemson, have dropped both games by a combined nine points, including a 23-17 defeat in Clemson in 2014, with the ball sitting on the Tigers’ 2-yard line on the game’s final play.

However, this time the stakes will be extremely high, but the opponent for the Cardinals remains the same in Clemson – runners-up in the College Football Playoff National Championship game.

GAME NOTES
Clemson hosts No. 3 Louisville in a top-five matchup, just the second such contest in the history of Memorial Stadium, the Tigers’ home since 1942.

The Tiger program is hosting ESPN College GameDay on Saturday, the fourth such appearance by the popular television show since the start of the 2013 season. Only Alabama has made more appearances (5) in that time frame.

Clemson is coming off its first win in Atlanta over Georgia Tech since the 2003 season. The Tigers beat the Yellow Jackets 26-7 last Thursday, and did so by limiting Tech’s high-powered option offense to a record-low 124 yards.
Jordan Leggett matched the Clemson tight end record with his 12th touchdown reception last time out. With one more, he will move ahead of John McMakin, Dwayne Allen and Brandon Ford in the record books.

Heisman trophy finalist, Deshaun Watson is one of the most dangerous players in the country on the sideline for Clemson. Through four games, Watson has passed for 996 yards and nine touchdowns, while running for another 120.

On the other side, the Cardinals have their own version at the quarterback in sophomore phenom Lamar Jackson, who leads the nation with 25 touchdowns, and is averaging 131.5 yards on the ground and 332.5 yards through the air. With numbers like that, Jackson has been the talk of college football, but the sophomore has continued to work hard and is the ultimate team player.
Clemson vs. Louisville Score Prediction: Clemson 36, Louisville 30
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