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.
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.”
Maxwell Football Club Weekly College Football Update – Week 4
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
Steven Montez, QB, Fr., Colorado
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
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.
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.
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.