NCAAF Team of the Week: Week 4

Which players really stood out this week? Who should you keep an eye on as the season progresses?

Quarterback: Luke Falk, Washington State

Luke Falk had another monster performance in Washington State’s big 45-7 victory over Nevada. Falk completed 36 of his 47 pass attempts for a whopping 478 yards and five touchdowns. The No. 18 ranked Cougars remain undefeated and their success is largely due to Falk’s excellent play. As long as Falk keeps up this level of play, it will be a very good season for Washington State.

Running Back: Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Saquon Barkley once again showed why he is the nation’s best running back in his stellar performance in Saturday night’s victory over Iowa. Barkley ran for 211 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, and caught 12 balls for 94 yards as well. Penn State is one of the top teams this season and Barkley is a major reason why they have become a powerhouse.

Wide Receiver: N’Keal Harry, Arizona State

N’Keal Harry was a beast in the Sun Devils’ 37-35 victory over the Oregon Ducks, and his strong play was a key reason why Arizona State was able to pull off this huge upset. Harry finished the game with seven catches for 170 yards and a touchdown. Thanks to Harry’s performance, the Sun Devils were able to push the No. 24 ranked Ducks out of the AP Top 25 heading into Week 5.

Wide Receiver: Keke Coutee, Texas Tech

The Texas Tech Red Raiders handed the Houston Cougars their first loss of the season this week, and Keke Coutee’s top-notch play was a major factor in Texas Tech’s victory. Coutee caught 11 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. Thanks to Coutee’s great performance, the Red Raiders remain undefeated.

Tight End: Mark Andrews, Oklahoma

Mark Andrews was excellent for the Oklahoma Sooners in their 49-41 victory over the Baylor Bears. Andrews finished the game as the Sooners’ leading receiver, as he racked up three receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown. Andrews has emerged as the favorite target of Baker Mayfield, and his strong play has helped turn the Sooners into one of the country’s best teams.

Offensive Line: Alabama

Vanderbilt defenders simply had no chance against the Crimson Tide’s absolutely dominant offensive line. Behind these stellar blockers, Alabama was able to put a whopping 59 points on the board. The Crimson Tide also had 677 yards of total offense. Their quarterbacks threw for 181 yards and they compiled 496 yards on the ground.

Defensive End: Chase Winovich, Michigan

Chase Winovich was a star in the Wolverines’ 28-10 victory over conference rival Purdue. Winovich’s strong play was a major reason why the Wolverines’ defense successfully held the high-scoring Boilermakers to just ten points on Saturday. Winovich finished the game with six tackles, three sacks, and four tackles for loss.

Defensive Tackle: Christian Rector, USC

Christian Rector followed up last week’s strong performance with another one this week. He finished Saturday night’s victory over the Cal Bears with two tackles, two sacks, and two quarterback hurries. Rector has been an anchor for the Trojans’ excellent defensive line and is a key reason why USC has had such great success on the defensive side of the ball.

Linebacker: Josey Jewell, Iowa

Josey Jewell is one of the nation’s top linebackers, and it is not hard to see why following his excellent performance against Penn State. Jewell led the Hawkeyes with 16 tackles, three of which were for loss. He also had two passes defensed and intercepted a pass, which he returned for 33 yards.

Cornerback: Myles Bryant, Washington

Myles Bryant was stellar for the Washington Huskies in their 37-10 victory over the undefeated Colorado Buffaloes. Bryant had seven tackles, one tackle for loss, and an interception which he returned for a touchdown in the Huskies’ win. Despite losing Sidney Jones, Kevin King, and Budda Baker to the NFL, Washington’s secondary is still elite and Bryant is a key part of it.

Safety: Chris Hawkins, USC

Chris Hawkins played a major role on defense for the USC Trojans in their 30-20 victory over their rival, the Cal Golden Bears. Hawkins dominated on defense for USC, as he finished Saturday night’s game with five tackles, two passes defensed, and an interception. Look for Hawkins to keep up the strong performances and continue to help lead this USC team to victory.

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Justin Boguslavsky

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