College Football: Week 2 Players of the Week

Offense

Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville 

Bridgewater continues his early season tear with another masterful performance against Eastern Kentucky. He finished the game 23-32 passing for 397 yards and four touchdowns. Bridgewater has created quite the chemistry with wide receiver Devante Parker having thrown two touchdowns to him Saturday, bringing their total up to three. Bridgewater has been accurate this season completing over 75% of his passes, and has taken care of the ball with a 9-1 TD to INT ratio. Bridgewater is now leading the FBS with nine touchdowns, third in passer efficiency and fourth in completion percentage. Barring any major setbacks the rest of the season, Bridgewater will have a legitimate shot at being the Heisman Trophy winner.

Defense

Tennessee Defense

It was hard to select one player from Tennessee’s defensive beatdown Saturday of Western Kentucky. Tennessee was able to force five turnovers in six plays during the first quarter of action Knoxville. The Volunteers forced seven turnovers throughout the game in a 52-20 win. It began with a Justin Coleman (6 tackles, 1 TFL, an interception and a PBU) interception return for a touchdown on Western Kentucky’s second possession. Two plays later, linebacker Cameron Sutton ran an interception back from 23 yards. Sutton finished the game with four tackles and interception. On Western Kentucky’s very next play from scrimmage, senior linebacker Dontavis Sapp (8 tackles, 2 TFL, a forced fumble and recovery) got running back Keshawn Simpson in the backfield forcing him to fumble and recovered it. The ensuing possession and play from scrimmage, linebacker Brent Brewer (2 tackles, forced fumble and an interception) forced running back Antonio Andrews to cough up the ball again. The possession following Brewer’s forced fumble, Brewer intercepted a pass from quarterback Brandon Doughty at the 22 yard line. After the multiple early turnovers from the defense, Tennessee was out to a comfortable 24-3. Defensive back Brian Randolph added two interceptions and defensive lineman Jordan Williams had 1.5 sacks.

Freshman

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Offense: Jared Goff QB California

With California struggling against FCS Portland State, quarterback Jared Goff stepped up and carried his team. Losing midway through the third quarter, Goff hit wide receiver Richard Rodgers for a 75 yard touchdown strike to give Cal the lead and secure victory. Goff wasn’t the most accurate passer of the week, 33-51 for 64%, but he took care of the ball, no turnovers, and threw for 485 yards. The Golden Bears will need Goff to continue to take care of the ball if they want to upend Ohio State coming into Berkeley.

Defense: Daquawn Brown CB Washington State 

In his first ever college football start, Daquawn Brown was a key to helping Washington State knock off #25 USC. Brown finished the game as the leading tackler, 11, and added two pass breakups. Brown and the rest of the Washington State secondary held quarterbacks Max Wittek and Cody Kessler to just 54 yards of passing combined. Brown was also responsible for keeping highly touted wide receiver Marqise Lee in check throughout the game. Lee finished the game with seven receptions for just 27 yards.

Sophomores

Offense: Taysom Hill QB BYU 

Hill was the spark to the BYU offensive record setting day and 40-21 upset over the Texas Longhorns. On 17 carries Saturday, Hill gained 259 yards and three touchdowns which included a 68 yard score. Hill also added another 129 yards through the air on nine completions. The Texas defense had no answer for Hill as he recorded the school’s second most yards in a game by a player. Hill led the rushing attack of BYU to 550 total yards, the most ever in school history.

Defense: Shilique Calhoun DE Michigan State

Calhoun provided the 12 of Michigan State’s 21 points in Saturdays win over USF. He ran a fumble in from four yards in the second quarter to give Michigan State a 7-0 lead, then added a 56 yard interception return to put the Spartans up 14-7. Calhoun dominated up front recording three tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback pressure and a sack to add to his great performance. The Spartans also held USF to only 155 yards total offense, laregly due to the play by Calhoun.

Juniors

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Offense: Paul Richardson WR Colorado

Paul Richardson added another dominating performance Saturday versus Central Arkansas. Richardson caught 11 passes for 209 yards to lead the NCAA in receiving this past weekend. He also caught two key touchdowns to spark the Buffaloes victory. The first of which came on a 55 yard strike from quarterback Connor Wood to gain a 7-0 lead. Richardson’s next end zone visit came in the fourth quarter, a 30 yard reception, and proved to be all Colorado needed to secure victory.

Defense: Denzel Perryman LB Miami

Perryman played key in Miami’s 21-16 upset win over rival FloridaPerryman finished the day with 13 tackles, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry. His forced fumble came on Florida’s first drive, getting the ball back for the Hurricane’s offense to go up 7-0 early. Perryman led the defensive charge for the Hurricanes’ defense that caused five turnovers and held Florida to 122 yards rushing.

Seniors

Gallon

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Offense: Jeremy Gallon WR Michigan

In Saturday’s prime time, marquee match-up, senior Jeremy Gallon shined in the spotlight. Gallon caught eight passes for 184 yards and found the endzone three times. Gallon’s first endzone visit came when quarterback Devin Gardner hit him over the middle for 61 yards. Gallon showed impressive ability to run after the catch, causing defenders to miss and finding the endzone. Gallon had his way with the Notre Dame secondary during his career night.

Defense: Preston Brown LB Louisville

Brown had his way with Eastern Kentucky’s offensive front in Saturdays 44-7 convincing win. Brown was in the backfield all day with three tackles for loss, two sacks and three quarterback pressures. Brown also added eight tackles and a forced fumble to his performance. The senior linebacker was a key piece to Louisville’s defense holding the Eastern Kentucky offense to just 206 yards on the game.

Philip Arnold is the lead NFL Draft & College Football writer for ProFootballCentral. He is also the co-host of PFC Draft Radio. Follow him on Twitter @Philip_PFC