Scout Players of the Week: Week 12

A look at the Power Five Conferences and National Players of the Week...

National Players of the Week:

Offensive Player of the Week: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
All Gordon did was rush for 408 yards on 25 carries (16.3 yards a carry for those keeping track), and reached the end zone four times in a 59-24 rout of Nebraska. Oh, and Gordon did it in just three quarters, sitting out the fourth with the game firmly in hand.

Defensive Player of the Week: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
For what the Noles offense did to help them come back to beat Miami, it was largely because of what Ramsey and the FSU defense did in the second half. Ramsey was everywhere in the game, finishing with four pass breakups, three tackles, a forced fumble, a hurry and the game-clinching interception. He added a blocked extra point too.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Jack Mitchell, PK, Northwestern
Mitchell kicked four field goals, notably the a 41-yarder in overtime to give Northwestern a 43-40 road win over Notre Dame. Overtime was possible thanks to a 45-yard field goal with 19 seconds left by Mitchell.

Conference Players of the Week:

ACC:
Offensive Player of the Week: Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina
Williams ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns and was 23-for-40 for 276 yards and a touchdown to help rally the Tar Heels to a 40-35 win over Pittsburgh.

Defensive Player of the Week: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
For what the Noles offense did to help them come back to beat Miami, it was largely because of what Ramsey and the FSU defense did in the second half. Ramsey was everywhere in the game, finishing with four pass breakups, three tackles, a forced fumble, a hurry and the game-clinching interception. He added a blocked extra point too.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Robert Aguayo, PK. Florida State
Aguayo was 3-for-3 on PAT's and kicked three field goals, from 43-yards, 37-yards and 53-yards and still has yet to miss a kick in the state of Florida in his career.

Big Ten:
Offensive Player of the Week: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
All Gordon did was rush for 408 yards on 25 carries (16.3 yards a carry for those keeping track), and reached the end zone four times in a 59-24 rout of Nebraska. Oh, and Gordon did it in just three quarters, sitting out the fourth with the game firmly in hand.

Defensive Player of the Week: Grant Haley, CB, Penn State
The freshman defensive back had three tackles but it was his 30-yard interception return for a touchdown that put the game away for the Nittany Lions and made them bowl eligible with their 30-13 win over Indiana.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Jack Mitchell, Northwestern
Mitchell kicked four field goals, notably the a 41-yarder in overtime to give Northwestern a 43-40 road win over Notre Dame. Overtime was possible thanks to a 45-yard field goal with 19 seconds left by Mitchell.

Big 12:
Offensive Player of the Week: Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
Perine went over the 200-yard mark with 213 yards on 25 carries to help the Sooners rally to beat Texas Tech. Perine had three touchdown runs, one a 64-yard score.

Defensive Player of the Week: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
Brown was a problem all game for Oklahoma State, getting in to the Cowboys backfield consistently and bringing pressure. He finished with three tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble in the 'Horns 28-7 win over Oklahoma State.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Cameron Echols-Luper, TCU
The Horned Frogs were pushed by Kansas all game but Echols-Luper turned the game around with an impressive 69-yard punt return for a touchdown that turned out to be the difference maker in the win.

Pac-12:
Offensive Player of the Week: Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
Agholor teamed up with Cody Kessler to connect 16 times, with Agholor racking up 216 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-30 win over Cal. It was the second straight 200-yard receiving game for Agholor.

Defensive Player of the Week: Nate Orchard, DE, Utah
Orchard had 10 tackles and 3.5 sacks to give the Utes their second straight win over Stanford, this time beating them in Palo Alto, and kept the Utes in the lead nationally for sacks.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Casey Skowron, PK, Arizona
Skowron kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired to give Arizona a 27-26 win over Washington. He also made a 35-yard field goal and was 3-for-3 on PATs. And one of those PAT's came after every kickers dream: an 18-yard touchdown run that Skowron ran in after a fake field goal.

SEC:
Offensive Player of the Week: Russell Hansbrough, RB, Missouri
To stay atop the SEC East, Missouri needed a win at Texas A&M, and they got it. Hansbrough led the way at running back with 199 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.

Defensive Player of the Week: Amarlo Herrera, LB, Georgia
UGA held Auburn to only seven points, the lowest for Auburn since Gus Malzahn took over as head coach and Herrera was a big part of that. He finished with 12 tackles, two tackles for loss, and an interception.

Special Teams Player of the Week: South Carolina
This has to be a team award because without, not one, but two blocks on special teams, South Carolina would have lost to Florida Saturday. Late in the fourth quarter, the Gamecocks blocked a field goal that would have given Florida a 10 point lead, then it blocked a punt with less than a minute to go down seven that led to the tying score. South Carolina ended up winning 23-20 in overtime.


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