Scout Players of the Week: Week 14

A look at the Power Five Conferences and National Players of the Week from Week 14...

National Players of the Week:

Offensive Player of the Week: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Cooper reserved his seat in New York on Saturday with his performance against Auburn. He finished with 224 yards and three touchdowns on 13 receptions. That was his final game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. -- he will be a top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Defensive Player of the Week: Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona
With the Pac-12 South on the line, the sophomore linebacker had 13 tackles, five for loss and two sacks and may have wrapped up the conference defensive player of the year honors with another sterling performance. His early game sack of Taylor Kelly forced a fumble that the Wildcats took back for a score.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Harrison Butler, K, Georgia Tech
Butler nailed a 53-yard field goal as time expired in Athens, tying the score and sending the game into overtime in Athens. Eventually, Georgia Tech upset Georgia 30-24, but wouldn't have had a chance if not for Butler's late-game heroics.

Conference Players of the Week:

ACC:
Offensive Player of the Week: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
Parker caught six passes for 180-yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinals 44-40 win over Kentucky.

Defensive Player of the Week: Terrance Smith, LB, Florida State
Smith had a crucial pick six in the Florida State - Florida game. The Gators were on the verge of scoring to go up by 16-points when Smith caught a deflected pass and raced 94-yards for a score. It turned the tide of the game.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Harrison Butler, K, Georgia Tech
Butler nailed a 53-yard field goal as time expired in Athens, tying the score and sending the game into overtime in Athens. Eventually, Georgia Tech upset Georgia 30-24.

Big Ten:
Offensive Player of the Week: Gary Nova, QB, Rutgers
Nova completed 28 of 42 passes for 347 yards and fourtouchdowns as the Scarlet Knights staged their biggest comeback in program history with a 41-38 win at Maryland. Nova, a senior, had three of his receivers go over 100 yards as Rutgers rallied from 35-10 down.

Defensive Player of the Week: Joey Bosa, DL, Ohio State
Bosa had a pair of fourth quarter sacks, including one that forced a fumble and resulted in a Buckeyes touchdown to ice the 42-28 win against Michigan. Bosa finished with three tackles, and also had a pass breakup.

Special Teams Player of the Week: De’Mornay Pierson-El, WR, Nebraska
Pierson-El averaged 44.7 yards on three punt returns, which included an 80-yard score early in the fourth quarter. It was Nebraska’s third touchdown in less than five minutes and helped the Cornhuskers rally from a 24-7 deficit to beat Iowa 37-34 in overtime.

Big 12:
Offensive Player of the Week: Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Texas Tech fell short of beating Baylor, but the freshman had a huge day, completing 30-of-56 passes for 598 yards and six touchdowns. Mahomes broke the freshman record for Tech that was set by Davis Webb last season. It was the 16th best performance in NCAA history.

Defensive Player of the Week: Paul Dawson, LB, TCU
TCU won a huge road game over Texas to keep a hold on its potential college football playoff spot and Dawson was a huge reason why. He has 10 tackles, two tackles for a loss and an interception. He started the game off with a flurry making five solo tackles on the first eight plays.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Matt McCrane, Kansas State
McCrane booted two field goals in Kansas State’s easy win over Kansas, with a 52-yarder being the highlight for special teams play in the Big 12 this past week.

Pac-12:
Offensive Player of the Week: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
For the third straight year, Mariota will be the First Team All Pac-12 quarterback, and this year should be the year he wins the Heisman. Mariota helped the Ducks roll past in-state rival Oregon State with 367 yards passing and four touchdown passes and for good measure, ran for a pair of touchdowns.

Defensive Player of the Week: Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona
With the Pac-12 South on the line, the sophomore linebacker had 13 tackles, five for loss and two sacks and may have wrapped up the conference defensive player of the year honors with another sterling performance. His early game sack of Taylor Kelly forced a fumble that the Wildcats took back for a score.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Tom Hackett, P, Utah
Hackett continued his strong season with a big game againts Colorado, punting four times and averaging 55.8 yards a punt, including a 70-yard punt.

SEC:
Offensive Player of the Week: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Cooper reserved his seat in New York on Saturday with his performance against Auburn. He finished with 224 yards and three touchdowns on 13 receptions. That was his final game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. -- he will be a top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Defensive Player of the Week: Antonio Conner, S, Ole MIss
The entire Rebel defense was impressive, but Conner was a big part of that. He was all over the field and he showed up big inside the box. He finished with seven tackles, three tackles for a loss, and one sack.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Ray Drew, DL, Georgia
He left the field in tears losing to Georgia Tech, but his blocked extra point in overtime looked like it could give the Dawgs a way to win. Other than blocking the extra point, he also blocked a field goal attempt in this game. He finished with nine tackles as well.


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