College Football Week 8: PFF Team of the Week and Player Awards | college football

• Top QB in Week 8: PFF’s Offensive Team of the Week leads one of the most polarizing names from this recent transfer cycle, Oregon quarterback Bo Nix.

• Statement game of Alabama CB: Transfer Eli Ricks excelled in Week 8 after struggling to see the field in the first half of the season, but was beaten down for Defensive Player of the Week by an SEC opponent in Vandy.

• Another week, another Michael Meyer show: The Notre Dame tight end had another week of being the driver for the Irish traffic offense. He continues to show why he is a TE1 and the No. 13 player overall in the 2023 PFF Midseason Draft Board.

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PFF Team of the Week

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QB: Bo Nix, Oregon Ducks
RB: Damian Martinez, Oregon Beavers
RB: Titus Swain, Wyoming Cowboys
WR: Galen Hyatt, Tennessee Volunteers
WR: Luke McCaffrey, Rice Boom
WR: Roderick Burns, North Texas means green
The: Michael Meyer, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
LT: Jordan McFadden, Clemson Tigers
LG: Jackson Kirkland, Washington Huskies
A: Jake Livinggood, Oregon Beavers
RG: Brandon Keeper, Oregon Beavers
RT: Blake Fisher, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

defense

From: Jonah Tavai, San Diego State Aztecs
From: Leonard Taylor, Miami Hurricanes
edge: Owen Porter, Marshall Thundering Herd
edge: Stephen Heron, Stanford Cardinal
pound: Inferni Orji, Vanderbilt Commodores
pound: Jack Campbell, Iowa Hawks
CB: Eli Ricks, Alabama Crimson Tide
CB: Darius Rush, South Carolina Gamecocks
s: John Turcio, Wisconsin Badgers
s: Dante Trader Jr., Maryland Terrapins
drape: Jeren Thompson, Texas Longhorns


Offensive Player of the Week: QB Bo Nix, Oregon Ducks

Bo Nix had his best 2022 season with the Ducks in Saturday’s big win over the previously undefeated UCLA Bruins.

The former Auburn Tiger was nearly flawless from a clean pocket in Week 8, completing 18 of 20 pass attempts for 215 yards and four touchdown attempts on such plays.

The Nix posted a perfect passer rating of 158.3 when throwing or passing sticks against UCLA.

It almost completely avoids errors in the game. He didn’t record a turnover-worthy play, didn’t take a sack on any of the eight compact teams and threw only one quarterback fumble.


Defensive Player of the Week: LB Inferne Orje, Vanderbilt Commodores

Orji hit a trifecta in terms of high-impact plays on Saturday against Mizzou. He recorded an interception, fumbled a strip sack caught for a score and forced a fumble against a running back. All of this helped him have a career day and one of the most productive outings PFF has seen in 2022.

Orji earned a PFF score of 93.2 for the game in their narrow loss to the Tigers—the highest of a Vandy linebacker’s career and the second-best mark ever recorded by the PFF in an SEC game.

In addition to the forced fumble against a running back, Orji recorded eight total run stops, four of which were tackles for a loss or a no-go.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker attempted 12 tackles for the game, and didn’t miss a single one.


Real Rookie of the Week: RB Damian Martinez, Oregon State Beavers

Martinez was getting some casting in a limited role from the Beavers coaching staff throughout the first half of his first real campaign. Saturday, though, was the focal point of the attack. And he certainly did not disappoint.

Martinez had a season-high 22 tackles against Colorado and converted a first down or a touchdown on 59% of those. This is the highest single-game mark this season between two running backs with at least 15 home runs in a game.

Thanks to his offensive line and vision, the true freshman averaged 5.4 yards before contact on every attempt.

Martinez saw three carries inside the five-yard line and punched each one for a touchdown on his first attempt.

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