Offensive and defensive players of the week, college football High Impact Play Team of the week.
College Football Offensive Player of the Week
QB Grant Wells's debut was impressive. Yes, it was against Eastern Kentucky, but in the year of COVID, we must accept every performance from week one for what they were, not very competitive.
Wells answered many questions in his first game as Marshall's starter. He showed poise, pocket presence. He was on target early in the game completing 8-8 for 176 yds and 2 TD's in the 1st quarter alone. He made quick decisions when throwing never holding onto the football and was in full command of the offense.
Marshall ramps up the competition vs APP State next week. The throwing windows may not be as wide vs the Mountaineers in week two. As for now, Wells looked impressive in his debut.
College Football Defensive Player of the Week
LB Isaiah Kaufusi had himself a night vs Navy compiling 5 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFL's, and forcing a fumble. The BYU defense as a whole defended the Navy triple option with great discipline. The assignment football played by the BYU defense helped them to dominate the Navy offense keeping them off schedule.
High Impact Team of The Week
BYU did to Navy what Navy does to its opponents on a regular basis. #BYU controlled the clock 37:20 to 22:40. The Cougars won the 1st down battle 28-7. They dominated in the run game 301-119. BYU won the 3rd/4th down stops battle 11-6 and held Navy out of the red zone the entire game. The Cougars averaged 8.2 yds per play to 3.2 yds per play. They kept Navy behind the chains with consistency.
The BYU defense held the vaunted Navy triple-option offense to a 3rd down avg yds to go of 10.8 yds per attempt. Navy converted 0-6 on third downs of 9+ yds last night. In 2019, Navy ranked 2nd in rush attempts on 3rd downplays of 3 yds or less (67), converting 60%. The Cougars defense forced Navy out of their comfort zone.
Navy committed an uncharacteristic number of penalties (6) last night. In 2019, Navy ranked 4th in penalties per game (4.2).
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