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College Football Week 0: PFF Team of the Week & Player Awards

Florida State running back Treshaun Ward (8) pushes off a defender as he runs towards the end zone. The Florida State Seminoles hosted the Duquesne Dukes at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Fsu V Duquesne1065

Northwestern left tackle Peter Skoronski, a PFF Preseason All-American, headlines the Week 0 Team of the Week.

Florida State’s running back room flooded the top of the position after they shredded Duquesne for 15 explosive runs and over 400 total yards.

On defense, highly touted FCS transfer Jared Verse made waves in his debut for the Seminoles while top returners Jammie Robinson (Florida State), Dom Peterson (Nevada) and Jartavius Martin (Illinois) continued to shine.


PFF TEAM OF THE WEEK

Offense

QB: Doug Brumfield, UNLV Rebels
RB: Treshaun Ward, Florida State Seminoles
RB: Trey Benson, Florida State Seminoles
WR: Ricky White, UNLV Rebels
WR: LaJohntay Webster, FAU Owls
WR: Jayden McGowan, Vanderbilt Commodores
TE: Jake Roberts, North Texas Mean Green
LT: Peter Skoronski, Northwestern Wildcats
LG: Preston Nichols, UNLV Rebels
C: Manase Mose, North Texas Mean Green
RG: Elijah Klein, UTEP Miners
RT: Jeremiah Byers, UTEP Miners

Defense

DI: Eliel Ehimare, UNLV Rebels
DI: Dom Peterson, Nevada Wolf Pack
Edge: Kaimon Rucker, North Carolina Tar Heels
Edge: Jared Verse, Florida State Seminoles
LB: Power Echols, North Carolina Tar Heels
LB: Xander Mueller, Northwestern Wildcats
CB: Quinton Newsome, Nebraska Cornhuskers
CB: DeShawn Gaddie, North Texas Mean Green
S: Jammie Robinson, Florida State Seminoles
S: Bryce Jackson, New Mexico State Aggies
Flex: Jartavius Martin, Illinois Fighting Illini


Offensive Player of the Week: T Peter Skoronski, Northwestern Wildcats

Northwestern’s Peter Skoronski entered the 2022 season as PFF’s No. 1 college football tackle and the highest-ranked offensive lineman on the PFF Preseason Draft Board. It’s safe to say he lived up to the hype in Game 1 of his true junior season.

  • Earned 85.0-plus grades as both a pass- and run-blocker against Nebraska in Ireland, something he hadn’t done in a game in his career before Week 0.
  • Didn’t lose a single one of his 39 pass-blocking snaps.
  • Racked up three big-time run blocks for the game. He had four in all of 2021.

Defensive Player of the Week: S Jartavius Martin, Illinois Fighting Illini

Illinois defensive back Jartavius Martin is one of the most experienced and versatile players on the team's roster. With over 1,700 career snaps to his name, he’s undergone several position switches in his career, but he dazzled against Wyoming in the slot.

  • Saw three slot targets and broke up every single one.
  • Earned an 89.0 coverage grade for the game, the highest single-game mark of his career.
  • Didn’t miss a single tackle on seven attempts while recording two defensive stops.

True Freshman of the Week: WR Jayden McGowan, Vanderbilt Commodores

Despite being a true freshman, Jayden McGowan was listed as Vandy’s breakout candidate in the 2022 PFF College Football Preview Magazine. The 5-foot-8, 177-pounder is a dynamic weapon who can create magic on schemed touches.

  • Broke three tackles and tallied two explosive runs of 10-plus yards on three carries.
  • Averaged 6.8 yards after the catch on five receptions.
  • Generated 2.64 yards per route run for the game.

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