• Quarterback Tanner Mordecai: The SMU signal-caller headlines the PFF Offensive Team of the Week for leading the Mustangs to victory in a historic 77-63 shootout over Houston.
• Interior defender Jalen Carter: The Georgia star turned in a career-high PFF grade in his team's big win over Tennessee, but he was edged out for Defensive Player of the Week honors by an unforgettable performance from a true freshman.
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PFF TEAM OF THE WEEK
QB: Tanner Mordecai, SMU Mustangs
RB: La’Damian Webb, South Alabama Jaguars
RB: Carson Steele, Ball State Cardinals
WR: Josh Downs, North Carolina Tar Heels
WR: Tyrone Howell, UL-Monroe Warhawks
WR: Juice Wells, South Carolina Gamecocks
TE: Jalin Conyers, Arizona State Sun Devils
LT: Braeden Daniels, Utah Utes
LG: Steve Avila, TCU Horned Frogs
C: Juice Scruggs, Penn State Nittany Lions
RG: Vincent Murphy, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
RT: Jonah Monheim, USC Trojans
DI: Jalen Carter, Georgia Bulldogs
DI: Jer’Zahn Newton, Illinois Fighting Illini
Edge: Princely Umanmielan, Florida Gators
Edge: Javon Denis, Georgia State Panthers
LB: Jaden Dolphin, Northern Illinois Huskies
LB: James Patterson, Buffalo Bulls
CB: Benjamin Morrison, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
CB: Myles Brooks, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
S: Marquel Broughton, Army Black Knights
S: Hunter Wohler, Wisconsin Badgers
Flex: Sebastian Castro, Iowa Hawkeyes
Offensive Player of the Week: QB Tanner Mordecai, SMU Mustangs
It's hard to find a more productive passing performance than that of SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai on Saturday. He cleared a 75% completion rate for the game while throwing for 369 yards and nine touchdowns on 37 attempts.
• Mordecai finished with a 96.3 passing grade on first review — the highest of the 2022 season of any FBS quarterback by a comfortable margin.
• The SMU signal-caller spent 15 dropbacks under pressure and managed only one sack taken and zero turnover-worthy throws in the game.
• From a clean pocket, Mordecai earned a 98.1 grade, going 22-of-27 for 301 yards and seven touchdowns.
Defensive Player of the Week &True Freshman of the Week: CB Benjamin Morrison, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame true freshman cornerback Benjamin Morrison took over a starting spot for the Irish a few weeks into the season, and he quickly became a target for opposing offenses, including the Clemson Tigers in Week 10. In the end, Clemson regretted doing so. Morrison’s performance in Notre Dame’s win will end up arguably the best single-game outing of any first-year player in 2022.
• Morrison saw 13 targets in coverage and allowed three first downs while tallying an interception to put the Irish in the red zone and another that he took 96 yards to the house.
• It was just the second pick-six against a Clemson offense since the 2017 season, and it was just the third multi-interception game for a defensive back against the Tigers that PFF has on record.
• The Notre Dame true freshman also totaled a forced incompletion and three passing stops for the game for an elite 90.5 coverage grade.