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College Football Week 2: PFF Team of the Week & Player Awards

East Hartford, Connecticut, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Garrett Shrader (6) throws a pass against the Connecticut Huskies in the first half at Rentschler Field at Pratt & Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The PFF Team of the Week is once again led by Syracuse Orange quarterback Garrett Shrader, who claims the Offensive Player of the Week honor for the second consecutive week.

The headliners on the PFF Offensive Team of the Week include budding Ohio State star wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., five-star Penn State true freshman back Nicholas Singleton and Florida guard O’Cyrus Torrence, who cracked the team for the second consecutive week.

The PFF Defensive Team of the Week features a slew of slept-on talents, including Levi Bell out of Texas State, who has made the team in back-to-back weeks.



QB: Garrett Shrader, Syracuse Orange
RB: Nicholas Singleton, Penn State Nittany Lions
RB: Marquis Crosby, LA Tech Bulldogs
WR: Charlie Jones, Purdue Boilermakers
WR: Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State Buckeyes
WR: Marvin Mims, Oklahoma Sooners
TE: Dalton Kincaid, Utah Utes
LT: Jack Nelson, Wisconsin Badgers
LG: Tyler Beach, Wisconsin Badgers
C: Brett Neilon, USC Trojans
RG: O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida Gators
RT: Taliese Fuaga, Oregon State Beavers


DI: Levi Bell, Texas State Bobcats
DI: James Carpenter, James Madison Dukes
Edge: Derick Hall, Auburn Tigers
Edge: Derek Parish, Houston Cougars
LB: Krishon Merriweather, Texas Tech Red Raiders
LB: Kyle Soelle, Arizona State Sun Devils
CB: Steven Gilmore, Marshall Thundering Herd
CB: Kordell Rogers, Texas State Bobcats
S: Jaxen Turner, Arizona Wildcats
S: Antavious Lane, Georgia State Panthers
Flex D: Jayce Rogers, Houston Cougars

Offensive Player of the Week: QB Garrett Shrader, Syracuse Orange

Entering the 2022 season, Shrader’s career-best PFF grade stood at 84.8. He broke that mark in Week 1 against Louisville (90.2) and then set a new career best this weekend against UConn with an astounding 94.5 overall grade.

    • Shrader completed eight of his nine throws over 10 yards downfield for 198 yards and three touchdowns.
    • The dynamic athlete recorded two designed rushing touchdowns, bringing his two-year total with Syracuse to 15.
    • When free from pressure, he went a perfect 16-of-16 for 237 yards and three scores against the Huskies.

Defensive Player of the Week: CB Steven Gilmore, Marshall Thundering Herd

Gilmore had been known for being the brother of NFL All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore, but he is making a name for himself while manning a starting cornerback spot for Marshall over the past few years. And in arguably the biggest game of his career Saturday at Notre Dame, he had his best performance yet.

    • Gilmore sealed the upset win for Marshall by jumping a hitch for a pick-six. Before the play, Notre Dame had a 35% chance of coming back and winning the game. After the play, that dissipated to nearly nothing.
    • Gilmore saw four targets for the game and allowed just one catch for six yards.
    • He earned a 90.0 coverage grade against the Irish, the highest of his career — which includes over 40 game appearances.

True Freshman of the Week: RB Nicholas Singleton, Penn State Nittany Lions

All five-star recruits come to campus with sky-high expectations. Some live up to them, some don’t. If Week 2 is any indication, running back Nicholas Singleton will comfortably belong in the former category. 

    • The Nittany Lion broke nine tackles on 10 carries while racking up 169 total yards after contact.
    • Singleton ripped off three 40-plus yard runs for the game, making him one of 17 FBS ball-carriers to record three such runs in a single game in the past five years.
    • Singleton is the lone FBS running back to have three 40-plus yard runs this season, and he’s just 20 carries into his freshman campaign.
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