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College Football Week 7: PFF Team of the Week and Player Awards

• Tennessee tandem makes the cut: No two players are more deserving of PFF Team of the Week honors than Volunteers QB Hendon Hooker and WR Jalin Hyatt, who each had one of the best performances against an Alabama defense in the PFF College era.

• Hidden gems headline PFF Defensive Team of the Week: That includes a transfer who takes home PFF Defensive Player of the Week honors after a stellar performance playing out of position.

Texas' Kelvin Banks Jr.: The left tackle takes home True Freshman of the Week honors for the second consecutive week and is piecing together one of the best true freshman campaigns PFF has ever seen.

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QB: Hendon Hooker, Tennessee Volunteers
RB: Blake Corum, Michigan Wolverines
RB: Blake Watson, Old Dominion Monarchs
WR: Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee Volunteers
WR: Trey Palmer, Nebraska Cornhuskers
WR: Tyrone Howell, UL-Monroe Warhawks
TE: Dalton Kincaid, Utah Utes
LT: Anton Harrison, Oklahoma Sooners
LG: Chandler Zavala, N.C. State Wolfpack
C: Ricky Stromberg, Arkansas Razorbacks
RG: Justin Dedich, USC Trojans
RT: Nick Rosi, Toledo Rockets


DI: DeWayne Carter, Duke Blue Devils
DI: Nick Booker-Brown, UTSA Roadrunners
Edge: Andre Carter, Western Michigan Broncos
Edge: Trey Moore, UTSA Roadrunners
LB: Jacoby Windmon, Michigan State Spartans
LB: Jaylan Ford, Texas Longhorns
CB: Josh Wallace, UMass Minutemen
CB: Josh Newton, TCU Horned Frogs
S: Bralen Trahan, Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns
S: Jalen Stroman, Virginia Tech Hokies
Flex: Jartavius Martin, Illinois Fighting Illini

Offensive Player of the Week: WR Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee Volunteers

Hauling in six catches for 207 yards and five touchdowns against a bad team is incredible production, but doing it against Alabama — as Hyatt did — is something that will be remembered forever.

Head coach Josh Heupel takes advantage of every ounce of Hyatt’s speed. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound slot receiver is consistently used vertically, and that’s where he wins. He recorded three touchdowns of 30-plus yards on vertical routes against the Crimson Tide. The only other receivers to do that against an SEC defense in one game are Jameson Williams and Ja’Marr Chase, both of whom were first-round picks.

Hyatt’s three deep receiving touchdowns are the most anyone has scored against Alabama in the PFF College era (since 2014). There are only two others with multiple deep touchdowns in a single game against the Crimson Tide.

Defensive Player of the Week: LB Jacoby Windmon, Michigan State Spartans

Windmon was one of the several transfers Michigan State scooped up in the 2022 cycle. The former UNLV Rebel joined Sparty having played both edge and off-ball linebacker at his previous stop. He settled in at edge for Michigan State, but in Week 7, he made the move back to off-ball and was nothing short of elite.

Windmon was a high-level playmaker in the Spartans' overtime win over Wisconsin, tallying a forced fumble and an interception.

He turned in a 91.1 PFF grade for the game on first review, a career-high single-game mark at off-ball linebacker.

Despite playing only six coverage snaps in his first six games with Michigan State, he logged 23 in Week 7 and didn’t allow a single catch.

True Freshman of the Week: T Kelvin Banks Jr., Texas Longhorns

Regardless of whether a player is a three-star recruit or a prized five-star like Kelvin Banks Jr., performing at such a high level as a true freshman is incredible. If Banks keeps up this pace, it’ll be one of the best true freshman seasons PFF has on record.

Banks allowed zero pressures in the Longhorns’ win over Iowa State in Week 7. He has surrendered a mere eight pressures in seven games for the season.

The 6-foot-5, 318-pound tackle posted a 74.6 run-blocking grade and an 88.0 pass-blocking grade on first review, both of which would be single-game bests for his 2022 campaign.

Banks’ 83.5 pass-blocking grade for 2022 is the fifth-best among Power Five left tackles through Week 7.

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