PFF's Team of the Week selections following Week 4
Week 4 is in the books and a whole slew of new names have emerged as Team of the Week candidates. The beauty of grading each and every snap of the FBS weekend is uncovering the very best performances at every position.
These are my selections for the national team of the week — be sure to scroll below to check out our selections for the Group of 5 and every Power-5 conference as well. — Steve Palazzolo
Quarterback: Steven Montez, Colorado 85.1
Montez took over the Colorado and led them to an impressive win at Oregon, capping the afternoon with a well-placed back shoulder for the game-winning touchdown. While he made a few mistakes, Montez was excellent passing and running the ball. His 90.8 rush grade ranked second among quarterbacks this week as he picked up 82 yards on 12 designed runs and 66 yards on five scrambles.
Running Back: Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M 83.2 and Dalvin Cook 82.0
Williams provided the big-play threat for Texas A&M for the second-straight week, finishing with 153 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns. The only thing stopping him from a bigger game was opportunity. Cook bounced back and looked like the preseason Heisman candidate we expected to see. He rushed for 267 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns.
Wide Receiver: Amba Etta-Tawo, Syracuse 87.2 and Jared Cornelius, Arkansas 83.4
Continuing his breakout season, Etta-Tawo led the nation with 270 receiving yards to go with two touchdowns and the top receiving grade of the week. Cornelius may not have had the same raw numbers as Etta-Tawo, but he moved the chains on five of his seven receptions, forced three missed tackles including the run game, and averaged 7.0 yards after the catch on his seven receptions.
Slot: Ryan Switzer, North Carolina 85.2
With 16 receptions on 17 targets, Pittsburgh had few answers to slow down Switzer. He caught a touchdown and picked up 138 of his 208 yards after the catch (8.6 yards after catch per reception).
Tight End: Nate Iese, UCLA 80.9
Iese caught all five of his targets for 89 yards and a touchdown, picking up 47 of those yards after the catch (9.4 YAC/reception). He also stayed clean as a blocker in the run game.
Offensive Tackle: Justin Skule, Vanderbilt 85.1 and Garrett Bolles, Utah 82.0
Skule was perfect on his 39 snaps in pass protection and he provided a number of key blocks in the run game. Bolles had a similar game with no pressures surrendered on 36 attempts and he came away with a solid run blocking grad of 78.4.
Guard: Boone Myers, Iowa 88.0 and Zack Bailey, South Carolina 87.6
It was a career-best game for Myers who posted one of the week’s top run blocking grades while staying clean in pass protection. While Bailey did give up one hit on his 39 snaps in pass protection, he rarely lost in the run game and put together his second straight week of strong play for the Gamecocks.
Center: Jesse Burkett, Stanford 85.7
Burkett did his part for the Stanford running game, finding linebackers at the second level and creating movement at the point of attack. He didn’t allow a pressure on 36 attempts in pass protection.
Edge Rusher: Trey Hendrickson, Florida Atlantic 88.4 and Myles Garrett, Texas A&M 86.4
Get to know Hendrickson’s name as he’s flown under the radar among a deep group of edge rushers around the nation. He picked up two QB hits and nine hurries on only 35 rushes to post the week’s best pass rush grade at 90.3. Garrett’s name is already known, and we’re even trying to get him into the Heisman discussion. He had two QB hits and five hurries on only 31 rushes while providing solid run defense, including a key tackle for loss on the goal line.
Defensive Interior: Jake Replogle, Purdue 90.3 and Elijah Qualls, Washington 86.8
Another name the nation needs to know, Replogle is quietly one of the top interior defensive linemen in the country and that was on display with a monster three QB hits and eight hurries on 41 rushes while adding two run stops. Qualls posted the top run defense grade of the week at 90.0 and finished with seven stops to go with three hurries on 27 rushes.
Linebacker: Darren Lee, Boise State 88.5; Zach Bradshaw, Virginia 88.0; Junior Joseph, UConn 87.1;
Lee had a solid game, but he capped it off with one of the best plays of the entire weekend as he ripped the ball from Oregon State WR Seth Collins’ hands and returned it for a game-clinching touchdown. Bradshaw did damage all over the field as he picked up a sack and a hurry as a pass rusher and added a pass defensed in coverage. Joseph did much of his work pressuring the quarterback as he finished with three QB hits and a hurry while also doing a nice job taking on blockers in the run game.
Cornerback: Blace Brown, Troy 94.3 and Jamoral Graham, Mississippi State 92.2
Brown took advantage of two errant throws in the end zone to come away with interceptions, and he also got his hands on two other passes as he allowed only one of seven targets to be completed into his coverage. Graham surrendered only three catches for 23 yards while knocking away two passes and returning an interception for a touchdown that thwarted any upset opportunity for UMass against Mississippi State.
Safety: Laiu Moeakiola, Arizona State 87.7 and Marcus Epps, Wyoming 86.6
It was Moeakiola’s pick-6 that sealed the deal for Arizona State against Cal and he tacked on another pass defensed to cap a fine day in coverage. Epps had a pick-6 of his own, one of two interceptions and a pass defensed as he posted one of the top coverage grades in the nation while also showing well against the run.
Kicker: Daniel Carlson, Auburn
You can’t do much more than Carlson did for Auburn on Saturday night. Going six-for-six on field goals, including one from 50+, he scored all of Auburn’s points against LSU. He showcased his booming leg on kickoffs too, with all seven resulting in a touchback.
Punter: Matt Haack, Arizona State
Being the punter for Arizona State isn’t exactly busy work, but Haack made the most of his three punts on Saturday against Cal. Averaging 50.3 net yards per punt, his best punt had a hang-time of 4.94 seconds.
QB: Austin Allen, Arkansas, 80.1
HB: Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M, 83.2
FB: J.D. Moore, LSU, 73.3
WR: Jared Cornelius, Arkansas, 85.0; Antonio Callaway, Florida, 79.2
TE: Evan Engram, Ole Miss, 77.7
OT: Justin Skule, Vanderbilt, 85.1; Paul Adams, Missouri, 79.7
OG: Zack Bailey, South Carolina, 87.6; Lamont Gaillard, Georgia, 83.6
C: Cameron Dillard, Florida, 81.0
ED: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, 86.4; Derek Barnett, Tennessee, 83.5
DI: Caleb Brantley, Florida, 86.4; Trenton Thompson, Georgia, 80.3
LB: Colton Jumper, Tennessee, 86.3; Roquan Smith, Georgia, 82.2; Shaan Washington, Texas A&M, 81.9
CB: Jamoral Graham, Mississippi State, 92.2; Jamarcus King, South Carolina, 86.4
S: Brandon Bryant, Mississippi State, 82.4; Armani Watts, Texas A&M, 79.4
K: Daniel Carlson, Auburn
P: Trevor Daniel, Tennessee
K/PR: Alvin Kamara, Tennessee
— Gordon McGuinness
QB: Steven Montez, Colorado, 85.1
WR: Chad Hansen, Cal, 79.7; Devin Ross, Colorado, 79.7; Bryce Bobo, Colorado, 79.3
OT: Garrett Bolles, Utah, 82.0; Chad Wheeler, USC, 79.6
OG: Cameron Hunt, Oregon, 80.9; Jake Eldrenkamp, Washington, 79.4
C: Jess Burkett, Stanford, 85.7
TE: Evan Baylis, Oregon, 74.3
RB: Lavon Coleman, Washington, 75.3
ED: Koron Crump, Arizona State, 85.4; Joe Mathis, Washington, 80.4
DI: Solomon Thomas, Stanford, 81.2; Elijah Qualls, Washington, 86.8; Greg Gaines, Washington, 81.1
LB: Raymond Davidson, Cal, 83.1; Azeem Victor, Washington, 79.8
CB: Ahkello Witherspoon, Colorado, 87.5; Sidney Jones, Washington, 80.1
S: Laiu Moeakiola, Arizona State, 87.7; Adarius Pickett, UCLA, 80.6
— Jordan Plocher
QB: Mitch Leidner, Minnesota 76.1
RB: Rodney Smith, Minnesota 76.9
WR: Ricky Jones, Indiana 82.6; Austin Carr, Northwestern 82.4
TE: George Kittle, Iowa 76.1
OT: Erik Magnuson, Michigan 80.4; Nick Gates, Nebraska 77
OG: Boone Myers, Iowa 88; Wes Martin, Indiana 80.2
OC: James Daniels, Iowa 79.3
DI: Steven Richardson, Minnesota 85.6; Maurice Hurst, Michigan 84.4
ED: Evan Panfil, Purdue 85.7; Vince Biegel, Wisconsin 82.6
LB: Jack Cichy, Wisconsin 82.6; Chris Frey, Michigan State 82.6; Ja’Whuan Bentley, Purdue 82.6
CB: Nick Jones, Nebraska 87.4; Desmond King, Iowa 86.1
S: Damarius Travis, Minnesota 83.6; Nathan Gerry, Nebraska 83.4
— Josh Liskiewitz
QB: Kenny Hill, TCU, 72.9
HB: Rushel Shell, West Virginia, 72.9; Kyle Hick, TCU, 72.6
WR: Ishmael Zamora, Baylor, 81.5; Jalen McCleskey, Oklahoma State, 77.6; Shelton Gibson, West Virginia, 77.3
OT: Nick Fett, Iowa State, 83.8; Dalton Risner, Kansas State, 81.1
OG: Patrick Morris, TCU, 83.2; Patrick Scoggins, Iowa State, 80.4
C: Brian Bobek, Iowa State, 86.2
ED: Jordan Willis, Kansas State, 85.4; Jhaustin Thomas, Iowa State, 79.1
DI: K.J. Smith, Baylor, 79.8; Joseph Broadnax, TCU, 76.4
LB: Denzel Johnson, TCU, 87.2; Charmeachealle Moore, Kansas State, 85.2; Jordan Burton, Oklahoma State, 84.3
CB: Brian Peavy, Iowa State, 88.3; Maurice Fleming, West Virginia, 84.6; Patrick Levels, Baylor, 81.4
S: Jeremy Tyler, West Virginia, 83.0; Nick Orr, TCU, 81.6
— Bryson Vesnaver
QB Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina 77.4
WR Ryan Switzer, North Carolina 85.2; Amba Etta-Tawo, Syracuse 87.2
OT Brock Ruble, Florida State 75.9; Justin Herron, Wake Forest 78.6
G Dorian Johnson, Pittsburgh 76.5; Tyrone Crowder, Clemson 78.8
C Jay Guillermo, Clemson 85.2
TE Jordan Leggett, Clemson 75.6
HB Dalvin Cook, Florida State 77.8
DE Harold Landry, Boston College 82.9; Ejuan Price, Pittsburgh 79.0
DT Andrew Brown, Virginia 86.3; Donte Wilkins, Virginia 85.6
LB Keith Kelsey, Louisville 89.2; Zach Bradshaw, Virginia 88.0
LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech 78.8
CB Jaire Alexander, Louisville 85.7; Adonis Alexander, Virginia Tech 84.2
S Ryan Janvion, Wake Forest 85.1; Williams Harris, Boston College 82.1
— John Breitenbach
Group of 5
QB: Thomas Woodson, Akron 77.8
RB: Jalin Moore, Appalachian State 73.6
WR: Jerome Lane, Akron 80.9; Tyrian Taylor, New Mexico State 79.7
TE: Tyler Conklin, Central Michigan 79.1
OT: Noah Fisher, South Alabama 84.1; Dillon DeBoer, Florida Atlantic 83.2
OG: Richard Levy, Connecticut 84.1; Jeremiah Kolone, San Jose State 81.4
C: Keoni Taylor, San Jose State 84.5
ED: Trey Hendrickson, Florida Atlantic 88.4; Randy Allen, South Alabama 85.4
DI: Tanzel Smart, Tulane 79.5; Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte 84.6
LB: Junior Joseph, Connecticut 87.1; Darren Lee, Boise State 88.5; Junior McMullen, Miami (OH) 86.1
CB: Blace Brown, Troy 94.3; Howard Wilson, Houston 86.8
S: Marcus Epps, Wyoming 86.6; Brandon Mayes, Northern Illinois 86.8
— Zoltan Buday