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September 15, 2008NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
QB Max Hall, BYU
Cracking the BYU record book for a quarterback is no easy task. From Gifford Nielsen to Marc Wilson to Jim McMahon to Steve Young to Robbie Bosco to Ty Detmer to John Beck, the Cougars have a long list of productive QBs.
Hall joined them in the first three quarters of a 59-0 rout of UCLA. Hall threw seven touchdown passes, tying a school record held by McMahon and Wilson. Hall finished 27 of 35 for 271 yards, with an interception.
Along the way, Hall kept BYU in the hunt for a BCS game with a second consecutive victory over a Pac-10 opponent. At the same time, Hall put himself in the discussion for the Heisman Trophy.
COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK:
Anae rounds out the double-dip for the BYU offense in our national awards.
Though UCLA has been a mess on offense because of injuries, the Bruins' defense was expected to be the strength of the team. UCLA's 27-24 win over Tennessee in the opener seemed to prove that point.
BYU shattered that notion. A week after a 28-27 win over Washington, the Cougars erased any doubt against the Bruins. BYU led 42-0 at halftime, and the Cougars finished with 521 yards.
Steve Sarkisian, USC: The Trojans' array of offensive weapons was on display against Ohio State, with everyone from Joe McKnight to freshman tight end Blake Ayles playing a prominent role in the rout.
Griffin was 7-for-15 for 129 yards and a touchdown against Washington State, but he did most of his damage on the ground. He ran for a school-record 217 yards and two touchdowns against the Cougars.
Others considered for freshman of the week:
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.