College Football Week 3: Team of the Week honors

Week 3 was a miraculous reminder of how great college football is. Picking players for our Week 3 Team of the Week was incredibly difficult.

Week 3 of the college football season was a miraculous reminder of how great our sport is. Picking players for our Week 3 Team of the Week was incredibly difficult. Some amazing games played by some even more amazing teams paved the way to a spectacular set of finishes. Let’s get to it.

College Football Week 3: Team of the Week

There were far too many individual performances worthy of spots on our Team of the Week this weekend. Still, we did our best to narrow it down to those standout days that some had against all types of opponents.

First-Team Offense

We begin with the offense in our Week 3 Team of the Week.

QB: Tanner Mordecai, SMU

In a duel of long-tenured, former Oklahoma quarterbacks, Mordecai got the last laugh, literally. On the game’s final play against Louisiana Tech, Mordecai heaved a Hail Mary that Reggie Roberson answered for a 39-37 victory. Outdueling his former Sooner teammate Austin Kendall, Mordecai put the exclamation mark on an amazing showing with the final touchdown.

For the game, Mordecai completed 36/48 for 395 yards and 5 touchdowns. He connected with 11 different receivers (8 had 2+ catches). Mordecai is averaging over 5 touchdowns per game so far in 2021.

RB: TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State

On a day where his quarterback was outplayed by Tulsa’s, Henderson did everything he possibly could to secure the victory for the Buckeyes. Henderson ran for a whopping 277 yards on 24 carries. He scored 3 touchdowns on the ground, averaging 11.5 yards per carry.

Henderson recorded touchdown carries of 5, 48, and 52 yards in the victory. He more than quadrupled the entire total yards on the ground for Tulsa in this dominant outing.

RB: Tyler Goodson, Iowa

Tyler is Good, Son. Proving once again why he remains in the conversation for the Big Ten‘s top running back, Goodson tallied 22 carries for 153 yards and 3 scores against Kent State. Struggling to stay ahead of the Golden Flashes, Goodson’s spark in the second half sealed the deal for the No. 5 team in the country.

Goodson nearly eclipsed his entire season total of rushing yards (154) he had prior to the game against Kent State.

WR: Drake London, USC

A new top QB-WR combination was formed as Drake London reaped the benefits of the freshman QB Jaxson Dart’s insertion into the USC lineup. With Kedon Slovis banged up, interim head coach Donte Williams subbed and kept in the freshman Dart. That move paid major dividends for London, the dual-sport star.

London recorded 13 receptions for 170 yards and 2 touchdowns. His ability to make catches at every level of the field was huge for his young QB as he adjusted to the speed of the game.

WR: Josh Downs, North Carolina

Downs made the catch of the young season against Virginia. As part of their storming ahead, Downs hauled in a miraculous catch as he dove through the end zone and planted his elbow before sliding out of bounds. At full extension, it was amazing that Downs was able to reach the ball, let alone bring it in through contract with the ground.

Downs originally opened up the scoring with a 59-yard touchdown reception that saw him fly by defenders after the catch. He finished the victory over Virginia with 8 receptions for 203 yards and 2 touchdowns.

WR: Jalen Cropper, Fresno State

As a great reminder of why you stay awake for Pac-12 After Dark, Cropper hauled in the game-winning 13-yard touchdown pass to upset UCLA with :14 left on the clock. Cropper finished the day with a whopping 14 catches for 141 yards, none more important than the final one.

With incredible poise, QB Jake Haener stood tall and found Cropper with a red-zone back-shoulder throw that gave the Bulldogs the lead. Cropper and his teammate Josh Kelly may be the Mountain West Conference’s top wide receiver duo this season.

TE: Gerrit Prince, UAB

A week after seeing Georgia tight ends run all over them, Prince gave North Texas a taste of that medicine on Saturday. Needing just 3 receptions to secure 2 touchdowns and 136 yards, Prince was unstoppable. In fact, UAB only completed 7 total passes in the game but still blew out the Mean Green, 40-6.

Prince was too much to handle in the passing game while holding his own with his blocking skills.

Flex: Sean Tucker, Syracuse

Sure, it was against Albany. But it was an amazing performance nonetheless. Tucker ran wild on the Great Danes, literally. He tallied over 100 yards both on the ground and through the air in the blowout victory. Tucker needed only 13 carries to go for 132 yards and 4 TDs.

He hauled in just 3 receptions for 121 yards and another score. It was his 3rd-and-long screen pass that really opened up the game for the Orange. Up just 2 scores, Syracuse found themselves buried with a 3rd and 29 deep in their own territory. A perfectly dialed-up screen to Tucker saw the speedster weave his way to a 72-yard TD reception that successfully put the game away.

LT: Rasheed Walker, Penn State

Rasheed Walker was a stalwart in protection against Auburn on Saturday night. He kept Sean Clifford clean for not only quick dropbacks but even the elongated sets all game long. Walker took on multiple different pass rushers with different moves but held his own.

His emphatic moment of the game came in the red zone. On their 2 carries within the 5-yard line, Walker planted a defender and took on both first- and second-level defenders to give clear lanes for touchdowns. He was remarkable in the ground game for the Nittany Lions.

LG: Trevor Downing, Iowa State

Downing pinned his ears back and pulled with ease against UNLV. Creating multiple large running lanes for RB Breece Hall, Downing’s presence at left guard was pivotal. He was integral on the majority of successful carries for the Cyclones.

Downing was also solid in pass protection, easily landing on our Team of the Week.

C: Zach Frazier, West Virginia

Proving to be pivotal to the WVU “upset” over Virginia Tech, Frazier was too much for Hokies defenders all game long. He set the tone early with a great reach block at the second level that opened up an 80-yard touchdown run for Leddie Brown.

Frazier was dominant at the point of attack all game long. His movement along the interior of the offensive line in both facets was incredibly impressive.

RG: William Dunkle, San Diego State

Both the offensive and defensive lines for San Diego State dominated against Utah on Saturday. Dunkle gets the nod at right guard after routinely spotting giant holes for his rushing attack to secure yards. He was terrific at the first level with strong hands but routinely found his way to the second level.

Both pass sets and run-game action were top-notch for Dunkle in this one.

RT: Gavin Byers, Baylor

It’s almost like we’ve done this before — a Baylor offensive lineman on the PFN Team of the Week. It’s becoming such a repetitive task that we will start watching Baylor just for the OL play. Byers was remarkable, like all Bears offensive linemen have been this season, with multiple highlight-reel plays yet again.

You can bet with Eric Mateos and this group of athletes on this offensive line, this won’t be the last Baylor Bear we see here.

Kicker: Cayden Camper, Colorado State

Proving to be enough to beat Toledo all by himself, Camper was a perfect 6-6 on the evening. He nailed his lone extra-point attempt and connected on 5 field goals. Camper made field goals of 23, 29, 31, 42, and 47, quite literally providing the only offense for the Rams on Saturday.

Second-Team Offense

QB: Jaxson Dart, USC | Jake Haener, Fresno State
RB: Bijan Robinson, Texas
RB: Kareem Walker, South Alabama
WR: Charleston Rambo, Miami (FL)
WR: A.T. Perry, Wake Forest
WR: Brandon Bowling, Utah State
TE: Isaac Rex, BYU
Flex: Calvin Austin III, Memphis

LT: Courtland Ford, USC
LG: Hadon Merchant, South Alabama
C: Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa
RG: Marcus McKethan, North Carolina
RT: Spencer Anderson, Maryland
Kicker: Andre Szmyt, Syracuse

Honorable Mention Offense

QB: Payton Thorne, Michigan State | Matt Corral, Ole Miss
RB: Montrell Johnson, Louisiana | Blake Corum, Michigan
RB: Rasheen Ali, Marshall | Trey Potts, Minnesota
WR: Josh Johnson, Tulsa | Dontayvion Wicks, Virginia
WR: Jalen McMillan, Washington | Jordan Addison, Pittsburgh
WR: Bo Melton, Rutgers | Deion Smith, LSU
TE: Trey McBride, Colorado State
Flex: Jalen Nailor, Michigan State

LT: Dontae Bull, Fresno State
LG: Xavier Newman-Johnson, Baylor
C: Ricky Stromberg, Arkansas
RG: Kevin Davis, UTSA
RT: Alex Akingbulu, Fresno State
Kicker: Matthew Shipley, 

Cam Mellor is the Senior Director of NFL News/Analysis for Pro Football Network. He is also the co-host of Between the Hashes, a college football and NFL draft podcast. You can find his writing here. Follow him on Twitter @CamMellor