Which defensive players made the first-team Team of the Week for Week 2?
EDGE: Josaiah Stewart, Coastal Carolina
Back on Friday night, Stewart proved too much for the Jayhawks. Earning their third straight victory over Kansas, Coastal Carolina utilized a 3.5-sack performance from Stewart en route to an ultimately dominant victory. The Chanticleers’ defense clamped down when necessary, and Stewart kept Kansas behind the chains more often than not.
DI: Ifeanyi Maijeh, Rutgers
The fabulous duo of Ifeanyi Maijeh and Julius Turner quite literally proved too much for ACC foe Syracuse. Maijeh recorded 2 tackles for loss, including a sack as well as 3 total tackles. He ate up double-teams and was a menace in the passing game with quick pressures up the middle.
DI: Julius Turner, Rutgers
Turner earns Team of the Week honors after recording a sack and a tackle for loss himself. Playing opposite Maijeh, Turner also proved too much as the duo bullied the Syracuse interior offensive line all game. However, they weren’t the only Scarlet Knights to find their way onto the Team of the Week.
EDGE: Sam Williams, Ole Miss
Sam Williams provided an early spark for the Rebels when he sacked Austin Peay QB Draylen Ellis, forced a fumble, recovered his own fumble, and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown. It wasn’t the only highlight of the night, but it certainly was the exclamation point for the starters.
Williams finished the evening with 2 sacks and 5 total tackles.
LB: Chad Muma, Wyoming
In arguably one of Saturday’s most exciting matchups, Muma was all over the field for the Cowboys. Sure, Wyoming allowed 43 points, but Muma was everywhere. He recorded 10 total tackles and had a tackle for loss. Like most of our linebackers on our Team of the Week, Muma was a constant presence around the line of scrimmage.
LB: Olakunle Fatukasi, Rutgers
Fatukasi becomes the third Rutgers defender to land on our Team of the Week. He quite literally was all over the field, recording 12 total tackles. His average depth of tackle was as impressive as his speed to the point of attack. Fatukasi continually made tackles in the run game at or around the line of scrimmage and was no slouch in coverage.
LB: Noah Sewell, Oregon
It didn’t take long to spot the Ducks’ young linebacker against Ohio State. Recording 7 total tackles, it was Sewell who ate up space and was a menace to the Buckeyes’ short-area passing game. Sewell made the most of his time on the field and put the nation on notice for his potential NFL Draft stock.
CB: Kaiir Elam, Florida
Kaiir Elam put forth a dominant display outside for the Gators against USF. Routinely sticking with his man in coverage, Elam showed off his ball skills and elite athleticism in a single play for Florida.
Backing up with his receiver, Elam flipped his hips, used terrific balance and vision to maintain the ball, strength at the catch point, and tremendous ball skills to record an amazing interception.
Elam is rounding into top form as the Gators approach SEC play. If he continues this level of play, this won’t be his only appearance on our Team of the Week.
CB: Matt Hankins, Iowa
Another week, another Iowa defensive back with multiple interceptions. This time it was Hankins who picked off 2 Brock Purdy passes. The Hawkeyes dominated defensively, and Hankins was a big reason why. Recording 4 solo tackles as well, Hankins and Co. allowed minimal separation and very little after the catch for the Cyclones’ receivers all game long.
CB: Chris McDonald, Toledo
Doing everything he could to possibly secure the upset, McDonald recorded an impressive pick-six that gave the Rockets a halftime lead over Notre Dame. Though his biggest play of the afternoon, it wasn’t his only one. McDonald locked down in coverage and also recorded another pass breakup on the afternoon.
S: Verone McKinley, Oregon
McKinley provided one of the biggest sparks for the Ducks’ defense against Ohio State when he intercepted C.J. Stroud, but that wasn’t his only big play. Recording another 2 pass breakups, McKinley also chipped in with 4 solo tackles and 2 assists. He was all over the field, and his takeaway proved to be just enough for Oregon to garner the upset.
S: BeeJay Williamson, Louisiana Tech
The Bulldogs needed all the defensive help they could get in a battle with SE Louisiana. Williamson provided that spark with 2 interceptions and a touchdown. His pick-six opened up a flurry of scoring. Without it, Louisiana Tech wouldn’t have secured the victory. He rounded out his Team-of-the-Week performance with 6 total tackles and several other great plays in coverage.
Flex: Kyu Blu Kelly, Stanford
The Cardinal were a 2-touchdown underdog to USC, but their victory was never really in question once the game started. Blu Kelly was a big reason why it stayed in favor of Stanford, picking off Kedon Slovis in the third quarter after the Trojans brought the game to within one score.
Blu Kelly returned the pass 31 yards for a touchdown that put the Cardinal ahead by 2 scores, essentially proving to be the clinching score. He finished the game with 3 more pass breakups and 7 total tackles.
Punter: Ryan Rehkow, BYU
Every now and again, a special teamer takes center stage. For the Cougars, it was Rehkow who ultimately kept BYU ahead of the Utes in their first win against their in-state rival in 11 years. Rehkow booted 5 punts for 266 yards, averaging 53.2 yards per kick. His flipping of the field early on allowed the BYU offense to find its groove in the win.
EDGE: Terrance Taylor, Toledo
DI: Maason Smith, LSU
DI: Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma
EDGE: Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
LB: Jack Campbell, Iowa
LB: JD Bertrand, Notre Dame
LB: Kevin Henry, Tulane
CB: Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama
CB: Kei’Trel Clark, Louisville
CB: Jermaine Waller, Virginia Tech
S: Daniel Scott, Cal
S: JT Woods, Baylor
Flex: Habakkuk Baldonado, Pittsburgh
P: Adam Korsak, Rutgers
Honorable Mention Defense
EDGE: Noah Taylor, Virginia
DI: Will Choloh, Troy
DI: Byron Young, Alabama
EDGE: Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, Notre Dame
LB: Charlie Thomas, Georgia Tech
LB: Jesse Luketa, Penn State
LB: Dax Hollifield, Virginia Tech
CB: Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati
CB: Anthony Johnson, Virginia
CB: Max Melton, Rutgers
S: Seyi Oladipo, Boise State
S: Marquel Broughton, Army
Flex: Justin Rice, Utah State | Antonio Fletcher, Arkansas State
P: Tory Taylor, Iowa