Week 3 absolutely delivered on its promise for a thrilling college football Saturday. Louisville and Lamar Jackson got the party started early as the superstar quarterback’s touchdown total for 2016 increased to 18 in a historic beatdown against Florida State. The SEC on CBS Game of the Week turned amazement into gripping drama, as Alabama and Ole Miss exchanged blows over four hours in a back-and-forth Tide victory that highlighted their depth and defensive prowess.
Each week, we here at CBS Sports make our picks for the National, SEC and Freshman Players of the Week.
There were some tough decisions this time around, but ultimately, these are our selections.
National Player of the Week
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: Louisville’s quarterback rushed for 146 yards and four touchdowns, throwing for another, as his No. 10 Cardinals made quick work of No. 2 Florida State, 63-20 on Saturday.
Jackson is easily going to be the winner of the September Heisman, given annually by the media horde quick to crown an early favorite in the race for college football’s most prestigious individual award. Past September winners Geno Smith and Kenny Hill can attest that this honor brings a ton of extra attention and unnecessary questions during a hectic college football season.
SEC Player of the Week
Damien Harris, RB, Alabama: Harris, not Bo Scarbrough, has been the most productive back through three weeks for Alabama. A 144-yard day for the sophomore against Ole Miss brings his season total to 327 rushing yards at a 9.08-per-carry clip. Though Calvin Ridley and O.J. Howard are superstars that can stretch the field, Harris has become arguably just as vital to Alabama’s success.
Freshman Player of the Week
Jacob Eason, QB, Georgia: Eason went into a tough spot, at Missouri, threw three touchdowns and rallied Georgia back from a potentially damaging defeat in the SEC East title race. On 4th-and-10 in the fourth quarter, trailing by six, Eason’s 55th pass of the night landed softly in Isaiah McKenzie’s hands for what would be the game-winning score in a 28-27 victory.
“When the kid’s slinging it, I don’t think he has any worries at all,” senior center Brandon Kublanow said after the game, via DawgNation.com. “Jacob was calm. First SEC game, I know I was nervous as hell. But he seemed real calm in the huddle. He managed the game well. Did a lot of things great. Very proud of him.”
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / College Football Players of the Week: Lamar Jackson gets the nod after downing FSU