Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 9/5/13

You can vote on the Maxwell Award and Chuck Bednarik Award by becoming a member of the Maxwell Football Club.  Maxwell Award: What we noticed In a tough opener against SEC powerhouse Georgia, QB Tajh Boyd led Clemson to an upset pushing his team from eighth to fourth in the AP Poll. Boyd dissected Georgia’s secondary by completing 18 of his 30 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns. His passing game was able to remain effective with the help of his legs. He kept Georgia’s defense on edge by rushing for 42 yards and two touchdowns, both coming inside the five-yard line. Boyd’s efforts rightfully earned him the Maxwell Award Player of the Week. Washington RB Bishop Sankey continued his 2012 pace against Boise State last Saturday. In a 2012 Las Vegas Bowl rematch, Sankey took 25 carries for 161 yards and two touchdowns, including a 24-yard touchdown run to add an exclamation point in the fourth quarter. His performance helped the Huskies spring to number 20 in the AP Poll. In was a very disappointing weekend for the Mountain West Conference, but Fresno State reigned as the lone bright spot as QB Derek Carr led a high-powered offense over Rutgers. In this shootout, Carr completed 52-of-73 passes for 456 yards and five touchdowns against a defense that has recently been one of the best in the Big East, now the American Athletic Conference. No quarterback threw for more yards than Carr in Week 1, as he is once again a strong candidate to lead the country in the category. The highly anticipated freshman did not disappoint in his debut game at Heinz Field against Pittsburgh. Florida State QB Jameis Winston was nearly flawless, completing 25-of-27 passes for 356 yards to go with four passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. The freshman controlled the entire game in a calm and collected manner as if he was a senior. If this is any indication of what to expect for the rest of the season and his career, Winston will take the nation by storm. Chuck Bednarik Award: What we noticed Khalil Mack defended his title as the best linebacker in the MAC with a strong performance against Ohio State. Mack registered nine tackles, 2.5 sacks, and an interception which he took 45 yards for a touchdown. The Buffalo linebacker garnered more attention from NFL scouts and earned  Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week honors. Aside from Tajh Boyd, Clemson gained momentum from its energized defense, which was anchored by Vic Beasley. The 6-3 and 225-pound defensive end demonstrated his freakish athleticism by delivering two sacks of Aaron Murray. His consistent pressure helped Clemson contain Murray to zero touchdown passes. Northwestern LB Collin Ellis finished with just four tackles against Cal, but emerged as a game-changer. Ellis returned two interceptions for touchdowns, becoming the first player in school history to do so. His record-breaking performance helped earn Northwestern their first victory along with Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week honors. Maxwell Award: What to watch for Duke Johnson (RB, Miami) vs. Florida Last week Florida held Toledo to just 50 rushing yards, but it will have a much harder task against Johnson, who arguably the best back in the ACC. Last week against FAU,  Johnson collected 186 rushing yards with a touchdown, and will look to keep the pace against a tough SEC defensive line. Devin Gardner (QB, Michigan) vs. Notre Dame Gardner will face his first test this season against one of the best defensive units in the nation. Notre Dame will keep immense pressure in the pocket with its strong defensive line and blitz packages, and it’ll be on Gardner to lead the Wolverines under the lights. David Fales (QB, San Jose State) at Stanford Last season, San Jose State turned out to be one of the most surprising teams in the country. This year, it comes back fully loaded with Fales leading the way. In 2012, San Jose State just fell short to Stanford in a 20-17 battle, and now SJSU will look to avenge the loss in the rematch. If Fales can upset Stanford’s talented defense, his name will continue shoot up draft boards. Chuck Bednarik Award: What to watch for Jadeveon Clowney (DE, South Carolina) at Georgia Clowney was quiet against North Carolina and will look to come back to life in an intense SEC battle. Last week, Georgia’s offensive line let up four sacks to Clemson;  expect Clowney to take advantage. Kyle Van Noy (LB, BYU) vs. Texas Van Noy started off the season strong with 2.5 tackles for loss against Virginia. He will have to be at the top of his game if BYU plans to upset Texas. The Longhorns had a softball game against New Mexico State, and could very well be caught off-guard by a Van Noy-led defense. Aaron Colvin (CB, Oklahoma) vs. West Virginia West Virginia has been a gun-slinging team under Dana Holgorsen, and we can expect QB Paul Millard to throw more than 25 times like the junior did in the opener against William & Mary. Consequently, Aaron Colvin will be very active in the secondary while facing the fast Mountaineers receivers. Last week Colvin had four tackles and a pass defended as Oklahoma shutout ULM’s Kolton Browning. -Schotz Schotz is a member of the selection committee for the Maxwell Football Club

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