CBSSports.com Players of the Week (Nov. 25)
Oklahoma State QB Clint Chelf, Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald, Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier, Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett and UNC WR Ryan Switzer earned CBSSports.com Player of the Week honors.
Every Monday, we will highlight the best and brightest performances from the weekend with the CBSSports.com Players of the Week. The honors will run through the end of the regular season right up until the CBS Sports All-America Team announcement.
You will be able to watch the unveiling of the CBS Sports All-America Team live on CBS Sports Network on Dec. 17.
Offensive Player of the Week: Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf
There were plenty of impressive offensive performances to choose from in Week 13. Fresno State Derek Carr and Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith each threw for seven touchdowns while Andre Williams ran for 263 yards as he joined the 2,000-yard rushing club. But it is Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf who earns the Offensive Player of the Week honor based on the heightened stakes of Oklahoma State's 49-17 beatdown of perviously-undefeated Baylor. Thanks to a career-best performance from Chelf, the Cowboys now control their own BCS destiny with only Oklahoma left on the schedule.Chelf completed 19-of-25 passes for 270 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. The senior quarterback started the game with 12 consecutive completions and added a four-yard touchdown run and 48-yard reception to his impressive stat line.
Aaron Donald's dominance on the defensive line has not slowed through the 2013 season, and while his totals have made him a popular pick for All-American teams and other individual awards it was his play in a game Pitt needed badly that earns him a spot on the Player of the Week board. Donald recorded eight solo tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss and two quarterback hurries in Pitt's 17-16 win to become bowl eligible. The Panthers' star defensive lineman also blocked an extra point in the first quarter that went on to be the deciding point in the victory.
Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier shares the award this week after a stunning 20-tackle performance in the 42-14 win against Indiana. The junior linebacker set a school record with 16 solo tackles and 5.0 tackles for loss, while becoming the first Buckeye with 20 tackles since A.J. Hawk in 2004. Shazier also added a sack, forced fumble and pass breakup to the stat line.
Tyler Lockett earned notable praise for his receiving, but the all-purpose threat added 162 yards on five kick returns (32.4 yard average) to set a new Kansas State single-game record with 440 yards of total offense. Lockett got loose early against Oklahoma, recording 206 of his 278 receiving yards and all three touchdowns before halftime. The Wildcats were unable to play keep-up in the second half as the Sooners rolled up 301 team rushing yards, but Lockett continued to his part; even setting up the Wildcats only fourth quarter touchdown with a 42-yard kickoff return.
Thanks to four punt returns for touchdowns in last three games, the UNC freshman has already tied an ACC single-season record (4) and tied the FBS record for consecutive games with a punt-return score. The FBS record for single-season punt-returns touchdowns is five, and he'll have an opportunity to match that in a rivalry game against Duke on Saturday with ACC title implications. Switzer added to touchdowns on catches of 43 and 57 yards in addition to his punt return score in North Carolina's 80-20 win; making the Tar Heels bowl eligible for the first time under Larry Fedora.
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