CBSSports.com Players of the Week (Nov. 4)

By Chip Patterson | College Writer

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 on Dec. 17.

Offensive Player of the Week: Fresno State QB Derek Carr

Derek Carr added a rushing touchdown to his record-breaking performance against Nevada. (USATSI)
Derek Carr added a rushing touchdown to his record-breaking performance against Nevada. (USATSI)

Derek Carr has been on an offensive warpath as of late, breaking school records left and right while leading the Bulldogs on their climb up the BCS standings. Carr became Fresno State's career passing leader on Saturday night thanks to a 487 yard performance that included three passing touchdowns and another score on the ground. It was Carr's 12th career 400-yard passing game, and the Bulldogs needed every bit of it with Nevada fighting back in the second half and cutting the deficit to one score early in the fourth quarter.

Defensive Player of the Week: Denicos Allen, Max Bullough, Shilique Calhoun, Darqueze Dennard and the entire Michigan State defense.

Denicos Allen led Michigan State's defense with nine tackles. (USATSI)
Denicos Allen led Michigan State's defense with nine tackles. (USATSI)

Allen led the way with three sacks and nine total tackles, but the entire Spartans defense deserves a nod for their performance against Michigan. If you include yards lost in seven sacks, Michigan was held to -48 yards rushing and just 168 total yards for the game as Michigan State slowly pulled away from the Wolverines in the second half. Looking at the schedule ahead (Nebraska, Northwestern and Minnesota), it might be time to start talking about whether this dominant unit can slow down the league's best team in Indianapolis on Dec. 7.

Specialist of the Week: Minnesota punter Peter Mortell

Minnesota's defense benefited from Mortell's punting in the second half. (USATSI)
Minnesota's defense benefited from Mortell's punting in the second half. (USATSI)

There were several impressive performances by place-kickers in Week 10, but many of them -- like USF kicker Marvin Kloss hitting from 39, 49 and 50 yards in an 11-point game -- came in a losing effort. That was not the case for Minnesota punter Peter Mortell, who averaged 43 yards per punt on five attempts and pinned Indiana inside the 20-yard line twice in the second half of the Golden Gophers 42-39 road win.

Rookie of the Week: Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk

Maty Mauk ran for 141 yards in the win against Tennessee. (USATSI)
Maty Mauk ran for 141 yards in the win against Tennessee. (USATSI)

Mauk helped Missouri bounce back from the second-half collapse against South Carolina with three touchdown passes and 114 rushing yards in the 31-3 win against Tennessee. The redshirt freshman reserve may be handing the starting job back to James Franklin soon, but you would not know it from his confidence as he led the offense to a turnover-free performance against the Volunteers.

Performance Noted: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston completed 21-of-29 passes for 325 yards, but he has won this award several times this year and did throw two interceptions in the game. Plus, Winston's name is still on the short list for honors much more prestigious than this.

 
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