Players of the Week (Dec. 2)

Every Monday, we will highlight the best and brightest performances from the weekend with the 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: San Jose State quarterback David Fales

David Fales threw six touchdowns and added another on the ground in the upset of Fresno State.  (USATSI)
David Fales threw six touchdowns and added another on the ground in the upset of Fresno State. (USATSI)

All season, Mountain West fans and NFL scouts have been looking forward to the showdown of Derek Carr and David Fales in the regular season finale between Fresno State and San Jose State. Fales not only notched the victory thanks to 580 yards of total offense (547 passing, 33 rushing) but made the Spartans bowl eligible and knocked Fresno State from BCS buster status. The game started like a tennis match, with both quarterbacks leading six touchdown drives in the first half. However, the Bulldogs offense sputtered in the second half and Fales finished the day completing 35-of-47 passes and recording seven total touchdowns in the 62-52 win.

Defensive Player of the Week: Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack

Mack will have the opportunity to set another NCAA record if Buffalo is bowling.  (USATSI)
Mack will have the opportunity to set another NCAA record if Buffalo is bowling. (USATSI)

Mack already claimed the NCAA career record for forced fumbles earlier this season, and with 2.5 tackles for loss against Bowling Green on Friday the future 1st Round NFL Draft pick tied Jason Babin's NCAA record of 75 tackles for loss. The Bulls missed out on an opportunity to play for the MAC title, but with Mack's notoriety and an 8-4 record there should be an opportunity to pad this impressive career. 

Specialist of the Week: Auburn cornerback Chris Davis

Best special teams play of the season.  (USATSI)
Best special teams play of the season? (USATSI)

Chris Davis' one punt return recorded -1 yard, but the senior cornerback won this award with the play that you have no doubt seen over and over again. Malzahn's decision to substitute Davis into the game and send him to the end zone will forever change the lore of the Iron Bowl, and his 108ish-yard return (NCAA officially records such returns as 100 yards) clinched the SEC West for Auburn and changed the entire landscape for the final week of the college football season.

Rookie of the Week: Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg

Hackenberg's best performance of the season is good news for Penn State moving forward.  (USATSI)
Hackenberg's best performance of the season is a good sign for Penn State moving forward. (USATSI)

With NCAA sanctions preventing Penn State from competing in the postseason, Saturday's trip to Camp Randall had a bowl game feel for the Nittany Lions. Penn State delivered one of its most impressive performances of the season in upsetting Wisconsin, as freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg gave fans a glimpse of what might be in 2014. It's been an up-and-down year for the highly-touted true freshman, but Hackenberg finished strong with 339 yards and four touchdowns on 21-for-30 passing (70 percent) and most importantly, zero interceptions.

Previous Players of the Week

Nov. 25: Clint Chelf, Aaron Donald, Ryan Shazier, Tyler Lockett, Ryan Switzer

Nov. 18: Andre Williams, Kareem Martin, Justin Gilbert, Ricardo Louis, Joey Bosa

Nov. 11: Kapri Bibbs, DeVon Edwards, Nelson Agholor and Myles Jack

Nov. 4: Derek Carr, Denicos Allen, Peter Mortell, Maty Mauk

Oct. 28: Garrett Gilbert, Kelby Brown, Chandler Catanzaro, John O'Korn

Oct. 21: Jordan Lynch, Jeremy Gallon, Lamarcus Joyner, Andrew Baggett, Davis Webb, Jameis Winston

Oct. 14: Terry Baggett, Dadi Nicolas, Cairo Santos, Christian Hackenberg

Oct. 7: Andre Williams, Loucheiz Purifoy, Ty Montgomery, Jameis Winston

Sept. 30: Aaron Murray, Alden Darby, Bralon Addison, Alex Collins

Sept. 23: Derek Carr, Yawin Smallwood, Matthew Wyman, Mitch Leidner

Sept. 16: Jonny Manziel, Anthony Barr, Chris Boswell, Alex Collins

Sept. 9: Taysom Hill, Shilique Calhoun, Odell Beckham, Baker Mayfield

Sept. 2: Vernon Adams, Khalil Mack, Christion Jones, Baker Mayfield

CBS Sports Writer

Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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