Maxwell Award Announces College Football Players of the Week for Week 3

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As the college football season rolls on, the Maxwell Football Club continues to announce its weekly honors. Following Week 3 of the 2021 campaign, the Maxwell Football Club announced its latest Maxwell Award Player of the Week and Bednarik Award Player of the Week.

The Maxwell Award Player of the Week will be recognized for overall performance on offense, defense, or special teams. The Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week, meanwhile, will be honored for outstanding defensive play.

This week’s Maxwell Award went to Oregon Ducks running back CJ Verdell, who helped lead the way for the Oregon offense in their stunning upset of No. 3 Ohio State.

Defensively, Arkansas linebacker Grant Morgan picked up the honors for his standout performance against the Texas Longhorns.

Additional information on the Week 3 Player of the Week winners can be seen below.


Maxwell Award Player of the Week: RB CJ Verdell, Oregon

Oregon shocked No. 3 Ohio State Saturday… without its best player, DE Kayvon Thibodeaux… in the Horseshoe, where the Buckeyes hadn’t fallen in four years. And Verdell was the MVP, spearheading a ground game that consistently moved a very good Buckeye front off the ball. The versatile junior not only rushed for 161 yards and two scores on 20 carries, but he also caught a team-high three passes for 34 yards and another touchdown.


Bednarik Award Player of the Week: LB Grant Morgan , Arkansas

Welcome to your future league, Texas. The Longhorns got a bitter taste of life in the SEC Saturday night from an old Southwest Conference rival. Arkansas hammered the Horns, 40-21, in an upset that was every bit as lopsided as the score indicated. Morgan and his defensive mates did not allow a play over 25 yards, while limiting star Texas back Bijan Robinson to 3.6 yards a carry. Despite playing just 44 snaps, Morgan racked up 13 tackles, including 2.5 for loss and a half-sack.

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