Nick Bartlett’s SuperWest Week 3 Players of the Week

Top Offense, Defense, and Special Teams players as well as Offensive and Defensive Freshmen

Posted on September 19, 2022

  By Nick Bartlett, SuperWest Sports

We’re handling our CFB Player of the Week selections a little differently this year with the responsibility for making the selections falling squarely on my shoulders.

I do my best to be objective each week, basing my picks on comparative performances and stats, but if you think I’m missing something, or maybe some bias has slipped in, feel free to let me know on Twitter.

This week’s player picks are the last involving early nonconference games as we head into conference play.

So without further ado, here are my Week Three picks for SuperWest Players of the Week for Offense, Defense, and Special Teams as well as Offensive and Defensive Freshmen.

Offensive Player of the Week: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington
Washington QB Michael Penix Jr. vs Michigan State | Detroit Free Press
Michael Penix Jr. dominated the Spartan secondary, leading Washington to a comfortable victory.

Penix Jr. threw for 397 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions on the day.

Defensive Player of the Week: Daiyan Henley, LB, WSU
Coug LB Daiyan Henley | James Snook/USA TODAY Sports
Daiyan Henley had a phenomenal all-around game against Colorado State.

He finished the matchup with 13 tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles.

Offensive Freshman of the Week: Ja’Lynn Polk, WR, Washington
Washington WR Ja’Lynn Polk | Stephen Brashear/AP
Ja’Lynn Polk shined in UW’s upset victory over Michigan State.

He ended the contest with six catches, 153 yards, and three touchdowns.

Defensive Freshman of  the Week: Jaden Hicks, DB, WSU
WSU defensive back Jaden Hicks (25) | Kirsten Schmitt/For The Spokesman-Review
Jaden Hicks finished the day with ten tackles, one tackle for loss, and one interception in a blowout win for the Cougs.

Special Teams  Nicholas Barr-Mira, K, UCLA
UCLA kicker Nicholas Barr-Mira/Michael Owens/Getty
Nicholas Barr-Mira kicked the game-winning field goal to give the Bruins a 32-31 victory over South Alabama.

Barr-Mira was 4-4 kicking field goals on the day.

Honorable Mention

Offensive: Bo Nix (Oregon)

Defensive: Kitan Oladapo (Oregon State)

Special Teams: Anthony Gould (Oregon State)

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