Caleb Williams, Bennett Williams highlight the West Coast’s finest hour

The Week 12 College Football Players of the Week show just how incredibly talented the landscape across the country is. With a plethora of options to choose from during College Football Week 12, this group of student-athletes dominated this week.

Quarterback of the Week: Caleb Williams, USC

With a career high in total yards, Caleb Williams fought back with USC to defeat UCLA in the fight for the victory bell on Saturday night. Williams was ridiculously efficient with the football, completing 32 of 43 passes for a whopping 470 yards and two points.

His groundbreaking, out-of-structure throws wowed those in attendance and spectators from home. On one pass, Williams threw what would have been the equivalent of a 100 mph pitch in baseball — at least — as he rolled to the left before resetting his feet and delivering a punch inside cover closure for a crucial first down.

The kind of arm talent Williams has is uncanny, and he’s quite possibly the fastest player on the field when he sets foot on the gridiron. He totaled 503 yards of offense with 33 yards on the floor and an extra touchdown in the instant classic win over UCLA.

Honorable Mentions: Spencer Rattler, South Carolina; Jaren Hall, BYU; Chase Cunningham, Central Tennessee

Offensive Player of the Week: Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota

In terms of sheer offensive value, no player has been more important to the Minnesota Golden Gophers than Mohamed Ibrahim. Ibrahim ran the rock 39 times for 263 yards. That’s a healthy average of 6.7 yards per rush attempt against one of the nation’s best run defenses in Iowa.

Minnesota’s passing offense averaged just 5.8 yards per attempt and just 87 total yards through the air. When Ibrahim was in, he got the ball. And when Ibrahim got the ball, the Gophers moved it.

His 263 yards was more than the last four opponents combined against Iowa. Ibrahim meant more to the success — or lack thereof, as they threw the game-changing interception while he was on the field — than any other player in Week 12.

Honorable Mentions: Odieu Hiliare, Bowling Green; Raheim Sanders, Arkansas; Bijan Robinson, Texas; Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA; AT Perry, Wachwald

Defensive Player of the Week: Bennett Williams, Oregon

The man in the center for the Oregon Ducks had as impressive a day as could be. Bennett Williams amassed 13 total tackles against Utah, and his two interceptions came at crucial moments and pivotal moments in Oregon’s 20-17 win.

Williams staggered in his second interception after Oregon just threw an interception of their own and seemingly lost all momentum. It was Williams who stepped in front of a pass destined for Utah TE Dalton Kincaid and pulled down his second interception of the day.

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And as good as his interceptions were, his 13 total tackles had him flying from all corners of the field to make dominant tackles in all facets. Williams – a senior leader – proved what it takes to lead a defense to victory

Honorable Mentions: Xavier Cullens, Memphis; Benjamin Morris, Notre Dame; Keion White, Georgia Tech; John Marshall, Navy

Special Teams Player of the Week: Jake Moody, Michigan

As the saying goes, Jake Moody has ice in his veins. The Michigan kicker braved the frigid temperatures of Ann Arbor to hit all five of his kicks against Illinois and bring home 13 of the Wolverines’ 19 points.

Moody was true on kicks for 33, 35, 41 and 46 yards, three of which came in the fourth quarter and the pressure mounted. His final kick of the day – the 35-yarder – had the most pressure with the perfect season at stake, a single point down with nine seconds left and College Football Playoff hopes on the line.

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Cold, literally and figuratively, Moody drilled it right down the tube to send Michigan 11-0 and an unbeaten date with Ohio State (11-0) next week.

Honorable Mentions: Griffen Kell, TCU; Nicholas Singleton, Pennsylvania; Eddie Lewis, Memphis

Freshman Player of the Week: Luther Burden, Missouri

The Missouri Tigers may secure bowl eligibility next week after their thrashing of New Mexico State on Saturday. Surely the key to their success next week will be to present Luther Burden more as the fabulous true newcomer needed just three receptions to find the end zone twice.

His first touchdown was a highlight as he threw a defender into the end zone, but then again, every Burden touch this season feels like a highlight.

He passed the ball through the air three times and another three to the ground, for just 47 total yards, but the electricity from having the ball in his hands is palpable.

Honorable Mentions: Nicholas Singleton, Penn State; Quinshon Judkins, Ole Miss

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