This Mid-American Conference released its first Players of the Week awards Monday morning, honoring the top offensive, defensive and special team's performer from each division.
Zips' QB Kyle Pohl gets the first MAC Offensive Player of the Week Award in the East this season for his career night against Howard. The junior was 23-for-36 for four touchdowns, and finished as Akron's leading rusher. Akron shutoutHoward 41-0.
Western Michigan freshman running back Jarvion Franklin nabbed the Offensive Player of the Week honors out West. Franklin racked up 163 yards on nineteen carries, three for touchdowns in the 43-34 loss to Purdue.
Kent State safety Nate Holley forced two fumbles and recovered another in the Golden Flashes last second loss to Ohio. He wins the East Defense Player of the Week Award.
Defensive back Tony Annese clinched a victory for Central Michigan with an interception with under two minutes to go, his second of the game. That pick got the Chippewas the 20-16 win and got Annese the Defensive Player of the Week prize in the West.
Ohio kicker Josiah Yazdani's game-winning 44-yard field goal over Kent State netted him the East Special Teams Player of the Week Award. He was also two-for-two in extra points, which we actually need to keep tabs on in this conference it appears.
Nathan Adams blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown for the Eastern Michigan Eagles, just the third team in team history that has occurred. That block got him the West Special Teams trophy.
MAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - WEEK ONE
Offense: Akron QB Kyle Pohl; Western Michigan RB Jarvion Franklin
Defense: Kent State S Nate Holley; Central Michigan DB Tony Annese
Special Teams: Ohio K Josiah Yazdani; Eastern Michigan LB Nathan Adams