As the college football season rolls on, the Maxwell Football Club continues to announce its weekly honors. Following Week 10 of the 2019 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, and the Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week will be honored for outstanding defensive play.
The Maxwell Award Player of the Week went to Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins who threw for 378 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in the Cavaliers’ 38-31 win over the rival North Carolina Tar Heels.
Defensively, Tennessee defensive back Bryce Thompson picked up the honors for his three-interception performance. It was a single-game Vols record as he became the first Tennessee player to record three interceptions in a game since Deon Grant when he accomplished the feat in 1999 against Auburn.
Additional information on the Week 10 Player of the Week winners can be seen below.
Maxwell Award Player of the Week: Bryce Perkins, QB, Virginia
Perkins posted a record-setting night in UVA’s 38-31 win at North Carolina completing 30 of 39 passes (.769) with no interceptions for 378 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed 24 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns. The 490 yards of total offense is the most in UVA history, the most in the ACC this season, the third-highest mark ever against a UNC team and ties as the ninth most by an FBS player this season. Perkins became only the fifth FBS player to throw for 350 yards, pass for three TDs, rush for 100 yards and record two rushing TDs in a single game against a Power 5 opponent.
Bednarik Award Player of the Week: Bryce Thompson, DB, Tennessee
Bryce Thompson tied a Tennessee football single-game record Saturday night against UAB. He has the entire second half to break the record. The sophomore defensive back recorded three interceptions in the first half against the Blazers, helping his team build a 23-0 lead late in the second quarter. Thompson started the game with an interception of UAB quarterback Tyler Johnston on the first snap of the game, leading to a 36-yard field goal from Brent Cimaglia for an early 3-0 lead. He picked off Johnston again on UAB’s first snap of the second quarter, again giving the Vols a short field at the UAB 31-yard line. Thompson’s third interception came on a pass that was tipped at the line of scrimmage. It set Tennessee up in UAB territory and a six-play, 43-yard touchdown drive followed, with Jauan Jennings taking a wildcat snap for a 2-yard touchdown run. Thompson is the first Tennessee player to pick off three passes in a single game since Deon Grant did so against Auburn in 1999.