East Division honorees are: Matt Johnson (Bowling Green), Quentin Poling (Ohio) and Jacob Martinez (Buffalo).
West Division honorees are: Kenny Golladay (Northern Illinois), Kavon Frazier (Central Michigan) and Darius Philliups (Western Michigan).
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Offensive Player of the Week: Bowling Green QB Matt Johnson
Bowling Green senior quarterback Matt Johnson (Johnstown, Pa.) was nothing short of spectacular in leading Bowling Green's offense against No. 25 Tennessee of the SEC in a 59-30 setback. Johnson completed 27-of-49 for a career-high 424 yards and two touchdowns. The 424 yards in a single-game were the 8th-most in school history. It also marked Johnson's fourth career game over 300 yards passing and the third time he has done so in his last four appearances. His 424 yards were the second-most in the country on opening weekend.
Defensive Player of the Week: Ohio LB Quentin Poling
Ohio sophomore linebacker Quentin Poling (Spencerville, Ohio) led the Bobcats with 12 total tackles including a career-high 10 solo hits in their season opening win over Idaho 45-28. He had a sack for a loss of eight yards also forced one fumble and had a pass breakup. The sack and forced fumble were on back to back plays to give the Bobcats great field position on the Idaho 25.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Buffalo PR Jacob Martinez
Buffalo sophomore punt returner Jacob Martinez (Southport, Fla.) returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown in the Bulls 51-14 win over Albany on Saturday. It was the first punt returned for a touchdown by a Buffalo player since Andre Forde had an 83-yard punt return touchdown against Lehigh on Aug. 29, 2002. It was a span of 154 games and ended the longest drought in the FBS. Martinez added a kick return of 18 yards and had a 20-yard receiving touchdown.
Offensive Player of the Week: Northern Illinois WR Kenny Golladay
Northern Illinois junior wide receiver Kenny Golladay (Chicago, Ill.) caught nine passes for 213 yards in NIU’s win over UNLV to average of 23.7 yards per catch. Completions from Drew Hare to Golladay of 41, 48 and 48 yards set up the Huskies’ first three second-half touchdowns. In the first half, he had two catches on the touchdown drive that pulled NIU within seven points with 1:38 remaining. Golladay recorded six catches for 170 yards in the second half as NIU came back from a 17-10 halftime deficit. His 213 yards receiving are tied for the sixth-most in NIU history and are the most since Martel Moore had 224 receiving yards in the 2012 GoDaddy Bowl.
Defensive Player of the Week: Central Michigan DB Kavon Frazier
Central Michigan senior safety Kavon Frazier (Grand Rapids, Mich.) had a career-high 13 tackles in a 24-13 loss against Oklahoma State on Thursday night. The safety made 11 solo stops and added a pair of assisted tackles.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Western Michigan KR Darius Phillips
Western Michigan sophomore kick returner Darius Phillips (Detroit, Mich.) had a career-high 185 yards on four kick returns in a 37-24 loss against No. 5 Michigan State. Phillips opened up the game with a 70-yard kick return to put the Broncos in field goal position. He followed that up after a Michigan State touchdown with a career-long 100-yard kick off return for a touchdown to tie the game at 7-7. His 185 yards were also a career-high and the third-most in a game in Western Michigan history.