Smith: Maxwell Club Player of the Week

  • By Mark Wolpert
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  • October 02, 2012 10:12 AM
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Each week during the 2012 college football season the Maxwell Football Club (MFC) will select a Player of the Week in recognition of outstanding performance in the previous weekend's games. There will be winners selected for both the Maxwell Award and Chuck Bednarik Award presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

Fans across America can nominate a Player of the Week by visiting the Maxwell Football Club website www.maxwellfootballclub.org and completing the Player of the Week submission on the main page of the website. The Player of the Week winners will be selected by the Maxwell Football Club national selection committee. Winners will be announced on Tuesdays during the college football season.

The Maxwell Football Club also offers fans the opportunity to become members of our organization and participate in our Club's events throughout the year. Members also have voting rights for the Maxwell Award (Collegiate Player of the Year), Chuck Bednarik Award presented by Cracker Barrel (Outstanding Collegiate Defensive Player of the Year), and the MFC National Coach of the Year Award. For information on how to become a Maxwell Football Club member please visit http://maxwellfootballclub.org/join-our-club .

Maxwell Football Club Players of the Week - Week Five

Maxwell Award Player of the Week

Geno Smith - West Virginia

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has been selected as the Maxwell Award Player of the Week in recognition of his outstanding performance in the Mountaineers 70-63 win over Baylor. Smith, a senior, who hails from Miami, Florida, threw for a Big 12 record 8 touchdowns in West Virginia's first game in the conference.

Smith passed for 656 yards and eight touchdowns and completed 45-of-51 passes and had no interceptions. Six of Smith's WVU receivers had 100 or more receiving yards in the game. In 4 games this season Smith has passed for an astonishing 1728 yards and 20 touchdowns. He is averaging 432 yards passing a game.

"The media asked me after the game how Geno could improve on his performance. When you look at the stats, that's a hard question to answer, but I know Geno could come up with some things," WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "Geno is a perfectionist and is always studying film and trying to get better. He was upset about the six incompletions, but he led us to the win and that is the most important thing to him."

Smith will be back in action on Saturday October 5th as WVU travels to Austin to take on the 11th ranked Texas Longhorns.

Chuck Bednarik Player of the Week Award presented by Cracker Barrel

Will Sutton - Arizona State

Will Sutton led the Arizona State defense from his tackle spot as the Sun Devils knocked off PAC 12 conference foe California. His effort has earned him recognition as the Chuck Bednarik Award presented by Cracker Barrel Player of the Week.

Sutton was dominant on Saturday recording 8 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. He was a disruptive force to the Golden Bears offense all afternoon.

For the season he has 34 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks. He is a sideline to sideline player which is a rarity at the defensive tackle position. Sutton is a junior who hails from Corona, California.

ASU Coach Todd Graham said, "One the good Lord has blessed him with some great ability, he has great get-off and so much natural ability. I think he is really smart. If you ask me what Will's number one asset is, he is very smart. Obviously he is very physically talented and gifted, but he just has a passion inside of him that is unique and plays with that passion. What we have done is take a system and design that system for him and then he plays smart, he plays disciplined and therefore he excels. He is a very special player and has some very special gifts."

The Sun Devils next face Colorado on October 11th.