As the only conference game last week, West Virginia and Kansas provided all of the league’s weekly award winners on Monday. However, given the level of their performances, there was nothing “default” about the selections of the three Mountaineers.
West Virginia’s Leddie Brown was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, while Josh Chandler-Semedo picked up Defensive Player of the Week. Freshman defensive lineman Akheem Mesidor collected Newcomer of the Week and junior tailback Pooka Williams Jr. was selected as Special Teams Player of the Week.
Brown finished with a career-high 195 yards on 18 carries against Kansas for his third 100-yard rushing performance of the season. He also caught a six-yard touchdown from Jarret Doege in the second quarter for his second receiving TD of the season. His 87-yard run in the third quarter was the longest for a Mountaineer since November 2009.
Chandler-Semedo tied for a game-high nine tackles while registering a pass breakup and assisting on a tackle-for-loss. He was one of the main cogs on the WVU defense that held Kansas to 62 yards rushing, 95 yards passing and 157 yards of total offense.
A 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter helped Williams Jr., collect his award. It was the first kick return TD by a Jayhawk since 2016 and the first of his career. Williams increased his career kickoff return yardage to 443.
Mesidor finished with six tackles, including tying for a team-high five solo tackles in West Virginia’s win over Kansas. He tied for a team-best 2.5 tackles-for-loss and tied for a team-high two sacks. All of his numbers were season highs.