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Week 0 MWC Players of the Week

Week 0 kicks off a thrilling college football season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 24 Hawaii at San Diego State Photo by Tom Walko/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Well that’s one way to kick-off the college football season.

Hawaii’s thrilling 45-38 victory over Arizona came down to the one yard line, where Wildcats quarterback Khalil Tate was tackled just short of the endzone as time expired.

Along with the exciting outcome, a few players on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on the field. This sparks the debut of Mountain West Conference Players of the Week. Each week during the college football season, we’ll select one offensive, defensive and special teams player that stuffed the stat sheet and earned a spot on the list.

* Important Note: Since Week 0 only featured Hawaii, each member of the list will be Hawaii players only.

Let’s see how this goes.

OFFENSE:

Cedric Byrd III: WR, Hawaii. 14 catches for 224 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns.

This pick was easy, right? Byrd is the first receiver in the FBS to haul in four touchdowns catches in the opening game of a season in over 20 years. Cole McDonald would be a runner up, but Byrd’s speed and acceleration in the open field stole the show.

DEFENSE:

Manly Williams: DE, Hawaii. 2 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 assisted.

Williams didn’t stuff the stat sheet, but his extra-effort on the last play of the game forced Tate to change his direction at the last second, which helped the Rainbow Warriors wrap him up at the goal line. Williams sprinted almost 40 yards to chase down Tate, and it helped Hawaii secure the win.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Ryan Meskell: Kicker, Hawaii. 9 points, 1 FG (34 yds.) 6/6 XP.

Melquise Stovall did have 65 return yards, but Meskell’s perfection with his foot kept the game close. A missed extra point or field goal may have turned the game into a disastrous mess.

If you think my picks this week were wrong, feel free to explain who should’ve gotten the nod in the comments below. Week 0 was easy, but there will be plenty of controversy as the season goes along.