Week 10 of the college footballseason is in the books. The weekend slate provided plenty of highlights, big plays, standout performances and surprises.
With another weekend of action in the books, it’s time to hand out the hardware to honor the best of the best from Week 10. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 10:
College Football Week 10 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
The Alabama-LSU showdown was the weekend’s most anticipated matchup, but thanks to Henry and the Crimson Tide offensive line, Saturday night’s contest in Tuscaloosa ended in a convincing 14-point win for Nick Saban’s team. Henry rushed for 210 yards and three scores on 38 carries against the Tigers, which included 78 yards on the game’s final drive to seal the win. The junior’s totals are even more impressive when you consider LSU was limiting opponents to just 93.7 rushing yards per game entering Saturday night’s matchup.
Defensive Player of the Week: Gionni Paul, LB, Utah
Paul might be the best defensive player no one in the nation is talking about. The senior turned in another dominant performance on Saturday night, recording nine tackles (two for a loss), two sacks and one interception in Utah’s 34-23 victory over Washington. Paul also returned a fumble 54 yards for a score in the second quarter. The senior should get strong consideration for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in December.
Coordinator of the Week: Glenn Spencer, Defensive Coordinator, Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State’s surrendered 663 yards and 29 points to TCU, but the box score doesn’t tell the whole story about the clutch performance of Spencer’s defense. The Cowboys limited the Horned Frogs to just nine first-half points, forced four turnovers, ended two drives on fourth-down stops and broke up six passes. Every time TCU started to build momentum on offense, Oklahoma State’s defense made a play. Spencer’s aggressive gameplan worked to perfection, and the Cowboys limited the Horned Frogs to just 1.7 points per offensive possession – the stat Spencer cares the most about.
Freshman of the Week: Jarrett Stidham, QB, Baylor
Stidham earned high marks in his first start for the Bears. With Seth Russell sidelined for the remainder of 2015 with a neck injury, Baylor’s playoff hopes could hinge on how well Stidham performs. In a 31-24 win at Kansas State, Stidham completed 23 of 33 for 419 yards and three scores. He also added one rushing touchdown. Even though Thursday night was only one start, Stidham’s performance showed why Baylor’s offense won’t miss a beat the rest of the year.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas
Bret Bielema’s Razorbacks are known for their ground attack and massive offensive line, but on Saturday, the passing game carried the team to a 53-52 victory in overtime at Ole Miss. Allen threw for a career high 442 yards and recorded six passing scores against the Rebels in the upset road win. Additionally, Allen scored the game-winning two-point conversion on a one-yard rush in overtime. Allen is often overlooked in the conversation among best quarterbacks in the SEC. However, the senior is quietly making a strong case for all-conference honors this season.