Week 11 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 11. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 11:
College Football Week 11 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Oklahoma took a step forward in the race to win the Big 12 and potentially a spot in the College Football Playoff with a 44-34 victory at Baylor on Saturday night. Mayfield led the way for the Sooners’ offense, completing 24 of 34 passes for 270 yards and three scores. He also added 76 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Mayfield also made one of the biggest plays of the game by scrambling in the pocket on third-and-goal with less than five minutes remaining, eventually hitting H-back Dimitri Flowers for a seven-yard score. The touchdown toss to Flowers gave the Sooners a 10-point lead and ended Baylor’s hopes of an unbeaten season.
Defensive Player of the Week: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
Alabama’s defense turned in another dominant effort on Saturday, forcing nine sacks and holding Mississippi State to just six points and 4.5 yards per play. Allen led the way for the Crimson Tide’s dominant effort in the trenches, recording three sacks, seven tackles (three for a loss) and one forced fumble. The junior was also a big reason why Mississippi State rushed for just 89 yards on 42 attempts.
Coordinator of the Week: Robb Smith, Defensive Coordinator, Arkansas
For the second year in a row, Arkansas is finishing the season as one of the hottest teams in the nation. The Razorbacks earned their fourth consecutive victory by defeating LSU 31-14 in Baton Rouge on Saturday night. Both sides of the ball delivered for coach Bret Bielema, but Smith’s defense found the right gameplan to contain running back Leonard Fournette (91 yards) and limited the Tigers to just 14 points. Additionally, Smith’s defense forced two turnovers, five sacks and eight tackles for a loss. Only three of LSU’s 11 drives spanned longer than 50 yards.
Freshman of the Week: Jalin Moore, RB, Appalachian State
With standout running back Marcus Cox sidelined due to a few nagging injuries, the Appalachian State coaching staff turned to Moore to handle the ground attack. The redshirt freshman gashed Idaho’s defense for 244 rushing yards on 27 attempts, which led the way for a Mountaineers’ ground attack that recorded 401 overall yards. The 244 rushing yards by Moore set an Appalachian State freshman record.
Unsung Hero: Kyle Postma, QB, Houston
Houston’s unbeaten season, American Athletic Conference title chances and opportunity to play in a New Year’s Six bowl was hanging in the balance after starting quarterback Greg Ward suffered an ankle injury in the first half against Memphis. However, due to Postma’s performance, coach Tom Herman’s team rallied for a 35-34 over the Tigers and improved to 10-0 this season. Postma completed 21 of 33 passes for 236 yards and one score and added 49 yards and one touchdown on the ground. The sophomore also delivered in the clutch, leading Houston on a nine-play, 77-yard drive to score the game-winning touchdown with less than two minutes remaining.