With the 11th weekend of the 2021 season in the books, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor some of the top performances. Each week, Athlon Sports will highlight some of the top performers in college football with its weekly awards section. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, team, and freshman from Week 11:
College Football Week 11 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Will Rogers, QB, Mississippi State
Rogers connected on 44 of 55 throws for 415 yards and six touchdowns in Mississippi State’s road win at Auburn. The Bulldogs started slow start and fell behind 28-3 midway through the second quarter. However, the sophomore’s performance and ability to direct the Air Raid attack helped the Bulldogs use a 40-0 run to take control of the game.
Defensive Player of the Week: Jermaine Johnson, DL, Florida State
Johnson dominated the line of scrimmage in Florida State’s upset win over Miami. The senior helped to limit the 'Canes to just 43 rushing yards on 23 attempts and recorded seven tackles (five for a loss), three sacks and a forced fumble.
Team of the Week: Kansas
The Jayhawks stunned Texas 57-56 in overtime to earn the program’s first Big 12 road win since Oct. 4, 2008. First-year coach Lance Leipold inherited a big rebuilding project in Lawrence, but the Jayhawks have showed progress in a challenging spot this year. Behind backup quarterback Jalon Daniels, the offense scored touchdowns on four of its first five drives, and the defense added an interception return to lift the program to a 35-14 lead at halftime. Texas rallied to tie the game at 49 at the end of regulation, but the Jayhawks scored in overtime and converted the game-winning two-point try to win a 57-56 thriller in Austin. The victory on Saturday was the first time Kansas won at Texas, while the 57 points scored were the most by the program in a road game. Leipold was clearly the right hire for this program, and Saturday's win is just another indication this staff will get things turned around in Lawrence.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Sonny Cumbie, Texas Tech
Texas Tech scored a crucial 41-38 victory over Iowa State to reach bowl eligibility on Saturday. Cumbie directed the Red Raiders to an average of 7.9 yards per play (529 yards) against one of the Big 12's top defenses. Texas Tech jumped out to a 31-14 lead in the first half and made enough timely plays in the second half - including getting into position for a game-winning field goal as time expired - to pull off the upset. Additionally, Cumbie has worked as the program's interim coach for the last two games. With extra duties on his plate and a standout gameplan to direct the program to an important sixth victory, there's no doubt Cumbie deserves this award for Week 11
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Ron Roberts, Baylor
Roberts and head coach Dave Aranda crafted an outstanding gameplan to shut down Oklahoma’s high-powered offense on Saturday. The Sooners managed only 260 yards (4.9 per play) and 14 points in a 27-14 loss. Also, the Bears allowed just two third-down conversions over nine attempts and recorded five sacks and nine tackles for a loss. This group forced two takeaways and allowed just one play of 20-plus yards..