With the 16th weekend of the 2020 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 16:
College Football Week 16 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State
Sermon ran for 331 yards and two touchdowns in Ohio State’s 22-10 victory over Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship.
Defensive Player of the Week: Cade Hall, DL, San Jose State
Hall recorded four tackles (three for a loss) and two sacks in San Jose State’s win over Boise State to win the Mountain West.
Team of the Week: San Jose State
The Spartans capped a historic 2020 season with a 34-20 win over Boise State in the Mountain West Championship Game. The victory over the Broncos gave San Jose State its first conference title since 1990. Coach Brent Brennan’s team went 7-0, and the same balanced effort that led the way all year showed up against Boise State. Quarterback Nick Starkel threw for three touchdowns and helped the offense averaged 6.5 yards per snap. San Jose State’s defense limited the Broncos to just 3.6 yards per snap and one offensive touchdown.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Steve Sarkisian, Alabama
Alabama’s offense gashed Florida for 52 points and 605 yards (7.3 per play) in Saturday night’s win for the SEC title. The Crimson Tide got 418 passing yards behind quarterback Mac Jones, while running back Najee Harris chipped in 178 yards and two touchdowns. Sarkisian’s group went 9 of 15 on third-down attempts and had only one three-and-out.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Brent Venables, Clemson
Clemson’s defense came up big in the rematch against Notre Dame in the ACC title game. The Tigers limited the Fighting Irish to 263 yards (4.5 per play), generated six sacks and 10 tackles for a loss and seven of the 11 drives failed to extend beyond 28 yards. Additionally, Clemson’s defense limited Notre Dame to just 44 rushing yards over 30 carries.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU
Boutte caught 14 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns in LSU’s 53-48 victory against Ole Miss.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Will Anderson, LB, Alabama
Anderson continued his late-season surge with six tackles (two for a loss), two sacks and a forced fumble in Alabama’s win over LSU.