Athlon hands out the awards from the Week 5 action.
Week 5 of the 2016 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments. Clemson edged Louisville in a Saturday night thriller, Washington dominated Stanford on Friday night, Tennessee defeated Georgia on a last-second Hail Mary touchdown pass, Michigan knocked off Wisconsin in a defensive slugfest, and North Carolina upset Florida State in Tallahassee.
With the fifth weekend of games in the books, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor some of the top performances. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, team, freshman and unsung hero from Week 5:
College Football Week 5 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Watson was relatively quiet through the first four weeks of the season but stepped up with the game on the line against Louisville. The junior was a big reason for Clemson’s huge victory, as he completed 20 of 31 passes for 306 yards and five scores and rushed for 91 yards on 14 carries. Watson’s 31-yard touchdown to tight end Jordan Leggett with less than four minutes to go was just enough for Clemson to knock Louisville from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Defensive Player of the Week: Ifeadi Odenigbo, DL, Northwestern
Odenigbo lived in the Iowa backfield in Northwestern’s 38-31 upset over the Hawkeyes on Saturday. The senior recorded five tackles (four for a loss), four sacks and one forced fumble. Odenigbo’s play led a strong effort by the Wildcats’ defensive line, which limited Iowa to just 1.9 yards per carry and sacked quarterback C.J. Beathard six times.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma
Oklahoma rebounded from the Week 3 loss to Ohio State by picking up a 52-46 victory over TCU to open Big 12 play. Riley’s gameplan utilized a balanced attack (260 rushing yards to 274 passing yards) to average 6.8 yards per play. Running back Joe Mixon accounted for 175 total yards, and quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 23 of 30 passes for 274 yards and two scores.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Pete Kwiatkowski, Washington
Washington’s 44-6 win over Stanford on Friday night was a statement win for coach Chris Petersen’s program. Both sides of the ball were outstanding, but a tip of the cap goes to Kwiatkowski’s defense. The Huskies held the Cardinal to just six points, only 3.7 yards per play and just three drives lasted longer than five plays. Washington also won the battle at the line of scrimmage, recording eight sacks, 10 tackles for a loss and limited standout Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey to just 49 rushing yards.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State
Hill has provided a spark for Oklahoma State’s ground attack over the last two weeks, including a strong 135-yard effort in the 49-31 victory over Texas. Hill averaged 5.4 yards per rush (25 attempts) and reached the end zone once against the Longhorns. The freshman has posted back-to-back 100-yard games.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Bryce Hall, DB, Virginia
Thanks to a standout effort on defense, Virginia won its ACC opener under new coach Bronco Mendenhall. The Cavaliers forced six turnovers and limited Duke to 5.1 yards per play in the 34-20 victory. Hall stepped up for a Virginia secondary that has been hit hard by injuries in 2016. The freshman recorded four tackles, one pass breakup and two interceptions in Saturday’s win.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Trubisky has been on fire during North Carolina’s four-game winning streak, including a stellar performance in Saturday’s 37-35 victory over Florida State. The junior torched the Seminoles’ secondary for 405 yards and three scores and guided the offense in position for a game-winning field goal as time expired. Trubisky has yet to throw an interception on 175 attempts this season.
Team of the Week: Clemson
Saturday’s top-five matchup between Clemson and Louisville certainly lived up to the hype. And for the second year in a row, the Tigers showed the path to an ACC title still runs through Death Valley. Quarterback Deshaun Watson led the way on offense, throwing for 306 yards and five scores and accounting for 91 on the ground. Stopping Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has eluded every team this season, but Clemson’s defense made plays when it counted, which included 10 tackles for a loss and three forced turnovers.