Athlon hands out the awards from the Week 5 action.
Week 5 of the 2017 college football season was filled with several intriguing matchups and storylines. Washington State upset USC on Friday night, Georgia and Auburn crushed conference foes for key SEC wins, and Clemson improved to 5-0 after an impressive road victory against Virginia Tech. Additionally, Troy upset LSU, Alabama handled Ole Miss, Oklahoma State survived a tough road trip to Oklahoma State, and Penn State defeated Indiana to remain unbeaten.
With the fifth weekend of the 2017 season 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: Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
Love continued to set a ridiculous pace through Stanford’s first five games of the season, as he torched Arizona State’s run defense for 301 yards and three touchdowns on 25 attempts. The 301 yards set a new school record, and the junior has topped at least 160 yards in every game in 2017.
Defensive Player of the Week: Dorian O’Daniel, LB, Clemson
O’Daniel led the way for Clemson’s defense in a key road win at Virginia Tech. He collected 10 tackles (one for a loss), one sack, one fumble recovery and one interception. O’Daniel’s interception in the fourth quarter was returned 22 yards for a touchdown.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Brian Daboll, Alabama
Daboll has Alabama's offense firing on all cylinders and averaging 46.2 points per game through the first month of the season. The Crimson Tide's offensive performance against Ole Miss was nearly flawless. The Crimson Tide recorded 613 total yards (8.2 yards per play), scored eight touchdowns and punted only twice.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Alex Grinch, Washington State
Mike Leach’s teams are known for high-scoring offenses, but the Washington State defense has showed marked improvement under Grinch’s direction and was instrumental in Friday night’s win over USC. The Cougars limited USC to just 327 yards (5.6 per play), allowed only two third-down conversions, forced two turnovers, five sacks and six tackles for a loss. The second turnover (a forced fumble) ended USC’s hopes of driving into position for a game-tying field goal. Additionally, the 164 passing yards by quarterback Sam Darnold were the lowest in his career as the USC starter.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Armani Rogers, QB, UNLV
The Rebels opened Mountain West play with a 41-13 victory over San Jose State. Rogers continues to impress in his first season of action, completing 11 of 16 passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 71 yards and two scores on 17 carries. The redshirt freshman is averaging 241.3 total yards per game this year.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Jahad Woods, LB, Washington State
A season-ending injury to Peyton Pelluer has forced coordinator Alex Grinch to shuffle his linebacker unit. However, with players like Woods leading the way, this group should be in great shape for the remainder of the 2017 season. In Friday night’s win over USC, Woods led the defense with nine tackles (seven solo and one for a loss), recorded one sack and forced a fumble with less than two minutes remaining to seal the victory.
Team of the Week: Troy
Saturday night showcased why third-year coach Neal Brown is one of college football’s rising stars. Brown guided Troy to a 24-21 victory in Baton Rouge over LSU, which improved the Trojans’ record to 4-1 going into October. Brown is known for his background on offense, and Troy’s attack managed 5.2 yards per play against a fast and athletic defense. Although the Trojans gave up 428 yards to LSU’s offense, this unit made timely plays when it mattered. Troy forced four turnovers, generated three sacks and did not allow the Tigers to convert a third-down attempt. The victory over LSU was Troy’s second over a ranked team in its program history.
Unsung Hero of the Week (Offense): Max Bortenschlager, QB, Maryland
Maryland is down to its third starting quarterback of 2017 but that didn’t slow coach DJ Durkin’s team in Saturday’s win at Minnesota. With Kasim Hill and Tyrrell Pigrome sidelined for the remainder of 2017, Bortenschlager made his first start of the season and completed 18 of 28 throws for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the 31-24 victory over the Golden Gophers. He also added one rushing score.
Unsung Hero of the Week (Defense): Jalen Davis, CB, Utah State
Utah State’s defense forced seven turnovers in Friday night’s 40-24 victory over BYU. Davis accounted for three of those, as he intercepted three passes, recorded five tackles and broke up one pass attempt. He returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns.