With the fifth weekend of the 2019 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 5:
College Football Week 5 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Smith caught 11 passes for 274 yards and five touchdowns in Alabama’s 59-31 victory against Ole Miss.
Defensive Player of the Week: Julian Okwara, DE, Notre Dame
Okwara recorded three tackles (three for a loss), three sacks and two forced fumbles in Notre Dame’s win over Virginia.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Andy Ludwig, Utah
The Utes didn’t have running back Zack Moss or receiver Britain Covey, but the offense still posted 526 yards (7.4 a play) and 38 points in a win over Washington State. Utah converted 6 of 12 third-down attempts, had zero three-and-outs and dominated time of possession (34:28 to 25:32). With Moss and Covey out, Ludwig put the ball and control of the offense in the hands of quarterback Tyler Huntley (365 total yards and four touchdowns). But the Utes also recorded 192 yards on the ground, with Devonta’e Henry-Cole rushing for 79 yards over 15 attempts.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Greg Mattison, Ohio State
Mattison and co-coordinator Jeff Hafley had Ohio State’s defense ready to play at Nebraska on Saturday night. The Buckeyes limited the Cornhuskers to 231 yards (4.1 yards per play) and forced three takeaways. Nebraska had only 47 passing yards and no completion went beyond 10 yards. Additionally, 80 of the yards allowed by Ohio State came late in the fourth quarter with the outcome no longer in doubt.
Team of the Week: Ohio State
The Buckeyes crushed Nebraska 48-7 on Saturday night to move to 5-0 under first-year coach Ryan Day. Ohio State’s offense recorded 580 overall yards (7.7 per play), with 368 coming on the ground. The defense held the Cornhuskers to just 231 yards, with most of the production coming late in the contest when the outcome was no longer in doubt. The Buckeyes also converted 10 of 13 third-down plays and punted only one time. The win on Saturday night was a statement victory for Day and his team, as Ohio State showcased why it is clearly one of the top teams in the nation this year.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Bo Nix, QB, Auburn
Nix completed 16 of 21 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns and added 56 yards and a score in Auburn’s 56-23 win over Mississippi State.
Freshmen of the Week (Defense): Trent McDuffie/Cameron Williams, DB, Washington
This freshman duo played a key role in Washington’s defensive effort in the win over USC. McDuffie paced the defense with nine tackles, while Williams recorded five tackles and picked off two passes.