With the fifth 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 5:
College Football Week 5 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Reggie Roberson Jr., WR, SMU
Roberson caught five passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns in SMU’s win over Memphis. The senior took a 70-yard pass for a score in the first quarter and hauled in an 85-yard touchdown in the second.
Defensive Player of the Week: Darius Stills, DL, West Virginia
Stills dominated the line of scrimmage in West Virginia’s win over Baylor. The senior recorded four tackles (3.5 for a loss) and 2.5 sacks on Saturday, while also leading a defense that limited the Bears to just 3.6 yards per play.
Team of the Week: Iowa State
The Cyclones earn this honor after defeating Oklahoma in Ames for the first time since 1960 on Saturday night. Quarterback Brock Purdy led an offense that averaged 7.4 yards per snap, with running back Breece Hall adding 139 yards on the ground, including the go-ahead touchdown with just over four minutes remaining. Iowa State’s defense did not allow the Sooners to post a run longer than 17 yards, recorded eight tackles for a loss and two sacks and picked off a pass in the end zone to secure the victory.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Todd Monken, Georgia
Georgia’s offense took a big step forward in a convincing win over Auburn on Saturday night. Behind a balanced attack (240 passing yards to 202 rushing), the Bulldogs averaged 6.1 yards per snap and converted nine of 14 third-down attempts. Better play out of the trenches allowed Georgia to average 4.5 yards per rush, and quarterback Stetson Bennett was steady (17 of 28 for 240 yards) in his first start.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Barry Odom, Arkansas
Odom had the right defensive gameplan to slow down Mississippi State’s high-powered offense on Saturday night. Arkansas limited the Bulldogs to 4.8 yards per snap, generated four takeaways and allowed just two drives to extend beyond 45 yards. Mississippi State scored 44 points and averaged 8.3 yards per play in the opener against LSU. However, the Razorbacks held this group to just two touchdowns and less than five yards per snap.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Grayson McCall, QB, Coastal Carolina
McCall completed 20 of 29 throws for 322 yards and four touchdowns and added 44 yards over 17 carries in Coastal Carolina’s 52-23 win over Arkansas State.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Malachi Moore, S, Alabama
Moore recorded six tackles, one interception, and two pass breakups in Alabama’s win over Texas A&M.