With the fifth weekend of the 2021 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: Brian Robinson, RB, Alabama
Robinson pounded the Ole Miss defense for 171 yards and four touchdowns over 36 carries, helping to lift Alabama to a 42-21 victory over the Rebels. As a result of owning the line of scrimmage thanks to the offensive line and Robinson's strong play, the Crimson Tide held the ball for nearly 38 minutes (37:59) and kept the defense fresh to contain the high-powered Ole Miss attack.
Defensive Player of the Week: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
Dean was instrumental in Georgia’s dominant defensive effort on Saturday. Dean recorded four tackles (two for a loss) and registered a sack for the Bulldogs.
Team of the Week: Cincinnati
The Bearcats made a big statement in South Bend with a 24-13 victory over Notre Dame. Coach Luke Fickell’s team took advantage of a couple of mistakes by the Fighting Irish early to build a 10-0 lead, but the offense came alive behind the arm of quarterback Desmond Ridder to build on the early edge in the second half. The Fighting Irish were limited to just 84 rushing yards, and Cincinnati’s defense made two key fourth-down stops to hold off a late rally. There’s a long ways to go in the 2021 college football season, but the win at Notre Dame is a huge boost to the Bearcats’ CFB Playoff hopes.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Zak Hill, Arizona State
The Sun Devils posted 458 yards (9.2 yards per play) and 42 points in Saturday night’s win over UCLA. Hill’s offense converted five of 10 third-down attempts, scored on seven of 11 drives and connected on a few big plays through the air to score a huge victory in Pac-12 play.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Phil Parker, Iowa
Dominant is the easiest way to sum up Iowa’s defense this year. The Hawkeyes continued their strong play on this side of the ball on Friday night, as Parker’s group limited Maryland to 271 yards and 14 points in a 51-14 victory for Iowa. The Terrapins were limited to only three third-down conversions over nine attempts and only two drives went beyond 19 yards.