Week 6 of the 2016 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments. Texas A&M edged Tennessee in an overtime thriller, Alabama dominated Arkansas, Florida State escaped Miami with its seventh win in a row in this series, while Washington snapped a 12-game losing streak to Oregon with a 70-21 blowout victory over the Ducks.
With the sixth 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 6:
College Football Week 6 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Jake Browning, QB, Washington
Thanks to a record-setting night from Browning, Washington’s 12-game losing streak against Oregon is over. Browning completed 22 of 28 throws for 304 yards and six touchdowns and added two more rushing scores in a 70-21 rout of the Ducks.
Defensive Player of the Week: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
Fitzpatrick delivered a handful of game-changing plays for Alabama’s defense in Saturday’s win over Arkansas. The sophomore recorded five tackles, broke up two passes and intercepted three passes – all in the second half. Fitzpatrick returned one of those interceptions for a 100-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Joe Moorhead, Penn State
Moorhead has brought a spark to Penn State’s offense in his first year as the team’s coordinator, and the Nittany Lions rolled up 38 points and averaged 6.5 yards per play in Saturday’s 38-14 victory over Maryland. Moorhead effectively utilized the ground attack (372 yards), with the offense dominating the time of possession (35 minutes to 25 for Maryland).
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Bud Foster, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech’s defense was dominant in Saturday’s 34-3 win over North Carolina. The Hokies limited the Tar Heels to just 131 total yards, forced four turnovers and allowed only two conversions on 14 third-down attempts.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M
Williams led the way for a Texas A&M ground attack that recorded 353 yards and averaged 7.1 yards per carry in the overtime win over Tennessee. Williams rushed 28 times for 217 yards and one score.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Xavier Crawford, CB, Oregon State
Crawford helped Oregon State hold California’s high-powered passing attack to just 124 passing yards and recorded 10 stops (one for a loss) and three pass breakups.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s offense was rarely stopped in Saturday’s win over Texas, as quarterback Baker Mayfield, running back Samaje Perine and receiver Dede Westbrook delivered big performances. Westbrook caught 10 passes for a school-record 232 yards and three scores.
Team of the Week: Navy
The Midshipmen dealt a major setback to Houston with a 46-40 victory over the Cougars on Saturday. Navy’s win knocked Houston from the ranks of the unbeaten and likely ended any hopes the Cougars had of making the College Football Playoff. The Midshipmen rushed for 306 yards against a stout Houston front seven and scored 17 points off three turnovers by the Cougars.