With the sixth 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 6:
College Football Week 6 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Harris pounded the Ole Miss defense for 206 yards and five touchdowns on the ground and added three catches for 42 yards.
Defensive Player of the Week: Azeez Ojulari, LB, Georgia
Ojulari recorded five tackles (two for a loss), two sacks and two forced fumbles in Georgia’s win over Tennessee.
Team of the Week: Texas A&M
The Aggies scored arguably the biggest win of coach Jimbo Fisher’s tenure by beating Florida 41-38 in College Station on Saturday. Behind a strong effort from Kellen Mond and the offensive line, Texas A&M averaged 7.3 yards per snap and scored on seven of nine drives. While the Gators scored 38 points, the Aggies stepped up on defense with the game on the line, forcing a fumble with less than four minutes left to give the offense a chance to win the game.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Phil Longo, North Carolina
North Carolina’s offense torched Virginia Tech’s defense for 656 yards (9.9 yards per play) in Saturday’s 56-45 win. Longo called an outstanding game for the Tar Heels, as this offense ran for 399 and quarterback Sam Howell was flawless (18 of 23 for 257 yards) through the air. North Carolina converted six of 10 third-down attempts and punted on just three of 12 offensive drives.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Brent Venables, Clemson
Miami entered Saturday’s game with the ACC’s No. 1 scoring offense (43.3 ppg) and ranked near the top of the league with an average of 6.7 yards per snap. Clemson completely shut down the ‘Canes attack, as Venables’ group held Miami to 210 yards and just one offensive touchdown. Of those 210 yards, 98 came on two big plays. The Tigers recorded 11 tackles for a loss, six pass breakups, five sacks and forced three takeaways.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Connor Bazelak, QB, Missouri
Bazelak completed 29 of 34 throws for 406 yards and four touchdowns in Missouri’s 45-41 upset over LSU.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Jared Casey, LB, Kentucky
Casey was instrumental in helping Kentucky’s defense keep Mississippi State out of the end zone on Saturday night. The freshman recorded six tackles against the Bulldogs.