Week 7 of the college footballseason is in the books. The weekend slate provided plenty of highlights, big plays, standout performances and surprises. Saturday’s outstanding slate of games started with Baylor’s 62-38 win over West Virginia, Memphis’ upset over Ole Miss and continued into the afternoon with huge showdowns between Alabama-Texas A&M and Michigan-Michigan State. Saturday night’s action featured LSU’s 35-28 victory over Florida, Ohio State’s 38-10 win against Penn State and Utah’s 34-18 victory over Arizona State.
With another weekend of action in the books, it’s time to hand out the hardware to honor the best of the best from Week 7. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 7:
College Football Week 7 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Seth Russell, QB, Baylor
There were several standout performances in Week 7, including Alabama’s Derrick Henry and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey. However, Russell earns our vote as the top offensive player. In a 62-38 win over West Virginia, Russell torched the Mountaineers’ secondary for 380 passing yards and five scores. The junior also led the offense with 160 rushing yards and added a 16-yard rushing score on the ground in the first quarter.
Defensive Player of the Week: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
Alabama’s secondary was the biggest question mark entering 2015, but this unit is emerging as a strength. The Crimson Tide’s pass defense limited Texas A&M to 284 yards on Saturday, with Fitzpatrick playing a key role in keeping the high-powered offense in check. The freshman recorded two tackles and returned two interceptions for scores. In seven games this season, Fitzpatrick has recorded 24 tackles (three for a loss), two sacks and six pass breakups.
Freshman of the Week: Ryan Willis, QB, Kansas
Minkah Fitzpatrick was the top freshman in Week 7, but with the Crimson Tide corner checking in as our defensive player of the week, let’s spread the wealth and give Willis a tip of the cap for his performance against Texas Tech. The true freshman completed 35 of 50 passes for 330 yards and two scores and nearly guided the Jayhawks to a huge upset over the Red Raiders.
Coordinator of the Week: Kevin Clune, Defensive Coordinator, Utah State
Utah State jumped into the driver’s seat for the Mountain West title with a huge victory over Boise State on Friday night. The Aggies’ defense led the way in the upset win against the Broncos, forcing eight turnovers and limiting Boise State to 4.16 yards per play. The 4.16 yards per play mark was the lowest of the season for Boise State. Additionally, Clune’s defense held the Broncos to just 5 of 16 on third-down conversions, 34 rushing yards and generated four sacks.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa
Despite losing starter Jordan Canzeri in the first half due to an ankle injury, Iowa’s rushing attack didn’t miss a beat against Northwestern’s solid defense. Wadley picked up where Canzeri left off, recording 204 yards and four scores on 26 carries. The 204 yards against the Wildcats were a career high for Wadley.