With the seventh 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 7:
College Football Week 7 Awards
Co-Offensive Player of the Week: David Bell, WR, Purdue
Bell led the way for Purdue’s upset over Iowa by torching the Hawkeyes’ standout secondary for 11 catches for 240 yards and a touchdown.
Co-Offensive Player of the Week: Tyrion Davis-Price, RB, LSU
Davis-Price ran for 287 yards and three touchdowns in LSU’s upset of Florida.
Defensive Player of the Week: Will Anderson, LB, Alabama
Anderson recorded six tackles (four for a loss), one pass breakup and four sacks in Alabama’s 49-9 win over Mississippi State.
Team of the Week: Purdue
The Boilermakers added another upset to college football’s chaotic 2021 season on Saturday. Purdue stunned Iowa 24-7 behind an offense that consistently moved the ball behind quarterback Aidan O’Connell (375 yards) and the play of receiver David Bell (11 catches for 240 yards). The defense also played a huge role in the upset, forcing four turnovers and limiting Iowa to just 76 rushing yards. With the win on Saturday, the Boilermakers have won four out of the last five over the Hawkeyes.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Jeff Grimes, Baylor
The Bears continued to show marked improvement on offense under Grimes’ watch, as this unit scored 38 points and averaged 7.1 yards per snap in Saturday’s win over BYU. Baylor pounded the Cougars’ defense for 303 yards and four scores on the ground, while quarterback Gerry Bohanon threw for 231 yards on 18 completions. The Bears punted only two times, controlled the time of possession (35:36) and converted on seven of 15 third-down attempts in Saturday’s win.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Jim Knowles, Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State’s defense stepped up in the second half to secure the victory over Texas. The Cowboys limited the Longhorns to just seven points and 92 yards over the final two quarters, with the defense also forcing a late turnover to seal a huge win for coach Mike Gundy’s team.
True Freshman of the Week: Caleb Williams, QB, Oklahoma
Williams was outstanding in his first career start for the Sooners. Oklahoma’s offense averaged 9.1 yards per play and scored 52 points, which was powered by Williams throwing for 295 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for 66 yards and a score on the ground.