Each week, we’ll be taking a look at the All-American first team, with the assessment being for the body of work of that week alone. Because the contributions of offensive linemen are more big picture and difficult to gauge on a week-by-week basis, they will be excluded from this exercise.
ICYMI: The All-Week 5 team
|Running back||Alvin Kamara||Tennessee|
|Running back||Samaje Perine||Oklahoma|
|Wide receiver||Dede Westbrook||Oklahoma|
|Wide receiver||James Washington||Oklahoma State|
|Tight end||Tyler Petite||Southern California|
QB: Jake Browning | Washington
Watch: Jake Browning earns #Pac12FB Offensive Player of the Week after breaking the UW record for TD passes (6) and TDs responsible for (8). pic.twitter.com/d03BuTRytP— UW Football (@UW_Football) October 11, 2016
Simply put, Browning recorded eight touchdowns in a ferocious Huskie victory at Oregon. The nation’s leader in passer rating was at it again on Saturday, completing 22 of 28 tosses for 304 yards and six scores, while also using his legs to the tune of 21 yards and two more touchdowns. It’s more than obvious at this point that Washington is a true Playoff contender, and Browning is quickly putting himself on the shortlist for the Heisman, as well.
RB: Alvin Kamara | Tennessee
It’s easy to compare Kamara’s all-around performance in the Volunteers’ double-overtime loss at Texas A&M to Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, but even McCaffrey has never put up quite the numbers that Kamara did on Saturday. With starting running back Jalen Hurd out, Kamara stepped up for 127 rushing yards and 161 receiving yards, making him the only player with those numbers in the last two decades. He also added 24 return yards for a Tennessee-record 312 all-purpose yards.
RB: Samaje Perine | Oklahoma
Through four games, many were surprised that Perine was yet to have a 100-yard rushing game. Well, against Texas, he nearly did that in each half. The junior ran for 87 yards in the first half and 127 in the second to finish with 214 yards, his fifth career 200-yard rushing performance.
WR: Dede Westbrook | Oklahoma
#Big12FB: @OU_Football's Dede Westbrook with the (golden) hat trick.— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 8, 2016
Touchdown catches of 71, 42 & 47 today. https://t.co/tDsqRgLZZ2
It wasn’t just Perine making the Texas defense look silly. Baker Mayfield’s new favorite deep target had his second straight monster game, shattering Week 5’s career high with 232 yards. Those came on 10 catches, three of which were for a touchdown of more than 40 yards.
WR: James Washington | Oklahoma State
Washington appeared on here in Week 3 when he had 296 yards against Pittsburgh. Sure, this didn’t come close to that, but it was still an impressive 152-yard, two-touchdown game in the Cowboys’ comeback win over Iowa State. Bonus points go to the junior for catching the game-winning touchdown with a couple of minutes left.
TE: Tyler Petite | Southern California
USC 21, Colorado 14.— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 8, 2016
The Trojans pull ahead on @TylerPetite's second TD of the day! #FightOn #BeatTheBuffs https://t.co/ZZw6x7SstF
It wasn’t a particularly big week for tight ends, and Petite only hauled in two catches for 18 yards. However, he showed his value as a red zone threat by making both of those grabs count for six, scoring two of USC’s three touchdowns in a win over previously ranked Colorado.
K: Bennett Moehring | Navy
Moehring came up big in Navy’s massive upset over Houston, scoring 14 points. Those came on the strength of five extra points and a perfect 3-of-3 kicking field goals. The three-pointers came from 24, 38 and 40 yards, so he didn’t exactly need to boom the kicks, but it still turned out to be the difference in the game.
|Defensive line||Bradley Chubb||NC State|
|Defensive line||Josh Carraway||TCU|
|Defensive line||Taco Charlton||Michigan|
|Linebacker||Brandon Smith||Penn State|
|Linebacker||Jerome Baker||Ohio State|
|Linebacker||Marquel Lee||Wake Forest|
|Safety||Armani Watts||Texas A&M|
|Safety||JaQuan Johnson||Miami (Fla.)|
DL: Bradley Chubb | NC State
Nick’s cousin has carved out a name for himself in the last couple of weeks, following up Week 5’s two-sack performance with three in the hurricane-soaked win over Notre Dame. DeShone Kizer had a miserable day for obvious reasons, but Chubb being able to splash through the mud and apply pressure certainly didn’t make things any easier.
DL: Josh Carraway | TCU
Josh Carraway owned the 4th quarter with three sacks, including this last one to set up TCU's final stop! #BeatKU https://t.co/ZT0aUEOm7y— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) October 8, 2016
TCU only beating Kansas by one point was basically as good as a loss, but Carraway was a clear bright spot. The defensive end won Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors after picking up three sacks and eight tackles on Saturday. What’s more, all three of those sacks came when it mattered most, in the fourth quarter.
DL: Taco Charlton | Michigan
Michigan had a very similar game against Rutgers as Ohio State did in Week 5, thoroughly dominating the Scarlet Knights to the point that no one player really had a standout performance because everyone shared the love. But the Wolverines deserve representation, so Charlton gets the nod because Jabrill Peppers’ contributions came more on offense. The senior picked up a pair of sacks in the 78-point shutout.
LB: Brandon Smith | Penn State
Linebacker U.@PennStateFball's Brandon Smith is your Week 6 #B1G DPOW.— Penn State On BTN (@PennStateOnBTN) October 10, 2016
More video » https://t.co/VL2uta7eqn https://t.co/32uXBELg3K
The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week was instrumental in handing Maryland its first loss of the season. The junior, who has stepped up as a key member of the Penn State defense after so many linebackers have been lost to injury, recorded 14 tackles and an interception in the win.
LB: Josiah Powell | Navy
Think this Pick 6 from Josiah Powell belongs on #SCtop10? We sure do. pic.twitter.com/zJkNE0tUdQ— Navy Athletics (@NavyAthletics) October 9, 2016
Powell was one of the best stories of Week 6, intercepting the first two passes of his career, the second of which was taken back to the house to give Navy its largest lead over Houston. Oh, and he did all that in the first game after switching his jersey number to 58 to honor team captain Daniel Gonzales, who is out for the season.
LB: Jerome Baker | Ohio State
Baker was a game-changer against Indiana, picking up 11 tackles, seven of which were solo. He was also a key component of containing the Hoosiers’ running game, which is usually their go-to offensive weapon. On Saturday, Indiana ran for just under 100 yards as a team.
LB: Marquel Lee | Wake Forest
.@TakeoSpikes51: “(@WakeFB’s Marquel Lee’s) day was so good, it’s almost disrespectful to talk over it.” pic.twitter.com/LmP0siiJrs— FOX Sports South (@FOXSportsSouth) October 9, 2016
Lee was all over the place in Wake Forest’s easy win over Syracuse, racking up 15 tackles, 12 of which were solo, and two sacks. But most impressively, he had 5.5 tackles for loss and made several third-down stops.
CB: Minkah Fitzpatrick | Alabama
Minkah Fitzpatrick returns the INT 100 yards for the touchdown!! #RTR pic.twitter.com/YEITPRTdHJ— Chat Tide (@ChatTide) October 9, 2016
Well, this was an easy one. If a player intercepts three passes, taking one back 100 yards, in a blowout win on the road over top 25 team, he’s going to be here. It’s amazing Austin Allen even kept throwing near Fitzpatrick, because it turned out poorly for him just about every time. In addition to the trio of picks, he also knocked away two more passes and had five tackles.
S: Armani Watts | Texas A&M
Armani Watts with the INT to seal the W for the Aggies who are now 6-0!! @GGPR_BANGER5 is THE BEST safety in college football!! GIG'EM!! pic.twitter.com/fWqvRO4MRh— TAMUHighlights ᴴᴰ (@TamuHighlights) October 9, 2016
The most memorable moment in the Aggies’ thrilling win over Tennessee came courtesy of Watts when he intercepted an errant pass in double overtime for the victory. What might be forgotten was another giant play by Watts, however, when he stripped Kamara near the goal line for a turnover.
S: JaQuan Johnson | Miami (Fla.)
#Miami Top story: @WeAreDBNation1: 'Miami S JaQuan Johnson Running the "alley" ' pic.twitter.com/ojUvvEtFGp, see more https://t.co/ATlvRfJSq8— Jason Leeps (@JasonLeeps) September 9, 2016
Johnson has emerged as one of the key players of Miami’s secondary this year, and he was wonderful against Florida State on Saturday. Johnson had a couple of key tackles, including flattening Dalvin Cook as seen above, and intercepted Sean Maguire deep in Hurricane territory to prevent a possible touchdown and give his team the opportunity to open up a double-digit lead. Of course, the rest is history, but Johnson was still a huge reason why the Hurricanes were a blocked extra point away from overtime.
CB: Jace Whittaker | Arizona
Whittaker didn’t have any interceptions against Utah, but he was just as impressive with five pass breakups. Incredibly enough, all five came in the first half, which was more than the Wildcats’ leader previously had all season.
P: Mitch Wishnowsky | Utah
It’s the second appearance on here for Wishnowsky, an Aussie who continues to be a more-than-suitable replacement for Tom Hackett. Wishnowsky punted the ball six times for 300 yards (an average of 50 yards) and landed five of those inside the 20, including three inside the 5. It’s hard to ask for too much more out of your punter, as he was a big part of Utah’s win.