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 9 team
|Running back||D'Onta Foreman||Texas|
|Running back||Kyle Hicks||TCU|
|H-back||Curtis Samuel||Ohio State|
|Wide receiver||John Ross III||Washington|
|Tight end||David Njoku||Miami (Fla.)|
QB: Lamar Jackson | LouisvilleWelcome back, Lamar Jackson. The man who practically set up shop on the list the first few weeks of the season has been missing in action since. Granted, he’s done more than enough to keep himself at the top of the Heisman Trophy rankings since that time, but he hadn’t really set the world on fire since running wild over Florida State in Week 3.
That is, until Saturday at Boston College, when he was responsible for seven touchdowns for the third time this season. Against one of the top defenses statistically, Jackson completed 12 of 17 passes for 231 yards and four touchdowns. He nearly matched that on the ground, carrying the ball 15 times for 185 yards — and average of 12.3 yards per run — and three trips to the end zone. One interception was his lone blemish on the day, but seven touchdowns certainly allow that to slide.
RB: D’Onta Foreman | Texas
Foreman has been on an absolute mission the last few weeks, elevating himself from “Running back who doesn’t get enough credit for having a very good year” to “Possibly the best running back not named Donnel Pumphrey.” Foreman made his 250-yard performance against Baylor in Week 9 look like child’s play, shattering that mark with the national season-high of 341 yards against Texas Tech. He averaged more than 10 yards per carry, including a 74-yard breakaway with just one shoe on, and scored three times.
RB: Kyle Hicks | TCU
Like Foreman last week, Baylor simply could not do anything against Hicks. The 5-foot-10 junior had 26 carries — easily beating his previous season-high of 18 — for 192 yards. That’s a very nice game, but what earned him a spot on this list was his ability to find the end zone five times. Only four other running backs have managed to achieve that this season. The touchdown above was particularly ridiculous.
HB: Curtis Samuel | Ohio State
Is there a better weapon at an offense’s disposal than Samuel? Despite not being hailed by many as a star, he has been extremely good this season. No player in the country besides Samuel has 400 rushing and receiving yards this season. And Samuel doesn’t just have 400 of each, he is one rushing yard short of hitting the 600/600 mark.
While he had 41 yards on five carries against Nebraska on Saturday, it was the receiving aspect of his game where he really shined. J.T. Barrett found the junior eight times for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Those solid numbers don’t even do complete justice for Samuel, who was an absolute beast in the triumphant win.
WR: John Ross III | Washington
Huskies quarterback Jake Browning very nearly got the nod over Jackson for the quarterback spot in the All-Week 10 team for torching Cal late Saturday night. While he came up a little short of that spot, his favorite target was still an easy pick for the lone true receiver spot this week.
Ross hauled in his 12th, 13th and 14th touchdowns of the year against the Golden Bears, accounting for half of his six receptions. He was able to use his elite speed to get past the secondary seemingly at will, highlighted by his 34.7 yards per reception average. He added an 18-yard run on an end around for good measure.
TE: David Njoku | Miami (Fla.)
It was all working for Njoku and the Hurricanes in a blowout win over Pittsburgh. The junior caught the ball six times for 86 yards and two touchdowns. His first trip to the end zone, which opened up the scoring for the game, made highlight reels for Njoku’s Superman dive into the end zone. Quite a sight from a 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end.
K: Emmit Carpenter | Minnesota
Carpenter showed off the range against Purdue with two makes in as many tries from beyond 50 yards — his first two attempts from that far away this season. His first make came on the first drive of the game from 52 yards, and he followed that up early in the second quarter by connecting from one yard further back. He also made a 28-yard chip shot and converted on all five of his point-after attempts.
|Defensive line||Jordan Willis||Kansas State|
|Defensive line||Josh Banks||Wake Forest|
|Defensive line||Justin Lawler||SMU|
|Cornerback||Damontae Kazee||San Diego State|
|Safety||Malik Hooker||Ohio State|
DL: Jordan Willis | Kansas State
Kansas State fell just short in its bid to upset Oklahoma State, but Willis played a huge part in keeping the Wildcats in the game. While he only had two tackles, he picked up a sack, created an interception by pressuring Mason Rudolph as he threw and was a constant presence in the backfield.
DL: Josh Banks | Wake Forest
Banks had his way with the Virginia offensive line, picking up a pair of sacks in the Demon Deacons’ victory. He also played a big role in plugging up the middle to stop the Virginia run game. The Cavaliers were limited to just 3.3 yards per carry on 32 attempts in the game.
DL: Justin Lawler | SMU
Saturday was not a good day for SMU, with the Mustangs getting trounced 51-7 by Memphis. However, Lawler had a very nice game, picking up nine solo tackles. Of those, four were for a loss, the highest total around the country in Week 10.
LB: Reuben Foster | Alabama
Leonard Fournette continues to wake up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night after having nightmares about Alabama’s front seven, particularly Foster. Fournette did not do any better than last year’s 31-yard showing against the Tide, accounting for just 35 rushing yards on 17 carries. One look at the unbelievable amount of talent Alabama has on its defense provides a pretty good clue as to why that has been the case.
Foster did not let Fournette out of his sight all night long, picking up 11 total tackles in the shutout win. He also assisted on a sack. Alabama’s entire defense was named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, and Foster was right at the center of that.
LB: Ryan Anderson | Alabama
Also playing out of his mind in Baton Rouge was Anderson, who was selected out of a glut of deserving Alabama players to win SEC Defensive Player of the Week. Anderson finished the night with six tackles, a sack and a massive hit on Danny Etling as the ball was released to gift-wrap an interception for Minkah Fitzpatrick.
LB: Nnamdi Oguayo | Washington State
Normally a defensive end but starting at rush linebacker, Oguayo joined a short list of players with three sacks in a game this year with a trio of quarterback takedowns against Arizona. The Washington State pass rush was remarkable in a deafening 69-7 win, setting season-highs for sacks and tackles for loss. Oguayo finished with five total tackles, and the sacks were incredibly enough his first three of the year.
LB: Jayon Brown | UCLA
Brown finished Thursday’s loss to Colorado with 19 total tackles, the third-most by a player this season. Thirteen of those came solo, as he continued to show an excellent ability to get to where the ball is. He now has four double-digit tackle games this year and has had not had fewer than seven in a game. Oh, and he also added a 49-yard fumble recovery and two tackles for loss.
CB: Damontae Kazee | San Diego State
Sure, it’s in Mountain West play, but San Diego State’s defense has been absurd lately. The Aztecs have allowed just 26 points in the last five games since its shocking loss at South Alabama, and a big part of that is Kazee’s tremendous pass coverage.
The senior intercepted two Hawaii passes on Saturday, returning one 54 yards for a touchdown and the other 30 yards. The pick-six was also notable for being the 15th interception of Kazee’s career, a new San Diego State record.
S: Delano Hill | Michigan
Also picking up a pair of interceptions on Saturday was Hill, though he managed just nine return yards out of it. The interceptions were the first since Week 1 for the senior, who also added six tackles. The interceptions were “gifts,” he admitted after the game, but he still had to be doing something right to be in the correct spots.
S: Malik Hooker | Ohio State
Someone from the Ohio State secondary deserved a spot for an absolutely dominant performance against then-No. 10 Nebraska. Hooker and Damon Webb each had interceptions returned for touchdowns, but Hooker gets the nod because of his consistent excellence this season beyond hauling in picks. Hooker is tied for second in the nation in interceptions and has also been an anchor of a loaded Ohio State secondary. On Saturday, he had six tackles and broke up a pass. He unfortunately also had the tackle that knocked out Tommy Armstrong Jr., but that hit was in no way malicious.
CB: Sidney Jones | Washington
Jones keeps things rolling in a good week for people who like players with multiple interceptions — seven players had two picks. Jones was one of those players, snatching away two Davis Webb throws. He also broke up an additional two passes and finished with three tackles. All that made him the Pac-12’s choice for weekly defensive honors.
P: JK Scott | Alabama
The big man with a bigger leg brought his good stuff to LSU and played a key role in Alabama’s defense being able to pitch a shutout. Scott let five punts fly for 258 yards, an average of 51.6 yards per kick. That was highlighted by a 66-yarder, his season-long. Additionally, two of his punts were downed inside the 20 and all but one traveled over 50 yards.