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NCAAF Team of the Week: Week 5

Which players really stood out this week? Who should you keep an eye on as the season progresses?

Quarterback: Luke Falk, Washington State

It seems like Luke Falk makes an appearance here every week, but the fact of the matter is that he was hands-down, the best signal caller in college football this past week. Falk completed 34 of his 51 pass attempts for 340 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Cougars pull off an epic upset victory over Sam Darnold and the USC Trojans.

Running Back: Jordan Chunn, Troy


It was quite the week for the Troy Trojans, who upset the No. 25 LSU Tigers at home and made $985,000 while doing so. The man who led the Trojans’ upset victory was running back Jordan Chunn, who picked up 191 rushing yards and a touchdown on 30 carries, and was a key cog of a tough and impressive Troy offense.

Wide Receiver: Dante Pettis, Washington


Dante Pettis was a star for the Washington Huskies in their 42-7 victory over conference rival Oregon State. Pettis caught 12 balls for 105 yards and three touchdowns, making him responsible for half of the points scored by the Huskies. Look for Pettis to continue putting up monster performances as the Huskies look to solidify themselves as one of college football’s top teams.

Wide Receiver: Jalen Guyton, North Texas


Jalen Guyton was a beast for the North Texas Mean Green in their 43-28 win over conference rival Southern Mississippi. Guyton hauled in 14 receptions for 211 yards and a touchdown for the Mean Green in their big victory. If Guyton can keep up the strong play, he could become one of college football’s best under the radar wide receivers, and college football fans definitely should keep an eye on him.

Tight End: Adam Breneman, UMASS


Tight end Adam Breneman put on quite a show for the UMass Minutemen in their close 50-58 loss to the Ohio Bobcats. Breneman led the Minutemen in receiving as he caught 12 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Look for him to put on many more strong showings as the season progresses.

Offensive Line: Auburn Tigers


The Auburn Tigers’ offensive line was stellar in the No. 13 Tigers’ 49-10 blowout victory over conference rival No. 24 Mississippi State. Behind this group, quarterback Jarrett Stidham completed 13 of his 16 pass attempts for 264 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Kerryon Johnson led the Tigers in rushing with 116 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. Thanks to the O-line’s strong performance, the Tigers will likely rise up in the rankings.

Defensive End: Austin Bryant, Clemson


Austin Bryant was a force for the Clemson defense in the Tigers’ 31-17 win over Virginia Tech. Bryant put on a show, finishing the game with five tackles, two and a half tackles for loss, and an interception. Look for Bryant to continue anchoring a stellar Clemson defense as the Tigers make their run for their second consecutive national championship victory.

Defensive Tackle: Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame


Jerry Tillery was outstanding in No. 22 Notre Dame’s 52-17 victory over the Miami RedHawks. Tillery was a key contributor for the Fighting Irish’s defense, finishing the contest with three tackles, one and a half sacks, one quarterback hurry, and a forced fumble. Keep an eye on Tillery and the Fighting Irish defense as Notre Dame continues their rise up the rankings.

Linebacker: Joel Lanning, Iowa State


Joel Lanning made the major switch from quarterback to linebacker for Iowa State this season, and he certainly impressed in the Cyclones’ 7-17 loss to the Texas Longhorns. Lanning finished the game at the top of the Cyclones’ defensive stat sheet, leading the team with 20 tackles. He is definitely an interesting player to keep an eye on, as he could be an intriguing prospect in next year’s NFL Draft.

Cornerback: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama


Minkah Fitzpatrick once again showed why he is one of the nation’s top cornerbacks in Alabama’s huge 66-3 win over the Ole Miss Rebels. Fitzpatrick led the Crimson Tide defense with eight tackles, one sack, and two tackles for loss. He is a key reason why Alabama is so dominant, and will be a highly-sought-after player in the NFL Draft next April.

Safety: DeShon Elliott, Texas


Texas safety DeShon Elliott was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after the Longhorns’ 17-7 victory over Iowa State and it is clear to see why. Elliott was excellent on Thursday night, finishing with six tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, one pass defensed, and two interceptions. Look for Elliott to keep up the strong play as the season progresses.

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Justin Boguslavsky

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NCAAF Team of the Week: Week 5

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