The Week 7 weekend slate of college football lacked the marquee matchups the last few weekends had. But while it lacked in high-profile games, it certainly had plenty of terrific individual showings. Here are the top performances from Week 7 action in our College Football Team of the Week.
College Football Team of the Week | Week 7
Week 7 kicked off on Tuesday and wrapped up well after midnight on Saturday. Despite Tennessee fans’ best efforts to never end the weekend, the games wrapped up with several players deserving of praise. Mustard bottles and golf balls aside, Week 7 was just another weekend of terrific football.
Statistics matter, but so does the strength of the opponent, the time in which the player performed at his best, the individual players he went against, and where he won. For more specifics on the selections, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@CamMellor).
We begin with the offense in our Week 7 Team of the Week.
QB: Caleb Williams, Oklahoma
A new era of Oklahoma quarterbacks has officially been ushered in. As if his memorable performance against Texas last week wasn’t enough, Caleb Williams dominated TCU on Saturday. Completing 18 of 23 passes for 295 yards and 4 touchdowns, Williams also ran for a score and 66 total yards on the ground.
Williams is quickly becoming the Big 12’s biggest nightmare — not just for this season, but for the next two years. He’s a rare mix as a pinpoint accurate passer and a deceptively quick elusive runner. Williams already has a Heisman moment in his back pocket. Look for him to rocket up the race for college football’s most prestigious award with more games like he had against TCU.
RB: Jerome Ford, Cincinnati
Single-handedly beating UCF this Saturday, Jerome Ford was truly a game-changer for the Bearcats. Ford scored 4 touchdowns on the ground and had 189 yards on 20 carries. He was unbeatable, making the most of every carry. Even with large rushing lanes created for him, Ford did more than enough on his own to warrant a spot on our Team of the Week.
RB: Tyrion Davis-Price, LSU
Setting a new LSU mark for rushing yards in a game, Tyrion Davis-Price ran like a man on a mission on Saturday. He routinely made Gator defenders miss — or simply ran over them. All told, Davis-Price toted the rock 36 times for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns. His play on the ground was crucial to LSU’s victory over Florida.
WR: David Bell, Purdue
While Purdue’s entire team gets credit for beating Iowa on Saturday, it was actually David Bell who defeated the Hawkeyes. Sure, the Boliermakers’ defense limited Iowa to just 271 yards of total offense. But Bell almost outgained Iowa by himself. He caught 11 balls for 240 yards and had a touchdown late to ice the game. Bell’s unique combination of body control, sure hands, and speed was on full display in the upset victory.
WR: Deven Thompkins, Utah State
Deven Thompkins has arguably some of the shiftiest feet in college football this season. If you’ve not paid attention to Thompkins, you’ve missed out. What he may lack in size at 5’8″, 155 pounds, he more than makes up for with his combination of other skills. Thompkins had 12 catches for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Aggies come-from-behind victory over UNLV.
WR: Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama
On national TV Thursday night, Jalen Tolbert put on a show. Despite being South Alabama’s top target for the past two seasons, Tolbert continually beat his defenders in one-on-one coverage. All the same, Tolbert beat shadow coverage and found the holes in zone coverage with ease as well. He recorded 11 catches for 174 yards and 1 touchdown. Tolbert’s 19.9 yards per catch ranks inside the top 10 in college football.
TE: Cole Turner, Nevada
You had to flip away from the Tennessee-Ole Miss drama to catch the Nevada-Hawaii game. If you did, you were treated to a vintage Cole Turner performance. Hauling in 12 receptions for 175 yards, Turner was a first-down machine for the Wolfpack. Turner hauled in 9 first-down receptions and averaged 14.6 yards per catch with a dominant showing.
FLEX: Quentin Johnston, TCU
It was in defeat, but Quentin Johnston did all he could to keep the Horned Frogs in the game against Oklahoma. While some 3-touchdown performances in losses come in garbage time, Johnston’s touchdowns actually kept TCU in the contest and put pressure on Oklahoma. He finished the game with 7 receptions for 185 yards and 3 scores, each of which brought the score within a possession or two for TCU.
LT: Cole Birmingham, Oklahoma State
The Cowboys are for real, and their offensive line is certainly a big reason for their success this season. Cole Birmingham was integral in paving the way for Oklahoma State’s rushing attack to gain 220 yards. Birmingham moved very well in space and was solid in pass protection. Texas defensive linemen wanted nothing to do with Birmingham in this one.
LG: Ed Ingram, LSU
Ed Ingram’s ability to clear defenders for LSU’s running backs paved the way for a new university record for rushing yards in a game. Sure, he was also great in pass protection — but Ingram’s presence in the rushing game was nothing short of dominant. He planted a defender on a pull that created a nearly 5-yard hole for Davis-Price on one of his touchdown runs.
C: Jacob Gall, Baylor
The Eric Mateos/Jeff Grimes offense at Baylor is humming, and former Buffalo center Jacob Gall is a big reason why. Playing against their former team BYU, Mateos and Grimes dialed up a terrific plan of attack that Gall and the offensive line executed to near perfection. Gall was terrific in all areas and has become one of the nation’s best centers this season.
RG: William Dunkle, San Diego State
It was back on Friday night, but William Dunkle was absolutely dominant for the Aztecs. Creating holes for a rushing attack that largely failed to impress on its own, Dunkle deserves credit for the majority of SDSU’s offensive success. Both quarterbacks received plenty of time in clean pockets, proving Dunkle’s value in both facets.
RT: Daniel Faalele, Minnesota
Daniel Faalele is making himself some serious money this season. After another dominant performance against Nebraska, Faalele once again finds himself on our College Football Team of the Week. He’s a big man, obviously, but moves much like a smaller athlete. He’s improving his hand speed and his lateral movement as he continually adjusts to the spot, showcasing just how high his proverbial ceiling could be.
Kicker: Marshall Meeder, Central Michigan
Marshall Meeder knocked home the game-winner for CMU and was a perfect 4-for-4 on his field goals against Toledo. In a crucial MAC victory, CMU’s kicker nailed a 46-yarder as time expired in the first half before hitting the game-winning 38-yarder in overtime. He made kicks of 38, 44, 46, and 51 yards while also hitting both extra points.
QB: Jake Bentley, South Alabama | Bryce Young, Alabama
RB: Abram Smith, Baylor
RB: Breece Hall, Iowa State
WR: Jerreth Sterns, Western Kentucky
WR: Skyy Moore, Western Michigan
WR: Chris Autman-Bell, Minnesota
TE: Brock Bowers, Georgia
FLEX: Charles Williams, UNLV
LT: Zion Nelson, Miami (FL)
LG: Josh Sills, Oklahoma State
C: Olu Oluwatimi, Virginia
RG: Ben Brown, Ole Miss
RT: Max Mitchell, Louisiana
Kicker: Alex McNulty, Buffalo
Honorable Mention Offense
QB: Aidan O’Connell, Purdue | Bailey Zappe, Western Kentucky
RB: Jevyon Ducker, Northern Illinois | Travis Dye, Oregon
RB: Dae Dae Hunter, Hawaii | Kimani Vidal, Troy
WR: Puka Nacua, BYU
WR: Jacob Cowing, UTEP
WR: Treylon Burks, Arkansas
TE: Trey McBride, Colorado State
FLEX: Jadon Haselwood, Oklahoma
LT: Connor Galvin, Baylor
LG: Sidy Sow, Eastern Michigan
C: John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota
RG: Grant Miller, Baylor
RT: Jeremy James, Ole Miss
Kicker: Matt Araiza, San Diego State