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College Football All-Week 6 Team

Carl StineCorrespondent INovember 1, 2016

College Football All-Week 6 Team

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    Let's take a look back at the best of the best from the sixth week in college football.

    This list includes a breakdown of the best players at every position, with one slot for kick returner or punt returner and one for a head coach.

    There are a few on this list who were participants in a loss for their team this weekend, but their performance earned them a spot on the All-Week 6 team despite that.

    Overall, though, the majority of players found here were part of big wins and instrumental in a victory.

    For those of you who are concerned, Matt Barkley just missed the cut.

Sean Sellwood, P, Utah

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    Stats: Four punts, 46.5 yards per punt

    Sellwood is one of the few players on this list who was part of a losing effort in Week 6.

    The punter certainly cannot be blamed for Utah's loss to USC, however. He booted the ball four times, averaging over 46 yards per punt and doing his job to keep USC in check.

    Unfortunately for him and his Ute teammates, the defense couldn't do the same.

Jordan Hill, DL, Penn State

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    Stats: Eight tackles, .5 sack

    Northwestern was undefeated going into this weekend and boasted a stellar rushing attack that netted an average of nearly 282 yards per game.

    Thanks to Hill and his Nittany Lion teammates, they are undefeated no more.

    Hill garnered eight tackles from his defensive tackle position, effectively clogging the middle of the field and wreaking havoc in the Wildcats backfield, even when not directly involved in a sack.

    Hill was overlooked last season at times, stuck in the shadow of star defensive tackle Devon Still. He is coming into his own this season and appears to be on the verge of a huge campaign.

Scott Crichton, DL, Oregon State

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    Stats: Four tackles, three sacks

    Crichton and his mates on the defensive side of the ball for Oregon State were huge against Washington State in Week 6.

    The final score was 19-6 on a day which saw the Beaver offense struggle to produce, putting up only 19 points on a team that has allowed an average of 30.3 points per game.

    Crichton's three sacks were a huge part of keeping Washington State out of the game. He has a total of six sacks for the season.

Trey Flowers, DL, Arkansas

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    Stats: Five tackles, 3.5 sacks

    Arkansas' season could most accurately be described as a dumpster fire going into their contest against Auburn in Week 6.

    A loss to the Tigers would give the Hogs a five-game losing streak.

    Flowers and his teammates on the defensive side of the ball had other ideas.

    His performance was key to the Razorbacks' success, as he registered a whopping 3.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries and was part of a defensive effort that limited Auburn to only 40 yards rushing.

Brandon Sharpe, DL, Syracuse

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    Stats: Four sacks, six tackles for loss

    Sharpe's four sacks were the icing on the cake for Syracuse as the Orange pulled off the win against Pitt. His six tackles for loss rank second in Syracuse history for a single-game performance.

    Contrary to popular belief, they can play football at Syracuse.

Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

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    Stats: 10 tackles, pass defended

    Deny it all you will, but Notre Dame is very, very good this season.

    The Irish beat Miami, 41-3. A week after the Hurricanes scored six touchdowns against N.C. State, Notre Dame held them without a touchdown.

    That is the third straight opponent the Irish have held without a touchdown.

    Te'o is the anchor of that incredible defense, and he continued his solid play with a 10-tackle performance against the 'Canes.

Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

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    Stats: 20 tackles, two sacks, forced fumble

    LSU was handled by Florida over the weekend, but it was not Minter's fault.

    His 20 tackles easily led all players, while he registered two sacks and a forced fumble.

    Not much went right for Les Miles' squad against the Gators, but Minter definitely left his mark on Florida and Jeff Driskel.

    His 20 tackles were the second most registered by an LSU player in history, behind only Al Richardson's 21-tackle performance against South Carolina back in 1982.

Dominick LeGrande, DB, Marshall

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    Stats: 16 tackles

    In spite of the fact that LeGrande and his Marshall teammates lost their game against Tulsa by a touchdown, he makes this list.

    The man registered 16 tackles from his safety position, flying all over the field to make plays.

    While it is almost never a good thing when a player in your secondary is the leading tackler, LeGrande demonstrated his ability to impact the game in a huge way.

Jimmie Ward, DB, Northern Illinois

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    Stats: 12 tackles, interception, pass defended

    Ward registered his second consecutive 12-tackle game, and he registered his second interception of the season in Northern Illinois' win over Ball State.

    His 12 stops led the team in the game. He was active when called upon in coverage, as evidenced by his pick and pass defended.

Nickell Robey, DB, USC

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    Stats: Seven tackles, forced fumble, interception return for touchdown

    Nickell Robey again proved why he is one of the top cover corners in the nation against Utah this week.

    He finished the game with seven tackles and a forced fumble and sealed the game with an interception return for score with nine minutes and 30 seconds left in the game.

    Robey was a nightmare from his cornerback position the entire game for Utah's offense. The interception was his first of the season.

Jordan Poyer, DB, Oregon State

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    Stats: Four tackles, three interceptions, one return for touchdown

    Just another day at the office for Poyer.

    He tallied three interceptions, including one for touchdown, and tallied a tackle for loss and one pass broken up against Washington State.

    While the Beaver offense struggled to produce, Poyer and his mates kept the Cougars from keeping up with them. Poyer is the most underrated cornerback in the country, and he continues to prove his worth on a weekly basis.

Steve Spurrier, Coach, South Carolina

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    Steve Spurrier proved again why he is one of the better coaches in the country in South Carolina's blowout victory over No. 5 Georgia in Week 6.

    He came into the game with a plan to slow a Georgia offense that had been averaging 484 yards per contest and over 226 yards on the ground.

    It worked.

    S.C. routed the Dawgs, clicking on all cylinders offensively. The Gamecocks held Georgia to only 115 yards on the ground and 224 total.

    While the players on the field executed well, Spurrier deserves all kinds of credit for developing an effective game plan to limit Georgia.

Ace Sanders, PR, South Carolina

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    Sanders is this week's star return man.

    With South Carolina leading No. 5 Georgia 14-0 late in the first quarter, Sanders took a punt 70 yards to the house, blowing the game wide open and putting the Gamecocks effectively out of reach.

    He has demonstrated the ability to make an impact (nearly 16 yards per punt return), but this was his first return for a score this season.

Florida Offensive Line

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    Florida's offense has improved exponentially since last season.

    That all begins with the offensive line.

    This unit, although it gave up five sacks against LSU, paved the way for running back Mike Gillislee to have a career-high 146 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

    LSU's defense only allows 98.5 yards in the ground per game, but Florida was able to run the ball effectively, including 25 straight rushing plays to close out the game.

    Not many offensive lines get to embarrass LSU's stout defensive line, but this group did.

Josh Lenz, WR, Iowa State

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    Stats: Five catches, 147 yards, three touchdowns, passing touchdown

    It's been a while since we've been able to give much credit to the Iowa State offense, but Lenz's day against TCU was better than noteworthy.

    He caught touchdown passes of one, 51 and 74 yards, and he threw another on a trick play as Iowa State handed the Horned Frogs their first loss.

DeAndre "Nuke" Hopkins, WR, Clemson

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    Stats: Seven Catches, 173 yards, two touchdowns

    Clemson's big-play potential at wide receiver is just unfair.

    As if catching the ball seven times wasn't enough, DeAndre Hopkins averaged over 24 yards per catch and added two scores.

    The Tigers hung on to knock off Georgia Tech. Without Hopkins, Tech would have pulled the upset.

    Hopkins' big day included a 58-yard touchdown and a pass to quarterback Tajh Boyd for a two-point conversion.

Marqise Lee, WR, USC

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    Stats: 12 catches, 192 yards, one touchdown

    USC went down 14-0 early in their contest against Utah.

    A huge game from Marqise Lee and quarterback Matt Barkley led to the 38-28 win, with Lee again demonstrating why he is one of the best in the nation at the wide receiver position.

    He registered his fourth 10-plus-reception game of the season, and he spent the game creating matchup nightmares for Utah's secondary.

Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina

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    Stats: 262 yards rushing, 11.4 yards per carry, touchdown

    Bernard continues to fly a bit under the radar, partially due to North Carolina's lack of national attention.

    Even so, the man continues to produce at a ridiculous level, including this most recent outburst.

    While he only found the end zone once, he gouged the Virginia Tech run defense for over 11 yards per carry and the most rushing yards the Hokies have ever given up.

    Even more impressive: At the end of the first quarter, Bernard had three rushes for minus-three yards, and yet he finished the game with 262 yards.

Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

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    Stats: 140 yards, four touchdowns

    No, 140 yards is not all that impressive.

    However, finding pay dirt four times against Nebraska's defense is. And that's exactly what Hyde did for the Buckeyes in a big win over the Huskers.

    The win keeps the Buckeyes perfect on the season, and it cemented their status as the best team in the Big Ten.

Geno Smith, QB, West Virgina

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    Stats: 25-of-35 for 268 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions

    If you weren't convinced before this weekend that Geno Smith is the leader in the race for the Heisman, you better be now.

    Smith added four more touchdown passes and did not throw an interception in the Mountaineers' 48-45 win over Texas.

    Quite the performance on the road against a team ranked in the Top 15.

     

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