College Football All-Week 5 Team
Putting together an all-week college football team after Week 5 wasn't an easy task. The competition increased drastically, games meant more and many players left everything they had on the field. Even in a losing effort, there were players who deserved to be mentioned after putting on a show.
There were three running backs who rushed for more than 180 yards, a Big Ten wide receiver who had a game for the ages and a quarterback who continues to prove critics wrong. Defensively, a Big 12 safety made plays every way possible for his team to avoid a monster upset.
Who performed the best in Week 5?
Aaron Murray, Georgia
So much for Murray not being able to win the big game. Georgia is now 3-1 on the season with two wins over Top 10 competition. The biggest win was last week's 44-41 shootout victory over LSU, and Bulldogs fans should be bowing down to the senior quarterback.
Murray passed for 298 yards and four touchdowns in Georgia's victory. He also made more plays than usual with his feet and even rushed for a touchdown. If you're not paying attention, that's five touchdowns against a pretty good LSU defense.
It's safe to say Murray has finally cleared the hurdle and has emerged as an elite college quarterback.
Bishop Sankey, Washington
Is there a Sankey Heisman bandwagon? If not, there should be. The small Washington running back set a school record with 40 carries and pounded out 161 yards and a touchdown in the Huskies 31-13 win over Arizona. Washington improves to 4-0 on the season and is beginning to turn a few heads as a legit Pac-12 contender. Sankey now has 607 rushing yards on 104 carries.
Mike Davis, South Carolina
Davis saved South Carolina's season in a 28-25 win against UCF. It was a near upset, as the Gamecocks trailed 10-0 entering halftime. That's when Davis put the team on his back and ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns. His performance reminded many fans of when Marcus Lattimore was running the football. Davis still has a ways to go before filling those shoes, but he already has 508 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the season.
Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
Abbrederis already carved out a productive career for Wisconsin, but he went ahead and took it a step further in a 31-24 loss to Ohio State. How about 10 receptions for 207 yards and one touchdown? He did everything and more to put the Badgers in position to squeeze out the upset. Keep in mind, he was also being covered by Bradley Roby, who happens to be one of the best cornerbacks in the country. Abbrederis is having his best season of his career.
Jarvis Landry, LSU
Landry is another receiver who had a big game but came just short in the winning department. He caught 10 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown in the close loss to Georgia. When quarterback Zach Mettenberger needed a big play, he looked Landry's way. He made tough catches look easy and may have had the catch of the weekend on third down. Like many LSU offensive players, Landry has taken his game to another level this season.
Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
No Tyler Eifert? No problem.
Niklas has done a fabulous job of stepping up at tight end for Notre Dame, and he did his part in a 35-21 loss to Oklahoma. He caught two passes for 43 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown reception to give the Irish a chance in the game early in the fourth quarter.
Notre Dame doesn't have many great receivers, so Niklas' production is key. He now has 11 receptions for 201 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
Texas A&M Offensive Line
Let's give some credit to the Texas A&M offensive line for a change. The Aggies were able to average six yards per carry and rush for 262 yards in a competitive 44-33 win over Arkansas. That type of yardage doesn't happen by accident. The big boys up front were putting in work and consistently moving Arkansas defenders out of the way with ease.
Believe it or not, the Razorbacks have one of the better defensive fronts in the SEC. They had 31 sacks last season and currently lead the conference this year with 15 sacks. Still, they were only able to get to Johnny Manziel once all game.
Texas A&M appears to be more than a Heisman winning quarterback.
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
Donald wasn't happy with last week's defensive performance in a 58-55 win over Duke. Giving up that many points to the Blue Devils in basketball is understandable, but not on the gridiron. He made sure to step it up in a 14-3 win against Virginia.
The senior defensive lineman had three tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. He was the spark behind a Pittsburgh defense that allowed just 188 yards and forced two turnovers. Donald's leadership was also key, per of the Pittsburgh News:
Last week we missed plays, and that is the difference between last week and this week, Donald said. Communication was real important, and everybody was making plays. We got out there and did what we had to do.
The Panthers are quickly gaining respect in the ACC.
Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
Shazier proved why he is an All-American linebacker and high on most scouts' NFL draft boards. He plays well all of the time but is also able to take his game to another level in the biggest moments.
In the huge conference victory over Wisconsin, Shazier finished with nine tackles—2.5 of them for a loss—and a forced fumble. He flew around the field all night long and made sure every inch was difficult to come by. He proved effective, as the Badgers rushed for only 104 yards despite topping 300 rushing yards three times within their first four games.
Shazier continues to give opposing teams nightmares.
Sam Carter, TCU
The 48-17 TCU win over SMU wasn't the blowout the score indicated. The Mustangs did a wonderful job of fighting until the Horned Frogs managed to score 31 points in the fourth quarter.
Carter was one of the reasons TCU didn't suffer the upset, as he had five tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and two interceptions. One of his interceptions was returned 66 yards for a touchdown. He did a little bit of everything for the Horned Frogs.
This was easily Carter's best game of his career, which is saying something after he was highly productive last season as a sophomore.