College Football's All-Week 10 First Team: Top Performers at Every Position
If Week 10 was any indication, the month of November is going to be filled with even more amazing college football performances in a season that has already been quite incredible.
This past weekend's stacked card of heavyweight conference bouts featured record-breaking games, downright-absurd offensive stat lines and ferocious defensive performances.
For example, Alabama took control of the SEC West race with several standout performers from all three phases of play. Oklahoma State produced big play after big play on both sides of the ball, and one of the nation's most prolific offenses found a way to exceed its highest standards in a massive win.
As is the case every Sunday afternoon, here is this week's All-American team in college football. These players are picked by their dominance of the weekly statistical leaderboards, with extra attention given to those who stood out in high-profile games—and there were quite a few of those in Week 10.
Plenty of notable names just missed the cut, so feel free to shout out your favorite performances from this past week in the comments below.
Quarterback: Brandon Allen (Arkansas)
33 of 45 passing for 442 yards, six TDs and zero INTs
Arkansas senior quarterback Brandon Allen turned in a career performance Saturday evening, picking apart the Ole Miss defense for 442 yards and a Week 10-high six touchdowns in the Razorbacks' wild 53-52 overtime victory.
Allen never threw more than two incompletions in a row and spread the ball around to eight different receivers, with five of them recording at least four catches. He also delivered the game-winning score with his legs, plunging in on a two-point conversion shortly after the Razorbacks' unbelievable conversion on 4th-and-25.
The Arkansas veteran's masterful performance against the Rebels caused the Oxford Police Department to send out this hilarious—but not serious—tweet:
Asking us to kick the Arkansas QB out of the stadium is not a legit reason to dial 911. #ARKvsMISS— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) November 7, 2015
Second Team: Marquise Williams (North Carolina)
23 of 35 passing for 494 yards, four TDs and zero INTs; seven carries for 30 yards and one TD
Marquise Williams opened up a wild Saturday of college football with some serious fireworks in the Tar Heels' demolition of rival Duke. The UNC quarterback became the first player to throw for more than 400 yards in a first half against a Power Five school since 2004, per ESPN.
Running Backs: Derrick Henry (Alabama) and Kenneth Dixon (Louisiana Tech)
Henry: 38 carries for 210 yards and three TDs
Leonard Fournette, your Heisman spotlight has been stolen. As the LSU star struggled to get anything going against Alabama, opponent Derrick Henry posted a Week 10-best 210 rushing yards in the Tide's victory.
Henry recorded 210 yards and three touchdowns on a ridiculous 38 carries against LSU. The bruising running back now has more touchdowns on the season than Fournette, and he continues to move up the national charts in rushing yards per game.
"Derrick did the same thing [Fournette's] been doing. For some reason, he just doesn’t get as much credit as the other guy,” Alabama quarterback Jake Coker said, per Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated. "The other guy is really good, too. I’m not taking a shot at him at all. He’s a great player, but so is that guy right there."
Dixon: 22 carries for 195 yards and six TDs
The only running back in college football with as many rushing touchdowns as Henry is Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Dixon, who reached that mark with an incredible six-score performance for the Bulldogs against struggling North Texas on Saturday.
Dixon had the third-most rushing yards of any runner in Week 10 and twice as many touchdowns as the next best running back. The senior star averaged almost nine yards per carry, which was a personal season-high against an FBS opponent.
According to David Fox of Athlon Sports, Dixon now trails former Wisconsin great Montee Ball for the most overall touchdowns in FBS history by two scores. He'll be in a tight race with Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds for the rest of the season for that particular record.
Second Team: Ronald Jones II (USC) and Ke'Shawn Vaughn (Illinois)
Jones II: 19 carries for 177 yards and one TD; one reception for five yards and one TD
Vaughn: 16 carries for 180 yards and two TDs
Ronald Jones II broke the USC record for most single-game rushing yards by a freshman Saturday night, and his 74-yard fourth-quarter touchdown gave the Trojans an important eight-point lead in their 38-30 victory over Arizona. Ke'Shawn Vaughn led a punishing Illinois rushing attack by averaging 11.3 yards per touch in a rout of Purdue.
Wide Receivers: James Washington (Oklahoma State) and Corey Coleman (Baylor)
Washington: Five receptions for 184 yards and three TDs
James Washington threw his name into the crowded field of star receivers out of the Big 12 with his standout performance in Oklahoma State's statement victory over previously undefeated TCU.
Washington made the most of his five receptions, as three of them went for touchdowns of 48, 50 and 74 yards. His huge day came on the heels of a five-catch, 200-yard performance against Texas Tech, and, as Jake Trotter of ESPN.com wrote, "his big-play ability is a big reason why the Cowboys are now 9-0."
"When your number's called, make the most of it, because you never know if you'll get it back," Washington said, per Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman. "Makes you smile on the inside, because you know after the entire week, all the blood, sweat, tears you put in, wins like this pay off."
Coleman: 11 receptions for 216 yards and two TDs
Baylor only defeated Kansas State by a touchdown Thursday night, but Corey Coleman—the leader of those star Big 12 wideouts—ensured new starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham would be just fine in charge of the Bears' offense.
Coleman led the nation in Week 10 with 216 receiving yards, and he added two more touchdowns to his stunning 2015 resume. The Baylor star now has 20 receiving touchdowns in eight games, putting him well ahead of the pace needed to break Troy Edwards' FBS single-season record.
With a couple of Heisman contenders slipping this weekend, Coleman will continue to be a name to watch for the famous stiff-arming trophy as the regular season winds down. He has recorded multiple receiving touchdowns and at least 100 yards in six of undefeated Baylor's eight wins.
Second Team: Will Fuller (Notre Dame) and Corey Davis (Western Michigan)
Fuller: Seven receptions for 152 yards and three TDs
Davis: Seven receptions for 163 yards and three TDs
Will Fuller returned to and then exceeded the excellent form he had earlier this season in Week 10, setting season-highs in both yards and touchdowns in Notre Dame's win at Pittsburgh. Corey Davis posted a nearly identical stat line in Western Michigan's big win over Ball State, which made the uptempo Broncos bowl eligible.
Tight End: Terry Pettis (MTSU)
Five receptions for 126 yards and one TD
Middle Tennessee State needed all the help it could get in order to pull off a season-turning upset over Marshall on Saturday. The Blue Raiders got a good portion of that production from tight end Terry Pettis in their triple-overtime victory.
Pettis led all FBS tight ends in receiving yards for Week 10, and his game-tying touchdown catch in the second quarter gave the Blue Raiders some major momentum heading into the halftime locker room. His other four receptions on the day all went for 20 or more yards, including a 46-yarder late in the third quarter.
The 6'5" tight end entered Saturday with only one 100-yard game to his name—a big performance in a blowout over Charlotte earlier this season. He doubled that number this weekend in a monumental victory over the defending Conference USA champions.
Second Team: Jake Butt (Michigan)
Four receptions for 102 yards
While he got more attention for a 83-yard reception that was called back for "intent to deceive" and a tweet that his brother took credit for Saturday night, Michigan tight end Jake Butt still had a fantastic performance—his first career 100-yard game—in a rout of Rutgers.
Offensive Line: Oregon
777 yards of total offense (477 rushing) and one sack allowed
According to Tyson Alger of the Oregonian, Cal defensive tackle Mustafa Jalil brought a tray of roasted duck to a press conference ahead of the Bears' matchup with Oregon. The Oregon offensive line retaliated with a record-breaking feast of Jalil and the California defensive front.
Oregon posted 777 yards against Cal, which was the biggest single-game output ever for a program that has produced plenty of massive offensive performances over the years. A downright-nasty Oregon offensive line paved the way for all of it, as the Ducks produced 477 yards on the ground and gave Vernon Adams plenty of time to dismantle the secondary.
"It was the first time, personally, that I felt like I was playing the game I like to play," Oregon tackle Tyler Johnstone said, per Alger. "A little bit mean and dirty and I think everybody was like that on the O-line. Just mean football. Lot of mean streaks tonight. Just gashing them."
Second Team: Illinois
595 yards of total offense (382 rushing) and one sack allowed
Illinois is one win away from bowl eligibility after putting up the second-most rushing yards and the ninth-most total yards of any FBS team in Week 10. The Illini's punishing offensive line has had several great games this season, but this win over Purdue was by far its best.
Defensive Ends: Alex McCalister (Florida) and Mike Rose (NC State)
McCalister: Four tackles (three for loss) and 2.5 sacks
Vanderbilt's struggling offense was no match for Florida's swarming front seven Saturday in the Swamp, and Alex McCalister led the way for the Gators in a 9-7 defensive win that secured the SEC East title.
McCalister led the team in tackles for loss and sacks, and the sophomore passed senior Jonathan Bullard—who was also excellent against Vanderbilt—for the Gators' season lead in the latter category. His explosive burst off the snap put him in position to make quick plays in the backfield time and time again Saturday.
"[The defensive linemen] were beating them to the punch," Florida head coach Jim McElwain said, per Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post. "The penetration I thought really caused them problems."
Rose: Five tackles (3.5 for loss) and one sack
For the second time in three weeks, NC State's Mike Rose tore through a conference opponent's offensive line and had a huge day behind the line of scrimmage.
This week, Rose tormented Boston College in the Wolfpack's 24-8 win over the Eagles. Rose had a season-high 3.5 tackles for loss, with two of them coming as sacks on quarterback John Fadule. The constant pressure on Fadule led to three interceptions for the NC State defense.
"[Boston College's offensive linemen are] more run-blockers," Rose said after the game, per Boston College's official website. "I guess we put them in a situation where they had to throw the ball."
Second Team: Michael Wakefield (FIU) and JT Jones (Miami-Ohio)
Wakefield: Seven tackles (5.5 for loss), four sacks and one pass breakup
Jones: Seven tackles (four for loss) and four sacks
This week's second team honors a pair of Group of Five defensive ends who each came up with an incredible four sacks in their respective wins. Michael Wakefield had 5.5 tackles for loss in FIU's win over Charlotte, and JT Jones gave his Miami RedHawks a huge performance in their victory over Eastern Michigan.
Defensive Tackles: A'Shawn Robinson (Alabama) and Antwaun Woods (USC)
Robinson: Three tackles (two for loss), one pass breakup and one blocked kick
A'Shawn Robinson had two tackles for loss in Alabama's big win over undefeated LSU, but his biggest stat of the night came on the other side of the box score. Robinson spearheaded an Alabama defensive front that only allowed 31 yards to Heisman hopeful Leonard Fournette, who had been devastating teams all season long.
He also pulled off this incredibly athletic block of an LSU kick:
That's a 325-pound beast jumping over the line to block the kick pic.twitter.com/l7qXXwGzxS— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) November 8, 2015
"Robinson doesn't get the glory like linebacker Reggie Ragland, end Jonathan Allen or other high-profile members of the Crimson Tide defense get," Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee wrote. "He is the unit's most important player, though, and proved it Saturday night."
Woods: Six tackles (three for loss) and two sacks
USC defensive tackle Antwaun Woods had by far his best performance of the season Saturday night, and his playmaking helped the Trojans record their third straight win—a 38-30 decision over Arizona.
Arizona only generated 60 rushing yards on 32 carries against USC's defensive front, and Woods played a huge role in that success. He also sacked Arizona dual-threat quarterback Anu Solomon twice, including a full one and a half of another on a Wildcats drive that went three-and-out.
"I want to thank Antwaun [Woods] and the defense," USC star receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster said, per Dan Weber of Scout. "We started slow on offense and our defense made plays... Antwaun, I appreciate you man."
Second Team: Solomon Thomas (Stanford) and Owen Williams (Tennessee)
Thomas: Five tackles (three for loss)
Williams: Six tackles (three for loss)
Both Solomon Thomas and Owen Williams posted three tackles for loss for their respective teams Saturday in conference victories. Thomas had a busy day in Stanford's rout of Colorado, while Williams collected his trio of big plays in a little more than a quarter of action for Tennessee.
Outside Linebackers: Gionni Paul (Utah) and Brandon Bell (Penn State)
Paul: Nine tackles (two for loss), two sacks, one INT, one fumble recovery and one TD
Gionni Paul was everywhere for the Utah defense Saturday in a road win over Washington—a game in which the one-loss Utes entered as the underdogs.
Paul had two sacks, and he took a fumble 54 yards for a touchdown that gave the Utes their biggest lead of the night. The former Miami transfer's interception early in the second quarter setup a quick two-play, eight-yard touchdown drive for the Utah offense.
"Saturday's takeaways brought Paul's two-season totals to seven interceptions and four fumble recoveries in 17 games," Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune wrote. "He notched one of each in his first game as a Ute last year at Michigan and has just kept delivering."
Bell: Eight tackles (3.5 for loss) and 2.5 sacks
Penn State couldn't pull off the win against Northwestern on Saturday, but the Nittany Lions continued their 2015 streak of having at least one defender have an excellent game rushing the passer.
This weekend, Brandon Bell was the leader for the Penn State defense, as he came up with 2.5 sacks and an additional tackle for loss in the close loss to the Wildcats. Bell, who missed a pair of games earlier this season, brought tremendous amounts of energy for a defense that had to battle through some injuries during the game.
Bell isn't as well-known as Penn State's ferocious defensive line trio of Austin Johnson, Anthony Zettel and Carl Nassib, but he's by far the best player along the back seven of the Nittany Lions. He made play after play Saturday in a crucial Big Ten matchup.
Second Team: Su'a Cravens (USC) and Okezie Alozie (Buffalo)
Cravens: Eight tackles (2.5 for loss), 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble
Alozie: 12 tackles (four for loss) and one sack
Su'a Cravens pitched in an excellent outing to go along with Antwaun Woods' big stat line in USC's victory over Arizona with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Okezie Alozie led the way for Buffalo in the Bulls' second straight low-scoring victory with a dozen tackles, including a stunning four behind the line of scrimmage.
Inside Linebacker: Chad Whitener (Oklahoma State)
12 tackles, two INTs and one TD
Chad Whitener started his career as a walk-on and wasn't even a first-teamer at the beginning of the 2015 season. But the Cowboy linebacker is producing at an extremely high level for his team, which remained undefeated after a huge home win over TCU.
Whitener played a huge role in that victory, picking off a pair of passes from Heisman-contending quarterback Trevone Boykin and chipping in a dozen tackles. He returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and he ran the other all the way down to the one-yard line to set up another score in the second.
"That was my first defensive touchdown ever," Whitener said, per Jimmy Gillispie of the Stillwater News Press. "It’s a great feeling. It’s great, because [TCU is] my hometown team. I live literally 20 minutes from campus. It was awesome."
Second Team: B.J. Goodson (Clemson)
Nine tackles (3.5 for loss), two sacks and one fumble recovery
If it wasn't for Whitener's two-interception day, B.J. Goodson would have easily taken the top spot this weekend. Goodson had three tackles for loss, a fourth-down stop and a huge fumble recovery that sealed No. 1 Clemson's 23-13 win over Florida State.
Cornerbacks: Trumaine Washington (Louisville) and LaMarcus Farmer (Troy)
Washington: 12 tackles (four for loss), one sack, one INT and one TD
When it comes to stuffing the defensive stat sheets, no one had a Week 10 quite like Louisville cornerback Trumaine Washington.
Washington had a dozen tackles, including four for losses, from the cornerback position in the Cardinals' big win over Syracuse. He also picked off a pass in the second quarter and raced 39 yards for a touchdown that gave Louisville a lead it never relinquished.
"(The TD return) was huge," Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino said, per Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal. "It was great to see [Washington] have the confidence, because I think he knew it was coming, and he had the confidence to jump it and go make the play... He knew it was going to be a big game for him, and he came out and produced and played great."
Farmer: Four tackles, two INTs, one TD and one pass breakup
The other first-team cornerback spot this week comes from an unlikely source—Troy, which is now 3-6 in the Sun Belt after its rout of conference rival Louisiana-Monroe.
Troy cornerback LaMarcus Farmer, a transfer from the once-dead and now-resurrected UAB football program, picked off a pair of passes in Saturday's win. He returned one of those for a touchdown, giving him a Week 10-high 71 yards in interception return yardage.
Second Team: Des Lawrence (North Carolina) and Jamar Summers (UConn)
Lawrence: Eight tackles, one INT and one pass breakup
Summers: Five tackles, one INT, one TD and one pass breakup
North Carolina cornerback Des Lawrence led his team in tackles and came up with a big interception in the one-loss Tar Heels' rout of rival Duke. Jamar Summers' pick-six for UConn turned out to be the only touchdown of the Huskies' 7-3 victory over Tulane in AAC play.
Safeties: Vonn Bell (Ohio State) and Tanner McEvoy (Wisconsin)
Bell: 10 tackles, one INT and one TD
Week 10 featured plenty of great performances for safeties all across the countries, and Ohio State star Vonn Bell had one of the most important games in the Buckeyes' Big Ten win over Minnesota.
Bell had a team-high 10 tackles, and he recorded a crucial pick-six to put the Buckeyes on the scoreboard in the middle of the second quarter. One of the most impressive aspects about his touchdown return, according to Bill Landis of Cleveland.com, is that Bell completely baited Minnesota into throwing the pick.
"I'm on their guy, they want to get the ball to him," Bell said, per Landis. "I took a picture in my head, I said they're gonna run that play again, I just jumped in front of it and made a play for the guys."
McEvoy: Four tackles (one for loss) and two INTs
Everything is coming up Tanner McEvoy these days for the Wisconsin defense. The former quarterback-turned-safety/wide receiver turned in another outstanding game for the Badgers, picking off two passes and recording another tackle for loss from the safety spot.
"He wasn't recruited to play those positions, but he's been a team player and shined where needed this year (though his offensive output in the passing game has underwhelmed, which may not be due to him)," Jake Kocorowski of SB Nation wrote. "The 6'6" athlete has rushed for touchdowns, sacked a quarterback, intercepted four passes and recovered a fumble."
Both of McEvoy's picks put the Wisconsin offense in scoring position, although the Badgers could only cash in for three points on the two trips. His tackle for loss came in a big spot, too, as he stopped the Maryland offense on a third-and-short situation.
Second Team: Dameon Baber (Nevada) and Dominick Sanders (Georgia)
Baber: One tackle and three INTs
Sanders: One tackle and two INTs
Nevada freshman Dameon Baber doubled his interception total of the season with a Week 10-high three picks in the Wolf Pack's win over Fresno State. Dominick Sanders came down with a pair of interceptions of his own in Georgia's bounce-back win over Kentucky in SEC East play.
Kicker: Adam Griffith (Alabama)
3-for-3 on field goals (long of 55) and 3-for-3 on extra points
When Alabama kicker Adam Griffith lined up for a 55-yard field goal against LSU on Saturday night, plenty of people on Twitter already had their reactions and jokes ready. After all, Griffith missed a kick from similar distance to set up the "Kick Six" in the 2013 Iron Bowl, and he hasn't been consistent for the Tide since.
But Griffith stepped up and drilled the 55-yarder, breaking a 10-10 tie with LSU and giving Alabama a huge boost just before halftime.
Adam Griffith 55-yard field goal. Alabama 13, LSU 10 with 14 seconds left in the first half pic.twitter.com/aUqyxFLBjr— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) November 8, 2015
Griffith hit two more field goals and was perfect on his extra points in the Crimson Tide's big win over the Bayou Bengals in Tuscaloosa.
Second Team: Christian Hagan (Northern Illinois)
4-for-4 on field goals (long of 52) and 2-for-2 on extra points
The third-longest kick of Week 10 happened on Tuesday night, as Northern Illinois' Christian Hagan booted a big 52-yarder in the third quarter to help his team knock off undefeated Toledo away from home.
Punter: Tyler Newsome (Notre Dame)
Four punts for 207 yards (51.8 average) and long of 57
Notre Dame punter Tyler Newsome played a major role in the Fighting Irish's road win over Pittsburgh. He consistently flipped the field with booming punts all game long, as three of his four went for more than 50 yards.
None of Newsome's punts crept into the end zone for touchbacks, and one was downed inside the 20-yard line.
According to Bill Beck of the Elkhart Truth, Newsome had struggled in the last couple of games for Notre Dame. But the Georgia native didn't have any problem in helping Notre Dame win the field-position battle against the upset-minded Panthers away from home.
Second Team: Ryan Frain (Illinois)
Three punts for 174 yards (58.0 average) and long of 63
Illinois didn't need Ryan Frain much in a blowout win over Purdue, but when he was called upon, he delivered by launching three long punts—including one that traveled 63 yards on the Boilermakers.
Returner: Janarion Grant (Rutgers)
Five kick returns for 170 yards (34 average) and one TD; one punt return for 67 yards
Earlier in the season, this college football writer made a monumental mistake by accidentally leaving off Rutgers' Janarion Grant off the All-Week 2 team. Grant returned both a kick and a punt for touchdowns that week in a close loss to Washington State.
That oversight won't happen twice. Grant had another huge day on special teams for the struggling Scarlet Knights, as he returned a kick for a touchdown and had a 67-yard punt return in Rutgers' loss to Michigan.
Rutgers only scored 16 points against the stout Wolverines, and Grant's big returns gave the Scarlet Knights their lone touchdown and a short field goal Saturday. Grant easily makes the team this week, and the special-teams star should have been on here much earlier in 2015.
Second Team: Solomon Vault (Northwestern)
Three kick returns for 119 yards (39.7 average) and one TD
Northwestern's two-point win over Penn State featured a huge 96-yard touchdown return by Solomon Vault, who recorded a similar special-teams score earlier this season in the Wildcats' win over Duke. He's clutch.
Unless otherwise noted, statistics courtesy of cfbstats.com.
Justin Ferguson is a college football writer at Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JFergusonBR.