Week six of college football ended up being all about two huge games: Texas A&M’s upset of the undefeated Alabama squad and a furious Oklahoma comeback—led by their run game of all things—in the annual Red River Rivalry game. What was amazing about the Aggies’ upset of the Crimson Tide was that it was 31–17 through the third quarter. There are now serious questions if they can even win the SEC title game. Meanwhile, in Texas, Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks had more rushing yards (217) than quarterback Caleb Williams did passing (212)—Williams came into the game following Spencer Rattler’s benching. Below are the prospects who stood out during Week 5 of college football.
RB Brian Robinson Jr. (Alabama)
Questions abound about the Crimson Tide’s penchant for passing, but it was clear during their game against Texas A&M that they should be running more. Robinson ran wild against the Aggies to the tune of 147 yards on 24 carries along with four catches for 60 yards. He excelled at making quick decisions on where to make his cuts and find the open lane, and accelerated quickly. He doesn’t appear to be as explosive or robust as previous ‘Bama runners, but he has a nice, well-rounded skillset regardless.
LB Terrel Bernard (Baylor)
The leader of the Bears’ defense, Bernard returned from injury and was able to play against West Virginia, collecting nine tackles a sack and a tackle-for-loss. At 220 lbs, he isn’t the type of linebacker to take on blocks, but he makes up for that with decisiveness and rushing through lanes to make plays in backfield. His sack was also a clear demonstration of how fast he can blitz and pressure the quarterback—despite a running back being in there to block.
EDGE Nik Bonitto (Oklahoma)
You’d think no one on the Sooners’ defense had a good game against Texas, considering they gave up 48 points, but the junior pass rusher was a terror all game for the Longhorns’ offensive line. Bonitto had 1.5 sacks and a tackle-for-loss, but those stats almost don’t do his day justice—and he perpetually harassed and hit quarterback Casey Thompson all throughout the second half to ensure a successful comeback.
S Jaylan Foster (South Carolina)
The Gamecocks’ defense got smoked in their game against Tennessee, but that doesn’t mean Foster shouldn’t receive a shout-out for how he continues to adjust to his transfer to the SEC. The senior safety had 13 tackles, a sack and two tackles-for-loss and was pretty much the only Gamecock defender making any type of significant plays. While undersized, he challenged ball carriers all day with his physicality.