Throughout week six of college football, there have been a number of true freshman who have gotten more playing time. Even in premier Power 5 schools like Texas A&M, there have been freshman who have seen the field. Here are five players who stood out in Week Six of College Football.
Kelvin Banks, OT, Texas
The former five star offensive tackle has been put in a tough spot for any offensive lineman: starting at left tackle. While Banks is still learning the position, he’s been able to hold his own against premier pass rushers like Will Anderson. In the Red River showdown against Oklahoma, he didn’t put any numbers in the stat sheet, but he prevented the Sooners pass rushers from getting any sacks against him. Banks’ performances earned him a 81.6 pass blocker grade by PFF.
Jaishawn Barham, LB, Maryland
The Maryland native continues to be a bright spot on a struggling Terps’ defense. Barham had a strong performance, as he recorded five total tackles (four solo), two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in Marylands 31-29 loss to Purdue. His performance earned him the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week award.
Barham, who shared the award with Illinois kicker Fabrizio Pinton, is the third Terp to receive Big Ten honors this year and the second Maryland freshman to receive weekly conference honors after running back Roman Hemby won the award earlier this season.
Evan Stewart, WR, Texas A&M
In a heartbreaking 24-20 loss, Texas A&M was able to find their long-term replacement for Ainias Smith in Evan Stewart. The former five star wide receiver had his biggest performance of the season, as he caught eight receptions for 106 yards. Stewart biggest play came in the Aggies final drive, as he caught a ball in double coverage for a gain of 23.
If he continues his performance, Stewart has potential to be one of the best receivers in the SEC this season.
Jaylen Jenkins, RB, Washington State
Even in a 30-14 loss to USC, Jenkins had the best game of his career, averaging 10 yards per carry and 27 yards per catch with 13 rushes for 130 yards and two catches for 54 yards. His performance earned him Pac-12 Freshman of the week.
Jenkins’ carries and yards, are the most by any Cougar this season and the most since Max Borghi scampered for 129 against Washington last year.
AJ Swann, QB, Vanderbilt
The Commondres have found their future at quarterback in AJ Swann, who is completing almost 63% of his passes for eight touchdowns and no interceptions so far this year. Against the Rebels, Swann connected on 27-of-38 passes (71.1%) for 281 yards and two touchdowns, his second game of throwing for more than 250 yards and multiple scores in Vanderbilt’s last three games.