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Week 13-Offense Ryan Howard QB Central Arkansas
  • Howard led Central Arkansas to a 49-31, season-ending win over playoff-bound Sam Houston State, completing 24-of-36 pass attempts for 349 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions
  • 13-Defense I Evan Byers LB Bucknell
  • The junior linebacker recorded a season-high 19 total tackles (the highest total by a Bucknell player since the 2001 season) with 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble that Byers recovered in the win over VMI.
  • 13-Defense II Christian Kuntz LB Duquesne
  • Kuntz was a pest in the Hawks' backfield as the sophomore linebacker notched a Northeast Conference single-game season high with 3.5 sacks of Monmouth quarterback Brandon Hill. Kuntz totaled 10 tackles (nine solo stops) and had 4.5 tackles for loss.
  • 13-Special Teams Seth Sebastian PK SE Louisiana
  • The senior place-kicker banged home three field goals against Nicholls, which included a long of 46 yards, and hit all five of his extra point tries in the Lions' 52-27 win.
  • 13-Freshman I Drew Reed QB Lafayette
  • The Jerry Rice Award nominee capped his season with a performance that included 20-of-27 pass attempts for a career-high 378 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in his team's 50-28 win at Lehigh.
  • 13-Freshman II Anthony Philyaw RB Howard
  • The Los Angeles native gained 111 yards on 34 carries against the Pirates and scored a career-high four touchdowns, which included the game-winner in the Bison's 42-39 double-overtime victory over Hampton..

  • Week 12-Offense I Shepard Little RB Eastern Illinois
  • The last OVC player to rush, pass and catch a touchdown in a single game was Murray State's Casey Brockman in 2011. Little accomplished the feat and thensome Saturday as his Panthers demolished Jacksonville State, 52-14. Little totaled 245 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, which put him over the 1,000-yard rushing mark this season.
  • 12-Offense II Michael Strauss QB Richmond
  • The junior quarterback threw for a school-record 543 yards and five touchdowns, highlighted by a touchdown pass to Reggie Diggs with seven seconds remaining in the game to give the Spiders the win on the road.
  • 12-Defense Isiah Corbett LB Southeastern Louisiana
  • Corbett recorded six total tackles, five of which were for a loss in the Lions' 34-21 win over Sam Houston State. He also notched a forced fumble and an interception in the win over the previously No. 4-ranked Bearkats.
  • 12-Special Teams I Ray Early P/PK Furman
  • In Saturday's win over Western Carolina, Early set a Furman school record and tied the Southern Conference record of six made field goals in a game. Early connected on attempts from 48, 24, 40, 39, 30 and 32 yards, and missed a seventh attempt from 39 yards out when it went over the left upright, which by rule is no good.
  • 12-Special Teams II Chris Sullens P Missouri State
  • Sullens sent six punts away to the Panthers for a booming average of 50.2 yards per punt, which beat out Missouri State's previous single-game kicking record of 48.4 yards set by Chris Hurst in 1995.
  • 12-Freshman Cooper Kupp WR Eastern Washington
  • The Eagles' freshman phenom was at it again Saturday, as Kupp hauled in 139 receiving yards and two touchdowns on eight catches. Kupp tied the FCS record with his 11th consecutive game catching a scoring pass.

  • Week 11-Offense I Vernon Adams QB Eastern Washington
  • Adams was nearly perfect against the previously No. 4-ranked Montana State in the FCS, completing 16-of-18 pass attempts for 300 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. The sophomore added 76 yards and a touchdown on the ground to round out his day.
  • 11-Offense II Bryan Bennett QB Southeastern Louisiana
  • The junior quarterback threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns against the Central Arkansas Bears, adding a season-high 142 rushing yards and two scores on the ground.
  • 11-Defense I Lynden Trail LB Norfolk State
  • Trail recorded eight tackles with 2 1/2 tackles for loss, including 1 1/2 sacks. He added two forced fumbles and a pass breakup to balance out his stat sheet against Bethune-Cookman.
  • 11-Defense II Marcus McMorris LB Furman
  • Starting his first game at linebacker after transitioning from safety, McMorris set a career best with 11 total tackles in Furman's win over then-No. 20 Samford.
  • 11-Special Teams Diontae Spencer WR McNeese State
  • The senior wide receiver returned two first-quarter kickoffs for touchdowns in McNeese State's hefty win over Stephen F. Austin. The first kickoff Spencer returned went for 93 yards, followed by an 85-yard return just minutes later. He wasn't done. In the fourth quarter, Spencer took a punt return 35 yards to the end zone for his third return touchdown of the game. He finished the contest with 365 all-purpose yards and five total touchdowns (he added two receiving scores) - 152 receiving yards and 213 total return yards.
  • 11-Freshman John Russ QB Mercer
  • Russ, the dual-threat quarterback, passed for 217 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, and added 145 rushing yards with two scores on the ground. His five total touchdowns and 362 total yards helped the Bears improve to 5-1 in the PFL and 8-1 overall.

  • Week 10-Offense Johnathan Williams QB Grambling State
  • Williams led the Grambling State attack that ended (finally) the Tigers' 15- game losing streak. The junior quarterback accounted for 319 of the Tigers' 407 total offensive yards by completing 18-of-31 passing for 265 yards and five touchdowns.
  • 10-Defense Tony Bell LB UT-Martin
  • It's the second time this season Bell has won national defensive player of the week honors. The much-deserved award goes to Bell after he had a week unlike any other defensive player in college football. Bell recorded 16 total tackles in Saturday's win over Murray State (seven solo tackles) and notched an NCAA- high 4.5 sacks against the Racers.
  • 10-Special Teams Ray Early PK/P Furman
  • Early was a presence wherever the Furman special teams unit was needed in Saturday's 16-14 win over Georgia Southern. His 18-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter proved to be the deciding score for the Paladins, who held on for the win. The senior also punted the ball four times with a game-high of 59 yards.
  • 10-Freshman I Ryan Bartels QB North Dakota
  • Bartels didn't start the game against Northern Arizona Saturday, but he saw the majority of action under center for North Dakota after regular starter Joe Molberg was pulled from the game. Bartels took advantage of this opportunity, setting UND freshman records in completions (39) and passing yards (367) against the Lumberjacks. Bartels added four touchdown passes, all of which went to sophomore receiver Kenny Golladay.
  • 10-Freshman II Martin Ruiz RB Youngstown State
  • The freshman sensation for the Penguins continued his hot streak with 235 all- purpose yards in a come-from-behind win over South Dakota. Ruiz rushed 22 times for 131 yards and two touchdowns to help his Penguins remain unbeaten in Missouri Valley Conference play.

  • Week 9-Offense Quinn Epperly QB Princeton
  • Thanks to Epperly's effort on Saturday, there are only three remaining unbeaten teams in the FCS after Week 9. Epperly's Tigers defeated Harvard, 51-48, in triple overtime behind the junior quarterback's lead. Epperly finished with 321 passing yards and six touchdowns on 37-of-50 passing. He set school records in both single-game completions and touchdown passes, and had the game-winning toss to Roman Wilson in the third overtime period.
  • 9-Defense Telvion Clark LB Towson
  • The Towson defense wasn't about to let Terrance West have all the fun in Saturday's 48-32 CAA win over Richmond. Linebacker Telvion Clark set a new career mark for himself with 16 total tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack. But Clark's most spectacular play came on one of his two forced fumbles.
  • 9-Special Teams I Christian Dudzik FS North Dakota State
  • Dudzik became the first player in the FCS this season to return two punts for touchdowns in the same game in North Dakota State's win over Indiana State. Dudzik totaled 140 all-purpose yards on the two punt returns and one kickoff return and tied the Missouri Valley Conference record of two punt return touchdowns set by Buck Phillips in 1994.
  • 9-Special Teams II Jordan Berry P Eastern Kentucky
  • The big punter from Australia boomed three punts for an average of 59.3 yards in Eastern Kentucky's 31-7 win over Southeast Missouri State. Berry's three punts totaled 179 yards, which included a 76-yarder in the first quarter.
  • 9-Freshman I Anthony Philyaw RB Howard
  • Philyaw's play the last two weeks has helped the Bison get something of a win streak going. Philyaw, who rushed for 121 yards and a score in Howard's win over Florida A&M last weekend, kept up the stellar play with a 98-yard, three- touchdown rushing performance against Morgan State Saturday.
  • 9-Freshman II Cooper Kupp WR Eastern Washington
  • Kupp was fantastic in Eastern Washington's win over then-No. 10 Montana at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula. Kupp was easily quarterback Vernon Adams's favorite target, as the freshman hauled in 11 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles' 42-37 win.
  • Week 8-Offense I Zach Bauman RB Northern Arizona
  • Bauman had a career day Saturday to keep his Lumberjacks afloat in their 39-30 win over Idaho State. Bauman carried the ball 28 times for a whopping 266 yards and two touchdowns in his team's win. He added 58 receiving yards and a touchdown on seven catches to round out his 324-yard all-purpose day.
  • 8-Offense II Sam Ajala WR Fordham
  • Ajala set a school record Saturday against Georgetown as the junior receiver notched 282 yards on 10 receptions to go along with four touchdown catches. The 282 receiving yards rank second in Patriot League history, while his four-touchdown performance ties a league record. The junior caught two 68-yard scores Saturday, with his others went for 33 and 29 yards.
  • 8-Defense I Caleb Schaffitzel S Missouri State
  • The Buck Buchanan Award candidate recorded a game-high 14 tackles in his team's 35-21 upset win over South Dakota State Saturday. Schaffitzel also broke up four passes and intercepted a pass on the Jackrabbits' final offensive possession. It was the third interception on the season for Schaffitzel, who has 73 total tackles this year..
  • 8-Defense II Troy Moore DL Sacred Heart
  • The Pioneers received a huge effort on defense from Moore in their 56-28 road win over Northeast Conference rival Bryant. From his position on the defensive line, Moore recorded eight total tackles, including six tackles for loss and three sacks of Bryant quarterback Mike Westerhaus. Moore led the charge to halt the Bryant running attack, helping limit the Bulldogs to four rushing yards on the day. He also forced a fumble, which Sacred Heart recovered at Bryant's 42-yard line.
  • 8-Special Teams Dylan Smith PK Rhode Island
  • Much like Gardner-Webb's 12-10 victory over the Spiders back in Week 3, Rhode Island had a kicker Saturday who squashed Richmond with nothing but field goals. Smith connected on all four of his attempts with a long of 47 yards, which he hit in the second quarter. Smith's four field goals tied a 25-year-old Rhode Island single-game record.
  • 8-Freshman Riley Donovan WR South Dakota
  • Donovan, a walk-on freshman who had his redshirt label removed four weeks ago, showed his worth Saturday in South Dakota's upset win over Northern Iowa, 38-31 in double overtime. Donovan caught nine passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers. It was the most receiving yards for a Coyotes wideout since the 2008 season. The freshman hauled in scoring grabs of 48 and 43 yards, and also pulled in a 15-yard catch on 3rd-and-15 that kept a USD drive alive and helped complete a Coyotes fourth-quarter comeback.
  • Week 7-Offense Kurt Hess QB Youngstown State
  • Hess has been a rock for the Penguins offense in 2013, helping his team out to a 6-1 record as it starts to chip away at the Missouri Valley Conference schedule. Against Illinois State Saturday, the senior threw for a career-best 311 yards on 17-of-21 passing in the Penguins' 59-21 triumph. His career day was accompanied by four passing touchdowns and a fifth score on the ground. Saturday's 300-yard performance was only the second time Hess has thrown for more than 300 yards in a game.
  • 7-Defense I Davis Tull DL Chattanooga
  • Tull was a monster on the defensive line for the Mocs on Saturday, helping his defense hold Furman to 189 yards of offense. Tull recorded five total tackles, highlighted by 3.5 sacks, and had two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. The junior has 23 sacks in his collegiate career at Chattanooga, and is a half sack shy of tying Josh Williams for the program's all-time record. After his performance Saturday, Tull ranks second in the Southern Conference with 5.5 sacks.
  • 7-Defense II Justin Blake DB Hampton
  • The winless Pirates are no longer winless, thanks to a standout defensive performance spearheaded by Blake, the senior defensive back. Blake notched 14 total tackles in his team's 31-26 win over Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference foe North Carolina A&T. He also recorded one huge interception that was returned 64 yards and led to a Pirates touchdown. He was one of four Hampton defensive players to record double-digit tackles Saturday.
  • 7-Special Teams Tim Divers P Lehigh
  • Believe it or not, but 24 points is the lowest single-game total Lehigh has scored this season. So punting isn't something the Mountain Hawks do a ton of from week to week, although Divers was on point against Columbia Saturday. The senior averaged 45.8 yards on four punts in his team's win, twice pinning the Lions inside their own 20-yard line. One of those punts - a 64-yarder - was downed at Columbia's 1-yard line.
  • 7-Freshman R.J. Noel QB Sacred Heart
  • The Pioneers rebounded from their first loss of the season a week ago to trounce Northeast Conference rival Central Connecticut State, 59-36. Noel, who won the quarterback job outright, threw for 297 yards and 4 TDs and added a rushing TD. Noel's five total touchdowns are the most by an NEC player this season, while his 310 all-purpose yards represent the second-highest total by a player in an in-conference NEC game in 2013.
  • Week 6-Offense I Michael Nebrich QB Fordham
  • Nebrich completed 26-of-36 pass attempts for a career-high 384 yards and four touchdowns. He added 56 yards and a touchdown on the ground to round out his impressive performance.
  • 6-Offense II Terrance West RB Towson
  • The junior back torched the New Hampshire Wildcats three times in his collegiate career, and this past Saturday's 44-28 Towson win was certainly no exception. West carried the ball 28 times for 238 yards - his highest yardage total this season - and three touchdowns.
  • 6-Defense I Anthony Goodwin CB Montana
  • The junior recorded seven pass deflections against the Vikings - the most by any FCS player this season - and had two interceptions for good measure, both of which led to Montana touchdowns.
  • 6-Defense II Cole Champion DB Yale
  • The big picture here is that Yale, an Ivy League program, defeated Top 25 Cal Poly, a Big Sky team, in the first-ever meeting between the two conferences. But the Bulldogs' Champion was a huge part of the victorious equation. He led all players with 14 tackles, and had a fumble recovery and two interceptions.
  • 6-Special Teams I Shawn Johnson RB Montana State
  • After scoring a rushing touchdown on the team's first drive of the game, the tailback Johnson responded to a Northern Arizona pick-six with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Montana State's 36-7, Homecoming Day victory over the then-No. 15-ranked Lumberjacks.
  • 6-Freshman Gage Steele LB James Madison
  • Steele broke free against Albany with an 18-tackle effort - the highest single-game total in the CAA this season. Steele recorded 13 solo stops and a sack in JMU's 40-13 win.
  • Week 5-Offense I Timothy Flanders RB Sam Houston State
  • Flanders rushed for 280 yards and two touchdowns (including a 60- yarder) as the Bearkats proved last year's national semifinal victory over EWU was no fluke.
  • 5-Offense II Brady Attaway QB Stephen F. Austin
  • Attaway set single-game highs for the 2013 season as if they were nothing in the contest. His 662 passing yards and 655 all-purpose yards are single-game bests this season. He completed 44-of-66 passes (44 completions is a single- game high) and added four touchdowns with just one interception vs. Prairie View A&M.
  • 5-Defense Darnell Sankey DL Sacramento State
  • Sankey recorded a career-high 10 total tackles against the Wildcats, which included 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Sankey also forced and recovered a fumble, as his defense forced four fumbles. It was Sacramento State's most decisive victory of the season, 31-3 vs. Weber State.
  • 5-Special Teams I Ben Lecompte P North Dakota State
  • LeCompte booted seven punts for 310 yards in the contest (44.3 average), had two touchbacks and three downed inside the 20-yard line. The Bison punter boomed a 75-yarder from his own 25-yard line in the first quarter, and later kicked a 74-yarder from the Bison 8-yard line.
  • 5-Special Teams II Christian Faber-Kinney P Hampton
  • Faber-Kinney averaged 41.5 yards on six punts, which included a 70- yard boot. He had two kicks downed inside the 20-yard line in his team's loss to South Carolina State. Faber-Kinney also rushed once for 37 yards and completed one pass for 32 yards on two fake punts that converted a pair of fourth-down tries.
  • 5-Freshman Peter Pujals QB Holy Cross
  • The freshman completed 25-of-37 pass attempts for 290 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions, while carrying the ball 17 times for 125 yards and two scores.
  • Week 4-Offense Ben Dupree QB The Citadel
  • Dupree's Bulldogs put up a serious fight against FCS-to-FBS transitioning program Old Dominion, but ultimately fell short in the loss. Still, Dupree has a phenomenal day statistically. The senior was responsible for six touchdowns, including five rushing scores. He was 5-of-8 passing for 113 yards and one touchdown - a 23-yard strike with 1:39 left to play.
  • 4-Defense O.J. Mau NG Gardner-Webb
  • Mau was one of the key players in Gardner-Webb's surprising, 3-0 victory over nationally ranked Wofford in a rainstorm Saturday night. Typically nose guards aren't known for their statistics, but rather their presence on the field. Mau broke the mold, posting nine tackles from his interior line position, and adding 1 1/2 tackles for loss, a sack and a quarterback hurry against Wofford's triple option style attack.
  • 4-Special Teams Dylan Lynch K/P Jacksonville
  • Lynch posted his second consecutive 15-point performance in Jacksonville's 69-16 win over Warner Southern. Lynch converted all nine of his extra point attempts, bringing his consecutive PAT streak to 27, a Jacksonville record. He also made two field goals, connecting on a 42-yarder in the first quarter and a 23-yard attempt in the second.
  • 4-Freshmen I Marcus Cox RB Appalachian State
  • Cox's first career start was also a record-setting one. The true freshman became the first player in school history to record 100 receiving yards and 100 rushing yards in the same contest. Cox rushed 26 times for 159 yards and a touchdown, and caught five passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
  • 4-Freshman II J.J. Dude RB Eastern Kentucky
  • The redshirt freshman back led Eastern Kentucky with 195 yards rushing on 33 carries, scoring four touchdowns on the ground in the team's 56-24 win over Morehead State.
  • Week 3-Offense I DeAndre Carter WR Sacramento State
  • Carter pulled in 12 receptions for 122 yards and five touchdowns as the favorite target of QB Garrett Safron, who threw for seven touchdowns. Carter, a junior, was held to just 34 yards receiving in his team's first two games, but exploded Saturday to help his Big Sky Conference team stay in, and win, the game.
  • 3-Offense II Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois
  • Garoppolo is off to a monstrous start to the season, most recently downing Illinois State with 480 yards and seven touchdowns through the air. The senior quarterback completed 26 of his 41 pass attempts, while not throwing a single interception against the Redbirds.
  • 3-Defense Andrew Bose LB Rhode Island
  • Bose led a Rhode Island defense over Albany as the Rams stopped a 15-game losing streak with their first victory since Nov. 5, 2011. Bose recorded 17 total tackles, which is sixth-most in program history for a single game, with eight solo tackles. He added 1.5 tackles for loss, half a sack and a pair of pass breakups.
  • 3-Special Teams Griffin Thomas PK Jacksonville State
  • It took a lot to beat out Gardner-Webb kicker Jordan Day, who connected on four field goals to lift his team past Richmond on Saturday, but Thomas managed to do it. The senior place-kicker hit five of his six field goal attempts against North Alabama, including the game-tying 26-yard kick in the first overtime period and the game-winning 20-yard kick in the second overtime for Jacksonville State.
  • 3-Freshman Dallas Brown DB/LB South Dakota State
  • Brown was dominant in his first career start for the Jackrabbits, as he intercepted two passes from Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett in South Dakota State's 34-26 win over the Lions on Saturday.
  • Week 2-Offense Zach Zenner QB South Dakota State
  • The junior running back tied his career high and the program high in rushing yards with 295 while producing four total touchdowns, including three on the ground. For good measure, Zenner added 31 yards receiving, with a 23- yard touchdown grab.
  • 2-Defense I Tony Bell LB UT Martin
  • On Boise State's fourth offensive play, Bell broke into the Boise backfield and sacked quarterback Joe Southwick, forcing a fumble which Bell recovered. He finished the day with six total tackles, five of them for a loss, including two sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
  • 2-Defense II Stephan Thomas CB Sacred Heart
  • The junior cornerback racked up eight total tackles with two interceptions, a pass breakup and a forced fumble. Thomas's second interception occurred on the goal line midway through the third quarter, with Sacred Heart leading Lafayette, 14-10, but the Leopards threatening to take the lead.
  • 2-Special Teams Dominic Frescura P NC A&T
  • Frescura played a large role in the Aggies' 24-21 upset of then-No. 21- ranked App State. He punted the ball nine times, averaging 47.1 yards per punt, and sent two of those kicks for 60 yards or more. Five times, the MEAC newcomer pinned the Mountaineers inside their 20- yard line, including three times on their 5-yard line.
  • 2-Freshman Kendell Anderson RB William & Mary
  • The Tribe got a career-best effort against the Pirates from Anderson, who gained 97 yards rushing on 14 carries (6.9-yard average), with two touchdowns. He added two receptions in the CAA Football team's 31-7 victory.
  • Week 1-Offense Vernon Adams QB Eastern Washington
  • Adams completed 23-of-30 pass attempts for a career-high 411 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in the club's 49-46 win over FBS Oregon State. He also rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, giving him a school-record 518 yards of total offense.
  • 1-Defense I Calvin Bryant LB Charleston Southern
  • Bryant led the Charleston Southern defense in its 32-29 road victory over The Citadel. He totaled a team-high 12 tackles, including seven solos, with 1.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one pass breakup.
  • 1-Defense II Alex McNulty Rover Eastern Illinois
  • As Eastern Illinois allowed only one touchdown while handling San Diego State, 40-19 - the Ohio Valley Conference program's first win over an FBS program since 2004 - McNulty fueled the Panthers defense with two interceptions and two other pass breakups.
  • 1-Special Teams Fabian Truss RB/RS Samford
  • Truss jump-started the Bulldogs toward a 31-21 victory over transitioning FBS program Georgia State by returning the game's opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.
  • 1-Freshman Donald Payne S Stetson
  • Payne was an all-around force as Stetson returned to football with a weather-delayed, 31-3 victory against Warner. He recovered a fumble for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and finished the game with eight tackles, including five solos, and three tackles for loss, including a sack.

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