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2012 Division FCS Players of the Week
Week/Side Player Position School
Week 12-Offense Mike Colvin QB Lehigh
  • In what would be his last collegiate game, Colvin picked up game MVP honors in college football's longest-played rivalry between Lehigh and Lafayette. The senior completed 25-of-41 passes for 362 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for a career-high 82 yards and one touchdown. As the Mountain Hawks outscored Lafayette, 21-0, in the second half, Colvin threw two of his touchdown passes and scored his rushing touchdown, and the Mountain Hawks went on to post a 38-21 victory in the 148th meeting of the Patriot League schools.
  • 12-Defense-I Joseph LeBeau DE Jackson State
  • LeBeau, who has been one of the Southwestern Athletic Conference's top pass rushers this season, played a major role in his team's 37-11 victory over Alcorn State. He totaled a game-high 10 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and one quarterback hurry.
  • Defense-II Chris Loveless DE McNeese State
  • The junior set a school record and tied a Southland Conference mark with three fumble recoveries. In fact, Lamar's first three possessions of the contest all resulted in fumbles recovered by Loveless. He added five total tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles for a loss in the Cowboys' first shutout over a conference foe since 2000.
  • 12-Special Teams Walter Powell WR/RS Murray State
  • The junior set a FCS record with a 100-yard punt return for a touchdown early in the second quarter to give his team a 14-3 lead. He was equally dangerous returning kickoffs, bringing back his first one 83 yards to set up Murray State's first touchdown of the game. He finished the contest with two punt returns for 117 yards and three kickoff returns for 134 yards. As if his special teams play wasn't enough, he added four receptions for 51 yards to finish the day with 302 all-purpose yards.
  • 12-Freshman Nigel Jones RB Maine
  • The freshman carried the ball 15 times for 182 yards - averaging 12.1 yards per carry - and two touchdowns in Maine's 55-6 victory over Rhode Island. He scored a touchdown from 18 yards out in the first quarter and capped off his performance with an 82-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.
  • Week 11-Offense Darian Stone QB Tennessee Tech
  • He completed 16-of-29 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns and carried the ball 25 times for 190 yards. His 467 yards of offense were the second-most in school history and he tied the program record for rushing yards by a quarterback. With his team trailing 31-17 in the fourth quarter, Stone engineered three scoring drives, including his final touchdown throw - a 79- yard bomb to Ryan Tilghman - with 1:10 left to give Tech a 38-31 lead.
  • 11-Defense Nick Sigmon LB Liberty
  • Sigmon might be just a sophomore, but on Senior Day, when his team needed a win more than ever, he had one of the best games of his career. The sophomore totaled nine tackles (eight solo), two tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one interception and one pass breakup, helping Liberty take down Stony Brook, 28-14.
  • 11-Special Teams-1 D'Vonte Graham DB North Carolina A&T
  • Graham totaled two blocked field goals and scored off a fumble as North Carolina A&T beat South Carolina State, 17-7, in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The critical blocked field goals occurred in the first half and kept the Aggies within seven points. He scored off a 10-yard fumble recovery in the fourth quarter and had one pass breakup as the Aggies defeated South Carolina State for the first time in 12 years.
  • Special Teams-II Chase Varnadore PK Florida A&M
  • Varnador tied a school record and the 2012 FCS single-game high with five field goals, as Florida A&M picked up a 22-21 MEAC victory over North Carolina Central in the program's 125th anniversary Homecoming game. The sophomore connected from 19, 17, 22, 17 and 36 yards, and his final and longest kick of the contest proved to be the game-winner with 2:00 remaining.
  • 11-Freshman Dallas Kessman RB San Diego
  • Kessman rushed for a career-high 190 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns in 41-28 win over Morehead State. He also had three catches for 13 yards, finishing with 203 all-purpose yards.
  • Week 10-Offense-I Derek Carr QB UT Martin
  • Carr picked up his second Sports Network FCS Player of the Week selection after throwing for seven touchdowns against Jacksonville State. The senior completed 28-of-43 passes for 402 yards and no interceptions in a 49-47 victory, which kept the Skyhawks in a first-place tie in the Ohio Valley Conference.
  • Offense-II Gavin McCarney QB Colgate
  • In a 65-41 dismantling of Lafayette, he set school single- game records for total offense in a game (512 yards) and rushing yards by a quarterback with 288. His 1,010 rushing yards this season and 12 consecutive games with a touchdown pass also are new school records. McCarney scored three times on the ground and completed 13-of-17 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns.
  • 10-Defense Caleb Schaffitzel S Missouri State
  • He intercepted NDSU quarterback Brock Jensen two times, the first on the MSU goal line which he returned 100 yards for a touchdown, giving his team an early 7-0 lead. He became the fifth player in Missouri Valley Football Conference history - and second this year - to record a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown. In the second quarter, he intercepted Jensen again for 27 yards, making it two straight games that he has recorded multiple interceptions, and it was his fifth interception in the last three games. The sophomore also added 10 tackles and one tackle for a loss, while Missouri State's defense held the No. 1-ranked Bison to just 84 yards of offense.
  • 10-Special Teams Dominic Gunn WR/RS Northern Colorado
  • Gunn helped Northern Colorado earn its first road win since the 2010 regular- season finale with an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter, sparking a come-from-behind 32-28 victory at Portland State. The senior totaled five punt returns for 107 yards.
  • 10-Freshman-I Jake Huston RB Valparaiso
  • He carried the ball 28 times for 248 yards and three touchdowns, caught three passes for 52 yards and added three punt returns for 23 yards to finish with 323 all- purpose yards. It was the best total yardage mark by a Pioneer Football League running back this season as well as the second-highest single- game rushing total in Crusaders history.
  • Freshman-II Sean Price WR Appalachian State
  • In a 31-28 victory at Georgia Southern, he caught seven passes for 231 yards and one touchdown. Price set new Appalachian State freshman records for receiving yards in a game and 100-yard receiving games in a season (five). He averaged 33 yards per reception, and his 231-yard effort is the highest among FCS freshmen this year and the second-best performance among Southern Conference wide receivers this season.
  • Week 9-Offense-I De'Auntre Smiley QB Prairie View A&M
  • The sophomore threw for four touchdowns, completing 29-of-38 passes for 398 yards, and carried the ball 14 times for 170 yards and one touchdown. Offensively, the Panthers finished with 645 yards (398 passing, 247 rushing) as Smiley guided the Panthers over the 500-yard mark for the third straight week.
  • Offense-II Rob Hollomon RB Central Connecticut State
  • The sophomore totaled 287 yards from scrimmage, including 207 yards on the ground, in a 32-30, come-from-behind victory over Saint Francis (Pa.). The Kent State transfer carried the ball 24 times, added two receptions for 80 yards and finished with three touchdowns in the win. Hollomon not only owns the top two individual rushing performances in Northeast Conference play this season, but he also joins the company of former CCSU running back Justise Hairston (2006) as the lone players to eclipse the 200-yard rushing mark in back-to-back NEC games.
  • 9-Defense Ian Sluss LB Portland State
  • Sluss was a one-man wrecking machine in a decisive, 49-21 victory over UC Davis in the Big Sky Conference. The senior finished the contest with two interceptions - one of which he returned 31 yards for a touchdown with 5:32 left in regulation - two fumble recoveries, six tackles (five solo) and two passes defended in the win. In the fourth quarter, Sluss did most of his damage, recovering two fumbles and intercepting two passes. With PSU holding a 35-21 lead in the quarter, the senior intercepted UC Davis quarterback Randy Wright for a touchdown which put the Vikings in control of the game.
  • 9-Special Teams Jamin Godfrey PK/P Tennessee State
  • He was a perfect 5-of-5 on field goal attempts, which set a new career high and school record as well as tied the 2012 single-game FCS high. The junior connected from 37, 32, 27, 41 and 22 yards and punted four times for an average of 36 yards. Ironically, Godfrey's 15 points kept the No. 21-ranked Tigers alive in the contest before his team scored a touchdown with no time remaining to tie the game at 21. His biggest kick of the game was also the deciding factor, as he nailed the extra point attempt to give TSU the win and an 8-1 record on the season.
  • 9-Freshman John Weidenaar OL Montana State
  • Very rarely do offensive linemen garner individual attention for their performances, let alone a freshman, but Weidenaar helped anchor an impressive offensive output in Montana State's 55-10 victory over North Dakota. The local product played a crucial role in protecting and paving the way the way for MSU's dangerous playmakers. Weidenarr, who has started every game this season, helped the Bobcats rush for 436 yards and total a school-record 695 yards of offense. His unit didn't allow a sack in the game, while running backs Cody Kirk and Orenzo Davis topped the 100-yard rushing plateau, gaining 160 and 145 yards, respectively.
  • Week 8-Offense-I Greg Hardin WR North Dakota
  • Hardin set a new Big Sky single-game record with 333 receiving yards on 12 receptions and scored three touchdowns. It was only fitting that his last catch of the game - a 32-yard reception for a touchdown - came with 12 seconds left in regulation, providing the win. The junior also handled kick return duties for UND, bringing back three kickoffs for 87 yards to give him 420 all-purpose yards - good for the second-best mark in conference history. His 333 receiving yards set a 2012 FCS single-game high and he scored three receiving touchdowns in a game for the third time this season.
  • Offense-II Gavin McCarney QB Colgate
  • In a 57-36 offensive showcase versus Georgetown, the junior completed 22- of-28 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns and ran 15 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. McCarney accounted for 510 of Colgate's school-record 707 yards of offense and he helped the Raiders remain a perfect 2-0 in Patriot League play this season.
  • 8-Defense Dorian Bell LB Duquesne
  • The junior spearheaded the Dukes' dominant defensive effort by totaling 14 tackles, four sacks, five tackles for a loss, one interception and a forced fumble. Bell helped his defensive unit limit Sacred Heart to just 215 total yards and he now leads the Northeast Conference in tackles per game (11.3) and forced fumbles with three.
  • 8-Special Teams Laquan Lambert DB Lehigh
  • The first-year defensive back/specialist blocked two punts, while Lehigh as a team blocked four kicks in the game. Lambert's first blocked punt came midway through the first quarter as he fought off a defender, tipped the ball and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown. The play not only set the tone, but it gave Lehigh an early 7-0 lead. On top of that, it was his first career touchdown. His second blocked punt occurred in the second quarter and gave Lehigh the ball at the Bucknell 15-yard line.
  • 8-Freshman Jermaine Hough DB Jacksonville State
  • Hough had two key interceptions as Jacksonville State handed previously unbeaten and then-No. 17 Tennessee State a 31-28 overtime defeat. The true freshman also collected three tackles as JSU picked up a crucial Ohio Valley Conference, improving to 3-2 in the title race. Hough's first interception - which was also the first of his career - came on TSU's third play of the game as he picked off Tigers quarterback Michael German. It led to a touchdown nine plays later as the Gamecocks took an early 7-0 lead. In the fourth quarter, Hough intercepted his second pass and returned it 14 yards - just one play after JSU had fumbled at its own 40-yard line.
  • Week 7-Offense Derek Carr QB UT Martin
  • The senior completed 42-of-46 passes for 560 yards and seven touchdowns. In addition to completing 91 percent of his passes, Carr set an FCS single-game record for passing efficiency (minimum of 45 attempts) with a mark of 243.78. He broke the previous record of 220.8 held by Stephen F. Austin's Todd Hammel, who set the mark against ULM in 1989. Carr also set the program career touchdown record with 54, while his seven touchdown passes and 560 yards through the air were also new UTM single-game milestones.
  • 7-Defense-I Johnny Towalid DB Indiana State
  • The senior became the first Sycamore to record two interception returns for touchdowns in a single game, as they defeated North Dakoa State, 17-14. His first - a 27-yarder - gave ISU a 10-3 lead in the second quarter. Towalid picked off NDSU quarterback Brock Jensen again in the fourth quarter and went 31 yards for a touchdown, giving the Sycamores a 17-6 advantage. The senior's first interception broke a streak of 140 consecutive passes for Jensen without allowing an interception. On top of his pick-sixes, Towalid also had six total tackles and one pass breakup.
  • Defense-II Jeremy Moore DB Georgetown
  • Moore had a career-high three interceptions - one of which he returned 80 yards for a touchdown - while Georgetown forced seven Lehigh turnovers, but the Mountain Hawks still escaped with a Patriot League victory. Moore's 92 interception return yards moved him into first place all-time in league and school history with 318 career interception return yards. His three interceptions were complemented by a fumble recovery and seven total tackles, and he now has five interceptions on the season, which leads the FCS.
  • 7-Special Teams Bobby Wenzig PK/P Alabama State
  • Wenzig totaled six punts for 312 yards for an average of 52 yards per punt. The junior netted three punts inside the 20-yard line and he had three punts of 50 yards or more, including a long of 67 yards. He ranks No. 2 in the FCS, averaging 47 yards per punt through seven games.
  • 7-Freshman John Robertson QB Villanova
  • The redshirt freshman set a school record for a quarterback, rushing for 189 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw for 151 yards and one touchdown. Robertson finished with 340 yards of total offense, while 'Nova totaled 527 yards, 376 of which came on the ground.
  • Week 6-Offense-I Casey Brockman QB Murray State
  • Brockman was nearly perfect in a convincing 52-14 road win versus Austin Peay. The senior gunslinger completed 38-of-43 passes for 455 yards and five touchdowns, on his way to becoming the Ohio Valley Conference's all-time leader in completions (793) and Murray State's all-time leader in touchdown passes with 55.
  • 6-Offense-II Aaron Mellette WR Elon
  • Mellette tied a career high with 237 receiving yards on 13 catches and matched a career-best with three touchdown receptions in a 35-23 loss at Appalachian State. The senior now has 18 career 100-yard receiving games, which is good for No. 2 in Southern Conference history.
  • 6-Defense-I Keith Pough LB Howard
  • Pough recorded 3 1/2 tackles for loss, breaking the FCS career record with 66, while putting forth one of the best performances of his career. Howard moved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the MEAC with a 17-10 victory. On top of his record-setting accomplishment, Pough tallied 17 total tackles, 2 1/2 sacks, one pass breakup and he forced and recovered a fumble.
  • 6-Defense-II Michael Cole DL Maine
  • Cole gave Delaware quarterback Trent Hurley nightmares, accounting for five sacks, for a loss of 41 yards, nine total tackles and one forced fumble as the Black Bears upset the Blue Hens, 26-3.
  • 6-Special Teams Patrick Murray PK/P Fordham
  • Murray was a perfect 3-of-3 on field goal attempts, connecting from 30, 44 and 43 yards in a crucial, 38-31 win over Georgetown in the Patriot League. He also punted the ball eight times for an average of 47 yards per boot, including a long of 59 yards, and he sent five of his seven kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.
  • 6-Freshman Kieran McDonagh QB Portland State
  • McDonagh played a vital role in helping Portland State end a four-game losing streak, accounting for six touchdowns in a 77-10 thumping of Idaho State. The true freshman signal caller carried the ball 10 times for 66 yards and four touchdowns, he threw for 280 yards and one touchdown - on 15-of-23 passing attempts - and caught a 22-yard touchdown reception.
  • Week 5-Offense Eric Breitenstein FB Wofford
  • Breitenstein set a Southern Conference single-game rushing record with 321 yards in Wofford's 49-24 win at Elon. He carried the ball 27 times, averaging 11 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns.
  • 5-Defense Nick Addison DB Bethune-Cookman
  • Addison recorded two interceptions in Bethune-Cookman's 38-26, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory versus Hampton. The sophomore totaled a team-high 11 tackles, a forced fumble and an assist on a tackle for loss. In the third quarter, Addison picked off a pass and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown, giving B-C a 24-10 lead. It was the fourth-longest interception return in school history, while the victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Wildcats.
  • 5-Special Teams Ladarius Vanlier RB/RS Tennessee Tech
  • Vanlier returned an Ohio Valley Conference-record 11 kickoffs for 237 yards, including a 94-yard touchdown in the second quarter, against Murray State. However, it wasn't enough, as the Golden Eagles fell , 70-35. The freshman also returned a punt for 30 yards and caught four passes for 24 yards. When it was all said and done, he totaled 291 all-purpose yards. His 237 kickoff return yards account for the highest mark in the FCS this season.
  • 5-Freshman-I Vernon Adams QB Eastern Washington
  • In only his second career start under center for Eastern Washington, Adams completed 25-of-41 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns against Big Sky Conference rival Montana. Adams had a team-high 54 rushing yards and accounted for 407 of Eastern's 447 yards of offense.
  • Freshman-II Anthony Gaffney CB Princeton
  • Gaffney collected 122 all-purpose yards and two interceptions in Princeton's convincing, 33-6 road win versus Columbia. The Tigers got off to a fast start thanks to the freshman's 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the game. Both of Gaffney's interceptions came in the fourth quarter, essentially sealing the deal for Princeton's first road win since 2009 and its first victory since Oct. 1, 2011.
  • Week 4-Offense-I Taylor Heinicke QB Old Dominion
  • Heinicke broke a number of records in completing 55-of-79 passes for a Division I record 730 yards and five touchdowns as ODU beat New Hampshire, 64-61, in CAA Football. The sophomore added 65 rushing yards and one touchdown, also setting a new Division I record with 791 yards of total offense.
  • Offense-II Erik Lora WR Eastern Illinois
  • Lora broke a school and Ohio Valley Conference record with 21 catches, for 269 yards and three touchdowns in Eastern Illinois' 50-49 overtime win versus Murray State. The redshirt junior accounted for all three of his touchdowns in the first quarter, and totaled 13 receptions for 172 yards after the first 15 minutes of play.
  • 4-Defense Billy Boyko LB Lehigh
  • Boyko had a key 39-yard interception return for a touchdown, giving Lehigh a 28-20 lead against Liberty with 6:06 to play. The senior also had 14 tackles, including a sack, as the Mountain Hawks held on for the victory.
  • 4-Special Teams Colby Walden DB/KR Jacksonville
  • After Jacksonville fell behind Dayton, 17-14, with 1:39 left in the game, Walden took the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Walden also added four tackles in the game.
  • 4-Freshman-I Miles Killebrew FS Southern Utah
  • Killebrew finished with a career-high 15 stops in his team's 49-42 win at Portland State. Only four tackles were assisted - 11 were solo - and he also broke up a pass and assisted on a tackle for loss.
  • 4-Freshman-II James Bradberry DB Samford
  • Bradberry picked off two passes in Samford's 25-21 comeback win at Western Carolina. His first interception came late in the second quarter with WCU threatening to score on the Samford 4-yard line. In the third quarter, Bradberry picked off a pass and returned it 22 yards to the Western Carolina 16-yard line.
  • Week 3-Offense Shakir Bell RB Indiana State
  • Bell rushed for 349 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries as the Sycamores took down Drake, 27-10, at home. The junior set a Missouri Valley Conference rushing record and topped his prior school record by nearly 100 yards (set last year versus Youngstown State with 256 rushing yards).
  • 3-Defense Dan Sullivan LB Monmouth
  • Sullivan led a Hawks defense which forced three turnovers and totaled six sacks on the day in a 38-17 victory over Wagner. The junior finished with 3 1/2 sacks, 4 1/2 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, two quarterback hurries and a team-leading nine tackles.
  • 3-Special Teams-I Fabian Truss KR Samford
  • Truss returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, as Samford won at Gardner-Webb. Truss finished with three returns for 146 yards and now leads the nation with a 38.3-yard average.
  • 3-Special Teams-II Bobby Zalud PK/P Cal Poly
  • Cal Poly scored its only points of the fourth quarter on Zalud's 51-yard field goal, which proved to be the game-winner as the Mustangs took down Wyoming, 24-22. The junior, who also handles punting and kickoff duties, punted eight times for an average of 42 yards and had a long of 62 yards. All but one of his five kickoffs went for a touchback.
  • 3-Freshman T.J. Lally LB South Dakota State
  • The redshirt freshman came away with four sacks - the most by a Jackrabbits player in the Division I era - and 10 tackles, all of which were solo. He also recovered a fumble in the Aggies' final offensive series to seal the win.
  • Week 2-Offense I Zach Zenner RB South Dakota State
  • In the Jackrabbits' 31-14 win at Southeastern Louisiana, Zenner rushed for 278 yards and one touchdown on 34 carries.
  • 2-Offense II Marcus Hendrickson QB North Dakota
  • In his first career start, Hendrickson, a fifth-year senior, completed 16- of-25 passes for 294 yards and tied a school-record with six touchdown passes in North Dakota's 45-37 victory over Portland State.
  • 2-Defense Bishop Neal LB Saint Francis (PA)
  • Neal had 13 total tackles, one tackle for loss, a key safety and one interception, as the Red Flash defeated Bryant, 39-28.
  • 2-Special Teams Thomas Warren PK The Citadel
  • Warren booted three field goals in The Citadel's 23-21 upset win over Georgia Southern, including a 37-yarder by just 35 seconds remaining.
  • 2-Freshman Brendon Riddick RB Norfolk State
  • The redshirt freshman came off the bench to rush for 150 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in a 31-24 comeback win at Liberty.
  • Week 1-Offense Taylor Heinicke QB Old Dominion
  • Heinicke broke personal and school game-highs with 492 passing yards and 41 completions, helping the Monarchs tie a program mark for points in a game.
  • 1-Defense Dontavious Johnson DB Coastal Carolina
  • Coastal Carolina senior recorded three interceptions and one pass breakup in the Chanticleers' 29-13 victory.
  • 1-Special Teams Matt Hubbard P Georgia State
  • Set a program-best 62.2-yard average on five punts against South Carolina State.
  • 1-Freshman Sawyer Kollmorgen QB Northern Iowa
  • The redshirt freshman completed 18-of-34 pass attempts for 265 yards and three touchdowns in Northern Iowa's 26-21, season-opening loss to defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin.
  • 1-Freshman Andre Stubbs WR/RB Youngstown State
  • Rushed for 71 yards on six carries, caught four passes for 61 yards and returned two kickoffs for 40 yards, as YSU defeated Pittsburgh, 31-17.

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