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Non-AQ Players of the Week

October, 18, 2010
Time once again for the non-AQ players of the week, as selected by each conference:

Conference USA

Offense: East Carolina QB Dominique Davis. Scored three touchdowns and set career-highs in passing attempts (53) and completions (37) on the way to a 376-yard, interception-free performance in a 33-27 overtime win over NC State.

Defense: Memphis LB Jamon Hughes. Had the most tackles for a Memphis player in 31 years with 21 stops against Southern Miss. The total ranks tied for second in school history and is the most since Pete Scatamacchia had a school record 25 against Louisville in 1979.

Special teams: Rice P Kyle Martens. Averaged 49.8 yards on four punts, none of which were returned, in the Owls' 34-31 win over Houston. He placed his fifth punt of the season inside the 10 this season.


East Division

Offense: Ohio QB Boo Jackson. Went 14-of-21 for 161 yards, one passing touchdown and two rushing scores in a 38-10 win over Akron. He also caught a 42-yard pass in the win.

Defense: Miami LB Evan Harris. Had a career and team-high 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and one passed defensed in a 27-20 win at Central Michigan. Harris’ two interceptions were the first for the RedHawks by a single player since 2006.

Special teams: Temple DE Adrian Robinson. Blocked a PAT attempt in Temple’s 28-27 win over Bowling Green. The play forced the Falcons to opt for a 2-point conversion on the game’s final play.

West Division

Offense: Eastern Michigan QB Alex Gillett. Accounted for 414 yards of total offense, ninth-best in school history, and set school quarterback records for most rushes (35) and net rushing yards (189) in a single-game. He had five total touchdowns.

Defense: Toledo DE T.J. Fatinikun. Had five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a key 10-yard sack in the Rockets' 34-21 win over Kent State.

Special teams: Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward. Blocked his second punt of the season in a 45-14 win over Buffalo. Ward also forced a fumble late in the game and contributed two tackles, one on special teams.

Mountain West

Co-Offense: San Diego State RB Ronnie Hillman, TCU QB Andy Dalton. Hillman had 191 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a 27-24 win over No. 23 Air Force, the team's first win over a ranked team in 14 years. Dalton accounted for 289 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in a 31-3 win over BYU.

Defense: Colorado State DT Guy Miller. Had eight tackles, 4.5 sacks and five tackles for loss to in a 43-10 win over UNLV. Miller set new school and MWC records with his 4.5 sacks.

Special teams: TCU PR Jeremy Kerley. Had 137 total return yards in a 31-3 victory over BYU. Kerley helped the Horned Frogs establish field position throughout the contest, returning two kickoffs for 81 yards and four punts for 56 yards.

Sun Belt

Offense: Arkansas State QB Ryan Aplin. Had a career-high four touchdowns, the most of any Sun Belt player this season, in a loss to Indiana. Aplin completed a school-record 33 passes on 44 attempts for 275 yards and added 23 rushing yards.

Defense: ULM DB Robert Nelson. Returned an interception 55 yards for the game-sealing touchdown in a win over Western Kentucky. It was the first interception return for a touchdown by a Warhawk since 2008.

Special teams: Troy KR Jerrel Jernigan. Had a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown in the win over Louisiana, the first of his career and the first for the Trojans since 2007. He also scored the winning touchdown on a 12-yard pass from Corey Robinson in the fourth quarter.


Offense: Louisiana Tech QB Ross Jenkins. Threw for a career-high 422 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-35 win over Idaho on Saturday. It was the most yards thrown by any quarterback in the nation over the weekend.

Defense: Hawaii LB Corey Paredes. Had nine tackles and forced two fumbles in the 27-21 win over No. 19 Nevada. His first forced fumble led to Hawaii’s first touchdown. On the second, he stripped Colin Kaepernick just before he crossed the goal line.

Special teams: Boise State PR Chris Potter. Returned four punts for 76 yards in a 48-0 win over San Jose State. The 76 return yards are the most by a WAC player this year.

Non-AQ helmet stickers: Week 3

September, 19, 2010
Time to dole out a few non-AQ helmet stickers:

Andy Dalton, QB, TCU. The Horned Frogs looked absolutely unstoppable against Baylor, and they can thank their stud quarterback for that. Dalton went 21-of-23 for 267 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in the 45-10 win. He set a TCU single-game record for completion percentage (91.3), and opened the contest with 11 straight completions. Dalton, who leads all active quarterbacks with 32 career wins, has now completed 74.6 percent (53-of-71) of his passes on the season.

FIU defense. For the second straight game, the Panthers fell just short of a major upset over an AQ opponent. But you have to give credit to new defensive coordinator Geoff Collins and the work he has done in making this a much more aggressive, opportunistic unit. Yes, the Panthers blew a 20-6 third-quarter lead in a 27-20 loss to Texas A&M. But FIU had six sacks and forced five turnovers in the loss. Anthony Gaitor returned an interception 54 yards for a touchdown, one of four interceptions in the game. The narrow loss followed a narrow loss to Rutgers to open the season last week.

Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State. The true freshman has been one of the key reasons why the Aztecs have been able to run the ball this year. Hillman had 228 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-24 loss to Missouri, including long runs of 75 and 93 yards. The 93-yard run is the second longest in school history, but the longest in the Division I era. The last time a San Diego State player ran for over 200 yards in a game was Lynell Hamilton, who had 218 against Wyoming in 2003. Hillman has a rushing touchdown in three straight games and a total of seven on the season.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada. Do we sound like a broken record player when we keep giving Kaepernick helmet stickers? He was deserving once again this week after Nevada's 52-31 win over California on Friday night -- the school's first win in seven games against opponents from automatic qualifying conferences. Kaepernick had 329 yards of total offense and five touchdowns -- 148 yards rushing and 181 yards passing. He moved into a tie for seventh with Brad Smith of Missouri with 45 career rushing touchdowns on the NCAA list.

Adrian Robinson, DE, Temple. Robinson forced Connecticut running back Jordan Todman to fumble and went 24 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 8:28 left in the game in the Owls' 30-16 win. Robinson forced two fumbles on the afternoon as Temple went to 3-0 for the first time since 1979. The win was the first over an AQ conference team in the Al Golden Era, and the first since a win over Syracuse in 2004, when it was still a member of the Big East.

Jackie Williams, WR, UAB. Williams made a leaping 44-yard touchdown catch at the goal line on the final play of the game, giving the Blazers a come-from-behind 34-33 win over Troy. The touchdown ended a 99-yard drive led by backup quarterback Bryan Ellis, who had 1:09 and no timeouts when the series began. Williams ended up with six catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns.

Non-AQ players on watch lists

August, 10, 2010
Several watch lists have come out in the last few days. Here are some of the top non-AQ players to watch.

Maxwell Award, presented to best player in college football:

Houston QB Case Keenum and Boise State QB Kellen Moore are on the watch list again. Both were semifinalists for the award in 2009. The others who join them:

UTEP RB Donald Buckram
TCU QB Andy Dalton
Navy QB Ricky Dobbs
Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick
Temple RB Bernard Pierce

Walter Camp, presented to best player in college football:

Everybody on the Maxwell list, plus Middle Tennessee QB Dwight Dasher.

Bednarik Award, presented to the best defensive player:

TCU LB Tank Carder
Boise State DE Ryan Winterswyk
Southern Miss LB Korey Williams
Temple DE Adrian Robinson
Nevada DE Dontay Moch
UCF DE Bruce Miller
Army DE Josh McNary

Mid-American Conference season wrap

December, 9, 2009
Dan LeFevour couldn’t have scripted a better end to his Mid-American Conference career.

Leon Halip-US PRESSWIREQuarterback Dan LeFevour finishes his Central Michigan career as the Chippewas leader in many offensive categories.
LeFevour helped the Chippewas to an undefeated MAC season and a conference title. He won his first game against an AQ opponent, became the MAC’s all-time leader in passing and the country’s all-time leader in touchdowns.

LeFevour not only finished his career as the face of Central Michigan, but also the face of the conference.

And it was a good year to showcase the MAC.

For the first time since 2004, the MAC had three teams with at least nine wins and for the first time since 2005, the conference has five teams with at least seven wins. Both the West and East Divisions came down to the final weeks of the regular season to decide a championship and teams such as Ohio and Bowling Green played the final fourth of the season like a series of elimination games. Ohio earned its first division championship since 2006 and Bowling Green was the only team with a new non-AQ head coach to finish the regular season with a winning record. Both teams are going bowling.

And then there was one of the biggest success stories of the season in Temple. The Owls fell a game short of their first divisional title and conference championship berth, but still managed to finish with their best record since 1979.

Not to mention there is a ton of young talent in players like Toledo’s Eric Page, Kent State’s Spencer Keith and Tyshon Goode, Temple’s Bernard Pierce and Ball State's Kelly Page that will be able to keep the conference on an upswing.

The MAC still has a ways to go to catch up to some of its non-AQ brethren, but this year could be the breakthrough season it was looking for.

Offensive MVP: Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour

There’s no doubt that LeFevour was the best offensive player in the conference this year. While his numbers might have been down from his sophomore season, he was still the most complete and dangerous player in the league. LeFevour finishes his career as the leader in total offensive yards (15,140), attempts (1,669), completions (1,110), passing yards (12,255) and is tied for second in touchdown passes (99).

Defensive MVP: Temple defensive end Adrian Robinson

Robinson led the MAC and tied for tenth in the country with 12 sacks. He also had 42 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and one interception. He helped Temple become the 20th-ranked rushing defense in the country.

Newcomer of the Year: Temple running back Bernard Pierce

Pierce led the MAC and ranked 13th in the nation in rushing with 1,308 yards on 224 carries and 15 rushing touchdowns. He was the Owls most effective offensive weapon and helped them rank 21st in the country in rushing with an average of 192.3 yards per game.

Coach of the Year: Temple’s Al Golden

In his fourth season as head coach, Golden led the Owls to a 9-3 overall record, 7-1 in the MAC. That record included nine consecutive wins during the season. The Owls have improved every season under Golden. In 2006, they won one game, four in 2007 and five wins a year ago.

Biggest Surprise: Temple

When Temple opened the season with a loss to FCS opponent Villanova, no one expected much from the Owls. But in a loss to Penn State, the Owls discovered they could play with any team in the country and rattled off nine consecutive wins to become one of the most talked about teams in the country. With a lot of talent coming back, Temple should be the favorite to win the East next year.

Biggest disappointment: Toledo

With so many senior leaders and playmakers returning this season, it was disappointing to see the Rockets win just five games. Two of Toledo’s loses came to teams with losing records, including Miami-Ohio, which only won one game this season.

Game of the Year: Temple 34, Miami-Ohio 32, Nov. 5

A loss a winless Miami-Ohio team not only would have stopped the Owls winning streak, it would have still put them a game out of securing a bowl and taken them out of first place in the MAC East. The Owls needed a Brandon McManus field goal with three seconds remaining to notch the win that would be their seventh in a row.

CMU's LeFevour named MAC's top player

December, 2, 2009
Central Michigan senior quarterback Dan LeFevour has been named the winner of the 28th Vern Smith Leadership Award, which is voted on by the league’s coaches and presented annually to the conference’s top football player.

LeFevour led the Chippewas to an 8-0 conference record, 10-2 overall, and is tied with Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell and Hawaii Colt Brennan for the most total touchdowns of any player in Football Bowl Subdivision history with 146 touchdowns (99 passing, 46 rushing, 1 receiving).

LeFevour is the conference career leader in total offensive yards (15,140), attempts (1,669), completions (1,110), passing yards (12,255) and is tied for second in touchdown passes (99).

LeFevour also was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Mid-American Conference, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Temple earned three awards, including Coach of the Year for Al Golden, Freshman of the Year for Bernard Pierce and Defensive Player of the Year for defensive end Adrian Robinson.

Central Michigan receiver Antonio Brown was named Special Teams Player of the Year.

Temple led all MAC teams with eight players on the first team, Central Michigan was second with five players on the first team.