NCF Nation: Ben Armer
Offense: Kyle Padron, QB, SMU. Went 24-of-32 for 371 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions as SMU won at Rice for the first time since 1986.
Defense: Dezman Moses, DE, Tulane. Had six tackles and a team-high 2.5 tackles for loss and tied for a team-best 1.5 sacks for minus-8 yards in a 17-14 win against Rutgers.
Special teams: Jonathan Ginsburgh, P, Tulane. Punted nine times for 382 yards for a 42.4 average and tied the school record for the seventh-longest punt in school history with a 73-yarder.
Offense: Tim Jefferson, QB, Air Force. Tied a career-high with two rushing touchdowns in a 14-6 win against Navy, helping the Falcons end a seven-game losing streak to the Midshipmen.
Defense: Jordan Waiwaiole, LB, Air Force. Recorded a career and team-high 15 tackles, an interception and a sack in a 14-6 win against Navy.
Co-Special teams: Jamil Cooks, LB, Air Force and Austin McCoy, P, Wyoming. Cooks had a blocked field goal and blocked punt in the win against Navy. Cooks is the first Falcons player to block two kicks in a game since Robert Kraay blocked two point-after attempts against Notre Dame in 2006. McCoy limited the Rockets to zero return yards on eight punts and placed two kicks inside the Toledo 10-yard line.
Offense: Chris Masson, QB, Louisiana. Threw for a career-high 310 yards and tied his career mark with two touchdown passes in the Cajuns' road win at North Texas.
Defense: Javon McKinnon, LB, Arkansas State. Recorded a career-high 16 tackles, including a career-best two tackles for loss, against Louisville for the most stops by a Sun Belt Conference player since the 2008 season.
Special teams: Jermaine Rogers, DT, Louisiana. North Texas appeared to be sending the game into overtime after scoring a touchdown with 31 seconds remaining in regulation, but Rogers blocked the extra-point attempt to seal the win.
Offense: Matt Brown, RB, Temple. Had a career-high 226 yards on 28 carries and four touchdowns in a 42-35 win at Army.
Defense: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo. Had a team-high nine tackles and a career-best four tackles for loss in a 28-26 win at Bowling Green. Mack also had two quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one pass break-up and one sack.
Special teams: Trevor Cook, K, Miami. Had a 36-yard field goal and 21-yarder, making him 9-of-10 on the year in a win against Kent State.
Offense: Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois. Went 16-of-20 for 281 yards and tied a career-high with three touchdowns in a 50-14 victory at Akron.
Defense: Robert Eddins, DE, Ball State. Had a career-high 4.5 sacks plus had seven total tackles and one quarterback hurry in a 31-17 win at Central Michigan.
Special teams: Ben Armer, P, Western Michigan. Had three punts of more than 50 yards, including a career long 65-yard punt in a 33-13 loss to Idaho.
Offense: Kealoha Pilares, WR, Hawaii. Set a school record with 18 catches in a 41-21 win against Louisiana Tech and had a career-high 217 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Defense: Robert Siavii, LB, Idaho. Had a team-high nine tackles in the 33-13 win at Western Michigan. Siavii added 1.5 tackles for loss, including a half sack, and also broke up two passes and had one quarterback hurry.
Special teams: Shawn Plummer, LB, Fresno State. Blocked his first career punt in a 38-17 win against Cal Poly. The punt was recovered in the end zone.
Offense: East Carolina quarterback Dominique Davis. He threw for a career-high 383 yards and five touchdowns, along with the 33-yard Hail Mary to Justin Jones in the end zone as time ran out to give the Pirates a 51-49 win over Tulsa. Davis also scored once on the ground. The five passing touchdowns were the most by an East Carolina quarterback since Jeff Blake threw five against Southern Miss on Nov. 9, 1991.
Defense: Tulane LB Trent Mackey. The transfer from Duke made his first career start for Tulane and made a career and game-high 13 tackles, including two stops for minus-8 yards and also forced a fumble against Southeastern Louisiana.
Special teams: SMU K/P Matt Szymanski, who made a school-record 61-yard field goal at Texas Tech. The 61-yarder is the second-longest in C-USA history. He also had a 49.3-yard punt average, the second-highest single-game average of his career.
MAC, East Division
Offense: Kent State QB Spencer Keith. He threw a career-high three touchdown passes and went 24-for-35 for 275 yards in a 41-10 win over Murray State.
Defense: Bowling Green DB Keith Morgan. The junior finished second on the team with 11 tackles and added an interception in the Falcons' 30-27 loss at Troy.
Special teams: Temple K Brandon McManus. The sophomore made a career-high four field goals in a 31-24 win over Villanova, including the game-winning 43-yarder with 3 seconds remaining. He also added a career-long 53-yard field goal, the second-longest field goal in school history.
Offense: Eastern Michigan RB Dwayne Priest. Ran for a career-best 142 yards on 26 rushes and scored two touchdowns.
Defense: Central Michigan LB Nick Bellore. Had a team-high 11 tackles and one tackle for loss in a 33-0 win over Hampton.
Special teams: Western Michigan P Ben Armer. Averaged 40.9 yards a punt at Michigan State, including a career-matching long 62-yard punt. He also had two punts inside the 20, including one that hit at the 1-yard line and was downed at the 2.
Offense: Utah WR DeVonte Christopher. Caught eight passes for 155 yards and a touchdown to lead Utah to a 27-24 overtime victory over No. 15 Pittsburgh. Christopher had never caught a pass at Utah until Thursday’s game.
Defense: Utah SS Brian Blechen. The true freshman's interception of Tino Sunseri on the first play of overtime helped Utah beat Pittsburgh.
Special teams: BYU P/K Riley Stephenson. Three of his punts landed inside the 15-yard line against Washington. Three of his five kickoffs landed inside the 20.
Offense: FAU WR Lester Jean. Had two touchdown catches, including a one-handed reception over the top of his head that went 77 yards against UAB.
Defense: Arkansas State DB M.D. Jennings. Had a team-high 11 tackles, career-high 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack, while also forcing one fumble and recovering another against Auburn.
Special teams: FAU DL Michael Lockley. Blocked UAB's 28-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the game to give FAU a 32-31 win.
Note: The WAC will announce its players of the week Tuesday, following the Boise State-Virginia Tech game on Monday night.
Three players from the non-AQ schools were named to the 2009 Ray Guy Award watch list. The Ray Guy Award is presented to the nation's top punter.
Western Michigan's Ben Armer, East Carolina's Matt Dodge and Tulane's Ross Thevenot were three of nine players on the watch list.
Armer averaged 40.6 yards per punt as a redshirt freshman in 2008 and had 11 punts of 50 yards or longer. Dodge averaged 43.9 yards per punt, ranking him No. 14 nationally and second among all Conference USA punters. Thevenot was the top punter in Conference USA and ranked second nationally with a 45.80 average in 2008. He also had 15 punts of 50 or more yards and had a long of 71 yards.
The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in mid-November and ultimately narrowed to three finalists. The winner will be announced live during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show, which airs Dec. 10 on ESPN.
2009 Ray Guy Award Watch List Selections
Bryan Anger, California, Sophomore
Ben Armer, Western Michigan, Sophomore
Travis Baltz, Maryland, Junior
Matt Dodge, East Carolina, Senior
Ryan Donahue, Iowa, Junior
Derek Epperson, Baylor, Junior
Chas Henry, Florida, Junior
Zoltan Mesko, Michigan, Senior
Ross Thevenot, Tulane, Senior