NCF Nation: Nick Adams

Non-AQ Players of the Week

September, 19, 2011
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Here are the non-AQ players of the week, as selected by each conference. The independent players of the week are selected by a national media panel.

Conference USA

Offense: Case Keenum, QB, Houston. Ryan Griffin, QB, Tulane. Keenum led the biggest comeback in school history in a 35-34 win at Louisiana Tech, completing 25-of-40 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns to overcome a 27-point third quarter deficit. Griffin completed his first 11 passes for 164 yards and finished the game 22-of-26 for 281 yards and a career-high-tying three touchdowns in a 49-10 win over UAB.

Defense: Korey Williams, LB, Southern Miss. Williams led the Golden Eagles with 10 tackles, seven of which were solo stops, in a 52-6 win over Southeastern Louisiana. He added one tackle for loss and an interception return for a touchdown.

Special teams: Nick Adams, KR, UAB. Adams set a UAB single-game record with 194 kick return yards and took a Tulane kickoff back 92 yards for a touchdown in a loss to Tulane.

Independent

Offense: Trent Steelman, QB, Army. Had 28 carries for 108 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-14 win over Northwestern.

Defense: Robert Blanton, CB, Notre Dame. Grabbed an interception deep in Notre Dame territory and returned it 82 yards, setting up a game-sealing field goal for the Fighting Irish over Michigan State.

Special teams: George Atkinson III, RB/KR, Notre Dame. Had 142 yards on four kickoff returns, including an 89-yard touchdown, in a 31-13 home win over No. 15 Michigan State. Atkinson is the first Fighting Irish freshman to return a kickoff for a score since Raghib Ismail in 1988.

MAC

East Division
Offense: Tyler Tettleton, QB, Ohio.
Threw for a career-high 285 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bobcats to a 44-7 victory over Marshall and improve to 3-0 on the year -- its best start to a season since 1976. He also also rushed for a touchdown and a season-best 53 yards.

Defense: Dwayne Woods, LB, Bowling Green. Had a game-high 12 tackles and two tackles for loss in the Falcons’ 28-27 loss to Wyoming.

Special Teams: Matt Weller, K, Ohio. Was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals, connecting from 20, 21 and 34 yards and was 5-for-5 in extra-point attempts in a win over Marshall.

West Division
Offense: Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan.
Had 13 catches for a season-high 177 yards in a 44-14 win over Central Michigan. White had two touchdowns and a career-best 241 all-purpose yards.

Defense: Travis Freeman, LB, Ball State. Had a season-high 12 tackles in a 28-25 victory over Buffalo.

Special Teams: John Potter, K, Western Michigan. Scored for 14 points in a 44-14 win over Central Michigan with five extra points and a career-matching three field goals (33, 43, 43).

Mountain West

Offense: Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State. Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State. Moore went 32-of-42 passes for 455 yards and five touchdowns. The 32 completions are a single-game career high for Moore, while the five touchdowns tied his career high. Hillman rushed for 191 yards on a career-high 32 carries and tied his career-high with four touchdowns in a 42-24 win over Washington State.

Defense: Larry Parker, DB, San Diego State. Josh Biezuns, DL, Wyoming. Parker helped forced three turnovers, including two fourth-quarter interceptions, as the Aztecs beat Washington State 42-24. The two interceptions were the first two of his career. Biezuns forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, had two sacks for 15 yards and combined with fellow senior defensive lineman Gabe Knapton to block the potential game-tying extra-point attempts with 3 seconds left as Wyoming beat Bowling Green 28-27.

Special teams: Greg McCoy, DB, TCU. Returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown in the second half, setting the tone for TCU to score 14 points in the opening 4:18 of the third quarter in its 38-17 win over ULM.

Sun Belt

Offense: Corey Robinson, QB, Troy. Set new career highs for pass attempts (63), completions (36) and rushing yards (33) in a loss to Arkansas. His 373 passing yards were the third most of his career.

Defense: Isame Faciane, DT, FIU. LaDarrius Madden, DB, Troy. Faciane had arguably the biggest play of the game against UCF when he picked up a fumble by Jeff Godfrey and returned it 51 yards for a game-tying touchdown in the win over the Knights. Madden had six total tackles and a 53-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Special Teams: Melvin White, DB, Louisiana. Made the momentum turning play against Nicholls State with a 68-yard blocked field goal return for a touchdown. The Cajuns outscored the Colonels 24-7 after the blocked field goal.

WAC

Offense: Mike Ball, RB, Nevada. Rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns in Nevada’s 17-14 win at San Jose State.

Defense: Logan Harrell, DT, Fresno State. Recorded a career-high 11 tackles and tied his career-high with 4.5 tackles for a loss of 23 yards in a 27-22 win over North Dakota.

Special teams: Jake Hurst, P, Nevada. Punted six times for 259 yards, A 43.2-yard average, in the win over San Jose State. He had a long of 49 yards and placed two inside the 20-yard line.

Spring superlatives: UAB

March, 12, 2010
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UAB hasn’t been to a bowl game since 2004 and though they were close last year, they didn’t have enough weapons to sustain any consistency.

Departed quarterback Joe Webb was everything offensively for the Blazers. He led the team in passing, rushing and total offense. He accounted for 32 of the team’s 39 touchdowns. Picking up his slack will not be easy.

Here’s a look at the strongest and weakest positions for the Blazers heading into spring football:

Strongest position: Wide receiver

Key returners: Senior Frantrell Forrest (34 catches, 558 yards, nine touchdowns), senior Jeffery Anderson (26 catches, 398 yards, five touchdowns), junior Nick Adams (15 catches, 277 yards, one touchdown), senior Roddell Carter (14 catches, 225, one touchdown)

Key departures: Mark Ferrell (23 catches, 320 yards, one touchdown)

The skinny: The Blazers return four of their top five receivers this season. And while the passing game ranked 83rd in the country with just 196 yards per game, it wasn’t because the receivers couldn’t catch. The offense was geared around the playmaking ability of quarterback Joe Webb and most of the playmaking was done with his feet. With Webb gone and David Isabelle, a more proficient passer, in, the wide receiving corps should be a lot more effective.

Weakest position(s): Secondary and linebackers

Key returners: Junior cornerback Marquis Coleman (26 tackles, three interceptions), senior strong safety Hiram Atwater (89 tackles, two tackles for loss), junior cornerback Terrell Springs (68 tackles, 10 passes defended), junior corner back Andre Hicks (34 tackles, one interception), sophomore middle linebacker Marvin Burdette (43 tackles, one sack), junior weakside linebacker Lamanski Ware (71 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss), sophomore strongside Greg Irvin (16 tackles)

Key departures: Free safety Brandon Carlisle (57 tackles, nine passes defended)

The skinny: The UAB secondary was the worst in the country allowing 311.50 yards per game, but it didn’t get a whole lot from a young linebacking corps. Hiram Atwater and Terrell Springs led the team in tackles, which means there were a lot of missed assignments all over the field. This group loses just one player, so it has a chance to grow and bond, but it’s going to take some work to catch the Blazers up with the rest of the conference.

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