- Andrea Adelson, College Football
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Time for the non-AQ conference players of the week:
Offense: UAB QB Bryan Ellis. Threw for 373 yards in his first career start, a 32-29 double overtime loss to Tennessee. Ellis has passed for 733 yards and four touchdowns in the past two games and is the first UAB quarterback to throw for more than 350 yards in back-to-back outings.
Defense: Houston DB Loyce Means. Had interceptions on consecutive defensive drives in a 42-23 win against Tulane. He returned the second 42 yards for a touchdown.
Special teams: UTEP PK Dakota Warren. Kicked three field goals, including the game-winning 18-yarder as time expired in a 16-13 win against Memphis. Warren also connected made field goals from 57 and 50 yards, becoming the second UTEP player since 1950 to hit two 50-yard field goals in a game.
Defense: Temple DB Jaiquawn Jarrett. Led Temple with 11 tackles in a 22-13 loss at No. 23 Penn State. After four games, Jarrett leads the Owls with 28 tackles, including 16 solos.
Special teams: Ohio P Paul Hershey. Averaged 38.7 yards per kick, and ran for a 6-yard TD on a fake field goal.
Offense: Northern Illinois RB Chad Spann. Ran for 223 yards on 17 carries in a 34-23 win at Minnesota. He had the first 200-plus yard game at Northern Illinois since Garrett Wolfe had 203 vs. Central Michigan in 2006.
Defense: Toledo LB Archie Donald. Had a season-high 16 tackles and added a game-clinching interception in a 31-20 win at Purdue.
Special teams: Northern Illinois DB Jimmie Ward. Had a punt block at the end of the first half that led to a touchdown.
Offense: Colorado State QB Pete Thomas. Led the Rams to their first win of the season, going 29-of-37 pass attempts for 386 yards and three touchdowns. Both are career highs.
Defense: Air Force S Jon Davis. Had a team-high six tackles, one tackle for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery in Air Force’s 20-14 win at Wyoming. The fumble recovery with 3:41 remaining in the fourth quarter sealed the win.
Special teams: TCU PR/KR Jeremy Kerley. Returned five kickoffs for 172 yards, including a career-long 83-yard scamper, to help TCU beat SMU 41-24 victory. In all, he had a career-high 234 all-purpose yards in the game.
Offense: Troy WR Jerrel Jernigan. Had 10 receptions for a career-high 209 yards and one touchdown in a win against Arkansas State. With his performance, Jernigan is 28 yards shy of the Sun Belt record for receiving yards.
Defense: Middle Tennessee LB Jamari Lattimore. Set a school record and tied the Sun Belt mark with four sacks against in a win against Louisiana. He had eight tackles and forced a fumble.
Special teams: Middle Tennessee K Alan Gendreau. Made the second-longest field goal in Sun Belt and school history with a career-long 55-yarder.
Defense: Nevada LB James-Michael Johnson. Had a career-high 10 tackles, including seven solo, in a 27-13 win at Brigham Young.
Special teams: Louisiana Tech LB Rufus Porter. Blocked a punt in the fourth quarter forcing a safety in the game against Southern Miss. It was Louisiana Tech's first safety in a decade.
Time for the non-AQ conference players of the week:Conference USAOffense: UAB QB Bryan Ellis. Threw for 373 yards in his first career start, a 32-29 double overtime loss to Tennessee.