It's a 'special' week for FCS players of the week
By CRAIG HALEY
(STATS) - The games are getting quite "special" in FCS college football.
Between game-winning field goals, an 80-yard punt, back-to-back punt returns for touchdowns by the same player, four kickoff returns of at least 97 yards, a game-ending blocked field goal for the winning score and many other highlights, the special teams play seemingly was at an all-time high this past weekend.
James Madison's D'Angelo Amos helped lead the way, joined on Monday by Murray State's Drew Anderson, ETSU's Tyree Robinson and Dayton's Jack Cook as the STATS FCS National Players of the Week for Week 7 games ending on Oct. 13.
NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Drew Anderson, Murray State, QB, R-Sr., 6-4, 221, Orinda, California
The well-traveled Anderson (three previous schools) is now moving across Ohio Valley Conference fields. He's totaled 12 touchdowns over the last three weeks, including six - five passing, one rushing - when Murray State beat Tennessee State 45-21 to improve to 3-0 in the conference for the first time since 1997. He completed 33 of 51 passes for 348 yards and had 10 carries for 63 yards. The Racers trailed 14-3 after one quarter, but Anderson had a hand in five straight unanswered touchdowns.
Honorable Mention: Davion Davis, WR, Sam Houston State; Eli Dunne, QB, Northern Iowa; Jequez Ezzard, WR, Howard; A.J. Hines, RB, Duquesne; Devlin Hodges, QB, Samford; Kyran Jackson, RB, Sam Houston State; Anthony Lawrence, QB, San Diego; Jake Maier, QB, UC Davis; Kurt Rawlings, QB, Yale; Harris Roberts, QB, Furman; Ladarius Skelton, QB, Southern; Terence Stephens, RB, Robert Morris
NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tyree Robinson, ETSU, FS, So., 5-11, 184, Gainesville, Georgia
Since restarting its program in 2015, ETSU is 10-3 when forcing two turnovers. Robinson gave the Southern Conference's surprising first-place squad two takeaways in a 26-23 win at The Citadel. He thwarted a drive late in the second quarter with an interception at the ETSU 7. With the Buccaneers nursing a 16-13 lead in the final two minutes, he returned a second pick for a 42-yard touchdown. Robinson also tied his career high with eight tackles, including seven solos and one for a loss.
Honorable Mention: Gavin Bryant, LB, Eastern Kentucky; Jeremiah Chambers, LB, Abilene Christian; De'Arius Christmas, LB, Grambling State; Colby Duncan, LB, Stetson; Cam Gill, LB, Wagner; Jawian Harrison Jr., S, Weber State; T.J. Holl, LB, Colgate; Troy Reeder, LB, Delaware; Chris Terrell, DT, Central Arkansas
NATIONAL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
D'Angelo Amos, James Madison, PR/S, R-So., 6-1, 180, Richmond, Virginia
In an offensively challenged game at Villanova, Amos took over on special teams, scoring touchdowns on 89- and 81-yard punt returns during a 2-minute, 10-second span of the third quarter as James Madison pulled away to a 37-0 win. He tied Gary Clark's school records for punt return yards (183), longest punt return and punt return touchdowns in a game. His 183 yards on three returns also were a CAA Football mark. He added three tackles on defense.
Honorable Mention: Caleb Abrom, DB, Lamar; Roldan Alcobendas, PK/P, Eastern Washington; Anthony Craven, P, Alabama State; Judd Cockett, KR, Southern Utah; Kenny Doak, PK, Maine; Isaac Foster, KR/RB, Kennesaw State; Bailey Gessinger, RS/WR, Valparaiso; J.J. Jerman, PK, ETSU; Jake McIntyre, PK, Harvard; Malik Wilson, KR, North Carolina A&T
NATIONAL FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jack Cook, Dayton, QB, R-Fr., 6-0, 202, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
Cook was superb when Dayton nearly ended San Diego's Pioneer Football League (21 games) and home (18) winning streaks before falling 36-34. The nominee on last week's initial STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award Watch List passed for a school-record 432 yards and accounted for all five Flyers' touchdowns. He was 29 of 40 for four touchdown passes and rushed for 29 yards, including a 9-yard score. He led an offense that was turnover-free while totaling 497 yards.
Honorable Mention: Jack Chambers, QB, Charleston Southern; Jon Copeland, QB, UIW; Tim DeMorat, QB, Fordham; Mohammed Diakite, CB, Penn; David Durden, WR, Mercer; Juwon Farri, RB, Monmouth; Herman Jackson, DB, Florida A&M; Noah Pope, LB, Yale
Updated October 15, 2018