College Sports Journal
PHILADELPHIA, PA. — Quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen has been named as the College Sports Journal freshman of the week for the first week of the Football Championship Subdivision season.
Kollmorgen, a redshirt freshman, made his first game a memorable one when he nearly led the Panthers to an upset win over BCS powerhouse Wisconsin.
Kollmorgen fired a pair of touchdown passes to running back David Johnson in the fourth quarter to turn a 26-7 deficit into a 26-21 game before UNI ran out of time in a narrow loss at historic Camp Randall Stadium.
Just the fifth freshman to start at quarterback in Panther history, the 6-2, 215-pound passer from Jenks, OK. completed 18-of-34 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns against the defending Big Ten champion.
Other candidates considered included:
Zak Browning, Southern Utah, linebacker, nine solo stops, three assists, 12 total tackles, two forced fumbles in a 34-3 loss at FBS Utah State.
Chad Geter, Gardner-Webb, linebacker, eight solo stops, two assists, 10 total tackles in a 34-7 loss at home against Wofford.
Sean Goldrich, New Hampshire, quarterback, 21-of-31 passing for 193 and two TDs, 10 carries for a team-high 71 yards rushing in a 38-17 victory at Holy Cross.
Ryan Hillier, South Dakota, linebacker, eight solo stops, four assists, 12 total tackles in a 35-34 loss at Montana.
Deon King, Norfolk State, linebacker, three solo stops, two assists, five total tackles, three tackles for loss, 17 yards in losses, two sacks for minus-12 yards in a 24-0 shutout victory at home against Virginia State.
Christian Kuntz, Duquesne, linebacker, nine solo stops, three assists, 12 total tackles, two passes defended, one interception, 49-yard interception return for a TD in a 57-23 loss at Old Dominion.
Trent McKinney, Montana, quarterback, 26-of-32, 214 yards passing, two TDs, one interception, 13 carries, 65 yards, 279 yards of total offense in a 35-24 victory at home against South Dakota.
Troy Mitchell, Western Carolina, quarterback, 20-of-29, 149 yards passing, 0 TDs, 0 interceptions, 13 carries, 38 yards, two TDs rushing, 187 yards of total offense in a 42-14 victory at home against Mars Hill.
Fred Plummer, Texas Southern, wide receiver, five catches, 142 yards, one tackle, in a 44-41 win over Prairie View.
Darius Ramsey, Western Carolina, running back, 20 carries, 120 yards rushing, 6.0 yards per carry, 0 TDs.
Luke Rhodes, William & Mary, linebacker, five solo stops, six assists, 11 total tackles in a 7-6 loss at BCS Maryland.
Elandon Roberts, Morgan State, linebacker, nine solo stops, two assists, 11 total tackles, two tackles for loss for minus-two yards in a in a 30-27 victory over Sacred Heart.
Jeremy Runner, Grambling, running back, 13 carries, 166 yards, one TD, 12.8 yards per carry in a 22-21 loss at home to Alcorn State.
Andre Stubbs, Youngstown State, running back/wide receiver, six carries, 71 yards rushing, four catches, 1 yards receiving, two kickoff returns for 40 yards, 172 all-purpose yards in a 31-17 victory at BCS opponent Pittsburgh.
Chris Sullens, Missouri State, punter, six punts for 283 yards and a 47.2 average in a 51-9 loss at BCS Kansas State.
About College Sports Journal
College Sports Journal is selecting weekly freshmen of the week for the first time this season, but it is not the first time that the people behind the selections have chosen players of the week at the FCS level.
The weekly selections are made by a panel of FCS experts that include the co-owners of College Sports Journal, David Coulson and Chuck Burton.
Coulson is a 35-year veteran of covering college football at every level from Division I to the junior college ranks, including 20 years as the leading written voice of FCS. He authored an award-winning, coffee-table book on Appalachian State's run to the 2005 national championship, entitled "Magic on the Mountain."
A 1980 graduate of Fresno State, Coulson also spent two years as sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times, three seasons running the FCS awards program as the executive director of The Sports Network and was one of the pioneers of College Sporting News in 2001.
Burton cut his teeth in FCS as a student at Lehigh. After graduating, he began the popular blog, Lehigh Sports Nation, covering the Mountain Hawks and the Patriot League in depth.
Burton also spent nearly a decade writing a successful FCS column for College Sporting News before beginning the College Sports Journal web site with Coulson last year.
College Sports Journal also publishes preseason and postseason All-America teams for FCS, national awards honoring offensive and defensive players of the year, a lineman of the year and a special teams player of the year and released the first All-FCS Freshman squad last season, besides its work covering other NCAA sports.
This season, College Sports Journal will also publish weekly freshmen of the week, leading up to the release of the freshman of the year and All-FCS Freshman team in January.