Five players including Trevon Brown from ECU, Mike White from Western Kentucky, Terry Swanson from Toledo, Kelsey Douglas from Southern Miss, and Rashaad Penny from San Diego State have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending November 19th, 2017 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five schools.
The honorees are listed here with their achievements and their school, position, class, and hometown.
Trevon Brown, East Carolina, WR, Jr. Wilmington, N.C.
Brown set ECU’s and The American’s single-game record for receiving yards as he had nine catches for 270 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-20 win against Cincinnati. Brown matched his own conference record with a 95-yard touchdown catch to start the third quarter, one of five receptions of at least 20 yards on the day. His 270-yard effort ranks second among NCAA FBS players this season.
Mike White, Western Kentucky, QB, Sr., Pembroke Pines, Fla.
White completed 39-of-54 passes for 485 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions in WKU’s 41-38 victory over rival Middle Tennessee that made the Hilltoppers bowl-eligible. The 485 passing yards is the most by a Conference USA quarterback in 2017 (61 more than the next-closest performance) and the ninth-most by an FBS quarterback this season. -Middle Tennessee came into the game with the No. 32 pass defense in the nation, allowing 194 yards per game thru the air, and White passed for 485. He completed 14 consecutive passes to begin the game, setting the all-time WKU program record. White threw a 93-yard touchdown to Lucky Jackson in the fourth quarter, the third-longest passing play in WKU history and the second-longest passing play in Conference USA this season. He threw for five TD passes with no interceptions for the third time this season (no other Conference USA quarterback has done so once), with each of the five going to a different WKU receiver.
Terry Swanson, Toledo, RB, Sr., Aliquippa, Pa.
Toledo senior running back Terry Swanson rushed a career-high 192 yards on 23 attempts in a 66-37 win at Bowling Green on Nov. 15. Swanson averaged 8.3 yards per carry and had nine rushes of at least 10 yards, with a long run of 25 yards. It was the 14th 100-yard rushing game of his career. Swanson now has 3,283 rushing yards for his career, passing six-year NFL veteran Jalen Parmele for sixth place on Toledo’s all-time rushing list.
Kelsey Douglas, Southern Miss, DB, Sr., Missouri City, Tex.
Douglas intercepted a pair of passes in last Saturday’s win over Charlotte and returned them 52 and 48 yards for touchdowns. That tied a school record originally set by Larry Ussery at Louisiana Tech in 1967 and he became just the fourth player in Conference USA history to have two interception returns for TDs in the same game. The interceptions were Douglas’ first two of the season as well as the second and third of his career. He added three solo tackles of which one was for a loss in the contest.
Rashaad Penny, San Diego State, KR/PR, Sr., Norwalk, Calif.
Penny returned two kicks for 131 yards, including a 100-yard touchdown return near the beginning of the fourth quarter. He also returned one punt, which Penny returned 70 yards for a touchdown. This was the first time in his career Penny was back for a punt return. Penny is one of 12 FBS players this year to return a kick 100 yards for a score. In total, finished with 201 return yards.
Originally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. His prior writing experience is over 15 years having previously worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to College Sports Journal in 2016. His main focus is college football is the Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS. And in 2017, he began also to look at the FBS Group of Five conferences of the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt.
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