College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Nov. 29

Five players including Jaret Patterson from Buffalo, Holton Ahlers from East Carolina, Jalen Tolbert from South Alabama, Quindell Johnson from Memphis, and Julian Ross from Ohio have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Nov. 29, 2020 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five schools.

Jaret Patterson, Buffalo, RB, Jr., Glendale, Md.

Patterson rushed for a MAC-record 409 yards and tied an NCAA record with eight rushing touchdowns in Buffalo’s 70-41 win over Kent State on Saturday. Patterson’s rushing total was the second-highest in NCAA history. The junior running back averaged 11.4 yards per carry. Patterson rushed for 267 yards and five touchdowns in the first half alone. He scored on touchdown runs of 3, 31, 42, 49, 1, 7, 11 and 58 yards.

Holton Ahlers, East Carolina, QB, Jr., Greenville, N.C.

Ahlers led East Carolina to a 52-38 win against SMU, giving the Pirates back-to-back victories to close the regular season. Ahlers effectively put the game out of reach in the first half as he engineered seven scoring drives, including six that ended in touchdowns. He completed 20 of 29 passes for 298 yards in the game and had four first-half TD passes to stake the Pirates to a 45-7 halftime lead. Ahlers is one of six NCAA FBS players with at least 7,000 career passing yards (7,093) and 1,000 career rushing yards (1,060).

Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama, WR, Jr., Mobile, Ala.

Tolbert recorded a career-best 10 receptions for a school game-record 252 yards, the third-highest total in Sun Belt Conference history, and three touchdowns to lead the Jaguars to a come-from-behind victory at Arkansas State. The junior posted all three scores in the second half after South fell behind by 10 points; he reached the end zone from 42 and 37 yards out in the third quarter to put the Jags back in front, and after the Red Wolves regained the lead in the final period his 51-yard touchdown catch put USA in front for good. Not only was it his second 100-yard game of the season, with the effort Tolbert became the school’s season record holder with 993 receiving yards this fall while tying the school standard with eight touchdown catches on the year.

Quindell Johnson, Memphis, S, So., New Orleans, La.

Johnson had a game-high 12 tackles, including nine solo stops, to go with a key interception on the Memphis 17-yard line as the Tigers took a 10-7 win at Navy to remain in contention for a spot in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game. Johnson led a Memphis defense that limited Navy to 321 yards of total offense and held the Midshipmen to 2-of-13 efficiency on third down, allowing Memphis to win with 10 points for the first time since 1995.

Julian Ross, Ohio, KR, R-Jr., Kansas City, Mo.

Ross helped the Ohio roll to a 52-10 victory over Bowling Green on Saturday. Ross helped extend Ohio’s lead to 21-3 with 30 seconds left in the first quarter by running a kickoff back a career-long 96 yards to the house. The kickoff return for a score marked the first for Ross in his career and gave Ohio multiple kickoff returns for touchdowns in a single season for the first time since the Bobcats returned three to the house in 2008. Ross finished the contest with two kickoff returns for 135 yards (67.5 yards per return).

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