College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Nov. 8

Six players including Brady White from Memphis, Cornelious Brown IV from Georgia State, Jaret Patterson from Buffalo, Ronnie Rivers from Fresno State, Tarron Jackson from Coastal Carolina, and Ryan McWood from Miami have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Nov. 8, 2020 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five schools.

Brady White, Memphis, QB, Gr., Santa Clarita, Calif.

White threw four touchdown passes, including two in the final 3:19, to lift Memphis to a 34-33 come-from-behind win against USF. White completed 30 of 50 passes for 437 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers overcame a 33-20 deficit in the final four minutes. His 10-yard TD pass with 3:19 left brought Memphis within striking distance and he provided the game-winning touchdown pass with 1:03 left, giving him a program record 24 career wins as a starter.

Cornelious Brown IV, Georgia State, QB, R-Fr.,Birmingham, Ala.

Brown IV accounted for four touchdowns and 271 yards of total offense to lead the Panthers to a 52-34 victory over ULM. Brown completed 20 of 32 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 30 yards, including a 3-yard scoring run. The redshirt freshman known as Quad directed a GSU offense that tied the program record for points vs. an FBS opponent, scoring 52 points for the second time this season and fourth time in the last two years. On the first play of the game, Brown hooked up with Cornelius McCoy for a 57-yard completion, setting up the Panthers’ first touchdown less than three minutes into the game. With Brown at the helm, Georgia State jumped to a 21-0 lead and went on to score a program-record 42 points in the first quarter. For the season, he is averaging 234.5 yards of total offense per game and has accounted for 17 touchdowns (12 passing, five rushing) in six games.

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

Patterson rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in helping the Bulls to a 47-30 win at Northern Illinois. He scored his first touchdown on the third play of the game on a 5-yard run. After NIU scored to make it 14-10 in the second quarter, Patterson ripped off a 56-yard TD run to extend the UB lead to 21-10 late in the half. The junior running back scored his 35th career rushing touchdown to break the all-time school record.

Ronnie Rivers, Fresno State, RB, Brentwood, Calif.

Rivers helped lead Fresno State to a 40-27 victory at UNLV where he tallied a career-best four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving). This was the most in a single game by a Mountain West student-athlete in 2020. The 24 total points scored are tied for the second-most in all of FBS this season. He rushed for a season-high 133 yards and recorded a career-best 99 receiving yards. The 232 all-purpose yards are the most in the MW and 21st-best in FBS this season.

Tarron Jackson, Coastal Carolina, DE, R-Sr., Aiken, S.C.

Jackson led a defense that allowed just six points and 336 total yards while totaling five sacks, eight tackles-for-loss, and forced two fumbles in the home win over South Alabama on Saturday night. Jackson finished with 10 tackles, including 2.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble, and two quarterback hurries. CCU’s defense has not allowed a touchdown over the last 10 quarters, two-plus games, and has been key in CCU going 7-0 to start this season, matching Appalachian State’s 7-0 start last season as the best record to start a season in Sun Belt history.

Ryan McWood, Miami (OH), LB, Sr., Groose Pointe, Mich.

McWood came up with his first career interception at the perfect time. With the Cardinals driving for a winning score, McWood intercepted a pass and returned it to the Ball State six-yard line. Two plays later the RedHawks scored the game-winning touchdown with 10 seconds to play in the contest. McWood finished the game with a career-high 14 tackles as well.