College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Oct. 1

Five players including Marcus McMaryion from Fresno State, McKenzie Milton from UCF, Jayden Reed from Western Michigan, Jaylen Ferguson from Louisiana Tech, and Marcus Jones from Troy have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Oct. 1, 2018 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.

FSU QB Marcus McMaryion

Marcus McMaryion, QB, Fresno State, Dinuba, Calif.

In Fresno State’s 49-27 victory against Toledo, completed 24-of-31 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns.The 368 passing yards are a career-high, while the four passing touchdowns tie a career-best. McMaryion also ran for 15 yards and added a rushing touchdown. He is the first Bulldog to account for five total touchdowns in back-to-back games since Derek Carr in 2013.


UCF QB McKenzie Milton


McKenzie Milton, QB, UCF, Jr., Kapolei, Hawaii

Milton had a hand in six touchdowns for the second consecutive week and finished with 379 yards of total offense to lead UCF to its conference-record 17th straight victory, a 45-14 win against Pitt. Milton completed 18 of 34 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 51 yards and two more touchdowns.

WMU WR Jayden Reed

Jayden Reed, WR, Western Michigan, Fr., Aurora, Ill.

Western Michigan freshman wide receiver Jayden Reed (had four touchdowns, seven catches and 137 yards receiving in a 40-39 win at Miami on Saturday. Reed’s four touchdown receptions tied the school record set by Greg Jennings in 2005. Reed becomes just the second freshman ever in the history of the MAC to catch four touchdowns in a game, joining former Miami player Sam Martin. It was the third time 100-plus yard receiving game, which leads the MAC this season. He also leads the league in receiving touchdowns with six. Reed caught two touchdowns in the first quarter, the first from 10 yards out and the second from 33. Reed’s third touchdown was a 27-yarder that pulled the Broncos to within six, 27-21, in the third quarter. Reed’s fourth touchdown was his biggest catch of the game and came on 4th and goal with 7:25 remaining. Reed also had a 34-yard punt return.

La Tech DE Jaylon Ferguson

Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech, Sr., St. Francisville, La.

Ferguson set a career high with four sacks to lead Louisiana Tech to a 29-27 win at previously unbeaten North Texas.That mark, as well as four tackles for loss, are both tied for the second-most in program history, while the nation’s active leader in career sacks upped his career sack total to 33.5. He is only 4.5 sacks away from tying the program record and has now registered at least half a sack in each of the last seven games dating back to last season. Ferguson totaled six tackles overall in the win and had two QB hurries, while he and the Bulldog defense held the Mean Green to a season-low 27 points.

Troy KR Marcus Jones

Marcus Jones, KR, Troy, So., Enterprise, Ala.

Jones returned his fourth career kickoff for a touchdown and third in his career against Coastal Carolina. After returning the opening two kickoffs last year for scores, Jones took the opening kickoff of the game on Saturday to the house for a 96-yard score. Only a sophomore, Jones is already Troy’s all-time leader in career kickoff returns for touchdowns.