College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Oct. 4

Five players including Shane Buechele from SMU, Zach Wilson from BYU, Grayson McCall from Coastal Carolina, Zaven Collins from Tulsa, and Chris Naggar from SMU have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Oct. 4, 2020 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five schools.

Shane Buechele, SMU, QB, Sr., Arlington, Tex.

Buechele led SMU to a 30-27 win against Memphis, leaving the Mustangs as the nation’s only 4-0 team in 2020. Buechele completed 32 of 45 passes for a career-high 474 yards and three touchdowns and had a career-high 501 yards of total offense, good for second on SMU’s single-game chart. Buechele, who registered his eighth career game with 300 passing yards and his fourth career 400-yard game, ended Week 5 with 1,326 passing yards in total, which leads all NCAA FBS players.

Zach Wilson, BYU, QB, Jr., Draper, Utah

Wilson accounted for five touchdowns (two passing, three rushing) to lead BYU over previously unbeaten Louisiana Tech, 45-14 and named to the CSJ honors for a second straight week.  Wilson set a school record for completion percentage (with a minimum of 20 attempts) completing 24 of 26 passes (92.3 percent) for 325 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 43 yards and a career-high three scores. He already owns BYU’s best completion percentage for a 15-attempt minimum with his perfect 18 for 18 game in 2018 vs. Western Michigan.

Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina, QB, R-Fr., Indian Trail, N.C.

In only the third start of his career, McCall connected on 20-of-29 pass attempts for 322 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception in Coastal’s 52-23 win over Arkansas State. The 20 completions, four touchdown passes, and 322 passing yards were all career-highs for the young Chant quarterback who was making the third start of his career. He linked up with six different Chant receivers on the day and also rushed 17 times for 44 yards, the second-most by a Chant in the win. 

Zaven Collins, Tulsa, LB, Jr., Hominy, Okla.

Collins led a Tulsa defense that limited UCF, which had averaged 50.0 points in its first two games, to only three second-half points as the Golden Hurricane rallied for a 34-26 win, snapping the Knights’ 21-game home winning streak. Collins had a team-high 10 tackles to go with 3.5 tackles for loss, an interception, two pass breakups, a quarterback hurry and a safety that accounted for the Golden Hurricane’s first points of the game. Collins has 7.5 tackles for loss through two games and ranks second among NCAA FBS players at 3.8 TFL per game.

Chris Naggar, SMU, K, Sr., Arlington, Tex.

Naggar scored 12 points, going 3-for-3 on field goals and 3-for-3 on PATs to deliver a 30-27 win against Memphis, lifting the Mustangs to 4-0 on the season. Naggar’s third field goal of the game was a 43-yard kick with nine seconds left to account for the winning points, while he also connected from 27 and 25 yards.