College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Oct. 7

The honorees are listed here with their achievements and their school, position, class, and hometown.

Courtesy of SMU Athletics

James Proche, WR, SMU, Sr., Dallas, Tex.
Proche had 11 receptions for 153 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown in the third overtime period, in SMU’s 43-37 win against Tulsa. Proche’s two touchdowns helped SMU rally from a 30-9 fourth-quarter deficit and kept the Mustangs unbeaten at 6-0 entering an open week.

Courtesy of CMU Athletics

Jonathan Ward, RB, Central Michigan, Sr., Kankakee, Ill.
Ward had 205 all-purpose yards in a 42-16 win over Eastern Michigan. Ward had 132 yards rushing on 12 carries, an average of 11.0 ypc, and scored a pair of touchdowns, including a three-yard touchdown in the first quarter and a 86-yard score in the third quarter. The 86-yard touchdown is the longest by a MAC player this year and the seventh-longest in FBS play. Ward also had 3 catches for 73 yards, highlighted by a 64-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Courtesy of Georgia State Athletics

Dan Ellington, QB, Georgia State, Sr., Olive Branch, Miss.
Ellington recorded career highs with 382 yards passing and 451 yards of total offense while directing the most prolific offensive day in GSU history and one of the top games in Sun Belt Conference history in the Panthers’ 52-38 victory over Arkansas State. Ellington completed 29 of 41 passes for 382 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown pass, while rushing for 69 yards with a 10-yard scoring run. He led Georgia State to a school-record 722 yards of total offense, which ranks among the top 10 single games in Sun Belt history.

Courtesy of Cincinnati Athletics

Jarell White, LB, Cincinnati, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio
White had seven tackles with a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a key fourth-quarter interception to help Cincinnati to a 27-24 win against UCF and end the Knights’ 19-game winning streak against American Athletic Conference opponents. White’s interception came at the Bearcat 6-yard line and with Cincinnati holding a 27-16 lead. He led a defense that held the Knights to one touchdown in six red-zone chances.

Courtesy of FIU Athletics

Maurice Alexander, PR, Sr., Florida City, Fla.
Alexander electrified FIU with a 90-yard punt return touchdown in the second quarter of the Panthers’ 44-0 victory over Massachusetts. The 90-yard return ranks as the second-longest in program history, behind only T.Y. Hilton’s 97-yard return in 2011 versus Florida Atlantic. He finished the game with 140 total punt return yards, as he also had a 50-yard return. With Alexander’s career night, the senior now leads the nation with his 28.7 yards per punt return average. Additionally, the 90 yard return and 140 total punt return yards are the most by any player in the nation this season.