College Sports Journal FBS Group of Five National Players of the Week-Sept. 28

Five players including Zach Wilson from BYU, Dillon Gabriel from UCF, Jarell White from Cincinnati, Jamal Ligon from UTSA, and Nate Snyder from Louisiana have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Sept. 28th, 2020 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five schools.

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

Wilson completed 23 of 27 passes for 392 yards against Troy and was responsible for four total touchdowns with two in the air and two rushing scores. His pass efficiency rating for the game was 231.59. Through two games in 2020, Wilson has passed for 624 yards and has completed 80 percent of his passes. Wilson has thrown four touchdowns to only one interception. Both performances against Navy and Troy, Wilson has produced a QB rating over 200. It’s the first time a BYU quarterback has had back-to-back QBR’s over 200 since Max Hall in 2009.

Dillon Gabriel, UCF, QB, Soph. Mililani, Hawaii

UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel Photo by Alex Menende

Gabriel earns a CSJ Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after he registered his second straight game with at least 400 passing yards to lead the Knights to a 51-28 win at East Carolina. Gabriel completed 32 of 47 passes for 408 yards and four touchdowns, becoming the first UCF player in program history with back-to-back 400-yard games. The four TD passes came as part of a string of 41 straight points for the Knights, while Gabriel set a school record with 18 consecutive completions in the second and third quarters.

Jarell White, Cincinnati, LB, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio

White was the key player on a Cincinnati defense that held Army, which had outscored its first two opponents 77-7, without an offensive touchdown and limited the Black Knights to 276 yards and 182 rushing yards in the Bearcats’ 24-10 win. White had a game- and career-high 15 tackles, including eight solo stops and a tackle for loss along with a quarterback hurry as Cincinnati held Army to 207.5 yards below its season rushing average.

Jamal Ligon, UTSA, LB, Fresh., Tyler, Tex.

Ligon broke UTSA’s single-game tackles record with 19 stops in the 37-35 win over Middle Tennessee in the Conference USA opener for both teams last Friday night at the Alamodome.  The true freshman from Tyler, Texas, registered eight solo stops and 1.5 sacks as part of his record-setting tackles total to go along with a pair of quarterback hurries, as UTSA improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2017.  Making his second straight start at linebacker, Ligon’s 19 tackles eclipsed the previous program standard of 16 set in 2011 by Cody Rogers and it marks the most tackles made by an FBS player in a game this season.  

Nate Snyder, Louisiana, K, R-Jr., Greenwood, Ind.

The hero in Louisiana’s 20-18 win over Georgia Southern, drilling a 53-yard field goal as time expired.  The 53-yard make was the longest of his career.  Snyder’s made kick is just the seventh of 53-yards or more in program history and tied for the fourth-longest field goal in school history.  It was the longest kick by a Ragin’ Cajun since Stevie Artigue drilled a 53-yarder during the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Championship Game at Appalachian State on Dec. 7, 2019.

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