Five players including Zach Abey from Navy, Rashaad Penny from San Diego State, Jordan Wyatt from SMU, Keion Davis from Marshall, and Raymond Calais from Louisiana have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending September 3rd, 2017 from the NCAA Division I FBS Group of Five schools.
The honorees are listed here with their achievements and their school, class, position, and hometown.
Zach Abey (Navy, Jr., QB, Navy, Pasadena, Md.)
Abey rushed for 235 yards — an American Athletic Conference record for a quarterback — and two touchdowns and threw for 110 yards and a TD in Navy’s 42-19 win at Florida Atlantic. His rushing total was the best of any NCAA FBS player in Week 1, and he became the first player in Navy history to rush for 200 yards and throw for 100 in the same game.
Rashaad Penny (San Diego State, Sr. RB, Norwalk, Calif.)
Penny rushed 21 times for 197 yards and two touchdowns in San Diego State’s 38-17 home victory over UC Davis on Saturday. He also added an 18-yard kick return for a total of 215 all-purpose yards in the contest. His first score was on a 61-yard run in the first quarter to put the Aztecs in front 10-0. He recorded his second score on a nine-yard burst in the second quarter to extend SDSU’s lead to 24-3.
Jordan Wyatt (SMU, Jr., DB, SMU, Wylie, Tex.)
Wyatt became the sixth player in NCAA FBS history to score touchdowns on an interception return and a fumble recovery in the same game as he led the Mustangs to a 58-14 win against Stephen F. Austin. Wyatt had an 85-yard interception return for a TD in the first quarter and recovered a fumble in the end zone in the second quarter. He also had five tackles, a forced fumble, a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss.
Keion Davis (Marshall, Jr. RS/RB, Fairburn, Ga.)
Keion Davis etched his name in the Marshall and NCAA record books with a pair of kickoff returns for a touchdown in Marshall’s 31-26 victory over Miami (OH). Davis is the first player in Marshall history and the 21st player in NCAA history with two kickoff returns for a touchdown in the same game. Davis had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the game and added a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the second quarter to give him three career kickoff returns for a touchdown. Marshall has seven kickoff returns of 97 yards or longer in its history and Davis has accounted for three of them.
Raymond Calais (Louisiana, So., RS/RB, Breaux Bridge, La.)
Calais set a school-record with two kickoff returns for touchdowns in Louisiana’s 51-48 win over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday. He returned the opening kickoff back 97 yards for a touchdown before adding a 100-yard return later in the first quarter. The two returns by Calais is the 22nd time in FBS history that two kickoffs were returned for touchdowns in the same game (the last being on Oct. 5, 2013 by Texas State vs. Louisiana). Calais’ 100-yard return tied a school record joining Jeryl Brazil (vs. Texas State, Oct. 10, 2015) and Darryl Surgent (at Kansas State, Sept. 7, 2013).
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