Five players including Nic Sblendorio from Eastern Washington, Brad Mayes from Lehigh, Bryant Horn from Jacksonville State, Simeon Page from Bucknell, and Austin Longi, Fordham have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Nov. 19th, 2017 from the NCAA Division I FCS schools.
The honorees are listed here with their achievements and their school, position, class, and hometown.
Nic Sblendorio, Eastern Washington, Sr. Sammamish, Wash.
Sblendorio helped Eastern Washington register a 59-33 win over Portland State, in what turned out to be the Eagles’ season finale. He caught nine passes for 273 yards and a pair of scores. He came just two yards from the EWU record of 275 set back in 2015 by Cooper Kupp. It was Sblendorio’s fourth 100-yard receiving performance in his career, as he notched a 60-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter and a 74-yard touchdown in the third. Eastern finished with 728 yards of total offense to rank as the third-most in school history.
Brad Mayes, Lehigh, QB, Jr., Tampa, Fla.
Lehigh junior quarterback Brad Mayes earned Most Valuable Player honors following the 153rd Lehigh-Lafayette Game. Mayes passed for 397 yards and three touchdowns in a comeback victory to clinch a share of the League title and an automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs.
Bryant Horn, Jacksonville State, QB, Jr., Alexander City, Ala.
Horn passed for 115 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a career-high 148 yards and another score as Jacksonville State topped Tennessee State 36-6 to lockup its fourth-straight outright OVC Championship and 10-1 regular season. Overall it was the team’s 32nd-straight OVC victory and 41st-straight regular season win against non-FBS opponents. Horn amassed his 263 yards of total offense against a defense that entered the game ranked No. 5 nationally in total defense and No. 18 nationally in run defense. The 148 rushing yards (11.4 ypc) were the most by an OVC quarterback this season and 60 more than Horn’s previous career-high. Horn, who completed 11-of-18 passes, connected with Austin Cummings for a 45-yard touchdown just prior to halftime and ran for a 44-yard score early in the third quarter to put his team ahead 24-0.
Simeon Page, Bucknell, LB, Fr., Riverton, Utah
Bucknell freshman linebacker Simeon Page recorded a season-high 6.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks against Fordham.
Austin Longi, Fordham, KR, Jr., Stamford, Conn.
Fordham junior kick returner Austin Longi’s 90-yard punt return for a touchdown broke the Patriot League record for longest punt return.
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