Five players including Chad Kanoff from Princeton, Mitch Gueller from Idaho State, Spencer Schnell from Illinois State, Anthony Smith from Norfolk State, and Davion Davis from Sam Houston State have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending Oct. 22nd, 2017 from the NCAA Division I FCS schools.
The honorees are listed here with their achievements and their school, position, class, and hometown.
Chad Kanoff, Princeton, QB, Sr., Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Kanoff completed all 20 of his first-half passes and finished 31-of-35 for an astounding 88.6 completion percentage in the Tigers’ 52-17 win at Harvard. In fact, Kanoff completed his first 21 passes and finished jusy shy of the FCS single-game completion percentage record of 88.9. Kanoff totaled 421 yards, eighth-best in Princeton history, and moved from 21st to 15th on the all-time Ivy League passing list.
Mitch Gueller, Idaho State, WR, So., Rochester, Wash.
Gueller caught four passes for a career-high 195 yards and one touchdown in Idaho State’s 59-30 victory over Portland State at Holt Arena. Gueller caught a 97-yard touchdown reception from his brother Tanner, which set a Bengal school record for the longest pass play. The receiver finished with receptions of 97, 28, 38 and 32 yards, averaging 48.75 yards per catch.
Spencer Schnell, Illinois State, WR, Jr., Elkhart, Ind.
Schnell had a career day in Illinois State’s big Homecoming win over South Dakota. Hee set a career-high with 191 yards receiving on just seven receptions and scored the game’s first two touchdowns. Schnell started things off with a 64-yard touchdown pass on a slant from Jake Kolbe and then followed it with a 5-yard score later in the first quarter. He also added a career-long 71-yard reception that led to a field goal in the third quarter and recorded a circus catch along the sideline in which he dragged his left toe for a first down.
Anthony Smith, Norfolk State, LB, R-Sr., Norfolk, Va.
Smith matched his career high with 18 tackles (one for loss), two interceptions and a forced fumble as the Spartans defeated North Carolina Central for the first time since 1995. Smith had one interception in NCCU territory that set up a second-quarter NSU touchdown as his second pick sealed the win in NSU territory with less than a minute left. The Norfolk native also forced a fumble at the NSU 1-yard line as NCCU was going in for the tying score in the first quarter, which the Spartans recovered.
Davion Davis, Sam Houston State, WR/KR, Hutto, Tex.
Davis finished with 185 all-purpose yards and 61 yards in the receiving game, but made the game’s biggest impact on punt return with two big plays late in the first half. After Lamar had closed the gap to 33-20, Davis weaved through the Cardinal punt coverage off a bouncing punt for a 46-yard touchdown with just 1:43 left in the half to put the Bearkats up 40-20. It was the first punt return for a score for Sam Houston since 2015. After a SHSU defensive stop, the Cardinals punted it away again and he took it 54-yards right up the gut to the 20-yard line, setting up the score that took his team into halftime up 47-20.
Originally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. His prior writing experience is over 15 years having previously worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to College Sports Journal in 2016. His main focus is college football is the Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS. And in 2017, he began also to look at the FBS Group of Five conferences of the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt.
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