Five players including Kevin Thompson from Sacramento State, Gage Gubrud from Eastern Washington, Kobie Grace from Eastern Kentucky, Franklin “Mac” McCain from North Carolina A&T, and Alex Lucansky from Stony Brook have been selected as the College Sports Journal All-Stars for the week ending September 24th, 2017 from the NCAA Division I FCS schools.
The honorees are listed here with their achievements and their school, position, class, and hometown.
Kevin Thomson, Sacramento State, QB, R-Jr., Auburn, Wash.
In Sacramento State’s 54-27 win over Southern Utah, Thomson completed 14-of-26 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns. The quarterback also rushed for 149 yards – the most all-time by a Hornet quarterback – finding the endzone four times – an FCS single-game high this season. Thomson’s four rushing touchdowns tied for the second most in school history and were the most by a Hornet quarterback. The junior’s seven total touchdowns tied Garrett Safron’s school record set back in 2013. Thomson led a group of seven Hornet ball carriers which rushed for 333 yards against a Southern Utah defense which entered the game having allowed just 123.7 yards per game.
Gage Gubrud, Eastern Washington, QB, R-Jr., McMinnville, Ore.
Quarterback Gage Gubrud was recognized for the second straight week by the Big Sky, after he broke his own school record with a 549-yard passing performance. The junior finished with four thrown touchdowns and one on the ground in Eastern Washington’s come-from-behind 48-41 win at Montana. Gubrud’s 560 yards of offense were also a record, as he eclipsed his own previous records of 520 passing and 551 total yards. The 549 team passing yards set a new school record, as he completed 44-of-65 passes for 549 yards, four touchdowns and 11 rushing yards. Gubrud’s single-game highs of 560 yards of offense and 549 passing yards leads the FCS.
Kobie Grace, Eastern Kentucky, S, Sr., Winter Park, Fla
Grace had seven tackles, an interception, forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles in a 24-21 win over Tennessee Tech. The senior forced and recovered a fumble on TTU’s first possession which Eastern Kentucky turned into three points. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Grace intercepted a pass at the EKU 19-yard line to end a Tennessee Tech drive. The Colonels offense would score six plays later in what proved to be the game-winning score. Grace is currently tied for first nationally with two fumble recoveries on the season.
Franklin “Mac” McCain, North Carolina A&T, DB, R-Fr., Greensboro, N.C.
McCain had multiple interceptions for the second consecutive weekend as he finished with three at Morgan State. Two of the interceptions were returned for touchdowns as he finished with 178 interception return yards, 38 yards short of the NCAA FCS record. He is one of only 28 FCS players to return two interceptions for a touchdown in a game. He has three pick-6’s this season.
Alex Lucansky, Stony Brook, PK, Jr., Orange Park, Fla.
Lucansky kicked a career-best four field goals, including two in the fourth quarter, in Stony Brook’s 25-17 victory over Towson. The junior connected on kicks of 21, 42, 26 and 23 yards and is now 6-for-6 on field goals for the season.
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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