Samford’s Bradberry Named CSJ Freshman Of The Week

Samford DB James Bradberry

College Sports Journal

News Release


PHILADELPHIA, PA. — Samford defensive back James Bradberry has been named as the College Sports Journal freshman of the week for the third week of the Football Championship Subdivision season.


The 6-1, 198-pound defender from Pleasant Grove, AL. intercepted two passes to help Samford preserve a 25-21, come-from-behind victory over Western Carolina on Saturday, allowing the Bulldogs to improve to 2-0 in the Southern Conference and 4-0 for the first time since 1995.


Bradberry stopped a WCU drive with his first pick in the second quarter at the Samford four-yard line.


His second interception came in the third quarter when he picked off Catamount quarterback Eddie Sullivan again at the WCU 38 and returned it 22 yards to the WCU 16 to set up a Cameron Yaw field goal that gave the Bulldogs a 10-7 lead.


Bradberry added one pass breakup and two tackles, with one solo stop and one assist during the win.


Other candidates considered included:


Luke Albers, North Dakota State, Defensive End: Had one solo sack and two assisted sacks for 10 yards of losses and added six tackles, with one solo stop and five assists in a 66-7 home victory over Prairie View.


DiAndre Atwater, Princeton, Running Back: Had 15 carries for 92 yards rushing in a nationally-televised 21-20 loss at home to Georgetown, including a 53-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run that gave the Tigers the lead.


Zak Browning, Southern Utah, Linebacker: Had 10 tackles, with nine solo stops, one assist and two pass breakups in a 49-42 victory at Portland State.


James Cowser, Southern Utah, Defensive End: Had 10 tackles, with eight solo stops and two assists, one forced fumble and one tackle for loss of eight yards in a 49-42 victory at Portland State.


Tuskani Figaro, Nicholls State, Quarterback: Had 13 carries for 134 yards and three touchdowns rushing, was 2-of-2 passing for 35 yards and piled up 169 yards of total offense in a 73-17 victory over Evangel at home, snapping a 12-game losing streak that dated back to the 2011 season.


Ryan Gralish, Lafayette, Kicker/Punter: Kicked two field goal of 46 yards and 26 yards in two attempts, was perfect on a pair of PATS, had five kickoffs for 311 yards and averaged 62.2 yards on five punts in a 20-14 victory at Bucknell


Luke Hagy, Cornell, Running Back: Had 157 all-purpose yards, rushing 21 times for 88 yards and two touchdowns to balance the fine Big Red passing attack and added five catches for 69 yards in a 45-6 victory at home against Yale.


Ryan Heaston, Missouri State, Running Back: Had 22 carries for 126 yards and two touchdowns (5.73 average per carry) and caught three passes for 27, with 153 all-purpose yards in a 14-6 home loss to Southern Illinois.


Jameer Jackson, North Dakota, Wide Receiver: Had four catches for 67 yards, including touchdown receptions of 32 yards and 20 yards in a 35-13 victory at Sacramento State. He leads all FCS freshmen receivers with four TDs this season and has 16 catches for 263 yards overall.


Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah, Free Safety: Had a game-high 15 tackles, with 11 solo stops and four assists, with a pass breakup and a tackle for a loss of two yards in a 49-42 victory at Portland State. 


Sawyer Kollmorgen, Northern Iowa, Quarterback: Completed 23-of-38 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception, four carries for 19 yards rushing and 352 yards of total offense in a 42-35 loss to Youngstown State.


T.J. Lally, South Dakota State, Linebacker: Had 10 tackles, with two solo stops and eight assists, an interception he returned 28 yards, two other pass breakups and a half-tackle for loss in a 24-10 victory at Indiana State. SDSU's defense limited ISU to 23 net yards rushing in 25 attempts and held All-American running back Shakir Bell to 54 yards on 18 carries.


Matthew Laub, Lehigh, Long Snapper/Linebacker: Laub took over the important long-snapping chores for the Mountain Hawks due to injury this week and was perfect snapping on five punts and five PATS. He also helped limit the strong Liberty returns teams to eight yards on punts and 54 yards on kickoff, while making three tackles, with two solo stops and one assist in a 28-26 road win.


Jojo McClary, Albany, Cornerback: Made contributions on both defense and special teams, with a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter at the Maine 17 as the Great Danes nursed a 23-13 lead. He also had a tackle at the Maine 18 on the opening kickoff to tilt field position in Albany's favor and finished with four tackles, logging two solo stops and two assists, as the Great Danes won 30-20 on the road.


Keiran McDonaugh, Portland State, Quarterback: Completed 23-of-37 passes for 270 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception and rushed 11 times for 52 yards, with 322 yards of total offense in a 49-42 home loss to Southern Utah.


Sean Price, Appalachian State, Wide Receiver: Had 10 catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns, including a 36-yard scoring catch that broke open a 13-10 game in the fourth quarter.


J.J. Rafelson, Western Illinois, Linebacker: Had 13 tackles, with two solo stops, 11 assists and one pass breakup in a 23-3 home loss to Illinois State.


Kalif Raymond, Holy Cross, Kick Returner: Had two kickoff returns for 90 yards, including one of 69 yards that came within a saving tackle by the kicker of being returned for a touchdown.


Dezmond Richardson, Georgetown, Defensive End: Making the first start of his career in the first nationally-televised game in school history, Richardson had seven tackles, with four solo stops and three assists, two tackles for losses of eight yards and one sack for a five-yard loss in a 21-20 victory at Princeton.


John Robertson, Villanova, Quarterback: Completed 13-of-20 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown and rushed eight times for 55 yards, including a 26-yard score to finish with 268 yards of total offense in a 24-8 victory at Penn. Robertson is 3-0 as the VU starter and has won three consecutive CAA rookie of the week awards.


Jamel Smith, Lafayette, Wide Receiver: Had six receptions for 71 yards and returned three punts for 32 yards to total 103 yards in a 20-14 win at Bucknell.


Charles Wingate, Bryant, Defensive Back: Had 12 tackles, with 10 solo stops and two assists in a 35-21 loss at home to Duquesne.


Josh Woodrum, Liberty, Quarterback: Completed 20-of-27 passes for 236 yards, with two interceptions and rushed 11 times for 20 yards and one touchdown, with 256 yards of total offense in a 28-26 home loss to Lehigh.