Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - When a star quarterback goes down with
a season-ending injury, the effects can be disastrous.
But Central Arkansas refused to surrender when senior Wynrick Smothers was
shelved for the final six weeks of the season with a broken ankle. Junior Ryan
Howard stepped in and helped lead the team to four wins in the remaining six
In Saturday's season finale, Howard was sensational against Southland
Conference foe Sam Houston State. His four first-half touchdown passes helped
bury the Bearkats.
Howard, Bucknell's Evan Byers, Duquesne's Christian Kuntz, Southeastern
Louisiana's Seth Sebastian, Lafayette's Drew Reed and Howard's Anthony Philyaw
have been named The Sports Network FCS National Players of the Week for all
Week 13 games ending Nov. 23.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ryan Howard, Central Arkansas, QB, Jr., 5-11, 194, Vestavia Hills, Ala.
Howard led Central Arkansas to a 49-31, season-ending win over playoff-bound
Sam Houston State, completing 24-of-36 pass attempts for 349 yards, four
touchdowns and no interceptions. The Bears jumped out to a 42-10 lead at
halftime, as all four of Howard's scoring passes came in the first two
quarters. In nine games this season, Howard completed 61.5 percent of his
passes for 1,848 yards and 18 touchdowns.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Evan Byers, Bucknell, LB, Jr., 6-0, 225, Roaring Rock, Pa.
Byers paced Bucknell's defense in Saturday's 35-23 win over Big South opponent
VMI. The junior linebacker recorded a season-high 19 total tackles (the
highest total by a Bucknell player since the 2001 season) with 1.5 tackles
for loss, a sack and a forced fumble that Byers recovered. Byers and the
Bison limited VMI to 94 rushing yards, the seventh time Bucknell held an
opponent to under 100 rushing yards this season.
Christian Kuntz, Duquesne, LB, So., 6-2, 210, Pittsburgh
Kuntz played a key role in Duquesne's 33-23, road win over FCS independent
Monmouth. Kuntz was a pest in the Hawks' backfield as the sophomore linebacker
notched a Northeast Conference single-game season high with 3.5 sacks of
Monmouth quarterback Brandon Hill. Kuntz totaled 10 tackles (nine solo stops)
and had 4.5 tackles for loss. He added a pass breakup for good measure. Kuntz
finished the season as the Dukes' leader in tackles for loss (19.5) and sacks
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Seth Sebastian, Southeastern Louisiana, PK, Sr., 5-10, 180, Lafayette, La.
Sebastian's Thursday night was so much more than a simple win for his
Southeastern Louisiana squad. The senior place-kicker banged home three field
goals against Nicholls, which included a long of 46 yards, and hit all five of
his extra point tries in the Lions' 52-27 win. In the process of his perfect
night, Sebastian broke his Southland Conference school's records for career
points and single-season scoring. In his collegiate career, Sebastian has
accounted for 276 points, which breaks the old program mark of 264 set by Jeff
Turner. This season, Sebastian has put up 103 points. He finished the 2013
regular season a perfect 14-for-14 on field goal tries and 61-of-62 on extra
CO-FRESHMEN OF THE WEEK
Drew Reed, Lafayette, QB, Fr., 6-0, 185, Lakeland, Tenn.
After gaining the full-time starting duties under center for Lafayette midway
through the season, Reed has become one of more prominent passers in the
Patriot League. The Jerry Rice Award nominee capped his season with a
performance that included 20-of-27 pass attempts for a career-high 378 yards
and three touchdowns with no interceptions in his team's 50-28 win at Lehigh.
He was named the MVP in the 149th meeting between the rivals. As a starter,
Reed is 4-1 on the season with 1,681 passing yards and 17 touchdowns.
Anthony Philyaw, Howard, RB, Fr., 6-1, 210, Los Angeles
Philyaw earns his second freshman of the week honor after a career day against
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival Hampton. The Los Angeles native gained
111 yards on 34 carries against the Pirates and scored a career-high four
touchdowns, which included the game-winner in the Bison's 42-39 double-overtime
victory. He added 64 yards on five receptions, bringing his all-purpose yardage
total to 175 in the season finale.
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