Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke,
Coastal Carolina defensive back Dontavious Johnson, Georgia State punter Matt
Hubbard, Northern Iowa quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen and Youngstown State
receiver/running back Andre Stubbs have been named The Sports Network FCS
National Players of the Week for the season-opening games which ended Sept. 2.
OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion, Sophomore, 6-1, 195, QB, Atlanta, Ga.
Old Dominion totaled 723 yards in its 57-23 win over Duquesne, and Heinicke
accounted for 530 yards on his own. After trailing 20-10 at halftime, the
Monarchs offense exploded for 47 second-half points. Heinicke broke personal
and school game-highs with 492 passing yards and 41 completions, helping the
Monarchs tie a program mark for points in a game. Last year's runner-up for the
Jerry Rice Award ended the game with four touchdown passes and 38 rushing
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dontavious Johnson, Coastal Carolina, Senior, 5-10, 175, DB, West Palm Beach,
Johnson entered the season with no career interceptions and just three pass
breakups in his first three seasons at Coastal Carolina. All of that changed
against North Carolina A&T as the Coastal Carolina senior recorded three
interceptions and one pass breakup in the Chanticleers' 29-13 victory. Former
Coastal cornerback Josh Norman, who was selected in the 2012 NFL Draft,
witnessed in person as Johnson tied his school record of three interceptions in
a game (Norman's brother Marrio also had three in a game). Johnson had two
picks in the first half, one leading to a Coastal Carolina touchdown, the other
to a Chanticleers field goal and a 17-0 advantage.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Matt Hubbard, Georgia State, Sophomore, 6-4, 230, P, Peachtree City, Ga.
One of the bright spots in Georgia State's 33-6 loss to South Carolina State
was the record-setting performance of its sophomore punter. Hubbard had no
problem setting a program-best 62.2-yard average on five punts. It would have
been an NCAA FBS and FCS single-game record for punting average with a minimum
of five punts, but the Panthers are in the process of transitioning from the
FCS to FBS level, so any marks achieved during the 2012 and 2013 seasons will
not count toward NCAA records. As it stands, the current FCS record for punting
average in a game is 61.5 yards, accomplished by Idaho State's Eddie Johnson
against Cal Poly in 2002. GSU's 6-foot-4, 230-pounder had punts of 58, 59, 55,
59 and a school-record 80-yard boot in his third punt of the night.
CO-FRESHMEN OF THE WEEK
Sawyer Kollmorgen, Northern Iowa, R-Freshman, 6-2, 215, QB, Jenks, Okla.
In his season debut as the Panthers' starting quarterback, Kollmorgen made
coach Mark Farley a lot more comfortable with his team's uncertainty under
center. The redshirt freshman completed 18-of-34 pass attempts for 265 yards
and three touchdowns in Northern Iowa's 26-21, season-opening loss to
defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin. Kollmorgen led a fourth-quarter comeback
with two touchdown passes to running back David Johnson, cutting the Panthers'
deficit from 26-7 to 26-21. Kollmorgen was the fifth freshman in UNI history to
start at quarterback.
Andre Stubbs, Youngstown State, R-Freshman, 5-6, 160, WR/RB, Maple Heights,
Stubbs played in three games before he was sidelined with an injury at the
start of last season. In Youngstown State's 31-17 victory at Pittsburgh, the
undersized redshirt freshman came up big by rushing for 71 yards on six
carries, catching four passes for 61 yards and returning two kickoffs for 40
yards. The 5-foot-6, 160-pound receiver/running back finished with 172 all-
purpose yards in the Penguins' first win over an FBS program since 2000.
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