Terry paves the way for FCS players of the week
By CRAIG HALEY
(STATS) - Have you caught your breath yet?
It was offense, offense, offense across the FCS this past week, so even players and teams who posted record-setting performances had plenty of company.
Southeast Missouri running back Marquis Terry had the most eye-catching individual performance, however. On Monday, he was joined by McNeese's B.J. Blunt, Sacramento State's Owen Hoolihan and Albany's Dev Holmes as the STATS FCS National Players of the Week for Week 3 games through Sept. 15.
NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Marquis Terry, Southeast Missouri, RB, Sr., 5-7, 180, Atlanta
Southern Illinois players may not believe Terry had an upset stomach before the "War for the Wheel." Not after he set Ohio Valley Conference records for rushing yards (311) and all-purpose yards (438) and scored four touchdowns in Southeast Missouri's 48-44 win. Terry carried the ball 30 times and scored on runs of 74, 23, 11 and 10 yards. He also caught one pass for 13 yards and returned five kicks for 114 yards.
Honorable Mention: Raidarious Anderson, WR, Alcorn State; Kenji Bahar, QB, Monmouth; Johnathan Brown, QB, Eastern Illinois; Nehari Crawford, WR, Duquesne; Shelton Eppler, QB, Northwestern State; Tom Flacco, QB, Towson; Ryan Fulse, RB, Wagner; Grant Kraemer, QB, Drake; Ja'Quan Keys, RB, Indiana State; JaJuan Lawson, QB, Rhode Island; Joe Protheroe, FB, Cal Poly; Aaron Shampklin, RB, Harvard
NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
B.J. Blunt, McNeese, LB, Sr., 6-1, 220, New Orleans
As McNeese beat Southland Conference rival Nicholls 20-10 in the STATS FCS Game of the Week, Blunt was a one-man wrecking crew, including nine tackles (six solos), four tackles for loss and three sacks. On the game's opening kickoff, he recovered a fumble on the Nicholls 16, and it led to a Cowboys touchdown on the next play. He also had one quarterback hurry.
Honorable Mention: Steven Crowder, LB, Eastern Kentucky; Jared Folks, LB, ETSU; Evan Holm, CB, North Dakota; Sully Laiche, DL, Nicholls; Joe Lang, S, Holy Cross; Shayne Lawless, LB, Stony Brook; Jesse Nemerowicz, LB, Bryant; Elijah Richardson, LB, Florida A&M; Donte Small, CB, Morgan State; Landon Stice, LB, Weber State; Brett Zanotto, LB, Duquesne
NATIONAL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Owen Hoolihan, Sacramento State, P, Grad Student, 6-1, 170, Oberon, Australia
A graduate transfer from Prairie View A&M, the Aussie import was nearly flawless in Sacramento State's 28-25 win at Northern Colorado. He pinned the Bears inside their 20-yard line on six of his eight punts. His final punt in the closing seconds of the game was a 50-yarder that backed up the returner and led to a muff, which was recovered by Sac State. UNC's average field position after Hoolihan's punts was its 14.
Honorable Mention: Dejon Brissett, KR/WR, Richmond; Corey Coppola, ST, Davidson; Christian Jacquemin, PK/P, Jackson State; Denzel Knight, KR, Wagner; Nick Madonia, PK, Tennessee Tech; Matt Reyna, KR/WR, Eastern Illinois; Melvin Rouse II, KR/WR, Yale; Jake Soslow, PK, Penn; Aaron Turk, KR/DB, Morehead State; Ivy Wall, P, Southeastern Louisiana;
NATIONAL FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dev Holmes, Albany, WR, Fr., 5-8, 153, Troy, New York
Holmes recorded the second-highest receiving yardage total in Albany history while sparking a 30-27 win over Morgan State. He caught eight passes for 238 yards and erased Morgan State's 27-23 lead with an 88-yard touchdown reception with 6:54 left.
Honorable Mention: Rashawn Allen, RB, Lehigh; Dakota Caton, KR/WR, Indiana State; Isaac Foster, RS, Kennesaw State; Quay Holmes, RB/KR, ETSU; Isaiah Ifanse, RB, Montana State; Robert Riddle, QB, Mercer
Updated September 17, 2018