Barriere, Maxwell, Dartmouth Headline FCS National Week 7 Awards
Eastern Washington’s Eric Barriere, Chattanooga’s Devonnsha Maxwell, Marist’s Mekhai Johnson and Southern’s Kobe Dillon were selected Monday as the Stats Perform FCS National Players of the Week for Week 7 games ending on Saturday.
In addition, Dartmouth earned FCS National Team of the Week.
The five honorees plus honorable mention selections:
NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Eric Barriere, Eastern Washington, QB, R-Sr., 6-1, 210, Inglewood, California
Barriere earned the national honor for the second time this season after setting career highs with 600 passing yards and eight total touchdowns as the second-ranked Eagles routed Idaho 71-21 in the Big Sky. He tied for the eighth-most passing yards ever by an FCS quarterback, completing 26 of 35 passes (over 23 yards per completion) while matching his career mark of seven TD passes. The Eagles gained 837 yards of total offense, a school record.
Honorable Mention: Hope Adebayo, RB, St. Thomas; Bishop Bonnett, RB, Florida A&M; Jack Chambers, QB, Charleston Southern; Kevin Daniels, RB, Northern Arizona; Tim DeMorat, QB, Fordham; Westin Elliott, QB, Merrimack; Malik Grant, RB, Sacred Heart; Taylor Grimes, WR, UIW; Tyler Hudson, WR, Central Arkansas; Cole Kelley, QB, Southeastern Louisiana; Ty Son Lawton, RB, Stony Brook; Rashad Raymond, RB, VMI; Cole Smith, QB, Princeton; J.F. Thomas, WR, Tarleton
NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Devonnsha Maxwell, Chattanooga, DE, R-Jr., 6-2, 296, Valdosta, Georgia
ETSU allowed only four sacks in its first six games before Maxwell shattered Chattanooga’s single-game record with five for 27 yards in losses as his Southern Conference program won 21-16 to prevent the Bucs from improving to 7-0 for the first time. All seven of Maxwell’s tackles were solos, he forced a fumble to set up the Mocs’ first touchdown, and four of his five sacks occurred in the fourth quarter, including one on fourth down to end an ETSU drive.
Honorable Mention: Jack Cochrane, LB, South Dakota; Christian Dixon, LB, Towson; Josiah Erickson, DE, Sacramento State; Chase Foster, FS, Southern; Patrick Godbolt, DL, South Carolina State; Jonathan Hammond, DE, Davidson; Daniel Hardy, DE, Montana State; Matthew Jackson, LB, Eastern Kentucky; Elijah McKoy, OLB, Furman; Eli Mostaert, DT, North Dakota State; Garrett Sayegh, LB, Charleston Southern; D’Carrious Stephens, LB, UT Martin
NATIONAL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mekhai Johnson, Marist, RB/KR, R-Sr., 5-11, 201, Dorchester, Massachuetts
Johnson played the key role as Marist posted a 20-17 win at Dayton in coach Jim Parady’s 300th career game and improved to 3-0 in the Pioneer Football League for the second time in program history. He gave the Red Foxes the lead for good 17-10 with a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter. He later had a 17-yard return, also scoring on a 33-yard touchdown run while racking up 183 all-purpose yards.
Honorable Mention: Orlando Fernandez, PK/P, Mississippi Valley State; Gino Garcia, PK, Houston Baptist; Ethan Gettman, P, Bryant; Will Gruber, DB/KR, Colgate; Conor Hunt, P/PK, Georgetown; Mason Pierce, WR/RS, McNeese; Steven Ward, LB/ST, Missouri State
NATIONAL FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kobe Dillon, Southern, RB, Fr., 6-0, 190, Ferriday, Louisiana
Dillon set Southern’s single-game rushing record with 267 yards as Southern spoiled Arkansas Pine-Bluff’s Homecoming with a 34-7 victory in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. He rushed for touchdowns of 40, 45 and 75 yards, and averaged nearly 19.1 yards on his 14 carries.
Honorable Mention: Sam Bubonics, WR/KR, Dayton; Darius Hale, RB, Central Arkansas; RJ Martinez, QB, Northern Arizona; Isaiah Smith, RB, North Dakota; Pablo Tager, PK, San Diego; DJ Williams, QB, Murray State
NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth (38-21 win at then-No. 23 New Hampshire)
The Big Green (5-0) beat a nationally ranked opponent for the fourth time since 2016 and posted their first win at UNH since 1969. Derek Kyler completed 18 of 23 passes for a career-high 325 yards as well as two touchdowns, and fellow quarterback Nick Howard rushed for three scores as the offense possessed the ball for nearly 39 minutes and totaled 604 yards.
Honorable Mention: Chattanooga (21-16 win over then-No. 10 ETSU); Kennesaw State (14-0 win over North Carolina A&T); Sacramento State (28-21 win at then-No. 5 Montana); Towson (28-7 win over then-No. 12 Rhode Island)