Monmouth’s Dymere Miller, Weber State’s Winston Reid, Western Carolina’s Richard McCollum and Morehead State’s Bryce Patterson were selected Monday as the FedEx Ground FCS National Players of the Week for Week 11 college football games ending on Sunday.
In addition, Howard was named the FCS National Team of the Week.
The five honorees plus honorable mention selections:
FedEx Ground FCS National Offensive Player of the Week
Dymere Miller, Monmouth, WR, Sr., 6-0, 180, Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Miller racked up a school-record 333 receiving yards – also, the FCS season high and the second-most in CAA Football history – in Monmouth’s 31-24 loss to New Hampshire. He caught 11 passes, including 63- and 75-yard touchdowns, while producing nine first downs. With his big performance, Miller became the FCS leader in receiving yards (1,243) and per-game average (124.3).
Honorable Mention: Kayvon Britten, RB, Tarleton; Sean Chambers, QB, Montana State; Anthony Frederick, WR, Bryant; Cole Gonzales, QB, Western Carolina; Sam Huard, QB, Cal Poly; Lan Larison, RB, UC Davis; Ja’Den McKenzie, RB, Rhode Island; LaDarius Owens, RB, Texas Southern; Raylen Sharpe, WR, Missouri State; Walter Simmons III, QB, Bethune-Cookman; Quinton Williams, QB, Howard; Isaiah Wooden, WR, Southern Utah
FedEx Ground FCS National Defensive Player of the Week
Winston Reid, Weber State, LB, Sr., 6-1, 230, St. George, Utah
Reid was all over the field when Weber State upset fourth-ranked Idaho 31-29, knocking the Vandals out of first place in the Big Sky Conference. His 17 tackles were the most by a Wildcats player in nine years, and they included seven solos and 1.5 for losses. He forced a fumble that was recovered by a teammate in the fourth quarter, and had two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup.
Honorable Mention: Finn Claypool, DE, Drake; Micah Davey, LB, McNeese; Khalil Dawsey, DB, Delaware; Thor Griffith, DT, Harvard; Kevin Jarrell, LB, William & Mary; Zach Kennedy, DL, UC Davis; Kaleb Lyons, DB, Morehead State; Terron Mallory, DB, Norfolk State; Noah Martin, LB, Samford; Frankie Monte, LB, Holy Cross; Garret Ollendieck, LB, Indiana State; Joseph Randall, DE, Southeastern Louisiana; Joseph Vaughn, LB, Yale; Justin Waters, LB, Stonehill; Solomon Zubairu, DE, Mercer
FedEx Ground FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week
Richard McCollum, Western Carolina, PK, R-Sr., 5-9, 175, Sanford, North Carolina
McCollum scored a career-high 16 points – tying for the second-most by an FCS kicker this season – in a 58-7, Southern Conference victory over ETSU. He didn’t miss a kick, going 3 of 3 on field goals (32, 41 and 24 yards) and 7 of 7 on extra points, to increase his career point total to 294, eight shy of the WCU record. He’s made 13 of 14 field-goal attempts this season and 47 of 54 (87 percent) in his career.
Honorable Mention: Brandon Codrington, KR/DB, North Carolina Central; Brendan Hall, P, Montana State; Max Samuel, Coverage/LB, Valparaiso; Maddox Trujillo, PK, Austin Peay; Grandin Willcox, PK, Norfolk State; Red Wilson, KR/WR, North Dakota
FedEx Ground FCS National Freshman Player of the Week
Bryce Patterson, Morehead State, QB, R-Fr., 6-2, 205, Versailles, Kentucky
Making his first career start, Patterson passed for six touchdowns as Morehead State upset Davidson 47-17, handing the Wildcats their first Pioneer Football League defeat and knocking them from first place. He completed 10 of 16 attempts for 240 yards – each TD pass was 25 or more yards – and posted a 312.3 passer rating. He threw three of his TD passes during the Eagles’ 26-point second quarter.
Honorable Mention: Brady Clark, P, Princeton; Carson Conklin, QB, Sacramento State; Angel Flores, QB, Northern Arizona; MJ Flowers, RB, Eastern Illinois; Luke Hansen, RB, Dayton; Jacob Horvath, P, Eastern Illinois; Noah Jennings, WR, Charleston Southern; Carson Jones, QB, Furman; Avery Powell, CB, Missouri State; Jake Stearney, QB, Colgate; Griffin Woodell, RB, UAlbany
FedEx Ground FCS National Team of the Week
Howard (50-20 win over then-No. 7 North Carolina Central)
Howard routed North Carolina Central to end a 10-game losing streak in the series and prevent the Eagles from clinching the MEAC’s Celebration Bowl bid. Quarterback Quinton Williams accounted for 292 yards of total offense and four touchdowns, and defensive Darrian Brokenburr had a team-high seven tackles, including two sacks. After changing the postseason scenario, coach Larry Scott’s squad can secure the school’s first Celebration Bowl appearance with a win over Morgan State.
Honorable Mention: Morehead State (47-17 win over Davidson); Stonehill (33-28 win at Duquesne); Tarleton (31-30 win at Abilene Christian); Texas Southern (44-10 win over Alcorn State)