Henderson, Leskovec, North Carolina Central Headline FCS Weekly Awards
Delaware’s Nolan Henderson, Harvard’s Nate Leskovec, Bryant’s Anthony Frederick and Saint Francis’ Makai Jackson were selected Monday as the FedEx Ground FCS National Players of the Week for Week 3 college football games through Saturday.
In addition, North Carolina Central earned FCS National Team of the Week.
The five honorees plus honorable mention selections:
FedEx Ground FCS National Offensive Player of the Week
Nolan Henderson, Delaware, QB, Grad, 6-1, 195, Smyrna, Delaware
In a CAA matchup of Top 25 teams, Delaware (3-0) won at Rhode Island 42-21 as Henderson completed 29 of 34 passes and set career highs for completions, passing yards (379), total offensive yards (406) and touchdowns passes (four). The Blue Hens’ 611 offensive yards marked their highest total in a game since 2013 and highest in conference play since 2000. As they built a 35-7 halftime lead, Henderson passed for 315 yards, the second-most ever in a UD half.
Honorable Mention: Zack Bair, RB, Dartmouth; Tim DeMorat, QB, Fordham; Hunter Luepke, FB, North Dakota State; Ty MacPherson, WR, Weber State; Davius Richard, QB, North Carolina Central; Shedeur Sanders, QB, Jackson State; Todd Sibley, RB, Albany; Reece Udinski, QB, Richmond
FedEx Ground FCS National Defensive Player of the Week
Nate Leskovec, Harvard, DE, Sr., 6-3, 251, Solon, Ohio
Leskovec set Harvard’s single-game record with 4.5 sacks as the Ivy League power opened its season with a 28-21, overtime win over Merrimack. The sacks totaled 23 yards in losses, and Leskovec had two other tackles for no gain as part of his seven overall stops, including a career-best six solos. He also had two quarterback hurries that helped force incompletions.
Honorable Mention: Joe Andreessen, LB, Bryant; James Conway, LB, Fordham; Isaac Dowling, LB, Mercer; Thor Griffith, DT, Harvard; Jack Henderson, DB, Southeastern Louisiana; Corley Hooper, LB, Central Arkansas; Alijah Huzzie, CB, ETSU; Marte Mapu, LB, Sacramento State; Bryce Norman, ILB, Southeast Missouri; Patrick O’Connell, LB, Montana; John Pius, LB, William & Mary; Gary Rosemond, DB, Merrimack; Stone Snyder, LB, VMI; Zeke Vandenburgh, LB, Illinois State
FedEx Ground FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week
Anthony Frederick, Bryant, WR/KR, Sr., 5-11, 180, Hollywood, Florida
Frederick became the first FCS player to go 100 yards for a touchdown this season, returning a kickoff from Bryant’s goal line in a 44-38, double-overtime loss at Brown. He added 97 yards on four other returns and caught two passes for 35 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown, as part of his 232 all-purpose yards. In Bryant’s first season in the Big South, Frederick ranks first in the FCS in kickoff returns (12) and return yards (408), and third in return average (34).
Honorable Mention: Sam Babbush, PK, Charleston Southern; Grant Burkett, P, Missouri State; Ricardo Chavez, PK, Idaho; D’Ago Hunter, KR, Towson; Marqui Johnson, KR, Montana State; John Prince, DL, Chattanooga; Josh Sanchez, P, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
FedEx Ground FCS National Freshman Player of the Week
Makai Jackson, Saint Francis, WR/KR, Fr., 6-0, 190, Croydon, Pennsylvania
Jackson racked up 211 all-purpose and scored two touchdowns as the Red Flash beat Wagner 27-7 in their Northeast Conference opener. After Wagner took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, Jackson answered on the ensuing kickoff with a 79-yard return for a score. He later caught a 16-yard TD as part of his 11 receptions for 117 yards. He also had three carries for 15 yards.
Honorable Mention: Michael Akins, DE, Texas Southern; Cole Gonzales, QB, Western Carolina; C.J. Henry, QB, Delaware State; Zach Hrbacek, RB, Sam Houston; Reese Poffenbarger, QB, Albany; Desmond Reid, RB, Western Carolina
FedEx Ground FCS National Team of the Week
North Carolina Central (45-27 win at then-No. 25 New Hampshire)
The Eagles never trailed against UNH while beating a nationally ranked opponent for the first time since 2016 and improving to 3-0 for the first time in their Division I era (since 2008). Davius Richard’s 140 rushing yards were the most by an NCCU quarterback in 23 years, and he accounted for 334 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. Khalil Baker scored off a 25-yard interception return. Coach Trei Oliver’s MEAC squad owns the FCS’ longest active winning streak (six).
Honorable Mention: Alcorn State (30-19 win at McNeese); Furman (27-14 win at then-No. 18 ETSU); Southern Illinois (31-24 win at Northwestern); Texas Southern (24-0 win over Southern)