Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - No, Fordham isn't eligible for the
Patriot League title or its automatic bid into the FCS playoffs this season.
But the Rams are doing everything they can to earn an at-large bid.
Saturday proved to be the best case heard (or seen) yet as the Rams downed
then-No. 13 Lehigh to remain unbeaten. Junior quarterback Michael
Nebrich didn't get as much recognition in the preseason as the guy who lines
up behind him at the running back position in Carlton Koonce, but the tables
are turning for Nebrich, who spotlights the Week 6 national players of the
Nebrich, Towson's Terrance West, Montana's Anthony Goodwin, Yale's Cole
Champion, Montana State's Shawn Johnson and James Madison's Gage Steele have
been named The Sports Network FCS National Players of the Week for all Week 6
games ending Oct. 5.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Michael Nebrich, Fordham, QB, Jr., 6-1, 205, Burke, Va.
Nebrich was once again stellar on Saturday, leading his 6-0 Rams to a 52-34 win
over Lehigh. Nebrich completed 26-of-36 pass attempts for a career-high 384
yards and four touchdowns. He added 56 yards and a touchdown on the ground to
round out his impressive performance. He now owns a streak of three straight
games with at least three touchdown passes and has three 300-yard games this
season. Nebrich also leads the nation in completion percentage at 73.5 percent.
Terrance West, Towson, RB, Jr., 5-11, 223, Baltimore, Md.
What is it with West versus New Hampshire? The junior back has torched the
Wildcats three times in his collegiate career, and this past Saturday's 44-28
Towson win was certainly no exception. West carried the ball 28 times for 238
yards - his highest yardage total this season - and three touchdowns. West now
has 15 rushing touchdowns this season and a total of 59 career scores, which
ranks fifth in CAA Football history. West moved into second in Towson's
program history with 3,226 career rushing yards.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Anthony Goodwin, Montana, CB, Sr., 6-1, 180, Murrieta, Calif.
Goodwin's impact was felt not in the number of tackles he had, but against
Portland State's passing game. The junior recorded seven pass deflections
against the Vikings - the most by any FCS player this season - and had two
interceptions for good measure, both of which led to Montana touchdowns. His
first interception came in the first quarter of the 55-27 Big Sky rout, while
his second came in the third quarter. Goodwin added three tackles in the win.
Cole Champion, Yale, DB, So., 5-11, 183, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
The big picture here is that Yale, an Ivy League program, defeated Top 25 Cal
Poly, a Big Sky team, in the first-ever meeting between the two conferences.
But the Bulldogs' Champion was a huge part of the victorious equation. He led
all players with 14 tackles, and had a fumble recovery and two interceptions.
Champion was part of a defense that held the Mustangs scoreless and to 37 total
yards in the second half. The sophomore totaled 23 yards in interception
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Shawn Johnson, Montana State, RB, Jr., 5-9, 175, Bakersfield, Calif.
After scoring a rushing touchdown on the team's first drive of the game, the
tailback Johnson responded to a Northern Arizona pick-six with a 100-yard
kickoff return for a touchdown in Montana State's 36-7, Homecoming Day victory
over the then-No. 15-ranked Lumberjacks. Johnson's 100-yard return was the
program's first for a touchdown since the 2008 season, and the third for 100
yards in school history. The junior added 54 yards on punt returns and 92
rushing yards for an all-purpose total of 246 yards.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Gage Steele, James Madison, LB, R-Fr., 6-1, 230, Front Royal, Va.
When it comes to James Madison linebackers, the first name that typically
comes to mind is senior Stephon Robertson's. But Steele broke free against
Albany with an 18-tackle effort - the highest single-game total in the CAA this
season. Steele recorded 13 solo stops and a sack in JMU's 40-13 win. Steele and
the Dukes held the Great Danes' fierce rushing attack to a mere 81 yards, and
5-for-19 third-down efficiency.
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