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Sac State QB Thomson earns STATS FCS National Player of the Week honors

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CHICAGO – Oct. 21, 2019 – Sacramento State’s Kevin Thomson, Lehigh’s Keith Woetzel, Merrimack’s Corey Resendes and Chattanooga’s Ailym Ford were named Monday as the STATS FCS National Players of the Week for Week 8 games ending Oct. 20.

The four honorees plus honorable mention selections:

NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Kevin Thomson, Sacramento State, QB, Jr., 6-2, 200, Auburn, Washington

Thomson may as well been Homecoming king considering how he controlled Sac State’s 49-22 Big Sky rout of then-No. 5 Montana, setting career highs in passing yards (369) and total offensive yards (419) and accounting for six touchdowns (four passing, two rushing). He completed 24-of-34 passes for 369 yards and a 194.7 quarterback rating, and carried the ball 16 times for 50 yards.

Honorable Mention: Jacob Birmelin, WR/PR, Princeton; Josh Davis, RB, Weber State; Wesley Dugger, RB, Davidson; Isaiah Hill, WR, Eastern Illinois; Sirgeo Hoffman, RB, Portland State; Shane Leatherbury, WR, Towson; Glendon McDaniel, QB, Southern; Isaiah Weston, WR, Northern Iowa; Aaron Winchester, QB, Central Connecticut State

NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Keith Woetzel, Lehigh, LB, Sr., 6-0, 225, Wyckoff, New Jersey

Woetzel fueled the defense as Lehigh grabbed first place in the Patriot League with a 30-27 overtime win at Fordham. He racked up 15 tackles, including 13 solos, for a fourth straight game reaching double figures and had four sacks that totaled 25 yards in losses. He also intercepted a pass on Fordham’s first drive and returned it 30 yards to the Rams’ 18 to set up the game’s first touchdown.

Honorable Mention: Jovon Burriss, S, McNeese; Colby Campbell, LB, Presbyterian; Ron’Dell Carter, DE, James Madison; Marques Ford, DE, Bethune-Cookman; Keonte Hampton, LB, Jackson State; Reid Harrison-Ducros, CB, Duquesne; Lloyd Hightower, DB, Idaho; Dytarious Johnson, LB, Eastern Illinois; Cam Kitchen, DE, Delaware; Chris Kolarevic, LB, Northern Iowa; Brogan McPartland, DE, Harvard; Harrison Poole, CB, Mercer; Cody Roscoe, DE, McNeese; Royce See, LB, Sam Houston State; Justin Swift, LB, Southeast Missouri

NATIONAL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Corey Resendes, Merrimack, PK/P, Grad, 6-0, 180, East Providence, Rhode Island

The lefty-kicking Resendes was steady as can be in Merrimack’s first FCS win of its Division I era – 30-21 at Delaware State. He scored the final nine points of the game, including a go-ahead 30-yard field goal to end the first half and then 25- and 39-yarders in the second half. He also averaged 42.7 yards on six punts, placing two inside the DSU 20, and averaged 62.3 yards on six kickoffs.

Honorable Mention: D’Angelo Amos, PR/S, James Madison; Chris Faddoul, P, Florida A&M; Jacob Godek, PK, The Citadel; Matt McRobert, P, Sam Houston State; Alex Pechin, P, Bucknell; Alex Usry, PK, Charleston Southern; Antonio Zita, PK, Tennessee State

NATIONAL FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Ailym Ford, Chattanooga, RB, Fr., 5-9, 205, Florence, South Carolina

The Southern Conference-leading Mocs have endured key injuries at running back, but Ford has become a workhorse with three straight games of 30-plus carries, including 31 against ETSU to grind out a career-high 200 yards and two touchdowns in a 16-13 victory. He leads all FCS freshmen with 757 rushing yards and is tied for fourth among rookies with seven touchdowns.

Honorable Mention: Kymani Clarke, RB, Jackson State; Caleb Dowden, PK/P, Mercer; Joe Fagnano, QB, Maine; Seth Harrison, PK, Eastern Washington; Zaythan Hill, RB, Lehigh; Kevin Johnson, RB, Norfolk State; Jalen Leary, RB, Stetson; Jake Stebbins, LB, Cornell; Javon Williams, RB, Southern Illinois; Malik-Hajj Williams, QB, Campbell

Thomson, Weber RB Davis share Big Sky weekly offensive award

The Big Sky Conference announced its ROOT SPORTS football players of the week on Monday. The ROOT SPORTS Offensive Player of the Week honor went to Sacramento State quarterback Kevin Thomson and Weber State running back Josh Davis. Idaho defensive back Lloyd Hightower earned ROOT SPORTS Defensive Player of the Week accolades, while Sacramento State kicker Devon Medeiros was named the ROOT SPORTS Special Teams honoree.

Thomson guided No. 15/17 Sacramento State to its third straight victory over a Top 25 program. Thomson and the Hornets topped No. 5/6 Montana 49-22 at home. After trailing 7-0 to start the game, the Hornets scored two minutes later to take the lead and never trailed again. Thomson rushed for two touchdowns and added four touchdown passes to seal the win for Sacramento State.

Davis rushed for a career-high and nation’s best this season of 328 yards in No. 4/5 Weber State’s 51-28 victory over Northern Arizona. Battling the wind and rain in addition to the Lumberjack defense, Davis finished with the fifth-most rushing yards in a single-game in Big Sky history. Davis’ performance was the first 300-yard rushing performance in the Big Sky since 2005. The sophomore registered four rushing touchdowns, including a long 54-yard score 44 seconds into the game.

Hightower showed his speed and versatility on Saturday in the Vandals’ win over Idaho State in the Battle of the Domes. The senior registered a 45-yard pick-six in the first half that bumped Idaho’s lead to 14-0. He added another touchdown in the fourth quarter when he ran back a fumble recovery for 49 yards to the house. He also added a pair of tackles in Idaho’s 45-21 victory.

Devon Medeiros was instrumental for Sacramento State in its win over Montana. Medeiros registered nine kickoffs for an average of 61.1 yards per kick with five resulting in touchbacks. The senior was a perfect 5-for-5 in PATs and 2-for-2 in made field goals from 34 and 32 yards out.

Other Nominees: Offense: Duy Tran-Sampson, CP; Jake Maier, UCD; Sirgeo Hoffman, PSU; Landon Measom, SUU; Jeff Cotton, UI; Jacob Knipp, UNC.

Defense: Connor Airey, UCD; Dariyn Choates, SAC; AJ Stanley, SUU; Anthony Adams, PSU; Eddie Heckard, WSU.

Special Teams: Manny Berz, SUU; Cody Williams, PSU.

The ROOT SPORTS Game of the Week features Eastern Washington at Montana. The game will kick off at 12 p.m. MT from Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

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