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CSN National All-Stars, 9/1/2008
Richmond quarterback Eric Ward, Central Connecticut State runningback Derrick Mallory, Prairie View A&M linebacker Zach East and Southern Utah punter Trevor Ward are the recipients of College Sporting News national Football Championship Subdivision honors for the week ending August 31, 2008.
Each of the honorees are listed here with their achievements and their school, position, height, weight, class and hometown.
Eric Ward, Richmond, QB, 6-3, 213, Jr., Atlanta, GA
In the only battle of ranked FCS teams this week, Ward showed off his multi-faceted attack with a dominating 28-10 victory over Elon. The Atlanta, Georgia native went 17-for-22 passing, with a career-high 236 yards passing and two touchdowns. On the opening Spider offensive drive, the junior quarterback connected on a 80-yard scoring pass to sophomore wideout Kevin Grayson. The 80 yard pass play was the sixth-longest pass play in school history and was longer than any Richmond pass play in the 2007 season. Ward also added 59 yards rushing on 14 carries to cap off an impressive day.
James Mallory, Central Connecticut State, RB, 5-10, 200, Jr., Buffalo, NY
Mallory had 243 yards rushing in all of 2007. But in the season-opening game for the Blue Devils in 2008, the Buffalo, NY native would more than equal his total for last year in a 35-28 victory over Bryant. The junior runningback would grind out 123 rushing yards in the first half alone, while totaling 256 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on the afternoon. Mallory would account for an amazing 256 out of 270 rushing yards for the Blue Devils while achieving five runs of 10 yards or more. His 94 yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter tied the game at 28.
Zach East, Prairie View A&M, LB, 6-2, 230, Sr., Houston, TX
The ESPNU announcing crew covering the Labor Day Classic said in their postgame comments that East was “all over the field” in Prairie View A&M’s dominating 34-14 throttling of SWAC league rival Texas Southern. The Houston, TX native, playing in his hometown led a defense that sacked Texas Southern quarterback Bobby Reid seven times and held the Tigers to a minuscule 113 total yards, including only 5 yards rushing. East prowled the sidelines all game, and led the Panthers with six tackles, including two tackles for loss.
Trevor Ward, Southern Utah, P, 6-5, 200, Jr., Ogden, UT
The Thunderbirds had a tough assignment facing FBS Air Force out of the WAC on Saturday, but Ward’s day punting was nothing short of extraordinary. The Ogden, Utah native punted 8 times on the day for a whopping 53.2 yard average, including an amazing school-record 91 yard punt near the end of the game in Southern Utah’s 41-7 defeat at the hands of the Falcons. Two of his punts were downed inside the 20, and a third was downed at the 21 yardline. After two short punts in his first two kicks, his next six kicks averaged 62.5 yards on his next six punts for a grand total of 426 yards.