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CSN National All Stars, 9/15/2008
James Madison quarterback Rodney Landers, Albany runningback David McCarty, Hampton linebacker Wakeem Goode and Dayton defensive end Scott Vossler are the recipients of College Sporting News national Football Championship Subdivision honors for the week ending September 14, 2008.
Each of the honorees are listed here with their achievements and their school, position, height, weight, class and hometown.
Rodney Landers, James Madison, QB, 6-1, 220, Sr., Virginia Beach, VA
In what was billed as the game of the week in FCS, Landers made sure the outcome was never really in doubt early as his Dukes led the entire game in a 52-38 thumping of UMass, the #3 team in the nation. He would do most of his damage with his feet, grinding out 206 net yards on 26 carries while adding four pass completions for 86 yards. The Virginia Beach, VA native would account for three of the Dukes seven touchdowns of the day and would account 292 all-purpose yards on the afternoon.
David McCarty, Albany, RB, 6-0, 207, Jr., Gansevoort, NY
McCarty had to be frustrated to not reach the end zone against in-state rival Hofstra after four quarters, especially after coming so close to the end zone on several occasions. But the Gansevoort, New York native would ultimately find what he was looking for: the game-winning touchdown in an overtime 22-16 victory over the Hofstra Pride of the CAA. McCarty would rack up 178 yards on 27 carries, including a 46 yard touchdown that would set up the Great Danes’ first touchdown on the day. He would rip off five rushes of 10 yards or more - although the best one for him had to be the 7 yard one in overtime.
Wakeem Goode, Hampton, LB, 5-11, 227, Soph., Cleveland, OH
Sometimes a defense simply needs to keep making plays to allow their offense to get started, and Goode did just that in a 38-27 win over Howard. The Pirate offense would be held scoreless before erupting for 38 second-half points, but it was the defensive effort of Goode that would help hold the Bison to only a 7-0 lead at halftime. He would log an interception and two sacks in the first half en route to a 14 tackle day, including 2 1/2 tackles for loss and two pass breakups.
Scott Vossler, Dayton, DE, 6-2, 237, Sr., St. Mary’s, OH
Vossler made two game-changing plays in their 23-20 victory over the defending Patriot League champion Fordham Rams, both on special teams. The first came when the Flyers were up 14-7 near the close of the first half. The St. Mary’s, OH native blocked the Ram punt and picked up the loose ball and ran it back for a 35 yard touchdown putting the Flyers up 21-7. In the second half, Fordham would score a touchdown to cut the deficit to 8, but Vossler would make it a two score game again once he blocked the extra point. Vossler’s teammate, defensive back Joe Castenada, would find the loose ball and return it for a 2 point point-after conversion the other way to give Dayton a 23-13 advantage. Vossler’s contribution didn’t stop there: he also registered 7 tackles, including 1 1/2 tackles for loss and a pass breakup.