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College Sporting News National All-Stars, 10/26/2009
Eastern Washington quarterback Matt Nichols, Holy Cross quarterback Dominic Randolph, quarterback Miguel Starks of The Citadel, and Eastern Illinois wide receiver/return specialist Lorence Ricks are the recipients of the Football Championship Subdivision honors from College Sporting News for the week ending October 26.
Each of the honorees are listed here with their achievements and their school, position, height, weight, class and hometown.
Matt Nichols, Eastern Washington, QB, 6-2, 220, Sr., Cottonwood, CA
Nichols completed 26-of-41 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 34-24 home victory over Montana State. The Walter Payton Award candidate rallied his team from a 24-14 fourth-quarter deficit, hooking up with Taiwan Jones on scoring strikes of 20 and 38 yards. The 38-yarder put the Eagles up 28-24. Nichols also threw TD passes of 16 and 15 yards to Nathan Overbay in the second quarter. Nichols moved up to fourth on the Big Sky’s all-time career list in passing yards with 10,954 yards, and also moved to fourth all-time in total yardage with 11,588. This is Nichols’ fifth career Player of the Week honor.
Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross, QB, 6-3, 223, Sr., Amelia, OH
Randolph threw four touchdowns and ran for two more and set a career-hgih with 116 rushing yards to lead No. 22 Holy Cross past No. 17 Colgate, 42-28, on Saturday. He completed 20-of-31 passes for 288 yards and four touchdowns while carrying 14 times for 116 yards and the two scores. It was Randolph’s ninth-career game with at least 400 yards of total offense. He became the first Holy Cross player to rush for over 100 yards this year. Randolph set an FCS record with a touchdown pass in his 37th consecutive game, breaking the mark he shared with the late Steve McNair (Alcorn State 1991-94). He now leads the nation in passing, total offense and points responsible for per game this season, and is up to seventh in FCS history in career passing (11,928), total offense (12,568) and touchdown passes (105). Randolph receives the Offensive Player of the Week award for the third time this year and 15th overall, extending his Patriot League career record.
Miguel Starks, The Citadel, QB, 6-2, 219, RFr., Atlanta, GA
In his first collegiate start, Starks was responsible for 327 yards and accounted for all five touchdowns in The Citadel’s 38-28 win over Furman. He connected on 14-of-19 passes with no interceptions for 183 yards and one touchdown, while adding 144 yards on the ground with touchdown runs of 11, 5, 17 and 23 yards. Starks’ four rushing touchdowns tied a school single-game scoring record, and he became the first Bulldogs quarterback since Jack Douglas in 1992 to rush for four scores in a single game.
Lorence Ricks, Eastern Illinois, WR/RS, 6-1, 178, So., Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ricks returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown, blocked a punt that set up an Eastern Illinois score and forced a key fumble as the 24th-ranked Panthers went on the road and topped No. 12 Jacksonville State 28-20. Ricks had 165 yards of total offense on the afternoon (124 yards on kick returns, 26 yards on punt returns and 15 yards on receptions), including the long kickoff return touchdown that put EIU up 28-13 with 6:17 to play in the third quarter. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a Panther since Nov. 10, 2007 (Quinten Ponius). Early in the second quarter he blocked the punt that was recovered at the Jax State 4-yard line and led to a touchdown two plays later as Eastern took a 14-0 lead. In the fourth quarter he forced JSU’s punt returner to fumble, as the Panthers recovered the ball with 5:30 to play.