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CSN National All-Stars, 11/23/2009
Eastern Washington quarterback Matt Nichols, Stony Brook runningback Edwin Gowins, Central Connecticut State defensive back Alondre Rush, and Jacksonville State linebacker Alexander Henderson are the recipients of the Football Championship Subdivision honors from College Sporting News for the week ending November 22, 2009.
Each of the honorees are listed here with their achievements and their school, position, height, weight, class and hometown.
Matt Nichols, Eastern Washington, QB, 6-3, 220, Sr., Cottonwood, CA
Nichols, a 6-foot 3, 220-pound senior from Cottonwood, Calif., closed out his regular season with another stellar effort, completing 22-of-33 passes for 408 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions in the Eagles’ 49-45 win over Northern Arizona. Nichols, a leading candidate for the Walter Payton Award, threw a 60-yard touchdown to Ed Berry for the game-winning score with 3:30 to play. The win moved Eastern Washington to 8-3 and helped the Eagles’ secure an at-large bid in the Division I Playoffs. In his last five games, Nichols has completed 68 percent of his passes for 1,840 yards with 20 touchdowns, no interceptions and an efficiency rating of 183.0. This is Nichols’ third Player of the Week Honor this season and the seventh of his career.
Edwin Gowins, Stony Brook, RB, 5-11, 222, So., Bellport, NY
Gowins rushed for a season-high 165 yards and matched his career-high with three touchdowns to help Stony Brook to a share of the Big South title with its 36-33 victory over No. 16 Liberty. On his second carry of the game, Gowins burst through the LU defense for a 52-yard touchdown run to put Stony Brook ahead, 7-0. After Liberty tied the game at 7-7, Gowins ran for a total of 43 yards on SBU’s next drive and scored from 11 yards out to give the Seawolves a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter. After the Flames took their first lead of the game in the fourth quarter (26-21), Gowins answered again, this time bowling past the Flames from 42 yards away to regain the advantage for SBU. Gowins averaged 9.2 yards per carry and seven of his rushes resulted in first downs.
Alondre Rush, Central Connecticut State, DB, 6-0, 190, Jr., Middletown, CT
Rush’s defensive effort was at the center of the Blue Devils’ 14-13 title-clinching road victory that landed the NEC champions a postseason berth in the Gridiron Classic (Dec. 5). The junior defensive back accounted for a game-high 13 tackles, a second-half sack, and a key interception. Six of Rush’s tackles limited the offense to three yards or fewer. The preseason all-NEC selection picked a perfect time for his second interception of the year. One play after he dropped the Red Flash ball carrier for a two-yard loss at CCSU’s 20, Rush stifled Saint Francis’ 14-play drive and preserved a 7-7 tie by picking off quarterback John Kelly in the end zone during the waning minutes of the third quarter. Rush sacked Kelly for an eight-yard loss on the opening possession of the second half. His award comes one week after teammate Lawton Arnold was honored as the NEC Defensive Player of the Week.
Alexander Henderson, Jacksonville State, LB, 6-1, 212, Sr., Mobile, AL
Henderson was named OVC Defensive Player of the Week for the third week in a row after registering 14 tackles (10 solo) and recovering a school-record three fumbles in Jacksonville State’s 34-26 victory over Eastern Kentucky. It marked the seventh consecutive game with double-digit tackles for Henderson who ranks first in the OVC and 15th nationally in tackles (10.45/game). Henderson also added a sack and two tackles-for-loss in the game. He now ranks first nationally in fumble recoveries (0.45/game).