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FCS Conference Players of the Week
Honors from all conferences playing regular season games.
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QB Jake Landry - North Dakota (6-3, 210, Jr., Grand Forks, N.D.)
Jake Landry was 16-for-28 (.571) for his fourth 200-yard game of the season as North Dakota ended the season on a high note, winning 17-16 over Central Arkansas. He also threw a pair of touchdowns for the fourth time in his first year, the first coming with just 32 seconds remaining in the first half and cut the Sioux deficit to six points. After the UND defense foiled a UCA attempt to convert on fourth-and-one, Landry worked the Sioux downfield with a string of passes. With the ball at the 29-yard line, Brandon Hellevang split the uprights, but the play was called back after an offsides call on the Bears. With a newly gained first-and-ten, Landry found Kellen Leupp for a 16-yard pass. Three plays later, Landry’s pass to Chris Anderson bounced off of the UCA defender and into the air. Anderson tracked it down, snatched it from the air and stepped into the endzone for the score. Landry found a scoring receiver again in the third quarter. After forcing the Bears to three-and-out, he found an open Ismael Bamba for a 46-yard strike. Landry followed with a 24-yard pass to Leupp and the capped the seven-play, 85-yard drive with a 22-yard TD pass to Noah Dombrovski … Landry finished sixth in single-season pass attempts (301) and seventh in single-season pass completions (178).
LB Chris Dublanko - North Dakota (6-0, 235, Jr., Thorsby, Alberta)
Defensive back Chris Dublanko led all defenders with a career-high 10 tackles (six unassisted) in UND’s nail-biting 17-16 win over Central Arkansas in the 2009 season finale. His 10 stops tied a career-high that he set just two weeks prior in the Great West Conference championship game at UC Davis. Dublanko registered six of his total stops and five of his solo tackles in the first half alone as the Sioux held Central Arkansas well below its scoring average of 27.2 ppg. He was credited with three-consecutive tackles in UCA’s third drive of the game.
DE Broc Bellmore - North Dakota (6-1, 280, So., West Fargo, N.D.)
With 17 seconds left on the clock and the Fighting Sioux holding onto a 17-16 lead over Central Arkansas, Broc Bellmore ended the Bears’ season as he blocked a 43-yard field goal attempt by Eddie Carmona. It was the second time in the final
quarter that Bellmore foiled UCA’s scoring plans - after the Sioux gained a 17-16 fourth quarter lead, Central Arkansas worked its way to the UND 26-yard line and unable to find the endzone, Carmona set up for a 42-yard kick, but Bellmore managed to knock it down. This was the second time this season that Bellmore registered a pair of blocked kicks - the first was during UND’s 27-12 Homecoming, home-opener win over South Dakota (Oct. 3). Bellmore has four of UND’s total eight blocked kicks this season. His four-block total is an unofficial single-season record, at least in the last 20 years.
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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Bo Stompro, San Diego
Freshman, Quarterback, San Ramon, Calif.
True freshman Stompro became the second PFL player this season to throw five touchdowns in San Diego’s 37-32 non-conference loss to Southern Utah, Saturday. Making his fourth career appearance, he completed 24-of-38 passes for 247 yards with touchdown throws to five different receivers.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
J.D. Cecil, Morehead State
Junior, Defensive Back, Pickerington, Ohio
Cecil scored Morehead State’s first touchdown in a 29-6 PFL victory at Valparaiso, Saturday. With the Eagles up 9-6, he picked off a pass early in the fourth quarter and returned it 23 yards for the game’s first touchdown. Later in the quarter, Cecil intercepted a second pass and returned it 46 yards to the Valparaiso six-yard line, setting up Morehead State’s second touchdown. He finished the day with two tackles, a quarterback hurry and two interceptions with 69 return yards.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
David Lang, Butler
Sophomore, Placekicker, Lowell, Ind.
Lang’s 27-yard field goal with one second remaining gave Butler a share of its second PFL regular-season title in a 20-17 victory against Drake, Saturday. It was Lang’s second game-winning field goal this season, both coming in PFL play. Lang also converted a 29-yard field goal in the first half and scored a pair of PATs to finish with eight points.
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OFFENSIVE – RB Frank Warren, Grambling State; 6-0, 200; JR; Pleasant Grove, AL
Warren rushed 24 times for a season-high 166 yards and two touchdowns in Grambling State’s 31-13 win over Southern in the Bayou Classic. Warren, who also caught one pass for eight yards, had touchdown runs of 13 yards in the third quarter and one yard in the fourth quarter.
DEFENSIVE – DE Christian Anthony, Grambling State, 6-4, 275; JR; Birmingham, AL
Anthony made nine tackles (one TFL), with 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble in the Tigers’ win over Southern. Anthony recorded a sack and forced fumble late in the first half, which was recovered by GSU. Anthony later added a fourth-quarter sack.
NEWCOMER – DB Kejuan Riley, Alabama State; 6-1, 195; FR; Wetumpka, AL
Riley made four tackles with one interception and one pass breakup in the Hornets’ Turkey Day Classic game against Tuskegee. Riley made his first career interception in the fourth quarter to end a Tuskegee drive.
SPECIALIST – K Ari Johnson, Grambling State; 5-11, 180; FR; Corona, CA
Johnson made all four PATs and his only field goal attempt in the Tigers’ win over Southern. Johnson, who made a 24-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, converted PATs after all four GSU touchdowns in the victory.
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