Brock Jensen of North Dakota State, Shepard Little of Eastern Illinois, Tate Omli of Northern Iowa, Jaquiski Tartt of Samford and Ray Early of Furman have been selected as the College Sporting News All-Stars for the week ending November 17, 2013 in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.
Each of the honorees are listed here with their achievements and their position, school, class, height, weight and hometown.
Brock Jensen, Quarterback, North Dakota State, Senior, 6-3, 225, Waupaca, WI
Jensen led North Dakota State to its third straight MVFC championship and tied Armanti Edwards’ FCS record with his 43rd career victory as a quarterback in a 35-17 win at Youngstown State. Jensen was 17-for-22 passing for 200 yards and a career-high four touchdowns and ran for a fifth touchdown. He broke the NDSU single-season (24) and career (62) records for TD passes. It was his third 200-yard passing game of the season and the 12th of his career.
Shepard Little, Runningback, Eastern Illinois, Sophomore, 5-10, 198, Schaumburg, IL
Little rushed for two touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass and threw a touchdown pass all in the first quarter as Eastern Illinois dominated Jacksonville State, winning 52-14 to win the OVC Championship outright and earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Division I Football Championship. Little rushed for a three-yard score, then caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo and then less than two minutes later broke a 37-yard touchdown run. He then threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Garoppolo with 3:22 left in the first quarter; overall Little’s play helped the Panthers score a school record 35 points in the opening quarter. Little finished the day with 26 carries for 245 yards (9.4 ypc) and two touchdowns, two catches for 19 yards and a score and the 10-yard touchdown pass (264 all-purpose yards). The 245 rushing yards were the 10th-most in a FCS game this season. Little was part of an EIU rushing attack that rushed for a school record 413 yards and in the process he went over 1,000 yards on the season;
Tate Omli, Defensive Back, Northern Iowa, Junior, 5-11, 210, Brookville, KS
Omli notched a career and game-high 17 tackles against Missouri State, a 17-10 victory. He was just two shy of tying for 10th all-time at UNI in single-game total tackles. He also notched two integral interceptions for the Panthers, marking his first two of the season. His second interception happened during MSU's fourth-and-four conversion attempt with less than three minutes to play, coming up with the turnover and giving UNI the ball back to extinguish the remaining time on the clock.
Jaquiski Tartt, Safety, Samford, Junior, 6-1, 220, Mobile, AL
Tartt tied his career high with a game-high 17 tackles as Samford topped Chattanooga in overtime (17-14). Tartt talled 13 solo tackles and added a pass break-up. He came up with two key fourth-down tackles to stop potential UTC scoring drives. Tartt stopped Marquis Green on fourth-and-4 in the first quarter to halt a 12-play UTC drive. Later in the third quarter, Tartt pushed Green out of bounds 3 yards shy of the first-down marker at the Samford 10-yard line to give the ball back to the Bulldogs’ offense.
Ray Early, Kicker, Furman, Senior, 6-0, 200, Darlington, SC
Early set a school record and tied a SoCon mark with six made field goals in Furman’s 32-20 win at Western Carolina. Early also made two PATs to account for 20 of the Paladins’ 32 points. He connected on field goal attempts of 48, 24, 40, 39, 30 and 32 yards. The senior also handled the kickoff duties for Furman and forced seven touchbacks on nine kicks. He punted three times and averaged 41.3 yards per boot, placing one inside the Catamounts’ 20-yard line.