Running back Preston Brown of Tennessee State, place kicker Steve Fetzer of Illinois State, North Dakota State running back D.J. McNorton, Southeastern Louisiana linebacker Mark Newbill, and New Hampshire quarterback R.J. Toman have been selected as the College Sporting News All-Stars for the fourth week of NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision play.
Preston Brown, Tennessee State, Senior, Running Back, 5-10, 191, Antioch, Tennessee
Brown carried the ball 28 times for 233 yards and a touchdown as Tennessee State ended an eight-game losing streak to Florida A&M, topping the Rattlers 29-18. The game was played in front of 54,202 fans — the largest crowd to see an FCS game this season — at the Atlanta Football Classic held at the Georgia Dome.
The 233 yards is the fourth-best performance by a running back in FCS so far this season. On the second play of the game, Brown took a handoff and raced 71 yards for a score to put the Tigers up 6-0 and TNSU would never trail in the game.
Brown averaged 8.3 yards per carry and reached the 100-yard plateau for the third-straight game and the 200-yard plateau for the second time in three weeks. The senior now has two of the top five rushing games in the FCS this season. Brown is averaging 153.75 rushing yards/game this season, the second-best mark nationally.
Steven Fetzer, Illinois State, Senior, Place Kicker/Punter, 5-11, 190, Mahomet, Illinois
Fetzer drilled a 39-yard, game-winning field goal in double overtime to give the Redbirds a key 44-41 win over Missouri State in Missouri Valley Football Conference play.
Kicking into a driving rain, Fetzer also boomed a career-long 51-yard field goal in the second quarter among his three field goals on five attempts for the night. Only five field goals have been longer than Fetzer's 51-yarder this season in FCS.
He also hit 3-of-4 extra points for a total of 12 points and averaged 37.8 yards per punt in four tries, with one pinned at the MSU two-yard line.
D.J. McNorton, North Dakota State, Junior, Running Back, 5-9, 203, Channelview, Texas
McNorton had a career-high 250 yards and scored three touchdown in the 38-16 win against No. 20 South Dakota on Saturday. He scored on TD runs of one, 53 and 27 yards, while rushing 13 times for 202 yards in the second half.
McNorton's previous career-high was 66 yards against Wagner in 2009. He had a career-long rush of 67 yards late in the fourth quarter. McNorton’s effort is the second best in FCS this season and the top performance in the Missouri Valley Football Conference this season.
Mark Newbill, Southeastern Louisiana, Senior, Linebacker, 5-11, 215, Monroe, Louisiana
Playing in front of a hometown crowd for the first time in his career, Newbill tied a career-high with 17 tackles, including 14 solo stops and one tackle for loss as Southeastern Louisiana narrowly missed an upset over FBS opponent Louisiana-Monroe, 21-20, on Saturday.
Newbill, the leading tackler in the FCS this season with 53 total stops and a 13.5 average per game, broke the SLU career record with 240 solo tackles, cracking the mark set by Willie Shepherd of 229.
Newbill is 22 tackles away from Wayne Faul’s school-record of 368. With three assisted stops, Newbill moved into third-place (106) in school history, passing Herman Colly.
R.J. Toman, New Hampshire, Senior, Quarterback, 6-1, 185, Mission Viejo, California
Toman passed for a career-high 348 yards and four touchdowns, completing 26-of-37 attempts on the day as the Wildcats rolled to a 31-10 victory over Lehigh on Saturday.
Toman completed passes to eight different UNH receivers, three of which logged career highs in either receptions or receiving yards. Toman also rushed the ball eight times for 19 yards, helping New Hampshire pile up 519 yards of total offense.
Toman also won Colonial Athletic Association honors for the second time in his career. The first came in 2007 when he replaced injured quarterback Ricky Santos in the Wildcat’s win over Delaware.