Colgate running back Nate Eachus, Bethune-Cookman linebacker Ryan Lewis, Eastern Washington linebacker J.C. Sherritt, Charleston Southern kick returner Gerald Stevenson and Villanova quarterback Chris Whitney have been selected as the College Sporting News All-Stars for the seventh week of NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision play.
Nate Eachus, Colgate, Junior, Running Back, 5-10, 216, Drums, Pennsylvania
Eachus set the Patriot League single-game rushing record with 291 yards against Cornell on Saturday. Eachus carried 25 times for 291 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-3 win over Cornell. He broke the previous Patriot League mark of 282 yards set by Bucknell’s Jabu Powell against Cornell in 2000, and also eclipsed the Colgate mark of 280 yards set by Jamaal Branch in 2003 against Holy Cross.
He averaged 11.6 yards per carry and scored on a career-long 66-yard run and a 63-yard touchdown. Eachus carried only three times in the fourth quarter and sat out the final 11 minutes of the game as Colgate held a comfortable lead.
Eachus has rushed for 200 yards or more six times in his career and leads the nation with 169.3 yards per game this year, nearly 14 yards per game ahead of his closest competitor. He has 1,016 yards and 12 touchdowns for the season.
Ryan Lewis, Bethune-Cookman, Junior, Linebacker, 6-0, 210, Pompano Beach, Florida
Lewis sparked Bethune-Cookman to a 14-0 shutout of No. 10-ranked South Carolina State on the road in a MEAC first-place showdown that broke the Bulldogs' 24-game league winning streak.
Lewis intercepted two fourth quarter passes to stop South Carolina State drives in B-CU territory.
The first one ended a Bulldog drive that had advanced to the B-CU 28 with 12:19 remaining and the second came after SCSU had moved to the Wildcat 18 and effectively ended the Bulldogs hopes with three minutes remaining.
He added five tackles, four of them solo stops for the No. 23-ranked Wildcats and has sparkled all season for a defense that is ranked 10th in FCS.
J.C. Sherritt, Eastern Washington, Senior, Linebacker, 5-10, 220, Pullman, Washington
Sherritt, a 5-10, 220-pound senior from Pullman, Wash., tallied 14 tackles, three for loss, a sack and an interception in Eastern Washington’s 35-28 come-from-behind win over Northern Colorado.
The Buck Buchanan Award candidate sacked Northern Colorado Dylan Orms on a second down late in the game with the score tied 28-28 and the Bears’ nearing field-goal range.
Sherritt had six solo stops and eight assists and his tackles for loss resulted in the loss of six yards. He is currently 10th nationally in tackles with 80, an average of 11.43 per game.
Sherritt sewed up EWU’s victory with an interception with eight seconds to play. This is Sherritt’s second straight national defensive player of the week honor.
The All-American linebacker and two-time Buck Buchanan Award candidate tallied 16 tackles, two of them for losses totaling 10 yards, a sack for an eight-yard loss, a QB hurry and an interception in the Eagles’ win over Northern Arizona last week.
Gerald Stevenson, Charleston Southern, Kick Returner, Naples, Florida
Stevenson returned two kickoffs for touchdowns against Gardner-Webb, becoming the first player in Big South history to accomplish this feat, and finished with a conference-record 389 all-purpose yards.
After GWU went ahead 14-3 in the first quarter, Stevenson returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a score.
Later in the fourth quarter after Gardner-Webb went ahead 28-17, Stevenson scooped up a squib kick and returned it 81 yards for another touchdown.
He also had kickoff returns of 34 yards and 27 yards, in addition to two punt returns for 34 yards.
Stevenson averaged 48.6 yards on his five kickoff returns.
Stevenson rushed 11 times for 65 yards and caught five passes for 47 yards and one touchdown in the 35-25 loss. He finished the game with 18 points and leads the nation in kickoff returns with an average of 40.73 yards per return.
Chris Whitney, Villanova, Senior, Quarterback, Warminster, Pennsylvania
Whitney directed Villanova to an impressive 48-18 win on the road at Maine Saturday, leading the Wildcat offense to 559 yards of total offense.
He completed 20-of-25 passes for a career-high 322 yards and three touchdowns.
The league’s preseason all-conference quarterback also rushed nine times for 37 yards and two more touchdowns.
Whitney’s big day came largely in the first half, when he completed 15-of-17 passes for 277 yards and all three of his passing touchdowns.
The last Villanova quarterback to record a 300-yard passing game was Frank Jankowski in 2005 (363 yards at JMU, Nov. 12).
The third-year starter moved up to fourth nationally in passing efficiency with his performance against a Maine defense that came in ranked 47th overall in FCS and 26th in scoring defense.