Harris, Holmes, Langhorst, Smith And Taylor Named As Weekly All-Stars
Murray State, Massachusetts, Dayton, Yale and Drake players are named as CSN's weekly all-stars
PHILADELPHIA — Murray State running back Mike Harris, Massachusetts linebacker Tyler Holmes, Dayton defensive end Devon Langhorst, Yale receiver Chris Smith and Drake defensive end Dain Taylor have been selected as the College Sporting News All-Stars for the tenth week of NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision play.
Mike Harris, Murray State, Junior, Running Back, 5-11, 200, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Harris rushed for a career-high 242 yards and a touchdown in Murray State’s 44-13 victory over Tennessee Tech.
The junior transfer had 198 yards in the first half, including a 94-yard run just before the half that led to a Racer field goal and 22-7 halftime advantage. Overall he averaged 10.5 yards per carry on his 23 attempts.
His first-quarter touchdown run that started the scoring marked the sixth-straight game in which he had rushed a touchdown. It was the second 200-yard rushing game of the season for Harris, making him only the second Murray State player to ever accomplish that feat.
The 242 yards marked the seventh-best rushing game for a FCS player this season. Harris currently ranks 10th nationally in rushing (125.71 yards per game) and sixth nationally in scoring (9.43 points per game).
After the Racer defense stopped the Golden Eagles on a fourth-down play at the one-yard line, Harris turned a clock-killing drive into a scoring drive.* Harris took a handoff on first down and rushed for four yards.* On the next play, Harris broke free into the secondary and weaved his way down the field for a 94-yard gain down to the one-yard line.*
Despite playing in only seven games this season, Harris has rushed for 880 yards and 10 touchdowns.* He needs just 120 yards over the final two games to become just the 10th running back in MSU history to eclipse 1,000 yards.*Harris is averaging 125.7 yards a game this season, ranking him 10th in the FCS.
Tyler Holmes, Massachusetts, Junior, Linebacker, 6-0, 220, Blacksburg, Virginia
Holmes returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the Minutemen’s 39-24 win over Maine at home.
The junior linebacker became the third player in league history to record two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the same game and the first since Towson’s Allante Harrison did it against Elon in 2004. Maine’s Bill Curry set the record originally against Liberty on Oct. 10, 1992.*
Holmes became only the 22nd FCS player in history and the first this season to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game. The last FCS player to do it was Southeast Missouri State’s Kellin White in 2004.
Holmes took his first interception back 18 yards with 5:39 left in the second quarter to give the Minutemen a 25-7 lead. With 9:40 to play, Holmes returned his second interception 50 yards for a TD to give UMass a 39-16 advantage.
He added six tackles, four of them solo stops as the Minutemen limited the Black Bears to 149 yards rushing and forced four turnovers.
Devon Langhorst, Dayton, Senior, Defensive End, 6-3, 225, Sidney, Ohio
Langhorst was in on six sacks on Saturday to help Dayton to an important 31-25 Pioneer Football League victory. He was credited with three solo sacks and three assisted sacks for 4 1/2 total, the most by a PFL defender this season.
Langhorst tied a single-game PFL record with five tackles for loss, resulting in the loss of 33 yards, 32 of them coming on the six sacks. He also piled up 11 tackles, four of them solo stops and added one quarterback hurry.
Dayton's win allowed the Flyers to stay tied for first place with Jacksonville at 7-0 and improved them to 9-1 overall.
Chris Smith, Yale, Sophomore, Wide Receiver/Returman, 5-11, 190, Midlothian, Virginia
Smith became the first player in Yale history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game as the Bulldogs held off Brown 27-24 in a key Ivy League game.
Smith helped change the game's momentum in the second quarter with a 79-yard TD return to give the Bulldogs a 17-7 lead. Following a Brown field goal, Smith's second scoring return of 83 yards gave Yale a 24-10 lead at halftime.
The Yale returnman had three kickoff returns for 178 yards, an average of 59.3 per attempt. He added a game-high six receptions for 45 yards, with a long of 13 yards to help the Bulldogs complete their win.
Dain Taylor, Drake, Senior, Defensive End, 6-3, 251, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Taylor was impressive in his own way as he helped Drake take a 25-24 lead with 1:22 left before the Bulldogs lost on a 37-yard TD pass with one second left. Taylor started an 11-0 run in the second half with a sack for a 10-yard-loss and a safety on Dayton quarterback Steve Valentino.
The senior preseason All-American finished with 3 1/2 sacks, four tackles for loss and 12 total tackles, with seven of them being solo stops. Three of the sacks were solo hits as Taylor stopped Dayton players for 27 yards of losses on the four tackles for loss, 25 of them on the sacks.
Taylor also came up big on special teams, blocking a Dayton field goal attempt by Nick Glavin from 36 yards out to set up a Drake touchdown in the first quarter.