Blevins, Brown, Carter, Moses And Rush Earn CSN All-Star Honors
Kicker Matt Blevins of Liberty, quarterback Mike Brown of Liberty, defensive end Markell Carter of Central Arkansas, quarterback Jeremy Moses of Stephen F. Austin and strong safety Alondre Rush of Central Connecticut State have been selected as the College Sporting News All-Stars for the 12th week of NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision play.
Matt Blevins, Liberty, Junior, Place Kicker, 6-2, 185, Newport News, Virginia
Bevins helped fuel Liberty's 54-28 victory over Stony Brook, which earned a share of the Big South Conference title for the Flames.
He set a Big South single-game record with 18 points scored against the Seawolves, connecting on all four field goal attempt and 6-of-6 extra points.
Blevins hit field goals of 26, 25, 50 and 42 yards in recording his fourth career four-field goal game. He also became the first kicker in League history to make two field goals from 50 yards or longer in the same season.
Mike Brown, Liberty, Senior, Quarterback, 6-0, 205, Charlottesville, Virginia
Brown set a Big South single-game record with 494 yards of total offense in Liberty’s 54-28 victory at home over Stony Brook, leading the Flames to a share of the Big South football championship.
He gained a career-high 160 yards on the ground and scored two rushing touchdowns, and completed 20-of-31 passes for 334 and two scores — becoming the first player in League history to rush for 150 yards and pass for 300 yards in the same game.
Brown also became the first quarterback in Big South history to pass for more than 200 yards in every game in a season, as well as the first to surpass 400 yards of total offense three times in one campaign.
Markell Carter, Central Arkansas, Senior, Defensive End, 6-4, 248, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Carter helped Central Arkansas spoil McNeese State's chances of winning a share of the Southland Conference championship as his strong defensive line play led the Bears to a 28-24 home victory.
Carter had a 19-yard sack, two tackles for loss and a 36-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown that gave the Bears a 21-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Playing the final game of his college career, the senior recorded seven total tackles and four quarterback hurries as the Bears closed out the season with a 7-4 overall record. Carter finished the season with 62 total tackles, including 19 tackles for losses of 103 yards and six sacks of 58 yards.
Jeremy Moses, Stephen F. Austin, Senior, Quarterback, 6-0, 195, Baytown, Texas
Moses completed 35-of-59 passes for 489 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Lumberjacks to a 36-13 victory over Northwestern State that gave Stephen F. Austin back-to-back conference titles for the first time in school history and helped the Lumberjacks retain Chief Caddo in its rivalry game.
The senior finished the game just 18 yards shy of a career high of 508 yards passing, set his freshman year against Texas State.
This season, Moses completed 303-of-499 passes for 3,658 yards and 34 touchdowns, averaging 332.5 yards per game. He threw only four interceptions in guiding SFA to consecutive appearances in the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 1988 and 1989. This was the third time this season Moses was named the league’s offensive player of the week.
Alondre Rush, Central Connecticut State, Senior Strong Safety, 6-0, 190, Middletown, Connecticut
Rush came up big on special teams, blocking a pair of punts in a 23-13 victory over Saint Francis (PA) that gave Central Connecticut a share of the Northeast Conference crown.
The senior safety’s special teams prowess allowed the Blue Devils to win the field position battle against the Red Flash.
After Saint Francis went three-and-out on the game’s opening possession, Rush deflected Andrew Penska’s punt which traveled 20 yards before being downed at CCSU’s 49. Seven plays later, the Blue Devils scored a touchdown.
Later in the first quarter, Rush again wreaked havoc. Flying into the backfield, he registered a second punt block that gave CCSU the ball at Saint Franc’s 43-yard line. The triumphant season finale gave Rush and CCSU’s senior class it program-record 30th victory.