QB Nathan Dick of Central Arkansas, DB Dominique Ellis of South Carolina State, WR-RS Joey Orlando of New Hampshire, WR-RS Jabin Sambrano of Montana, and LB Ichiro Vance of Eastern Kentucky are honored this week.
The College Sporting News All-Stars for the week ending Sept. 11 in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision are listed here with their achievements and their school, position, height, weight, class and hometown.
Dominique Ellis, South Carolina State, Defensive Back, 5-11, 195, Sr., Atlanta, GA.
Ellis helped South Carolina rally to an important 26-18 victory over Bethune-Cookman on the road Saturday afternoon with a pair of interceptions and one touchdown.
Playing a team that had beaten them last year at home in MEAC play, forcing the Bulldogs to share the MEAC title with Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M, Ellis led a defensive surge that stymied a Wildcat offense that had put up 63 points six days before against Prairie View.
Ellis returned one of his interceptions 55 yards for a score and added nine tackles, six of them solo stops, and one pass break-up as the Bulldogs forced five turnovers.
Joey Orlando, New Hampshire, Wide Receiver/Returnman, 5-11, 199, Jr., Bethleham, PA.
Orlando returned to his native Lehigh Valley and helped New Hampshire to a 48-41 overtime victory over Lehigh with three touchdowns Saturday afternoon.
He raced 54 yards with a punt return for a third-quarter touchdown, the first scoring punt return for a UNH player since Corey Graham's 51-yarder against Stony Brook in 2006.
Orlando was also instrumental in the Wildcat passing attack, hauling in 10 passes from quarterback Kevin Decker for 166 yards and two TDs. Orlando's 17-yard TD reception in the second period put him over the 1,000-yard mark in career pass receiving yardage.
His second TD catch was even more important as he hauled in a 25-yard pass on the first play of overtime to lift the Wildcats to the win over the No. 14-ranked Mountain Hawks.
Jabin Sambrano, Montana, Wide Receiver/Returnman, 5-11, 175, Sr., Temecula, MT.
Sambrano returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and added a 58-yard touchdown with a pass reception in the third period to help Montana to a 37-23 victory in a key inter-conference battle at home on Saturday afternoon.
Sambrano's kickoff return was the fifth longest in Montana history and he ended up with five kickoff returns for 165 yards (33 yards per return) and one punt return for nine yards.
Besides the TD reception, which gave Montana a 21-20 lead, he had five catches altogether for 70 yards to finish with 244 all-purpose yards.
Nathan Dick, Central Arkansas, Quarterback, 6-4, 222, Sr., Allen, TX.
Dick led Central Arkansas to a near-upset of FBS opponent Louisiana Tech Saturday evening on the road, passing for 372 yards and four touchdowns in the 48-42 overtime loss.
Though a blocked field goal led to the Bears' demise, Dick completed 29-of-55 passes for 372 yards and fired TD strikes of 17, three, 43 and 56 yards.
Dick, who has thrown for 652 yards and seven TDs thus far this season, threw three of his TD passes in a 15-minute span of the second half as UCA roared to a 42-35 with 2:08 remaining before Louisiana Tech scored late to force overtime.
Ichiro Vance, Eastern Kentucky, Linebacker, 6-1, 234, So., LaGrange, KY.
Vance came through with a career-high 19 tackles, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble to help Eastern Kentucky to a home-opening 28-24 victory over Missouri State on Saturday.
Vance had nine solo tackles and his total of 19 are the second-highest output by any FCS defensive player and the third-highest in Division I so far this season.
Vance forced a fumble in the second period that was recovered by the Colonels and set up their second touchdown of the game to put them ahead 14-0. He currently ranks fifth nationally with 13 tackles per game for two contests.