Each of the honorees are listed here with their achievements and their school, position, height, weight, class and hometown.
Kyle Essington, Stony Brook, Quarterback, 6-2, 185, Jr., Chino Hills, CA
In his first career start at Stony Brook, Essington accounted for five of Stony Brook’s six touchdowns in the Seawolves’ 42-24 Big South-opening win over Presbyterian College. He was 17-of-27 passing for 292 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, and also ran for a score from 18 yards out. Essington connected on nine of his first 10 passes of the game which helped Stony Brook to a 14-3 lead, and threw touchdowns of 44, 40, 22 and 23 yards to keep Stony Brook ahead the entire contest. He finished the day with a passing efficiency rating of 202.70. Essington, made the start in relief of senior Michael Coulter, who is out for the season with a knee injury.
DeNarius McGhee, Montana State, Quarterback, 5-11, 213, So., Euless, TX
McGhee threw for four touchdowns and running for another to account for 30 of the team's 38 points in Montana State's 38-36 road win over Portland State. The victory leaves MSU alone in first place in the Big Sky with am unblemished league record of 3-0. He completed 15-of-22 passes for 255 yards including strikes of 69, 52, 35 and 24 yards averaging 17 yards per completion. He threw TD passes for 5, 6, 24, and 69 yards plus scoring on a 1-yard run in the third quarter.
Derek Carr, Tennessee-Martin, Quarterback, 6-1, 196, Jr., McKenzie, TN
Carr fired a school record six touchdown passes and completed 24-of-36 missives for 387 yards in UT Martin’s 61-23 victory over Austin Peay. The TD pass mark was one touchdown away from the OVC single-game record. Three of his touchdowns came in the second quarter as the Skyhawks opened up a 34-14 halftime lead. In total he threw touchdown passes of 51, 13, 16, 15, 10 and 9 yards. Carr currently ranks 16th nationally and UTM ranks first nationally in total offense and scoring offense.
Chad Willson, North Dakota State, Linebacker, 5-11, 221, Sr., Layton, UT
Willson had 10 tackles, nine of them solos, and his first career interception in North Dakota State's 9-3 win at No. 17 Southern Illinois. The pickoff with 2:08 left in the fourth quarter sealed the road win for the Bison. It was the Willson’s third career double-figure tackle game. The nine solos were a career-high. Willson had the tackle to stop a fourth-and-goal from the one during Southern Illinois’ first drive in the first quarter and helped keep the Salukis out of the end zone throughout the contest.
Brody McKnight, Montana, Kicker, 6-0, 204, Sr., Vancouver, BC
McKnight connected on fields goals of 51, 48, 44 and 42 yards leading Montana's 33-0 win over Idaho State by scoring the first and last points of the victory. On a day of long leggedness he did miss from 51 and 49 yards, but he finished the game with 15 points as he also made three extra points. He also averaged 42.2 yards on six punts with a long of 61 and two inside the 20-yard line. McKnight also recovered a Bengals fumble of his second kickoff.