QBs Jamal Jackson of Appalachian State and Marcus Hendrickson of North Dakota, S Ben Ericksen of Illinois State, LB Rashad Smith of Jacksonville State and K Edgar Castaneda of Sacramento State have been selected as the College Sporting News All-Stars for the week ending September 9, 2012 in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.
Each of the honorees are listed here with their achievements and their school, position, height, weight, class and hometown.
Jamal Jackson, Appalachian State, Quarterback, 6-3, 208, Jr., Atlanta, GA
Jackson accounted for 325 of Appalachian State's 417 yards (78 percent) of offense in the Mountaineers’ first-ever victory over fellow NCAA Division I FCS powerhouse Montana, 35-27. The junior signal caller rushed for a career-high 65 yards and a touchdown in the win. He completed 24 of 34 pass attempts for 260 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. With the game tied (21-21) to start the fourth quarter, he engineered two scoring drives that sealed Appalachian’s 18th-straight regular-season home victory. In the process, Jackson extended his own school records with his ninth-consecutive 200-yard passing game and ninth-straight performance with at least 250 yards of total offense -- all of which have come in the first nine starts of his career.
Marcus Hendrickson, North Dakota, Quarterback, 6-1, 197, Sr., Perham, MN
In his first career start, Hendrickson, a fifth-year senior, was lights out. He completed 16-of-25 passes for 294 yards and tied a school-record tying with six touchdown passes in North Dakota's 45-37 victory over Portland State in the Potato Bowl USA game. Hendrickson, who also led UND with 50 yards rushing, made his first collegiate start filling in for the team's injured starting quarterback, Braden Hanson. Five of Hendrickson's six touchdown throws came in the first half, and the offense totaled 401 yards to give UND its second win of the season. Hendrickson’s touchdown passes went for 66, 26, 49 and 34, 5, and 1 yards. He finished the game with an efficiency rating of 241.2 He leads the FCS with an efficiency rating of 258.31. Three of his scoring strikes were caught by Greg Hardin.
Ben Ericksen, Illinois State, Safety, 6-1, 200, Sr., Greendale, WI
Ericksen led the way for Illinois State in a dominating defensive effort in the 31-14 victory over Eastern Michigan (FBS). He recorded the first two interceptions of his career, added four tackles and broke up a pass that resulted in a third interception in the win against the Eagles. Ericksen’s interception in the second quarter helped preserve a 10-7 lead at the time and his pick in the fourth quarter sealed the victory. He was also credited with a pass breakup in the fourth, which he deflected to Mike Zimmer who returned it to the EMU 30 yard line and Darrelynn Dunn would eventually score on the ensuing drive to secure the victory.
Rashad Smith, Jacksonville State, Linebacker, 6-1, 210, Jr., Walton Beach, FL
Smith had a career-high 15 tackles, including 11 solo stops, in Jacksonville State’s 27-24 victory over regional rival Chattanooga. He also forced a fumble that was returned by teammate Pierre Warren for a 75-yard touchdown in the opening quarter. Smith became the first JSU player to have 15 or more tackles in a game since 2009 (Alexander Henderson). Smith currently ranks 14th nationally in tackles (11.5/game) and fourth in forced fumbles (1.00/game).
Edgar Castaneda, Sacramento State, Kicker, 5-9, 175, Jr., Alameda, CA
Castaneda made three field goals, including the game-winner from 30 yards out as time expired to give Sacramento State a 30-28 victory at Colorado (FBS). The junior, a walk-on who was awarded a scholarship after the game also was successful from 28 and 31 yards and converted all three of his extra points. Castaneda's three field goals equaled the total for Sacramento State a year ago.