Taylor Heinicke of Old Dominion, Kurt Hess of Youngstown State, T.J. Lally of South Dakota State, Lucky Dozier of Northern Arizona and Erik Lora of Eastern Illinois have been selected as the College Sporting News All-Stars for the week ending September 23, 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.
Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion, Quarterback, 6-1, 195, Sophomore, Atlanta, GA
Heinicke set a slew of records in Old Dominion's thrilling 64-61 win over New Hampshire, completing 55-of-79 passes for 730 yards and five touchdowns to go with 65 rushing yards and a score on the ground. With the performance, he now owns Division I records with 791 yards of total offense and 730 yards passing while coming up just six yards shy of breaking college football's single-game passing mark. Heinicke also established new school records with 79 pass attempts, 55 completions, 730 passing yards and 791 total offensive yards in winning his second straight All-Star honor from CSN.
Kurt Hess, Youngstown State, Quarterback, 6-3, 230, Junior, Dayton, OH
Hess completed 20-of-28 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns in the Penguins’ come-from-behind 42-35 win over Northern Iowa. It was YSU’s first win over the Panthers since 2000. Hess had two first-half touchdown passes and added two in the second half, including the game-winner with 1:50 left. In the first half, he had scoring throws of 25 and 38 yards. In the second half, he threw a 43-yarder and found Christian Bryan on a 26-yard score on third-and-three play with 1:50 remaining. Hess was 6-of-7 in the fourth quarter for 77 yards and a perfect 3-of-3 for 49 yards on the final drive of the game.
T.J. Lally, South Dakota State, Linebacker, 6-0, 225, R-Freshman, Chicago, IL
Lally recorded 10 tackles, including a half-tackle for loss, and added an interception and two more pass breakups as South Dakota State opened league action with a 24-10 victory at No. 22 Indiana State. For the game, SDSU held Indiana State to 23 net yards rushing on 25 attempts. The Jackrabbits limited Walter Payton Award candidate Shakir Bell to 54 yards on 18 carries and, other than on a fake punt, did not allow a rushing play of more than five yards.
Lucky Dozier, Northern Arizona, Defensive Back, 5-10, 185, R-Junior, Sacramento, CA
Dozier recorded eight tackles and intercepted two passes in Northern Arizona’s 41-31 win over Montana. With Dozier’s help, the Northern Arizona defense forced five turnovers and helped erase a 17-point second-quarter deficit. After falling behind 24-7 in the second quarter, the NAU defense held UM off the scoreboard until the final two minutes. Dozier’s second interception came in the third quarter. He returned it 21 yards to the Montana 21-yard line. It led to a field goal, which tied the game 24-24.
Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois, Wide Receiver. 5-10, 181, R-Junior, Miami, FL
Lora broke a 43-year old OVC record for catches in a game, grabbing 21 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns in Eastern Illinois’ 50-49 overtime win over Murray State. But his most important contribution was throwing the winning two-point conversion pass off a reverse, as he connected with Von Wise to give the Panthers the one-point victory. The 21 catches broke the previous OVC mark of 20 set by Austin Peay’s Harold Roberts in 1969 and are the most by a player at any level of NCAA football this season; it was just three catches off the all-time FCS record held by two players, including Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. Lora set the EIU single-game record for receiving yards and became just the sixth Panthers wide receiver to have 200 or more receiving yards in a game. The redshirt junior had 13 receptions for 172 yards and three touchdowns in the first quarter alone, grabbing touchdown passes of 10, 23 and 37 yards to put his team ahead 20-7. Lora currently ranks first nationally in total receiving yards (647), receptions/game (12.0) and receiving yards/game (161.75) and 12th nationally in all-purpose yards (163.75/game).