Eric Breitenstein of Wofford, Gus Johnson of Stephen F. Austin, Miguel Maysonet of Stony Brook, Gavin McCarney of Colgate, Ross Shafrath of South Dakota State and Dontra Peters of New Hampshire have been selected as the College Sporting News All-Stars for the week ending September 30, 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.
Eric Breitenstein, Wofford, Fullback, 5-11, 230, Senior, Valle Crucis, NC
Wofford's Eric Breitenstein set a new Southern Conference record and personal best with 321 rushing yards in the Terriers' 49-24 win at Elon. Breitenstein carried 27 times, scored two touchdowns in the win and became just the third player in the league's 91-year history to rush for more than 300 yards in a game. On the first play of the second Wofford series he went 90-yards down the middle of the field for a touchdown on his opening carry of the game. To end the first half, Breitenstein had a 49-yard run and scored on a 19-yard run to give the Terriers a 28-10 lead. He finished the first half with 228 yards on the ground, four yards shy of the league's record for a single half.
Gus Johnson, Stephen F. Austin, Runningback, 5-10, 215, Sophomore, Gilmer, TX
Johnson totaled 215 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries in the Lumberjacks’ 42-37 victory over Central Arkansas. He set career-highs in rushes, yards and rushing touchdowns in SFA’s spread offense. Johnson, who averaged 6.7 yards per carry, recorded the sixth-best single-game rushing performance in school history.
Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook, Runningback, 5-10, 210, Senior, Riverhead, NY
Maysonet rushed for a career-high 220 yards and two touchdowns in Stony Brook's 23-3 win at Army. He gained 139 in the opening 30 minutes. Maysonet averaged 6.9 yards per carry on his career-high 32 rushing attempts, and gave the Seawolves' an early 7-0 lead with a 49-yard touchdown run. He added a 1-yard score midway through the third quarter to make it a 20-0 SBU advantage. Maysonet also tallied 12 of Stony Brook's 15 rushing first downs and had eight runs of 10 yards-or-longer -- including a 45-yard scamper during the Seawolves' second scoring drive. "I'm proud to be a part of the first Stony Brook team to beat an FBS school," he said.
Gavin McCarney, Colgate, Quarterback, 6-2, 205, Junior, Jefferson Township, NJ
McCarney accounted for six touchdowns, including five in the first half alone, to lift Colgate to a 47-24 win at Yale. He completed 17-of-22 passes for a career-high 275 yards and two touchdowns without an interception and ran 14 times for 85 yards and four scores. The Raiders scored on all five of their first-half possessions. He was 14-of-16 for 227 yards and ran for 58 yards in the half. His three rushing and two passing touchdowns in the first half gave Colgate a 35-17 lead at the break. "We were pretty efficient," McCarney said. "We followed our script and we were gaining what we needed. We were keeping drives alive and moving the chains." McCarney stands fourth in the nation in points responsible for per game (18.00) and 15th in scoring (9.6).
Ross Shafrath, South Dakota State, Linebacker, 6-1, 225, Senior, Hampton, IA
Shafrath recorded a team-high 12 tackles and intercepted a pair of passes as South Dakota State defeated Missouri State, 17-7. Named the Outstanding Player of the 46th Annual Beef Bowl, Shafrath also broke up a pass. His two interceptions were half of the four Jackrabbit picks on the day. Shafrath has led the Jackrabbits in tackles all five games this season en route to 57 stops on the season. He has tallied double figures in tackles four times this year and six of the team's last eight games dating back to 2011.
Dontra Peters, New Hampshire, Cornerback, 5-11, 200, Senior, Annapolis, MD
Peters snared two interceptions in the Wildcats' 34-14 win over ranked Delaware. The senior captain and converted running back came away with the two picks during a decisive 34-0 run that turned a 7-0 deficit into a 34-7 lead. Peters' three-tackle tally also included his first career half-sack, which led to a loss of four yards. He is leading a defensive unit that paces the CAA with a plus-seven turnover margin.