Derek Carr of Tennessee Martin, Jacob Huesman of Chattanooga, Johnny Towalid of Indiana State, Ronnie Hamlin of Eastern Washington and Eric Loper of Villanova have been selected as the College Sporting News All-Stars for the week ending October 14, 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.
Derek Carr, Tennessee Martin, Quarterback, 6-1, 191, Senior, McKenzie, TN
Carr was nearly perfect in UT Martin’s 66-59 shootout victory over Murray State. The senior completed 42-of-46 passes (91.3%) for 560 yards and seven touchdowns without an interception or being sacked as his team improved to 5-2 on the year and 3-1 in OVC play. Carr had touchdown passes of 22, 15, 22, 34, 17, 42 and 34 yards in the victory. The seven touchdown passes set the UT Martin school record, as did his 560 passing yards. The seven touchdown passes pushed his career total to 54, setting a new Skyhawk career mark in that category as well. The 560 passing yards are the second-most in a single game in the FCS this season and the seven touchdowns are tied for second among all FCS players. During the game Carr moved into seventh place on the OVC career passing list (7,172), ninth place in career completions (559) and 10th in career total offense (7,205). Carr currently ranks sixth nationally in total passing yards (2,020), seventh in passing yards/game (288.57), 14th in total offense (284.29 yards/game), 16th in passing efficiency (146.22) and completions (22.57/game) and 20th in points responsible for (13.71/game).
Jacob Huesman, Chattanooga, Quarterback, 6-1, 210, Freshman, Chattanooga, TN
Huesman earned the start at wide receiver for the Mocs and turned in a strong all-around performance as Chattanooga topped Furman 31-10. Huesman caught three passes for 32 yards as a receiver. He also took snaps under center and completed 18 of 23 pass attempts for 171 yards with two touchdowns. Huesman found Terrell Robinson on a 38-yard touchdown to give the Mocs a 10-7 lead going into halftime. He hooked up with Robinson again from 14 yards out to put UTC up 17-7 in the middle of the third quarter. Huesman also carried the ball 22 times for 59 yards in the win.
Johnny Towalid, Indiana State, Defensive Back, 5-11, 170, Senior, Indianapolis, IN
Towalid scored both of the Sycamores’ touchdowns as Indiana State secured a thrilling 17-14 victory at No. 1 North Dakota State. Towalid staked the Sycamores to a 10-3 advantage in the second quarter with a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown and then gave the Sycamores a 17-6 advantage early in the fourth quarter with a 31-yard touchdown off his second interception of the contest. His first interception broke a string of 140 consecutive passes for NDSU quarterback Brock Jensen without a pick. Towalid is the first Sycamore to ever record two interception returns for a touchdown in a single game and now has three for his career which ties the Sycamore school record also held by John Karazsia, which was set between 1970-72. He also tied Karazsia’s record of interception returns for a touchdown in a season with two set in 1971. Towalid added six tackles in the game with a pass breakup.
Ronnie Hamlin, Eastern Washington, Linebacker, 6-2, 210, Junior, Lacey, WA
Hamlin had a team-leading 15 tackles -- the second-best performance in his 17-game Eastern career -- and a key interception in sixth-ranked Eastern’s 27-24 victory at second-ranked Montana State. His diving interception in the third quarter was the first of his career and led to a field goal that cut Montana State’s lead to 10-6. After Eastern took a 20-17 lead early in the fourth quarter, he had six tackles after that, including one for a loss of one yard. In fact, three of his tackles in the quarter -- all solos -- were for a collective net of one yard. He also had a tackle for loss of six yards in the third quarter. Hamlin has started 14 games in his career and has 146 tackles, including a team-leading 61 this season and a team-leading 85 as a sophomore. After redshirting the 2009 season, he was unable to play during Eastern’s national championship season in 2010 because of a knee injury.
Eric Loper, Villanova, Cornerback, 5-11, 190, Senior, Sicklerville, NJ
Loper was locked in during the Wildcats' 38-14 road win over ranked Old Dominion, leading a defense that limited a high-octane Monarch offense that entered the weekend averaging 56.2 points and 654 yards per game to just 14 points and 350 total yards. In addition to his four tackles, Loper played a part in both of ODU's turnovers, snagging an interception and recovering a fumble that would lead to a third-quarter score.ould lead to a third-quarter score.