Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois, Zach Zenner of South Dakota State, Stephen Hodge of Fordham, Quinn Backus of Coastal Carolina and William Will of Dayton have been selected as the College Sporting News All-Stars for the week ending September 7, 2013 in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.
Each of the honorees are listed here with their achievements and their position, school, class, height, weight and hometown.
Jimmy Garoppolo, Quarterback, Eastern Illinois, Senior, 6-3, 222, Arlington Heights, IL
Garoppolo completed 34-of-56 passes for 440 yards and four touchdowns as ranked Eastern Illinois topped rival Southern Illinois 40-37 in double overtime. The 440 passing yards are the second-most in a game at the FCS level this year and the fifth-best in EIU single-game history, while his 442 yards of total offense was the fourth-most in EIU history. During the game he moved into second place on the OVC career touchdown list (72); he now only trails former EIU All-American Tony Romo (85). Garoppolo currently ranks second nationally in passing yards/game (400.5) and third in total offense (411.5 yards/game).
Zach Zenner, Runningback, South Dakota State, Junior, 6-0, 220, Eagan, MN
Zenner tied his own school record with 295 yards rushing and set a new career high with four TDs in a 35-28 victory at North Dakota. Zenner totaled 326 yards from scrimmage in the game as he also finished with 31 receiving yards on two receptions. Zenner previously racked up 295 yards in the first round of the 2012 FCS playoffs against Eastern Illinois. It marked the fourth time in his career that Zenner surpassed the 200-yard mark in a game and he now holds three of the top five single-game rushing performances in school history.
Stephen Hodge, Linebacker, Fordham, Junior, 6-0, 202, Medford, NJ
Hodge led the Rams as they defeated a top ten team for the first time at home, upending Villanova, 27-24. Hodge notched nine tackles, one for a loss, a pass breakup, a sack and a fumble recovery. The defense allowed just three second half points, forcing three of the five fumbles in the half, and allowed the Wildcats to convert on just three of their nine third down attempts in the game. Leading 21-17 at the break, Villanova took the second half kickoff and moved to the Fordham 13 where Hodge was able to knock down a John Robertson pass on third and one, forcing a field goal. Hodge dug out a fumble recovery on a Villanova comeback attempt and the Rams were able to run out the clock for the win.
Quinn Backus, Linebacker, Coastal Carolina, Junior, 5-10, 215, Greenwood, SC
Backus led the Chanticleers defense with 15 total stops, nine solo, one for a loss, an interception and two pass breakups in a 35-28 victory over Southern Conference and South Carolina neighbor Furman in its home opener. After scoring a game-changing touchdown in the season opener off a blocked field goal, Backus gave Coastal an early boost as he intercepted a pass on Furman's opening drive. Backus then sealed the win with a pass breakup with under 1:30 left to play.
William Will, Placekicker, Dayton, RS-Freshman, 6-0, 170, Mokena, IL
Will (no relation to Willy Will who played receiver for the Flyers in 2002 and 2003) provided all nine of Dayton’s second half points in a 23-20 come-from-behind victory against Northeast Conference foe Duquesne. His three field goals split the uprights on three straight possessions and were the only points scored by either team in the second half as he rallied the Flyers from a 20-14 halftime deficit. Will connected on kicks from 32, 25 and 25 yards and tacked on a pair of PATs. He also handled kickoff duties with his six kickoffs averaging 54 yards per kick (36.0 net) with two touchbacks.