Michael Nebrich of Fordham, Vernon Adams of Eastern Washington, Lynden Trail of Norfolk State, David Park of Penn and Walter Powell of Murray State have been selected as the College Sporting News All-Stars for the week ending October 6, 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.
Michael Nebrich, Quarterback, Fordham, Junior, 6-1, 205, Burke, VA
Nebrich completed 26 of 36 passes for a career-high 384 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions plus another TD on the ground to lead Fordham to a 52-34 win over Lehigh before a sellout crowd in front of a national television audience. The Rams remain one of seven FCS teams with a perfect record. Nebrich lead the Rams' offense to a record 630 total yards while adding 56 yards and a touchdown on the ground, and TD passes of 25, 40, 12 and 62 yards. With the 52-point outburst, the Rams have scored more than 50 points for the third time in six games this year, the first time in school history that Fordham scored 50 points or more three times in a season (the 1933 and 1997 squad did it twice).
Vernon Adams, Quarterback, Eastern Washington, Sophomore, 6-0, 190, Pasadena, CA
Adams accounted for five touchdowns as the Eagles topped Weber State 41-19. Adams finished the game 16-of-23 for 194 yards and four touchdowns, and also added 66 yards and a TD on the ground in just three quarters of action. He entered the game ranked second in the FCS in points responsible for with an average of 26.0 per game (total of 104 with 15 TD passes, two rushing touchdowns and one two-point conversion). He also entered is third in passing efficiency (189.9), fourth in passing yards (347.5 per game) and second in total offense (394.8). Adams threw scoring missives of 50, 27, 14 and 6 yards.
Lynden Trail, Linebacker, Norfolk State, Junior, 6-7, 260, Miami, FL
Trail finished with 10 tackles, matching his season high, with 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 pass breakups and 2 QB hurries in a 26-24 win over Savannah State. For the second straight week, Trail also caught a touchdown pass while playing receiver in a goal-line offense. His 3-yard TD catch with 1 second left in the first half gave NSU a 10-9 lead. For good measure, Trail also blocked the would-be game-winning 49-yard field goal by Savannah State's John Barron with 2 seconds left in the game.
David Park, Linebacker, University of Pennsylvania, Senior
In the longest game in Ivy League history, Park forced the first of four overtimes when he blocked a 21-yard field goal as time expired in regulation to lead Penn to a 37-31 win over Dartmouth. In addition, he added a career-high seven tackles (five solo), including a tackle for loss, a pass breakup, one sack and returned a fumble 84 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. His sack was the first allowed by Dartmouth all season. With the score tied at 21-21, Dartmouth lined up for a game-winning 21-yard field goal with four seconds left. But Park got a hand on the ball and sent the game into overtime where Penn eventually won.
Walter Powell, Return Specialist/Wide Receiver, Murray State, Senior, 6-0, 187, St. Louis, MO
Powell returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown early in the first quarter to put Murray State on the board as the Racers would never trail in topping Tennessee Tech. It marked his second return for a touchdown this season. Powell is one of just two players at the FCS level to return both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown this season. He also caught eight passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns (55 and 59 yards) and finished the day with 310 all-purpose yards. That marked his second 300-plus all-purpose yard output of the season, making him the only player at the Division I level (FBS or FCS) to do that in 2013. Powell currently ranks first nationally in receiving touchdowns (10) and also became Murray State’s all-time leader in touchdowns (30) during the game.