Vernon Adams of Eastern Washington, Terrance West of Towson, Will McNamara of Dartmouth, Matthew Steinbeck of Bucknell and Hamish MacInnes of Jacksonville State have been selected as the College Sporting News All-Stars for the week ending October 27, 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.
Vernon Adams, Quarterback, Eastern Washington, Sophomore, 6-0, 190, Pasadena, CA
Adams threw for a career-high 457 yards and tied the school single-game record with six touchdown passes in #7 Eastern Washington’s 42-37 road win over #11 Montana. He completed 27-of-40 passes including TD passes of 19, 86, 4, 34, 52 and 9 yards. Four of his TD passes came in the first half as the Eagles built a 28-17 lead. Adams also rushed 10 times for 16 yards to finish with 468 yards of total offense. Adams leads the nation in pass efficiency at 187.5 He is completing 67.3 percent of his passes for an average of 330.8 yards per game. He has thrown 30 touchdowns and eight interceptions. It is Adams' third All-Star honor this season, the most of any player.
Terrance West, Runningback, Towson, Junior, 5-11, 223, Baltimore, MD
West had another historic performance in #3 Towson's 48-32 road win over Richmond. He ran for a career-high 272 yards on 29 carries to become the program's all-time leading rusher with 3,742 yards over 30 career games. West also tied a single-game school record with five touchdowns, including four on the ground, and currently ranks fourth in conference history with 68 touchdowns and tops in the nation with 24 scores this season.
Will McNamara, Linebacker, Dartmouth, Sophomore, 6-0, 225, Chicago, IL
McNamara recorded his first two career interceptions, returning both for touchdowns in the Big Green's 56-0 victory over Columbia. McNamara’s first pick came in the middle of the second quarter as he traversed 24 yards to reach the end zone, boosting Dartmouth’s lead to 28-0. He then put the finishing touch on the win by snaring a pass near midfield and weaving his way through traffic for a 51-yard score with the final touchdown of the game. McNamara spearheaded a Big Green defense that allowed just 95 yards and 49 offensive plays as he tied for the team lead with four tackles, one of which went for a loss. He became the first Big Green player ever to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game.
Matthew Steinbeck, Safety, Bucknell, Junior, 6-0, 210, Pittsburgh, PA
Steinbeck played a big role in a great defensive effort for Bucknell in a 48-10 upset of Lehigh by recording eight tackles and notching two of the team’s four interceptions. Steinbeck had his second-highest tackle total of the year and his third career multi-interception game, which put him in the top 10 in the FCS in career interceptions with 10. Bucknell forced five Lehigh turnovers in the game and held the Mountain Hawks to their lowest point total since the 2011 postseason.
Hamish MacInnes, Punter, Jacksonville State, Sophomore, 6-1, 183, Victoria, Australia
The sophomore punter averaged 49.2 yards on five punts, including a school-record 86 yard punt, to help Jax State to a 34-14 road win at Tennessee Tech. The 86-yard punt is the longest punt by any player in NCAA this season (including FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III). His punt is just the fourth punt of longer than 80 yards among all four NCAA Divisions. He also had one punt downed at the 6-yard line. His 49.2 punting average was the fifth best in school history and the best since Richie Rhodes averaged 50.0 at UT Martin on Oct. 9, 2004.