Quinn Epperly of Princeton, Brian Bell of Sam Houston State, Tony Bell of Tennessee-Martin, Tevin Allen of Illinois State and Erik Lora of Eastern Illinois have been selected as the College Sporting News All-Stars for the week ending November 3, 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.
Quinn Epperly, Quarterback, Princeton, Junior, 6-1, 220, Knoxville, TN
Epperly threw his way into NCAA Division I football history, completing 29-straight passes, in the Tigers' 53-20 victory over Cornell. Epperly accounted for six touchdowns (three passing and three rushing) and now leads the Football Championship Subdivision in points responsible for game at 28.0. He completed 32-of-35 passes with no interceptions for 325 yards through the air and added 69 yards on the ground as Princeton took over sole possession of first place with the win. Epperly's big day moved him into second in the FCS in passing efficiency (179.6 rating) and completion percentage (74.9).xx
Brian Bell, Quarterback, Sam Houston State, Senior, 6-2, 195, China Spring, TX
Bell completed 19 of 29 passes for a career-best 339 yards and four touchdowns in leading Sam Houston State to a 56-49 victory over Stephen F. Austin in the Battle of the Piney Woods at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Bell threw touchdown passes of 15, 4, 38 and 16 yards and accounted for 383 total yards of offense in guiding the Bearkats to 557 total yards in the game. Bell is 36-10 as a starter and ranks No. 10 on the Southland’s all-time passing list with 7,835 yards. The win was his third in a row against the Lumberjacks and he has produced 1,032 yards of total offense, including 10 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in four games against SFA.
Tony Bell, Linebacker, Tennessee-Martin, Junior, 6-1, 200, Memphis, TN
Bell notably had 4.5 sacks in UT Martin’s 45-17 victory over Murray State. The 4.5 sacks are the most by a Division I (FBS or FCS) player this season and tied for the most at any level of NCAA football (along with three Division III players). The 4.5 sacks are also tied for the most by any OVC player in the last decade. Bell finished the game with 16 total tackles (7 solo), which is tied for the most in the OVC this season.
Tevin Allen, Safety, Illinois State, Junior, 5-9, 165, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Allen started at safety for the first time in his career in a 13-3 victory over Northern Iowa and proceeded to have his best performance in a Redbird uniform. He finished the game with a career-high eight tackles, all of which were solo stops, and added a tackle-for-loss, his second interception of the season and returned a fumble 17 yards for a touchdown. Late in the first quarter, Allen scooped up failed lateral attempt by the Panthers and raced to the end zone for his first career score. He also added his second interception of the season in the second quarter and downed a punt at the UNI one yard line late in the fourth quarter to cap off a stellar day. Allen and the rest of the stingy Redbird defense allowed a season-low three points and just 211 yards of total offense.
Erik Lora, Wide Receiver/Return Specialist, Eastern Illinois, Senior, 5-11, 190, Miami, FL
Lora finished with 234 all-purpose yards including returning a punt 80 yards for a touchdown as No. 2 Eastern Illinois topped Tennessee Tech 56-21. After catching three touchdown passes in the game (5, 29 and 5 yards), Lora fielded a punt midway through the third quarter and raced 80 yards for his fourth touchdown of the day. That return tied for the longest punt return in Eastern Illinois history, and was the ninth-longest punt return in the FCS this season. Lora also returned another punt for a touchdown but saw it called back by penalty. The All-American finished the day with 115 yards on punt returns and caught 12 passes for 119 yards. Lora now has 16 receiving touchdowns on the season (the most by any NCAA player this season) and 32 for his career, both of which tied the OVC record in those respective categories. He also now has 296 career catches, which ranks him sixth in FCS history while his 9.7 catches/game this year ranks him second nationally as does his 128.0 receiving yards/game total. Lora also ranks fifth nationally in scoring (11.6 points/game) and is also averaging 21.6 yards/punt return.