September 25, 2012

ECAC Football Players of the Week (for the week ending September 22, 2012)

Football Players of the Week (for week ending September 22, 2012)

Division I Bowl Subdivision

Offensive Player of the Week

Gary Nova – Rutgers University

Sophomore, Quarterback, Elmwood Park, NJ

Nova helped Rutgers improve to 4-0 with the best performance of his career in the Scarlet Knights’ 35-26 win at Arkansas. He completed 25 of 35 passes for 397 yards and five touchdowns against the Razorbacks, establishing career highs in completions, yards and touchdown passes. He threw three touchdown passes in the second half, including two that answered Arkansas scoring drives. Nova has helped Rutgers to its first 4-0 start since the 2006 season.

Defensive Player of the Week

Doug Rigg – West Virginia University

Junior, Linebacker, Bloomfield, NJ

Rigg tied for the team high in tackles with seven, including five solo stops. He picked up a fumble and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown, the first score in the game. Rigg also forced a fumble. His first quarter fumble recovery for a touchdown of 51 yards was the first defensive score of his career and his second career fumble recovery. Rigg’s score was the second non-offensive touchdown for WVU this season.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Brandon McManus – Temple University

Senior, Kicker/Punter, Hatfield, Pa.

McManus scored seven points, making field goals of 33 and 42 yards, and averaged 48.5 yards on six punts against the Nittany Lions. McManus leads the Big East in scoring (9.0 points per game) and has made a school-record 52 career field goals.

Division I Championship Subdivision

Offensive Player of the Week

Treavor Scales – Harvard University

Senior, Running Back, Stone Mountain, Ga.

Scales scored a career-high four touchdowns, including three in the second half; en route to 136 rushing yards and leading the Crimson to a 45-31 road win at Brown. Scales leads the nation with 18.0 points per game and is fourth in rushing at better than 8.4 yards per carry. His performance put him into a tie for fifth place on Harvard's all-time rushing list (2,130).

Defensive Player of the Week

Billy Boyko – Lehigh University

Senior, Linebacker, Northampton, Pa.

Boyko had 14 tackles, a sack and one huge interception that he returned 39 yards for a touchdown to lead No. 13 Lehigh to a 28-26 victory at Liberty on Saturday. The tackle total marked a career high and the interception was a career first, coming in the fourth quarter to give Lehigh a 28-20 lead and serve as the game-winning score.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Matt MacZura – Georgetown University

Junior, Kicker/Punter, Cranberry Township, Pa.

MacZura hit the game-winning 33-yard field goal with 14 seconds to go to send Georgetown to a 21-20 win at Princeton on Friday evening. He also made kicks of 25 and 26 yards in the first half to go 3-for-3 on the night, and punted six times for a 38.2 average with two inside the 20.

Division II

Offensive Player of the Week

Brandon Brown-Dukes – Mercyhurst College

Freshman, Running Back, Orlando, Fla.

Brown-Dukes became the second running back in Mercyhurst history to rush for 150-yards in three consecutive games, finishing with 160 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win over Slippery Rock. He joined Mercyhurst's all-time leading rusher Richard Stokes, who accomplished the feat in 2007. Brown-Dukes put the Lakers on the board with a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and then added a five-yard TD early in the second quarter. He ran for 160 yards (5.5 yards per carry) against a Slippery Rock defense that had allowed 88 yards per game on the ground coming into the game. He has rushed for 530 yards and six touchdowns over his last three games.

Defensive Player of the Week

Serge Augustin – Mercyhurst College

Senior, Defensive Lineman, Fairfax, Va.

Augustin turned in another fine performance on Saturday, helping the Lakers earn a 38-23 victory over the defending PSAC West Champions from Slippery Rock University. Augustin finished the day with five total tackles, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss, two sacks, and a forced fumble in the Lakers' victory. He currently leads the team with 5.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks this season.

Special Teams Player of the Week

No Qualified Candidates Submitted.

Division III Northeast

Offensive Player of the Week

Mike Stanton, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Junior, Quarterback, Quincy, Mass.

Stanton completed 26-of-36 attempts for a school-record 420 yards and three touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 42-38 come-from-behind victory over Coast Guard. He threw all three scoring passes (18, 9 and 60 yards) in a 6:30 span in third quarter and took his team from 28-9 deficit early in the stanza to a 32-28 lead with 3:26 to play in the quarter, including pair of two-point conversion passes. Stanton shattered the previous school single-game passing mark of 323 yards and directed his squad to a school-record 695 yards of total offense on the day

Defensive Player of the Week

Joune Fraser, UMass Dartmouth

Senior, Defensive Back, Barnstable, Mass.

Fraser scored the game-winning touchdown on an 88-yard third quarter fumble return to lead the Corsairs to a 23-21 come from behind victory over Plymouth State.  Fraser also tallied 11 tackles with eight solo stops.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Richard Johnson, Curry College

Junior, Kick Returner, Framingham, Mass.

Johnson had four kickoff returns for 155 total yards in Curry's 31-28 come from behind win over MIT.  Just before halftime he ran back a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown giving Curry a 17-7 lead.  He also had a 48 yard return in the third quarter.

Division III Northwest

Offensive Player of the Week

Chuck Beckwith – Alfred University

Freshman, Fullback, Victor, NY

Beckwith ran for a career-high 177 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries in the Saxons' 40-17 defeat of 24th-ranked Buffalo State. Beckwith had TD runs of 51, 52 and 80 yards as the Saxons put up 401 yards on the ground against the Bengals.

Defensive Player of the Week

Troy Sant, St. John Fisher College

Senior, Defensive Back, Pittsford, NY

Sant intercepted two passes in the first half and blocked a field goal in the final seconds of the second quarter, as nationally-ranked St. John Fisher cruised to a 43-13 win over previously-undefeated Hartwick. Sant was also in on five tackles (two solo) as the Cardinals improved to 4-0. The defensive back has four interceptions on the season, which ranks second in the Empire 8 and the NCAA.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Austin Casewell – RPI

Senior, Punter/Return Specialist, Round Rock, Texas

Casewell had an outstanding special team’s day in a 39-17 win over Liberty League foe WPI on Saturday. As the punter, he knocked three of his eight attempts inside the 20-yard line, including one at the 1-yard line. He had 286 punting yards for an average of 35.8. As a returner, Casewell brought back three punts for 39 yards, including a long of 13 yards, and three kickoff returns for 74 yards. He had a long of 34 yards and he had eight catches for 25 yards as a wide receiver.

Division III Southeast

Offensive Player of the Week

Chris Haupt – Widener University

Senior, Quarterback, Bloomsburg, Pa.

Haupt tied the school record with six touchdowns in Widener’s win over Wilkes.  He completed 21-of-27 passes for 415 yards. Haupt moved into second place on the school’s career list with 70 touchdown passes.  His yardage was the seventh-best total in school history and his eight 300-yard passing games are third in Widener annals. Haupt is fifth in the nation with 337.5 yards passing per game and this has the Pride first in the country with 65.25 points per contest, third with 374.5 passing yards per game and sixth with 540.0 yards of total offense.

Defensive Player of the Week

Zach Halpin – Lebanon Valley College

Junior, Defensive End, Lancaster, Pa.

Halpin returned a fourth-quarter interception for a touchdown to give LVC the spark it needed to get by Stevenson and win 31-28. Up 24-21 midway through the fourth and with Stevenson on a potentially go-ahead drive, Halpin roped in a one-handed interception at the line and went nine yards to the end zone to put LVC up 31-21. A later Stevenson TD made Halpin’s pick-six the game winning score. Halpin also had two tackles on the day.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Mike Burke – Rowan University

Freshman, Kicker, Williamstown, NJ

Burke helped the Profs improve to 2-0 in conference with a 30-24 NJAC road win at Western Connecticut. In a game keyed by field position, he averaged 59.0 yards per kickoff including one touchback. He also connected on a 21-yard fourth quarter field goal, and was successful on three extra points. Burke is a key component of a Rowan special teams unit that currently ranks second in the NJAC in kickoff coverage (39.5).

Division III Southwest

Offensive Player of the Week

Rob Kalkstein – Carnegie Mellon University

Junior, Quarterback, Monroeville, Pa.

Kalkstein guided the Tartans to a 51-28 victory over DePauw University.  Kalkstein passed for a career-high 314 yards on 12-of-15 passing and tossed three touchdowns.  He became the first Tartan to pass for 300 yards in a game since September 18, 1993. He threw scoring passes of 83, 65 and 40 yards marking the fourth straight game he has a touchdown throw of more than 50 yards. Kalkstein’s 314 yards passing day kept Carnegie Mellon atop Division III in passing efficiency.

Defensive Player of the Week

Luke Maginnis – Wesley College

Sophomore, Line Backer, Asbury, NJ

Maginnis picked off a pair of passes in Wesley’s 25-22 win over #25 Louisiana College. His first interception was during Louisiana's opening drive which he ran back for 52 yards to their 3-yard line. With the game tied and Louisiana driving in the fourth quarter (which happened to be their final possession), he picked off another pass with 1:07 remaining and ran it back 23 yards to the LC 42 to help set up a game-winning field goal as time expired. He also had ten tackles in the game.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Willie Leavell – Waynesburg University

Sophomore, Running Back, Midland Heights, Ohio

Leavell made the biggest play of Waynesburg’s 2012 season when he blocked a Thomas More punt and, in one continuous movement, pulled the ball in and ran 18 yards to score the deciding touchdown in a 14-10 Yellow Jacket victory. The game-winning effort gave the Jackets their second-straight win over the Saints. Thomas More came into the number 23 in last week’s national poll