October 6, 2009


Football Players of the Week: (for the week ending October 4, 2009)

Division I - Bowl Subdivision

Offensive Player of the Week

Bill Stull - University of Pittsburgh
Senior, Quarterback, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Stull completed 16 of 23 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers' 35-10 win at Louisville. He threw two touchdown passes in the third quarter to help Pitt erase a 10-7 halftime deficit and directed scoring drives on four of the Panthers' five second-half possessions. Stull has thrown 11 touchdown passes and just one interception this season and is ranked fifth nationally in pass efficiency (167.49).

Division I - Championship Subdivision

Offensive Player of the Week

John Skelton - Fordham University
Senior, Quarterback, El Paso, Texas

Skelton passed for a career-high 402 yards to lead Fordham to its first win of the season over Old Dominion, 34-29, on Saturday. Skelton completed 28-of-42 passes for 402 yards with two touchdowns (29 and 36 yards)???and no interceptions in the game. The 402-yard effort is tied for the second-best game in Fordham annals. Skelton also led Fordham on a game-winning drive that ended with a three-yard touchdown by Xavier Martin with 1:57 to go. Fordham posted a school-record 687 yards of total offense in the game.???Skelton now has 613 completions, 7,552 passing yards and 51 touchdowns in his career.

Defensive Player of the Week

Marcus Dorsey - Central Conn. State University
Senior, Defensive Back, Germantown, Md.

Dorsey accounted for four tackles, three pass break-ups, and a game-changing defensive touchdown in Central Connecticut State's 24-12 victory over intrastate NEC rival Sacred Heart.  The senior defensive back preserved the Blue Devils' fourth-quarter lead by intercepting a pass in the end zone and returning it for a touchdown.  The 100-yard return, which gave CCSU a two-touchdown lead with 2:24 remaining in the game, stands as the longest in program history.  Two of his pass break-ups came in the final quarter of play. 



Division II

Offensive Player of the Week

Thomas Beverly - C.W. Post
Freshman, Running Back, Wyandanch, N.Y.

Beverly ran for a season and career-high 170 yards with two touchdowns to help lead C.W. Post to a 40-24 upset win over Shippensburg. The freshman averaged an impressive 8.5 yards per carry. Beverly scored on a TD run of 47 yards midway through the first quarter to tie the game 7-7 and then in the fourth quarter, with Shippensburg nursing a 24-21 lead, he ran for his second score of the day from 43 yards out to give the Pioneers the lead for good. Beverly is currently ranked second overall in the PSAC in rushing, averaging 94.3 yards per game.

Division III - Northeast Region

Co-Offensive Players of the Week

Michael Galligan - Trinity College
Junior, Wide Receiver, Shoreham, N.Y.

Galligan played a big part in the Bantams' 26-21 come-from-behind victory over Williams on Saturday, as he caught nine passes for 97 yards along with two touchdowns - including the gamewinner. Galligan's first touchdown of the day came with 1:43 remaining in the game to pull Trinity within two. He hauled in his second touchdown with 14 seconds left in the game for the win.

Johrone Bunch - Mount Ida College
Sophomore, Running Back, Meriden, Conn.

Bunch set a program record with five touchdowns in a game with 351 yards rushing on 37 carries in a 39-7 rout against Castleton State College.  Bunch's performance was the highest rushing total of the season out of all NCAA division III programs in the country so far this season.

Defensive Player of the Week

Mike Riley - Maine Maritime Academy
Senior, Cornerback, Milton, Vt.

Riley had an outstanding game collecting seven tackles and two interceptions as Maine Maritime held off Westfield, 21-13. Riley also had three pass break-ups with two coming in the last few seconds of the game near the end zone. Both of Riley's interceptions came inside the one-yard line. His first ended a Westfield drive for a touchback and his second ended a Westfield drive at the Maine Maritime one-yard line.


Division III - Northwest

Offensive Player of the Week

Brian Grastorf - Ithaca College
Senior, Quarterback, Niskayuna, N.Y.

Grastorf tied a school record with 30 completions and posted career-highs of 40 attempts and 345 yards in a 24-20 Ithaca road win over Hartwick.  He also threw three touchdown passes. 

Defensive Player of the Week

Chris Luber - Hobart College
Junior, Defensive End, North Babylon, N.Y.

Luber counted two and a half sacks among his five tackles in Hobart's 33-10 victory over St. Lawrence. It is the most sacks by a Statesman since Kwame Lovell posted three at WPI on Sept. 29, 2007. In all, the Statesmen recorded eight tackles for a loss, including a season-high six sacks against the Saints.



Division III - Southeast

Offensive Player of the Week

Tanner Kelley - Albright College
Junior, Quarterback,
Clearfield, Pa.

Of the 611 yards that the Albright offense accumulated in Saturday's win over Wilkes University, senior quarterback Tanner Kelly tallied 499 (436 passing, 69 rushing) of those yards. In the air, the senior was nearly perfect yet again going 32-for-39 (82.1%). He also did not throw an interception or turn the ball over for the fourth consecutive game and was responsible for four touchdowns.  His longest pass of the day was a 53 yarder to Nate Romig. Kelly also led the Lions run game recording 63 yards on 12 carries.

Defensive Player of the Week

Mike Barone - Rowan University
Senior, Free Safety, Hammonton, N.J.

Barone helped the Profs secure a home-opening 56-20 victory over Brockport. In the win, he garnered two interceptions, including one that he returned 100 yards for a touchdown. His second quarter pick was one of three interceptions returned for touchdowns in the game by the Profs, and tied a school record for the longest interception return in program history. Barone also recorded three tackles from his safety position.


Division III - Southwest

Offensive Player of the Week

Shane McSweeny - Wesley University
Junior, Quarterback, Bensalem, Pa.

McSweeny tied a school record with six touchdown passes as Wesley defeated Frostburg State, 44-19.  He was 18-of-31 for 366 yards and six touchdowns.  He also became the first Wolverine to pass for over 300 yards in a game since the 2006 playoffs. Five of the six touchdowns were at least 20 yards in length. He also rushed for 31 yards.

Defensive Player of the Week

Jacob Bloomhuff - Washington & Jefferson
Senior, Defensive End, Grosse Pointe, Mich.

Bloomhuff posted eight tackles, including four and a half quarterback sacks for -20 yards, for the Presidents as they posted a 31-10 win over previously unbeaten foe Geneva. He led a W&J defense which held Geneva to 136 total yards, including just 12 in the second half.