1) Tyson Graham Jr: (South Dakota, LB)
Last Game: Northern Iowa (28-25 Win)
Tyson showed off some sideline to sideline speed, and some great instincts in his second game at Linebacker. While he has the coverage skills of a defensive back, he has plenty of pop as a tackler too. He racked up ten tackles and 2 sacks. It certainly looks like he’ll flourish with the position change.
2) Khalid Abdullah: (James Madison, RB)
Last Game: William & Mary (31-24 Win)
Abdullah had a huge game on the ground, racking up 194 yards and 3 touchdowns on 25 attempts. His legs propelled JMU to another big win. He looked very elusive and proved difficult to bring down.
3) Nick Shafnisky: (Lehigh, QB)
Last Game: Colgate (45-31 Win)
Nick had a big week, in his first back at the helm. He led Lehigh to a solid win, as he threw for 394 yards and 5 touchdowns. Once again, showing off his accuracy and touch on several occasions.
4) Derek Rivers: (Youngstown State, DE)
Last Game: Illinois State (20-6 Win)
Derek continued his streak of beating Offensive Tackles, this week to the tune of 3 sacks. He also had four solo tackles. That brings his total to 7 sacks on the season, and he’s helped to get YSU to their 4-1 record. Their only loss came at the hands of FBS West Virginia.
5) Cameron Johnson: (Winona State, WR)
Last Game: Upper Iowa (27-13 Win)
Johnson had a solid game, as Winona State knocked off Upper Iowa. He and Senior Quarterback Jack Nelson connected for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns, which was enough to seal the win.
6) Jeff Ziemba: (Shephed, QB)
Last Game: Glenville State (38-7)
Ziemba threw for 334 yards and 3 touchdowns to keep Shepherd undefeated. That gives him 69 career touchdown passes, which makes him the all-time leader at Shepherd. That is a huge milestone, and he’ll just add to those numbers as the season goes on.
7) Scott Middleton: (Harding, DB)
Last Game: Henderson State (35-3 Win)
Harding’s defense had a huge day, forcing six turnovers as they knocked off #5 Henderson State. Middleton added to the day, as he had five tackles and an interception, which he took back for a touchdown. Harding stays undefeated.
8) Quinn Buschbacher (UW-Platteville, WR)
Last Game: UW-Stevens Point (47-31 Win)
Quinn had a huge game for UW-Platteville. He had 123 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns and added another 50 yards and a touchdown rushing.
9) Ryan Brenner (Rowan, LB)
Last Game: Salisbury (34-30 Win)
Brenner led the team with 12 total tackles, as Rowan knocked off ranked opponents for the second week in a row.
10) Evan Clark (St John’s, WR)
Last Game: Augsburg (49-0 Win)
St John’s completely dismantled Augsburg, shutting them out completely. Clark contributed to the beat down, including 109 receiving yards and a touchdown.