Non-AQ Players of the Week

Here are your non-AQ players of the week, as announced by each conference:

Conference USA

Offense: Tulsa QB G.J. Kinne. Had 344 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in a 28-25 win over Houston. He had the fourth-highest rushing game in Conference USA this year and the third-highest total ever by a quarterback with 190 yards and one touchdown on 31 carries. Kinne also completed 65 percent of his passes for 154 yards and two scores.

Defense: Tulsa DB Marco Nelson. Starting his ninth game as a true freshman, Nelson had seven tackles and tied single-game school and conference records with three interceptions at Houston.

Special teams: Rice KR Charles Ross. Broke the school record with 261 yards on seven kickoff returns against Tulane. His effort sparked the Owls to a conference record total of 344 yards on 10 kickoff returns, bettering the mark of 303 set by East Carolina earlier this year.


East Division

Offense: Miami WR Nick Harwell. Caught 10 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown in a 24-21 win over Bowling Green. He has 43 receptions for 600 yards over the last five games, after making just two catches (15 yards) in his first five games.

Defense: Bowling Green LB Dwayne Woods. Had 13 tackles in a loss to Miami. The 13 tackle effort marked his fifth double digit tackle performance this season.

Special teams: Miami K Trevor Cook. Came back from a knee injury to kick the 33-yard game-winning field goal at Bowling Green.

West Division

Offense: Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish. Had 311 yards of total offense in a 65-30 victory over Toledo. Harnish completed 11 of 16 passes for 162 yards and one touchdown, and ran for 149 yards on 13 carries with a rushing touchdown.

Defense: Ball State S Sean Baker. Intercepted two passes and returned a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown in Ball State's 20-3 win at Buffalo.Baker is now the school's career interceptions leader with 16.

Special teams: Ball State K Ian McGarvey. Became the school's all-time leading scorer at Buffalo with 284 points. McGarvey made field goals of 40 and 32 yards and made two extra point attempts.

Mountain West

Co-Offense: BYU WR Luke Ashworth, UNLV RB Tim Cornett. Ashworth had four receptions for a career-high 113 receiving yards and four touchdowns in BYU's 49-10 win at Colorado State. All four scores came in the first half, making Ashworth the first player in BYU history to tally four touchdowns in the first 30 minutes of action. Cornett had 82 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in a a 42-16 victory over Wyoming. He was him the first Rebel to score four touchdowns in a game since 1994.

Defense: BYU S Andrew Rich. Had a team-high nine tackles (three solo stops), an interception and a forced fumble in the win over Colorado State.

Special teams: BYU K Mitch Payne. Made all seven of his point-after attempts, tying his season high.

Sun Belt

Offense: North Texas RB Lance Dunbar. Had the best rushing performance in the nation this week, with 226 yards on 36 carries with one touchdown in a 23-17 win at Middle Tennessee. Dunbar had a total of 272 all-purpose yards. He went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark, making him the second back in school history to have back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

Defense: FIU DB Anthony Gaitor. Limited top Sun Belt all-purpose player Jerrel Jernigan to 32 receiving yards in a win over Troy. Also had eight tackles.

Special teams: North Texas K Zach Olen. Went 3-for-3 on field goal attempts and 2-for-2 on PAT attempts for a total of 11 points in the victory.


Offense: Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Had 324 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-34 win at Fresno State. Kaepernick completed 16-of-26 passes for 171 yards and rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.

Defense: Louisiana Tech safety Javontay Crowe. Had a team-high nine tackles, including six solo, and his first career interception in a win at New Mexico State.

Special teams: Boise State punt returner Chris Potter. Returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown within the first minutes of the game at Idaho. He ended the night with four punt returns for a total of 106 yards.