Courtesy of the Ohio Valley Conference
Casey Brockman, QB • So., 6-2, 205 • Murray, Ky. • Murray State
Brockman put his name in both the OVC and Murray State record books as he completed 32-of-41 passes for 570 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for another score in a 72-59 Homecoming victory over Missouri State. The 570 passing yards was both an OVC and Murray State record while the seven passing scores established the Racer mark and tied the all-time OVC mark (also held by Morehead State’s Chris Swartz). The passing yards were the most by a NCAA player this season at any classification (FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III) and the touchdowns tied the most in any NCAA division this year. The sophomore passed for 238 yards and five touchdowns in the second half alone as Murray State overcame a 52-38 deficit with 2:22 to play in the third quarter. Five of his touchdowns went to senior Marcus Harris, who established a new OVC record in that category, hauling in nine catches for 213 yards and the five scores.
Others Nominated: T.J. Pryor, Eastern Kentucky; Kenny Whittaker, Eastern Illinois; Calvin Middleton, Jacksonville State; Henry Harris, Southeast Missouri; Jocques Crawford, Tennessee Tech; Derek Carr, UT Martin.
Rico Council, LB • Jr., 6-1, 255 • Chattanooga, Tenn. • Tennessee State
Council earned his second OVC Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season after registering a career-high 15 tackles (6 solo) in a 19-17 loss at No. 25 Southeast Missouri. Council helped key a defense that limited Southeast Missouri to zero points in the second half, as the Tigers nearly overcame a 16-point deficit.
Others Nominated: Andrew Soucy, Eastern Kentucky; Jamison Wadley, Jacksonville State; Jake McIntosh, Tennessee Tech; Josh Bey, UT Martin.
Matthew Barker, K • So., 6-1, 185 • Spokane, Wash. • Tennessee Tech
Baker tallied 10 total points in Tennessee Tech’s 34-21 road victory over Austin Peay. The Oregon State transfer connected on field goals of 46 yards (a career-long) and 30 yards that helped the Golden Eagles to its first road and Conference victory of the season. Both of his field goals came in the third quarter as Tech turned a seven-point lead into a 13-point advantage. The sophomore also added four extra points in the game. Barker also handles kickoff duties and averaged 62.9 yards/kickoff, including one touchback.
Others Nominated: Coty Blanchard, Jacksonville State; Henry Harris, Southeast Missouri; Cody Sandlin, UT Martin.
Mike Harris, RB • Jr., 5-11, 200 • Broken Arrow, Okla. • Murray State
Harris rushed for a career-best 212 yards (the 10th-best single-game performance in FCS football this season) and two touchdowns as Murray State came from behind to top Missouri State 72-59 on Saturday. The junior racked up 166 of his yards in the second half as the Racers overcame a 14-point deficit with 2:22 to play in the third quarter. Harris rushed for a 2-yard touchdown late in the first half and his 30-yard touchdown with 8:17 to play completed the comeback and put Murray State on top for good. He put the game away later in the fourth quarter, breaking loose for a 57-yard run on third and seven to cement the victory. His 30 carries were the most by a Racer since the 2005 season while his 212 yards were the most for a MSU player since 2006.
Others Nominated: Coty Blanchard, Jacksonville State; Wesley Sherrill, Tennessee Tech.