Courtesy of the Ohio Valley Conference
Matt Scheible, QB • Jr., 6-1, 200 • Washington, Mo. • Southeast Missouri
Scheible accounted for 177 passing yards (a season-high) and 89 rushing yards as No. 13 Southeast Missouri topped Eastern Kentucky 40-21 to win its seventh game in a row, the longest streak for the team since 1975 (and longest at the Division I level). Scheible completed 9-of-10 passes for 177 yards and matched his career-high with three touchdowns. Scheible had two touchdown passes in the first quarter (a 34-yarder to Henry Harris and a 51-yarder to Chantae Ahamefule) as the Redhawks led 20-0 after the first 15 minutes. His only incomplete pass came late in the fourth quarter; Scheible now ranks 13th nationally in passing efficiency (141.99). The junior, who won his second OVC Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season, also used his feet in carrying the ball 20 times for 89 yards (4.4 yards/carry). Scheible currently ranks third in the OVC in rushing (83.2 yards/game). The win was the first-ever for Southeast Missouri over Eastern Kentucky in Cape Girardeau, ending a streak of nine-consecutive losses at home.
Others Nominated: Marques Ivory, Jacksonville State; Lorence Ricks, Eastern Illinois; Casey Brockman, Murray State; Calvin McNairl, Tennessee State; Derek Carr, UT Martin.
Brannon Byrd, LB • Jr., 6-2, 243 • Lucedale, Miss. • Jacksonville State
Byrd has seven tackles, two tackles-for-loss and his first career interception as No. 3 Jacksonville State topped Austin Peay 56-3 in its annual Homecoming game. Byrd was part of a Gamecock defense that limited the Govs to just 67 rushing and 90 passing yards (157 yards of total offense). The junior’s pick in the third quarter near midfield set up Jacksonville State for a touchdown on its next possession. The win was the 12th in a row for JSU, the longest streak in FCS football.
Others Nominated: CJ James, Eastern Illinois; Justin Darden & Tim Cox, UT Martin.
Drew Geldbach, K • So., 6-0, 205 • Wildwood, Mo. • Southeast Missouri
Geldbach netted 11 total points, going 5-of-5 on point after attempts and 2-of-2 on field goals in Southeast Missouri’s 40-21 victory over Eastern Kentucky. The sophomore hit from 32 yards and 30 yards in the second half as the Redhawks topped the Colonels for the first time in 10 tries at home and extended its winning streak to seven games. For the season Geldbach is 10-of-13 in field goal attempts and 21-of-24 in point after tries.
Nick Campbell, P • Jr., 6-2, 225 • Lawrenceburg, Tenn. • Tennessee Tech
Campbell helped Tennessee Tech win the field position battle on Saturday and thus win the game in topping Tennessee State 21-10 to clinch at least a share of the Sgt. York Trophy for the second-straight season. TTU was out-gained 361-200 by TSU on the night but Campbell downed four of his six punts inside the Tiger 20-yard line, including one that went out-of-bounds at the 3-yard line. Overall the junior punted six times for a 45.5 yards/punt average with a long of 60 yards and a 58-yarder that was downed at the TSU 9-yard line.
Others Nominated: Jeremy Caldwell, Eastern Kentucky; Coty Blanchard, Jacksonville State; Cody Sandlin, UT Martin.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB • Fr., 6-3, 208 • Fr. • Eastern Illinois
Garoppolo completed 26-of-35 passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns in Eastern Illinois’ loss to Murray State on Saturday. The true freshman connected on 13 of his first 14 pass attempts to start the game as EIU led 21-14 at halftime. The 300-plus yards and four touchdowns were the most by a Panther quarterback since November 2009. His longest pass was a 45-yard touchdown strike to Lorence Ricks in the first quarter.
Others Nominated: Coty Blanchard, Jacksonville State; Mike Harris, Murray State; DJ McNeil, UT Martin.