Top players by team during FCS fall season
By CRAIG HALEY
(Stats Perform) - FCS teams in action this fall have been asked to do a bit more given the difficult factors working against the 2020 college football season.
It's made some of the best individual performances even more inspiring.
Following are the players who have stood out the most this season, with many looking to rise even higher in a potential spring season.
A SPPOW designation indicates the player earned a Stats Perform FCS player of the week honor.
BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE
Campbell: QB Hajj-Malik Williams - The first sophomore to be named Big South preseason offensive player of the year accounted for 310 yards and three touchdowns in a near upset of Georgia Southern and went on to produce five more scores in the next three games, including a TD reception. Another standout: S Darion Slade.
North Alabama: LB Will Evans - Boosted by a career-high 13 tackles against Jacksonville State, the senior middle linebacker finished with 27 stops, which was one off the team high. Two went for losses. Another standout: WR Dexter Boykin.
MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
Missouri State: CB Jeremy Webb - The Virginia Tech transfer intercepted two passes and kept Central Arkansas second-team All-American Lujuan Winningham without a reception in five quarters over two games. Another standout: RB Kevon Latulas.
North Dakota State: LB James Kaczor - Building on a banner performance in the 2019 FCS championship game, Kaczor had a game-high 11 tackles, with a pair of stops on third down, and scored on a two-point conversion in the Bison's lone game against Central Arkansas. Another standout: FB Hunter Luepke.
Southern Illinois: DT Blake Parzych (SPPOW) - In his final career game, the fifth-year senior corralled a career-high nine tackles and set a Saluki Stadium record with five tackles for loss, including one sack. Another standout: RB Javon Williams Jr.
OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE
Austin Peay: CB Kordell Jackson - The Governors' first-team All-American was particularly solid in the FCS Kickoff and was consistent during the team's three-game schedule, tying for the team high with 18 tackles, including 3½ for loss. Another standout: LB Jack McDonnell.
Eastern Kentucky: LB Matthew Jackson - The redshirt junior reached double-figure tackles in five of his eight games, finishing with 79 overall, including eight for 45 yards in losses and 2½ sacks, plus two fumble recoveries. Another standout: RB Alonzo Booth (SPPOW).
Jacksonville State: PK Alen Karajic - Pressure? What pressure? The true freshman converted eight of nine field-goal attempts, including four in the FBS win at FIU, and was perfect on 11 PATs for 35 points. Another standout: LG Cam Hill.
Southeast Missouri: RB Geno Hess - The redshirt sophomore picked up from an excellent rookie campaign, rushing for 128 yards in SEMO's lone game against rival Southern Illinois. Half of the yards came on one carry to set up his 2-yard touchdown. Another standout: QB Andrew Bunch.
Chattanooga: RB Ailym Ford - Having the 2019 SoCon freshman of the year playing again was as important emotionally as his production, and he had a lot (25 carries for 92 yards) in coming off last year's late-season ACL injury. Another standout: LB Jay Person.
The Citadel: LB Willie Eubanks III - In four games, the 2019 SoCon defensive player of the year led the team with 43 tackles, dropping quarterbacks with two sacks and causing five stops behind the line of scrimmage for 31 yards in losses. Another standout: S Sean-Thomas Faulkner (SPPOW).
Mercer: LB Isaac Dowling - The true freshman introduced himself with 16 tackles in each of his first two games, averaging 13.7 overall and finishing with four sacks for 31 yards in losses. Another standout: S Lance Wise (SPPOW).
Western Carolina: RB Donnavan Spencer - In the Catamounts' first two games (one remains at North Carolina), Spencer has averaged 5.4 yards on 25 carries and caught four passes. Another standout: LB Ty Harris.
Abilene Christian: LB Jack Gibbens (SPPOW) - The Campbell Trophy finalist led the team with 49 tackles in six games, dominating Angelo State with a career-high 14 tackles, including 10 solos, a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery on the same play, a second tackle for loss and an interception that he returned 21 yards. Another standout: QB Peyton Mansell.
Central Arkansas: WR Tyler Hudson - With a touchdown in six games and four 100-yard games, the super soph finished with 50 receptions for 845 yards and seven scores, adding a game-winning TD on a punt return at Missouri State. Another standout: FS/RS Cameron Myers.
Houston Baptist: QB Bailey Zappe (two-time SPPOW) - In four games, including three FBS opponents, the 6-foot-2 gunslinger completed 141 of 215 passes (65.6 percent) for 1,833 yards, 15 touchdowns and only one interception. Another standout: WR Jerreth Sterns.
Stephen F. Austin: WR Xavier Gipson (SPPOW) - The super soph built off a big rookie season by catching 52 passes for 841 yards and nine touchdowns in 10 games, adding a 10th score on a punt return. Another standout: QB Trae Self (SPPOW).
Updated November 25, 2020