West is best among FCS Players of the Week

(STATS) – Vernon Adams who?

Perhaps they’re saying that around Eastern Washington considering quarterback Jordan West’s hot start to the 2015 season.

Already the FCS leader in passing yards, passing efficiency and points responsible for, West was best in Eastern Washington’s 55-50 shootout victory over Montana State in a matchup of nationally ranked squads Saturday. He has kept the Eagles offense flying following the offseason transfer of Adams, the two-time Big Sky Conference offensive player of the year, to Oregon.

"He showed some great things before this game even going back to last year, but he obviously took it to another level against Montana State," EWU coach Beau Baldwin said. "He had a real calmness and comfort out there. Forget all the stats, he looked the most poised when he stood in that pocket."

Clutch performances ruled in another wild ride across the FCS this past weekend. West, Lamar’s Kade Harrington, Stony Brook’s Victor Ochi, Furman’s Trey Robinson, Coastal Carolina’s Devin Brown and Southeast Missouri State’s Dante Vandeven have all been named STATS FCS National Players of the Week for games Sept. 17-19.

CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Kade Harrington, Lamar, RB, Jr., 5-9, 190, Kingswood, Texas

Harrington’s career highs for rushing yards (230) and receiving yards (83) helped Lamar take down then-No. 3 Sam Houston State 49-46 in a Southland Conference surprise. In addition to his 313 all-purpose yards which were an FCS season high, the north-south-style runner scored three touchdowns. He scored on a 77-yard pass and a 5-yard run in the second quarter. Then after Sam Houston pulled within 42-39 with 3:21 left, he answered on Lamar’s next possession with a 73-yard TD run – giving him a single-game rushing total that ranks second-best in school history.

Jordan West, Eastern Washington, QB, R-Jr., 6-4, 220, Maple Valley, Washington

The big signal-caller stood tall in the pocket to command a near-flawless performance. He set a school record for passing efficiency with a rating of 313.5, completing 21 of 24 (88 percent) for 410 yards and six touchdowns in a 55-50 victory over then-No. 11 Montana State. West was one off the school record for touchdown passes in a game (set by Adams) and his passing efficiency surpassed a mark that stood for 23 years within the Big Sky program.

CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Victor Ochi, Stony Brook, DE, R-Sr., 6-2, 255, Valley Stream, New York

New Hampshire has seen enough of Ochi over the last two seasons. After totaling four sacks against the Wildcats in a game last year, he followed up with 3 1/2 more (an FCS season high) in a 31-6 win over the defending CAA champion, which entered the game ranked 13th nationally. Ochi collected 11 tackles, including nine solos – both career highs – as the Seawolves defense limited UNH to 253 total yards and one touchdown.

Trey Robinson, Furman, FS, Jr., 6-1, 212, Spartanburg, South Carolina

UCF strayed too often into Mr. Robinson’s neighborhood and the Knights were burned in Furman’s 16-15 victory – its first over an FBS opponent since 1999. Robinson had a career-high 10 tackles and two interceptions, both at pivotal times of the game. His first pick came in the second quarter at the Furman 17 and ended a UCF scoring chance with the Paladins behind 12-0. He then had a game-sealing interception at the UCF 37 with 49 seconds left. Furman held UCF to 269 total yards and one touchdown.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Devin Brown, Coastal Carolina, KR, R-Jr., 5-8, 170, Charleston, South Carolina

What does Brown do for Coastal? Return kickoffs for touchdowns. His second of the season, third in Coastal’s last four games and fifth of his career helped the second-ranked Chanticleers survive an upset against Western Illinois with a 34-27 victory. After WIU went ahead in the third quarter, Brown answered with a 93-yard kickoff return to put the Big South power back in front. After the visitors went ahead again in the fourth quarter, Brown had a 46-yard kickoff return to jump-start the game-winning scoring drive. One shy of the FCS record for career kickoff return TDs, Brown finished with 195 yards on five returns.

FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Dante Vandeven, Southeast Missouri State, QB, Fr., 6-2, 190, Jackson, Missouri

After entering the game late in the third quarter, Vandeven led three touchdown drives in the final 9 1/2 minutes to nearly lift the Redhawks to an upset at No. 23 Indiana State. His 26-yard touchdown pass to Paul McRoberts as the clock expired pulled the Ohio Valley Conference squad within 29-28, but Vandeven’s pass on a potential game-winning two-point conversion sailed out of bounds. Prior to the touchdown, he completed an 11-yard pass on 4th-and-9. Vandeven finished the game 12 of 17 for 115 yards and rushed for 28 yards.