Another CSU milestone: Anthony Ellis wins FCS Player of the Week


ASN-Anthony-Ellis-POWCapping a week of milestones for Charleston Southern’s football program, Anthony Ellis is the first Buccaneers player to win ASN’s FCS Player of the Week.

The sophomore defensive end earned 64% of 2,062 votes at

Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon won ASN’s FBS Player of the Week.

A dominant first-half performance by Ellis helped the Buccaneers beat Kennesaw State 28-14 to clinch the school’s first berth in the FCS Tournament. CSU (8-1, 5-0 Big South) rose to No. 8 in the FCS Coaches Poll on Monday, the highest ranking in school history. The Buccaneers can clinch the outright conference championship Saturday against Liberty.

Ellis, the Big South’s Defensive Player of the Week, forced a fumble and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown to give CSU a 21-6 lead against KSU. He also had a sack and four tackles for loss as CSU held Kennesaw State, the No. 3 three rushing offense in FCS, to 113 yards on 3.1 yards per carry.

The FCS nominees included Stony Brook’s Victor Ochi, Harvard’s Justice Shelton-Mosley and Tennessee State’s Patrick Smith:

  • Ochi, a senior defensive end, had three of the Seawolves’ 12 sacks, the most by a NCAA Division I team this season, in a 14-9 victory against Howard that snapped a five-game losing streak. Ochi tied him for the school career sacks record (29) with David Bamiro (2001-04) as Stony Brook held Howard to 109 total yards of offense, including minus-42 rushing yards.
  • Shelton-Mosley, a freshman wide receiver, piled up 270 all-purpose yards with two touchdowns in a 24-16 victory at Columbia, extending the Crimson’s winning streak to 22 consecutive games. He had 131 yards receiving on eight catches, including a 26-yard touchdown; 121 yards on punt returns, including an 86-yard touchdown; and 18 yards on kickoff return yards. His TD punt return was the third-longest in school history.
  • Smith, a redshirt sophomore receiver, came up a yard short of tying a 17-year-old Tennessee State record with 248 yards receiving on nine receptions, including scores of 70 and 81 yards. The latter, the seventh longest receiving touchdown in school history, gave the Tigers a 40-30 lead in a wild 46-43 overtime loss to Murray State.

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Above: Charleston Southern’s Anthony Ellis after a sack against Kennesaw State (Courtesy Pat Black/CSU Athletics)

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