Chase Edmonds takes the 347 express to FCS Player of the Week honors


ASN_Chase_EdmondsHe’s only a sophomore, but Fordham’s Chase Edmonds already has rushed for 3,231 yards and 41 touchdowns — fourth and second, respectively, in school history — in 22 games.

Edmonds added another milestone, winning ASN’s FCS Player of the Week by a record margin of 2,177 votes. He rushed for 347 yards in a 59-42 victory against Lehigh to set school and Patriot League single-game records. He also tied Lamar’s Kade Harrington for most rushing yards in a Division I game this season.

Edmonds ran for three touchdowns, including 75 and 60 yards, and caught two passes for 55 yards and another score. His 402 all-purpose yards broke his own league mark of 385 in last year’s FCS second-round playoff game at New Hampshire.

“I’ve said it for a few weeks now. If he’s not the best football player in the country at this level, I’d like to know who is,” said Rams coach Joe Moorhead. “It not only shows in his performance and his production, but it shows in his preparation, his work ethic and his character. The things that he does on the field fails to surprise me. I’ve come to expect it from his because he expects it of himself.”

Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson won ASN’s FBS Player of the Week.

The FCS nominees included Harvard’s Scott Hosch, UT Martin’s Jarod Neal and Central Arkansas’ Blake Veasley. Edmonds and Vesley both earned honorable mention for STATS FCS National Player of the Week.

  • Hosch, a senior quarterback; threw for a career-high 437 yards on 29-of-40 passing with two touchdowns and ran for another score in a 42-7 Ivy League victory against Princeton. It was the third-highest single-game passing total in school history. The Crimson won their 20th consecutive game, and Hosch has started the last 15. Honorable mention: Andrew Fischer caught 10 of Hosch’s passes for 190 yards and a touchdown.
  • Neal, a senior quarterback who was Ohio Valley Offensive Player of the Week, threw for 420 yards and five touchdowns on 25-of-44 passing in a 52-45 victory against Murray State. Neal, who moved into fourth place in UTM career total offense, rallied the Skyhawks from 14-point deficits three times. He also ran for 33 yards. Through seven games, he already has single-season highs in passing yards (1,893) and TDs (22 to lead the OVC).
  • Veasley, a senior running back who was Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, set school single-game records with 49 carries for 292 rushing yards, surpassing Vaughn Edwards’ 42 carries in 1980 and 248 yards in 1978. Veasley scored four touchdowns in a 35-17 victory against Lamar. He also outgained Kade Harrington, the No. 2 rusher in  FCS and SLC’s single-game record-holder, by 49 yards. Veasley’s previous career highs — 19 carries (against Lamar in 2013) and 85 yards (against Incarnate Word in 2013).

The final tally at

Who is your choice for ASN FCS Player of the Week?

  • QB Carson Earp, Lamar (43%, 1,048 Votes)
  • QB Bryan Schor, James Madison (31%, 749 Votes)
  • LB Kyle Young, Holy Cross (14%, 348 Votes)
  • QB Devlin Hodges, Samford (12%, 295 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,440

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Above: Record-setting Fordham running back Chase Edmonds. (Courtesy