The junior linebacker received 59% of 1,422 votes at LiveOnASN.com to become the first defensive player to take ASN’s FCS honors.
He batted down a two-point conversion pass on the last play capping Colgate’s stellar defensive performance in a 31-29 victory against 11th-ranked Fordham. Colgate had eight sacks, one by Diener, and held Chase Edmonds — last week’s ASN FCS Player of the Week — to 51 yards on 18 carries a week after he set a league record with 347 yards.
Diener, the Patriot League’s Defensive Player of the Week, totaled 10 tackles against Fordham, 1½ for losses, posting his third double-digit tackle game of the season. He leads the Raiders with 73 total tackles.
Marshall’s Chase Litton won ASN’s FBS Player of the Week.
FCS nominees includes Jacksonville State’s Eli Jenkins, Richmond’s David Jones and Columbia’s Cameron Nizialek:
- Jenkins, the redshirt junior quarterback of the top-ranked team in FCS, engineered a 34-0 Ohio Valley victory against Eastern Kentucky. Jenkins finished with 342 total yards (324 passing, 18 rushing) and joined David Gulledge (1987-90) as the only JSU quarterbacks to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards. He’s the first JSU quarterback to throw for 300 yards since Marques Ivory on Nov. 3, 2012.
- Jones, a redshirt junior defensive back, set school and CAA single-game records with five takeaways — four interceptions and a fumble recovery — in a 38-31 victory against Albany. The four interceptions also set a school record, and he leads the CAA with seven interceptions this season. Rhode Island’s Kevin Smith was the last CAA player with four picks in a game (1988 vs. UMass).
- Nizialek, a junior kicker, accounted for 10 points in a 17-7 win against Yale that ended the Lions’ 18-game Ivy League losing streak. Nizialek kicked a career-long 40-yard field goal, ran 13 yards with a pitch from Trevor McDonagh for a touchdown on a fake field goal and added the extra point. The Lions won their first conference game since Nov. 12, 2012 (34-17 against Cornell).
The final tally at LiveOnASN.com: