Kade Harrington runs away with ASN’s FCS #Gamechanger honors


ASN-Kade-HarringtonLamar’s Kade Harrington is unstoppable.

ASN’s 2015 FCS Player of the Year (left) picked up where he left off, rushing for 207 yards and two touchdowns despite the Cardinals’ 38-14 loss to Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

The senior also ran away with the season’s first ASN FCS Player of the Week honors with 51% of more than 2,800 votes cast.

ASN Wes Hills Delaware POWDelaware’s Wes Hills (right) made it a frantic finish, though, pulling ahead twice on the last day of online voting. But Harrington picked up 1,000 votes Thursday to take the lead when polling concluded at 5 p.m. ET.

Last week, Harrington scored on runs of 59 and 64 yards to give the Cardinals a 14-3 halftime lead against the Chanticleers. He ran for 200 yards for the seventh time in his last 12 games. He was held to 55 yards in the second half when the Chanticleers scored 35 unanswered points.

Hills, a junior, returned after missing 10 games last season to rush for a career-high 212 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in a 56-14 rout of Delaware State. It was the ninth best single-game rushing total in Blue Hens history.

He scored on runs of 15 and 59 yards and posted the fifth 100-yard game of his career.

Coach (Dave) Brock and my team put a lot of faith in me and I had no choice but to go out there and give it my all,” Hills said. “Being back feels great, being in front of the Delaware fans is an incredible feeling. Nothing beats it.”

Nothing beat the teams of the other two Week 1 nominees — not even Harrington:

ASN_De'Angelo_Henderson» RB De’Angelo Henderson, Coastal Carolina: The senior rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, losing the rushing battle to Harrington but helping Coastal Carolina win the game. Henderson scored his touchdowns in the second half as the Chanticleers reeled off 35 unanswered points after trailing 14-3 at halftime. He tied an NCAA Division I record by scoring in his 27th consecutive game. The 158 yards also marked his third best single-game total and 19th career 100-yard game. The Chanticleers are an FCS independent this year as they transition to the FBS Sun Belt Conference.

ASN-Kyle-Lauletta» QB Kyle Lauletta, Richmond: The junior led the Spiders to a 37-20 victory at Virginia, throwing for 337 yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-35 passing. The Spiders have won four of their last nine games against FBS opponents, but it was their first victory against the ACC’s Cavaliers since 1946. “When we can run and pass like that, we’re tough to beat,” he said. “I really don’t think that we did anything too extraordinary … we just executed play after play, drive after drive.” His drive led the Spiders, now No. 2 in the STATS FCS Poll, to only their third win in 33 tries against Virginia.

The final tally on on americansportsnet.com:

Who is your choice for FCS Player of the Week?

  • Kade Harrington, Lamar (51%, 1,459 Votes)
  • Wes Hills, Delaware (39%, 1,102 Votes)
  • Kyle Lauletta, Richmond (5%, 148 Votes)
  • De'Angelo Henderson, Coastal Carolina (5%, 132 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,841

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PHOTO CREDITS: Kade Harrington courtesy Lamar Athletics (on the cover) and Southland Conference; Wes Hills courtesy UD Athletics Media Relations; Kyle Lauletta  courtesy Richmond Athletics; De’Angelo Henderson courtesy CCU Athletics.