Richie James
Richie James

NIU's Joel Bouagnon takes honors as season's final FBS Player of the Week

Northern Illinois running back Joel Bouagnon, the MAC's leading rusher and scorer this season, carried off ASN's FBS Player of the Week honors.

Bouagnon (pronounced Bwon-nyo) picked up 67% of 757 votes at

The junior gained a career-high 156 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns in a 41-30 victory against Buffalo on Nov. 11 as the Huskies moved into a tie for first place in the MAC's West Division. Bouagnon also became the first MAC running back to surpass 1,000 yards on the season while recording his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the year.

Chattanooga's Jacob Huesman won ASN's FCS Player of the Week.

The FBS nominees included Bowling Green's Travis Greene, Middle Tennessee's Richie James and Southern Miss' Nick Mullens.

  • Greene, a redshirt senior running back, earned his second ASN Player of the Week nomination with a career-high 170 yards on 24 carries in a 41-27 victory against Western Michigan. The Falcons clinched their third consecutive MAC East Division title and berth in the MAC championship game. Greene, who scored three touchdowns for the second consecutive week, is 5 yards shy of breaking the school career record.

  • James, a redshirt freshman, receiver continued his breakout season with nine receptions for 198 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-17 victory against Florida Atlantic. James' 62-yard touchdown from Brent Stockstill  put him over 1,000 yards for the season, joining Kerry Wright as the only receivers in program history to achieve the standard. He also set MTSU's single-season receptions record with 82, surpassing Wright's 76 in 2004.

  • Mullens, a junior quarterback, tied a school single-game record before halftime with five touchdown passes in a 65-10 victory against Rice. Mullens finished 23 of 31 for 386 yards and five TDs as the Golden Eagles amassed a school-record 682 total yards. Mullens and Southern Miss (7-3, 5-1 Conference USA) also set up a showdown with Louisiana Tech on Nov. 28 for the West Division championship.

The final tally at


Above: Joel Bouagnon of Northern Illinois leads the MAC in rushing and scoring. (Courtesy Scott Walstrom, NIU Media Services)
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