McGrath scores first pro TD
ARKADELPHIA — Former Henderson State tight end Sean McGrath continues to gain attention. Known as the "Bearded Wonder," the Kansas City Chief starter is known for his beard. However, since joining the Chiefs just prior to the opening game of the season, McGrath’s beard is no longer the focus.
McGrath caught his first NFL touchdown pass in the first half on a 5-yard reception from Alex Smith in the Chiefs 31-7 win over the New York Giants.
While at Henderson, McGrath was an All-Region and All-Gulf South Conference selection after totaling 62 receptions for 717 yards in two seasons.
The native of Mundelein, Ill. has 11 catches this season for the Chiefs for 126 yards. Against the Giants, McGrath had five receptions, for a team-high 64 yards, and one score.
McGrath became the first Henderson State product to score a touchdown since Robert Thomas scored for the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 30, 2001 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys lost to the Eagles 40-18.
McGrath follows the Reddies on Twitter and still treasures his days at Henderson State.
In an interview on Sunday with Sean Keeler Sean said "Four tilts, four wins. It’s damn good to be a Reddies."
Nowak punts to GAC special teams weekly honor
RUSSELLVILLE — Southern Arkansas junior punter Dylan Nowak has been named as the Great American Conference Special Teams Player of the Week as it was announced by the conference office on Monday.
Nowak earns the weekly conference honor after totaling 147 yards on three punts for an average of 49.0 yards per punt. Among those three punts was a 68-yard blast off of the right foot of Nowak. The 68-yard punt is not only Nowak’s longest as a Mulerider, but it is the longest punt in the Great American Conference this season
Rodgers earns national, GAC weekly honors
ARKADELPHIA — After his record-breaking performance on Saturday against East Central, Henderson State quarterback Kevin Rodgers has been named the Beyond College Sports Network National and Great American Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
Rodgers earned BCSN’s National Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, while earning GAC honors for the ninth time in his career, second this season.
Rodgers set a single game HSU and GAC record throwing for 595 yards against the Tigers this past Saturday.
The Rockwall, Texas, product had touchdown tosses of 28, 32, 41, and 28.
The junior signal-caller also set a HSU record for completion percentage completing 42-of-50 passes for 84 percent.
This season, Rodgers has 16 touchdown tosses and has compiled 1827 yards for an average of 456.8 yards per game. He has completed 117-of-170 passes for a completion percentage of 68.8.
Rodgers’ career totals include 66 touchdown passes for 7096 yards for an average of 322 yards per game in 22 games played. He has thrown for 300 yards or more 13 times during his career and 500 or more yards three times.
The 8th-ranked Reddies will travel to Alva, Okla., to face Northwestern Oklahoma on Saturday with kickoff set for 1 p.m.
CFPA honors A-State’s Davis as specialist of the week
JONESBORO — Arkansas State senior kicker Brian Davis (Brentwood, Tenn.) was named a College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Specialist of the Week on Monday after making 4-of-4 field goal attempts and scoring 13 points in the Red Wolves’ game against Missouri.
Davis, a member of the Lou Groza Award Watch List, shared the honor with Utah State kicker Nick Diaz, while nine additional FBS players were named Honorable Mention Specialists of the Week. Davis was recognized by the CFPA for the second time this season, also earning honorable mention accolades as a Placekicker of the Week on Sept. 9.
Davis’ four made field goals against Missouri were the most by a Sun Belt Conference player this season, tied the fifth most in league history and were the third most of his career. Davis, who made multiple field goals in a game for the 13th time of his career, connected from 44 (his longest this year), 41, 33 and 21 yards out.
Dating back to last season, he has now made his last 10 field goals in a row to tie the second longest streak in Arkansas State history. Davis’ performance against the Tigers moved him into a tie for the third most field goals in Sun Belt Conference history as well, upping his career total to 48.
Davis, A-State’s all-time leader for extra points made (127), is currently ranked second at the school for most points by kicking (271) and most field goals made (48) in a career. Among all-time Sun Belt Conference players, he is ranked fourth for points by kicking, third for extra points made and second for field goal percentage (.827).
Arkansas State, which stands 2-3 overall and 1-0 in Sun Belt Conference play, returns to action Oct. 12 with a 6 p.m. Homecoming game against Idaho at Liberty Bank Stadium.
Peters, Smith earn SAA weekly honors
CONWAY — Hendrix College freshman quarterback Seth Peters and freshman linebacker Broc Smith were named the Southern Athletic Association Football Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, on Monday.
Peters was responsible for 352 yards of total offense in the Warriors’ 48-29 win over Southwestern on Saturday. The Greenbrier, Ark., native went 22-for-32 passing with 244 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 108 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown run.
Smith, from Tulsa, Okla., led Hendrix with 12 tackles and three pass breakups on Saturday. He also had 1.5 tackles for a loss, including half a sack, and blocked a punt in the endzone which led to a Warrior touchdown on the next play.
Hendrix will travel to Jackson, Miss., for a conference tilt with Millsaps College on Saturday.
ESPN3 to carry A-State, Idaho game
JONESBORO — The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Monday that ESPN has chosen the Red Wolves’ Oct. 12 Homecoming football game against Idaho to be televised by ESPN3.com.
A-State has an open week before facing the Vandals and will bring a five-game home winning streak into the contest, set for 6 p.m. at Liberty Bank Stadium. Idaho (1-4) picked up a 26-24 win over Temple University last Saturday and will face Fresno State this week before facing the Red Wolves on Oct. 12.