Chappell grabs BCSN national recognition

Henderson State kick returner Corey Chappell has been named Beyond College Sports Network National Special Team Player of the Week.

Chappell earned the honor as he set a Great American Conference and Henderson State record returning a kickoff 100 yards midway through the second quarter in Henderson State’s 45-30 win over Harding.

Chappell is the seventh Henderson State player this season to receive National Player of the Week honors.

The sophomore from Rowlett, Texas, has returned 11 kickoffs and is averaging 29.7 yards per return this season.

Also a receiver for the Reddies, Chappell has caught 16 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns.

Cappell, Jordan grab GAC weekly awards

Henderson State wide receiver Robert Jordan and kick returner Corey Chappell were named Great American Conference Players of the Week.

Jordan earned the GAC Offensive honor after having four catches for 90 yards and three touchdowns in Henderson’s 45-30 win over Harding. Jordan had touchdown receptions of 23, 32 and 11 yards.

The all-time leading receiver in the Great American Conference and at Henderson State had his collegiate career come to an abrupt end when he suffered a fractured tibia and fibula on an 11-yard touchdown reception early in the third quarter.

In his three years at Henderson, the Miami, Fla., product played 29 games and totaled 147 receptions for 2,186 yards. Jordan ranks second in HSU history in career receiving touchdowns with 20.

Chappell earned Special Teams honors when he set a GAC and Henderson State record returning a kickoff 100 yards midway through the second quarter.

The sophomore from Rowlett, Texas, has returned 11 kickoffs and is averaging 29.7 yards per return this season.

Carrethers garners SBC defensive honor

JONESBORO — Ryan Carrethers of the Arkansas State University football team has been recognized as this week’s Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Defensive Player of the Week in an announcement made this Monday by the conference office.

Carrethers, a senior nose tackle, compiled a game and personal career-high 16 tackles (six solos) in the Oct. 22 conference home setback to Louisiana-Lafayette at Liberty Bank Stadium in Jonesboro. The 16 stops recorded by Carrethers represented the most single-game tackles by a defensive lineman in the nation to date this season. His tackles total versus ULL also tied for the most in a contest by a Sun Belt Conference player this fall.

Prior to Carrethers’ noteworthy accomplishment, the last time an A-State player registered 16 or more tackles in a game was last season (Oct. 12) when former linebacker Nathan Herrold racked up 17 stops against South Alabama.

The 6-2, 310-pound Carrethers presently ranks second among A-State’s tackles leaders this season with a conference sixth-most 54 stops (25 solos) in seven contests. The Nashville, Tenn., native has compiled 5.0 tackles for minus 25 yards this fall, which includes 3.5 quarterback sacks for 23 yards. His 54 tackles is tops for all defensive linemen in the Sun Belt Conference.

Arkansas State, which is currently 3-4 overall and 1-1 in Sun Belt Conference action this season, will visit South Alabama Nov. 2 in Mobile, Ala.

Bears earn two SLC player honors

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Bears took two of the three Southland Conference Football Player of the Week honors on Monday after their convincing 66-31 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.

Junior quarterback Ryan Howard of Vestavia Hills, Ala., was named the Offensive Player of the Week and freshman receiver/kick returner Jatavious Wilson of Bastrop, La., earned the Special Teams Player of the Week honor.

Howard, in just his second career start, completed 18 of 30 passes for 403 yards and 4 touchdowns, just the 11th 400-yard passing game by an individual in UCA history. He led the Bears to 38 points in the third quarter and to a season-high 681 yards of total offense on the day. UCA scored on six consecutive possessions in the period.

Wilson, a 5-foot-9, 171-pound freshman, returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, his second scoring return of the season, and also had an 80-yard run from scrimmage and caught five passes for 71 yards. His 314 yards of total offense broke the 20-year old record of 304 yards set by Tyree Davis against Arkansas-Monticello in 1993.

Wilson is leading the nation in kickoff returns at the FCS level with an average of 38.4 yards. He had a 93-yarder for a touchdown in the season opener against Incarnate Word.

UCA (5-3, 2-1) is on the road at Northwestern State in Natchitcoches, La., this weekend.