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Gamebreakers D1AA College for Mid-February

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Gamebreakers D1AA College for Mid-February

Drake Torno for Sam Houston State. Photo Valentina Vazquez.

With D1AA action heating up this winter and the CRAA D1AA playoffs looming, here's a look at some big performances over the last couple of weeks.

Hubert King, Rice

Rice’s strong scrum and their attack centers, in part, on King at prop as he gets them going forward and led from the front in Rice’s win over Dallas.

Roberto Chavez, Fresno State

Two tries and three conversions game Chavez, the Bulldogs’ inside center, 16 points in their victory over Nevada.

Jack Ferguson, American River College

The American River College lock has a massive job not only as a main ball-winner and momentum-shifter, but also as captain of this fledgling program. He has been the foundation of ARC’s solid opening games.

Juan Galparsoro, San Jose State

While SJSU was playing some entertaining, open rugby, Galparsoro’s job was to make sure the scoreboard kept changing numbers. In the Spartans’ key 37-15 victory over Chico State the fullback played well overall and contributed three conversions and two key penalty goals.

Andre Mortensen, Florida

The hard-working Gator flanker’s try with no time left snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against South Florida. UF was down 29-26 when Mortensen scored, and with the try and conversion the Gators won 33-29.

Luke Mathis, Tennessee

The Volunteers' captain helped right the ship somewhat and mount a bit of a comeback against a very tough Lindenwood XV over the weekend. Yes Tennessee lost, but they showed a lot in their improved second half. 

Jehron McGee and Taonaishe Mapani, St. Thomas

Newly into D1AA, St. Thomas is already 2-0; McGee at flanker and Mapani at outside center have been enormous for the Bobcats, with each scoring four tries over the past two games, wins over North Florida and Central Florida.

Drake Torno, Sam Houston State

The scrappy and tenacious #9 for the Bearkats has them firing nicely as the Lonestar playoffs loom.

Eli Ashmann, Western Washington

A big win for WWU over Oregon State this pat weekend and Ashmann scored two tries on the wing and showcased some hard-nosed and dependable tackling skills in nailing down his position defensively.

Ethan Frisch, Connor Simon, and Dillon Brewer, Florida State

This front row trio set the tone nicely  and got a lot of the gritty work done in FSU's opening win over Central Florida two weeks ago.