Second-round playoff action kicks off Saturday

10:00 AM, Nov 30, 2012   |    comments
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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Saturday's FCS playoff action features 16 teams that bring unique styles of offense and defense.

Of the 16 remaining teams, 10 are ranked in the FCS' top 25 for total offense, eight teams are ranked in the top 25 for total defense and there are a handful of individual players who rank among the Top 10 in the FCS in many different categories.

Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke ranks first in the FCS in passing yards per game with 378. He's passed for an FCS-high 35 touchdowns and 4,158 yards.

South Dakota State running back Zach Zenner leads the FCS in rushing with 166 yards per game and in rushing yards with 1,998. Stony Brook's Miguel Maysonet ranks second with 156 yards per game and 1,881 yards.

Appalachian State receiver Sean Price ranks eighth in the FCS with 7.6 receptions per game and Eastern Washington receiver Brandon Kaufman ranks fifth in the FCS with 115 receiving yards per game.

Illinois State defensive end Colton Underwood ranks sixth in the FCS with over 1.6 tackles for loss per game, and he's totaled 18 in 11 games this season. Montana State defensive end Caleb Schreibeis is tied for third in the FCS with 12 sacks in 11 games and averages 1.2 sacks per game.

Cal Poly defensive back Nico Molino is tied for fourth in the FCS in passes defended with 16 and averages nearly 1.5 passes defended per game, while Illinois State defensive back Ben Erickson leads the FCS with seven interceptions in 11 games.

Five teams ranked in the top 6 in the FCS for rushing offense made the playoffs this season. They are No. 1 Georgia Southern (392 rushing yards per game), No. 2 Wofford (348 rushing yards per game), No. 3 Cal Poly (333 rushing yards per game), No. 5 Stony Brook (288 rushing yards per game) and No. 6 Sam Houston State (284 rushing yards per game). Georgia Southern, Wofford and Cal Poly run triple option offenses.

The three players who were announced as Walter Payton Award finalists - Wofford fullback Eric Breitenstein, Heinicke and Maysonet - all play games in the second round Saturday.

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