Junior quarterback from Maple Valley, Wash., is honored as co-FCS Offensive Player of the Week by STATS, and also earns Big Sky Conference POW honors for the now 11th-ranked Eagles
Just seven starts into his Eastern Washington University football career and junior quarterback Jordan West has already made quite a name for himself on a national stage.
After setting a school record for passing efficiency rating in EWU's 55-50 win over then 11th-ranked Montana State last week, the junior from Maple Valley, Wash., has been selected by STATS as its FCS co-National Offensive Player of the Week. The 2012 graduate of Liberty High School has also been honored with the same award by College Sports Madness and is this week's Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
West completed 21-of-24 passes (88 percent) for a career-high 410 yards and six touchdowns. His efficiency rating of 313.5 broke the previous school record of 310.4 set exactly 23 years ago to the day by Mark Tenneson against Sonoma State in 1992. Tenneson was 10-of-14 for 265 yards and four touchdowns in that game.
West's yardage total is the 23rd-most in school history and his six TDs were one away from the school record. As a result of his big day, West now leads the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in efficiency rating (220.7), touchdowns (12), passing yards (1,052) and points responsible for (72), and is second in percentage (78.2) and third in passing yards per game (350.7).
"He did an outstanding job and has played really good football this season," said Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin, who also used backup Reilly Hennessey in EWU's first two outings. "It was fun to see Jordan get to play a full game and get into a nice rhythm.
"He showed some great things before this game even going back to last year, but he obviously took it to another level against Montana State," Baldwin continued. "He had a real calmness and comfort out there. Forget all the stats, he looked the most poised when he stood in that pocket."
West directed EWU to a total of 667 yards of offense, ranking as the fourth-most in school history. The Eagles averaged 11.7 yards per play, and had just 57 offensive plays compared to 104 for the Bobcats. Eastern, which has now scored 161 points in its last three games versus the Bobcats, scored 34 points in the first half with just nine minutes of possession time. All eight of EWU's touchdown drives were of five plays or less.
West has now started seven games in his career and has a passing efficiency rating of 156.3 to currently rank third in school history behind 2005 Walter Payton Award winner Erik Meyer and two-time Payton runner-up Vernon Adams Jr. West has completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,124 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions so far in his career.
"You can see he made a huge jump in all three games this season in terms of his presence out there, and he's earned it," added Baldwin. "He's worked hard to get to this point and we're excited moving forward. But every game isn't going to be like that. You have to take what defenses give you, and grind through some drives. He needs to continue to be patient and use the well-timed aggression when it presents itself."
Eastern was ranked 14th entering the MSU game in the STATS FCS Top 25 Poll, but as a result of picking up their first win in three tries this season, the Eagles moved up to 11th. Eastern, which plays at Sacramento State this Saturday (Sept. 26) in the league opener for both schools, improved from 15th to 11th in the FCS Coaches Poll.
In other national statistics, Eastern ranks first in FCS in passing offense (458.0), second in passing efficiency (201.5), third in total offense (589.3) and sixth in scoring (44.0).
Two-time FCS All-America wide receiver Cooper Kupp leads FCS in receptions (36), receptions per game (12.0), yards (626), yards per game (208.7), touchdown catches (8) and all-purpose yards per game (212.7). He had 12 catches for 201 yards and a trio of touchdown catches in the win over MSU.
In the process, Kupp moved into seventh all-time in FCS for career touchdown receptions (45), ranking just one behind the school and Big Sky record of 46 set by Eric Kimble (2002-05). He is also second in school history for career receptions (233) and reception yards (3,748), and is ninth in career all-purpose yards (4,026). Kimble owns all three of those records with 253 career catches, 4,140 reception yards and 5,934 all-purpose yards.