Island Coast graduate E.K Binns worked his way into a starting offensive guard by his sophomore season with the Navy football team.
And that deserves a little bit of recognition, considering Binns is part of a unit that runs one of the most prolific running offenses in the nation.
As a senior for the 4-1 Midshipmen, which fell 41-24 to No. 14 Notre Dame on Saturday, Binns has yet again been a steady presence at left guard, starting four of five games. He’s started 26 games in his career for Navy.
The 6-foot-3, 295-pound former Gator is a major part of an offensive lineup that produces 335 yards per game and nearly six yards per rush. The unit has produced 20 rushing touchdowns in five games.
In late September, Binns was named as a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, college football’s premier scholar-athlete award.
Despite the loss to the Fighting Irish, Navy received three votes in the most recent AP college football poll.
Bronson breaks out
Dunbar graduate Ryeshene Bronson may have had his breakout game with the Bulls in a 45-24 win over Syracuse.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound sophomore started at wide receiver and caught three passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. His 42-yard score in the third quarter capped off a 3-play, 75-yard drive that helped the Bulls (2-3) offset three straight losses.
Over five games so far, Bronson has caught six passes for 122 yards.
Kearse’s big game for Tigers
South Fort Myers grad Jayron Kearse is quietly having a superb season for the University of Clemson, which beat Georgia Tech 43-24 on Saturday to move up one spot in the AP college football poll to No. 5 in the nation.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound junior had six solo tackles in the victory, including three for a loss. He’s been one of the most consistent performers for a Tigers team that is giving up just 16.6 points per game, which ranks fifth in scoring defense in the ACC.
The Tigers (5-0) are currently first in the ACC Atlantic. Kearse has accumulated 23 tackles, four tackles for a loss, three passes defended, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble return.
Immokalee grad Mackensie Alexander, a redshirt sophomore, had two tackles and one pass break up in the victory.
Brown helps WVU
Fort Myers native and former Dunbar student Christian Brown had two tackles for West Virginia University in the Mountaineers’ 33-26 loss to No. 21 Oklahoma State.
The defensive lineman has played in five games, accumulating 10 tackles, one for a loss.
Barnes snags passes
Dunbar grad Johnell Barnes picked up two receptions for 58 yards in Duke’s 44-3 win over Army.
The Blue Devils, which moved into the AP top 25 for the first time this season with the win, are 5-1 and lead the ACC Coastal division. Barnes leads Duke with 20 catches and has 266 yards and a touchdown.
Tough loss for Youngstown State
South Fort Myers grad I’Tavious Harvin, a sophomore for Youngstown State, recorded two receptions for 26 yards and had two rushes for nine yards in the team’s 31-29 loss to Illinois State.