Dukes’ Hines lauded as FCS national player of week
Duquesne is one of 16 teams remaining in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Junior running back A.J Hines is a big reason for the Dukes’ historic run.
Hines, who produced 246 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s 31-10 win over Towson — the Dukes’ first FCS playoff win — was named the College Football Performance Awards FCS National Player of the Week.
The Wilson, N.C. native rushed for 177 yards and a score on 28 carries in the playoff opener. He also caught a 71-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Parr.
The 5-foot-11, 225-pound Hines is a three-time All-Northeast Conference First Team selection and is a finalist for the Walter Payton Award — the FCS’s answer to the Heiman Trophy.
Hines has produced three straight 1,000-yard seasons and ranks fourth in the nation in rushing yards per game, at 136.3.
Duquesne (9-3), which has won six straight games, will play at No. 5 South Dakota State (8-2) at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The Jackrabbits are 6-0 at home this season.
Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at email@example.com or via Twitter @BillBeckner.