Anderson, Banks, Molina selected top alumni

September 28, 2017 GMT


Darius Anderson, George Ranch

Soph., RB, TCU

Anderson hinted at his potential last year, averaging 8.5 yards on 27 carries and recording his first 100-yard game, at Texas, no less. He is making a name for himself as a sophomore, earning not only Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week but the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Oklahoma State.

The Horned Frogs upset the No. 6 Cowboys 44-31, led by Anderson’s 201 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns. He carried 26 times for 160 yards, including a 42-yard score with 2:37 remaining to put the game away. The former Longhorns star has a team-high 422 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 6.2 yards per carry for 4-0 TCU team. The Horned Frogs were scheduled to continue Big 12 play against West Virginia on Oct. 7.

Anderson has started twice this season, but also had a 106-yard game off the bench against Arkansas. He scored twice against rival SMU in a 56-36 win. At George Ranch, he led the Longhorns to an undefeated state championship as a senior, rushing for 2,274 yards and 30 touchdowns. The stellar season earned him Touchdown Club of Houston Offensive Player of the Year.

Bailey Banks, Elkins

Sr., OH, HBU

The Huskies started with two victories in Southland Conference play, sweeping McNeese State and Nicholls with Banks leading the attack. The former Knights star recorded 14 kills with a .423 percentage against McNeese and amassed 13 kills, seven digs and four aces against Nicholls to earn Southland Player of the Week honors.

A first-team all-conference selection last year, Banks ranks second in the Southland as a senior with 3.51 kills per set. In 55 sets, she has 192 kills (season-best 17 against UT-Arlington), 175 digs, 21 aces, 23 blocks and a .216 hitting percentage. She was a four-time all-district selection at Elkins and two-time district offensive MVP, playing club ball with Houston Juniors. Banks transferred to HBU from North Texas and has had two strong seasons including a single-match school record of 30 kills.

The Huskies were 10-5 overall entering a home stretch against Lamar (Sept. 28) and Stephen F. Austin (Sept. 30). They finished undefeated at the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Volleyball Classic in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Christian Molina, Mayde Creek

Soph., MF, Northern Illinois

Molina and Northern Illinois are both on pace for improved seasons in 2017. Through nine matches, all starts, Molina had already equaled his freshman total with two assists. At 3-6, the Huskies had already surpassed their 2016 victory total.

Molina had a hand in both in the season opener, recording an assist as Northern Illinois in a 3-2 overtime triumph. His second assist came Sept. 17 against Sacramento State. The midfielder leads the team with 16 shots, three on goal after starting 14 matches as a freshman. He took 27 shots, 10 on goal in his debut season, scoring in the finale against West Virginia.

Molina played for the Dynamo Academy while in high school, scoring seven goals in 26 matches for the U18 squad that reached the U.S. Development Academy playoffs. He and Huskies begin Mid-American conference play Oct. 7 at West Virginia.