Joshua Birmingham, Central Oklahoma
*Position: Running back
*Height, weight: 5-foot-9, 195 pounds
*Scouting report: Birmingham helped the Bronchos snap a 15-game road losing streak — dating back to 2009 — during Saturday's 56-25 rout of Lincoln (Mo.). He scored five touchdowns, one on an 83-yard kickoff return. Birmingham rushed for 272 yards and four TDs on 20 carries. He added three catches for 40 yards. At the end of the game, Birmingham had totaled a single-game school-record 395 all-purpose yards. The previous record was 312 set in 1994 by future NFL player Joe Aska. On Monday, Birmingham was also selected as Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Offensive Player of the Week. It's the second time this season Birmingham has been honored by the NCAA Division II league.
*Did you know? Birmingham, an All-State selection out of Luther High School, originally signed with Wyoming. He transferred to UCO so he could play with older brother Ben Birmingham. ... He leads the Bronchos this season in rushing yards (878), touchdowns (12), kickoff return yards (359) and scoring (78 points). ... Nickname is Juice.
*Go watch: Birmingham next plays 2 p.m. Saturday, when UCO hosts Southwest Baptist (Mo.) at Wantland Stadium in Edmond.
*2012 Players of the Week: Sept. 4, Terrance Dixon, RB, Northeastern State; Sept. 11, Armonty Bryant, DE, East Central; Sept. 18, Gerald Howse, RB, Northeastern A&M; Sept. 25, Michael Hicks, LB, Southern Nazarene; Oct. 2, Jercolby Bradley, QB, Southeastern State; Oct. 9, Spencer Bond, QB, East Central; Oct. 16, Dylan Terry, QB, Southern Nazarene
BY SCOTT MUNN