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How did metro-east football stars contribute to their college teams this week?

Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa, left, and Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson, right, embrace after an Iowa fumble recovery during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 13-3. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)
Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa, left, and Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson, right, embrace after an Iowa fumble recovery during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 13-3. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney) AP

Several products of local high school football programs returned to action with the opening of the college football season last week. The BND will track weekly the performances of each that play at the NCAA Division I level.

Terry Beckner, DE, East St. Louis, Missouri

The 6-4, 305 pound lineman was credited with a pair of tackles in the Tigers’ 40-13 route of Wyoming Saturday in Columbia.

Jaylon Bester, WR, Althoff, Miami-Ohio

It was a quite day for both the Miami offense and the former Althoff running back. Bester didn’t get the start and didn’t make a catch and the Redhawks were shutout by Cincinnati, 21-0.

CJ Coldon, CB, Althoff, Wyoming

The redshirt freshman from Belleville lined up against Missouri and the East Side’s own Terry Beckner, of East St. Louis. He did his part in the loss to Mizzou with three solo tackles and an assisted tackle.

Stephen Elmore, long snapper, Belleville East, Eastern Illinois

It was a busy day for the true freshman. Making his second start in a 48-10 loss at Illinois State, Elmore was in on four punts and an field goal.

AJ Epenesa, DE, Edwardsville, Iowa

Epensa was among the Hawkeyes’ defensive leaders again Saturday. The 6-foot-5, 278-pound sophomore out of Edwardsville was in on five tackles, including three solos, had two sacks and recovered a fumble in Iowa’s 13-3 win over Iowa State. A true sophomore, Epenesa leads the team in sacks and is fifth in tackles. The 2-0 Hawkeyes have surrendered just 10 points this season.

Tanner Farmer, OL, Highland, Nebraska

The Highland lineman got the start at right tackle in the ‘Huskers’ 33-28 loss to Colorado.

Stanley Green, DB, East St. Louis, Illinois

After being credited with four tackles in the season-opening win over Kent State, Green was in on five tackles in an Illini victory over Western Illinois Saturday.

Jordan Holmes, WR, Columbia, Illinois

A non-scholarship walk-on at Illinois, the true freshman out of Columbia not only made the roster and got to dress for the team’s 34-14 win over Western Illinois Saturday, he saw live action. Holmes, a speedy, 6-foot, 181-pound receiver caught one pass for 14 yards.

James Knight, DB, East St. Louis, Illinois

Now a sophomore, Knight had one tackle assist and one solo tackles against Western Illinois.

Tucker McCann, K, O’Fallon, Missouri

The true sophomore booted two field goals, including a 50-yarder, and had four extra points in the Tigers’ win over Wyoming.

Oliver McDowell, LB, East St. Louis, SIUC

The Salukis had a three-point lead over Ole Miss, but ended up on the downside of a 76-41 beating Saturday. McDowell had two tackles assists.

Riley Patterson, PK, Edwardsville, Memphis

Patterson had three extra points, but no field goal attempts in the Tigers’ 22-21 loss to Navy in Annapolis.

Austin Seibert, PK-P, Belleville West, Oklahoma

The Sooners’ senior was good on seven point-after attempts, but didn’t get a field goal attempt in No. 5 Oklahoma’s 49-21 win over UCLA. Seibert averaged 40.8 yards on four punts.

Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms, OL, East St. Louis, Missouri

The 6-5, 330-pound junior got the start at right guard in the Tigers’ win over Wyoming.

Bryson Strong, LB, Althoff, SIUC

Recorded no stats in limited time at Ole Miss.

Nate Strong, RB, East St. Louis, SIUC

Recorded no stats in limited time at Ole Miss.

Jeff Thomas, WR, East St. Louis, Miami

Miami rebounded from a tough loss to LSU in week one with a 77-0 dismantling of Savannah State. Thomas caught one pass in limited action — a 67-yard touchdown bomb from quarterback N’Kosi Perry.

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