This week's Missouri Valley Football Conference players of the week are QB Brock Jensen of North Dakota State; LB Tyler Williamson of Southern Illinois; RS/WR Ryan Smith of North Dakota State; WR Fredson Salomon of Western Illinois; and Tyler Gimmestad of North Dakota State.
QB Brock Jensen, North Dakota State
6-3, 224, Jr., Waupaca (Wis.) High
Brock Jensen completed 15 of 23 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns as No. 1-ranked North Dakota State defeated No. 3 Youngstown State 48-7 on Oct. 6 before a school record crowd of 19,065 at Gate City Bank Field. Jensen completed scoring passes to Zach Vraa with a 46-yard strike on the flea-flicker with 4:23 left in the first quarter and a 16-yard pass to Ryan Smith with 51-seconds left in the second quarter. He reached 200-yards passing for the eighth time in his career.
LB Tyler Williamson, Southern Illinois
6-2, 217, So., Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic High
Williamson led Southern Illinois with seven solo tackles, an interception and a sack in the Salukis’ shutout of No. 9 Illinois State. Thrust into a bigger role as the Dawgs battled in-game injuries, the sophomore made big plays all over the field and also recorded two tackles for loss.
WR/RS Ryan Smith, North Dakota State
5-7, 175, Jr., Wahpeton (N.D.) High
Ryan Smith returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter as No. 1-ranked North Dakota State defeated No. 3 Youngstown State 48-7 on Oct. 6 before a school record crowd of 19,065 at Gate City Bank Field. It was the second punt return for a TD for Smith, who went the distance against South Dakota State last season. He also matched a career-high with seven receptions for 82 yards and one touchdown, a 16-yard pass from Brock Jensen in the second quarter.
WR Fredson Salomon, Western Illinois
5-9, 150, Jr., Miami (Fla.) (ASA) (North Miami)
Salomon recorded the Leathernecks' first 100-yard receiving game in a span of 11 games dating back to the 2011 contest at Indiana State (Terriun Crump). Two of his three receptions went for touchdowns, finishing with 109 yards. Salomon entered the game with 92 yards on the season.
OG Tyler Gimmestad, North Dakota State
6-2, 298, Jr., Marshall (Minn.) High
Gimmestad graded out to 96 percent and had eight knockdown blocks vs. Youngstown State. Gimmestad allowed no QB sacks or hurries as the Bison held a 364-211 advantage in total offense including 164 rushing led by running back John Crockett’s 103 yards and two TDs on 25 attempts. Quarterback Brock Jensen completed 15 of 23 passes for 200 yards and two TDs. NDSU held a 33:12 to 26:48 advantage in time of possession.