This week's Missouri Valley Football Conference players of the week include RB David Johnson of UNI; LB Grant Olson of North Dakota State; P Nick Liste of Youngstown State; and P Ben LeCompte of North Dakota State.
RB David Johnson, UNI
6-3, 214, So., Clinton (Iowa) High
Johnson led the Panthers to their second consecutive win against South Dakota, scoring all three of their touchdowns. He finished the game with 130 yards on the ground with two rushing touchdowns and a 20-yard catch for a receiving touchdown. Johnson has 20 rushing touchdowns and eight receiving touchdowns. He has scored at least one rushing touchdown in eight-straight games.
LB Grant Olson, North Dakota State
6-0, 223, Jr., Plymouth (Minn.) Wayzata High
Olson had eight tackles including 1.5 sacks in No. 1 North Dakota State’s 20-17 win over No. 16 South Dakota State. Olson led a defense that South Dakota State to a season-low 209 yards of total offense and 11 first downs including 46 rushing yards. The Bison defense had seven tackles for loss including five sacks.
P Nick Liste, Youngstown State
5-10, 185, Jr., Niles (Ohio) McKinley High
Liste had a solid all-around afternoon as punter and kickoff specialist. On a windy Macomb day, he averaged 43.0 per punt on three kicks. Included in that total was a 67-yard punt with the win that changed field position in the game. With the contest tied at 7 in the second quarter, his 67-yard kick was downed at the WIU two-yard line. The change in field position resulted in YSU taking a 14-7 lead at halftime. On kickoffs, he had three touchbacks while his other three kicks were returned for a combined two yards and that was fumbled and recovered by the Penguins.
P Ben LeCompte, North Dakota State
5-11, 197, Fr., Barrington (Ill.) High
LeCompte punted five times for an average of 49.8 yards including a long of 63 yards to turn the field over in No. 1-ranked North Dakota State’s 20-17 win over No. 16 South Dakota State. LeCompte averaged 60 yards on five kickoffs.