Sunday, September 15, 2013 | Valley Football
Missouri Valley Football - Players of the Week
QB Mike Perish, Indiana State
QB Mike Perish, Indiana State

This week's Missouri Valley Football Conference Players of the Week include RB Vernon Scott of Missouri State; QB Mike Perish of Indiana State; LB Dallas Brown of South Dakota State; P Nick Liste of Youngstown State; and Robert Booker of Missouri State.

Co-Offense
RB Vernon Scott, Missouri State
6-0, 170, Sr., Muskogee (Okla.) High
 Scott carried 26 times for a career-high 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead all players in Saturday’s 41-38 Bears’ loss at Murray State. Scott notched the most rushing yards by a MSU player since Cody Pratt posted 217 yards vs. Drake on 9/2/04. His first TD, a 25-yarder set the pace for the Bears who registered 34 first downs and 578 total yards in the contest. His second score gave the Bears a 31-26 fourth-quarter lead and capped a 54-yard scoring drive with a 3-yard carry.

Co-Offense
QB Mike Perish, Indiana State
6-3, 210, Jr., Frankfort (Ill.) Marist High
 Perish was 23-of-26 passing for 379 yards with four passing touchdowns and one on the ground as the Sycamores went over 70 points for the first time since 1925 in their 70-7 victory over Quincy. Perish had 379 passing yards which are the fourth-most in a single-game in school history and was part of a school record 433 passing yards, topping a 2006 effort against Missouri State. Perish’s completion percentage of 88.4 percent (23-of-26) is likewise a new school record. Perish added a one-yard touchdown run at the start of the second quarter to give him a part of five of a school record 10 TDs on the day.

Defense
LB Dallas Brown, South Dakota State
5-11, 190, R-Fr., Tucson (Arizona) Sabino
 In his first career start, Brown intercepted a pair of passes and was credited with six tackles in South Dakota State’s 34-26 win over Southeastern Louisiana. Both of Brown’s interceptions came on Southeastern’s last two offensive possessions; the first interception he returned 52 yards for a touchdown with 2:25 to play. The second interception also came near midfield with just over a minute remaining, sealing the Jackrabbit victory.
Brown was moved from safety to linebacker midway through fall camp.

Special Teams
P Nick Liste, Youngstown State
5-10, 185, Sr., Niles (Ohio) Niles McKinley
 Liste continued his strong start to the season averaging 50.9 yards per punt on seven kicks in the defeat at Michigan State. Against the Spartans, Liste had punts of 62, 55, 53, 52, 50, 48 and 46 yards in the contest. He also had four kickoffs, two of which were touchbacks. Through three games, Liste is averaging 49.6 yards per punt. He has nine kicks of 50 yards or more this season.

Newcomer
LB Dallas Brown, South Dakota State
5-11, 190, R-Fr., Tucson (Arizona) Sabino
 In his first career start, Brown intercepted a pair of passes and was credited with six tackles in South Dakota State’s 34-26 win over Southeastern Louisiana. Both of Brown’s interceptions came on Southeastern’s last two offensive possessions; the first interception he returned 52 yards for a touchdown with 2:25 to play. The second interception also came near midfield with just over a minute remaining, sealing the Jackrabbit victory.
Brown was moved from safety to linebacker midway through fall camp. 

Offensive Lineman
C Robert Booker, Missouri State
So., 6-3, 315, Ozark (Mo.) High
 Booker recorded 12 knockdowns, a 100% assignment grade and an 88% performance grade. The Bears ran a school record 99 plays and tallied the fourth-most first downs in MSU history (34). The offense produced 578 total yards, 366 on the ground, with a season-high 38 points.

 

Other Top Performers Last Week:

OFFENSE
RB Malcolm Agnew, SIU -- Ran for 97 yards on 14 carries and helped Southern Illinois to a 31-10 win over Charleston. All of his carries came in the second half of the game. The junior transfer broke off two runs of over 20 yards and averaged 6.9 yards per carry.
WR Cameron Meredith, ILS -- Led the Redbirds with five catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns against Eastern Illinois Saturday night. The catches and touchdowns were the first of his career, after he missed the season-opener at Ball State.
RB Zach Zenner, SDSU -- Zenner carried the ball 17 times for 128 yards and three touchdowns, and added three catches for 60 yards in South Dakota State’s 34-26 victory over Southeastern Louisiana.

DEFENSE
DE Calvin Belts, SIU -- Had two tackles for loss against Charleston. In the third quarter, he sacked quarterback Maurice Leak, forcing a fumble, which the Salukis recovered. It was Belts’ first career sack.
LB Ryan Callender, MSU -- Registered a fumble recovery, the Bears’ only sack, and a game-high 3 tackles for loss to help pace a Missouri State defense that allowed just 3 first downs in the opening half at Murray State on Saturday. Callender finished with 3 solo stops and 4 total tackles off the bench for the Bears.
DL Russell Jones, INS -- Seven tackles for a Sycamore defense which limited Quincy to just seven points on a late touchdown in the 70-7 victory. Jones added one tackle for loss and was credited with a quarterback hurry
LB J.J. Raffelson, WIU -- Recorded a game-high 11 tackles at Minnesota. He was part of a unit that kept the Gophers (ranked 15th nationally in scoring offense) to 18 points below their season average.
DE Colton Underwood, ILS -- Finished the game with seven tackles, a sack and two tackles-for-loss against the Panthers. Underwood also forced a fumble when he sacked EIU quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, broke up a pass at the line of scrimmage and blocked an extra point attempt in the first quarter.

NEWCOMER
RB Malcolm Agnew, SIU -- see offensive nominees above
RB Buck Logan, INS -- Had a career-high 85 yards on the ground, including a long run of 43 yards as the Sycamores downed Quincy 70-7 inside Memorial Stadium. Logan averaged 8.5 yards per rush with his 10 rushing attempts. Logan also caught two passes for 31 yards out of the backfield.
WR Lance Lenoir, WIU -- The true-freshman recorded a game-high five receptions for 54 yards and a TD. It was the first TD of his collegiate career, an 11 yard catch in the third quarter that put Western back in the lead.
TB Martin Ruiz, YSU -- Scored both of the Penguins’ touchdowns in the 55-17 defeat. Ruiz scored on a five-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and caught a 34-yard pass in the third quarter. In the game he had 11 rushes for 36 yards and caught four passes for 57 yards.
QB Blake Winkler, ILS -- Was called into action in the third quarter Saturday night at Eastern Illinois, when starter Jared Barnett left the game due to injury. Winkler made the most out of his first career appearance for the Redbirds, and finished the game 8-for-11 with 144 yards passing and two touchdowns. He connected on a pair of five-yard touchdown passes to Cameron Meredith.

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Tanner Fritschle, INS -- Was a perfect 10-of-10 on his PAT ‘s in the contest, as the Sycamores set a school record with 10 touchdowns scored. Fritschle also netted a pair of school records himself with 10 successful PAT’s and is the first Sycamore kicker to ever to go 10-of-10 on PAT attempts in a single game.
P/K Nathan Knuffman, WIU -- Averaged 40.9 yards on his nine punts at Minnesota, including a long of 65 yards. It was the longest punt by a Leatherneck in two years. He launched another for 52 yards and landed two inside the 20-yard line. His season average improved to better than 40 yards per punt.
P CJ Laros, ILS -- Punted six times for 255 yards for an average of 42.5 yards per punt. He had a long punt of 52 yards in the game and pinned the Panthers three times inside their own 20 yard line on the evening.