Sunday, September 22, 2013 | Valley Football
Valley Football Players of the Week - Sept. 21
This week's Missouri Valley Football Conference players of the week are RB Zach Zenner of South Dakota State, LB Bryan Presume of Southern Illinois, PK Tyler Sievertsen of UNI, TB Martin Ruiz of Youngstown State, and OL Ethan Wirth of Southern Illinois.
RB Zach Zenner, South Dakota State
6-0, 220, Jr., Eagan (Minn.) High
Zenner rushed 20 times for 202 yards and two touchdowns at Nebraska. He opened the Jackrabbit scoring with a 40-yard touchdown run and also scored on a 3-yard run later in the first quarter. He posted his 13th career 100-yard game and fifth career 200-yard game despite not playing in the fourth quarter. Zenner has scored at least two rushing touchdowns in all four games this season. Zenner leads the FCS with 742 rushing yards.
LB Bryan Presume, Southern Illinois
5-11, 229, Sr., North Cobb (Ga.) High
Presume led the team with nine tackles in SIU’s win over Southeast Missouri State. The senior captain sealed the victory with his interception and 34-yard return on SEMO’s final possession of the game. He also blocked an extra point attempt late in the third quarter which kept the game tied at 19-19 and had one tackle for loss. Presume also forced a fumble in the fourth quarter.
PK Tyler Sievertsen, UNI
6-2, 185, Sr., Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Kennedy
Sievertsen set a career high against Northern Colorado after knocking in four field goals in a 26-7 victory. The senior finished with 14 points out of the 26 the Panthers scored off of 28, 25, 31 and 27-yard field goals. The last UNI player to make four field goals in a game was Billy Hallgren (2010 vs. South Dakota).
TB Martin Ruiz, Youngstown State
5-11, 195, Fr., Tampa (Fla.) Robinson High
Ruiz continued his strong start to the campaign with his first three-touchdown performance of his career in the win over Duquesne. Ruiz had scoring runs of nine, five and four yards in the contest. He had 17 carries for 65 yards in the contest. In four games, Ruiz has scored eight touchdowns, including seven on the ground.
RT Ethan Wirth, Southern Illinois
6-6, 291, So., Williamston (Mich.) High School
Wirth led the Saluki offensive linemen with an 81 percent grade, the highest percentage by a starter this season. The sophomore helped SIU to 409 yards of total offense and 209 rushing yards. He helped carve space for Malcolm Agnew, who ran for 127 yards, and the Salukis averaged 5.1 yards per carry.
OTHER NOMINATED PERFORMERS FROM SEPT. 21
- RB Malcolm Agnew, Southern Illinois -- Agnew ran for a season high 127 yards in the Salukis’ win against Southeast Missouri State. The junior transfer rushed for 104 yards in the second half and averaged 5.5 yards per carry. He helped put away the Redhawks with a nine-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter.
- RB John Crockett, North Dakota State -- Averaged 9.4 yards per carry rushing nine times for a season-high 85 yards and one touchdown in North Dakota State’s 51-0 win over Delaware State. Longest rush of the day was 35 yards to the Delaware State 4, which set up NDSU’s first touchdown for a 7-0 lead.
- QB Kurt Hess, Youngstown State -- Hess completed 15-of-25 passes for a season-high 292 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win over Duquesne. In the second quarter, he tossed a 52-yard scoring toss to Nate Adams. In the fourth, he found Marcel Caver on a 55-yard touchdown pass. It was the 20th time in his career he eclipsed the 200-yard mark, a continuing school record. He now has 59 touchdown passes as well.
- QB Sawyer Kollmorgen, UNI -- Kollmorgen threw for a season-high 248 yards on the way to leading the Panthers to a 26-7 win over Northern Colorado on Saturday. The sophomore quarterback finished 19-27-0 with one passing touchdown to Chad Owens to put UNI in the lead in the first quarter.
- QB Josh Vander Maten, South Dakota -- Vander Maten accounted for 263 of USD’s 284 yards of total offense (200 pass, 63 run) and accounted for two scores in Saturday’s 22-16 loss at No. 22 Northern Arizona. He ran in from 2-yards out to cut NAU’s lead to 22-9. He threw a 6-yard TD pass that made it 22-16 with 2:54 to go.
- QB Blake Winkler, Illinois State -- Winkler made his first career start Saturday against Abilene Christian and completed 18-of-25 passes for 201 yards with a touchdown. Winkler also rushed for 34 yards on 10 carries, including a long run of 15 yards.
- LB Dylan Cole, Missouri State -- tallied his first career interception for the Bears in Saturday’s night’s non-conference finale against No. 13 Central Arkansas. Cole matched All-American Caleb Schaffitzel with a game-high 10 tackles in the contest.
- LB Jake Farley, UNI -- Farley finished with 10+ tackles for the third time this season and for the fourth consecutive game, dating back to the final game of the 2012 season against Missouri State. The junior notched a season-high 13 tackles against Northern Colorado, just two shy of tying his career high of 15.
- DE Chip Holtschlag, Western Illinois -- Holtschlag recorded a career-high nine tackles in the UNLV game. He entered with 17 career tackles in his three-year career.
- LB David Perkins, Illinois State -- Combined with Bradon Prate for a sack in the third quarter, marking the first of his career at ISU. He added two more in the fourth quarter and finished with a career-high six tackles, including four solo stops, and two and a half sacks.
- LB Tyler Starr, South Dakota -- Starr had two sacks, three tackles-for-loss and seven tackles in USD’s 22-16 loss at No. 22 Northern Arizona. He forced his 11th collegiate fumble on his second sack and USD recovered to stall an NAU drive. The Coyotes held NAU scoreless for six consecutive offensive possessions to start the game despite being on the field for more than 18 minutes in the first half.
- CB Marcus Williams, North Dakota State -- Returned his school-record 20th interception 33 yards for a TD to give NDSU a 20-0 lead…It was his sixth career interception return for a touchdown, tying the FCS record held by Murray State’s William Hampton (1993-96)…Also had one pass break-up on third down to force a punt.
- LB Teven Williams, Youngstown State -- Williams had six total tackles and two pass breakups in the win over Duquesne. He had four solo stops and added a pair of assists. He also had a TFL in the contest.
- RB Malcolm Agnew, Southern Illinois -- see offensive nominations above
- WR Joey Borsellino, Western Illinois -- Borsellino set personal-highs and game-highs with five catches totaling 60 yards and his first collegiate touchdown. He is now tied for third on the team in receptions.
- LB Dylan Cole, Misouri State -- see defensive nominations above
- Tevin Foster, South Dakota -- Earned his first collegiate interception in USD’s 22-16 loss at No. 22 Northern Arizona. Foster’s pick ended the Lumberjacks’ third offensive series and kept the game scoreless. Foster finished with four tackles and was credited with a pass breakup.
- RB Chase Morlock, NDSU -- Had nine carries all on one fourth quarter drive that covered 76 yards in 13 plays…Rushed for 35 yards for an average of 3.9 yards per carry…Also caught one pass for 29 yards.
- LB David Perkins, Illinois State -- see defensive nominations above
- K Tom Barneson, NDSU -- Scored his first four collegiate points on a PAT kick and a 27-yard FG in the third quarter against Delaware State…Also handled two kickoffs with a 64.5 average and one touchback.
- P Miles Bergner, South Dakota -- Averaged 48 yards on seven punts, made a 24-yard field goal, and sent all three of his kickoffs into the end zone in USD’s 22-16 loss at No. 22 Northern Arizona Saturday. Bergner had a long punt of 57 yards and had one punt downed inside the 20.
- PK Joey Cejudo, Youngstown State -- Cejudo continued his perfect season connecting on a season-long 40-yard field goal and making all eight of his extra-point tries. His field goal came in the first quarter. For the season, Cejudo is 22-of-22 on PAT tries and 3-of-3 on field goals.
- P Austin Pucylowski, Southern Illinois -- Pucylowski punted three times for an average of 40.0 yards per punt. He pinned two of his punts inside the 10. Pucylowski booted one punt that was downed at the 1-yard line and one that was downed at the 9- yard line.
- WR Anthony Warrum, Illinois State -- Returned a punt 62 yards for a TD as time expired to give the Redbirds a 24-10 halftime advantage. The punt return for touchdown was the first of his young career at ISU and the first for a Redbird player since Sept. 13, 2008, when Tom Nelson returned one for 82 yards at Murray State.