Football: September 4
Offensive Players of the Week - Noah Shepard & Adam Perry
Noah Shepard of South Dakota and Adam Perry of Western Washington have been named the NCC Offensive Players of the Week.
Shepard, a sophomore quarterback from Thornton, Colo., completed 25 of 47 passes for 422 yards and five touchdowns in USD's 55-45 loss at West Texas A&M. The tallies are the second highest marks in USD history in total yards, passing yards and touchdowns and set a school record for completions. He also rushed 14 times for 84 yards (6.0 ypc).
Perry, a junior quarterback from Longview, Wash., completed 31 of 46 passes for 362 yards and two touchdowns as the Vikings upset NCAA DI-FCS UC Davis in the opening of the new Aggie Stadium, 28-21. The passing performance was the seventh best is WWU history.
Others nominated: Ted Schlafke, Minnesota Duluth; Tommy Ellingworth, Augustana; Brian McNeill, Nebraska-Omaha.
Defensive Player of the Week - Jon Rufeldt
Jon Rufledt of Minnesota Duluth has been named the NCC Defensive Player of the Week.
Rufledt, a senior linebacker from Bloomer, Wis., collected 10 tackles (5 solo, 5 assist), including two sacks for a loss of nine yards. In all the UMD defense set a new school record with 10 sacks against #20-ranked Bemidji State.
Also nominated: Cale Pulczinski, St. Cloud State; Shane Simmons, Western Washington; Nick Bentele, Augustana; Jeff Souder, Nebraska-Omaha; Blake Freese, Minnesota State.
Special Teams Players of the Week - Kelvin Rodgers & Corbin Anderson
Kelvin Rodgers of Minnesota State and Corbin Anderson of Western Washington have been named the NCC Special Teams Players of the Week.
Rodgers, a sophomore from East St. Louis, Ill., returned three kickoffs for 133 yards and a touchdown (44.3 ypr) and one punt for 35 yards against Northern Iowa.
Anderson, a senior punter from Veradale, Wash., averaged 44.6 yards over five punts against UC Davis. His 79-yard boot set a new school record.
Also nominated: Frank Leibfarth, South Dakota; Kenneth Patrick, St. Cloud State.