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2011 NCAC Football Players Of The Week

Offensive Defensive
November 13th

Josh McKee, Wittenberg
(New Carlisle, OH/Tecumseh) 

Receptions: 10    Long: 68
Yards: 199    Touchdowns: 2

Wittenberg senior Josh McKee hauled in 10 receptions for 199 yards and two scores in Saturday’s 42-21 victory over Wooster to cap off one of the most decorated careers by a receiver in the 28-year history of the NCAC. McKee ends his impressive career as the league’s all-time career leader in all three major receiving categories with 46 touchdowns, 234 receptions and 4,022 yards. He is also just the 15th player in NCAA Div. III history to eclipse the 4,000-yard receiving mark.


Charlie Baker, Denison
(Swampscott, MA/Swamscott)

Tackles: 5       Sacks: 2.0
Solo: 4           Tackles For Loss: 3.0   Assist: 1         Forced Fumble: 1    
Denison junior defensive end Charlie Baker recorded five tackles, including four solo stops in the Big Red’s 26-7 victory over league-rival Kenyon. He also logged three tackles for loss, two sacks and one forced fumble in the victory.

November 6th

Tyler Holmes, Wabash
(Bluffton, IN/Bluffton)

Carries: 19    Yards: 111
Average: 5.8 yds/carry    
Long: 23

Wabash sophomore running back Tyler Holmes ran for a career-high 111 yards on 19 carries to help the Little Giants clinch the 2011 NCAC championship with a 28-17 victory over Wittenberg. The 100-yard effort was the first of Holmes’ career.


James Huddleston, Ohio Wesleyan
(Pontiac, MI/St. Mary’s Prep.) 

Tackles: 11
Solo: 7        Sacks: 3.0
Assist: 4      Tackles For Loss: 6.0
Fumble Recoveries: 1

Ohio Wesleyan junior defensive end James Huddleston tallied 11 tackles (7 solo, 4 asst), six tackles for loss, three sacks and one one fumble recovery in the Battling Bishops’ 30-23 come-from-behind victory over Oberlin on Saturday. The six tackles for loss ties the school record held by three former Bishop defenders.

October 30th

Mason Espinosa, Ohio Wesleyan
(Cookeville, TN/Cookeville) 

Pass Attempts: 35        Carries: 8
Completions: 23        Yards: 34
Yards: 424
Touchdowns: 4

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore quarterback Mason Espinosa completed 23-of-35 pass attempts for 424 yards and four touchdowns, and logged 34 yards on eight carries in OWU’s 44-24 victory over Kenyon on Saturday. The 424 yards passing ranks third on the Bishop single-game list, while the 458 yards of total offense ties Espinosa for second on the Ohio Wesleyan list.


Brendon Taylor, Wooster
(Aliquippa, PA/Hopewell) 

Total Tackles: 15        Sacks: 1.0
Solo: 6            Tackles For Loss: 2.5
Assists: 9

Wooster sophomore Brendon Taylor led the Fighting Scots with 15 total tackles (6 solo, 9 assist) in Saturday’s 35-14 victory over Hiram. In addition, Taylor added one sack and two  and a half tackles for loss in the victory.

October 23rd

Chase Belton, Wabash
(Dayton, OH/Northmont)

Pass Attempts: 17
Completions: 9
Yards: 201
Touchdowns: 2
Carries: 16
Yards: 137
Touchdowns: 2

Wabash junior quarterback Chase Belton set a personal single-game high with 137 rushing yards and equaled his single-game high with two rushing scores. In addition, Belton completed 9-of-17 pass attempts for 210 yards and two touchdowns in a 39-13 win over Denison.


Zach Hurtt, Wittenberg
(Fort Thomas, KY/Highlands)

Total Tackles: 14 
Solo: 10  
Assists: 4
Pass Break-Ups: 2
Interceptions: 1

Wittenberg senior linebacker Zach Hurtt paced the Tigers’ defensive unit after totaling 14 tackles (10 solo, 4 asst.), two pass break-ups and one interception in a 27-23 victory over Carnegie Mellon. Hurtt, who entered the contest ranked second in the NCAC and 25th in NCAA Div. III in tackles per game (11.14), has now reached double figures in tackles in six of Wittenberg’s eight games in 2011.

October 16th

Jordan Fowler, Allegheny
(Finleyville, PA/Ringgold)

Completions: 29    Attempts: 39
Yards: 312    Touchdowns: 3

Allegheny senior quarterback Jordan Fowler sealed the Gators’ 31-28 victory over Denison after he connected with Sean Griffin on a three-yard touchdown pass with 11 seconds left in regulation on a fourth down conversion. In addition, Fowler became just the seventh Allegheny signal caller in team history to pass for over 300 yards in a game as he totaled 312 yards on 29 completions, including a career-high three touchdowns. 


Luke Zinsmaster, Wabash
(Logansport, IN/Logansport) 

Total Tackles: 5
Solo: 3        Sacks: 2.0
Assist: 2        Interceptions: 1

Wabash senior defensive end Luke Zinsmaster scored his first career touchdown on a five-yard interception return for a score in the Little Giant’s 37-23 victory over Oberlin. Zinsmaster, who collected five total tackles in the game, also recorded two of Wabash’s six sacks on the afternoon.

October 9th

Jordan Fowler, Allegheny
(Finleyville, PA/Ringgold) 

Completions: 25        
Attempts: 39
Yards: 271        
Touchdowns: 2

Allegheny senior quarterback Jordan Fowler delivered a career day through the air in leading the Gators to a 31-17 victory at Kenyon. Fowler established career-highs in completions (25), attempts (39), and yards (271), while also matching his career benchmark with two touchdown passes. 


CJ Gum, Wabash
(North Judson, IN/North Judson)

Total Tackles: 13
Solo: 7        
Tackles-For-Loss: 3.5
Assist: 6

Wabash senior linebacker CJ Gum, who returned to the starting lineup after missing the last two games with a knee injury, led the Little Giants on defense with 13 total tackles (7 solo, 6 asst.) in a 24-3 victory over Washington University (MO). In addition, Gum recorded three and a half tackles for losses totalling 14 yards, helping Wabash to hold Washington to just 59 rushing yards and 249 yards of total offense.

October 4th

Sam Fioroni, Denison
(Clarkston, MI/Orchard Lake St. Mary’s) 

Carries: 28    
Receptions: 3
Yards: 125   
 Yards: 65
 Touchdowns: 1

Denison junior running back Sam Fioroni totaled 190 yards of offense in the Big Red’s 27-13 victory over Wooster. Fioroni, who leads the NCAC in rushing with 587 yards, posted his third 100-yard rushing game of the season with 125 yards on the ground, while also pulling down three catches for 65 yards. He helped seal Denison’s first victory over Wooster since 1994 with a 15-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, giving the Big Red possession of the Old Red Lantern for the first time in 16 years.


Mark Swope, Wittenberg
(Fairborn, OH/Fairborn) 

Total Tackles: 9          
Solo: 4 
Assists: 5
Sacks: 1.0        
Tackles For Loss: 1.5
Interceptions: 1    
Pass Break-Ups: 1

Wittenberg sophomore Mark Swope was all over the field for the Tigers' in their 41-19 victory over Oberlin. He accumulated nine total tackles (4 solo, 5 asst) , one and a half tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and one pass break-up on the afternoon.

September 25th

Robin Witjes, Oberlin
(Howell, MI/Howell) 

Carries: 7
Rushing Yards: 64 
Yards Per Carry: 9.1             

Pass Attempts: 4       
Pass Completion: 3       
Yards: 27
Touchdowns: 1

Receptions: 3
Receiving Yards: 69
Yards Per Catch: 23.0
Touchdowns: 1

Oberlin junior Robin Witjes had his hands in ever facet of the Yeomen’s offensive unit in a 27-7 victory over Hiram. Witjes got Oberlin on the scoreboard early with a 10-yard touchdwon pass in the first quarter, and rounded out the opening period by hauling in a 56-yard touchdwon reception. In addition, Witjes was called on to attempt the extra point try after Oberlin extended its lead to 26-0 in the second quarter. He drilled the PAT through the posts to give him credit for 13 of Oberlin’s 27 points.


Dan Terhune, Wooster
(Chagrin Falls, OH/Orange) 

Solo Tackles: 7
Total Tackles: 7
Sacks: 3
Tackles For Loss: 5

Wooster senior defensive tackle Dan Terhune recorded three sacks in a game for the first time in his career in the Fighting Scots’ 10-6 victory over Ohio Wesleyan. All together Terhune totaled five tackels for loss to help stymie the Ohio Wesleyan rushing unit to -3 yards on 22 attempts. It was the first time since 2006 that a Wooster defensive unit has limited an opponent to negative yards on the ground. With the three sacks, Terhune has moved into third on Wooster’s career sacks list with 19.0.

September 18th

Sam Fioroni, Denison
(Clarkston, MI/Orchard Lake St. Mary’s) 

Carries: 26        
Rushing Yds: 213
Yards Per Carry: 8.2 
Receptions: 1        
Receiving Yds: 7
Yards Per Catch: 7.0
Touchdowns: 2

Denison junior running back Sam Fioroni rushed for a career-high 213 yards on 26 carries to lead Denison to a 42-14 win over Hiram. In addition, Fioroni scored on a 28-yard scamper in the fourth quarter and also hauled in a seven-yard scoring srike in the first quarter. It was Fioroni’s second-straight 200-yard rushing performance against the Terriers as he racked up exactly 200 yards in the Big Red’s 31-24 overtime victory over Hiram last season. 


Colin Hartford, Allegheny
(Fox Chapel, PA/Fox Chapel)

Solo Tackles: 3
Total Tackles: 3
Interceptions: 2
Pass Break-Ups: 1

Allegheny junior defensive back Colin Hartford pulled down two interceptions in the Gators’ 17-10 come-from-behind victory over DePauw. With Allegheny trailing 10-0 in the second quarter, Hartford picked off a pass and returned it back 34 yards for the Gators’ first score. He also added a leaping interception in the third quarter and finished the game with three solo tackles and one pass break-up to help lead the defense that allowed just 62 total yards of offense in the second half.

September 11th

Jonathan Horn, Wabash
(Carmel, IN/Cathedral)

Receptions: 8
Receiving yards: 134
Yards per catch: 16.8
Touchdowns: 1

Wabash senior receiver Jonathan Horn recorded his eighth-career 100-plus yards receiving game with eight catches for 134 yards, including the go-ahead score on a four-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter of the Little Giant’s 19-7 victory over Wooster. In addition, Horn moved to 21st on the all-time Wabash receptions list with 103 and 17th on both the all-time receiving list with 1,621 and the all-time touchdown receptions list with 12.


Jarrod Lewis, Hiram
(Petersburg, OH/Springfield Local) 

Tackles: 1
Interceptions: 1
Hiram senior defensive lineman Jarrod Lewis sealed the Terrier’s first win of the season after intercepting a pass with just seconds remaining in Saturday’s 16-13 victory over visiting Kenyon. 

September 6th

Ben Zoeller, Wittenberg
(Louisville, KY/St. Xavier) 

Completions: 22
Attempts: 34
Passing yards: 456
Touchdowns: 4

Wittenberg senior quarterback Ben Zoeller racked up 456 passing yards and 460 total offensive yards to break the single-game school record in both categories in the Tigers 45-28 victory over Capital. Zoeller’s steller game was highlighted by the second-longest play in school history, a 92-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Michael Cooper.


James Huddleston, Ohio Wesleyan
(Pontiac, MI/Saint Mary’s Prepatory) 

Tackles: 8
Solos: 7
Assists: 1
Sacks: 2.0
Tackles For Loss: 4.0

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore defensive end James Huddleston highlighted the Battling Bishops’ defensive unit in a 17-14 victory over Denison. Huddleston made eight total tackles, including seven solos, two sacks (-7 yards) and four tackles for loss (-14 yards). He forced Denison to turn the ball over on downs late in the third quarter as he sacked the Big Red’s quarterback on fourth down with OWU protecting a 17-7 advantage.