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2016 NCAC Football Players of the Week

November 14th

Matt Hunt, DePauw
(Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian)

Pass Attempts: 19
Completions: 35
Passing Yards: 241
Passing TDs: 2

Rushing Attempts: 22
Rushing Yards: 159
Rushing TDs: 3

DePauw senior quarterback Matt Hunt accounted for all five of DPU’s touchdowns in a 37-34 victory over arch-rival Wabash in the 123rd playing of the Monon Bell Classic. Hunt, who finishing the game by completing 19-of-35 pass attempts for 241 yards and two TDs, sealed the victory for the Tigers with a 13-yard TD pass to his younger brother Andy with just 38 seconds left in the game. He also rushed 22 times for 159 yards in the victory, which included scoring plays of four-, 51- and 50-yards.

Dan Hernandez, Hiram
(San Diego, CA/Castle Park) 

Tackles: 15
Solo Tackles: 10
Asst. Tackles: 5
Tackles-for-Loss: 3.0
Sacks: .5

In his final collegiate game, Hiram senior outside linebacker Dan Hernandez paced the Terriers’ defensive unit that limited Oberlin to just 218 yards of total offense in a 36-14 win over the Yeomen. Hernandez erupted for a season-high 15 total tackles (10 solo, 5 asst.) in the win, which included 3.0 tackles-for-loss and a half a sack.

November 7t

Nick Cummings, Wooster
(Plantation, FL/St. Thomas Aquinas)

Receptions: 7
Receiving Yards: 202
Receiving TDs:

Wooster freshman wide receiver Nick Cummings tied the school’s single-game record with four TD catches in the Scots’ 42-23 win over Hiram. He opened the scoring for Wooster with first-half TD catches of two- and 26-yards, before putting the game out of reach in the third quarter with scoring strikes of 29- and 62-yards. Cummings, who needed just seven catches in the game to rack up 202 receiving yards, is the first receiver in school history with four TD catches in a game since Chris Cabot achieved the feat against Kenyon in 1999. His 202 receiving yards is also the second-highest single-game output in program annals.

Gary Brodek, Ohio Wesleyan
(Parma, OH/Valley Forge) 

Tackles: 12 
Solo Tackles:
Asst. Tackles: 5
Tackles-for-Loss: 5.0
Sacks: 4.0
Forced Fumbles:

Ohio Wesleyan senior defensive end Gary Brodek was the catalyst in leading the Bishops to a 24-0 victory over Allegheny for the program’s first shutout in 10 years. Brodek finished the game with 12 total tackles (7 solo, 5 asst.) and 5.0 tackles-for-loss, which included tying for third on the school’s single-game list with 4.0 total sacks. OWU’s last shutout came on November 4, 2006, when the Bishops blanked Hiram by a 58-0 margin.

October 31st

Danny Robinson, Hiram
(Labelle, FL/Labelle)  

Rushing Attempts: 16
Rushing Yards: 226
Yards-Per-Carry: 16.1
Rushing TDs:

Hiram sophomore running back Danny Robinson tallied a career-high 226 rushing yards and a pair of TDs in the Terriers’ 42-14 win over Allegheny. He finished the game with a pair of scoring plays of 60- and 81-yards, marking the two longest rushing scores for the Terriers this season. He accomplished the 226 total yards on just 16 carries for an average of 16.1 yards-per-carry.

Austin Brown, Wabash
(Griffith, IN/Griffith) 

Tackles: 11 
Solo Tackles: 9
Asst. Tackles: 2
Interceptions: 1  

Wabash senior safety Austin Brown played a crucial role in leading the Little Giants to their second shutout of the season with a 28-0 victory at Ohio Wesleyan. Brown guided Wabash to the shutout over the recently red-hot OWU offense by collecting 11 total tackles (9 solo, 2 asst.) and pulling down his 13th career interception. 

October 24th

Dominick Orsini, Ohio Wesleyan
(Massillon, OH/Archbishop Hoban) 

Completions: 20
Attempts: 32
Passing Yards: 242
Passing TDs: 1

  Rushing Attempts: 25
Rushing Yards: 252
Rushing TDs:

Ohio Wesleyan senior QB Dominick Orsini set the program’s single-game record for total offense and posted the second-highest rushing performance in program history in the Bishops’ 37-15 victory at DePauw. Orsini opened the scoring with a 37-yard TD run early in the first and added rushing scores of seven- and four-yards to finish the game with 252 rushing yards on just 25 carries for a 10.1 average. He also completed 20-of-32 pass attempts for 242 yards and an additional TD for 494 yards of total offense, which broke the school record of 484 yards set by Mason Espinosa against Hiram on November 13, 2010.

Terrance Crowe, Wittenberg
(Springfield, OH/Springfield)

Tackles: 11 
Solo Tackles:
Asst. Tackles: 7
Interceptions: 1
Sacks: 1.0 

Wittenberg senior linebacker Terrance Crowe paced the Tigers’ defensive unit in its second shutout victory of the season, a 40-0 home win over Hiram. Crowe played vital a role in stopping both the rushing and passing attack as he totaled 11 tackles (4 solo, 7 asst.), 1.0 sack, one interception and one pass breakup. Crowe’s defensive effort also helped the Tigers limit Hiram to negative 15 yards rushing in the win.

October 17th

Dominick Orsini, Ohio Wesleyan
(Massillon, OH/Archbishop Hoban) 

Completions: 25
Attempts: 33
Passing Yards: 272
Passing TDs:

With Ohio Wesleyan trailing Hiram, 14-7, late in the second quarter, senior quarterback Dominick Orsini tossed TD passes on three-straight possessions to lead the Bishops to a 28-21 home victory over the Terriers. His first TD pass came with just two seconds left in the first half on a 26-yard connection with classmate Ross Hickenbottom, while his final TD also went to Hickenbottom on a 14-yard strike late in the third quarter to put OWU up 28-14. Orsini completed 76 percent (25-of-33) of his pass attempts in the contest for 272 yards and the three scores. 

Ryan Zinkula, Denison
(Northbrook, IL/Loyola Academy)

Solo Tackles: 1
Asst. Tackles: 6

Denison sophomore defensive back Ryan Zinkula picked off a Wittenberg pass at DU’s 29-yard line with 2:30 left in the game that led to Conor Dunn’s game-winning field goal on the ensuing possession with just 21 seconds left on the clock. Zinkula also had seven tackles (1 solo, 6 asst.) to help lead the Big Red to their first victory over Wittenberg since 1989 and their first 6-0 start to a season since 1985.

October 10th

Canaan Gebele, Denison
(Annapolis, MD/Broadneck)

Completions: 23
Attempts: 29
Passing Yards: 259
Passing TDs: 3

Rushing Attempts: 30
Rushing Yards: 160
Rushing TDs:

Denison sophomore quarterback Canaan Gebele was again the main focal point of the Big Red’s offense in a 33-19 come-from-behind victory at Hiram. With DU trailing Hiram, 19-17, early in the fourth quarter, Gebele capped off a three-play, 69-yard drive with a five-yard TD pass to David Weimar (Pickerington, OH/Central) for the eventual game-winning score. Gebele, who finished the game with 419 yards of total offense, completed 23-of-29 pass attempts in the game for 259 yards and three TD passes to Weimar. He also led the DU ground attack with 30 carries for 160 yards and a one-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Torii Hilbert, Ohio Wesleyan
(Long Beach, CA/Jordan) 

Tackles: 8
Solo Tackles: 6
Asst. Tackles: 2
Pass Breakups: 3

Ohio Wesleyan freshman Torii Hilbert played an instrumental role in leading the Bishops to a 25-17 Homecoming victory over Kenyon. Hilbert, who was making his first collegiate start at cornerback, came through with eight tackles (6 solo, 2 asst.), three pass breakups and one interception in the win. On Kenyon’s final offensive drive, Hilbert made three tackles and broke up two passes, which included one breakup on a third-and-10 from the OWU 17 to help preserve the victory for the Bishops.

October 4th

Matt Hunt, DePauw
(Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian)  

Completions: 18
Attempts: 30
Passing Yards: 237
Passing TDs: 4

 Rushing Attempts: 16
Rushing Yards: 159
Rushing TDs: 2

DePauw senior quarterback Matt Hunt was named the NCAC Offensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row after totaling 396 yards of total offense and accounting for all six of the Tigers’ TDs in the 48-35 victory over Kenyon. He completed 18-of-30 pass attempts for 237 yards and four TDs, while also adding 159 rushing yards and two more TDs on just 16 carries in the win. 

Andrew Baird, Denison
(Shelby, OH/Shelby) 

Tackles: 25 
Solo Tackles:
Asst. Tackles: 16
Tackles-For-Loss: 0.5
Pass Breakups: 1  

Denison senior defensive back Andrew Baird broke his own school record for tackles in a game after amassing 25 total stops in the Big Red’s 21-14 win over rival Ohio Wesleyan. He totaled nine solo tackles and 16 assists to help DU improve to 4-0 on the season. The 25 total tackles are also the most by a player in a single game this season across all divisions of NCAA football. Baird now needs just 17 more tackles in the final six games to become the program’s all-time leader in the category.

September 26th

Matt Hunt, DePauw
(Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian)  

Completions: 31
Attempts: 45
Passing Yards: 325
Passing TDs: 

Rushing Attempts: 11
Rushing Yards: 92
Rushing TDs: 1

DePauw senior quarterback Matt Hunt racked up 417 total yards of offense and accounted for five TDs in the Tigers’ 66-17 victory over Hiram. Through the air, he completed 31-of-45 pass attempts for 325 yards and four TDs, which included a pair of scoring strikes of 8- and 31-yards to his younger brother Andy Hunt. He also added 92 rushing yards on just 11 carries and an additional score on an eight-yard run in the second quarter. His 417 yards of total offense were the third-highest single-game mark in school history.

Dustin Holmes, Wittenberg
(Springfield, OH/Tecumseh)  

Tackles: 22
Solo Tackles: 9
Asst. Tackles: 13 
Tackles-For-Loss: 1
Forced Fumble:

Wittenberg senior linebacker Dustin Holmes spearheaded a defensive unit that limited Wabash to a season-low 84 rushing yards in a 24-14 come-from-behind victory over the Little Giants on Saturday in Springfield. Holmes, who forced a fumble early in the second quarter, finished the game with 22 total tackles, which included nine solo stops and 1.0 tackle-for-loss.

September 19th

Canaan Gebele, Denison
(Annapolis, MD/Brodneck) 

Completions: 20
Attempts: 32
Passing Yards: 224
Passing TDs: 

Rushing Attempts: 12
Rushing Yards: 135
Rushing TDs:

Denison sophomore quarterback Canaan Gebele totaled 359 yards of offense and accounted for four TDs in the Big Red’s NCAC-opening 54-7 win at Oberlin. Gebele rushed for 135 yards and three TDs on just 12 carries, which included a 75-yard TD run in the second quarter that put DU up 23-0. He also completed 20-of-32 pass attempts in the win for 224 yards and a 51-yard TD pass early in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Will Longthorne, DePauw
(Toledo, OH/Ottawa Hills)  

Tackles: 12
Solo Tackles: 10
Asst. Tackles: 2 
Tackles-For-Loss: 3.0
Sacks: 1.0 
Pass Breakups: 1

DePauw senior linebacker Will Longthorne was a menace in the backfield in the Tigers’ 35-24 win at Wooster. Longthorne led DPU in the game with 12 total tackles, which included 10 solo stops, 3.0 tackles-for-losses of 11 yards, 1.0 sack and one pass breakup. 

September 12th

Gary Muntean, Wooster
(Poland, OH/Struthers)  

Completions: 29
Attempts: 40
Passing Yards: 419
Passing TDs: 

  Rushing Attempts: 7
Rushing Yards: 42
Rushing TDs: 1

Wooster junior quarterback Gary Muntean racked up 461 yards of total offense in the Scots’ NCAC-opening 49-40 shootout win against Allegheny. He completed 29-of-40 pass attempts for 419 yards and one TD to mark his fifth-straight game with 300-plus passing yards, dating back to last season. He also added seven carries for 42 yards, which included a one-yard scoring plunge in the second quarter that put the Scots up 21-10 at the time.

Brooks Hepp, DePauw
(Fishers, IN/Bishop Chatard)   

Tackles: 8 
Solo Tackles:
Asst. Tackles: 3
Interceptions: 1
Defensive TDs: 1  

DePauw sophomore defensive back Brooks Hepp helped secure the Tigers’ 44-13 victory over visiting Mt. St. Joseph by picking off a pass on the second play of the third quarter and returning back 32 yards for a touchdown to give DPU a 34-6 lead. He also made eight tackles in the game, which included five solo stops and three assists.

September 6th

Ian Bell, Kenyon
(Chagrin Falls, OH/Hawken)  

Receptions: 6
Receiving Yards: 95 

Rushing Attempts: 6
Rushing Yards: 41
Rushing TDs:

Kenyon junior wide receiver Ian Bell was a dual-threat weapon in the Lords’ season-opening 21-17 come-from-behind victory over Sewanee. Kenyon trailed by 14 points early in the game, but Bell’s rushing TDs of seven- and 12-yards in the third and fourth quarters vaulted the Lords to the victory. Bell, who finished the game with 36 total rushing yards on six carries, also excelled at his primary position by hauling in six receptions for 95 yards in the four-point win. 

Terrance Crowe, Wittenberg
(Springfield, OH/Springfield)   

Tackles: 14
Solo Tackles: 1
Asst. Tackles: 13

Wittenberg senior linebackerTerrance Crowe had a monster game in the Tigers’ season-opening 34-0 shutout victory over Capital. He finished the game with 14 total tackles, which included assisting on 13 tackles and adding one solo stop to lead the Tigers to their first shutout in a season-opener since they blanked Bluffton by a 52-0 margin in 1997.