2007 NCAC Football Players Of The Week

November 4, 2007

OFFENSE
Ohio Wesleyan senior split end Zach Dennis (Jefferson, OH/Jefferson) had 
a 51-yard reception on the first play of the game to set up the Battling 
Bishops’ first touchdown in the 37-7 victory over Hiram. Dennis finished 
with 10 catches for 219 yards, turning in the first OWU 200-yard 
receiving performance since 2001. Dennis’ 219 yards also ranks fourth on 
the Ohio Wesleyan single-game list. Dennis also scored on a five-yard run.

DEFENSE
Wittenberg freshman linebacker Ben Koester (Fort Thomas, KY/Highlands) 
set up a first quarter touchdown with an interception in his team’s 17-6 
defeat of Allegheny. Koester also contributed 10 tackles and one sack 
for a loss of 14 yards. 
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October 28, 2007

OFFENSE
Denison junior quarterback Mike Barnes (Mayfield Hts., OH/Mayfield) had 
an outstanding day as he accounted for 313 yards of total offense and 
five touchdowns in the Big Red's 51-41 win over Kenyon. Barnes rushed 
for 190 yards on 16 carries and scored twice, and completed 10 of 14 
passes for another 123 yards and three scores. This season, he has 
accumulated 997 yards of total offense, 594 passing, 364 rushing and 
39 receiving.

DEFENSE
Wabash senior linebacker Adrian Pynenberg (Montgomery, IL/Oswego 
Community) made 13 tackles as the Little Giants clinched a share of the 
NCAC title with their 21-10 victory over Wooster. He is now five short 
of the Little Giants’ career mark in the category. Pynenberg made eight 
solo stops and had 4.5 tackles for a loss, one shy of the school single-
game record. He made two sacks for losses of 11 yards, broke up a pass, 
recovered a fumble and had an interception on Wooster’s final play of 
the game. 
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October 21, 2007

OFFENSE
Earlham senior receiver Joe White (Richmond, IN/Richmond) caught seven 
passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-35 defeat of Kenyon. 
White also made one catch on a third-down conversion on the Quakers' game-
winning drive. 

DEFENSE
Wittenberg freshman linebacker Brad McKinley (Hilliard, OH/Davidson) was a 
hero in the late minutes of the Tigers' game against Ohio Wesleyan. He 
stopped a Battling Bishop drive with an interception on the OWU 46-yard 
line and returned it 37 yards to clinch the Tigers' 21-61 victory. 
McKinley also recorded a game-best 16 stops, one tackle for a loss and a 
half sack in the game. 
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October 14, 2007

OFFENSE
Oberlin junior running back R.V. Carroll (Perry, OH/Perry) led the Yeomen 
to a 41-14 victory over Earlham. Carroll finished with 217 yards and four 
scores on 34 carries, for the third-best single-game rushing total in 
school history. He led a Yeomen surge after the Quakers had taken a 14-7 
lead early in the second half by scoring four straight touchdowns.


DEFENSE
Ohio Wesleyan senior defensive end Patrick Trenor (Urbana, OH/Urbana) 
compiled nine tackles, seven solos, two sacks for a loss of 18 yards, 
2.5 tackles for a loss of 19 yards and one pass break up to lead the 
Battling Bishops past Denison, 27-10.
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October 7, 2007

OFFENSE
Wooster junior running back Dustin Sheppard (Johnstown, OH/Johnstown-
Monroe) rushed for a season-high 116 yards on 20 carries, highlighted by 
a 34-yard touchdown with 2:58 remaining to lift the Fighting Scots to a 
13-9 victory over Ohio Wesleyan. Sheppard became the 10th player in school 
history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a career, and enters this week 
with 2,052.

DEFENSE
Oberlin senior Chase Palmer (Highland, UT/Snow College) was the hero with 
a game-saving interception with 47 seconds left to stop Denison’s final 
drive. Palmer posted a team best eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss 
and two sacks, leading the Yeomen to a 34-27 victory.
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October 2, 2007

OFFENSE
Quarterback T.J. Salopek (North Huntington, PA/Norwin) of Allegheny rushed 
14 times for 68 yards and one touchdown, and completed 18 of 30 passes for 
171 yards and the other score in the Gators' 14-0 defeat of Denison. He 
accounted for 239 of the Gators' 261 yards of offense.

DEFENSE
Senior Chase Palmer (Highland, UT/Snow College) led the Yeomen to a 49-14 
defeat of Hiram for their first victory of the season. He paced the 
Oberlin defense with six tackles, 0.5 for a loss, a fumble recovery, five 
pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.  
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September 23, 2007

OFFENSE:
Denison junior Mike Barnes (Mayfield Hts., OH/Mayfield) made his first 
career start at quarterback after two years as a starter in the secondary. 
Barnes had an impressive showing with 55 yards passing, 121 yards rushing 
and a touchdown as the Big Red defeated Gallaudet, 42-0. His 80-yard 
scamper for a score in the third quarter was the longest play from 
scrimmage by a DU player since 2005.


DEFENSE:
Allegheny junior linebacker Craig Lawrence (Fairview, PA/Fairview) had 
seven tackles, 2.0 sacks for losses of 14 yards, forced one fumble and 
recovered two more to lead the Gator defense in a 24-21 victory over 
Carnegie Mellon.
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September 16, 2007

OFFENSE: 
In overtime, Earlham junior quarterback Randy Kerns (West Manchester, OH/
National Trail) completed two consecutive 10-yard passes, the second in 
the end zone, to provide the difference and lift Earlham to a 26-23 
victory over Anderson. It was the first overtime victory in Earlham 
history. For the game, Kerns completed 18 of 36 passes for 207 yards and 
two touchdowns.

DEFENSE:
Wabash senior linebacker Adrian Pynenberg (Montgomery, IL/Oswego 
Community) totaled 12 tackles, three tackles for a loss, one sack, a 
forced fumble and a fumble recovery for a return of seven yards to lead 
the Little Giants to a 28-6 victory over Millikin. Pynenberg became the 
fourth Wabash player to record 300 tackles in a career, and is the 
second-ranked player on the Little Giants' all-time list with 50 career 
sacks.
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September 9, 2007

OFFENSE:
In Wabash's 35-33 defeat of Franklin, quarterback Dustin Huff 
(Martinsville, IN/Martinsville) carried the offense with single-game 
school records for passing yardage (477) and total offense (499) before 
going down to injury on special teams late in the game. He had four 
passing TDs and completed three passes over 50 yards. 

DEFENSE:
In Ohio Wesleyan's 20-14 loss to Catholic, junior linebacker Tommy 
Saunders (Gallipolis, OH/Gallia Academy) led the Bishop defense with 
10 tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup. 
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September 4, 2007

OFFENSE:
Kenyon senior quarterback Rafael Sanchez (Tavernier, FL/Coral Shores) 
accounted for six scores (two rushing, four passing) and 357 yards by 
running for 123 and passing for another 234 as the Lords doubled up 
Grinnell, 70-35. Sanchez led Kenyon to school records for points in a 
game (70) and total yards in a game (624).


DEFENSE:
Wittenberg freshman linebacker Brad McKinley (Hilliard, OH/Davidson) led 
all players with 15 total tackles in the Tigers' 13-0 loss to Capital. 
He also had a sack and broke up a pass in his first collegiate game.
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