2010 NCAC Football Players Of The Week

Offensive Defensive
November 14th
 

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

Completions - Attempts: 34 of 44
Yards: 471
Touchdowns: 6

Ohio Wesleyan freshman quarterback Mason Espinosa set school records for passing touchdowns in a game (6), passing yards in a game (471) and total offense in a game (484) as he guided the Battling Bishops to a 47-24 victory over Hiram.

 
  Eddie Vallery, Wittenberg
(South Solon, OH/Madison Plains)

Tackles: 10
For a loss (yards): 3 (11)
Sacks (yards): 2 (10)
Hurries: 4
Wittenberg senior defensive end Eddie Vallery made 10 tackles, with three for a loss of 11 yards, two sacks for 10 yards lost and four quarterback hurries. He led the Tiger defense that held off Wooster for a 22-17 victory. With the victory, Wittenberg secured sole possesion of its 10th NCAC title and a bid to the NCAA tournament.

November 7th
 
 
Ben Zoeller, Wittenberg
(Louisville, KY/Xavier)

Completions - Attempts: 24-of-34
Yards: 317
Touchdowns; 3

Wittenberg junior quarterback Ben Zoeller completed 24-of-34 passes for 317 yards and three TDs. It was his fourth 300-yard-plus passing game of 2010, as he led the Tigers to a 34-17 decision over Wabash. Wittenberg has clinched at least a share of its 10th NCAC crown.

  Taylor Trout, Wooster
(Nashport, OH/Tri-Valley)

Tackles: 9
For a loss: 1
Interception: 1 returned for a 56-yard touchdown

Wooster junior cornerback Taylor Trout picked off a pass against Kenyon and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter. The interception ended a Lord rally and put the Fighting Scots up, 28-6. Trout also posted a season-best nine tackles, including one for a loss of six yards. Wooster won, 31-6.

October 31st
 

Robin Witjes, Oberlin
(Howell, MI/Howell)

Receptions: 3
Yards: 74
Touchdowns: 2

Oberlin sophomore wide receiver Robin Witjes caught three passes, two of which went for touchdowns, in the Yeomen’s 20-10 victory over Denison. Witjes’ 46-yard catch for a score with 4:20 left proved to be the game-clincher.

 

James Huddleston, OWU
(Pontiac, MI/St. Mary's Prep)

Tackles: 10
Sacks: 3
For a loss: 4
Passes broken up: 1

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore defensive end James Huddleston totaled 10 stops with three sacks and four for a loss in the Battling Bishops’ 30-14 win over Kenyon. His sack that ended a Lord drive early in the fourth quarter turned the game around, and led to an OWU score one play later.

October 24th
 

T.J. Salopek, Allegheny
(Huntingdon, PA/Norwin)

Passes: 35
Completions: 31
Yards: 342
Touchdowns: 2

Allegheny senior quarterback T.J. Salopek threw for a season-high 342 yards on 31-for-35 passing, with a pair of touchdowns. He connected with nine different receivers, and rushed three times for 26 yards as the Gators topped Ohio Wesleyan, 41-21.

 
 

Brad McKinley, Wittenberg
(Hilliard, OH/Davidson)

Tackles: 22
Solos: 6
Assists: 16

Wittenberg senior linebacker Brad McKinley posted a season-high 22 tackles, including six solos. The Tigers topped Carnegie Mellon, 27-21, in overtime.

October 17th
 
 

Jonathan Horn, Wabash
(Carmel, IN/Cathedral)

Receptions: 7
Yards: 155
Touchdowns: 1
Longest: 75 yards for a TD

Wabash junior receiver Jonathan Horn caught seven passes for 155 yards and one touchdown in the Little Giants’ 42-21 decision over Oberlin. Horn’s 75-yard scoring catch in the first quarter was the longest reception of the season for Wabash.

 
 

Dan Ryan Wood, Wabash
(Palos Hts., IL/St. Laurence)

Tackles: 8
Solos: 5
Assists: 3
Pass breakups: 1

Wabash senior Dan Ryan Wood led the Little Giants with eight tackles, one pass breakup and scored his second career touchdown on an 88-yard kick return, in Wabash’s victory over Oberlin.

October 10th
 
 

T. J. Salopek, Allegheny
(North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin)

Pass Attempts: 29
Completions: 20
Passing Yards: 267
Touchdowns: 0
Intercepted: 0

Allegheny senior quarterback T.J. Salopek completed 20-of-29 passes for 267 yards as the Gators defeated Kenyon, 24-0, for their first conference victory of the year. Salopek became the first quarterback in school history to surpass 600 career completions.

 

Clay Eaton, Oberlin
(Findlay, OH/Van Buren)

Tackles: 8
Tackles for loss (yards): 3 for 17
Forced fumbles: 1
Sacks: 4
 
Oberlin sophomore lineman Clay Eaton recorded eight tackles, three tackles for a loss of 17 yards, forced a fumble and made four sacks in the Yeomen’s 48-36 loss to Case. 

October 5th
 

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

Pass Attempts: 31
Completions: 19
Passing Yards: 352
Touchdowns: 2
Intercepted: 0

Wittenberg junior quarterback Ben Zoeller completed 19-of-31 pass attempts for 352 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Tigers past Oberlin, 27-21. He had one completion for 91 yards and did not get intercepted in the game.

 

Girard Ogletree-Crawford, Wooster
(Delaware, OH/Hayes)

Tackles: 10
Pass break-ups: 3
Punts blocked: 1
Kickoff return: 1 for 92 yards and a touchdown
 
Sophomore cornerback Girard Ogletree-Crawford returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown, and added a blocked punt in the second quarter to set up the Fighting Scots’ second score. In addition to his special-teams prowess, he made 10 tackles and broke up three passes.

September 26th
 
 

Robert Flagg, Wooster
(Dunedin, FL/Dunedin)

Receptions: 5
Receiving yards: 87
Rushes: 21
Rushing yards: 120
Touchdowns: 2

Sophomore running back Robert Flagg led Wooster in both rushing (120 yards) and receiving (87) to lead the Fighting Scots to a 22-13 decision over Ohio Wesleyan. He scored on a 25-yard reception in the second quarter and from two yards out in the fourth, as Wooster beat Ohio Wesleyan, 22-13.

 
 

Ben Maxwell, Wittenberg
(Kettering, OH/Alter)

Tackles: 6 (2 solo)
Interceptions: 1 for 33 yards
Punts blocked: 1
 
Senior linebacker Ben Maxwell led Wittenberg past Allegheny, 24-21. With the scored tied at 7 early in the third quarter, Maxwell blocked a punt and gave the Tigers the ball on the Allegheny 36, which resulted in a 20-yard field goal. He also intercepted a pass and returned it 33  yards to stop an Allegheny drive in the first quarter. Maxwell also contributed six tackles, two of them solo.

September 19th
 

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

Receptions: 9
Receiving yards: 318
Yards per catch: 35.3
Touchdowns: 5 (Long 64)

Wittenberg junior wide receiver Josh McKee broke a 30-year-old school record, and a 10-year-old NCAC record, with 318 receiving yards in a 37-7 victory over Washington-St. Louis. He also hauled in a Tiger- and NCAC-record five touchdowns in the game. McKee’s 318 yards is the 12th-best receiving total in NCAA Division III history and his 30 points scored ties the best performance this season for individual scoring.

 

Sam Smith, Wabash
(Bloomington, IN/Normal)

Tackles: 7
Solos: 5
Assists: 2
Interceptions: 1 (-2 yards)
Blocked Kicks: 1
 
Wabash junior defensive back Sam Smith topped the Little Giant defensive charts for the second straight week with seven total tackles in a 45-21 win over Ohio Wesleyan. He picked off his second interception this fall and added a blocked punt in the victory.

 
September 12th
 

David Strawser, Allegheny
(Tipp City, OH/Tippecanoe)

Receptions: 6
Receiving yards: 127
Yards per catch: 21.2
Touchdowns: 3

Allegheny senior David Strawser led the Gators past Carnegie Mellon, 34-27, with six catches for 127 yards and three touchdowns. It was the first three-TD game for a Gator receiver since 2006. Strawser’s 16-yard catch for a score with just over two minutes left proved to be the game-winning score.

 
 

Jon Hull, Hiram
(Buford, GA/Mill Creek) 

Tackles: 12
Solos: 8
Assists: 4
TFL: 0.5
Fumble Recoveries: 1 for 79 yard TD
 
Hiram junior linebacker Jon Hull collected 12 tackles in the Terriers’ 21-13 decision over Kenyon. He also recovered a fumble and returned it 79 yards late in the third quarter that put Hiram up to stay. The victory snapped the Terriers’ 11-game losing streak, dating back to November 2008.

 
September 7th
 

Adam Niec, Oberlin
(Brecksville, OH/St. Ignatius)

Receptions: 10
Receiving yards: 93
Yards per catch: 9.3
Touchdowns: 3

Oberlin junior wide receiver Adam Niec caught 10 passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns, as the Yeomen upended Kenyon, 29-26, in overtime. Niec’s second score tied the game with Kenyon at 26 with two minutes remaining in regulation, and his third won it in the extra
session.

 

Adam Frudden, Denison
(Mahtomedi, MN/Mounds Park Academy)

Tackles: 11
Solos: 3
Assists: 8

Denison junior linebacker Adam Frudden  made 11 stops, including three solo, in Denison’s 21-6 decision over Ohio Wesleyan. Frudden made three big stops in goal-to-go situations.