2014 NCAC Football Players of the Week

OFFENSIVE DEFENSIVE
 
November 17th
  Brandon Sklenar, Denison
(Midland, MI/HH Dow)

Completion: 13
Passing Attempts: 20
Passing Yards: 176
Passing Touchdowns: 2       
                             
Rushing Attempts: 14    
Rushing Yards: 151
Rushing Touchdowns: 2        

Denison senior quarterback Brandon Sklenar led the Big Red to a 33-19 victory over league-rival Kenyon on Saturday with a balanced offensive attack. He completed 13-of-20 pass attempts for 176 yards and two touchdowns, and also rushed 14 times for 151 yards with two additional scores. He finished his career fourth in program history in total yards with 6,368 (4,998 passing, 1,370 rushing).

Cody Buresh, Wabash
(Holland, MI/Hamilton)

Tackles: 7 (4 solo, 3 asst.)       Sacks: 3.0       
Tackles-For-Loss: 4.5        
Forced Fumbles: 1
                
Wabash senior defensive end Cody Buresh was a force on the defensive side of the ball in the Little Giants’ 27-3 win over DePauw in the annual Monon Bell Classic. Buresh finished the game with just seven tackles, but 4.5 were credited as tackles-for-loss, with 3.0 of those going in the books as a sack. He reached 32 career sacks in the contest, which eclipsed the previous school record of 30 set by Darryl Kennon ‘09.

November 10th
  DuShawn Brown, Denison
(Phoenix, AZ/Horizon)

Receptions: 15        
Receiving Yards: 339                    
Receiving Touchdowns: 4        

Denison junior wide receiver DuShawn Brown picked up his third NCAC Offensive Player of the Week award this season after he broke the league’s single-game record for receiving yards in the Big Red’s 45-7 win over Allegheny on Saturday. Brown finished the game with 339 yards receiving and four touchdowns on just 15 receptions to average 22.6 yards per catch. He surpassed the previous league benchmark of 318 set by Wittenberg’s Josh McKee ‘11 against Washington (MO) in 2010. Brown has also already eclipsed the DU single-season record for receiving yards as he enters week 11 with 1,272 total yards.
Thomas Gray, DePauw
(Westmont, IL/Nazareth Acad.)

Tackles: 7 (4 solo, 3 asst.)
Tackles-For-Loss: 3.0    Interceptions: 1   
Pass Breakups: 1            
Touchdowns: 1
                
DePauw sophomore linebacker Thomas Gray led a strong defensive effort in the Tigers’ 45-12 win over Hiram on Saturday. Gray finished the game with seven total tackles (4 solo, 3 asst.), which included 3.0 tackles-for-loss. He also intercepted a pass and returned it back 18 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
November 3rd
 

Zack Jenkins, Wittenberg
(Frostproof, FL/Frostproof)

Passing Attempts: 39
Completions: 28
Passing Yards: 401       
Passing Touchdowns: 2
Rushing Touchdowns: 3               

Wittenberg junior quarterback Zack Jenkins accounted for 401 yards and five total touchdowns in the Tigers 42-6 victory over Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday. He completed 28-of-39 pass attempts for 401 yards and two touchdowns, and also added three additional rushing touchdowns in the win. The 28 completions tied for the third-best single-game output in school history, while the 401 passing yards is tied for the fourth-best game in program history.

Dustin Holmes, Wittenberg
(Springfield, OH/Tecumseh)

Tackles: 16 (11 solo, 5 asst.)
Tackles-For-Loss: 1.5
Interceptions: 1        
Pass Breakups: 1
                
Wittenberg sophomore linebacker Dustin Holmes led a strong defensive effort in the Tigers’ 42-6 win over Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday. He finished with a game-high 16 tackles (11 solo, 5 asst.), which included 1.5 tackles-for-loss. In addition, he halted an OWU drive in the first quarter with an interception that he returned 31 yards to the Battling Bishop 10 yard line.
October 27th
  DuShawn Brown, Denison
(Phoenix, AZ/Horizon)

Reception: 13                
Receiving Yards: 272        
Receiving Touchdowns: 3    

Denison junior wide receiver DuShawn Brown set the program’s single-game record for receiving yards in the Big Red’s 38-24 win over Wooster. Brown hauled in 13 passes for 272 yards with touchdown catches of 76-, 15- and three-yards. The 272 yards broke the program’s previous single-game record of 231 set by Josh Jirgens in 2001, while his 13 catches were just one shy of the school’s single-game record set by Ben Fortkamp in 1997.
D.D. Fleetion, Hiram
(Youngstown, OH/East)

Tackles: 10 (6 solo, 4 asst.)        
Fumble Recovery: 1    
Tackles-For-Loss: 1.0
                
Hiram junior defensive back D.D. Fleetion racked up a career-high 10 tackles (6 solo, 4 asst.) to lead the Terriers in a 35-28 win over Ohio Wesleyan. He also added 1.0 tackle-for-loss and recovered a fumble late in the third quarter that halted a potential OWU scoring drive.
October 20th
  Justin Cruz, Oberlin
(Pleasanton, CA/Amador Valley)

Reception: 14                
Receiving Yards: 242        
Receiving Touchdowns: 3    

Oberlin sophomore wide receiver Justin Cruz had a career day in leading the Yeomen to a 37-9 league win over Allegheny on Saturday. He set career-highs in three separate categories with 14 catches for 242 yards and three touchdowns. His 242 receiving yards also topped the program’s single-game record, previously held by Rickey Valenzuela who amassed 239 yards against Wabash in 2001. Cruz also added 40 return yards in the win to finish the game with 282 all-purpose yards.
Chris Mondon, Ohio Wesleyan
(Mansfield, OH/Lexington)

Tackles: 9           
Solo: 8
Assist: 1   
Tackles-For-Loss: 3.0   
           
Ohio Wesleyan senior linebacker Chris Mondon led the Battling Bishops with nine tackles (8 solo, 1 asst.) in the 23-16 win over DePauw on Saturday. Mondon finished the game with 3.0 tackles-for-loss, including two on third-down plays that forced DPU to settle for field goal attempts.
October 13th
  Richard Barnes, Wooster
(Painesville, OH/Harvey)

Completions: 16       
Attempts: 25      
Passing Yards: 157      
Passing Touchdowns: 1   

Rushing Attempts: 22        
Rushing Yards: 129
Rushing Touchdowns: 2


Wooster senior quarterback Richard Barnes had the second-highest rushing game of his career after he accumulated 129 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. He also completed 16-of-25 pass attempts for 157 yards and an additional score in the Fighting Scots’ 42-21 league win over Allegheny.
Kyle Burchett, Hiram
(Fairport Harbor, OH/Harding)

Tackles: 14
Solo: 11
Assist: 3                      
Forced Fumbles: 1       
Fumble Recoveries: 1
Pass Breakups: 1

Hiram sophomore linebacker Kyle Burchett turned in a strong individual performance in the Terriers’ 31-8 win over Kenyon. He finished the contest with a game-high 14 tackles (11 solo, 3 asst.) to go along with a fumble recovery and a forced fumble on separate plays.
October 7th
 

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

Completions: 21              
Attempts: 28      
Passing Yards: 211
Passing Touchdowns: 1   

Rushing Attempts: 16
Rushing Yards: 152       
Rushing Touchdowns: 1

Ohio Wesleyan junior quarterback Dominick Orsini accounted for 363 yards of total offense and two touchdowns in the Battling Bishops’ 36-19 win over Allegheny on Saturday. Orsini completed 21-of-28 pass attempts for 211 yard and one touchdown, and also carried the ball 16 times for 152 yards and two additional scores.

Austin Brown, Wabash
(Griffith, IN/Griffith)

Tackles: 17
Solo: 10
Assist: 7                      
Tackles-For-Loss: 0.5
Pass Breakups: 1

Wabash sophomore defensive back Austin Brown was a force for the Little Giants’ defensive unit in a 35-16 league win over Wooster on Saturday. Brown recorded a career-high 17 tackles (10 solo, 7 asst.) to go along with a half a tackle-for-loss and one pass breakup. As part of the Wabash secondary unit, he helped limit the Fighting Scots offense to complete just 6-of-22 pass attempts for 48 yards.
September 29th
 

DuShawn Brown, Denison
(Phoenix, AZ/Horizon)


Receptions: 11        
Receiving Yards: 225         
Receiving Touchdowns: 2    

Denison junior wide receiver DuShawn Brown posted the second-best day by a Big Red receiver in program history after catching 11 balls for 225 yards and two touchdowns in DU’s last-second 34-31 win over league-rival Ohio Wesleyan. Brown caught TD passes of 74-yards and 12-yards in the first half. He was just six-yards shy of tying the program’s single-game record for receiving yards (231), set by Josh Jirgens in 2001.

Evan Killilea, Wittenberg
(Columbus, OH/DeSales)


Tackles: 12.0
Solo: 9.0
Assist: 3.0
Tackles-For-Loss: 1.0

Wittenberg senior linebacker Evan Killilea led the Tigers’ defensive unit in a 48-10 win over Oberlin by finishing the game with 12 total tackles (9 solo, 3 asst.), which included 1.0 tackle-for-loss.

September 22nd
 

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

Completions: 12       
Passing Attempts: 16   
Passing Yards: 150
Passing Touchdowns: 2   

Rushing Attempts: 13
Rushing Yards: 150        
Rushing Touchdowns: 3

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore quarterback Dominick Orsini played a part in each of the Bishops’ five touchdowns in their 35-25 win over Kenyon. He rushed 13 times for 150 yards and three touchdowns, including scoring on a 65-yard scamper to put OWU up for good, 21-17, in the third quarter, just 40 seconds after Kenyon had taken a 17-14 lead. He also completed 12-of-16 pass attempts for 150 yards and two additional scores.

Ron Borne, Allegheny
(Coraopolis, PA/Cornell)

Solo Tackles: 2
Interceptions: 2    

Allegheny senior cornerback Ron Borne made a pair of second-half interceptions in the Gators’ 24-21 come-from-behind win at Hiram. His first pick came in the third quarter, leading to a field goal that tied the game at 17. With just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter and Hiram driving, Borne then picked off a pass in the end zone to thwart the Terriers’ comeback bid and preserve the three-point victory.
September 15th
  Lucas Poggiali, Oberlin
(Sandusky, OH/Sandusky)

Completions: 13
Passing Attempts: 23  
Passing Yards: 181
Passing Touchdowns: 4   
             
Rushing Attempts: 6
Rushing Yards: 46
Rushing Touchdowns: 1

Oberlin junior quarterback Lucas Poggiali accounted for 227 yards and five total touchdowns in the Yeomen’s 47-28 league win over Kenyon. Poggiali completed 13-of-23 pass attempts for 181 yards and four touchdowns, while adding six rushing attempts for 46 yards and an additional score.
Mario Lemuel, Hiram
(Suwanee, GA/Peachtree Ridge)

Tackles: 6 (all solo)
Sacks: 3.0   
Tackles-For-Loss: 3.0
Interceptions: 2   
Forced Fumbles: 2

Hiram senior defensive end Mario Lemuel was all over the field in the Terriers’ 37-26 league win over Denison on Saturday night. He finished the game with 6.0 total tackles, 3.0 sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. His second interception was inside the redzone with 5:54 remaining on the clock to seal the win for the Terriers.
September 8th      
Britton Lewis, Hiram
(Tampa, FL/Paul R. Wharton)

Receptions: 8
Receiving Yards: 145
Receiving Touchdowns: 2

Hiram junior wide receiver Britton Lewis set career highs in receptions (8), receiving yards (145) and touchdowns (2) in the Terriers thrilling 30-27 come-from-behind victory over Westminster. He caught an 11-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Robert Partridge (Massillon, OH/Washington) with 11:26 left in the game to make the score 27-16 in favor of the Titans and than hauled in the game-winning score on a 14-yard pass from Partridge with just 19 left on the clock.
Ethan Buresh, Wabash
(Holland, MI/Hamilton)

Tackles: 7.0 (4 solo, 3 asst.)
Sacks: 1.5    
Tackles-For-Loss: 3.0
Interceptions: 1   
Defensive Touchdowns: 1

Wabash sophomore outside linebacker Ethan Buresh returned an interception back 41 yards for a score to spark a 27-0 scoring run and guide the Little Giants to a 34-21 victory over Hampden Sydney in the first Gentlemen’s Classic between two all-male colleges. Buresh finished the game with 7.0 tackles (4 solo, 3 asst.), which included 3.0 tackles-for-loss and 1.5 sacks.