By Alan Grosbach, Associate Director of Athletics Communications and Media
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jed Fike of Montana Tech, Ignacio Gomez of Lyon (Ark.) and Sean Rogers of Southern Oregon were named the NAIA Football National Players of the Week, the national office announced Monday. The trio was chosen for their performances during the week of October 16 – 22 and were selected out of a pool of conference award winners.
Offensive Player of the Week
Jed Fike, Montana Tech
So., RB, Harrison, Mont.
• Ran for a career-high 247 yards and scored four touchdowns to help lead Montana Tech to a 93-19 win over Montana State-Northern.
• Weekly stats:
o 12 carries for a career-high 247 yards
o Four touchdowns
o One reception for 34 yards
Special Teams Player of the Week
Ignacio Gomez, Lyon (Ark.)
Fr., K, Wilmer, Texas
• Connected to a pair of field goals, including a season-best 46 yarder in Lyon’s 21-14 victory over Texas Wesleyan.
• Weekly stats:
o Two-for-two on field goals, including a 46-yard attempt.
o One-for-one PATs
o Averaged 42.1 yards per punt
o Long punt of 72 yards
Defensive Player of the Week
Sean Rogers, Southern Oregon
Jr., DE, Portland, Ore.
• Registered four sacks and forced a fumble to help Southern Oregon improve to 7-0 for the first time in 70 yards.
• Weekly stats:
o Career-high 10 tackles
o One forced fumble
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Offensive Nominees: Dillon Turner, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) ; Darrius Lee, Evangel (Mo.) ; Izayah Riettie, Union (Ky.) ; Jaylen Lowe, Langston (Okla.) ; Jaylen Lowe, Langston (Okla.) ; Kimlee North, Cumberland (Tenn.) ; Alex Martinez, Saint Xavier (Ill.) ; Jacob Giles, Dakota State (S.D.) ; Nick Ferrer, Saint Francis (Ind.) ; Drevion Cooper, Tabor (Kan.) ; Dj Davis, Warner (Fla.)
Defensive Nominees: Josh Evans, Evangel (Mo.) ; Travon Smith, Valley City State (N.D.) ; Michael Nealy, Wayland Baptist (Texas) ; Darius Flowers, Bluefield (Va.) ; Danny Saracco, Saint Xavier (Ill.) ; Jalon Kemp, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) ; Ra-Heem Hill, Concordia (Mich.) ; Jamal Tillman, Warner (Fla.) ; Tanner Machacek, Northwestern (Iowa) ; Swain Williams, Sterling (Kan.)
Special Teams Nominees: Austin Gunderson, Taylor (Ind.) ; Derrick Holt, Montana Tech ; Luke Nelson, St. Francis (Ill.) ; Connor Niles, Morningside (Iowa) ; Nicholas Rodriguez, Ottawa (Kan.) ; Darius Barbour, Georgetown (Ky.) ;
2017 Football Composite Award Winners (Offensive, Defensive, Special Teams)
Week 1 (Sept. 11): Quinn McQueary, Montana Tech; Dominic Swillum, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Griff Amies, Rocky Mountain (Mont.).
Week 2 (Sept. 18): Nick Ferrer, Saint Francis (Ind.); Romon Morris, Pikeville (Ky.); AJ Allen, Doane (Neb.)
Week 3 (Sept. 25): Quinn McQueary, Montana Tech; Cole Wiseman, Doane (Neb.); Exavier Edwards, Midland (Neb.)
Week 4 (Oct. 2): Hilton Joseph, Waldorf (Iowa); Caden McDonald, Morningside (Iowa); Daniel Martinez, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Week 5 (Oct. 9): Bennett Gibson, Montana Western; Eric Dunten, Saint Francis (Ind.); Gavin Gardner, Saint Francis (Ind.)
Week 6 (Oct. 16): Darius-James Peterson, College of Idaho; D’Mauria Martin, Concordia (Neb.); Kyle Mitchell, College of Idaho
Week 7 (Oct. 23): Jed Fike, Montana Tech; Sean Rogers, Southern Oregon; Ignacio Gomez, Lyon (Ark.).