2017 NAIA Football Players of the Week — No. 9
By Alan Grosbach, Associate Director of Athletics Communications and Media
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nick Calzaretta of College of Idaho, Mackenzie Evans of Friends (Kan.) and Eric
Offensive Player of the Week
Nick Calzaretta, College of Idaho
Fr., RB, Corte Madera, Calif.
• Tied a College of Idaho school record with five rushing touchdowns in the Coyotes 64-35 victory over then-No. 17 Montana Tech last Saturday.
• Weekly stats:
o Five rushing touchdowns (ties program record)
o Career-high 162 rushing yards
o Helped Coyotes to 64 points – the most for the program since 1961.
Defensive Player of the Week
Mackenzie Evans, Friends (Kan.)
Jr., DB, Wichita, Kan.
• Tied a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference record with four interceptions in the Falcons’ 49-20 victory over Bethany (Kan.)
• Weekly stats:
o Four interceptions
o One interception return for a touchdown (35 yards)
o One tackle
Special Teams Player of the Week
Fr., K, New Berlin, Wis.
• Kicked what proved to be the game-winner with 10:30 left in the fourth quarter to give No. 6 Grand View a 30-27 win over then-No. 11 Benedictine (Kan.).
• Weekly stats:
o Three-for-three on field goals
o Long of 31 yards
o Three-for-three PATs
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Offensive Nominees: Dillon Turner, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); Justin Green, Saint Francis (Ind.); O. Haymon, Oklahoma Panhandle State; Hunter Brown, Campbellsville (Ky.); Mike Ivlow, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Alex Bell, Union (Ky.); Daniel Boshart, Peru State (Neb.); Jonathan Pearce, Southeastern (Fla.); Louis Quinones, Valley City State (N.D.); Zach Johnson, Tabor (Kan.).
Defensive Nominees: Cameron Newsome, Waldorf (Iowa); Caleb Coe, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); N. Leithead, Oklahoma Panhandle State; Darius Moore, Campbellsville (Ky.); Tarence Roby, Concordia (Neb.); Eric Dunten, Saint Francis (Ind.); Parker Bernhardt, Carroll (Mont.); Collin Thomas, Southeastern (Fla.); Tevin McCoy, Reinhardt (Ga.); Ben Slavens, Grand View (Iowa).
Special Teams Nominees: Luke Frain, Marian (Ind.); Kyle Mitchell, College of Idaho; Derek Brush, Arizona Christian; Collin Ellis, Doane (Neb.); Derek Burgett, Union (Ky.); Mario Esparza, Southwestern (Kan.); Jared Dougherty, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Marcus Mannerstedt, Webber International (Fla.); Dominic Kruse, Valley City State (N.D.).
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.).
Week 8 (Oct. 30): Tanner Trosin, Southern Oregon; Chris Overton, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Griff Amies, Rocky Mountain (Mont.)
Week 9 (Nov. 6): Nick Calzaretta, College of Idaho; Mackenzie Evans, Friends (Kan.); Eric Fridl, Grand View (Iowa)