By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kris Lehmann of Sterling (Kan.) is named the NAIA Football National Defensive Player of the Week; Christopher McGinnis-Parker of Eastern Oregon is tabbed as the NAIA Football National Offensive Player of the Week and Spencer Nolen of Saint Xavier (Ill.) is recognized as the NAIA Football National Special Teams Player of the Week, the national office announced Monday. The trio was chosen for their performances during the week of Sept. 23 – 29 and each was selected from a pool of conference and independent award winners.
Lehmann, a linebacker from Smith Center, Kan., recorded 16 tackles in Sterling’s upset victory over No. 8 Tabor (Kan.). The senior personally caused a fumble and was part of a defensive unit that forced five turnovers in the overtime victory over the Bluejays. Lehmann recorded two and a half tackles for a loss—good for 13 loss yards—in the contest and leads the Warriors with five tackles for a loss—totaling 18.5 loss yards—on the season. Lehmann currently ranks among the top ten nationally in tackles per game (9th, 11.3).
McGinnis-Parker, a Stockton, Calif., native, rushed for a game-high 187 yards on 31 carries in the Mountaineers upset victory over No. 3 Carroll (Mont.). The 187-yard performance was also a career-high for the senior running back. McGinnis-Parker recorded four touchdowns on the day: three by way of the rush and one via a 19-yard reception—his lone catch of the game—that would prove to be the game-winning score. Three of McGinnis-Parker’s touchdowns came in the fourth quarter, as Eastern Oregon mounted a comeback against the Fighting Saints. He becomes the first Mountaineers running back since Oct. 30, 2010 to have 30 plus carries in a single game and the first since Sept. 17, 2011 to rush for three touchdowns in a game. McGinnis-Parker ranks among the NAIA leaders in total scoring (11th, 42 points), total rushing yards (15th, 429), all purpose yards (30th, 508), scoring per game (31st, 8.4 points) and rushing yards per game (39th, 85.8).
Nolen, a Columbia, Tenn., native, tied a Saint Xavier record with five field goals in a road victory over No. 22 St. Francis (Ill.). Nolen went 5-for-5 on field goal attempts in the contest, including one from a game-long 46 yards out during the third quarter. He also averaged 58.5 yards per punt on the night, including a season-long 65 yard punt. Nolen currently ranks among the NAIA leaders in punt yards per attempt (7th, 43.8), scoring per game for kickers (14th, 6.7 points) and total scoring for kickers (36th, 20 points).
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For the complete NAIA Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Offensive Nominees: Derek Fulton, Grand View (Iowa); Troy Torrence, St. Francis (Ill.); Kendall Roberson, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Thomas Hankerson, Friends (Kan.); Hogan Goodson, Union (Ky.); Bill Noonan, Benedictine (Kan.); Matt Harshman, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Stephen Braswell, Presentation (S.D.).
Defensive Nominees: Steve David, Jamestown (N.D.); Joe Camacho, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Phil Latimer, Nebraska Wesleyan; Samuel Bishop, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Dave Marciano, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Jordan Martin, Siena Heights (Mich.); Avery Ford, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Matt Gayman, Eastern Oregon.
Special Teams Nominees: Austin Manger, Oklahoma Baptist; Michael Brewer, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Eddie Juarez, Sterling (Kan.); Travis Nunley, Reinhardt (Ga.); Devin Mohn, Presentation (S.D.); Owain Hickey, Hastings (Neb.); Ryan Steska, Rocky Mountain (Mont.).
2013 NAIA Football Players of the Week (complete schedule)
Week 1 (Sept. 2)
Offense: Bryce Baker, Rocky Mountain (Mont.)
Defense: Zach Hollier, Grand View (Iowa)
Special Teams: Zach Keenan, Benedictine (Kan.)
Week 2 (Sept. 9)
Offense: E.J. White, St. Francis (Ill.)
Defense: Zach Dolph, Saint Xavier (Ill.)
Special Teams: Albert Huntley, Cumberlands (Ky.)
Week 3 (Sept. 16)
Offense: Melvin Mason, Southern Oregon
Defense: Erik Brown, Ottawa (Kan.)
Special Teams: Jordan Pedersen, Doane (Neb.)
Week 4 (Sept. 23)
Offense: Josh Miller, Saint Francis (Ind.)
Defense: JerSean Walder, Doane (Neb.)
Special Teams: Mike Phillips, McPherson (Kan.)
Week 5 (Sept. 30)
Offense: Christopher McGinnis-Parker, Eastern Oregon
Defense: Kris Lehmann, Sterling (Kan.)
Special Teams: Spencer Nolen, Saint Xavier (Ill.)