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2009 NAIA Football Players of the Week Announced - Final

November 16, 2009
By NAIA National Office

Nov. 16, 2009

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The final installment of the 2009 NAIA National Football Players of the Week were announced by the NAIA on Monday: Lorenzo Brown of Sioux Falls (S.D.) was named NAIA Offensive Player of the Week, Ben Hansen of Azusa Pacific (Calif.) was named NAIA Special Teams Player of the Week and Sean Thom of Faulkner (Ala.) was named NAIA Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 9-15. These winners were chosen out of a pool of player of the week performers among 10 conferences and independents.


Brown, a 6-0, 200 lb., senior quarterback from Bristol, Conn., helped Sioux Falls put a finishing touch to a perfect 11-0 regular season. In the 49-21 win at No. 4 Morningside (Iowa) on Saturday, Brown went 17-for-26 (.654) passing for 260 yards and four touchdowns. He accounted for 55 rushing yards on 14 attempts (3.9 ypc) and scored twice on the ground. The six touchdowns Brown was responsible for ties a personal season-high. On the season, Brown has recorded 46 touchdowns (33 passing, 13 rushing) combined. He leads the nation in pass efficiency (203.0) and is seventh in total Ben Hansenyards of offense per game (286.5).


Hansen, a 5-9, 170 lb., senior placekicker from Milpitas, Calif., scored 13 points in Azusa Pacific's 37-3 defeat of No. 14 Langston (Okla.) on Saturday. He made three field goals, including a 52-yarder, the second-longest field goal of his career and the third longest in program history. He missed from 52 yards earlier in the game and later attempted to break the school record with a 56-yarder that he missed. He also made field goals from 25 and 32 yards. With the 13 points, he moved past former NFL running back Christian Okoye and into second place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 207 points. He closes the season with 18 field goals made, the second highest single-season total in school history. The 18 field goals ranks first in the NAIA in addition to his field goals per game average (1.6).


Thom, a 5-10, 235 lb., senior linebacker from Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was a key part of a Faulkner defense in the 24-21 win over UVa-Wise on Saturday. Thom finished with 14 total Sean Thomtackles including 1.5 sacks. On the offensive side, he also rushed for a two-point conversion. His tackle output marked the fifth straight game over 10 tackles and eighth overall this season. Thom ranks first in the NAIA in tackles per game (12.9) and 20th in total tackles-for-loss (15.5). Thom helped the Eagles hold UVa-Wise to almost 70 yards under its season average of total offense (261 yards) on Saturday.


For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.


Offensive Nominees:
Beau Foiles, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Philip Staback, Lindenwood (Mo.); Jerred Wallace, Belhaven (Miss.); Derrick McLean, Malone (Ohio); Clarence Anderson, Ottawa (Kan.); Torrance Moise, Webber International (Fla.); Derick Perkins, Southern Nazarene (Okla.)


Defensive Nominees:

Dan Schmeichel, Sioux Falls (S.D.); Bryan Onuselogu, Taylor (S.D.); Emmitt Harriel, McKendree (Ill.); Jared Hudgins, Southwestern Assemblies (Texas); Ross Diehl, Ottawa (Kan.); Derek Lannigan, Central Methodist (Mo.); Andrew Leasau, Azusa Pacific (Calif.)


Special Teams Nominees:

Mike Welce, Walsh (Ohio); Parks Peterson, Lindenwood (Mo.); Braden Wieking, Sioux Falls (S.D.); Harold Small, Campbellsville (Ky.); Scotty McKeon, Kansas Wesleyan; Cody Hackett, William Penn (Iowa); Adam Riley, Webber International (Fla.); Ryan Brock, Southern Nazarene (Okla.)


2009 Composite Award Winners (Schedule):


Offense: Chris Ware – Eastern Oregon

Defense: Jim Forner – St. Ambrose (Iowa)

Special Teams: Pagel Williams – Taylor (Ind.)



Offense: Michael Scott – West Virginia Tech

Defense: Marvin Barnes – Bethany (Kan.)

Special Teams: Zach Egger – Nebraska Wesleyan



Offense: Bryant Jackson – Central Methodist (Mo.)

Defense: Andy Roberts – Montana-Western

Special Teams: Ryan Brock – Southern Nazarene (Okla.)



Offense: Anthony Kropp – St. Xavier (Ill.)

Defense: Ross Diehl – Ottawa (Kan.)

Special Teams: Ben Hansen – Azusa Pacific (Calif.)



Offense: Jake Peterson – Morningside (Iowa)

Defense: Marcus Bratton – Virginia-Wise

Special Teams: Harold Small – Campbellsville (Ky.)



Offense: Jason Lovett, UVa-Wise

Defense: Ben Klein – Concordia (Iowa)

Special Teams: Denodus O’Bryant – Lindenwood (Mo.)



Offense: Kasey Peters -- Rocky Mountain (Mont.)

Defense: Brady Croucher -- MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

Special Teams: Stephen Harrison -- McPherson (Kan.)



Offense: Ryan Lowmiller -- Sioux Falls (S.D.)

Defense: Vince Martinez -- Doane (Neb.)

Special Teams: Andy Smith -- South Dakota Mines



Offense: Ryan Magnuson -- Taylor (Ind.)

Defense: Josh Plummer -- Southwestern (Kan.)

Special Teams: Sean Fraser -- Bethel (Tenn.)


WEEK 10:

Offense: A.J. Cooley – Shorter (Ga.)

Defense: Mike Lally – St. Xavier (Ill.)

Special Teams: Alex Beard – Quincy (Ill.)


WEEK 11:

Offense: Lorenzo Brown – Sioux Falls (S.D.)

Defense: Sean Thom – Faulkner (Ala.)

Special Teams: Ben Hansen – Azusa Pacific (Calif.)

Championship Information

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