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2008 NAIA Football National Players of the Week - #11

November 17, 2008
By NAIA National Office

Nov. 17, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 11th and final installment of the 2008 NAIA National Football Players of the Week were announced today (Nov. 17): Drew Dallas of Kansas Wesleyan University was named NAIA Offensive Player of the Week, Travis Eason of McPherson (Kan.) College was named NAIA Special Teams Player of the Week and Adarrious Ross of Lindenwood (Mo.) University was named NAIA Defensive Player of the Week, for the week of Nov. 10-16. These winners were chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week performers among 10 conferences and independents.


Dallas, a 6-3, 215 lbs., senior quarterback from Salina, Kan., accounted for seven touchdowns in the Kansas Wesleyan 63-34 road win at Tabor (Kan.). He went 13-for-23 passing for 213 yards and six touchdowns. On the ground, Drew finished with 78 yards on nine attempts (8.7 ypc) and one score. He spread the ball around through the air hitting six different wide receivers. On the year, Drew finished with nearly 1,900 yards of total offense and posted 24 touchdowns (18 passing, 6 rushing).


Eason, a 5-10, 155 lbs., sophomore kicker from Tulsa, Okla., was the difference maker in the 28-23 win over Bethel (Kan.) Travis Eason - McPhersonin McPherson’s season finale. He connected on a career-best three field goals, hitting from distances of 41, 27 and 41 yards. Normally just the placekicker, Travis was pressed into punting duties as the regular punter got injured. Of his three punts, he averaged 35.7 with a long of 41 and pinned one of his punts at the BC’s one-yard line. His three field goals marks the second-most made in MC single-game history. Also, the two 40-plus yard field goals in one game are reported to be a first in school history.


Ross, a 5-11, 173 lbs., junior cornerback from Inglewood, Calif., was a stand-out in the defensive secondary in Lindenwood’s 21-18 victory over visiting and No. 12 Missouri Valley. Adarrious had two interceptions, both when MVC was driving in Lindenwood territory. He also had a pair of pass break-ups and two tackles. One of his stops came during the Vikings game-ending drive when they were trying to either tie or take the lead. He made a game-saving tackle of MVC running back Robert Holmes during that drive. He helped the LU defense limit a MVC team ranked second in the conference in total offense to just 256 yards.Adarrious Ross - Lindenwood


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Offensive Nominees:
Danny Lowery, Langston (Okla.); Michael Hayward, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Kyle Callahan, Union (Ky.); Ethan Haller, Ottawa (Kan.); Stinson Dean, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Brandon Bishop-Parise, Dickinson State (N.D.); Bubba Slaba, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)


Defensive Nominees:

Ken Mitchell, Kansas Wesleyan; Cunningham Anson, Pikeville (Ky.); Colin Green, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Evan Twedt, Jamestown (N.D.); Mark Drobac, St. Francis (Ind.); Brandon Sam, Texas College; Adam Maher, Missouri Valley


Special Teams Nominees:

Ropheyel Howell, Bacone (Okla.); Scott Mckeon, Kansas Wesleyan; Kyle Chilton, Pikeville (Ky.); C.J. Gradoville, Morningside (Iowa); Nate Nygaard, Jamestown (N.D.); Adrian Trevino, Missouri Valley


2008 Composite Award Winners (Schedule):


Offense: Josh Kittell (Jamestown College) – SR, QB

Defense: Willie Williams (Union College) – SR, LB

Special Teams: Kevin Kinsall (McKendree University) – JR, K



Offense: Randy Hippeard (Virginia-Wise) – SR, QB

Defense: Jarrod Makovicka (Briar Cliff University) – JR, LB

Special Teams: C.J. Gradoville (Morningside College) – SO, K



Offense: Jeremy Zientek (St. Xavier (Ill.) University) – SR, QB

Defense: Jordan Highley (Friends University) – JR, DE

Special Teams: Daniel Carter (University of Saint Francis (Ind.)) – JR, TB



Offense: Chris Ware (Eastern Oregon University) – FR, QB

Defense: Derrick Sullivan (Sterling (Kan.) College) – SR, LB

Special Teams: Ryan Nanney (Lambuth (Tenn.) University) – JR, K



Offense: Erik Walden (Bacone (Okla.) College) – JR, QB

Defense: Carl Thomas (University of Saint Francis (Ind.)) – JR, ILB

Special Teams: Chris Rodgers (Saint. Xavier (Ill.) University) – SR, DB



Offense: Ian Gilworth (Morningside (Iowa) College) – SR, QB

Defense: Eric Adolph (Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) University) – SR, CB

Special Teams: Braden Dragomir (Bethel (Kan.) College) – SR, K



Offense: A.J. Cooley (Shorter (Ga.) College) – JR, FB

Defense: Rob Foley (Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) University) – SO, FS

Special Teams: Corey O’Neill (Southern Oregon University) – SR, K


Week 8:

Offense: James McClain (Cumberland (Tenn.) University) – FR, RB

Defense: Michael Wright (Ohio Dominican University) – SR, DB

Special Teams: Kyle Chilton (Pikeville (Ky.) College) – JR, K/P


Week 9:

Offense: Mike Brinkley (Union (Ky.) College) – FR, QB

Defense: Dennis Thornton (Malone (Ohio) University) – SR, DB

Special Teams: Jacob Appleby (Union (Ky.) College) – FR, K/P


Week 10:

Offense: Cris Reisert (Ohio Dominican University) – SR, QB

Defense: Kurtis Lane (Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) University) – SR, DL

Special Teams: Cody Capps (University of St. Francis (Ind.)) – SR, LB


Week 11:

Offense: Drew Dallas (Kansas Wesleyan University) – SR, QB

Defense: Adarrious Ross (Lindenwood (Mo.) University) – JR, CB

Special Teams: Travis Eason (McPherson (Kan.) College) – SO, K

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