KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Cole Boger of Morningside (Iowa) has been named the NAIA National Football Special Teams Player of the Week, Austin Dodge of Southern Oregon has been tabbed National Football Offensive Player of the Week and Dewaun Harrison of Cumberlands (Ky.) received National Football Defensive Player of the Week honors, the national office announced Monday. Boger, Dodge and Harrison were chosen for their performances during the week of Oct. 1 - 7 and were selected out of a poll of conference and independent award winners.
Boger, a junior defensive back from Battle Creek, Iowa, blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth-ranked Mustangs' 28-3 victory against then-No. 18 Doane (Neb.) last Saturday. The play came on the game's opening series and set the tone for the afternoon as Morningside's top-ranked run defense held the Tigers to only 12 yards on the ground and forced 11 punts.
On the season, Boger owns 15 tackles (10 solo) and one interception. He is the second Mustang to win the special teams award this season.
Dodge, a quarterback from Vancouver, Wash., threw for a career-high 468 yards to lead the Southern Oregon offense to a 68-22 upset win against then-No. 24 Eastern Oregon. Dodge, who played only the first half, completed 23-of-30 passes, including a career-high five touchdowns, as the Raiders set a new program record with 706 yards of total offense. He also ran for four yards, giving him 472 total yards for the game.
Dodge boasts 1,922 yards of total offense, including 1,860 yards passing, to lead the NAIA in passing yards per game (372.0) and total offensive yards per game (384.4). Entering the week, Dodge is completing 66.7 percent (140-for-210) of his throws and has 17 touchdowns.
Harrison, a linebacker from Chickamauga, Ga., played a pivotal role in Cumberlands' 31-27 victory against then-No. 23 Faulkner (Ala.) on Oct. 6. The sophomore tallied a season-high seven tackles, including one tackle-for-loss, but it was his 42-yard interception return for a touchdown that highlighted his performance. The pick happened with a little more than three minutes remaining in the third quarter and gave the Patriots a 21-7 advantage. It was his second interception return for a score this season. He also added one pass breakup and a forced fumble.
Harrison is fifth on the team with 26 tackles (14 solo) and second with three interceptions.
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For the complete NAIA Player of the Week calendar, click here. The next NAIA National Football Players of the Week will be announced on Oct. 15.
Offensive Nominees: Greg Gates, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); James Monroe, Jr, Tabor (Kan.); Stephen Anderson, Trinity International (Ill.); Tevin Lake, Marian (Ind.); Derek Carlson, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); Derek Elliot, Valley City State (N.D.); Lemeco Miller, Cumberland (Tenn.).
Defensive Nominees: Ben Gardner, Tabor (Kan.); Robert Palmer, Marian (Ind.); Myles Toney, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Brady Bonte, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); Andre Jolly, Baker (Kan.); Marquice O'leary, Southern Oregon; Steven Willis, Webber International (Fla.).
Special Teams: Nominees: Michael Brewer, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Clifford Brown, Marian (Ind.); James Loydd, Waldorf (Iowa); Matt Berg, Montana Tech; Andrew Slikker, Kentucky Christian.
2012 Football Players of the Week (complete schedule)
Week 1 (Sept. 3):
Offense: Davis Bloemendaal, Northwestern (Iowa)
Defense: Howard McDonald, Eastern Oregon
Special Teams: Jordan Delbaugh, Nebraska Wesleyan
Week 2 (Sept. 10):
Offense: Bryce Baker, Rocky Mountain (Mont.)
Defense: Dexter Davis, Friends (Kan.)
Special Teams: Ty Littzen, Morningside (Iowa)
Week 3 (Sept. 17):
Offense: Shane Gimzo, Ottawa (Kan.)
Defense: Zach Dolph, Saint Xavier (Ill.)
Special Teams: James Bryan, Belhaven (Miss.)
Week 4 (Sept. 24):
Offense: Derek Lear, Montana State-Northern
Defense: Marcus Carter, Friends (Kan.)
Special Teams: James Loydd, Waldorf (Iowa)
Week 5 (Oct. 1):
Offense: John Dostal, Hastings (Neb.)
Defense: Marc Porras, Kansas Wesleyan
Special Teams: Casey Clarke, Campbellsville (Ky.)
Week 6 (Oct. 8):
Offense: Austin Dodge, Southern Oregon
Defense: Dewaun Harrison, Cumberlands (Ky.)
Special Teams: Cole Boger, Morningside (Iowa)