KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The first edition of the 2012 NAIA National Football Players of the Week were announced Monday by the national office: Jordan Delbaugh of Nebraska Wesleyan was named NAIA Special Teams Player of the Week, Howard McDonald of Eastern Oregon was named NAIA Defensive Player of the Week and Davis Bloemendaal of Northwestern (Iowa) received NAIA Offensive Player of the Week honors for the week of Aug. 27 - Sept. 2. These winners were chosen out of a pool of player of the week performers among the nine conferences and independents.
Delbaugh, a 5-4, 180 lb., senior running back from Englewood, Colo., blocked two kicks in Nebraska Wesleyan's 25-20 victory against Saint Mary (Kan.) on Sept. 1. His first block came on a Spire field goal attempt late in the first half to keep the Prairie Wolves within a touchdown (14-7) at the half. Delbaugh's second came in the fourth quarter on a Saint Mary PAT. In addition to blocking the attempt, Delbaugh scooped up and returned the ball for a defensive PAT. Delbaugh owns eight career blocked kicks.
McDonald, a 5-9, 217 lb., senior linebacker from Silverdale, Wash., had a career day in No. 16 Eastern Oregon's 26-23 road victory against Frontier Conference rival Montana Tech on Sept. 1. McDonald tallied a career-best 21 tackles (20 unassisted) two sacks and three tackles for loss. His 21 tackles are the second most single-game stops by a Mountaineer defender, trailing only Nick Hannah's 26 against Montana Tech in 2004. McDonald owns 14 career double-digit tackle performances and currently ranks amongst the top five nationally in tackles, sacks and tackles for loss.
Bloemendaal, a 6-1, 200 lb., junior quarterback from Orange City, Iowa, threw for a career-high 336 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 10 Northwestern to a 49-0 victory over Southwestern (Kan.) on Aug. 30. Bloemendaal completed 20-of-32 passes (.625), including touchdowns of 53, 21, 11 and 34 yards. He added 32 rushing yards as the Red Raiders set a school record with 649 yards of total offense. With his performance, Bloemendaal ranks fourth nationally in passing yards per game (336) and 10th in total offense (368). He also improved to 9-0 as a starter.
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Offensive Nominees: Stacey Berg, Dakota State (S.D.); Jake Snodgrass, McPherson (Kan.); Tye Sparks, William Penn (Iowa); Gus Ramasco, Jamestown (N.D.); Jesse Vaughn, Evangel (Mo.); David Yoder, Saint Francis (Ind.); David Amos, Faulkner (Ala.); Austin Dodge, Southern Oregon; Lamont Wims, Robert Morris (Ill.).
Defensive Nominees: Anthony Cervantes, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); Tevin Padgett, Waldorf (Iowa); Steven Williams, Bethany (Kan.); Donny Ruggles, Faulkner (Ala.); Ryan Hartnett, Marian (Ind.); Adam Steele, Baker (Kan.).
Special Teams Nominees: Nic Behrens, Dakota State (S.D.); Marcus Kerrigan, William Penn (Iowa); Drew O'Cain, Evangel (Mo.); Ryan Vaughn, Georgetown (Ky.); Mike Olson, Southern Oregon; Mason Prater, Webber International (Fla.).
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