KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Terrance Cobb of Cumberlands (Ky.) has been named the NAIA National Football Offensive Player of the Week, Kelton Reed of Kansas Wesleyan has been tabbed the National Football Defensive Player of the Week and Jahron Reynolds of Bethel (Tenn.) received National Football Special Teams Player of the Week honors, the national office announced Monday. Cobb, Reed and Reynolds were chosen for their performances during the week of Oct. 22 - 28 and were selected out of a pool of conference and independent award winners.
Cobb, a running back from Knoxville, Tenn., played a significant role in the Patriots' 62-19 thrashing of Campbellsville (Ky.) last Saturday. The junior ran for a career-high 327 yards on 27 attempts, including touchdowns of 74, five and 36 yards. It is the third-straight week that Cobb has rushed for more than 250 yards and scored three touchdowns. Additionally, Cobb set the Cumberlands single-season record for rushing yards (1,472) and rushing touchdowns (21) with the performance.
Cobb currently leads the NAIA in rushing (1,472), rushing yards per game (163.6), scoring (126), all purpose yards (1,650) and scoring per game (14.0). For his career, the 5-11, 220-pounder has accumulated 3,366 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns, which both rank second on the Patriot all-time list.
Reed, a defensive back from Plano, Texas, helped Kansas Wesleyan hand Southwestern (Kan.) its first home loss of the season, 35-17, on Oct. 27. The junior compiled three tackles, but it was his NAIA individual game-high tying three interceptions that were the keys to victory. All three of Reed's picks stalled potential Moundbuilder scoring drives, including two in the end zone. With the win, the Coyotes were able to remain tied with Ottawa for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference lead heading into the final two weeks of the season.
On the season, Reed is second on the team with four interceptions and seventh with 40 tackles (28 solo). He is the second Coyote to win the Defensive Player of the Week honor this season.
With his team trailing 14-6, Reynolds, a junior from Chattanooga, Tenn., fielded a kickoff on the 3-yard line and sprinted 97 yards for a touchdown to cut Bethel's first quarter deficit to 14-12 at Cumberland (Tenn.). Bethel ended up winning the game, 32-30. It is Reynolds' first career kickoff return for a score and set the Wildcats' record for longest touchdown return. He also had a 19-yard and 18-yard return to go along with 55 punt return yards and 55 receiving yards en route to a team-best 245 all purpose yards.
Reynolds paces the NAIA in punt return yards per attempt (21.2) this season, while ranking second in kickoff return yards per attempt (36.0).
For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
For the complete NAIA Player of the Week calendar, click here. The next NAIA National Football Players of the Week will be announced on Nov. 5.
Offensive Nominees: Brandon Large, Dakota State (S.D.); Tevin Lake, Marian (Ind.); Andrew Brimhall, Evangel (Mo.); Brett Giesen, Kansas Wesleyan; Brandon Smith, Northwestern (Iowa); Taylor Parsons, William Penn (Iowa); Dakota Stonehouse, Carroll (Mont.).
Defensive Nominees: Kalii Robinson, Southern Oregon; Jd Barchard, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Rob Keeney, Doane (Neb.); Craig McDonald, Belhaven (Miss.); Joshua Fairley, Baker (Kan.); Greg Beatty, William Penn (Iowa).
Special Teams Nominees: Andrew Muzljakovich, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Josh Boggs, Doane (Neb.); Mackenzie Crossley, Montana Western; Colton Johnston, Benedictine (Kan.); Joe Cannon, Tabor (Kan.); Tom Greenwood, Concordia (Mich.).
2012 Football Players of the Week
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)
Week 7 (Oct. 15)
Offense: Joel Nixon, Morningside (Iowa)
Defense: Paramore Tapa, Faulkner (Ala.)
Special Teams: Keondrick Daniels, Union (Ky.)
Week 8 (Oct. 22)
Offense: Eric Williamson, St. Ambrose (Iowa)
Defense: Joe Camacho, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Special Teams: Austin Coleman, Saint Francis (Ind.)
Week 9 (Oct. 29)
Offense: Terrance Cobb, Cumberlands (Ky.)
Defense: Kelton Reed, Kansas Wesleyan
Special Teams: Jahron Reynolds, Bethel (Tenn.)