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NAIA Football Players of the Week No. 9

November 03, 2014
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Cristian Casillas of MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), Andy Smith of Culver-Stockton (Mo.) and Chris Swingle of Culver-Stockton have been named the NAIA Football National Players of the Week, the national office announced Monday. The trio was chosen for their performances during the week of Oct. 27 – Nov. 2 and were chosen out of a pool of conference and independent award winners.

National Special Teams Player of the Week
Cristian Casillas, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Fr., K, Rialto, Calif.

• Scored 16 points in the Pioneers 40-0 shutout victory against Peru State (Neb.) last Saturday.
• Converted 4-of-5 field goal attempts, including a 45-yard attempt – his second longest make of the season.
• Connected on 4-of-4 PATs.
• Averaged 47.8 yards per kick off.
• First career National Special Teams Player of the Week award.
• Last player from MidAmerica Nazarene to earn National Player of the Week honors: Markeith Cooper (defensive) (Oct. 27, 2014).

National Defensive Player of the Week
Andy Smith, Culver-Stockton (Mo.)
Jr., DB, Defiance, Mo.

• Returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown in the Wildcats’ 38-24 upset victory at then-No. 7 Baker (Kan.) on Nov. 1.
• Recorded six tackles, including five solo stops.
• Leads the Heart of America Athletic Conference with five interceptions.
• First career National Defensive Player of the Week honor.

National Offensive Player of the Week
Chris Swingle, Culver-Stockton (Mo.)
Fr., QB, Blue Springs, Mo.

• Matched a career-high with four touchdown passes in Culver-Stockton’s 38-24 upset win at then-No. 7 Baker (Kan.) – the program’s first-ever win in Baldwin City. Three of his touchdowns went to wide receiver Will Kone.
• Ended the contest 23-of-36 passing for 312 yards.
• The win is the first over a ranked opponent since 2005 for the Wildcats and snapped a 20-game road losing streak.
• First career National Defensive Player of the Week honor.

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

For the complete NAIA Player of the Week calendar, click here.

Offensive Nominees: Hayden Northern, Marian (Ind.); Troy Griffin, SAGU (Texas); Chris Elliott, Trinity International (Ill.); Brandon Wegher, Morningside (Iowa); Luke Lundy, Ottawa (Kan.); Jacob Russell, Campbellsville (Ky.); Mac Roche, Carroll (Mont.); Darius Page, Webber International (Fla.); Kaler Ray, Dickinson State (N.D.).

Defensive Nominees: Greg Hayward, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Marte Sears, Faulkner (Ala.); Derrick Lawrence, Tabor (Kan.); Alden Mann, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Hunter Hand, Nebraska Wesleyan; Tyler Karcher, Siena Heights (Mich.); Charles Williams, Ave Maria (Fla.); Jesse Mccloud, Montana Western; Jawuan Pugh, Valley City State (N.D.).

Special Teams Nominees: Nick DeBenedetti, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Gabe Chambers, Faulkner (Ala.); Jesse Hogan, St. Francis (Ill.); Daniel Martinez, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Trent Forrester, McPherson (Kan.); Dekendrick Moncrief, Waldorf (Iowa); Matt Wiest, Carroll (Mont.); Brandon Leon, Ave Maria (Fla.); Patrick Taccogna, Briar Cliff (Iowa).

2014 NAIA Football Players of the Week (complete schedule)
Week 1 (Sept. 8)
Offense: Melvin Mason, Southern Oregon
Defense: Justus Dauscha, Cumberland (Tenn.)
Special Teams: Mike Self, Cumberland (Tenn.)
Week 2 (Sept. 15)
Offense: Terrell Robinson, Faulkner (Ala.)
Defense: Cory Brady, College of Idaho
Special Teams: Greg Conry, Peru State (Neb.)
Week 3 (Sept. 22)
Offense: Beau Eriksson, Jamestown (N.D.)
Defense: Eric Price, Marian (Ind.)
Special Teams: Josh Techeira, Robert Morris (Ill.)
Week 4 (Sept. 29)
Offense: Austin Dodge, Southern Oregon
Defense: Josh Calmer, Grand View (Iowa)
Special Teams: Marc David, Eastern Oregon
Week 5 (Oct. 6)
Offense: Chris Allen, Friends (Kan.)
Defense: Eric Walker, Southwestern (Kan.)
Special Teams: Vince Folston, Southwestern (Kan.)
Week 6 (Oct. 13)
Offense: Ryan Kasdorf, Morningside (Iowa)
Defense: Carlton Toussaint, Bluefield (Va.)
Special Teams: Josh Techeira, Robert Morris (Ill.)
Week 7 (Oct. 20)
Offensive: Brandon Wegher, Morningside (Iowa)
Defensive: Justin Wohlert, Northwestern (Iowa)
Special Teams: Martin Waddick, Marian (Ind.)
Week 8 (Oct. 27)
Offensive: Austin Dodge, Southern Oregon
Defensive: Markeith Cooper, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Special Teams: Daniel Martinez, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Week 9 (Nov. 3)
Offensive: Chris Swingle, Culver-Stockton (Mo.)
Defensive: Andy Smith, Culver-Stockton (Mo.)
Special Teams: Cristian Casillas, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)