NAIA Football Players of the Week ? No. 9

NAIA Football Players of the Week ? No. 9
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.)

Championship Information

NAIA Football Championship

64th ANNUAL
FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
November 23, 30, Dec. 7, 2019
Football Championship Series
Campus Sites

December 21, 2019
Eddie G. Robinson Stadium
Ruston, La.