NAIA Football Players of the Week - No. 3

NAIA Football Players of the Week - No. 3

By Nikki Sherrill, Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, MO. –  Matt Gunterman of Culver-Stockton (Mo.) has been named the National Offensive Player of the Week, Alden Mann of Wayland Baptist (Texas) is this week’s Defensive Player of the Week and Zach Bunney of Montana Tech was selected as the Special Teams Player of the Week, the national office announced Monday. These athletes were chosen for their performances during the week of Sept. 19 – 25 and were selected out of a pool of conference winners.

National Offensive Player of the Week
Matt Gunterman, Culver-Stockton (Mo.)
Sr., QB, Nebo, Ill.

  • Garnered a career-high 498 yards passing in a 60-55 win against Avila (Mo.), which snapped a 16-game losing streak. This beat his previous career-high by 97 yards.
  • Ended the game with 513 total yards. Both his total yards and passing yards are season-highs in the conference so far. As a whole, the Wildcat offense totaled a school record 783 yards in the game.
  • Passed for five touchdowns and tied his own school record. Gunterman averaged 19.2 yards per completion. 
  • Ranks No. 1 nationally in passing yards per game (372.8) and in total passing (1864).
  • This is the first National Player of the Week honor for Gunterman.

National Special Teams Player of the Week
Zach Bunney, Montana Tech
Sr., WR, Butte, Mont.

  • With a 100-yard kick return that resulted in a touchdown, Bunney set a school record and ties the NAIA record in a 37-24 win over then No. 15 Eastern Oregon.
  • Pushed for seven rushes totaling 44 yards.
  • Ranks No. 1 nationally in kick-off return yards per attempt (35.3.) and then No. 20 in total kick-off returns (247). 
  • This is Bunney's first National Player of the Week honor.

National Defensive Player of the Week
Alden Mann, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Sr., LB, Wimberley, Texas

  • Set a school record after making 22 tackles to help Wayland Baptist (Texas) get a 31-20 win over No. 25 Webber International (Fla.). 
  • Stopped Webber International's final drive with an interception to seal the win with 1:24 left in the game. Mann also broke up a pass on a big play for the Pioneers.
  • Recorded 13 assisted tackless and nine solo tackles in the game. 
  • After missing two previous games with injury, Mann now leads the team in total tackles.
  • This is Mann's first National Player of the Week honor.

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

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

Offensive Nominees: Dillon Turner, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); Korey Rogers, Robert Morris (Ill.); Mitchell Parsley, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Chandler Whittlesey, Union (Ky.); Austin Opdahl, Dakota State (S.D.); Roderick Dailey, Concordia (Mich.); Rey Vega, Southern Oregon; Hunter Brown, Campbellsville (Ky.); Darrin (DJ) Davis, Warner (Fla.); Jesse Rogers, Friends (Kan.)

Defensive Nominees: Brent Showers, Davenport (Mich.); Drew Krueger, Doane (Neb.); Collin Weingaertner, Peru State (Neb.); Luke Benz, Montana Tech; Starr Thompson, Georgetown (Ky.) ; Vinny Wurst, Ottawa (Kan.); Nathan Cunningham, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Cain Boschee, Dickinson State (N.D.); Josh Schulte, Southeastern (Fla.); Da'vonte Price, Siena Heights (Mich.); Justin Hackley, Trinity International (Ill.) 

Special Teams Nominees: Brian Franklin, Robert Morris (Ill.); Cole Wiseman, Doane (Neb.); Daniel Martinez, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Josh Depp, Georgetown (Ky.); Allen Cooks, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Cody Johnson, Dickinson State (N.D.); Wade Metcalf, Graceland (Iowa); Brady Tanguay, Siena Heights (Mich.); Ryan Mclellan, Warner (Fla.); Aiden Pirrin, Saint Mary (Kan.)

2016 NAIA Football Players of the Week
Week 1 (Sept. 12)
Offense: Jacob Giles, Dakota State (S.D.)
Defense: Jeff Branch, Presentation (S.D.)
Special Teams: Andres Burgoin, Doane (Neb.)
Week 2 (Sept. 19)
Offense: Cedrick Phillips, Sterling (Kan.)
Defense: Nate Moore, College of Idaho
Special Teams: Nick Giaffoglione, Hastings (Neb.)
Week 3 (Sept. 26)
Offense: Matt Gunterman, Culver-Stockton (Mo.)
Defense: Alden Mann, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Special Teams: Zach Bunney, Montana Tech

Championship Information

NAIA Football Championship

November 23, 30, Dec. 7, 2019
Football Championship Series
Campus Sites

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