NAIA Football Players of the Week - No. 5

NAIA Football Players of the Week - No. 5

By Nikki Sherrill, Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Dillon Turner of Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) has been named the National Offensive Player of the Week, Morningside’s (Iowa) Luke Grooters is this week’s Defensive Player of the Week and Kyle Wokutch of Ottawa (Kan.) 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 Oct. 3-9, and were selected out of a pool of conference winners.

National Offensive Player of the Week
Dillon Turner, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)
Jr., QB, Salem, Ark.

  • Out of 721 total yards of offense for Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), Turner recorded 204 yards on 22 attempts and a touchdown. 
  • Completed 31-of-39 pass attempts for 402 yards, 55 yards shy of the school record set in 2012. 
  • Threw for three touchdowns with only one interception in the game. 
  • Ranks No. 1 nationally in total offensive yards per game (388.7), No. 2 in total offense (2,332), and No. 8 in both total rushing (672) and total passing (1,660). 
  • This is the first National Player of the Week honor for Turner.

National Special Teams Player of the Week
Kyle Wokutch, Ottawa (Kan.)
Fr., K, Paolo, Kan.

  • Kicked the game-winning, field goal in a come from behind victory for Ottawa (Kan.) over McPherson (Kan.). 
  • Went 2-for-2 in field goal attempts (21 yards, 27 yards) and 7-for7 in extra points. 
  • Finished the game wtih 525 yards on 10 kickoffs, with his longest measuring at 63 yards.
  • Ranks No. 18 nationally in total field goals (4) and No. 24 in field goal percentage (.667). 
  • This is Wokutch's first National Player of the Week honor.

National Defensive Player of the Week
Luke Grooters, Morningside (Iowa)
Sr., LB, Rock Rapids, Iowa

  • Recorded a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss, which helped keep then-No. 3 Doane (Neb.) off the scoreboard until two seconds remained in the contest. 
  • Returned a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown in the win, and forced a fumble, which set up Morningside's second touchdown of the game.  
  • Tallied three solo tackles and three assisted tackles. Also broke up one pass from the Tiger offense. 
  • Ranks No. 13 nationally in fumbles forced per game (0.4)
  • This is Grooters' 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: Austin Hatfield, Cumberlands (Ky.); Lucas Johnston, Marian (Ind.); Don Butkus, St. Francis (Ill.); Mitchell Parsley, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Wesley Geisler, Kansas Wesleyan; Nolan Saraceni, Montana Tech; Dylan Beasley, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Logan Weisser, Presentation (S.D.); Jarrell Reynolds, Southeastern (Fla.); Jacob Koester, Benedictine (Kan.)

Defensive Nominees: Mike Sheehy, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Travis White, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Jordan Nicoll, Georgetown (Ky.); Levi Huneke, Ottawa (Kan.); Teon Burroughs, Reinhardt (Ga.); Raymond Williams, Siena Heights (Mich.); Ronnie Harris, Warner (Fla.); Cain Boschee, Dickinson State (N.D.); Steve Williams, Benedictine (Kan.); Devvon Gage, Southern Oregon

Special Teams Nominees: Jonathan Hutson, Cumberlands (Ky.); Abdul Mahdi, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Renato Dos Anos, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Chase Hawkins, Reinhardt (Ga.); Nathan Harden, Eastern Oregon; Brandon Bachle, Hastings (Neb.); Geness Kennedy, Warner (Fla.); Cody Johnson, Dickinson State (N.D.); Logan Harris, Benedictine (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
Week 4 (Oct. 3)
Offense: Jake Bridges, Missouri Valley
Defense: Osvaldo Espericueta, Lyon (Ark.)
Special Teams: Isaiah Ross, Saint Mary (Kan.)
Week 5 (Oct. 10)
Offense: Dillon Turner, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)
Defense: Luke Grooters, Morningside (Iowa)
Special Teams: Kyle Wokutch, Ottawa (Kan.)

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.