NAIA Football Players of the Week - No. 9

NAIA Football Players of the Week - No. 9

By Nikki Sherrill, Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Morningside’s (Iowa) Trent Solsma has been named the National Offensive Player of the Week, Cole Potter of Dakota State (S.D.) is this week’s Defensive Player of the Week and Dovi Gamble of Taylor (Ind.) 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. 31-Nov. 6, and were selected out of a pool of conference award winners.

National Offensive Player of the Week
Trent Solsma, Morningside (Iowa)
So., QB, Dakota Dunes, S.D.

  • Misfired on only two pass attempts to complete 17-of-19 passes, for 411 total yards in a 62-3 victory against Hastings (Neb.).
  • With an average of 24.2 yards per completion, Solsma threw touchdown passes ranging from 25 yards to a game-high 81 yards.
  • Throwing at least two touchdowns in each of his nine career starts, Solsma completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 2,388 yards and 25 touchdowns, with only three interceptions to his name this season.
  • Ranks No. 3 nationally in pass efficiency (193.7), No. 6 in passing yards per game (298.5) and No. 11 in total offensive yards per game (301.9).
  • This is Solsma’s first National Player of the Week honor. 


National Special Teams Player of the Week
Dovi Gamble, Taylor (Ind.)
Jr., DB, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

  • Returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, blocked a pair of punts and intercepted a pass in the end zone to force a second overtime in Taylor’s (Ind.) 48-45 win over Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.).
  • The touchdown return was one-yard shy of the Taylor program record and was Gamble’s longest this season.
  • Along with the two blocked punts and game-saving interception, Gamble racked up four tackles and 115 total return yards in the double-overtime victory.
  • This is Gamble’s first National Player of the Week honor.

National Defensive Player of the Week
Cole Potter, Dakota State (S.D.)
Sr., DE, Winfred, S.D.

  • In his final collegiate game, Potter broke the Dakota State (S.D.) single-game record for the most sacks and was 0.5 sacks short of tying the career-record.
  • In the 24-10 road victory over Presentation (S.D.), he tallied 11 tackles (eight solo) and 4.5 sacks. Finished the game with six tackles for loss for 25.5 yards.
  • Broke-up a pass from the Presentation offense to help seal the victory.
  • Ranks No. 1 in the NAIA for total tackles for loss (22) and tackles for loss per game (2.2), No. 22 in total sacks (7), and No. 26 in both sacks per game (.7) and tackles per game (9.5).
  • This is Potter’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: Rashad Louie, Point (Ga.); Korey Rogers, Robert Morris (Ill.); Quinn Mcqueary, Montana Tech; Jj Jude, Georgetown (Ky.); Romeo Balboa, SAGU (Texas); Joe Conner, Concordia (Mich.); Keldrick Sullivan, Jamestown (N.D.); Jalen Sublett, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Jake Bridges, Missouri Valley; Tj Brown, Sterling (Kan.) 

Defensive Nominees: Seth Majerus, Doane (Neb.); Eric Price, Marian (Ind.); Dontaye Johnson, Robert Morris (Ill.); Cade O'Bryan, Georgetown (Ky.); Brent Showers, Davenport (Mich.); Brian Johnson, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Skylar Roope, Montana Western; Tony Brackins, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Evan Sprayberry, Tabor (Kan.); Drew Clark, Warner (Fla.); Shane Baumann, Benedictine (Kan.)  

Special Teams Nominees: Connor O'Toole, Doane (Neb.); Derek Brush, Arizona Christian; Dylan Haraway, Georgetown (Ky.); Nate Couturier, Davenport (Mich.); Grant Linde, Jamestown (N.D.); Brett Mathis, Bethel (Kan.); Jeremiah Carter, Trinity International (Ill.); Maurice Thomas, Webber International (Fla.); Sebastian Harris, Benedictine (Kan.); Rey Vega, Southern Oregon; Quincy Walden, Bethel (Tenn.)

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.)
Week 6 (Oct. 17)
Offense: Jalen Sykes, Bethel (Kan.)
Defense: Travis White, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Special Teams: Hunter Behm, West Haven, Utah
Week 7 (Oct. 24)
Offense: Cedrick Phillips, Sterling (Kan.)
Defense: Nate Moore, College of Idaho
Special Teams: Dalton Taylor, Evangel (Mo.)
Week 8 (Oct. 31)
Offense: Jesse Rogers, Friends (Kan.)
Defense: Zam Van Ginkel, Northwestern (Iowa)
Special Teams: Jared Amundson, Morningside (Iowa)
Week 9 (Nov. 7)
Offense: Trent Solsma, Morningside (Iowa)
Defense: Cole Potter, Dakota State (S.D.)
Special Teams: Dovi Gamble, Taylor (Ind.)

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.