2019 NAIA Football Players of the Week – Week Eight

2019 NAIA Football Players of the Week – Week Eight

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Darius-James Peterson of College of Idaho has been named the NAIA National Football Offensive Player of the Week and Kole Murlin of Siena Heights (Mich.) has been named the NAIA National Football Defensive Player of the Week and Derek Mccormick of Ave Maria (Fla.) has been named the NAIA National Football Special Teams Player of the Week, the National office announced Monday. The three student-athletes were nominated for their performances during the week of October 21 – 27 and were selected out of a pool of conference award winners.


Special Teams Player of the Week

Derek Mccormick, Ave Maria (Fla.)        

Fr., K, Port Charlotte, Fla.

  • Mccormick had a perfect afternoon kicking in Gyrenes’ 37-20 win over St. Thomas (Fla.)
  • Weekly Stats:
    • Three field goals (32, 52, 55 yards)
    • 4-for-4 on PATs
    • Eight kick-offs with three resulting in touchbacks


Defensive Player of the Week

Kole Murlin, Siena Heights (Mich.)

So., LB, Celina, Ohio

  • Played a huge part in Siena Heights first-ever win over top-10 opponent in program history
  • Weekly Stats:
    • 15 total tackles, six solo stops
    • Contributed to four turnovers by defense that held Saint Francis to a scoreless second half.


Offensive Player of the Week

Darius-James Peterson, College of Idaho

Sr., QB, Novato, Calif.

  • Set school record with five touchdown passes and 300-yard passing game
  • Helped Yotes to first-ever win at SOU
  • Weekly Stats:
    • 320 passing yards
    • 83 rushing yards
    • Five passing touchdowns

Offensive Nominees: Cameron Hardesty, Evangel (Mo.) ; Jordan Cooper, Langston (Okla.) ; Omar Sinclair, Concordia (Mich.) ; Josh Drucker, Kentucky Christian ; Darius Young, Cumberlands (Ky.) ; Alex Martinez, Saint Xavier (Ill.) ; Camryn Harrison, Bethel (Kan.) ; Brodie Frederiksen, Dakota State (S.D.) ; Noah Oswald, Midland (Neb.) ; Cooper Jones, Southeastern (Fla.)

Defensive Nominees: 
Robert Robinson, Briar Cliff (Iowa) ; Montel Barre, Texas College ; Ronnie Bennett, Keiser (Fla.) ; Kumi Sarpong, Cumberlands (Ky.) ; Joey Markasovic, Saint Xavier (Ill.) ; Joshua Seabolt, Bethel (Kan.) ; Marshaun Jones, Valley City State (N.D.) ; Damarcus Wimbush, Bluefield (Va.) ; Austin Cuicchi, Grand View (Iowa) ; Rex Irby, Carroll (Mont.)

John Williams, Ottawa (Ariz.) (AZ) ; Bo Els, Morningside (Iowa) ; Jared Dougherty, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) ; Josh Mendoza, Eastern Oregon ; Jayvion Daniels, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) ; Tanner Griffith, Bluefield (Va.) ; Andrew Hanretty, Valley City State (N.D.) ; Ben Stevens, Marian (Ind.) ; Ethan Bechard, Benedictine (Kan.) ; Wyatt Townsend, Bethany (Kan.)


2019-20 Football Composite Award Winners (Defensive, Offensive, )

Week 1 (September 11): Sage DeLong, Eastern Oregon , Connor Kaegi, Ottawa (Kan.) , Chase Van Wyck, Eastern Oregon
Week 2 (September 18): Joel Katzer, Morningside (Iowa) , Korbin Marcum, Culver-Stockton (Mo.) , Marquavis Myers, Southeastern (Fla.)
Week 3 (September 25): Joe Caicedo, Montana Western , LaShaun Rule, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) , Nestor Higuera, Arizona Christian
Week 4 (October 02): Nikolas Furlow, Avila (Mo.) , Austin McCullough, Ottawa (Ariz.) (AZ) , Devon McMillin, Cumberlands (Ky.)
Week 5 (October 09): Landon Corolla, Georgetown (Ky.) , Charles Salary, Marian (Ind.) , Otis Odom, Reinhardt (Ga.)
Week 6 (October 16): Matt Swartz, Saint Francis (Ind.) , Davonte Williams, Webber International (Fla.) , Mike Iturbe, Saint Xavier (Ill.)
Week 7 (October 23): Sage Chen-Young, Keiser (Fla.) , Charles Salary, Marian (Ind.) , Kyle Mitchell, College of Idaho
Week 8 (October 30): Kole Murlin, Siena Heights (Mich.) , Darius-James Peterson, College of Idaho , Derek Mccormick, Ave Maria (Fla.)


Championship Information

NAIA Football Championship

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

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