2019 NAIA Football Players of the Week - Week Two

2019 NAIA Football Players of the Week - Week Two

KANSAS CITY, MO. - LaShaun Rule of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) has been named the NAIA National Football Offensive Player of the Week and Joe Caicedo of Montana Western has been named the NAIA National Football Defensive Player of the Week and Nestor Higuera of Arizona Christian has been named the NAIA National Football Special Teams Player of the Week, the National office announced Monday.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Nestor Higuera, Arizona Christian  

Fr., K, Phoenix, Ariz.

  • Converted all four PATs against Wayland Baptist to score 16 points on Saturday
  • Made field goals of 49, 27, 49 and 45 yards
  • Set ACU longest field goal school record

Defensive Player of the Week

Joe Caicedo, Montana Western

Jr., LB, Darby, Mont.

  • Recorded ten tackles (7 solo)
  • Returned two fumbles for touchdowns (45 & 25 yds)
  • Lead Montana Western to 38-7 win over Rocky Mountain (Mont.)

Offensive Player of the Week

LaShaun Rule, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

Jr., RB, Chicago, Ill.

  • Set school record in rushing yards in a game and rushing touchdowns in a game
  • Rule rushed for 294 yards Saturday
  • Scoring 5 rushing touchdowns to lead Olivet Nazarene to 49-31 win

Offensive Nominees: Brodie Frederiksen, Dakota State (S.D.) ; Levi Schoonhoven, Dordt (Iowa) ; Devon Mccoy, Kentucky Christian ; Kaylon Johnson, Central Methodist (Mo.) ; Tim Whitfield, Langston (Okla.) ; Cameron Dukes, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) ; Cedrick Phillips, Sterling (Kan.) ; Cooper Jones, Southeastern (Fla.) ; Spencer Crisp, Taylor (Ind.) ; Kylar Prante, Montana Western

Defensive Nominees: 
Jalon Simpson, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) ; Wyatt Sanford, Dakota State (S.D.) ; Andrew Poppen, Evangel (Mo.) ; Maurice Murphy Jr., Keiser (Fla.) ; Jaron Green, Arizona Christian ; Derek Tachovsky, Concordia (Neb.) ; Kameron Weems, Point (Ga.) ; Vincent Walker, Siena Heights (Mich.) ; Darius Moore, Campbellsville (Ky.) ; Jeremiah Pharms, Friends (Kan.)

Special Teams Nominees: 
Derrick Hinton Jr., Lawrence Tech (Mich.) ; Pablo Pereira, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) ; Emery Bryant, Point (Ga.) ; Braxton Williams, Northwestern (Iowa) ; Jared Dougherty, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) ; Joe Chiavetta, Tabor (Kan.) ; Slater Gifford, Waldorf (Iowa) ; David Larson, Southeastern (Fla.) ; Jason Ferris, Montana Western


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

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.