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Southern Utah and South Dakota Claim Player of the Week Honors


SUU's Deckar Alexander

SUU's Deckar Alexander

Sept. 11, 2011

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -

After South Dakota and Southern Utah defeated ranked teams on Saturday, their players have been honored as Great West Conference Players of the Week.
 
Southern Utah running back Deckar Alexander received the offensive honor after helping the Thunderbirds to a 35-14 win over No. 12 Sacramento State, while South Dakota linebacker Adam Broders earned the defensive award and teammate Kevin Robb took the special teams honor.  South Dakota upset No. 1 Eastern Washington, 30-17, on Saturday.

Players of the Week from Week No. 2

Offensive

RB Deckar Alexander - Southern Utah (5-7, 178, Sr., Fontana, Calif.)

Running back Deckar Alexander rushed for 78 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns as Southern Utah defeated No. 12 Sacramento State 35-14 Saturday. The senior scored on touchdown runs of 12 yards in the second quarter and then put the game away with a 3-yard score with 1:40 remaining in the game. Alexander also caught five passes for 23 yards as SUU controlled the ball for more than 34 minutes.

Also Nominated - WR Corey Galindo (UC Davis); WR Greg Hardin (North Dakota); QB Dante Warren and WR/RS Jeremy Blount (South Dakota)

Defensive

LB Adam Broders - South Dakota (6-2, 227, Sr., Bloomfield, Neb.)

Linebacker Adam Broders had quite a game as South Dakota upset No. 1 Eastern Washington on Saturday in the DakotaDome. The senior led the Coyotes with a career-high 15 tackles, seven of them solo, as USD shut down the high-powered EWU offense to just 11 yards on 10 rushing attempts. Broders also had one tackle for a loss of one yard in the game.

Also Nominated - LB Jordan Glass (UC Davis); LB Mitch Goertz (North Dakota); DE Tyler Osborne (Southern Utah)

Special Teams

K Kevin Robb - South Dakota (5-9, 185, Soph, Rapid City, S.D.)

Kicker Kevin Robb was put to the test for the first time this season and came through with flying colors in South Dakota's upset win over No. 1 Eastern Washington. After not attempting a field goal in the first game vs. Air Force, Robb connected on all three of his attempts from 33, 33 and 30 yards in the 30-17 victory. His three field goals - the most he has kicked in a single game - provided South Dakota its final nine points as the Coyotes held off the defending national champs. After winning the starting kicking job as a freshman last season, Robb has now connected on 15 of 19 FG attempts in his career.

Also Nominated - P Colton Schmidt (UC Davis); PR Eric Mersereau (North Dakota); RB/KR Austin Minefee (Southern Utah)