Southern Utah, North Dakota and Cal Poly Football Players Honored
Oct. 30, 2011
NAPERVILLE, Ill. - Southern Utah's Austin Minefee, North Dakota's Jay Nelson and Zeb Miller, and Cal Poly's James Langford have been named Great West Conference Football Players of the Week after leading their respective teams to victory on Saturday.
Minefee rushed for 131 yards in the Thunderbirds' 34-3 win over UC Davis, while Nelson led the Fighting Sioux defense in the 27-25 win at Northern Colorado. Langford and Miller both kicked field goals in the final minutes to secure wins for their respective teams and earn co-Special Teams Players of the Week. Langford kicked a game-winner of 39 yards in the Mustangs' 27-24 win over South Dakota to clinch at least a share of the 2011 GWC championship for Cal Poly, while Miller connected on a 54-yarder for North Dakota with 1:52 to play for the 27-25 win at Northern Colorado.
Players of the Week from Week No. 9
RB Austin Minefee - Southern Utah (5-10, 200, Sr., Cedar City, Utah)
Runningback Austin Minefee carried 16 times for a team season-high 131 yards, with a touchdown in Southern Utah's 34-3 victory over UC Davis. In winning the Offensive POW award for the second straight week, Minefee also caught three passes for 14 yards and another TD and anchored SUU's rushing game, which ran for a season-high 251 yards, its most rushing yards in a game since picking up 280 in the sixth game of the 2007 season.
Also Nominated - QB Andre Broadous (Cal Poly); RB Austin Edmonson (UC Davis); QB Brent Goska (North Dakota); WR Will Powell (South Dakota)
DE Jay Nelson - North Dakota (6-4, 272, Jr., Wheaton, Minn.)
Defensive end Jay Nelson had a big day for the Fighting Sioux defense that forced four turnovers, sacked Northern Colorado quarterback Seth Lobato five times and tallied 11 tackles for a loss in the 27-25 victory. Nelson accounted for two of those forced fumbles, a sack, two tackles for a loss and a pass breakup. He finished with three tackles and also added two quarterback hurries. On the Bears' final offensive play of the game, he deflected a 4th-and-1 pass attempt at the line of scrimmage to seal the victory. Nelson also helped a defensive front limit the Bears to minus 16 yards rushing on 16 attempts.
Also Nominated - S Patrick Shelton (UC Davis); DB Bijon Samoodi (Cal Poly); DE Chad Hansen (Southern Utah); LB Adam Broders (South Dakota)
K James Langford - Cal Poly (6-3, 204, So., Pleasanton, Calif.) AND
K Zeb Miller - North Dakota (6-2, 209, So., Ankeny, Iowa)
Both Cal Poly and North Dakota won games via the field goal with under two minutes to play and those responsible for kicking their teams to victory were named co-Special Teams Players of the Week. James Langford was perfect on his three PAT kicks and also made two field goals, including the game-winner with 36 seconds to play, a 39-yarder, as Cal Poly earned at least a share of the 2011 Great West title with a 27-24 victory over South Dakota. His other field goal early in the third quarter spanned 22 yards and gave Cal Poly its first points of the game. North Dakota's Zeb Miller drilled a 54-yard field goal with 1:52 remaining on the clock to lift the Sioux past Northern Colorado 27-25 on Saturday. Miller also made a 41-yard field goal in the third quarter to push his consecutive makes streak to 11. Despite that streak coming to an end in the fourth quarter with a missed 41-yarder and having a 27-yard attempt blocked, the reigning GWC Special Teams Player of the Week collected himself to send his career long through the pipes and give UND back-to-back road wins for the first time since the 2007 season. He also saw three of his six kickoffs go for touchbacks.
Also Nominated - P Colton Schmidt (UC Davis); P Cole Zwiefelhofer (South Dakota)