MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK ONE
FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
For Immediate Release--Monday, Sept. 3, 2012
Offensive Player of the Week: Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton
Junior quarterback Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) led the Ohio University football team to one of the greatest wins in school history as the Bobcats defeated Penn State 24-14. Tettleton finished by going 31-of-41, hitting 10 different receivers for 324 yards through the air and no interceptions. His 300-yard passing game marked the third of his career. In addition, Tettleton’s 31 completions and 41 attempts were both career highs. He also accounted for three touchdowns (two passing and one rushing) and rushed for 48 yards. In total, he accounted for 371 of the team’s 499 total yards as he improved to 11-4 all-time as a starter.
Defensive Player of the Week: Buffalo DE Colby Way
Junior defensive end Colby Way (State College, Pa.) had six tackles and a pair of solo sacks against the sixth-ranked Georgia in a 45-23 loss on Satuday. The junior defensive end had a key sack late in the first half that enabled the Bulls to get the ball back and drive down for a field goal in the final seconds of the first half to cut Georgia's lead to 24-16 at the half.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Kent State KR Dri Archer
Junior kick returner Dri Archer (Laurel, Fla.) returned the opening kickoff 57 yards, which led to a Kent State touchdown in a 41-21 win over Towson. Archer returned his second kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, giving the Flashes a 24-7 lead in the second quarter. Along with two kick returns for 155 yards, Archer ran the ball eight times for 54 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first Kent State player with three scores in a game since Julian Edelman in 2008.
Offensive Player of the Week: Ball State RB Jahwan Edwards
Sophomore running back Jahwan Edwards (Matthews, N.C.) rushed for a career high 200 yards and tied his career high with three rushing touchdowns in Ball State’s 37-26 win over Eastern Michigan. Edward’s touchdown runs included a 75-yard score, which was the longest rush of his career.
Defensive Player of the Week: Northern Illinois DE Sean Progar
Senior defensive end Sean Progar (Glenview, Ill.) led a fantastic Huskie defensive effort versus Iowa as Northern Illinois held the Hawkeyes out of the end zone for 58 minutes and limited Iowa to 268 yards of total offense in a 18-17 loss. By comparison, Northern Illinois only held one team to that few yards a season ago. Progar made four tackles and had a 12-yard sack as the Huskie defensive line harassed Iowa starting QB James Vandenberg all game, collecting six total sacks.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Toledo P Vince Penza
Junior punter Vince Penza (Canfield, Ohio) totaled nine punts and averaged 44.9 avg., including a long of 58 yards in the Rockets 24-17 overtime loss at Arizona. Penza also had six punts inside the 20-yard line.