MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK TEN
FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive Player of the Week: Akron RB Jawon Chisholm
Junior running back Jawon Chisholm (Harrisburg, Va.) was responsible for 151 of the team's 173 yards rushing in the Zips' 16-7 victory over rival Kent State in the annual Battle for the Wagon Wheel. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry off 27 attempts. While Chisholm's longest run of the day was for 26 yards, it was an 11-yard carry on third-and-11 from the Kent State 27 late in the fourth quarter that was arguably the most valuable as it gained the Zips a first down and led to Robert Stein's 29-yard field goal four plays later. That score provided the game's final margin with 4:25 remaining.
Defensive Player of the Week: Kent State DT Roosevelt Nix
Senior defensive tackle Roosevelt Nix (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) forced a fumble, recorded two sacks, added three tackles for loss and four solo tackles in a 16-7 loss at Akron. His forced fumble set up a 42-yard Kent State touchdown drive. Nix’s two sacks were for a loss of 21 yards and moved him into second place among the Flashes’ career sack leaders with 23.5. Akron’s 304 total yards were the fewest allowed by the Kent State defense since the season opener against Liberty. Nix raised his career tackle for loss total to 62.5 and his forced fumble total to 11.
Special Teams Player of the Week: UMass K Brendon Levengood
Senior kicker Brendon Levengood (Lebanon, Pa.) was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals – all over 40 yards – and accounted for 13 of UMass’ 19 points in a 63-19 loss to Northern Illinois. It marked the first time since Sept. 22, 2012 at Miami (Ohio) that Levengood had even attempted a field goal in a game. He responded with made field goals of 42, 46, 44, and 40 yards. The 46 yard field goal was a career long, while both the four makes and four attempts were career highs. He tied the UMass program record of made field goals in a game with George Papoutsidis who hit four field goals against Ball State on Sept. 1, 1984. His 46 yard boot was also the fifth-longest field goal in a single season at UMass.
Offensive Player of the Week: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch
Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) played in just one half and one drive at UMass, as he ran for 119 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, and completed 10-of-13 passes for 160 yards and a score to lead Northern Illinois to a 63-19 victory. Lynch left the game after scoring his fourth rushing touchdown of the game on an 11-yard run with 10:21 to play in the third quarter and Northern Illinois leading 42-13. He scored on runs of six, 25 and 19 yards in the first quarter and threw a season-long 66-yard touchdown pass to Juwan Brescacin in the second period. Lynch tallied his fourth game this season with 100-plus rushing and 150-plus passing yards. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 22 consecutive games and has thrown for at least 100 yards in each of those games.
Defensive Player of the Week: Northern Illinois DT Ken Bishop
Senior defensive tackle Ken Bishop (Lauderhill, Fla.) made a career-high nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and collected his first career interception in a 63-19 win at UMass. On the interception, Bishop sniffed out the screen and jumped in front of the pass to make the pick and the Huskies scored one play later to take a 28-6 lead early in the second quarter. The Huskies held their opponent under 21 points for the third straight game. Bishop ranks second on the team with 4.5 tackles for loss, and is tied for fourth on the team with 44 tackles, best among Northern Illinois defensive linemen.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Toledo K Jeremiah Detmer
Junior kicker Jeremiah Detmer (Hilliard, Ohio) was a perfect 2-of-2 on field goals, hitting a pair of 20-yarders in a 55-16 win over Eastern Michigan. Detmer has now made eight straight field goals, including 31 of his last 32 attempts. Detmer also converted 6-of-6 extra points and had four touchbacks on kickoffs.