October 15, 2012

MIAC Football Athletes-of-the-Week

 

MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week

 

Jerise Washington, Augsburg
Roseville, Minn. / Mounds View

A few weeks ago, Augsburg moved sophomore wide receiver Jerise Washington (Roseville, Minn./Mounds View) to running back out of necessity - a move that paid off in a huge, record-setting way Saturday. Washington ran wild against St. Olaf, setting a new school record for rushing yards in a game and tying Auggie records for rushing and overall touchdowns and total points. For his historic performance, Washington was named the MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week.

Washington's huge day against a good St. Olaf team featured a new record 245 rushing yards on 22 carries (11.1 average) with four rushing touchdowns - three after halftime - and a long run of 69 yards. The previous record was 217 yards, so the recently-converted back easily sprinted past that mark on his way into Augsburg history. He also had a team-high seven receptions for 60 yards, and a staggering total of 305 all-purpose yards in the 45-37 win. This season, the versatile Washington has 683 all-purpose yards, 410 rushing and 273 receiving.

The victory helped the Auggies improve to 5-1 this season (4-1 MIAC), and they now sit a half-game ahead of Bethel and Concordia in second place in the MIAC standings. St. Olaf entered the game with one loss as well, so Augsburg's win helped add some clarity to the current pecking order. This is the Auggies first 5-1 start since 1997, when they won the MIAC title. Saturday, Augsburg will host one-loss Concordia at home in another crucial MIAC matchup with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.

MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week

 

Mike Elder, Carleton
San Antonio, Texas/Central Catholic

All season, Carleton's Mike Elder (San Antonio, Texas/Central Catholic) has been one of the league's top playmakers on defense, and he was at his best Saturday in a 51-14 loss at Saint John's. The senior defensive back led the Knights - and the conference Saturday with 18 total tackles, and he now leads the MIAC in both solo and total tackles in 2012. For his impressive performance, Elder was named the MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week.

Saturday, 11 of Elder's 18 total tackles were of the solo variety, with seven assist tackles to his credit as well. That robust number gives him a total of 77 tackles this season, and 47 solo tackles, the latter of which leads all other MIAC defenders by at least nine solo stops. He is ranked eighth in Division III with 12.83 tackles per game, and is ranked 12th across all three divisions. Elder is the only defensive back ranked among the top 30 in tackles in D-III, and his average of 7.83 solo tackles per game is tied for the fourth-best average in Division III, and the sixth-best average among all NCAA players.

Despite Saturday's loss, Carleton still remains .500 this season at 3-3 overall, with a 1-3 record in conference play thus far in 2012. The Knights have a huge game Saturday, as they host cross-town rival St. Olaf in a MIAC matchup set to kick off at 1 p.m. The Oles are coming off a narrow loss to Augsburg, and will bring a 5-2 overall record (3-2 MIAC) into Saturday's battle of Northfield rivals.

MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week

 

Seth Lage, Concordia
Pelican Rapids, Minn. / Pelican Rapids

Special teams was an important part of Concordia's big 63-14 win over Hamline Saturday in Moorhead, thanks largely to the work of senior Seth Lage (Pelican Rapids, Minn.) in the return game. Lage took a kick all the way back for a touchdown, and all three of his punt returns crossed into Hamline territory and set up Cobber touchdowns. For his role in the win, Lage was named the MIAC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week.

Lage's biggest play answered Hamline's first score of the game. After the Pipers reached the end zone, Lage responded by taking the ensuing kick back for an 84-yard score at the 4:49 mark of the third quarter to push Concordia's lead to 49-7. His three important punt returns totaled 81 yards (27.0 average), giving him a total of 165 return yards in the win. Lage's 84-yard kick return is just the second kick return TD for Concordia since 2007, and it ranks as the longest such play in the MIAC this season. His average of 17.2 yards per punt return (138 yards on eight returns) leads the conference as well among players who meet the minimum requirements (1.2 attempts per game).

The big win helped the Cobbers celebrate Homecoming in style, as they improved to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the MIAC this season. Concordia is tied with Bethel and just a half-game behind second-place Augsburg (5-1, 4-1) in the conference standings, as all three have just one loss this season. Saturday, the Cobbers will try to leapfrog the Auggies into second when the two meet head-to-head in Minneapolis. Kickoff for the big conference matchup is set for 1 p.m.

 
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at Bridgewater State 34, Fitchburg State 25
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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Massachusetts Maritime 32, Worcester State 14
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at Endicott 37, Nichols 0
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MIT 30, at Maine Maritime 13
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at Buffalo State 40, Morrisville State 24
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at Salve Regina 48, Coast Guard 10
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St. Lawrence 20, at RPI 14
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at Framingham State 23, Western Connecticut 17
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at Montclair State 21, Rowan 14
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Bates 7
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at Western New England 59, Curry 28
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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Colby 9, at Williams 7
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at Middlebury 40, Bowdoin 3
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at Amherst 34, Hamilton 0
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Kean 24, at William Paterson 13
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at DePauw 66, Hiram 17
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Franklin and Marshall 45, at Juniata 22
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at Kenyon 31, Allegheny 7
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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Lycoming 28, at Misericordia 24
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at Plymouth State 30, Mass-Dartmouth 14
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at Husson 35, Alfred State 0
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at Springfield 28, WPI 23
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at Moravian 24, Dickinson 10
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at Denison 45, Wooster 7
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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at St. Vincent 57, Grove City 32
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at Susquehanna 55, Gettysburg 40
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at King's 21, Lebanon Valley 17
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at Alfred 20, Ithaca 6
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at Widener 25, Wilkes 23
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at McDaniel 30, Ursinus 27
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at Muskingum 28, Marietta 10
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at Minnesota-Morris 28, Iowa Wesleyan 27
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at John Carroll 42, Heidelberg 14
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Ohio Northern 16, at Otterbein 10
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Case Western Reserve 35, at Waynesburg 7
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
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at Centre 49, Chicago 27
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at Mount St. Joseph 38, Manchester 19
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Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
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at Merchant Marine 55, Rochester 7
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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Concordia-Chicago 42, at Maranatha Baptist 10
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Washington U. 36, at Birmingham-Southern 21
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 38, Martin Luther 20
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at Eureka 28, MacMurray 13
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at Westminster (Mo.) 35, Greenville 14
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Dubuque 30, at Luther 17
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Monmouth 52, at Lake Forest 6
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at Augsburg 49, Carleton 17
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Bethel 44, at St. Olaf 7
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at Hamline 42, Gustavus Adolphus 40
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at UW-River Falls 42, Southwestern 22
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Simpson 17, at Buena Vista 9
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at St. Scholastica 49, Crown 13
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Cornell 46, at Beloit 41
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at Carthage 27, Augustana 24
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Coe 48, at Nebraska Wesleyan 17
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at Wartburg 56, Finlandia 0
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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Hendrix 42, at Millsaps 14
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Illinois Wesleyan 45, at North Park 10
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at Macalester 34, Grinnell 0
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at Ripon 33, Knox 19
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Illinois College 40, at Lawrence 15
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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at Geneva 35, Thiel 27
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UW-Eau Claire 40, at Wisconsin Lutheran 14
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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UW-Stevens Point 44, at Adrian 19
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UW-La Crosse 41, at Carroll 7
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at Berry 41, Sewanee 3
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Westminster (Pa.) 38, at Bethany 9
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Ohio Wesleyan 29, at Oberlin 16
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at Tufts 17, Wesleyan 14
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at Capital 35, Wilmington 21
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at Southwestern Assemblies 23, Austin 17
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Langston at McMurry
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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at Chapman 19, Trinity (Texas) 17
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Sep. 29: All times Eastern
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Randolph-Macon at Shenandoah
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Sep. 24: All times Eastern
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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