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.

 
Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Kenyon
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Kean at Christopher Newport
1:00 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
Live Stats
1:00 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
The Apprentice School at Methodist
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
Live Stats
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Live Stats
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
Live Stats
2:30 PM
Lawrence at Presentation
4:00 PM
UW-Platteville at George Fox
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
Video Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
7:00 PM
Denison at Marietta
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
8:30 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
Dec. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 49, at St. Thomas 35
@ Salem, Va.
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