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Missouri S&T, UIndy, William Jewell Earn Weekly Football Awards

INDIANAPOLIS – Missouri S&T sophomore running back Deshawn Jones, University of Indianapolis junior linebacker Cole Sigmund and William Jewell College junior wide receiver/returner Bulla Graft have been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Players of the Week in football, it was announced by the league office Monday.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Deshawn Jones, Missouri S&T
So., RB, Olympia Fields, Illinois

Team Result: 52-30 win at Saint Francis (IL)

Rushed for a school and GLVC record 275 yards on 30 carries and posted four touchdowns

Scored twice in first half on runs of three and 27 yards

Totaled 120 yards in third quarter with TD runs of 37 and 69 yards

Had three receptions for 67 yards, giving him 342 all-purpose yards – the fifth-highest total in GLVC history and second-most at S&T

The 275 rushing and 342 all-purpose yards are third- and fifth-most in NCAA DII this season, respectively

Currently tied for fifth in the nation with a GLVC-best 786 rushing yards this year

Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award

Last Missouri S&T Offensive Player of the Week:  Tyler Swart (10/17/16)

 

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Cole Sigmund, Indianapolis
Jr., LB, St. Louis, Missouri

Team Result: 28-10 win at McKendree

Amassed a GLVC season-best 20 tackles, becoming first Greyhound to eclipse 20 or more tackles in a game since 2004

Total tied for fifth all-time in GLVC single-game history

Led a defensive effort that held McKendree to 10 points – a season low for a Greyhound opponent

Currently ranks fifth in the GLVC with 10.2 tackles per game

Earns his second career Defensive Player of the Week award (9/4/17)

Last Indianapolis Defensive Player of the Week:  Cole Sigmund (9/4/17)

 
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Bulla Graft, William Jewell
Jr., WR/KR, La Jolla, California

Team Result: 45-28 win at Quincy

Totaled 141 yards on five kickoff returns

Longest return of 40 yards was second-best of his career and also led to a third-quarter touchdown that began 31 unanswered points by the Cardinals

Also rushed five times for 32 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 24 yards

Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week award

Last William Jewell Special Teams Player of the Week:  Brandon Womack (10/19/15)