September 16, 2013

MIAC Football Athletes-of-the-Week - Sept. 16, 2013

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MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week

Josh Bungum, Saint John's
Paynesville, Minn. / Paynesville

Saint John's has successfully started the post-John Gagliardi era, adding a 17-14 win over UW-Eau Claire Saturday to improve to 2-0 in 2013. The Johnnies raced out to a three-score lead thanks largely to the playmaking abilities of wide receiver Josh Bungum (Paynesville, Minn.). The Johnnie sophomore contributed 185 yards from scrimmage despite rainy conditions, including the second-longest TD reception in the MIAC thus far in 2013. For his performance, Bungum was named the MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week.

In Saturday's victory, Bungum caught eight passes for 158 yards and a touchdown, and added 27 yards rushing on two carries. He averaged 19.8 yards per reception and 13.5 yards per carry in an impressive display of big-play ability. Bungum's biggest play was an 84-yard touchdown catch to put the Johnnies up 17-0, which is just a yard short of the longest reception in the MIAC this season. So far in 2013, Bungum's 15 catches lead the MIAC, and his 221 yards rank second.

The Johnnies' win Saturday was their second by the same score (17-14) over a WIAC opponent. SJU is one of three MIAC teams to start the season 2-0 as the league has started 12-1 overall against nonconference competition. Saint John's and Bungum will open conference play with a tough test as they travel to face three-time defending MIAC champion and second-ranked St. Thomas to start league play Saturday. The annual Johnnie-Tommie game will start in St. Paul at 1:10 p.m.

MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week

Josh Treimer, Bethel
Burnsville, Minn. / Burnsville

The sixth-ranked Bethel football team started its season with a 30-17 victory over Wartburg in front of the Royals' home fans, with senior Josh Treimer (Burnsville, Minn.) turning in quite the defensive highlight reel. The Bethel cornerback intercepted three passes - all in the first half - and returned one for a touchdown as he led Bethel to its first victory of 2013. For his performance, Treimer was named the MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week.

Treimer made three tackles to contribute to Bethel's defensive effort, but it was his work against the Wartburg passing game that stole the show. He halted the visitors' first drive with a pick at the Bethel 41-yard line, which led to a Royals' field goal. He struck again in the second quarter, this time picking off a pass at the Wartburg 27-yard line and returning it all the way for a touchdown. His third interception came just before halftime to help Bethel take a 16-0 lead into the locker room. Treimer's three interceptions lead the MIAC after two weeks of the season, and he also added a pass breakup to his incredible stat line.

Bethel, which was ranked as high as No. 6 in the preseason, moved up to No. 7 in the D3football.com poll following Saturday's victory. The Royals will have one more nonconference tune-up this week as the rest of the MIAC starts conference play. Bethel hits the road for its first game away from Arden Hills Saturday when it visits Buena Vista for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The Royals open MIAC play on Sept. 28 at Carleton.

MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week

Paul Graupner, St. Thomas
Minnetonka, Minn. / Benilde-St. Margaret's

The second-ranked St. Thomas football team earned its second-straight convincing win over a WIAC foe Thursday with a 25-7 win at UW-River Falls. The Tommies' special teams - especially kicker Paul Graupner (Minnetonka, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret's) played a big role in the win. The UST sophomore was perfect in the kicking game, making his only field goal try and two PATs, and supplied great field position on kickoffs. For his performance, Graupner was named the MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week.

Graupner's only field goal try - a 41-yard attempt in the final quarter- was good to give the Tommies their final margin of victory as they held off the Falcons on the road. The field goal was just one yard shy of Graupner's career long, and the longest make in the MIAC thus far in 2013. The St. Thomas kicker also converted both extra point attempts to improve to 40-for-41 in his career. Graupner was also impressive in four kickoffs, sending one into the end zone and the other three inside the 10-yard line. He also had a successful onside kick attempt that St. Thomas got to first, but couldn't secure possession.  So far in 2013, Graupner's 12 points lead all MIAC kickers.

After two weeks, the Tommies are among three teams in the MIAC to start 2-0, as the league has a 12-1 collective record against nonconference competition. St. Thomas is ranked No. 2 by D3football.com, just two points behind No. 1 Mount Union. Graupner and the Tommies start their quest for a fourth-straight MIAC title with a big rivalry contest to open MIAC play Saturday. UST will host Saint John's in the annual Tommie-Johnnie game in St. Paul at 1:10 p.m.

2013 MIAC Football Athletes-of-the-Week 

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
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
TBA
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
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
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
TBA
Endicott at Framingham State
TBA
Kean at Christopher Newport
TBA
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
TBA
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
TBA
Marietta at Denison
TBA
McDaniel at Catholic
TBA
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
TBA
UW-Platteville at George Fox
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
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
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
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
La Verne at Puget Sound
Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
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
6:00 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Hanover at Centre
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
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
Dec. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 49, at St. Thomas 35
@ Salem, Va.
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