Emporia State quarterback Braxton Marstall was named MIAA offensive player of the week on Monday after throwing for 435 yards and four touchdowns in ESU’s 45-13 victory against Nebraska-Kearney this past Thursday in Emporia.
Marstall completed 12 of his first 14 passes, including a 61-yard TD to Louis Dailey, to stake the Hornets to a 21-0 first-quarter lead over UNK. He also threw a 15-yard touchdown to Dailey, a 34-yard TD to Justin Jackson and a three-yard score to Justin Brown.
Fort Hays State defensive lineman Nathan Shepard was the defensive player of the week recording seven tackles (three for loss), a sack and a forced fumble in FHSU’s 35-6 win over then No. 13-ranked Central Missouri. The Tigers entered the Division II poll at No. 21 this week.
Pittsburg State’s Josh Hornbeck earned the honor on special teams after blocking a punt that was returned for a touchdown, which proved to be the difference in Pitt State’s 31-28 win against Central Oklahoma.
BAKER’S BRETTELL NAMED HAAC PLAYER OF WEEK: Baker quarterback Logan Brettell was named Heart of American Athletic Conference offensive player of the week after throwing for 245 yards for three touchdowns in a 67-7 win over Culver-Stockton this past Saturday.
He threw touchdown passes of 27 and 81 yards to Clarence Clark and a 12-yarder to Nick Snider.
The No. 2-ranked Wildcats (3-0) play Graceland at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Baldwin City.
ESU VOLLEYBALL PLAYER EARNS HONOR: Emporia State’s Yuchen Du was named MIAA volleyball hitter of the week after averaging 4.8 kills, 5.33 assists and 2.40 digs per set for the Hornets last week in the SBU Invitational.
DU, a freshman from Beijing, China, opened the tournament with a triple double of 23 kills, 23 assists and 12 digs while hitting .513 in the tournament opener against Adams State.