|MAC announces Week 11 football POTW
The Mid-American Conference Monday announced its football Players of the Week for Week 11.
Offensive Player of the Week: Miami WR Nick Harwell
Freshman wide receiver Nick Harwell (Missouri City, Texas) caught 10 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown in Miamis 24-21 win over Bowling Green. The totals mark his second century receiving game of his career and the second time he has reached double figures in catches. Harwells 22-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter put Miami up 21-7. Harwell has 43 receptions for 600 yards over the last five games, after making just two catches (15 yards) in his first five games.
Defensive Player of the Week: Bowling Green LB Dwayne Woods
Sophomore linebacker Dwayne Woods (Cincinnati, Ohio) collected 13 tackles in a 24-21 loss to Miami last Wednesday. The 13 tackle effort marked his fifth double digit tackle performance this season.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Miami K Trevor Cook
Senior kicker Trevor Cook (Sioux Falls, S.D.) returned from a two-game absence due to a knee injury to kick the 33-yard game-winning field goal at Bowling Green for a 24-21 win. Cook also booted three extra points. Cook is now 11 of 13 this season on field goals.
Offensive Player of the Week: Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish
Junior quarterback Chandler Harnish (Bluffton, Ind.) accounted for 311 yards of total offense while commanding the Northern Illinois offense in the Huskies 65-30 victory over Toledo. Harnish completed 11-of-16 passes for 162 yards and one touchdown, and ran for 149 yards on 13 carries with a rushing touchdown. He hit Nathan Palmer with a 33-yard strike in the first quarter for one touchdown and scampered 28 yards for rushing score. Harnish also had a career-long 69 yard run to set up a Northern Illinois score in the third quarter and he averaged 11.5 yards per rush on the day. He has accounted for 18 touchdowns (five rushing, 13 passing) and 2,309 yards of total offense (1,601 passing, 708 rushing) on the year.
Defensive Player of the Week: Ball State S Sean Baker
Junior safety Sean Baker (Canfield, Ohio) intercepted two passes and returned a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown in Ball State's 20-3 win at Buffalo. With his first interception in the first quarter, Baker became Ball State's career interceptions leader and his second interception with 13:08 to go in the game was his sixth of the season and the 16th of his career. Baker forced a fumble and recovered the loose ball and ran 26 yards for a touchdown to become the first player in Ball State history to return two fumbles for a touchdown in a career.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Ball State K Ian McGarvey
Senior kicker Ian McGarvey (Greenwood, Ind.) became Ball State's all-time leading scorer in the Cardinals 20-3 win at Buffalo. McGarvey connected on field goals of 40 and 32 yards and made two extra point attempts to bring his career total to 284 points, passing the previous school record of 279. McGarvey has made nine straight field goals.