GWC Football Players of the Week

Players of the Week from Week No. 11



FB Jake Romanelli – Cal Poly (6-3, 240, Sr., Templeton, Calif.) Fullback Jake Romanelli established new career highs of 36 carries and 179 yards, scoring once on a one-yard run in the second quarter, in Cal Poly’s 53-51 triple-overtime loss to defending FCS champion Eastern Washington. Romanelli has five 100-yard games rushing this season and six in his Mustang career. Playing in his final home game, Romanelli moved to within 34 yards of a 1,000-yard season, which would be Cal Poly’s first since James Noble ran for 1,009 yards in 2006. Also Nominated – WR Tom Hemmingsen (UC Davis); QB Brent Goska (North Dakota); QB Dante Warren (South Dakota); RB Austin Minefee (Southern Utah)


DL ROSS BRENNEMAN – North Dakota (6-4, 254, Jr., Omaha, Neb.) Defensive lineman Ross Brenneman registered his team-leading seventh sack of the season and added another tackle for a loss to lead a dominating defensive effort by the Fighting Sioux. Brenneman finished with three tackles and upped his team-leading tackles for loss total to 9.5 in the 14-7 victory over UC Davis. The Sioux run defense, which ranks fifth nationally, held the Aggies to just 75 yards on the ground. Brenneman anchored a front line that has held its last three opponents to a total of 104 yards rushing (34.6 ypg). Also Nominated – LB Byron Gruendl (UC Davis); DB Jim Thompson (South Dakota); CB Dion Turner (Southern Utah)

Special Teams

RB/KR Austin Minefee – Southern Utah (5-10, 200, Sr., Cedar City, Utah) Kick returner Austin Minefee led Southern Utah with 330 all-purpose yards, the second most in school history (Nick Miller had 335 against South Dakota in 2008), in the Thunderbirds’ 34-21 loss at No. 5 Northern Iowa. His big play of the game was a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, finishing with 203 yards on six returns. Minefee also carried 15 times for a team-high 67 yards and a touchdown and caught six passes for 60 yards. The 203 kickoff return yards in a game are the second-most in a game in SUU history, and his 714 this season are fifth all-time at SUU. Minefee now leads the team in scoring, rushing and kickoff returns and is second in receptions and third in receiving yards. Also Nominated – P Colton Schmidt (UC Davis); P Brett Cameron (North Dakota); K Kevin Robb (South Dakota)


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