Joynt Earns NSIC Defensive Player Of The Week Honors

WAYNE – For the second time in the month of October, a Wayne State College defensive player made the NSIC football weekly release as a Player of the Week.

According to a release from the Wayne State Athletics office, Nicholas Joynt was named Monday morning the NSIC Football Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in Saturday’s 38-16 victory at Southwest Minnesota State.

It’s the second time in his Wildcat career (10/7/19) that Joynt has earned NSIC Defensive Player of the Week accolades.

Joynt, a 6-1, 220-pound junior linebacker from Garner, Iowa (Garner-Hayfield-Ventura HS), recorded 12 total tackles and had one interception for 34 return yards in leading the Wildcat defense that held SMSU to just 81 first half yards and 257 total for the game. Joynt was credited with three solo and nine assisted stops in the win.

For the season, Joynt has 49 total tackles and ranks fourth in the NSIC in tackles per game (8.2) despite missing two contests due to injury. He is second on the Wildcat defense in total tackles.

Senior wideout Taurean Grady (Chicago, Ill/Arkansas Baptist/Thornwood HS) added five catches for 123 yards and one TD, all in the first half and was also recognized by the conference with a top performance. He accounted for 137 yards of total offense and had a 53-yard TD catch to open WSC scoring. It was his third 100-yard receiving game of season.

Senior wideout Malik Williams of Bemidji State was tabbed the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week while senior Carter Blackwell of MSU Moorhead was named the NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Wayne State College, 6-2 and 3-1 in the NSIC South Division, visits Upper Iowa (0-8/0-3 South) Saturday for a 12 p.m. contest. Pregame coverage on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and is set for 11:30 a.m.