WAYNE – Following release number 10 from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate league office Monday afternoon, a senior football player from Wayne State College was tabbed with player of the week honors.
According to a release from the Wayne State Athletics office, senior place kicker Ethan Knudson was named the NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Wayne State College recently improved to 4-6 (2-4 South) thanks to a 62-0 home win over Upper Iowa during the 31st annual Egg Bowl game this past Saturday afternoon.
Knudson, a 6-3, 185-pounder from Harlan, Iowa, became Wayne State’s all-time leader in made field goals with 25 and 32-yard field goals Saturday. The Harlan HS grad also was a perfect 8-8 on PAT kicks in Saturday’s shutout win over the Peacocks. He also averaged 59.7 yards on 11 kickoffs with five touchbacks.
With his two made field goals Saturday, Knudson (38-49) surpassed Nick Hope’s 36 field goals (36-50) from 2006-09. He also ranks second in career points by a kicker at Wayne State with 223, trailing Nick Hope’s mark of 245 points.
For the season, Knudson is 12 of 14 on field goals and 25-26 on PAT kicks. He is tied with Minnesota State’s Luke Williams for the fewest missed kicks this season in the NSIC (three).
Another Wildcat who was recognized with a top performance was redshirt freshman running back Devin Merkuris. The Ralston native had 237 yards of total offense and two touchdowns. He rushed for 187 yards on 16 carries while adding two receptions for 50 yards. Saturday marked his third 100-yard game of the season and was named the Egg Bowl Most Valuable Player. Merkuris also had an 85-yard touchdown run which marked the third-longest rush in school history.
The Wayne State College football team will close out their regular season on Saturday, November 16 hosting Sioux Falls at 1 p.m. The Cougars are 7-3 overall (3-3 South).
The NSIC Offense Player of the Week went to senior running back Nate Gunn (second time this season) from Minnesota State-Mankato as the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week was awarded to junior lineman Chris Garrett (second time this season) from Concordia-St. Paul.