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2011 WIAC Football Players of the Week
Week of November 7th - November 13th, 2011
Offense Defense
Austin Goetsch UW-Platteville
TE :: UW-Eau Claire Defense
On Saturday (11/12) UW-Eau Claire Blugold TE Austin Goetsch (Jr.-Waunakee/WI) caught four passes at Ramer Field against the River Falls Falcons, two of them returned for touchdowns as the 'Golds win 27-21.

Goetsch nabbed a 1st quarter 7-yd QB Austin Neu pass attempt, taking it to the house, closing a 7-0 UW-EC deficit, then, later in the 3rd period, puts UW-EC up to stay with a 6-yard TD catch, giving the Blugolds a 24-14 advantage.

Playing in all 10 games this season, Goetsch racked up 516 yards receiving on 38 receptions, averaging 51.6 yards per game, with 5 TDs.
The UW-Platteville defensive front line held visiting UW-Stevens Point to a season-low 219 yards of total offense in a 51-7 blowout on Saturday (11/12) at Ralph E. Davis Stadium (Pioneer Stadium), the seventh season win for UW-P.

The Pioneer defense registered seven turnovers on the afternoon, including two interceptions and three forced fumbles, also sacking Pointer QB Mitch Beau (So.-Fond Du Lac/WI) twice.

Pioneer DB Jacob Zilbar (Fr.-Tampa/FL) paced the UW-P defense with 8 total tackles, 1 INT, and 1 tackle for loss.
Week of October 31st - November 6th, 2011
Offense Defense
Taylor Edwards Mike Cano
RB :: UW-River Falls DB :: UW-River Falls
The WWS choice for WIAC offensive football player of the week is UW-River Falls RB Taylor Edwards (Sr.-Janesville/WI).

Edwards and the Falcon offense helped snap an 18-game losing streak against the UW-L Eagles at Roger Harrings Memorial Stadium in La Crosse on Saturday with a 28-21 overtime road-win.

The UW-RF victory also ended a 5-game conference play drought, giving UW-RF head coach Matt Walker his first WIAC win.

Edwards capped a 4-play overtime Falcon drive with a 2-yard rushing TD, and then the UW-RF defense came up big, intercepting UW-L QB Andy Sires (So.-Houston/MN) in the end zone preserving the 28-21 advantage.

Edwards finished the day with 134 yards rushing on 31 attempts, including a 14-yd burst in the OT period, setting up the game winner.

For the 2011 football season Edwards has 1,010 yards rushing (2nd) on 214 attempts with 6 TDs, trailing only UW-Whitewater's Levell Coppage (1,337).

In his college career Taylor has three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons running the football, including 1,076 yards in 2009 and 1,061 yards last year, when he was awarded the teams MVP award.

Edwards also earned the 2010 WIAC Player of the Year honor.
The UW-River Falls Falcon defense helped erase an 18-game losing streak against the UW-La Crosse Eagles at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex last Saturday (11/5), an overtime interception clearing the slate as the Falcons win 28-21.

Falcon defensive back Mike Cano (Jr.-Glencoe/MN) ended the drought dating back to 1985, recording 8 tackles and 2 interceptions, none bigger than the OT interception of Eagles QB Andy Sires (So.-Houston/MN) ending the contest.

The team rallied from a 14-0 1st quarter deficit to register the OT win, sacking Sires five times in the process.

Cano recorded 7 solo-stops and 1 assisted tackle, his 3rd quarter interception (with UW-RF trailing 14-7 ) snuffing out a UW-L scoring drive at the River Falls 4-yard line, a sign of things to come.

After knotting up the contest at 21-21, capping a 9-play, 96-yard Falcon drive with a 9-yard TD completion, UW-RF takes the lead 28-21 in OT with a 2-yard TD run.

The UW-RF defense and Cano then thwart the UW-L offense in the overtime period, Cano nabbing an errant Sires pass at the 13-yard line to seal the come-from-behind Falcon road-win.

Cano, in 2010 had 26 tackles with 1 forced fumble, playing in 9 contests.
Week of October 24th - October 30th, 2011
Offense Defense
Ben Hertrampf Damian Guggenbuehl
RB :: UW-La Crosse DB :: UW-Stout
UW-La Crosse Eagle RB Ben Hertrampf (So.-Fennimore/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC offensive player of the week.

At J.J. Keller Field in Oshkosh on Saturday (10/28) Hertrampf rumbled for 182 yards on 31 carries in a 30-24 road-win facing the UW-Oshkosh Titans, including the game-winner, an overtime 12-yd TD run breaking a 24-24 tie.

Hertrampf tallied 3 touchdowns in the contest; a 28-yd 1st period TD giving the early 7-0 lead to the visiting UW-L Eagles, then a 1-yd plunge in the second quarter stretching the Eagle lead to 17-7 at the half.

The Titans rallied from a 24-10 deficit to knot the score at 24-24 with 2:25 left on the clock, then blocked a game-winning UW-L field goal attempt sending the contest into OT.

The Eagles iced the victory with a 2-play, 25 yard drive in OT culminating with Hertrampf's 12-yd game winning TD run.
UW-Stout Blue Devil DB Damian Guggenbuehl (So.-La Crosse/WI) is the WWS WIAC defensive player of the week.

Guggenbuehl paced the UW-Stout defense with 11 tackles (1 assisted) in a 16-10 road-win at Ramer Field on Saturday (10/29) facing the UW-River Falls Falcons.

He also had 1 tackle for loss and 1 pass defensed.

The Blue Devils defense registered a pair of sacks and two interceptions of UW-RFs QB B. J. Letourneau (Sr.-Falcon Heights/MN).

UW-Stout surrendered 400 yards of offense to the Falcons, but with a bend-but-don't-break defensive scheme, only coughed up 10 points on the scoreboard.

Trailing 10-16 with two minutes remaining, a Letourneau 41-yard touchdown pass was negated by a holding penalty, sending the Falcons to their 5th conference loss of the season.

Last year, playing in all 10 contests, Guggenbuehl recorded 24 solo-stops and 22 assisted tackles, with 7 solo tackles against UW-SP in week-7, a 27-21 Pointer win.
Week of October 17th - October 23rd, 2011
Offense Defense
Mitch Beau Austin Blashka
QB :: UW-Stevens Point S :: UW-Oshkosh
UW-Stevens Point Pointer QB Mitch Beau ( So.-Fond Du Lac/WI ) is the WWS WIAC football offensive player of the week.

At Carson Park in Eau Claire on Saturday (10/22) facing the UW-EC Blugolds Beau capped a 14 play, 72 yard drive with a 1-yd quarterback sneak, plunging into the end zone for the winning score with 15 ticks left on the clock, giving the visiting Pointers a 28-24 win.

Beau, making his second collegiate start at quarterback, finished the contest 11-of 19 passing for 259 yards and 3 TDs, including a 3rd quarter 47 yd TD completion to WR Keith Ingram (Jr.-Milwaukee/Riverside), closing a 24-14 Pointer gap.

He also scampered for 24 additional yards on 10 carries, part of a 372-yard offensive Pointer effort on the day.

Beau, appearing in 2 games for UW-SP in 2010, was a four-time letter-winner at St. Mary's Springs High School, earning Conference Player of the Year honors his senior year in football.
UW-Oshkosh Titan Austin Blashka (So.- Menasha/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC football defensive player of the week.

The UW-O strong safety had 10 tackles (2 assisted) against the #1 ranked team in the country, the UW-Whitewater Warhawks, as the Titans came close to snapping a 36 game 'Hawk winning streak, falling 20-17 in a closely played contest at J. J. Keller Field in Oshkosh on Saturday (10/22).

Blashka and the UW-O defense recorded 73 total tackles on the day, with Taylor Goodman (Jr.-South Wayne) adding eight stops and 1 sack of UW-Whitewater QB Matt Blanchard, a second period stop that thwarted a 'Hawk drive, resulting in a field goal.

The Titans enjoyed a 14-10 halftime advantage, but UW-W scored a TD in the third period, and then in the final minutes UW-W kicker Eric Kindler iced the victory with a 22-yd field goal conversion, giving the Warhawks the 20-17 win.

Through 7 games played Blashka has 26 total tackles, 1-INT and 3 passes defensed.
Week of October 10th - October 16th, 2011
Offense Defense
Matt Blanchard John Rozek
QB :: UW-Whitewater DB :: UW-La Crosse
The WWS choice for WIAC offensive player of the week for week-7 (Oct. 10-16) is UW-Whitewater QB Matt Blanchard ( Sr. Lake Zurich / IL).

Under the lights at Perkins Stadium on Friday (10/14) the Warhawk QB successfully upped the UW-Whitewater football programs winning streak to 35 consecutive games with 42-21 win over UW-Stout.

The victory gives the Warhawks a perfect 6-0 record, 3-0 in conference play.

Blanchard completed 20 of 28 pass attempts for 294 yards and 3 TDs.

The Hawks enjoyed a 28-7 advantage at the break before the Blue Devils rallied in the third quarter to narrow the gap at 28-21 starting 4th period action.

In the final quarter Blanchard tossed a 9-yd TD pass to WR Bernie Tamsett (Jr.-Waterford/WI), Blanchard's 12th TD completion this season.
(WWS file pic- Matt Blanchard at UW-River Falls)
The WWS choice for WIAC football defensive player of the week is UW-La Crosse Eagle DB John Rozek (Sr.-De Pere/WI).

Rozek tallied 16 total tackles (9 assisted) and also registered 1 sack of UW-Eau Claire Blugold QB Austin Neu, in a tough 21-31 home-loss at Veterans Memorial Sports Complex in La Crosse on Saturday (10/15).

With the score all knotted up at 14-14 in the second quarter, Rozek stuffed Neu for a 5-yard loss, one of two sacks recorded on the 'Golds QB on the day.

In 2009, Rozek, a Business Management major, playing in all 10 contests, had 5 tackles and 1 fumble recovery.
Week of October 3rd - October 9th, 2011
Offense Defense
Tyler Huber Ryan Stefaniak
WR :: UW-Whitewater S :: UW-Oshkosh
UW-Whitewater Warhawk WR Tyler Huber (Jr.-Mukwonago/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC player of the week.

Facing UW-River Falls at Ramer Field on Saturday (10/8) Huber racked up 156 yards through the air, aiding the Warhawk offense as they achieved their 35th consecutive win, a 42-10 victory. Huber had 8 receptions on the day with 2 going for TDs (60yds & 45yds).

Enjoying a 21-7 advantage into the 2nd period, the potent Warhawk offensive attack took flight, Huber hauling in a 45 yard TD catch, capping a 9-play, 83 yard UW-W scoring drive.
UW-Oshkosh Titan strong safety Ryan Stefaniak (So.-Muskego/Waukesha Catholic Memorial) is the WWS choice for WIAC defensive player of the week.

Stefaniak recorded 9 solo tackles, along with 2 sacks in a 23-16 road win over UW-Eau Claire and the Blugolds at Carson Park on Saturday (10/8).

The staunch UW-Oshkosh defense forced 'Golds QB Austin Neu into four incomplete pass attempts on the final drive of the contest, the Titans coming back from a 13-0 first quarter deficit to record their second WIAC victory of the season.

UW-Oshkosh is 4-1 for the first time since 2007.

Through 5 games played this season Stefaniak has 18 solo-tackles (22 total) with 4.5 sacks and 2 passes defensed.
Week of September 26th - October 2nd, 2011
Offense Defense
Mike Butterfield Nate Smits
QB :: UW-La Crosse LB :: UW-River Falls
UW-La Crosse Eagle QB Mike Butterfield (So.-Pewaukee/Kettle Moraine) is the WWS choice for WIAC offensive Player of the Week.

Facing UW-Stevens Point and the Pointers at Roger Harrings Stadium on Saturday (10/1) Butterfield leads the team to an exciting Eagle 31-28 come-from-behind victory, giving UW-L their first win of the WIAC season.

Trailing the Pointers 28-14 into the final period of play, the Eagles put 17 unanswered points on the board, including the game winner, a field goal, with 4 seconds left on the clock.

With one minute remaining in regulation UW-SP misses a field goal attempt and is forced to give up the ball.

Butterfield then connects on a 42-yd pass to WR Tony Bilderback, giving UW-L a first and goal, setting up UW-L kicker Justin Huinker with a game winning 18-yd chip shot, which is converted, sealing UW-SPs fate.

Butterfield paced the team in passing and rushing, totaling 182 and 90 yards respectively.

Through 4 games played Butterfield has passed for 490 yards (36/64) with 5-Tds, and has rushed for 174 yards, with 2-Tds on 34 attempts.
UW-River Falls Falcon LB Nate Smits (Jr.-Hudson /WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC defensive player of the week.

Although UW-RF was defeated 42-7 at Titan Stadium on Saturday (10/1) facing UW-Oshkosh, the loss wasn't because of a lack of effort on the Falcon defensive front line, the team registering an INT, a fumble recovery and a pair of sacks against the Titans and quarterback Nate Wara.

Smits recorded two sacks, the first River Falls linebacker to register a pair of sacks in a game since 2008.

After a scoreless first period, UW-O takes a 14-0 advantage into the locker room at half only to have it disappear in the third quarter.

Smits sacks Wara for the second time of the contest, forcing a Titan punt, returned by RF return specialist Greg Klingelhutz 63 yards to the UW-O goal line, setting up a RF touchdown closing the gap at 14-7.

Smits finished the contest with 7 tackles, 4-solo.

Last season for the Falcons Smits played in all 10 games with 42 total tackles, 21-solo, 3 tackles for loss and 1 sack.
Week of September 19th - September 25th, 2011
Offense Defense
Nate Wara Jay Wussow
QB :: UW-Oshkosh DB :: UW-La Crosse
UW-Oshkosh Titan QB Nate Wara (Jr.-Oshkosh) is once again the WWS choice for the WIAC offensive player of the week.

In the opening quarter facing UW-Stout, under the lights at Don and Nona Williams Stadium on Thursday (9/22), a rare night non-conference game, Wara scampered 52 yards for a TD, en route to a 56-10 rout of the Blue Devils.

Wara finished the evening with 185 rush yards on 15 attempts and completed 11-of-17 passes for 172 additional yards and 2 TDs. Overall, UW-O racked up 370 yards on the ground.

The contest wasn't even close. UW-Stout trailed 28-3 entering the third period of play, when Wara completed a 36-yd TD pass to UW-Oshkosh WR Garrie Fox, giving the Titans a 34-3 advantage.

Wara earned WWS WIAC player of the week honors in week-1 with a 31-28 win over Central College (IA), the Titan QB tossing 3 TDs.
UW-La Crosse student / athlete Eagle DB Jay Wussow ( So.-Edgar/WI ) is the WWS choice for WIAC defensive player of the week.

Wussow totaled 10 tackles, 8-solo, pacing the team in a close 17-14 road loss to UW-Platteville at Pioneer Stadium on Saturday (9/24).

The contests outcome wasn't determined until the final moments of play.

The Eagles scored a TD with 13 seconds remaining in the game, to close a 17-7 gap, but an attempted UW-L on-side kick was thwarted by the Pioneers, sending UW-La Crosse to their third straight loss.

Facing the Eagles last year, a 21-6 Pioneer road win at Roger Harrings Stadium, was UW-Platteville's first victory in La Crosse since a 13-10 upset during the 1980 season.
Week of September 12th - September 18th, 2011
Offense Defense
Matt Blanchard Ryan McWethy
QB :: UW-Whitewater DB :: UW-Platteville
At Perkins Stadium on Saturday (9/17) the #1 ranked UW-Whitewater Warhawks downed the Campbellsville Tigers (KY), previously ranked 17th in the nation, 54-14. The win added to Whitewater's 32-game winning streak, the longest in the NCAA, all divisions.

Warhawk QB Matt Blanchard (Sr.-Lake Zurich/IL) led the Whitewater offensive charge that totaled 21 points in the first 17 minutes of play, the score a lop-sided 23-0 in the opening period.

Blanchard finished the afternoon 12-of-15 passing for 294 yards and 3 TDs. He was replaced early in the third quarter, with the outcome of the game already pre-determined at 37-7.

Facing Campbellsville on the road last season, Matt completed 14-of-25 passes for 174 yards and 2 TDs, UW-Whitewater going on to a 37-7 win.

When he's not on the gridiron or studying, Matt, whose favorite sports personality is former Chicago Bull Michael Jordan, likes to listen to music, read and hang out with friends.
UW-Platteville Pioneer student/athlete DB Ryan McWethy ( Jr.-Oregon/IL ) is the WWS choice for WIAC defensive player of the week.

McWethy tallied 15 total tackles facing #7 Wheaton (IL) at Pioneer Stadium on Saturday (9/17), UW-Platteville falling 23-14 in a close played contest.

McWethy led the team in defense on the day, racking up 9 solo-stops and 6 assisted tackles, with 2.5 tackles for loss ( 6 yards ) and 1 pass defensed.

Last season, playing in all 10 games, McWethy finished the year with 26 total tackles (21-solo) also blocking two kicks.
Week of September 5th - September 11th, 2011
Offense Defense
Lee Vlasek Ryan Pearcy
RB :: UW-Platteville LB :: UW-Stout
UW-Platteville student/athlete RB Lee Vlasek (Jr.-Blanchardville/WI) helped the Pioneers achieve a 26-3 non-conference road win over the UW-Stevens Point Pointers at Community Stadium on Saturday and is the WWS WIAC offensive player of the week.

Vlasek finished the day with 128 yards on 32 carries and rushed for 2-TDs. With the Pioneer defense holding the Pointers to 171 total offensive yards, UW-Platteville ended a 20-game losing skid to the Pointers and won in Stevens Point for the first time since 1988.

To start the second half of play, the Pioneers added to their lead when Vlasek scored his second one-yard touchdown plunge to stretch the lead to 23-3.
The UW-Stout Blue Devils survived a late charge at Rollie Greeno Field Saturday (9/10) facing the Jamestown College Jimmies, and won a close road contest 20-17.

It was the Blue Devil defense that saved the day, UW-Stout LB Ryan Pearcy (Sr.-Plover/SPASH) racking up 20 total tackles, (8-solo, 12-assisted) limiting the Jimmies to 127 rush yards.

Pearcy recorded an INT of Jimmies QB Brad Lint in the first quarter, leading to a field goal, then forced a second-quarter fumble, Stout up 14-3 at the break.

Pearcy, a Hotel and Tourism management major, last season was first team all-WIAC, earning WIAC defensive player of the week honors after recording 12 tackles (4-solo) against UW-Eau Claire.
Week of August 29th - September 4th, 2011
Offense Defense
Nate Wara Joe Mleziva
QB :: UW-Oshkosh DB / FS :: UW-Stevens Point
UW-Oshkosh student/athlete Titan QB Nate Wara ( Jr.-Oshkosh/WI ) completed 17-of-25 attempts for 241 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 31-28 win over Central College (IA) at Titan Stadium on Saturday (9/3).

Wara completed an 84-yard 1st quarter TD pass to WR Caleb Voss, then added a 51-yard TD toss to Voss in the third period, giving the Titans a 24-7 cushion.

Wara also rushed 15 times for 48 yards, including a 14 yard scamper.
Pointer defensive back/free safety Joe Mleziva ( Sr.-Casco/WI ) racked up 15 total tackles ( 7-solo, 8 assisted ) and recorded 1 interception, helping limit the Bearcat offense to 242 total yards from scrimmage.

Willamette scored the game's only touchdown with 27 seconds left in the fourth quarter, on a 2-yard run to pull within 8-6.

A two-point conversion attempt was nullified by an illegal touching penalty, giving #23 ranked UW-SP their first win of the 2011 season.

Mleziva was selected to Preseason Inside Wisconsin Sports D3 All-State Team.