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2012 WIAC Football Players of the Week
Week of November 5th - November 11th, 2012
Offense Defense
Eric Brown Loussaint Minett
RB :: UW-Stout DL :: UW-Whitewater
UW-Stout student/athlete Blue Devil RB Eric Brown (Sr.-St.Paul/MN) is the WWS choice for WIAC football Offensive Player of the Week.

Brown, playing in his final collegiate contest, rushed for 136 yards on 24 attempts and caught 2 passes for 86 additional yards and 1 score in a hard-fought 27-18 Blue Devil home-loss to the #5 ranked UW-Oshkosh Titans at Williams Stadium on Saturday (Senior Day).

It was supposed to be an easy road-win for the visiting undefeated 9-0 Titans, facing the 3-6 Blue Devils, and with a 14-0 1st quarter UW-Oshkosh advantage, it seemed destined to be repeat of last years' 35-3 UW-Stout loss to UW-O.

That all changed in the second quarter of play.

Brown helped the Blue Devils find the scoreboard after a 61-yd second quarter TD reception from Stout QB Hank Kujak narrowed the gap at 14-8.

The Blue Devils would take a 18-14 lead into the half-time break, but would surrender 10 unanswered 3rd quarter points, and a field goal in the fourth period, eventually falling to the Titans 27-18.

This season Brown paced the club with 730 yards rushing on 164 attempts, with 5 total TDs, playing in all 10 games.

In 2011 Brown was a second team all-WIAC selection, leading UW-Stout with 664 rushing yards on 148 carries (4.5 per rush average). He had a team-high eight TDs and scored a team-high 48 points.
UW-Whitewater student athlete Warhawk DL Loussaint Minett (Jr.-Whitewater/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC football Defensive Player of the Week.

Minett and the 'Hawk defense limited UW-La Crosse to 52 rushing yards on 29 attempts at Roger Harrings Stadium on Saturday (11/10)... Minett recording a pair of quarterback sacks and three unassisted tackles in a 24-0 UW-Whitewater road-win.

UW-Whitewater's defense picked off UW-La Crosse QB Andy Sires twice, keeping the club out of the end-zone, also the 3rd shutout against UW-L by the 'Hawks in the last 6 contests.

The Warhawks have beaten the Eagles 10 consecutive games, with the last win for UW-La Crosse against UW-W recorded on 11/10/2004, a 35-10 Eagle win at Perkins Stadium.

This season Minett registered 23 total tackles (13 solo) with 11.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles (1 recovered) and 1 pass breakup, playing in all 10 contests.

Minett's 5.5 quarterback sacks paced the club's defense this year.

Last season Minett saw action in 15 contests, finishing the season with 32 total tackles and 3 sacks, helping the team advance to the 2011 D-III National Championship game, where UW-Whitewater upended Mount Union 13-10.
Week of October 29th - November 4th, 2012
Offense Defense
Cole Myhra Ryan McWethy
RB :: UW-Oshkosh DB :: UW-Platteville
UW-Oshkosh student/athlete Titan RB Cole Myhra (Sr.-Menomonee Falls/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive Player of the Week.

Myhra scored three rushing touchdowns at JJ Keller Field on Saturday (11/3) leading the UW-Oshkosh Titans to a 56-31 home-win over UW-Stevens Point, the victory also securing the WIAC Championship crown for the school.

Trailing UW-SP 3-0 early in the contest Myhra rumbled 45 yards to the UW-SP 8-yd line, setting up the first Titan score, an 8-yd Myhra TD run, also the last time UW-O would trail in the game.

The Titans tallied eight TDs before the start of the third quarter, the score a lop-sided 56-3 entering the locker room at half-time.

UW-O played their 2nd team in the final periods of play after UW-O starting QB Nate Wara completed 11-of-14 first half passes for 279 yards and 3 TDs, and Myhra had rumbled for 141 yards and three scores.

The win awards the WIAC Championship Crown to the UW-Oshkosh Titans for the first time since 1972.

This season Myhra has 913 yards rushing and 10 TD's, playing in all 9 contests.
UW-Platteville student/athlete Pioneer DB Ryan McWethy (Sr.-Oregon/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC football defensive player of the week.

Facing UW-Stout and the Blue Devils at Pioneer Stadium on Saturday (11/3) McWethy paced the field with 14 tackles (6 assisted) in a 62-20 UW-Platteville home win.

The Pioneer defense limited the visiting Blue Devils to 156 passing yards on 33 attempts, while the UW-Platteville offense racked up over 400 yards of production, also enjoying a 35-10 lead at the halftime break.

In the third quarter of play UW-Platteville QB Bryce Corrigan puts the contest away at 48-10 with a 57-yd. TD completion, one of 7 touchdown passes recorded by the Pioneer quarterback, the seven TDs also setting a new school record.

This season McWethy has 52 total tackles (39 solo), 2 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions and 1 pass breakup playing in 8 games.

McWethy earned WWS WIAC defensive player of the week honors last season, registering 15 tackles facing #7 Wheaton (IL) at Pioneer Stadium (9/17/11), a 23-14 Wheaton road-win.
Week of October 22nd - October 28th, 2012
Offense Defense
Nate Wara Jacob Zilbar
QB :: UW-Oshkosh LB :: UW-Platteville
UW-Oshkosh student/athlete Titan QB Nate Wara (Sr.-Oshkosh/WI) is once again the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive Player of the Week.

On the road at UW-La Crosse's Veterans Memorial Sports Complex Wara led the Titans to their 8th consecutive win and an undefeated 5-0 WIAC mark, with a convincing 41-7 win over the UW-La Crosse Eagles.

Wara helped erase some old UW-Oshkosh football ghosts with the victory as the win was the first for the Titans at Roger Harrings Stadium since 1967.

The Titans have not won the WIAC football Championship title since 1976.

Wara passed for 369 yards and completed four TD passes on the day, including a 62-yd 2nd quarter pass that put the game away at 27-0.

Through 8 contests played Wara has passed for 1,897 yards and has 17 TD completions; his average of 237.1 yards per game paces the conference.

Wara, the WWS player of the week twice this season (Weeks-1,3) also leads the WIAC in yards per contest, averaging 299.1; also rushing for 496 yards (112 attempts) tied for 4th in the conference.
UW-Platteville student/athlete Pioneer LB Jacob Zilbar (#5 So.-Tampa/FL) is the WWS choice for WIAC football defensive Player of the Week.

The UW-Platteville linebacker had 10 tackles (7-solo) 1 sack and 1 pass breakup facing the UW-Eau Claire Blugolds at Carson Park on Saturday (10/27), Zilbars' efforts helping the visiting Pioneers head home with a 24-17 road-win.

With UW-Platteville ahead 17-10, Zilbar sacked opposing UW-EC Blugold QB Austin Neu (Sr.-Iron Ridge/WI) for an 8-yard loss early in the fourth quarter, one of three sacks for the Pioneer defense on the day.

Plattevilles 'D' limited Neu to 55 yards rushing on 13 attempts, and the UW-EC offense to 120 yards on the ground, a 3.3 yard average.

The Blugolds' final offensive drive was snuffed out by a Pioneer defensive interception.

Last season (2011) Zilbar was named All-WIAC honorable mention.playing in all 10 games with 60 tackles and 2 interceptions.
Week of October 15th - October 21st, 2012
Offense Defense
Caleb Voss UW-Platteville
WR :: UW-Oshkosh Defense
UW-Oshkosh Titan wide receiver Caleb Voss (Jr.-Van Dyne/WI) found a way to be around the football when it counted most at Perkins Stadium on Saturday (10/20) facing the defending National Champion UW-Whitewater Warhawks, and is the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive Player of the Week.

Voss helped the Titans spoil the Warhawks' homecoming celebrations with three receptions, two returned for scores, in a 28-13 UW-Oshkosh road-win

The contest was the biggest in WIAC history, with over 12,000+ in attendance, and after Voss grabbed a Titan QB Nate Wara 5-yd TD pass early in the first quarter, capping a 13-play, 75-yard UW-Oshkosh march, it was about to become history for the 'Hawks.

Voss and the Titan offense took the normally noisy crowd out of the game in the second period after a 60-yard pass play, completed for a TD, sent the defending National Champions into a tailspin, down 14-0.

The Titans defense did the rest to complete the biggest upset in recent WIAC memory, limiting the Warhawks' offense to just 27 total yards in the third period and 55 yards rushing on 30 attempts in the contest, also sacking starting Hawk QB Lee Brekke twice.
The UW-Platteville Pioneer defensive unit is the WWS choice for WIAC football defensive player of the Week.

At Pioneer Stadium on Saturday (10/20) facing UW-River Falls, the team shut-out the Falcons 31-0, the Platteville 'D' limiting the visitors to just 20 rushing yards on 17 attempts and just 157 total yards from scrimmage.

Top Platteville defensive player linebacker Dave Daino (Sr.-Langhorne/PA) paced the club with 8 tackles (2 assisted) and linebacker Jacob Zilbar (So.-Tampa/FL) contributed seven (5 assisted); Robert Austin 6-0; Ryan McWethy 4-0; Bronzun Kyles 3-0; Evan Constant 2-1; Nick Snyder 1-2; Noah Gibson2-0; Yoel Wonsey 2-0; Corey Marks 2-0; Tommy Magna 2-0; Ryan Constant 1-1; Alex Schleis 1-1; Alex Schaefer 1-0; Travis Nelson 1-0; Levi Epley 1-0; Tanner Dixon 1-0; Ryan Giachetti 1-0.

UW-Plattevilles' offense heated things up for the Homecoming game crowd of over 4,000+ early, as Pioneer QB/WR Ryley Bailey (Jr.-Elburn/IL) connected for four TD passes on the day, including the opening score, a 94 yard, 16 play drive, resulting in a 7-yd TD completion.

Bailey finished the game with 377 yards passing and 4 TDs.
Week of October 8th - October 14th, 2012
Offense Defense
Chad Blair Andrew Keister
K :: UW-River Falls DB :: UW-Whitewater
The UW-River Falls Falcons football program has been in a transition stage since the retirement of former head coach John O'Grady (Coach 'O') in 2010, with the program winning only one game last season, a 28-21 OT win at UW -La Crosse on November 5th.

This year the Falcons, under second year Head Coach Matt Walker, captured their first WIAC win of the season with a 26-15 win over conference foe UW-Stevens Point on Saturday (10/13).

UW-RF student/athlete Falcon kicker Chad Blair (Sr.-Oakdale/MN) successfully converted four field goals in the contest and is the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive 'Player of the Week'.

Blair's 20 yard 1st quarter field goal broke a 7-7 stalemate, then, in the third period, after a Pointer interception, a 35 yard attempt puts the Falcons up 19-7, capping an 8-play, 6-yard UW-RF drive.

Blair, this season has converted 10-of-13 field goals and 6-of-8 PAT's for 36 total points.

In 2011 Blair was second on the team in scoring (44 points) making 20-of-21 point after attempts and 8-of-11 field goals.
UW-Whitewater student/athlete Warhawk defensive back Andrew Keister (Jr.-Evansville/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC football defensive 'Player of the Week'.

Keister and the Warhawk stingy defense limited the UW-Stout Blue Devils to just six rushing yards on 25 attempts and 136 total offensive yards at Don and Nona Williams Stadium on Saturday (10/13), a 41-7 'Hawk road-win.

UW-Stout back-up QB Hank Kujak was picked off twice by Keister, including a fourth quarter interception at the Whitewater goal line, snuffing out a late potential Blue Devil scoring drive.

Keister had three tackles (2 assisted) on the day adding to his season totals (13).

The UW-W defensive back had an interception and three solo-stops facing UW-Stevens Point earlier in the season (10/6), a 34-7 Whitewater win at Perkins Stadium.
Week of October 1st - October 7th, 2012
Offense Defense
Mike Blizel Dave Daino
QB :: UW-Stout LB :: UW-Platteville
UW-Stout student/ athlete Blue Devil QB Mike Blizel (Sr.-Sturgeon Bay/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive Player of the Week.

At beautiful Don and Nona Williams Stadium in Menomonie on Saturday (10/6) Blizel scored three rushing TDs and added another TD passing while facing conference foe UW-Stevens Point. The end result, a 31-14 UW-Stout Homecoming win.

It was a close played contest entering the third period as UW-Stout enjoying a 10-7 halftime advantage, Blizel with one second quarter passing TD of 14 yards.

The UW-Stout Senior QB opened up the Blue Devils offensive attack in the second half.

Blizel rushed 11 times for 68 yards, including a 3rd quarter 25 yd. scamper that gave the Blue Devils a 17-7 lead.

He then added another 3rd quarter score, on a two yard run, capping a 7-play, 67-yard march that put UW-Stout up 24-14.

Blizel finished the contest 20 of 34 passing for 210 yards.

This season Blizel has completed 102 of 188 pass attempts for 1,157 yards and 7 TDs.
UW-Platteville student/athlete Pioneer linebacker Dave Daino (Sr.-Langhorne/PA) is the WWS choice for WIAC football Defensive Player of the Week.

Daino and the UW-Platteville defense limited UW-La Crosse to just 65 offensive yards on the ground at Veterans Stadium on Saturday (10/6) and zero third down conversions in a lop-sided 40-10 Pioneer road-win over the Eagles.

With the contest all knotted up at 7-7 Daino registered a 1st quarter forced fumble and three plays later Platteville's offense turned the UW-L mistake into 6 points on a 24 yard Hank McIver TD run.

Daino paced the club with 8 tackles (3 assisted) and the Pioneer defense sacked opposing Eagle QB Andy Sires 5 times, helping the team improves to 1-1 in the conference.

Last season Daino saw action in 9 contests with 29 solo-stops (38 total) including 7 tackles facing defending National Champion UW-Whitewater on 10/1.
Week of September 24th - September 30th, 2012
Offense Defense
Desmin Ward UW-Oshkosh
RB :: UW-Whitewater Defense
UW-Whitewater student/athlete Warhawk RB Desmin Ward (SR.-Milwaukee/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive player of the week.

Ward rushed 20 times for 92 yards and 1 touchdown, in a closely played 27-26 UW-Whitewater win over the 3-0 UW-Platteville Pioneers at Pioneer Stadium, part of a 184 yard offensive effort on the ground for the 'Hawks.

Wards two-yard 4th quarter TD run gave the Warhawks a 27-20 advantage, capping a short 4-play, 14-yd drive.

After trailing at halftime 10-14, and 17-20 ending the third period, the Warhawks open 4th quarter action with a 15-play, 51-yard march that knots up the score at 20-20, also taking 7 minutes off the clock.

After scoring an answering touchdown, Platteville fails to convert a two-point conversion with .13 ticks remaining on the clock, giving UW-Whitewater their first conference win.

Ward made the grade last weekend (9/22), rumbling for 164 yards and 1-TD on 20 carries facing Stevens Point at Perkins Stadium.
The UW-Oshkosh Titan defense is the WWS choice for WIAC football defensive player of the week.

At Ramer Field on Saturday, in beautiful River Falls WI, the Titan defense limited the UW-RF Falcons to 221 total yards from scrimmage, emerging with a 19-7 win and a 4-0 overall record.

The Titans 'D' sacked UW-RF QB Ryan Kusilek 4 times and also picked off an errant pass, holding the Falcons scoreless until the final seconds in the game, when they convert a 3-yd. TD pass, averting the shutout.

Senior linebacker Taylor Goodman (Sr.-South Wayne/WI) paced UW-O with 11 tackles (2 assisted) and 1 sack and DL Cody Huemmer (So.-Sun Prairie/WI) added a pair of QB drops and 3 unassisted tackles (4 total).

Last week (9/22), facing Michigan's (MIAA) Alma College, the Titan defense held the Scot's to 123 total offensive yards in a 70-9 UW-O road-win at Bahlke Stadium.
Week of September 17th - September 23rd, 2012
Offense Defense
Nate Wara Jacob Mandoza
QB :: UW-Oshkosh LB :: UW-River Falls
UW-Oshkosh student/athlete Titan QB Nate Wara (Sr.-Oshkosh/WI) is once again the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive Player of the Week.

Finishing WIAC non-conference play on the road against Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Alma College on Saturday (9/22), the UW-O quarterback led the team to a 70-9 win over the Scots at Bahlke Stadium, and an undefeated 3-0 Titan team record.

Wara ended the contest with 4 TD's, part of a 616 yard offensive effort for the visiting Titans.

Wara completed 20-of-30 pass attempts for 242 yards and 2 TDs, and rushed 13 times for 95 yards and 2 additional scores, the game all but decided at halftime, UW-O up 35-9.

Wara capped the opening UW-O offensive series, a 10-play, 85 yard drive with a 1-yd TD run, giving the team an early 6-0 advantage.

In the second quarter, trailing Alma 9-7, the UW-O QB tosses a 44 yard TD pass to Titan WR Jake Olla, part of a 5-play, 70 yard effort that put the Titans up to stay at 13-9.

At home facing UW-La Crosse last weekend, a non-conference WIAC match, Wara racked up over 300 all-purpose yards, rushing for 85 yards and passing for 238 in a 16-7 win over the Eagles.

Wara was the WWS player of the week in Week-1 of the season, scoring six touchdowns in a 47-28 win over Iowa's Central College.
UW-River Falls student/athlete Falcon DB Jacob Mandoza (Fr.-New Brighton/MN) is the WWS choice for WIAC football defensive player of the week.

Under the lights at Ramer Field, a rare night non-conference game, the Falcon defensive back recorded 11 tackles (8-solo) 1 sack and 1 tackle for loss in a close 20-9 UW-RF defeat to the UW-Stout Blue Devils.

Despite the final score the game was a defensive struggle as the Falcon defense kept the contest close at 13-7 heading into the final period, picking off UW-Stout QB Mike Blizel two times, grabbing a fumble and registering a safety in the 4th quarter.

Mandoza dropped Blizel for a 7-yd loss in the first quarter, holding Stout to a field goal attempt, which was converted, giving the Blue Devils the early 3-0 lead.

The Falcon offense could not capitalize on the opportunities the River Falls defense presented however, only holding the ball for 21:44, and coming up short on the scoreboard.

In week one of the season Mandoza tallied 5 tackles facing Simpson, a disappointing 31-22 Falcon home-loss.
Week of September 10th - September 16th, 2012
Offense Defense
Mitch Beau Taylor Goodman
QB :: UW-Stevens Point DB :: UW-Oshkosh
UW-Stevens Point Pointer student/ athlete Mitch Beau (Jr.-Fond du Lac/ WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive player of the week.

At Dubuque, IA on Saturday, facing the Spartans, Beau threw for four first half scores, including a 72yd TD strike, giving the Pointers an early 14-7 advantage.

Beau and the Pointers then add a pair of TD scores before the half, UWSP cruising to a 28-7 advantage entering third period action, Beau with 196 yards passing (3 TDs) and rushing for an additional score on 9 carries for 39 yards.

UW-SP goes on to a convincing 55-14 win over the Spartans, the Pointer QB finishing the contest with 272 yard passing and 5 TDs (total) on the day.

Last season Beau appeared in 7 contests, completing 75-of-144 pass attempts for 986 yards and 9 TDs.
UW-Oshkosh Titan student/athlete DB Taylor Goodman (Sr. South Wayne/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC football defensive player of the week.

Goodman had 5 unassisted tackles (8 total) with 2 stops for loss and 1 sack at Titan Stadium on Saturday, a 16-7 UW-Oshkosh home win facing UW-La Crosse.

The UW-O defense sacked opposing Eagle QB Zachary Mestelle (So.-Eau Claire/WI) six times, including three on the final UW-L drive, preserving the 16-7 Titan win.

The Titans held the visiting Eagles to just 33 second half yards.

In 2011 Goodman was ranked 7th in the WIAC in total tackles with 80 (43 solo).
Week of September 3rd - September 9th, 2012
Offense Defense
John Kelly Nate Smits
QB :: UW-Platteville DB :: UW-River Falls
UW-Platteville Pioneer student/athlete QB John Kelly (Sr.-Chicago/IL) is the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive Player of the Week.

The Pioneer backup quarterback, off the bench, completed 23-of-30 passes for 262 yards and 4 TDs in a 52-35 UW-Platteville win over Dubuque, Iowa and the Spartans at Pioneer Stadium on Saturday (9/8), the seventh annual 'Battle of the Bridge'.

Kelly, in relief of Platteville starting quarterback Nick Anderson, who left midway through the first quarter, had TD passes of 7 yards, 7 yards, 23 yards and 47 yards and rushed for another score on a 1-yd TD run, giving the team a 14-7 2nd quarter lead.

Last season Kelly completed 68-of-117 passes for 872 yards and eight touchdowns, playing in six contests.
UW-River Falls Falcon defensive back Nate Smits (Sr.-Hudson /WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC football defensive player of the week.

Smits was all over the field on Saturday (9/8) at OShaughnessy Stadium in St. Paul, racking up 10 solo tackles and registering 1 sack of St. Thomas QB Matt O'Connell in a 43-9 UW-RF Falcon road loss to the Tommies

Despite the lop-sided final score, the game was a wild-west shootout, as both schools combined for a unbelievable 965 yards of total offense, of which 404 yards went through the air for the Tommies.

Smits sacked O'Connell for a six yard loss in the final seconds of the second quarter, keeping the contest close at 15-0 entering 3rd period action.

Smits received WWS WIAC defensive player of the week honors in 2011, registering two sacks against UW-Oshkosh in Week-3, the first RF linebacker to accomplish this since 2008.
Week of August 27th - September 2nd, 2012
Offense Defense
Nate Wara Marcus McLin
QB :: UW-Oshkosh DB :: UW-Whitewater
UW-Oshkosh Titan student/athlete Nate Wara (Sr.-Oshkosh/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC football offensive Player of the Week.

Kicking off the WIAC football season with a non-conference game against Iowa's Central College, Wara put on a quarterbacks clinic, passing and running for 393 total yards in a 47-28 UW-O home victory at Titan Stadium.

Wara scored 6 TDs on the day, passing for 4 and rushing for an additional 2 scores against the Dutch, a team that has not had a losing season since 1960.

The Titans accumulated a staggering 644 yards of total offense on the day, the most ever given allowed by the Central defense.

In 2011 Wara earned WWS player of the week honors twice, with a 31-28 win over Central in Week-1, passing for 245 yards and 3 TDs, then in Week 4 defeating UW-Stout 56-10 under the lights at Don and Nona Williams Stadium.
UW-Whitewater Warhawks student/athlete defensive back Marcus McLin (So.-Delevan/WI) is the WWS choice for WIAC football defensive player of the week.

McLins' two interceptions helped stretch the 'Hawks longest winning streak in football to 46 contests, with a 34-0 blowout victory over Washington University at Francis Field in St. Louis, MO.

McLin and the UW-Whitewater defense picked off Bears QB Dan Burkett (Sr.-Neenah/WI) four times, two returned for scores, and limited the Washington Bears to 55 total yards of offense.

The 'Hawks left cornerback intercepted Burkett a second time with 1:54 left in the third period and took it 59 yards to the house, sealing the Warhawks win at 27-0.