Football Weekly Awards Announced For Oct. 2-8

Michael Whitley (l), Ray DiMatteo (r)
Michael Whitley (l), Ray DiMatteo (r)

Lakeland University's Michael Whitley, Aurora University's Ray DiMatteo and Benedictine University's Juwann Nelson have been named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Football Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Student-Athletes of the Week for events of Oct. 2-8, as selected by the league's sports information directors.

Whitley (Vidalia, La.)  set a new school and NACC record with seven touchdown passes in Lakeland's 47-40 win over Adrian College. The senior quarterback completed an 11-yard touchdown pass with 1:05 left for the winning score. He passed for 433 yards, his second 400+ yard passing game this season.

DiMatteo (Cary, Ill.) had seven tackles, 2.5 coming for a loss and two sacks, and one on the final drive of the game that solidified the Spartans' 16-14 win at Concordia University Chicago.

Nelson (Indianapolis, Ind.) tallied 121 all-purpose yards -- 71 via punt returns and 50 via kickoffs -- on seven returns in a win over Concordia University Wisconsin. The sophomore returner had a long of 46 on a punt return.


Other offensive nominations: Connor Olson, Aurora; Ryan Sample, Benedictine; Chance Manning, Rockford; Pat Mathieson, Wisconsin Lutheran;

Other defensive nominations: Danny Drummond, Benedictine; Rudy Payan, Concordia Chicago; Jon Rauh, Concordia Wisconsin; Jerry Stokes, Lakeland; JD Leisemann, Wisconsin Lutheran;

Other special teams nominations: Ryan Basden, Aurora.