The Great Plains Athletic Conference has announced its first weekly football Player of the Week honors for 2013.
Offense – Michael Karls, Quarterback – Midland University
Midland University quarterback Michael Karls is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Offensive Player-of-the-Week. Karls, a senior, from Palm Springs, California, helped lead Midland to a 31-27 victory over Mayville State from North Dakota. Karls played a vital role in the offensive attack for the Warriors as he completed 12 of 21 pass attempts this past Saturday for 170 yards and three touchdowns. He led the Warriors to a hard fought seasoning opening home win. Midland will next play on September 14 in their GPAC opener at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Kick off will be at 1pm.
Defense – Matt Miller, Defensive Line –Briar Cliff University
Briar Cliff University defensive lineman Matt Miller is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Defensive Player-of-the-Week. Miller, a junior, from Moraine, Ohio, led Briar Cliff with six solo and 10 total tackles, including three for loss in a 30-9 loss at #24 Benedictine of Kansas. Miller was a big reason that the Chargers were within seven points on the road against the Ravens through three quarters (16-9). Miller caused the disruption which led to the Chargers’ early safety against Benedictine making the score 3-2 in the first quarter. Briar Cliff will now be off until their September 14 GPAC opener when they host Dakota Wesleyan at the Dakota Dome in Vermillion, South Dakota. Kick of will be at 1pm.
Special Teams – Kirk Zinermon – Midland University
Midland University special teams performer Kirk Zinermon is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Special Teams Player-of-the-Week. Zinermon, a junior from Tonawanda, New York, made an impact in the return game for the Warriors this weekend in their 31-27 win against Mayville State. Zinermon had one return for 63 yards early in the game. After that early return Mayville State never kicked to him again in the game. Midland is 1-0 on the early season at will play at Dordt on September 14 in their GPAC opener at 1pm in Sioux Center.