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King, Fritz, and Miller pick up True To The Cru’s Player of the Week awards

Above images provided by the UMHB Athletics Department (Image of KJ Miller, #7, taken by Andy Zavoina/AMZ Images)

BELTON, Texas- The ballots were cast early this week, and the results are in for True To The Cru’s Players of the Week from UMHB football’s 30-28 victory over ETBU last Saturday.

The fans voted quarterback Kyle King as the Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, as the junior led the Cru on a 42-yard drive late in the fourth quarter. King’s five yard run on a third and 10 put kicker Anthony Avila in position to knock his first field goal of the game through the uprights, and put UMHB in front 30-28. The Milano, Texas native was 5-of-13 passing for 81 yards. He also ran the ball nine times for 39 yards and one touchdown.

King received a total of 87 votes, winning the Twitter poll with 55 percent of the vote and the website poll with 69 percent.

On defense, safety Jefferson Fritz earned the Player of the Week honor, tallying two interceptions, six total tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss against the Tigers. His second interception featured an 18 yard return that put the Cru on ETBU’s 34 yard line. As a captain on defense, he led the team in keeping ETBU out of the end zone on its final drive, securing the victory.

Fritz picked up a total of 41 votes to earn the honor, between the Twitter poll and website poll.

On special teams, it was a close contest, with punt and kick returner KJ Miller edging out Fritz by just five percent on the Twitter poll.

Miller was elusive when the ball was kicked in his direction, and as a result, the Tigers only kicked the ball off to Miller once, which he returned for 35 yards. He also returned three punts for 89 yards. On one particular ETBU punt with about 11:30 on the clock in the opening quarter, ETBU’s Trenton Milner booted the ball 36 yards downfield. However, Miller’s 35-yard return made the total net gain of the punt just one yard, as the Cru started the drive 36 yards from the end zone.

Miller received a total of 32 votes in our closest poll of the week.

Riley Zayas
Riley Zayas founded True To The Cru in November of 2020 with the goal to cover the stories behind the score and give UMHB fans a closer look at the Cru while promoting the student-athletes and coaches that wear the purple and gold every day. He is also a national contributor to and, in addition to serving as a D3 women's basketball Top 25 voter. His byline has also been seen in: Sports Illustrated Kids, Horns Illustrated, College Baseball Nation, and FCA Williamson County. Follow him on Twitter @ZayasRiley.

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