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The Offensive Player of the Week actually goes to seven players, UMHB’s offensive line, who picked up 61 percent of the vote. The starting five of right tackle Ethan Ruckman, right guard Matt Sanders, center Jeffery Sims Jr., left guard Reuel Tandoh and left tackle Jesse Hoke, along with Cameron Williams and John Kazmierski, paved the way for UMHB’s run game. The Cru tallied 208 yards on the ground, scoring one rushing touchdown. Through the air, the pass protection was top-notch, as quarterback Kyle King completed six of his 12 passes for 145 yards. King had plenty of time in the pocket, and for the second straight game, the offensive line did not surrender a sack.
On defense, linebacker Jacob Mueller earned the Player of the Week honor for the second consecutive week with an impressive 83 percent of the vote. Mueller led UMHB in total tackles (10), seven of those solo, and three for loss. The Fort Worth native added 2.0 sacks, and was a consistent force in the Cru’s stringent defense. Mueller was also named an ASC Player of the Week and leads the Crusaders in tackles this season with 15.
Earning the Special Teams Player of the Week award is Jefferson Fritz, who tallied 83 percent of the vote. He was all over the field, as both a punter and punt returner, in addition to starting at safety. The fifth-year senior returned a punt for a touchdown less than five minutes into Saturday’s win, racing 44 yards up the sideline. He added a second punt return for 16 yards. As UMHB’s punter, he averaged 46 yards per kick on three punts, one of which was downed inside the 20 yard-line.
Volleyball Player of the Week: Alli Pierce
The junior setter played a critical role in UMHB’s conference victories over Sul Ross State and ETBU, dishing out 81 assists. She tallied 39 assists at Sul Ross before adding 42 in the home opener. Currently, Pierce leads the ASC in assists (209), averaging 9.50 per set. She also added 25 digs on the week.
Men’s Soccer Player of the Week: Seth Neveloff
After getting few scoring opportunities in the previous week, Neveloff scored twice UMHB’s lone match of the week, a 3-1 win over St. Thomas (TX). He fired three shots on goal, and now leads the Cru in goals (2) and points (4). Neveloff played 82 minutes, scoring at the 43 and 87-minute marks.
Women’s Soccer Player of the Week: Maria Rico
In a week where the Cru outscored its opponents 9-1, and went 2-1, Maria Rico paced the offensive attack. The junior forward scored three times on the week: once against Dallas and twice in the 8-0 defeat of St. Thomas (TX). She scored in the 14th minute of Saturday’s contest against St. Thomas, and found the back of the net again in the 65th minute. Her goal in the 46th minute against Dallas broke the tie and gave UMHB the 1-0 win.