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King, Hackett, Cunningham, earn True To The Cru’s Football Players of the Week honors presented Crusader Alumni Association

Above photo by CJ Halloran/True To The Cru

Exactly one week after UMHB claimed the national title in a 57-24 victory over North Central (Ill.), it is time to announce True To The Cru’s Football Players of the Week presented by Crusader Football Alumni Association. 

The Crusader Football Alumni Association is a proud sponsor of True To The Cru. An organization that brings Cru football alums together and supports the future of UMHB football, the Cru FAA is a phenomenal group to be a part of. Find them on their website or on Twitter, at @CruFAA.

Kyle King earned the Offensive Player of the Week award, picking up 66 percent of the vote, after throwing for a program-record 436 passing yards in the victory. He completed 22 of 29 pass attempts, firing three touchdowns. He finished his first full season as UMHB’s starting quarterback with 2,682 passing yards, 35 touchdowns through the air, and just two interceptions. He added 11 rushing scores, with a total of 351 yards on the ground. 

Kyle King (Photo by CJ Halloran/True To The Cru)

It came as no surprise that the game’s Most Outstanding Player also received our Defensive Player of the Week honor, as Mikkah Hackett earned 91 percent of the vote. The senior tallied two interceptions along with a forced fumble and fumble recovery in the win, posting 10 total tackles. Four of those tackles were solo tackles, and the linebacker also contributed with 2.0 sacks. The Alto, Texas native finished second on the team in interceptions (3), fifth in total tackles (53.0), and tied for the lead in forced fumbles (3). 

Mikkah Hackett (Photo by CJ Halloran/True To The Cru)

On special teams, it was senior kicker Brandon Cunningham who received the weekly honor, after going 3-for-3 on field goal attempts in the victory. Cunningham connected on a 32-yarder roughly three minutes into the first quarter, which put UMHB on the board, and as time expired in the second quarter, sent a 22-yard attempt through the uprights, giving the Cru a 19-17 halftime lead. He added a 20-yarder early in the fourth quarter. The Wylie, Texas native was 6-of-7 on PATs, and finished the year 5-of-8 on field goals, with a long of 33 yards.

Brandon Cunningham (photo by CJ Halloran/True To The Cru)
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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