OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ben Lehman, Valparaiso
Senior | Quarterback | Elgin, Illinois
Lehman threw two touchdowns and led Valparaiso to a 27-13 PFL victory against Davidson, Saturday. He completed 26-of-33 passes for a season-best 78.8 completion percentage and 284 yards. Lehman’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Cassara gave Valparaiso a 17-7 lead it would not relinquish. He added an 8-yard pass in the fourth quarter to extend the Crusaders lead.
Other Players Nominated: Jabri Ridenhour (CAM), Connor Kacsor (DAY), Andy Rice (DRA)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Matt Acree, Drake
Senior (RS) | Defensive Lineman | Shawnee, Kansas
Acree recorded 3½ tackles for loss, including two sacks, in Drake’s 27-15 PFL victory at Stetson, Saturday. He had six tackles (four solo) in the contest, with the bulk of those coming behind the line of scrimmage. Acree finished with two of the three sacks on Stetson quarterback Ryan Tentler and also stopped running back Cole Mazza for a loss twice and for no gain once.
Other Players Nominated: Aaron Nichols (CAM), Christopher Beaschler (DAY), Donald Payne (STE), John Giovenco (VAL)
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kyle Pignatiello, Dayton
Senior | Punter | Tipp City, Ohio
Pignatiello averaged 44.3 yards on six punts to help Dayton secure a 19-14 PFL victory against Campbell, Saturday. On Dayton’s next to last possession, ahead by just five points and backed up on its on 15-yard line, he boomed a career-best 74-yard punt to flip the field and pin Campbell deep in its own end. It was one of four punts Pignatiello placed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and one of four that went for more than 40 yards.
Other Players Nominated: Spencer Lee (DRA), Ryan Belden (SAN), Jarrett Morgan (VAL)