Boyland, Wallace, and Zouagui earn PFL Week 9 honors
courtesy Thomas Christensen/USD Athletics
courtesy Thomas Christensen/USD Athletics

Sunday, October 29, 2023
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Pioneer Football League announced its Players of the Week following Week 9’s action. Drake running back Dorian Boyland, San Diego cornerback Amir Wallace, and Davidson kicker Adam Zouagui were named the league’s three weekly award recipients.


Dorian Boyland, Drake  (Junior, Running Back, Medina, Ohio)

Boyland ran for three touchdowns, helping keep Drake unbeaten in PFL play with a 33-7 victory against Stetson Saturday. He finished the day with 29 carries for 170 yards, with touchdowns in the second, third, and fourth quarters. Boyland’s first touchdown gave Drake a 13-7 halftime lead and proved to be the game-winning. He followed that with the game’s next two touchdowns, extending Drake’s lead to 26-7.

Others Nominated

  • Jyran Mitchell, Butler (Grad., Running Back, Chicago, Ill.) reached the 1,000-yard mark this season after a 26-carry, 159-yard outing that included a touchdown against Valparaiso.
  • Soloman Davis, Valparaiso (RSr., Wide Receiver, Brighton, Tenn.) ran for a 70-yard touchdown on his only carry and had two receptions for 68 yards against Butler.
  • Mason Sheron, Davidson (So., Running Back, Leo, Ind.) carried the ball 23 times for 139 yards and a touchdown against Presbyterian.
  • Shawn Shipman, St. Thomas (Jr., Running Back, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) had 11 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown against Marist.
  • Tyler Wesley, Presbyterian (So., Quarterback, St. Cloud, Fla.) ran for 198 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and added two touchdown throws in a 15-of-23, 189-yard passing performance against Davidson.


Amir Wallace, San Diego (Graduate, Cornerback, Fairfield, California)

Wallace had a walk-off interception as San Diego downed Morehead State, 17-11, in Saturday's PFL action. With Morehead State driving in the game's final minute, Wallace picked off a pass and returned it 38 yards to run out the clock. It was one of three passes Wallace defended, joining a pair of pass breakups. He also had three tackles as part of a defense that held Morehead State to 238 offensive yards – the fewest allowed in the PFL during Week 9.

Others Nominated

  • Carson Gulgin, Butler (Sr., Defensive Tackle, Perrysburg, Ohio) had two tackles, both for loss, including a sack against Valparaiso.
  • Nick Jackson, Marist (Jr., Nose Tackle, Alpharetta, Ga.) all three of his tackles went for a loss, finishing the game with 2.5 tackles for loss against St. Thomas.
  • Wade Abrams, Valparaiso (RFr., Linebacker, Fox River Grove, Ill.) finished with 13 tackles (10 solo) against Butler in his first game back from an injury.
  • Jonathan Hammond, Davidson (Sr., Defensive Lineman, Dunwoody, Ga.) had a team-best eight tackles, including a sack, against Presbyterian.
  • Matt Guggemos, St. Thomas (Sr., Defensive Back, Eden Prairie, Minn.) had three solo stops and an interception as part of a defense that held Valparaiso to less than 100 yards.
  • Alex Herriott, Presbyterian (Jr., Linebacker, Hanahan, S.C.) posted 16 tackles for a second-straight game, including seven solo stops, and a half tackle for loss against Davidson.
  • Finn Claypool, Drake (RSo., Defensive Lineman, Des Moines, Iowa) had a busy day with six tackles (four solo), two tackles for loss, a strip-sack, and a pass breakup against Stetson.

Special Teams

Adam Zouagui, Davidson (Freshman, Kicker, Reston, Virginia)

Zouagui connected on a career-best 50-yard field goal as part of a nine-point day in Davidson’s 45-28 PFL victory against Presbyterian on Saturday. It was the third 50-yard field goal of the PFL season, all in the past two weeks. Zouagui also was perfect on all six PATs and now is 43-of-43 on PATs this season. He also kicked off eight times, averaging 61.3 yards per kick.

Others Nominated

  • Luka Zurak, Butler (RJr., Punter/Kicker, Cleveland, Ohio) made a 32-yard field goal and two PATs against Valparaiso while averaging 43 yards on his two punts..
  • Adam Zouagui, Davidson (Fr., Kicker, Reston, Va.) connected on a 50-yard field goal and all six PATs against Presbyterian, remaining perfect on PATs this season.
  • Mitchell Schares, St. Thomas (So., Defensive Back, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) blocked a punt against Valparaiso.
  • Shane Dunning, Drake (Sr., Punter/Kicker, Muskego, Wis.) made two 29-yard field goals and all three PATs against Stetson while averaging 36 yards on his two punts.