PFL Players of the Week: 9/19/2021 2:34:00 PM
  • Nick Orlando, Butler
    Nick Orlando, Butler

    Junior, Quarterback
    St. Charles, Illinois
    In only eight plays of action, Orlando was responsible for three touchdowns in Butler’s 77-24 victory at Taylor, Saturday. He had 105 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and added 44 yards and a touchdown through the air. He connected with Austin Shwantz for a 43-yard touchdown that was Butler’s first of the game. After a four-yard second-quarter touchdown run, Orlando broke off a 57-yard touchdown dash with five minutes remaining in the game. Five of his eight plays in the game resulted in a first down or touchdown.

    Others Nominated: Jack Cook (Sr., QB, DAY); Scott Scherzer (RJr., WR, MAR); Judd Erickson (Grad., QB, SAN); Robert Washington (Sr., RB, VAL).

  • Nick Cagnetto, Drake
    Nick Cagnetto, Drake

    Junior, Safety
    Denton, Texas

    Cagnetto forced a pair of turnovers deep in Drake territory to help limit nationally-ranked North Dakota’s offense in a 38-0 loss, Saturday. Late in the first half, he forced a fumble at the Drake one-yard line resulting in a Drake recovery to stifle a potential scoring drive. Then at the start of the fourth quarter Cagnetto intercepted a pass at the Drake one-yard line and returned it 28 yards, allowing Drake to flip the field on its ensuing drive. He finished the game with four tackles (three solo).

    Others Nominated: Joe Bubonics (Sr., SAF, DAY); Aaron Acosta (RJr., DE, MAR); Vaughn Taylor Jr. (Sr., DE, MOR); Joe Hird (Sr., DB, STT); Will Buck (RSo., DT, SAN); Austin Martins (RSr., DE, VAL)

  • Dwayne Menders, Marist<br>Andrew Foster, Morehead State
    Dwayne Menders, Marist
    Andrew Foster, Morehead State

    Dwayne Menders Jr., Marist
    Junior (RS), Return Specialist
    Miramar, Florida
    Mender returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown in Marist’s loss at Columbia, Saturday. The 82-yard return was the second longest in the FCS this season and resulted in the game’s first touchdown. He later added a 25-yard kickoff return later in the game, finishing with 107 kick return yards on two attempts. It was Marist’s first punt return for a touchdown since 2014.

    Andrew Foster, Morehead State
    Graduate Student, Kicker/Punter
    Knoxville, Tennessee

    Foster averaged 47.9 yards on his seven punts in Morehead State’s loss at nationally-ranked Austin Peay, Saturday. Three of his seven punts went for 50-plus yards, including a 62-yarder on his second punt of the day. Foster also connected on a 35-yard field goal and was 2-of-2 on PATs.

    Others Nominated: Sam Webster (So., K, DAY); Shane Dunning (So., P, DRA); Brandon Eickert (Jr., K, SAN); Ben Niesner (RSr., P, VAL).