PFL Players of the Week: 9/4/2022 9:09:00 PM
  • Bret Bushka, Butler
    Bret Bushka, Butler

    (Jr., QB,  Lombard, Illinois)

    Bushka led the PFL with four passing touchdowns in the opening week and led Butler to its first season-opening victory since 2018 – a 31-26 win against NAIA foe St. Thomas (Fla.), Saturday. He completed 25-of-35 passes for 309 yards and had 13 carries for 60 yards to lead all PFL quarterbacks with 369 total offensive yards. With Butler trailing 14-3 at halftime, Bushka came alive in the third quarter completing all six of his pass attempts for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns to close the deficit to 20-17. Bushka wasn’t done and completed 9-of-11 passes for another 95 yards in the fourth quarter with a pair of touchdowns that gave Butler the lead. His touchdown tosses went for 21, 63, 3, and 8 yards with three different receivers involved.

  • Rassie Littlejohn, Stetson
    Rassie Littlejohn, Stetson

    (Jr. DB, Gainesville, Georgia)

    Littlejohn was one of eight FCS defensive players with multiple interceptions during the opening week, his two interceptions helping Stetson claim a 24-14 victory against NAIA foe Concordia (Mich.) Saturday. He also claimed six tackles (four solo) and had a pass breakup on the day. Littlejohn’s first interception came in the opening moments of the second quarter and stopped a Concordia drive at the Stetson 2-yard line. On the next play, Stetson scored a 98-yard passing touchdown to take the lead. Littlejohn’s second pick came in the fourth quarter. Following a Stetson turnover on downs, he picked off a pass on the first play from scrimmage to hand the ball back to the offense, helping the Hatters hang on to the lead and eventually pick up the win.

  • Brian Bartholomew, Valparaiso
    Brian Bartholomew, Valparaiso

    (RSr., K, Sugar Grove, Illinois)

    Bartholomew’s 50-yard field goal with 1:36 remaining helped Valparaiso down NAIA foe Indiana Wesleyan, 20-17, Saturday. His 50-yarder was one of only two 50-yard field goals in the FCS during the opening week and was the longest field goal of his career. Bartholomew also had a 30-yard field goal to tie the game in the first quarter and connected on his two PATs. He also handled kickoff duties with three touchbacks on five kickoffs.