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Eric Dunten, NAIA Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 7
Eric Dunten, NAIA Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 7
Tue, Oct. 10, 2017 - [Football] - Viewed 87 times

 KANSAS CITY, Mo. – University of Saint Francis linebacker Eric Dunten and place-kicker Gavin Gardner have been named NAIA national Player(s) of the Week on Monday.


 Dunten (ILB, Fort Wayne, IN / Carroll H.S.) was named NAIA Defensive POTW for his game against 20th-ranked Concordia University on Saturday. He led USF tacklers with 17 total tackles including 12 solo the top-ranked, 6-0 Cougars' 35-18 win over the Cardinals. He had five solo tackles in the fourth quarter and one sack to lead the USF defense to a fourth quarter shutout of the Cardinals. He matched his solo tackles total from USF's first five games with his 12 solo tackles. His 12 solo tackles topped his previous high of seven last season.

 Gardner tied a USF record for field goals in a game becoming the third player to accomplish the feat, the fourth time it has been achieved. The red-shirt freshman connected on 3-of-3 FG attempts including the game-tying FG and a 28-yard FG into a 20-mph win to give USF the lead for good at 21-18 lead with 6:56 to play in the game, his third of the game.