Tech’s Nolan Saraceni earns NAIA honor

Montana Tech running back Nolan Saraceni was named the Frontier Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced today.

Saraceni was also named NAIA National Offensive Player of the Week two days after his monster game in Nelson Stadium.

The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Billings Senior product rushed for 273 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday’s 42-7 win at Carroll College. He scored on runs of 8, 38, 80 and 99 yards. Saraceni also passed for a touchdown in the win.

Saraceni set school records for most points scored, most touchdowns in a game and his 99-yard touchdown run was also a school record.

On the season, Saraceni has 1,041 yards rushing. He sat out one of Tech’s seven games with an injury.

The honor was the first of Saraceni’s career.

Zach Bartlow of Eastern Oregon, TeeJay Gordon of College of Idaho, Andre McCollouch of Rocky Mountain College, Hunter Thompson of Montana Western and Teran Togia of Southern Oregon were also nominated for the award.

Defensive Player of the Week: Julius Rucker, Southern Oregon, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior safety from Portland, Oregon. In then No.2 Southern Oregon’s 63-21 conference win over College of Idaho, Rucker recorded 6 unassisted tackles, two assisted tackles and one tackle for loss. He also had a 94- yard fumble-recovery-return for a touchdown.

Drew Schleeman of Montana Tech, Reno Ward of Montana Western, Jason Baker of Rocky Mountain College, Gary Posten of Eastern Oregon andDawson Osborne of Carroll College were also nominated.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Calvin Conners, Eastern Oregon, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound sophomore wide receiver from Winnemucca, Nevada. In Eastern Oregon’s 72-30 conference road win at Montana State-Northern, Conners had 150 yards in punt returns and had an 89-yard kick return for a touchdown.

Matt Berg of Montana Tech, Geroge Sherwood of Montana Western, Evan Connolly of Rocky Mountain College, Kevin McLemore of College of Idaho and Dylan Torgeron of Carroll College were also nominated.

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