North Dakota State University Bison football players QB Brock Jensen & WR/RS Ryan Smith captured Missouri Valley Football Conference Player of the Week awards.
This week's Missouri Valley Football Conference players of the week are QB Brock Jensen of North Dakota State; LB Tyler Williamson of Southern Illinois; and RS/WR Ryan Smith of North Dakota State.
QB Brock Jensen, North Dakota State
6-3, 224, Jr., Waupaca (Wis.) High
Brock Jensen completed 15 of 23 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns as No. 1-ranked North Dakota State defeated No. 3 Youngstown State 48-7 on Oct. 6 before a school record crowd of 19,065 at Gate City Bank Field. Jensen completed scoring passes to Zach Vraa with a 46-yard strike on the flea-flicker with 4:23 left in the first quarter and a 16-yard pass to Ryan Smith with 51-seconds left in the second quarter. He reached 200-yards passing for the eighth time in his career.
LB Tyler Williamson, Southern Illinois
6-2, 217, So., Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic High
Williamson led Southern Illinois with seven solo tackles, an interception and a sack in the Salukis’ shutout of No. 9 Illinois State. Thrust into a bigger role as the Dawgs battled in-game injuries, the sophomore made big plays all over the field and also recorded two tackles for loss.
WR/RS Ryan Smith, North Dakota State
5-7, 175, Jr., Wahpeton (N.D.) High
Ryan Smith returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter as No. 1-ranked North Dakota State defeated No. 3 Youngstown State 48-7 on Oct. 6 before a school record crowd of 19,065 at Gate City Bank Field. It was the second punt return for a TD for Smith, who went the distance against South Dakota State last season. He also matched a career-high with seven receptions for 82 yards and one touchdown, a 16-yard pass from Brock Jensen in the second quarter.
(Photo: Bison Jr. WR Ryan Smith returns a 76 yard punt return for a touchdown against Youngstown State on Oct. 6. Credit: Robert Swansen)