For Immediate Release
Oct. 19, 2010
Mike Minehan Earns Second Weekly UMAC Award
ST. PAUL, Minn. – For the second time this season, Eureka College junior free safety Mike Minehan (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S./McKendree) has been chosen as the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, according to an announcement from the league office Tuesday morning. Minehan made 20 total tackles in Saturday’s league game at Crown.
Minehan’s effort on Saturday marked just the 21st time this season a Division III player has made at least 20 stops in a game. Nine of his tackles were solo stops and he joined sophomore defensive lineman Dan Bolsen (Lovington, Ill./Lovington H.S.) on a tackle for loss near the Eureka goal line late in the third quarter. He anchored a Eureka secondary that held Crown to just 82 yards passing on Saturday, 170 yards below its season average that ranks first in the UMAC.
Following Saturday’s performance, Minehan leads the Red Devils and the UMAC with 94 total tackles through six games, while his average of 15.67 total tackles per game ranks third overall in Division III. He was previously chosen as the UMAC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 28 after making a career-high 24 stops against Minnesota-Morris.
Minehan and the Red Devils will return to McKinzie Field this Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff against new UMAC foe Northwestern (Minn.). The contest marks Eureka’s first home game since Sept. 25.
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