For Immediate Release
Sept. 28, 2010
Mike Minehan Named UMAC Defensive Player of the Week
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Eureka College junior defensive back 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 Tuesday morning. Minehan recorded 24 total tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in Eureka’s homecoming game against Minnesota-Morris last Saturday.
Minehan was all over the field for the Red Devils on Saturday, as 10 of his tackles were solo stops. He came through the Minnesota-Morris offensive line untouched on a blitz in the second quarter, sacking Daniel Garrigan and forcing a fumble that was recovered by the Red Devils to end a scoring threat by the Cougars inside the 10-yard line.
The 24 tackles were the second-most in a single-game by a Division III player this season, trailing only the effort of Kyle McGivney of Luther (Iowa), who made 25 tackles in a season-opening loss to St. Olaf (Minn.) on Sept. 4. McGivney is the Division III tackles leader with 24.0 per game. Minehan is now averaging 15.75 tackles per game to rank fourth among all defensive players in Division III, while his 27 solo tackles rank 10th overall.
The Red Devils will have a bye this Saturday before returning to UMAC action on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Westminster. Kickoff in Fulton, Mo. is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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