Oct. 8, 2012
FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION INDEPENDENT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK NAMED
Army quarterback Trent Steelman, Navy linebacker Matt Warrick and Navy kicker Nick Sloan have been named FBS Independent Players of the Week, for games played through October 6th. Steelman is recognized on Offense, Warrick receives commendation on Defense, and Sloan is honored on Special Teams. Warrick is a three-time honoree, Steelman is a two-time weekly award recipient, while Sloan is cited for the first time.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Navy LB Matt Warrick
A senior from Chesterfield, Mo., Warrick was a physical presence in Navy’s 28-21 overtime victory at Air Force. Warrick’s 11 tackles included two tackles for loss, the last of which forced the Falcons into a final-snap 4th down-and-6 that the Midshipmen stopped to cement the comeback win. Warrick reached the ten-tackle plateau for the sixth time in his Navy career.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Navy PK Nick Sloan
A freshman from San Diego, Calif., Sloan had a perfect day as Navy battled from behind for a crucial 28-21 overtime win at Air Force. Sloan kicked field goals of 39 and 41 yards, and made both of his PAT attempts, helping the Midshipmen take a significant step toward securing the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Army QB Trent Steelman
A senior from Bowling Green, Ky., Steelman entered Army’s historical annals in pacing the Black Knights to their first win of the 2012 campaign, 34-31 over visiting Boston College. Steelman rushed 22 times for 141 yards and three touchdowns, breaking the Army record for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback; the last of his scores was the game-winner, with 45 seconds remaining. Steelman added 79 yards through the air on 5-for-12 passing, as Army snapped an eight-game winless streak.
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The FBS Independent Players of the Week are selected by members of a nationwide media panel, which includes equal representation from each of the independent institutions’ coverage markets.