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Zenner's Effort At Nebraska Honored



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ST. LOUIS, MO  --  This week's Missouri Valley Football Conference players of the week are RB Zach Zenner of South Dakota State, LB Bryan Presume of Southern Illinois, PK Tyler Sievertsen of UNI, and TB Martin Ruiz of Youngstown State.


Offense
RB Zach Zenner, South Dakota State
6-0, 220, Jr., Eagan (Minn.) High
 Zenner rushed 20 times for 202 yards and two touchdowns at Nebraska. He opened the Jackrabbit scoring with a 40-yard touchdown run and also scored on a 3-yard run later in the first quarter. He posted his 13th career 100-yard game and fifth career 200-yard game despite not playing in the fourth quarter. Zenner has scored at least two rushing touchdowns in all four games this season. Zenner leads the FCS with 742 rushing yards.

Defense
LB Bryan Presume, Southern Illinois
5-11, 229, Sr., North Cobb (Ga.) High
 Presume led the team with nine tackles in SIU’s win over Southeast Missouri State. The senior captain sealed the victory with his interception and 34-yard return on SEMO’s final possession of the game. He also blocked an extra point attempt late in the third quarter which kept the game tied at 19-19 and had one tackle for loss. Presume also forced a fumble in the fourth quarter.

Special Teams
PK Tyler Sievertsen, UNI
6-2, 185, Sr., Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Kennedy
 Sievertsen set a career high against Northern Colorado after knocking in four field goals in a 26-7 victory. The senior finished with 12 points out of the 26 the Panthers scored off of 28, 25, 31 and 27-yard field goals. The last UNI player to make four field goals in a game was Billy Hallgren (2010 vs. South Dakota).

Newcomer
TB Martin Ruiz, Youngstown State
5-11, 195, Fr., Tampa (Fla.) Robinson High
 Ruiz continued his strong start to the campaign with his first three-touchdown performance of his career in the win over Duquesne. Ruiz had scoring runs of nine, five and four yards in the contest. He had 17 carries for 65 yards in the contest. In four games, Ruiz has scored eight touchdowns, including seven on the ground.

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