Players of the week
(Weekly honors are from the league)
- Offense - Brent Wilson (Emporia State): The former Ponca City standout set three new MIAA records in the Hornets’ win over Central Oklahoma. Wilson completed 38 of 47 passes for 522 yards and seven touchdowns. He also ran for 49 yards on 11 carries. Wilson rewrote MIAA records for passing yards, touchdown passes and total offense (571 yards). The previous passing mark in the league was held by Truman’s Matt Tisich who passed for 493 yards in 2007.
- Defense - Bryce Atagi (Washburn): The 5-foot-10 senior linebacker from Shawnee, Kan., recorded eight tackles while also logging a 35-yard interception return in the Ichabods easy victory at Northeastern State.
- Special teams - John Brown (Pittsburg State): The Coffeyville Community College transfer returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to kick-start the Gorillas’ 28-point third quarter against Southwest Baptist over the weekend. Brown finished with 116 return yards, in addition to 171 receiving yards against Southwest Baptist.
Around the league
- Bowie debuts in NFL: Of the three MIAA players selected in the NFL draft in April, Northeastern State’s Michael Bowie received the first minutes of playing time during the regular season. Bowie entered in the Seahawks’ game against Jacksonville last weekend, while Brandon Williams (Missouri Southern) was on the inactive list for the Baltimore Ravens. Former Missouri Western star David Bass, who was drafted by the Oakland Raiders before being released and signed by the Chicago Bears, has yet to play in a game for the Bears yet.
- Hooray for Ray Ray: Emporia State wide receiver Ray Ray Davis set a school record with five touchdown catches in the Hornets’ win over Central Oklahoma. Davis leads the MIAA in receptions per game with 9.7 over three games.
- Just short: Emporia State, while having quarterback Brent Wilson set three conference records, fell just short of setting the school’s record for total offense in a game. The record is 703 yards and Emporia State finished with 699.
- Perfect passer: Missouri Southern is well-known for its triple option-style running game. Yet, it’s the Lions’ quarterback, Jay McDowell, that leads the MIAA in passing efficiency. McDowell has completed 17 of his 21 passes this season for 321 yards and two touchdowns, which has him atop the league with a 240.8 efficiency rating.
- Trio of top throwers: Three weeks into the season, there are already three quarterbacks — Wilson (Emporia State), Hawk (Central Missouri) and Miller (Lindenwood) — who have more than 1,000 yards passing. Wilson leads with 1,120 yards through the air, good enough for a 427.3-yard average per contest.