NAIA TOP-25 LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- After a one-week stay at No. 11, University of the Cumberlands rejoins the NAIA’s Top-10, according to the latest NAIA Football Coaches’ Top-25 Poll released by NAIA officials on Monday. Cumberlands rebounded from its only loss of the season a week ago to No. 2-ranked Georgetown College with an impressive 75-13 win over UVa.-Wise this week to climb one spot to No. 10. The Patriots (7-1) received 203 voting points from the national raters to earn this week’s Top-10 ranking. Georgetown continues at No. 2 for a fourth consecutive week after winning 35-10 on Saturday at University of Pikeville. The Tigers (8-0) received 302 voting points and one of the 14 first-place votes from the raters. Georgetown is one of four teams in the poll without a blemish on its record. Cumberland University is the final team from the Mid-South Conference to enjoy a national
ranking. The Bulldogs (6-2) climbed five spots to No. 20 this week after their 28-23 win over visiting Campbellsville University last week. Cumberland’s fivespot leap is the biggest jump in the poll this week. Narrowly missing the Top-25, Bethel University is the first team to earn voting points not ranked. The Wildcats (5-3) upset then-No. 21-ranked Faulkner University last week 33-21 to pick up 20 voting points from the raters this week. Faulkner fell out of the poll with its loss. Marian (Ind.) University (7-0) remained on top of the poll with 314 voting points and the remaining 13 first-place votes. Missouri Valley University (7-0) is No. 3 with 286 voting points followed by Morningside (Iowa) College (7-0) with 283 voting points. The next NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll is scheduled to be released on Monday, Oct. 29.
RANK PREV SCHOOL 2012 POINTS 1 2 Marian (Ind.) (11) 4-0 312 2 3 Georgetown (Ky.) (3) 5-0 304 3 T4 Missouri Valley 5-0 285 4 T4 Morningside (Iowa) 4-0 283 5 7 William Penn (Iowa) 5-0 256 6 1 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 4-1 250 7 10 St. Francis (Ill.) 4-1 240 8 8 Carroll (Mont.) 4-2 238 9 12 Cumberlands (Ky.) 5-0 215 10 11 Mid American Nazarene (Kan.) 3-1 213 11 15 Northwestern (Iowa) 4-1 156 12 6 Benedictine (Kan.) 4-1 168 13 16 Montana Tech 4-1 164 14 18 Grand View (Iowa) 4-2 153 15 17 Saint Francis (Ind.) 4-2 140 16 9 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 3-1 137 17 T19 Cumberland (Tenn.) 4-1 121 18 T19 Doane (Neb.) 4-1 106 19 13 Baker (Kan.) 4-2 97 20 23 Kansas Wesleyan 4-1 88 21 RV Hastings (Neb.) 4-0 73 22 24 Menlo (Calif.) 4-1 67 23 25 Faulkner 4-1 57 24 14 Eastern Oregon 2-2 40 25 22 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 3-0 16 Others Receiving Votes: Evangel (Mo.) 12; Robert Morris (Ill.) 9; Friends (Kan.) 3; McPherson (Kan.) 3.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Georgetown College’s Neal Pawsat, Faulkner University’s Paramore Tapa and Union College’s Keondrick Daniels are the Mid-South Conference Football Players of the Week for the week ending Oct. 13, conference officials announced on Monday. The weekly honor is the first of the season for all three players. Pawsat picks up his second player of the week award of his career, while Tapa and Daniels earn their first career weekly honor. Pawsat threw for 383 yards and four touchdowns to lead the second-ranked Tigers to a 41-35 win over No. 9-ranked University of the Cumberlands on Saturday to earn Mid-South Conference Offensive Player of the Week. The Maysville, Ky., sophomore quarterback completed 25 of his 47 pass attempts without an interception against one of the top defenses in the NAIA. Pawsat threw touchdown passes of 26, 28, 33 and 43 yards to help the Tigers remain atop the Mid-South Conference East Division standings. This season, Pawsat leads the MSC in total offense per game (293.3 yards) and passing yards per game (295.4). His 19 touchdown tosses are second in the conference. Nationally, Pawsat ranks fourth in passing and seventh in total offense. Georgetown remains perfect on the season at 7-0, including a 2-0 record in the MSC East Division. Tapa ended with 11 total tackles in the Eagles’ 42-14 win over No. 16-ranked Cumberland University to earn the MSC Defensive Player of the Week. The Compton, Calif., defensive end recorded 2-1/2 tackles for a loss, including 1-1/2 sacks in Faulkner’s upset win. Tapa added a forced fumble that the Eagles turned into a touchdown late in second quarter to push Faulkner in front 21-14 entering the half. Tapa is tied for fifth in the MSC and 14th in the NAIA with 5-1/2 sacks. He is tied for sixth in the conference with 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Faulkner improves to 5-2 overall and sits atop the MSC West Division with a 3-0 record. Daniels scored a pair of touchdowns off returns in the Bulldogs’ 51-48 loss to Bethel University to earn MSC Special Teams Player of the Week. The Tallahassee, Fla., freshman returned a punt 79 yards for a score and a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown to become the first Bulldog in the program’s history to return a punt and kickoff for scores in the same game. Daniels averaged 40.5 yards per kickoff return and 40 yards per punt return while amassing 242 return yards on the day. Daniels ranks second in the MSC in both punt and kickoff return yards this season. He averages 13.9 yards per punt return and 29.5 yards per kickoff return. Nationally, Daniels ranks seventh in kickoff return yards per game and ninth in punt return yards per outing. Union is 3-4 on the season, including 0-1 in the MSC East Division. The next MSC Player of the Week awards are scheduled to be announced on Monday, Oct. 22.
Football game/media notes for the Rams ninth game of the season against Lindsey Wilson College.