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North Dakota State's Marcus Williams (1) and Cole Jirik earned Missouri Valley Football Conference Player of the Week honors on Sunday.
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Marcus Williams, Cole Jirik Earn Missouri Valley Football Player of the Week Honors

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: November 18, 2012
ST. LOUIS, Mo.--This week's Missouri Valley Football Conference players of the week include QB Kurt Hess of Youngstown State; DE Cole Jirik of North Dakota State; CB/RS Marcus Williams of North Dakota State; and QB Sawyer Kollmorgen of UNI. Jirik also received College Sports Madness.com conference honors.

OFFENSE
QB Kurt Hess, Youngstown State
6-3, Jr., 220, Dayton, Ohio (Chaminade-Julienne H.S.)
Hess completed 20-of-28 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns in the Penguins 27-6 win over nationally ranked Indiana State on Saturday. He had an exceptional second half completing 11-of-12 passes for 175 yards and two scores as the Penguins outscored the Sycamores 21-3. With his 30-yard scoring toss to Andrew Williams in the third quarter he set the school record for career touchdown passes. He finished the season with 53.

DEFENSE
DE Cole Jirik, North Dakota State
6-4½, 250, Jr., Northfield, Minn. (Northfield H.S.)
Jirik recorded eight tackles including a career-high three sacks and two forced fumbles in No. 1-ranked North Dakota State’s 38-20 win at No. 11 Illinois State on Saturday. Jirik added a pair of QB hurries. The Bison trailed 17-14 at halftime, but came back in the second half to limit Illinois State to 78 yards of total offense. His sack and forced fumble led to a Mike Hardie recovery to setup a fourth quarter TD that put NDSU ahead 31-20 with 9:52 left.

SPECIAL TEAMS
CB/RS Marcus Williams, North Dakota State
5-11, 194, Jr., Minneapolis, Minn. (Hopkins H.S.)
Williams returned a kickoff for a career long 98 yards and a touchdown in No. 1-ranked North Dakota State’s 38-20 win at No. 11 Illinois State on Saturday. NDSU trailed 10-0 in the first quarter when Williams broke free for the touchdown to cut into the deficit and stop the Redbirds momentum. It was the second career kickoff return for a TD for Williams, a Buck Buchanan Award candidate, who returned one 90 yard against Missouri State last season. Defensively, Williams added three tackles and a pass breakup.

NEWCOMER
QB Sawyer Kollmorgen, UNI, 6-2, 215, R-Fr., Jenks, Okla. (Jenks HS)
Kollmorgen went 20-for-25 passing for 265 yards and two touchdowns in helping UNI to a 38-13 win over Missouri State. Kollmorgen and Terrell Sinkfield hooked up for an 8-yard scoring strike with nine seconds left before halftime. Kollmorgen connected with Carlos Anderson for a 60-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter to give UNI a 38-0 lead.
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