Courtesy of the Ohio Valley Conference
• OVC Football Players of the Week – October 30 (PDF)
Zak Wallace, RB • 6-0, 220, R-So. • Benton, Ark. • UT Martin
Wallace scored a career-high four touchdowns and rushed for 155 yards as UT Martin won 52-28 at Houston Christian. The sophomore carried the ball 15 times, averaging 10.3 yards/carry; it marked his third 100-yard rushing effort of the season. Wallace scored on runs of 2, 17, 63 and 41 yards in the victory, marking his third career game with three or more touchdowns. He was the first UTM player to score four rushing touchdowns in a game since 2008, and only the seventh FCS player this season to achieve the feat. Wallace ranks fourth nationally in rushing touchdowns (14), fifth in scoring (10.5 points/game) and 23rd in rushing yards/game (92.8).
Others Nominated: Payton Rose, Lindenwood; Ryan Flournoy, Southeast Missouri; Jeremiah Oatsvall, Tennessee Tech.
Daylan Dotson, DE • 6-3, 280, So. • Savannah, Ga. • UT Martin
Dotson had five tackles, 2.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown as UT Martin forced seven turnovers in a 52-28 win at Houston Christian. Dotson played part in three sacks, one solo and combining on two others. Two of his sacks resulted in fumbles, one of which he recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
Others Nominated: Jordan Vincent, Eastern Illinois; Tayvian Weary, Lindenwood; Cade Shupperd, Murray State; Bryce Norman, Southeast Missouri; Cameron Hudson, Tennessee Tech.
DC Pippin, K • 6-0, 178, Jr. • Springfield, Ill. • Southeast Missouri
Pippin was perfect on his attempts, scoring 11 points in Southeast Missouri’s game with Eastern Kentucky. He connected on 3-of-3 field goals and 2-of-2 PATs. All three of his field goals were from 28 yards out. The junior has not missed a PAT this season, going 30-for-30. He ranks sixth nationally in field goals/game (1.62) and 21st in scoring (8.6 points/game).
Others Nominated: Mark Aitken, Eastern Illinois; Hayden Olsen, Tennessee Tech.
Ryan Flournoy, WR • 6-2, 197, Jr. • Hazelcrest, Ill. • Southeast Missouri
Flournoy, a transfer from Iowa Western, had 15 catches for 256 yards and a touchdown in Southeast Missouri’s game with Eastern Kentucky. The 15 catches are tied for the most by a FCS player this season, while the 256 receiving yards are tied for the third-most nationally. The junior averaged 17.0 yards per catch and picked up 58 yards after contact. He tallied his team-best seventh receiving touchdown of the season in the first quarter on a four-yard pass. He ranks 10th nationally in receiving yards/game (95.1) and 21st in receiving touchdowns (7).
Others Nominated: Trey Wilhoit, Eastern Illinois; Jeff Caldwell, Lindenwood; Cody Goatley, Murray State; Sam Franklin, UT Martin.