Sept. 19, 2005
Tollefson Wins MIAA Player of the Week Award
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Northwest Missouri State senior defensive end Dave Tollefson (Concord, Calif.) was recognized as the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts on Sept. 17. His award marks the first of his career and the second consecutive week a Northwest football player won the honor. Sophomore Ryan Waters was the MIAA Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10.
A 6-4, 270 pound second-year player at Northwest, Tollefson came up .5 sacks shy of the single-game school record of 4.5 set in 1995. Tollefson posted 4.0 sacks and six total tackles in the 31-21 win at Missouri Western. Tollefson now stands with 15.5 career sacks, good for third on the school charts, and six away from Eric Petersen's total of 21.5 set during three seasons. (1989-1991)
The transfer from Los Medanos (Calif.) Community College blocked a Griffon punt attempt, his first at Northwest, in the first quarter which sparked the Bearcats initial score of the contest. He also added two quarterback hurries and a pass break-up.
Tollefson and his defensive teammates held Missouri Western to 99 passing yards (234 total), the least amount through the air since Missouri Southern had 92 on Oct. 18, 2003.
Northwest next takes on Missouri Southern on Oct. 24 on Family Day in Maryville. Northwest is looking for its 11th straight win in the series as kick-off is set for 1 p.m.
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