Lakeland University's Michael Whitley and Oman Smothers and Concordia University Wisconsin's Isaiah Tenette have been named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Football Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Student-Athletes of the Week for events of Aug. 28-Sept. 3, as selected by the league's sports information directors.
Whitley (Vidalia, La.) accounted for six touchdowns (four rushing, two passing) and 539 yards of total offense, with much of his damage coming in the first half of Muskies' win over Carroll University in their 43-29 season-opening win. The senior quarterback passed for 371 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 51 yards and two scores just in first half as Lakeland built 36-7 halftime lead. He completed touchdown passes of 87 and 99 yards, the latter a new school record for longest pass play.
Smothers (Gadsden, Ala.) intercepted two passes in his first collegiate game, starting as a freshman at cornerback for Muskies. Both came with Carroll driving in Lakeland territory early in the third quarter as the Muskie defense held the Pioneers to 15 points until the visitors scored two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter.
Tenetta (Sacramento, Calif.) got the Falcons off to a fast start in 2017, returning the season's opening kick for a 99-yard touchdown, the longest play in school history.
Other offensive nominations: Leroy Bridges, Concordia Chicago; Aaron Nixon, Concordia Wisconsin;
Other defensive nominations: Frankie Letizia, Benedictine; Randall Klagge, Concordia Chicago; Albert Goerlitz, Concordia Wisconsin; Dylan Peterson, Rockford;
Other special teams nominations: Juwann Nelson, Benedictine; Conrad Foss, Lakeland; Alexis Guteirrez, Rockford.