MINNEAPOLIS - Gallaudet University freshman Chris Papacek (Cuero, Texas) was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week after a stellar defensive effort on special teams to help lead the Bison to a miracle win over Becker College. This is the first time Papacek has received the honor and only the fourth time in Gallaudet history that a player has earned the distinction. The freshman was also named the ECAC Division III Northeast Special Teams Player of the Week on Tuesday. These two national awards come on the heels of the Texas native being named the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.
Papacek made not one but two blocks against Becker as the Bison won, 40-34, in dramatic fashion on the road to remain perfect on the season. Papacek blocked Dejahn Dawkins' point after attempt after the Hawks scored a touchdown four minutes into the game. It was Papacek's block at the end of the game that sparked Gallaudet's miracle win. Dawkins lined up for a 31-yard field goal with two seconds left in regulation and the game tied 34-34. Papacek came off the right edge, unblocked, and leapt and blocked the kick. The block sent the ball bouncing backwards where GU senior Ryan Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) scooped up the loose ball, in stride, and ran the 79 yards to the end zone for the touchdown with no time left.
This is the second straight week a Bison student-athlete was named the ECAC Division III Northeast Special Teams Player of the Week. Sophomore kicker Chase Magsig (Hudsonville, Mich.) earned the distinction last week.
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About the ECAC
The ECAC is the nation's largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference in the country with approximately 300 Division I, II, and III colleges and universities. The ECAC stretches from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors nearly 100 championships in 37 men's and women's sports and assigns more than 4,400 officials in 12 sports. The ECAC also administers nine affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues, and through the public relations arm of the conference, more than 2,000 student-athletes are recognized annually. Finally, the ECAC serves as the primary conference for select members in the sports of men's ice hockey, women's ice hockey, and men's lacrosse. For more information about the ECAC please visit its website www.ecac.org.