WASHINGTON – The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) named its players of the week of Sept. 23 and Gallaudet University junior defensive end Tyler Snider (Thornville, Ohio) received Defensive Player of the Week honors. This is the first ECFC weekly award Snider has received and third ECFC honor for the Bison this season.
Snider had a hand in the turning point of Gallaudet's 37-13 victory over Rochester (N.Y.) University as the junior defensive end picked up a fumble near midfield and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. The score broke open a close game as the Bison (3-0) are off to their best start in program history, as an NCAA Division III program, since 1987. Snider had three tackles, one tackle for a loss of one yard and one quarterback hurry in the win.
Snider has 10 tackles for the season, seven solo and two sacks for a loss of 13 yards. Last year, Snider was selected to the All-ECFC offensive second team. As a freshman, he was a 2011 All-ECFC offensive honorable mention.
Junior running back Al Georgio of Norwich University was selected as ECFC Offensive Player of the Week after contributing to three Norwich touchdowns and running for 238 yards in the first win of the season for the Cadets. John Arny, a freshman punter for SUNY Maritime, took home the Special Teams Player of the Week honor after averaging 53 yards per punt against the Kings Point Mariners. The Rookie of the Week Award went to Soren Pelz-Walsh of Castleton State College. The wide receiver led his team with 11 catches for 147 yards as five of his catches resulted in first down conversions.
The Bison hope to maintain an undefeated season when they travel to Newton, Mass., to take on Mount Ida College on Saturday, Oct. 5, at noon in GU's first conference game of the season. Kick-off is set for 12:00 p.m.