MINNEAPOLIS - Gallaudet University junior linebacker Louie Akuffo (Bowie, Md.) was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week after lead the Bison defense during their record-setting victory over Anna Maria College last Saturday. This is Akuffo's first time receiving the honor and only the eighth time in Gallaudet history that a player has earned this distinction.
Akuffo led the team with nine tackles, made one interception and returned it 14 yards, forced one fumble and had one pass break-up in Gallaudet's 73-23 win. Akuffo's interception took place at the start of the second half and set up GU's first touchdown in the third quarter. He was also part of a huge defensive stand for the Bison in the first half.
The highlight for the Bison defense was denying the AMCATS the end zone after they got 1st and goal from the Gallaudet 1 late in the first quarter. Four straight rushes, up the middle, were stuffed by the Bison defense led by Akuffo. The Bison scored four plays later to completely sway the momentum in GU's favor up 27-10.
Akuffo leads the defense with 42 tackles (32 solo) through five games this season.
This is Akuffo's second award this week after he earned Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday. This is the second time this season a Bison has been named to the D3football.com Team of the Week. Only two times has that happened in program history (2012, '17).
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GALLAUDET'S D3FOOTBALL.COM TEAM OF THE WEEK HONOREES
- 10/10/17: Louie Akuffo (Linebacker)
- 09/05/17: Jack Gray (Safety)
- 11/10/15: Todd Collins (Tight End)
- 11/05/13: Chris Papacek (Special Teams)
- 11/13/12: Tony Tatum (Corner Back)
- 09/12/12: Tony Tatum (Corner Back)
- 10/26/12: Matt Harris (Defensive End)
- 09/07/11: Ryne Worsham (Wide Receiver)