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Gallaudet's Louie Akuffo earns ECFC Defensive Player of the Week honor

Gallaudet football player Louie Akuffo is on the sideline holding both arms up in the air, he is signing the number seven in American Sign Language. He is wearing a navy blue jersey with the number #23 in white color in the middle of the jersey. He is wearing a buff gold helmet. There is an ECFC logo in the upper left corner.

MARSHFIELD, Mass. - The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) announced its weekly honors for the week of Oct. 9 and Gallaudet University junior linebacker Louie Akuffo (Bowie, Md.) was awarded Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance last Saturday in GU's record-setting 73-23 victory over Anna Maria College.

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 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.

Castleton University junior quarterback Mitchell Caron was named ECFC Offensive Player of the Week, Alfred State freshman running back Kiegan Brown was named Rookie of the Week while Castleton freshman kicker Mike Morgan took home ECFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

This is Gallaudet's second ECFC Player of the Week award this season and the first for Akuffo.

Gallaudet will hit the road and face conference newcomer Alfred State College (0-5, 0-2 ECFC) on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m.

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