North Central College football players have been selected as Football Players of the Week by the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.
Linebacker Joey Michals, senior, and kicker Nick Dace, junior, have been honored as Football Players of the Week on defense and special teams, respectively, for Sept. 10 through 16.
The pair were selected for their roles in the Cardinals' 37-10 victory at the University of Wisconsin-Stout on Saturday, Sept. 15. Michals totaled a team-high 11 tackles, including seven solo stops, and two tackles for loss as the BlueDevils were limited to just 187 total yards of offense. Wisconsin-Stout gained just nine rushing yards, the fifth-lowest total ever by a North Central opponent.
Dace was a perfect 3 for 3 on field goals and 4 for 4 on extra-point kicks during the Cardinals' win over Wisconsin-Stout. He kicked a 53-yard field goal with 7:45 left in the fourth quarter (breaking the previous record of 50), and then kicked a 55-yarder with six seconds left. Dace also added a 41-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, tying his own single-game school record for most field goals made. He became the fourth player in North Central history to score 200 career points and currently ranks second with 211.
North Central is idle this week before opening CCIW play on Saturday, Sept. 29 against Elmhurst College. Kickoff at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m.