NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Millikin’s Nicco Stepina, Illinois Wesleyan’s Jordan Hassan and North Central’s Matt Sutherland were selected as the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Football Players of the Week on Monday. Stepina, a junior quarterback from Casey, Illinois and Casey Westfield High School (Health, Fitness & Recreation major), helped lead the Big Blue to a 35-31 win over 13th-ranked Wheaton at home on Saturday. The win ended a 16-game losing streak to the Thunder as Stepina was 26-of-48 for 271 yards and two touchdown passes. He also finished with 15 carries for 69 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Hassan, a senior linebacker from Wheaton, Illinois and Glenbard West High School (Marketing major), won his second-straight defensive player of the week honor after he totaled 13 tackles (12 solo), 3.5 tackles-for-loss and two sacks in a 28-10 win at Augustana on Saturday. His 12 solo tackles were the second most of his career, while his 3.5 TFLs and two sacks were both career bests. Hassan’s 3.5 tackles-for-loss resulted in 17 yards lost for the Vikings, while his two sacks combined for 12 yards lost. Sutherland, a junior defensive back from Cary, Illinois and Cary-Grove High School (Mathematics major), played a key special teams role during the Cardinals’ 33-0 win over North Park on Saturday. He recorded two of his six total tackles in kickoff coverage and also blocked a Viking punt which resulted in a safety. It was the Cardinals’ second blocked punt of the season. 2017 CCIW Football Players of the Week Offense Nicco Stepina – Millikin (10/9/17) Broc Rutter – North Central (10/2/17) Jamel Davis – Carthage (9/25/17) Spencer Peterson – Wheaton (9/18/17) Gerald Perry – Millikin (9/11/17) Austin Breunig – North Central (9/5/17) Defense Jordan Hassan – Illinois Wesleyan (10/9/17) Jordan Hassan – Illinois Wesleyan (10/2/17) Pat Cravens – North Central (9/25/17) Tommy Sora – North Central (9/18/17) Shawntrel Garner – Carthage (9/11/17) Trevor Staley – Illinois Wesleyan (9/5/17)

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