NAPERVILLE, Ill. – North Central’s Austin Breunig, Illinois Wesleyan’s Trevor Staley and Millikin’s Ben Spelman were selected as the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Football Players of the Week on Monday.
Breunig, a senior running back from Sandwich, Illinois and Sandwich High School (Athletic Training major), rushed for 114 yards on 21 carries and three rushing touchdowns during a 54-2 win over Augustana on Saturday. He also finished with two catches for 23 yards, while also rushing for over 100 yards for the fourth time this season. The Cardinals posted a season-high 538 yards of total offense and the 52-point margin of victory was the largest ever against Augustana in 87 all-time meetings.
Staley, a junior defensive back from Lake Zurich, Illinois and Lake Zurich High School (Business/Financial Services major), totaled five tackles (four solo) and an interception in helping lead the Titans to a 13-10 win over Carthage on Saturday. His fourth quarter interception prevented a potential Carthage scoring drive with 42 seconds remaining in the game.
Spelman, a senior kicker from Sligo, Ireland (Communication major), helped lead the Big Blue to a 56-35 win over Carroll on Saturday. He finished 8-of-8 on PATs and had nine kickoffs for 482 yards and three touchbacks. This is Spelman’s first season of football at any level after playing soccer for the Big Blue the last three seasons.
2017 CCIW Football Players of the Week
Austin Breunig – North Central (10/23/17)
Curtis McWilliams – Wheaton (10/17/17)
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)
Trevor Staley – Illinois Wesleyan (10/23/17)
Pete Laughlin – Carthage (10/17/17)
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)
Ben Spelman – Millikin (10/23/17)
Liam Keffer – Illinois Wesleyan (10/17/17)
Matt Sutherland – North Central (10/9/17)
Tommy Bazarek – Carthage (10/2/17)
Stefan Knoerr – Wheaton (9/25/17)
Jacob Stytz – Augustana (9/18/17)
Wyatt Fox – Millikin (9/11/17)
Stefan Knoerr – Wheaton (9/5/17)
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The College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) was founded in 1946 and currently services nine member institutions including Augustana College (Rock Island, IL), Carroll University (Waukesha, WI), Carthage College (Kenosha, WI), Elmhurst College (Elmhurst, IL), Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, IL), Millikin University (Decatur, IL), North Central College (Naperville, IL), North Park University (Chicago, IL) and Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL). During the 2016-17 academic year, the CCIW honored over 1,900 academic all-conference recipients, 10 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 33 CoSIDA Academic All-District recipients, one CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year and over 100 all-Americans.