Sep 19th, 2006 @ 10:59 am | Author: Vikings Sports News
Chauncey Calhoun of Valley City State University was honored as NAIA National Football Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday, September 17, 2006.
Calhoun returned three intercepted passes for a total of 163 yards and two touchdowns to set a school record in Valley City State's 35-7 victory against Dakota State University (S.D.). The 6-1, 199-lb defensive back from Glendale, Ariz., broke up two other passes and recorded two tackles in the Dakota Athletic Conference game. A sophomore, Calhoun helped then # 24-ranked VCSU improved to 2-1 on the season.
Calhoun was also named the DAC Defensive Player of the Week
The Viking coaching staff also selected their players of the week for the Dakota State game.
The City Lights Players of the Game were running back Ryan Drinkwater and defensive back Chauncey Calhoun.
Drinkwater, a senior from Kansas City, MO rushed for 119 yards for the second week in a row over 100 yards while also scoring two touchdowns on runs of 16 and 11 yards.
Calhoun, as mentioned earlier had a huge game. His three interceptions tied a school record shared with four other Vikings including free saftey Paul Mehle. He also set a record for the longest return on an interception twice in this game. His initial interception of 80 yards broke the record of 70 yards set by Mike Weber last season. That mark would stand for only two quarters as his final interception went for 85 yards.
The Broken Spoke Special Teams Player of the Game went to Sean Ritchie. Ritchie, a sophomore linebacker from North Pole, AK.
The Subway Big Hit of the Game went to Tony Jenkins. The junior from Clark, SD received recognition for his tackle following an interception.
The Pizza Corner Practice Players of the were Max Stoll and Kevin Strang. Stoll, is a freshman offensive lineman from Minneapolis, MN and Strang is a freshman linebacker from Sauk Rapids, MN.