Sept. 23, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Players from four different teams earned Patriot League football weekly awards on Monday for their performances over the weekend.
Lehigh senior quarterback Brandon Bialkowski led his team to another comeback win by completing a school-record 42 passes for a career-high 430 yards and two touchdowns in a 29-28 triumph at Princeton, and earned the Offensive Player of the Week honor for his performance. Fordham senior defensive back Ian Williams filled the stat sheet with six tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and two pass breakups in a 52-7 win over Columbia to be named Defensive Player of the Week. Bucknell senior Kyle Sullivan had a 59-yard punt return for a score in a loss to Cornell to be named Special Teams Player of the Week, while Holy Cross freshman quarterback Peter Pujals totaled 151 yards of offense and two touchdowns versus Monmouth to claim the Rookie of the Week award.
Honorable mention status went to Fordham junior quarterback Mike Nebrich and Lehigh senior defensive back Tyler Ward.
Patriot League Football Weekly Awards (Sept. 21)
Offensive Player of the Week
Defensive Player of the Week
IAN WILLIAMS, FORDHAM Sr., DB, 6-1, 199; West Palm Beach, Fla./The King's Academy
BRANDON BIALKOWSKI, LEHIGH Sr., QB, 6-1, 200; Gilbert, Ariz./Gilbert
Bialkowski completed a school-record 42-of-57 passes for a career-high 430 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 18/22 Lehigh to a come-from-behind 29-28 win at Princeton Saturday evening. The Mountain Hawks trailed 22-3 at halftime before rallying for the win as Bialkowski went 25-for-32 for 253 yards and two touchdowns in the second half. Bialkowksi completed passes to nine different receivers as he went over 300 yards through the air for the third time in as many games this season. It was the sixth-highest single-game passing total in school history and first over 400 yards since Chris Lum against Fordham in 2011. Bialkowksi has 1,171 passing yards and nine touchdowns this season, and ranks in the top five nationally in passing yards, completions and total offense per game. He is named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the first time.
Williams recorded six tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble to lead a stout effort on defense in No. 21/21 Fordham's 52-7 win over Columbia on Saturday. Williams led the team in tackles and also recorded a pair of pass breakups. The forced fumble was recovered by the Rams in the end zone to put Fordham up 17-0 in the third quarter. Williams earns his first Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award, and is the third consecutive Ram to claim the honor.
Special Teams Player of the Week
KYLE SULLIVAN, BUCKNELL Sr., P/WR/PR, 5-11, 205; Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's
Sullivan did it all on special teams for the Bison in a 45-13 loss to Cornell on Saturday, including a 59-yard punt return for a score that put Bucknell ahead 7-0 in the first quarter. He became the first Bison to return a punt for a touchdown since Dante Ross in 2003, and it was the longest punt return by a Bucknell player since 1993. Sullivan also punted three times for a 37.0 average, was the holder on field goals and saw significant time at wide receiver with a catch for 12 yards. Sullivan is named Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week for the first time.
Rookie of the Week
PETER PUJALS, HOLY CROSS Fr., QB, 6-2, 185; Glenview, Ill./Loyola Academy
Pujals came off the bench in the second half and nearly led the Crusaders to a comeback win as he had 151 yards of total offense and two passing touchdowns in a 21-14 loss to Monmouth on Saturday. Pujals led the final four offensive drives for the Crusaders and produced touchdowns on the last two with a 15-yard strike to Mike Fess with 4:25 left and a 16-yard pass to Elad Covaliu with 1:23 to play in the game. Pujals completed 12-of-19 passes for 129 yards and also led the team in rushing with 22 yards on nine carries. Pujals is the third Crusader named Patriot League Rookie of the Week this season, following teammates Gabe Guild and Kyle Young.
MIKE NEBRICH, FORDHAM Jr., QB, 6-1, 205; Burke, Va./Lake Braddock Secondary
Nebrich was outstanding again as he completed 32-of-38 passes for a career-high 347 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 85 yards in a 52-7 win over Columbia on Saturday.
TYLER WARD, LEHIGH Sr., DB, 6-0, 180; Charlottesville, Va./West Albemarle
Ward had 10 tackles and an interception to lead No. 18/22 Lehigh to a 29-28 win at Princeton on Saturday. It was his second-straight game with double-digit tackles and a pick.