BAY CITY, Mich. - Ferris State University sophomore quarterback Jason Vander Laan (Frankfort, Ill./Chicago Christian) was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) "Offensive Player of the Week" after rushing for a career-high 279 yards and four touchdowns, while throwing for three more scores in the Bulldogs' 56-49 win over Lake Erie College on Saturday. Wayne State University senior linebacker Ed Viverette (Southfield, Mich./Brother Rice) earned "Defensive Player of the Week Honors," while Ohio Dominican University sophomore defensive lineman Di'Andre Harrison (Columbus, Ohio/Centennial) was tabbed "Special Teams Player of the Week."
GLIAC Football Offensive Player of the Week:
Jason Vander Laan - Ferris State
(SO, QB, 6-4, 236, Frankfort, Ill./Chicago Christian)
Ferris State University sophomore QB Jason Vander Laan accounted for seven touchdowns and had a record day on the ground as the Bulldogs beat Lake Erie in a high-scoring affair by a 56-49 count on Saturday night. The 6-4 signal caller ran for a personal career-high 279 yards and four TDs while averaging 10.3 yards per carry. He also completed 14-of-23 passes for 170 yards and three scores without an interception or a sack. Vander Laan led the Bulldogs to 571 yards of total offense and 401 yards on the ground, which included his 63-yard touchdown run at the end of the third quarter to give FSU a 14-point lead.
GLIAC Football Offensive Weekly Honor Roll:
Anthony Taylor - AU, Lloyd Henry - UF, Brandon Green - GV, Evan Sassack - HC, Anthony Bilal - LE, Bryce Pratt - MU, Charlie Leffingwell - MT, Cody Scepaniak - NM, Devnta Elzy - NU, Mark Miller - OD, Jonathon Jennings - SV, Paul Kempe - WU, Carl Roscoe - WS.
2013 GLIAC Offensive "Players of the Week": (9/9) A. Bilal - LEC; (9/16) J. Vander Laan - FS.
GLIAC Football Defensive Player of the Week:
Ed Viverette - Wayne State
(SR, LB, 6-0, 224, Southfield, Mich./Brother Rice)
Wayne State University senior linebacker Ed Viverette totaled nine tackles (7-2) including 3.5 sacks. He had a 42-yard fumble return for a TD just before halftime. Ed also contributed two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble as WSU defeated Ashland for the first time since 2009. He led a Warrior defense that limited Ashland to 366 yards of total offense and forced a pair of turnovers.
GLIAC Football Defensive Weekly Honor Roll:
Jamie Meder - AU, Carlton Johnson - FS, Trevor Smith - UF, Luther Ware - GV, Brett Pasche - HC, Brandon Commodore - MU, Jeremy Mims - MT, Carlos Love - NU, Warren Sheilds - OD, Jon Bryant - SV, Joseph Collard - TU, C.J. Chatman - WU.
2013 GLIAC Defensive "Players of the Week": (9/9) J. Kaufman - GV; (9/16) E. Viverette - WS.
GLIAC Football Special Teams Player of the Week:
Di'Andre Harrison - Ohio Dominican
(SO, DL, 6-4, 260, Columbus, Ohio/Centennial)
Ohio Dominican University sophomore defensive lineman Di'Andre Harrison accounted for two of ODU's scores in the win over Hillsdale. He blocked a punt through the back of the end zone for a safety that gave ODU a 16-14 lead, then recovered a Hillsdale fumble in the end zone for a TD. Those two plays came less than two minutes apart and helped ODU pull away from the Chargers in the third quarter, building a 30-14 lead. Harrison also made four solo tackles and 1.0 tackle-for-loss, which knocked Hillsdale back to its one-yard line and came on the play before the fumble recovery.
GLIAC Football Special Teams Weekly Honor Roll:
Greg Gallaway - AU , Dontae Ingraham - FS, Seth White - UF, Joel Schipper - GV, Matt Eltringham - HC, Marquan Richardson - LE, Lepear Smith - MU, John Linkenheimer - NM, Mark Morris - NU, Scott Stanford - SV, Tony Shead - TU, Stefan Terleckyj - WS.
2012 GLIAC Special Teams "Players of the Week": (9/9) N. Morris - UF; (9/16) D. Harrison - OD.