Tony Palma, Gustavus

Lino Lakes, Minn. / Centennial
Week of: 2009-11-16

Gustavus Adolphus College senior middle linebacker Tony Palma (Lino Lakes, Minn./Centennial) registered 24 total tackles including two tackles for loss and forced a fumble to help the Gusties defeat Concordia 20-19 on Saturday in Moorhead. Palma's 24 tackles (8 solo, 16 assisted) set a new Gustavus single game record for total tackles. The old mark was 21 set by Isaac Sieling against Concordia in 2004. Palma also became only the 14th player at Gustavus to record 100 tackles in a season as he finished with 46 solos and 62 assists for 108 tackles. In addition, Palma finished the season ranked first in the MIAC in tackles in conference games with 93 (11.6 tackles per game).

Kris Kopp, St. Thomas

Woodbury, Minn. / Woodbury
Week of: 2009-11-09

University of St. Thomas senior cornerback Kris Kopp (Woodbury, Minn.) had a rare three-turnover game as he recovered two fumbles and had an interception and led a strong defensive effort in Saturday's important 19-10 road victory over Bethel. All three turnovers gave the Toms possession inside the Bethel 40-yard-line. Kopp added four solo tackles including a tackle-for-loss on a fourth-and-four at the Tommie 25-yard line that turned the ball over on downs. Kopp, a quarterback his first two college seasons, now has three interceptions in 18 games since switching to defense. He helped UST limit Bethel to 241 yards and 10 first downs and no second-half points and hold 3,200-yard career rusher Logan Flannery to 60 yards.

Cory Olsen, Hamline

Elk River, Minn. / Elk River
Week of: 2009-11-02

Hamline University sophomore inside linebacker Cory Olsen (Elk River, Minn.) scored Hamline's first touchdown in the Piper's 34-17 win over Carleton on Saturday after he snagged an interception in the first quarter. The 6-5, 245 linebacker then returned the ball 39 yards for the score. He also had three pass break-ups in the game and a forced fumble that the Pipers recovered. He added seven tackles (three solo, four assists).

Mike Bonynge, Saint John's

Spicer, Minn. / New London-Spicer
Week of: 2009-10-26

Saint John's University sophomore defensive back Mike Bonynge (Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer) made two critical plays in the Johnnies' 10-3 win over St. Olaf last Saturday. On first-and-goal from the SJU 5 with 13 seconds left in the first half, Bonynge intercepted an errant pass in the end zone and returned it 66 yards to the St. Olaf 34 with 0.9 seconds left. Russell Gliadon then kicked a school-record 52-yard field goal to make it 10-3 in favor of SJU at the half. The Oles had one last chance to tie the game late in the game. On second-and-10 from the SJU 20, Bonynge broke up a pass intended for Antonio Jennings near the end zone. Jeff Bohlman then sacked the quarterback on the next play to end the game. Bonynge ended the game with five tackles, all solo, and his first career interception.

David Vavra, Bethel

Cambridge, Minn. / Braham Area
Week of: 2009-10-19

Bethel University sophomore defensive back David Vavra (Cambridge, Minn./Braham Area) helped lead the Royals in tackles with eight (five solo, three assists), including one for a loss, but it was his two interceptions and a fumble recovery that stopped three Hamline Piper drives in Bethel's 20-17 win on Saturday. Both of Vavra's interceptions came in Bethel territory, with the first coming at the halfway point of the first quarter. He then recovered a fumble early in the fourth quarter with the score tied at 17. The very next Piper possession, he made his second interception of the game and his third of the season. Vavra leads the Royals in pass breakups, is second in interceptions, and third in tackles.

Alex Glasenapp, Augsburg

Minneapolis, Minn. / South
Week of: 2009-10-19

Augsburg College senior defensive lineman Alex Glasenapp (Minneapolis, Minn./South) recorded 10 tackles (six solo), including 2.5 sacks, in Augsburg's 27-20 win at Concordia on Saturday. After Augsburg scored in its overtime session, Glasenapp claimed two sacks against Concordia's offense, including a 16-yard sack on fourth-down-and-10 from the Augsburg 11 on the final play of the game. On the season, Glasenapp leads Augsburg's defensive linemen (fourth overall among Auggie defenders) with 38 tackles, including six tackles for loss and a team-high three sacks.

Ross Petterson, Bethel

Maple Grove, Minn. / Osseo
Week of: 2009-10-12

Bethel University junior inside linebacker Ross Petterson (Maple Grove, Minn./Osseo) was a major defensive factor in Bethel's 15-7 win over St. Olaf on Saturday. Petterson led the team in tackles with 10 (five solo, five assists), broke up three passes, and had one of the biggest defensive plays of the game by intercepting the Oles on first down and goal at the Bethel 3-yard line and returning it 35 yards with less than two minutes remaining, thus preserving the lead. Petterson is the overall team leader in tackles and ranks among the top 20 defensive players in the conference for tackles.

Ryan Wimmer, Saint John's

St. Cloud, Minn. / Cathedral
Week of: 2009-10-05

Saint John's University senior linebacker Ryan Wimmer (St. Cloud, Minn./Cathedral) led the Johnnies with 13 tackles (nine solo), including one tackle for loss, in the 16-14 win against Bethel last Saturday. SJU allowed 295 yards of offense and forced four turnovers in the game. The Royals' first touchdown came on a 52-yard flea-flicker in the first quarter, and the second came after Bethel returned an interception to the Johnnies' seven. Wimmer stepped up for the Johnnies, who were without All-America defensive tackle Nick Gunderson (game-time decision) and starting linebacker Ethan Eid. Wimmer currently leads the Johnnies with 39 tackles (21 solo).

Adam Concannon, St. Olaf

Orlando, Fla. / University
Week of: 2009-09-28

St. Olaf College senior linebacker Adam Concannon (Orlando, Fla./University) had 10 tackles, including a sack, and an interception in the Oles' win over Augsburg on Saturday. His interception set up the Oles' first score, which tied the game at 7-7. He also had a pass breakup as the Oles limited Augsburg's passing attack to a 23-for-53 day for 249 yard with no touchdowns. The Auggies had passed for an average of 354.5 yards and a combined three touchdowns in their first two games.

Kyle Schroeder, Saint John's

Richmond, Minn. / Rocori
Week of: 2009-09-21

Saint John's University senior defensive lineman Kyle Schroeder (Richmond, Minn./Rocori) recovered two fumbles inside the Johnnies' own five yard line, of which one he forced, in the first half of the #6 Saint John's 31-19 victory over #23 Concordia on Saturday in Moorhead. Schroeder also posted five tackles (three solo), including four tackles for loss and 2.5 quarterback sacks in the game.

Josh Bain, Hamline

Spring Valley, Minn. / Grand Meadow
Week of: 2009-09-14

Hamline University junior linebacker Josh Bain (Spring Valley, Minn./Grand Meadow) led an impressive Piper defensive performance in a 34-0 season-opening shutout of a Martin Luther team who put up 44 points the week before. Bain had one sack for a loss of 13 yards and six total tackles (four solo, two assists). The pressure on the Knights' quarterbacks led to them only completing 2-of-22 passes for a total of 17 yards. The Pipers allowed only 106 rushing yards on 45 runs and 123 total yards of offense on 65 plays.

Zach Debeltz, Concordia

Anoka, Minn.
Week of: 2009-09-08

Concordia College junior defensive back Zach Debeltz (Anoka, Minn.) intercepted two passes and had a team-high 11 tackles in Concordia's 24-17 win over No.8-ranked Willamette on Saturday. Debeltz was also the leader of a defense that did not allow the high-powered Bearcat offense to gain a first down in the second and third quarters and only allowed 52 yards of total offense during that stretch. For the game the Cobbers held Willamette to only 229 yards of total offense which is the lowest total for the Bearcats in 22 games dating back to the opening game of the 2007 season. Concordia also limited the Bearcats to only 3-of-14 on third down chances. Debeltz' second interception came in the fourth quarter as Willamette was driving for a score. Debeltz picked off a pass in the end zone after the Bearcats had the ball at Concordia's 6-yard line. Debeltz also had the key play of the game as he returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown at the end of the first half. The TD ended up being the difference in the game as the Cobbers failed to score in the second half and won by seven.