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Moritz Named MIAC Special Teams Player of the Week

November 15, 2011 at 11:07 am

(From MIAC press release)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- All season, the Carleton football team has enjoyed great special teams play, and that trend continued right through the Knights' final game of the regular season. Saturday's special teams star was punter Bill Moritz (Hutchinson, Minn.), who played a huge role in the field position game against Gustavus. Though the Gusties prevailed, 21-7, Moritz had a great game with his season-long punt and several that were either un-returnable or pinned Gustavus deep in its own territory. For his punting performance, Moritz has been named the final MIAC Football Special Teams Athlete-of-the-Week this fall.

Moritz punted seven times in Saturday's loss for 229 yards and a good average of 32.7 yards per punt, despite battling windy conditions throughout the game. One of his kicks went for a season-best 51 yards, and his seven kicks were returned for just a total of two yards. To top it off, Moritz was the only MIAC punter to pin his opponent inside their own 10-yard line twice this week. In fact, Mortiz trapped Gustavus back at its 3-yard line and 1-yard line, the latter of which led to an interception, returned for Carleton's only score of the game. This season, Moritz ranked third in the MIAC with only 1.7 yards per punt return. He punted 53 times this year for 1,624 yards (30.6 average) with two touchbacks, 17 fair catches and 11 inside the 20. Moritz earned his Athlete-of-the-Week honor in his final game, as he is one of the team's seniors.

Four Knights have won five player-of-the-week honors this season. Jordan Soteros (So./Scottsdale, Ariz./Pinnacle) was named Special Teams Player-of-the-Week on Oct. 10th after scoring a 92-yard touchdown in the third quarter to put Carleton on the board in their 26-7 loss to Concordia. He also earned Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors on Oct. 17th after recording double-digit tackles, intercepting two passes, and scoring the Knights’ lone touchdown the previous week. Kicker Eric Murphy (Sr./Stillwater, Okla./Stillwater) won the Special Teams honor on Sept. 26th after nailing all four extra point and both field goal attempts  while averaging nearly 50 yards per kick on kickoffs in Carleton’s first win of the season against Bethel, and Jon Lien (Sr./Lindstrom, Minn./Chisago Lakes) was named Offensive Player-of-the-Week for breaking a 48-year-old school record for rushing yards in a game, scoring all three Knights’ touchdowns against Macalester and surpassing 2,000 rushing yards in his career.