News release from the University of Saint Francis Athletics Program:
USF sophomore Spencer Cowherd earns NAIA defensive weekly award
(October 5, 2015) – University of Saint Francis linebacker Spencer Cowherd has been selected NAIA national Defensive Player of the Week as well as Mid-States Football Association Mideast League Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the 11th-ranked Cougars 45-42 win over sixth-ranked Marian University on Sat., Oct. 3.
Cowherd (Ft. Wayne, IN / Northrop H.S.) led USF in tackles, had his first career interception for a touchdown, a fumble recovery to set up another USF TD, and one tackle-for-loss. His 12 tackles led both teams as did his eight solo tackles. It was Cowherd’s third interception this season.
This is the 91th time USF has had a conference player of the week, all under the direction of head coach Kevin Donley. Cowherd, a sophomore, is 20th different defensive player to earn the honor for USF.
The Cougars play host to Siena Heights University on Sat., Oct. 10 at noon at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium / Kevin Donley Field.
Spencer Cowherd in NAIA Top 50 Rankings
No. 11 in Total Interceptions (3)
No. 15 in Interceptions per Game (0.600)
NAIA PLAYER OF THE WEEK1998 (1 / 1) - Kiante Lindsay, RB, Fr. 1999 (3 / 4) - Jeremy Dutcher, WR Jr. 2, Jason Coriano, ILB, So. 2000 - None 2001 (2 / 6) - Jason Coriano, ILB, Sr.; Jeremy Hibbeln. QB, Sr. 2002 - None 2003 (1 / 7) -- Chris Bramell, So., QB 2004 - None 2005 (1 / 8) - Paul Carter, So., DB 2006 (1 / 9) - Brian Kurtz, Sr., LB 2007 -- None 2008 (3 / 12) - Daniel Carter >Special TeamsSpecial Teams< 2010 (1 / 13) - Shaine Tierney, Sr., QB 2011 (3 / 16) -- Ross Bauman, Sr., DB Austin Coleman, Jr., Special Teams (KOR) 2012 (1 / 17) -- Austin Coleman, Sr. Special Teams (KOR) 2013 (1 / 18) -- Josh Miller, Sr., QB 2014 (2 / 20) -- 9/14/15 Nick Ferrer, So., QB; 10/5/15 Spencer Cowherd, So. LB
About the University of Saint Francis
The University of Saint Francis is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015. Founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, USF offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, the university designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. The university will open a Downtown Fort Wayne Campus in the fall of 2016 that will feature business, entrepreneurship and music technology programs. Currently 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.