North Dakota State middle linebacker Grant Olson was named a National All-Star by College Sporting News on Monday, Sept. 30, for his performance in NDSU's 20-0 win at South Dakota State.
Olson, a senior from Plymouth, Minn., had eight tackles including a career-high two sacks totaling 14 yards. He was the leading tackler for a defensive unit that held SDSU to minus-32 yards rushing and has posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1987.
North Dakota State punter Ben LeCompte was selected by The Sports Network as the National co-Special Teams Player of the Week in the Football Championship Subdivision on Monday, Sept. 30.
LeCompte, a sophomore from Barrington, Ill., had seven punts for 310 yards, averaged 44.3 yards per punt, placed three punts inside the 20 and had two touchbacks in North Dakota State's 20-0 win at South Dakota State. He was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Sunday.
LeCompte blasted a career-long 75-yard punt from his own 25 in the first quarter and added a 74-yarder from NDSU's 8-yard line at the end of the first quarter. He also handled four kickoffs with a 59.0 average including one touchback.
Sam Houston State running back Timothy Flanders and Stephen F. Austin quarterback Brady Attaway were named co-Offensive Player of the Week, Sacramento State lineman Darnell Sankey was named Defensive Player of the Week, Hampton punter Christian Faber-Kinney was the other Special Teams Player of the Week, and Holy Cross quarterback Peter Pujals was named Freshman of the Week.
No. 1-ranked North Dakota State (4-0, 1-0 MVFC) is scheduled to host No. 4-ranked Northern Iowa (4-0, 0-0 MVFC) in the annual Trees Bowl game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.