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WIAC Football Athletes of the Week and Standings: September 4-10

09/13/2023, 11:00am CDT

From the WIAC -- 

WIAC Kwik Trip Athletes of the Week
(Week of September 4-10)



Tamir Thomas, Junior (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls), Running Back of UW-Whitewater

Thomas registered four touchdowns in a single game for the third time in his career to help lead No. 8-ranked UW-Whitewater to a 56-28 win over No. 4-ranked Saint John’s University (Minn.) at Perkins Stadium on Sept. 9. Thomas accumulated 179 yards on 17 rushing attempts with three touchdowns, including a 59-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, followed by a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and nine-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He added a 15-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.

Also nominated:

UW-Eau Claire, Quinn Faust, Sophomore, Quarterback, Lodi, Wis. (Lodi)
UW-Platteville, Michael Priami, Junior, Quarterback, St. Charles, Ill. (North)
UW-River Falls, Kaleb Blaha, Junior, Quarterback, Coon Rapids, Minn. (Fridley)
UW-Stout, Arthur Cox, Senior, Wide Receiver, Dixon, Ill. (Dixon)


Gavino Lopez, Senior (Dorchester, Wis./Colby), Defensive Back of UW-Stevens Point

Lopez recorded his first career interception in a 31-28 win over St. Norbert College (Wis.) at Community Stadium at Goerke Park on Sept. 9. His fourth-quarter pick and subsequent 11-yard return set up the game-winning field goal. Lopez also picked up a loose football on a punt in the second quarter and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown. He added had three tackles on defense, two of which were solo tackles.

Also nominated:

UW-Eau Claire, Ryan Kuechle, Senior, Safety, Mankato, Minn. (East)
UW-Platteville, Tyler Bacon, Senior, Defensive Line, Johnston, Iowa (Johnston)
UW-River Falls, Jack Olson, Sophomore, Defensive Line, Prescott, Wis. (Prescott)
UW-Stout, Mack Klafter, Senior, Mesa, Ariz. (Red Mountain)
UW-Whitewater, Matt Burba, Junior, Defensive Line, Lake in the Hills, Ill. (Huntley)

Special Teams

Aleks Sauer-Milli, Freshman (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay), Kicker/Punter of UW-Stevens Point

Sauer-Milli kicked his first career field goal and it turned out to be the decisive points in a 31-28 win over St. Norbert College (Wis.) at Community Stadium at Goerke Park on Sept. 9. His game-winning kick was a 40-yard field goal with 4:34 remaining to break a 28-28 tie. Sauer-Milli also successfully converted all four extra-point attempts.

Also nominated:

UW-Eau Claire, Isaac Runstrom, Freshman, Linebacker, Cumberland, Wis. (Cumberland)
UW-Platteville, Beau Kopp, Sophomore, Long Snapper, Cuba City, Wis. (Cuba City)
UW-Stout, Luke Cool, Junior, Kicker, Franklin, Wis. (Franklin)
UW-Whitewater, Eli Hoelke, Junior, Defensive Back, New Berlin, Wis. (Eisenhower)

WIAC Standings - 9/13/23

UW-Platteville 0-0 0.000 2-0 1.000 0-0 2-0 0-0 W2
UW-River Falls 0-0 0.000 2-0 1.000 1-0 1-0 0.0 W2
UW-Whitewater 0-0 0.000 2-0 1.000 1-0 1-0 0-0 W2
UW-Eau Claire 0-0 0.000 1-1 0.500 1-0 0-1 0-0 L1
UW-La Crosse 0-0 0.000 1-1 0.500 0-1 1-0 0-0 L1
UW-Oshkosh 0-0 0.000 1-1 0.500 1-0 0-1 0-0 L1
UW-Stevens Point 0-0 0.000 1-1 0.500 1-0 0-1 0-0 W1
UW-Stout 0-0 0.000 1-1 0.500 0-1 1-0 0-0 L1

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