Kansas City, Mo. – Lincoln’s Morris Henderson was named the MIAA Offensive Athlete of the Week and teammate Julio Segura named MIAA Special Teams Athlete of the Week. Northeastern State’s Langston Jones earned MIAA Defensive Athlete of the Week honors.
MIAA Offensive Athlete of the Week
Morris Henderson, RB, Lincoln
Henderson accounted for 325 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns as Lincoln defeated Division I FCS program Grambling State, 47-34, at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday (Sept. 14). Henderson gained 137 yards on 11 carries in the win, losing just four yards on the ground all night. Henderson had rushing touchdowns of 41 and 44 yards, averaging 12.5 yards per carry. His third score came on a kickoff return, as he outran the GSU special teams unit for a 102-yard score in the second quarter. Finally, Henderson also made a big impact in the receiving game, catching three passes for 74 yards, including a 64-yard reception that led to another LU touchdown. The 5-9 senior runningback is a native of Jacksonville, Fla. where he competed at N.B. Forrest High School.
Others nominated: Anthony Abenoja, Pittsburg State; Brady Bolles, Northwest Missouri; Mitch Buhler, Washburn; Marvin Byrd, Lindenwood; Hayden Hawk, Central Missouri; Raphael Spencer, Missouri Western; Brent Wilson, Emporia State.
MIAA Defensive Athlete of the Week
Langston Jones, LB, Northeastern State
Northeastern State shutout Missouri Southern State in the second half, thanks in large part to a career-high 21 tackles from senior linebacker Langston Jones. Jones was all over the field, as the RiverHawks completely halted the Lions wishbone offense. MSSU punted on all six second-half possessions and finished with just 17 points, a week after posting 52 against Central Oklahoma. The number of tackles for Jones was five more than his previous career high, and the preseason All-American now leads the MIAA in tackles per game (16.0), just as he did a year ago. The 6-0 senior linebacker is a native of Whitesboro, Texas where he attended Callisburg High School.
Others nominated: Tariq Allen, Emporia State; Bryce Atagi, Washburn; Body Berrie, Missouri Western; DJ Gnader, Northwest Missouri; Brian Hawthorne, Lindenwood.
MIAA Special Teams Athlete of the Week
Julio Segura, K, Lincoln
Segura made a big impact in the kicking game, handling punting and kickoff duties for Lincoln in the Blue Tigers 47-34 win over Division I FCS opponent Grambling State on Saturday (Sept. 14). Segura averaged 30.5 yards on four punts, pinning GSU inside its own 20 on three of those kicks. He also averaged 56.0 yards on kickoffs, kicking for 510 yards on nine kicks. The 6-3 junior punter and kicker is from Los Angeles, Calif. where he competed at East LA High School.
Others nominated: Scott Groner, Missouri Western; Eli Kuhns, Emporia State; Justin Linn, Washburn; Jacob Vollstedt, Northwest Missouri.