USF duo selected NAIA Players of the Week

October 10, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — University of Saint Francis linebacker Eric Dunten and place-kicker Gavin Gardner have been named NAIA national Player(s) of the Week on Monday.

Dunten (ILB, Fort Wayne, IN / Carroll H.S.) was named NAIA Defensive POTW for his game against 20th-ranked Concordia University on Saturday. He led USF tacklers with 17 total tackles including 12 solo in the top-ranked, 6-0 Cougars’ 35-18 win over the Cardinals.┬áHe had five solo tackles in the fourth quarter and one sack to lead the USF defense to a fourth quarter shutout of the Cardinals. He matched his solo tackles total from USF’s first five games with his 12 solo tackles. His 12 solo tackles topped his previous high of seven last season.

Gardner tied a USF record for field goals in a game becoming the third player to accomplish the feat, the fourth time it has been achieved. The red-shirt freshman connected on 3-of-3 FG attempts including the game-tying FG and a 28-yard FG into a 20-mph win to give USF the lead for good at 21-18 lead with 6:56 to play in the game, his third of the game.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral 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, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.