Martinez Named National Player-of-the-Week
(NAIA Release) KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The eighth installment of the 2009 NAIA National Football Players of the Week were announced by the NAIA on Monday: Ryan Lowmiller of Sioux Falls (S.D.) was named NAIA Offensive Player of the Week, Vince Martinez of Doane (Neb.) was named NAIA Defensive Player of the Week and Andy Smith of South Dakota Mines was named NAIA Special Teams Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 19-25. These winners were chosen out of a pool of player of the week performers among 10 conferences and independents.
Lowmiller, a 5-11, 210 lb., senior running back from Crystal Lake, Ill., tied his own school record with five rushing touchdowns in Sioux Falls' 59-7 win over Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.). Lowmiller posted 197 rushing yards on eight carries (24.6 ypc) and also caught two passes for 23 yards. All five of his scores came in the first half. Two of his runs covered 60-plus yards, including a game-long 87 yarder. In the NAIA, Ryan ranks ninth in scoring per game (10.5 ppg) and 26th in rushing yards per game (77.1 ypg).
Martinez, a 5-10, 185 lb., sophomore free safety from El Paso, Texas played a key role in Doane's 24-12 win over Dordt (Iowa). With Dordt at the 4-yard line and driving at the end of the second quarter, Martinez corralled a pass and returned the interception a conference-record 100 yards for the touchdown. His score handed the Tigers a 21-12 lead at the half. For the day, he finished with three tackles (two solo), one tackle-for-loss, one fumble recovery, one pass break-up and two interceptions totaling 169 return yards. He was part of a defense to limit Dordt to 264 yards of total offense.
Smith, a 6-0, 156 lb., sophomore kicker from Pierre, S.D., was a perfect 10-for-10 on kick attempts in South Dakota Mines' 60-20 win over Valley City State (N.D.). He went 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, including a long of 42 yards. He was also 7-for-7 on PATs to extend his accuracy to 26-for-26 on the season. On kickoffs, he averaged 60.1 yards per kick. He ranks third in the country in field goals per game (1.4) and fifth with 10 total field goals made.