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Fechtelkotter lands NSIC weekly award

Kiel Fechtelkotter, who anchored a University of Minnesota Duluth ball-stopping unit that all but shut down one of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference's most potent offenses last Saturday night, has been chosen the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week.

Fetchtelkotter, a senior outside linebacker and team captain from Lake Nebagamon, had a hand in a game-high 11 total tackles, nine of which were registered in the opening two quarters of play, in the Bulldogs' 59-17 triumph over Winona State University at James S. Malosky Stadium. The Warriors had come into the evening averaging just over 38 points per game and a league-leading 459.8 yards of total offense an outing (they were limited to 190 on the night by the Bulldogs).

For the sixth week in a row, UMD checked in at the No. 2 spot in the American Football Coaches Association Division II Poll as each of the top seven occupants from the previous week held their positions with victories this past Saturday.

The two-time defending NSIC champion Bulldogs, who have cracked every AFCA Division II Poll since the start of the 2008 season, will host the University of Mary Saturday in their annual Homecoming game. UMD (6-0 overall) is riding a school-record 25-game NSIC winning streak.