COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (November 7, 2016) - Colorado State University-Pueblo senior Ryan Merrill (OLB, Scottsdale, Ariz.) earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week Monday, in an announcement from the league office.
The ThunderWolves have collected the conference defensive award for four straight weeks and have totaled seven awards in 2016.
Merrill led the Pack defense in the 24-13 home win against Dixie State University with 15 (five solo) tackles. He set a career-high and tied a team high in tackles this season. The senior added a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss (-9 yards), which is a team-best this season and ties the RMAC top mark in 2016.
The defense didn't allow a touchdown until there was 4:20 left on the clock in the third quarter and haven't allowed more than 14 points to an opponent in the last five games (all wins).
Merrill ranks second on the team with 77 tackles (30 solo) to rank 13th in the RMAC, while his 11.5 tackles for loss (-28 yards) is a team-best and sits tied for second in the conference.
Sophomore Brandon Payer (ILB, Pine, Colo.) was honored Oct. 31 and was also recognized Oct. 17. Kyle Rosenbrock (R-Fr., LB, Brush, Colo.) was the defensive player of the week Oct. 24 and Daniel Wise (Sr., WR, Arlington, Texas) was special teams player of the week Oct. 17. Bernard McDondle (Jr., RB, Littleton, Colo.) was offensive player of the week Oct. 10 and Emery Taylor (CB, R-Fr., Aurora, Colo.) won the defensive award Sept. 19.
The ThunderWolves (7-3, 7-2 RMAC) are one win away from a 2016 RMAC Championship and will host Chadron State College (3-7, 3-6 RMAC) Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. in the regular season finale.
Promotions around the game include Military Day, Senior Day and a Pack Pantry Food Drive. Click HERE for more information.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.