COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 24, 2018) - The No. 16 Colorado State University-Pueblo football team snagged two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference weekly honors Monday, in an announcement from the league office. Mitchell Carter (So., K, Colorado Springs, Colo.) was named RMAC Special Teams Player of the Week and Brandon Payer (Sr., ILB, Pine, Colo.) was selected as RMAC Defensive Player of the Week.
The awards mark the first of the year for the ThunderWolves, who moved up to No. 16 in the latest American Football Coaches Association national poll following the 23-13 victory at then-No. 1 Texas A&M University-Commerce Saturday. The award is the second in Carter's career, while Payer has been recognized by the league on three occasions.
Carter totaled 11 points in the victory. In rainy and windy conditions he went 3-for-4 on field goal attempts, as he hit from 38, 20 and 35 yards (missed from 41) and added two extra points. On six kickoffs he totaled 315 yards with one touchback. The kicker also got in on the action and recovered a Lion fumble on a kickoff.
Payer led the ThunderWolves defense, as he totaled 10 tackles (six solo) against the defending NCAA Division II National Champions and recorded 3.5 tackles for loss (-4 yards) in the win. He also recovered a key fumble in the fourth quarter to stop a Lion drive at midfield. The CSU-Pueblo defense totaled nine tackles for loss against a Lion team that ranked T-15th nationally with just 3.67 tackles for loss allowed. The Pack also recorded four fumble recoveries and an interception for five takeaways.
Payer leads the RMAC with 46 tackles (20 solo) and also has an RMAC-best 10 tackles for loss (-18 yards).
Carter, Payer and the rest of the ThunderWolves return home Sept. 29 for a Homecoming/CSU-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Fame Game against South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. and tickets can be purchased by visiting the Massari Arena Ticket Office, calling (719) 549-2050 or going to http://www.gothunderwolves.com/sports/fball/tickets.
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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.