CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa Panther football team garnered two Missouri Valley Football Conference Player of the Week honors this week after UNI's strong performance against the Wisconsin Badgers in the season opener, where the Panthers were narrowly defeated 26-21.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen won the distinction of MVFC Newcomer of the week after he put out a stellar performance for his season debut as the starting quarterback.
Kollmorgen opened his freshman campaign against a strong Wisconsin defense and finished with 18-of-34 completed passes, 265 yards and three touchdowns. With the Panthers trailing 26-7 early in the fourth quarter, Kollmorgen led a comeback with two TD strikes to RB David Johnson to cut the lead to 26-21. Kollmorgen is the fifth freshman to start at quarterback in UNI history. Tom Petrie, Eric Sanders, Zach Davis and Jared Lanpher preceded him in past years.
Joining Kollmorgen this week as an MVFC player of the week is senior Garrett Scott. This is Scott's first MVFC Player of the Week honor during his career as a Panther.
Scott helped the UNI Panthers keep the Wisconsin Badgers under 30 points for only the third time in the last year. He notched 15 tackles against the high powered Badger offense including six solo and nine assisted. He also had a key tackle for loss in the fourth quarter that forced the Badgers to punt the ball and grabbed one quarterback hurry.
Scott, Kollmorgen and the rest of the UNI Panthers are set to take on the Central State Marauders on Sat. Sept. 8 for UNI's home opener. The game is set to kick-off at 6:00 p.m.