After blocking a pair of PAT attempts in Saturday’s 20-19 victory over San Diego, Valparaiso University senior defensive lineman Drew Gedrys (McDonald, Pa. / South Fayette) was named the Pioneer Football League Co-Special Teams Player of the Week on Sunday.
It was only fitting that a senior made two of the biggest plays in a signature Senior Day victory. His efforts helped deny the Toreros a share of the PFL title, snapping their streak of six straight. Gedrys became just the third player in the FCS nation to block two kicks in the same game this season. He turned away one extra point in the first quarter and one in the fourth quarter of the 20-19 victory over the Toreros, a win that wrapped up Valpo’s best winning percentage since 2003 and represented the team’s first triumph over San Diego in 18 years. Gedrys now has four blocked kicks in his Valpo career.
Valpo earned three PFL Special Teams Player of the Week distinctions during the six-game season, with the first two coming courtesy of punter Ben Niesner. The Brown & Gold won five official PFL weekly honors this season with running back Robert Washington and defensive back Keyon Turner each picking up accolades. Valpo won seven total weekly honors counting those handed out by College Sports Madness.