JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Action in the Pioneer Football League was so good this past weekend, the league garnered both the national offensive and defensive player of the week awards. Jacksonville University's Trevor Tufano was named the National Defensive Player of the Week, while Campbell's Daniel Smith took home Offensive Player of the Week.
Tufano defended Jacksonville territory with authority as the Dolphins held off Valparaiso, 20-17, to clinch a winning season. He sealed the victory on Valpo's final drive with an interception in the JU end zone. His timely plays after Valpo crossed midfield also included a forced fumble that JU recovered and turned into a touchdown, and a third-down sack and forced fumble that kept the Crusaders to a field goal. Tufano totaled a career-high 10 tackles, including eight solos.
The STATS FCS accolade comes a day after he earned his first career PFL Defensive Player of the Week honor. Jacksonville has twice received praise on the national list this season as Rylan Wells was named an Offensive Player of the Week honorable mention on Sept. 25 and Oct. 9.