University of Northern Iowa offensive football lineman Trevor Penning is one of 25 finalists for the Stats Perform FCS Walter Payton Award.
The award is presented to the National Offensive Player of the Year in the Division I subdivision of college football. Penning is the only offensive lineman on the list.
He was the first player to be invited to Reese’s Senior Bowl. Penning is originally from Clear Lake and specializes in movement and exercise science.
He is the son of Jeff and Teresa Penning. His brother, Jared, also plays for the UNI football team.
Jason Shelley of Missouri State and Pierre Strong Jr. of South Dakota State round out the Missouri Valley Football Conference players.
The Payton Award, which celebrates its 35th anniversary, is named after the legendary Hall of Fame running back. Previous recipients include Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, Jimmy Garoppolo, Cooper Kupp, and Trey Lance.
MVC Player of the Week
University of Northern Iowa senior goaltender Trae Berhow was named the Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball player of the week.
Berhow, 6-5, 198 pounds, of Mayer, Minnesota, led UNI with 23 points against the No.16 of Arkansas on Wednesday night. He went 7 of 13 from the floor and 7 of 11 on three-point attempts. He was perfect in the free throws (2 of 2) and scored six rebounds and two steals. His success beyond the arc placed him on UNI’s all-time list for career 3-point goals scored. He passed Nick Nurse, the current head coach of the Toronto Raptors, to seventh on the list with 172 career shots.
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Berhow specializes in marketing management. He is the son of Nicole Berhow.
Big 10 player of the week
University of Iowa sophomore forward Keegan Murray was named Big 10 co-player of the week, along with Purdue’s Trevion Williams.
Murray, 6-8, 225 pounds, of Cedar Rapids Prairie, averaged 26.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.5 blocks per game in two wins in Iowa.
He becomes the first Hawkeye since 1977 to record at least 25 points and 20 rebounds in a single game after registering 27 points, 21 rebounds, four blocks and two assists in Iowa’s win over North Carolina Central.
He added 26 points against Alabama State to continue his streak of scoring at least 24 points in every game this season.
This is the first Player of the Week award of his career
Big 12 Player of the Week
Ashley Joens, a girls’ basketball player from Iowa State, was named top 12 player of the week after leading the Cyclones to three wins in seven days, the league announced Monday.
The honor is Joens’ 10th weekly Big 12 award, which ranks fourth all-time in Big 12 history, overtaking Baylor’s Odyssey Sims and Nebraska’s Kelsey Griffin.
Joens started the week with a 17-point performance against South Dakota State, where she had eight boards. Joens helped the Cyclones secure a 19-point victory over SDSU, which took seventh place at the NCAA tournament last year.
Joens was spectacular in Drake, dropping 11 of 19 from the field, scoring 31 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the year. Joens’ performance helped Iowa State pass Drake on the road for the first time since 2013. Joens also completed the stat sheet against the Bulldogs, adding four assists and three steals.
Joens finished the week 4 of 6 from the floor against Southern for 16 points.