2023 NAIA Football Players of the Week Archive

Players of the Week are evaluated on their performance during the week prior to the announcement. Each player is selected out of a pool of conference, group and Continental Athletic Conference (Independents) award winners.


Week 1, September 4

Offensive: Sam Tumilty, St. Francis (Ill.) 

Defensive: Nehemiah Figueroa, McPherson (Kan.) 

Special Teams: Emery Bryant, Point (Ga.) 


Week 2, September 11

Offensive: Gerald Monroe, Graceland (Iowa)

Defensive: Ja'Kobe Clinton, Southeastern (Fla.)

Special Teams: Jordan Kempf, Peru State (Neb.)


Week 3, September 18

Offensive: Jack Prka, Carroll (Mont.)

Defensive: Damon Byrnes-Mitchell, Cumberlands (Ky.)

Special Teams: Job Matossian, Cumberlands (Ky.)


Week 4, September 25

Offensive: Jbias Dawson, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

Defensive: Emmanuel Olaitan, Faulkner (Ala.)

Special Teams: Blake Dapkus, Benedictine (Kan.)


Week 5, October 2

Offensive: Lee Kirkland, Pikeville (Ky.)

Defensive: Ashley Thompson, Peru State (Neb.) 

Special Teams: Stephen Leinen, Dordt (Iowa) 


Week 6, October 9

Offensive: Dederrian Williams, Indiana Wesleyan 

Defensive: Jayson Hayes, Georgetown (Ky.)

Special Teams: Drew Rader, Georgetown (Ky.)


Week 7, October 16

Offensive: K'Vonte Baker, Friends (Kan.)

Defensive: Nate Frey, Marian (Ind.) 

Special Teams: Cole Thompson, Friends (Kan.)


Week 8, October 23

Offensive: Graedyn Buell, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 

Defensive: Brenden Sanders, Bethel (Kan.)

Special Teams: Luke Creber, Keiser (Fla.)


Week 9, October 30

Offensive: Joaquin Collazo III, Bethel (Tenn.)

Defensive: Bradley Myers, Evangel (Mo.)

Special Teams: Tyson Denkert, Midland (Neb.)


Week 10, November 6

Offensive: Terrel Hookfin, Texas College

Defensive: Chevis Elliot, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

Special Teams: Dylan Alford, SAGU (Texas)


Week 11, November 13

Offensive: Adrian Parsons, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

Defensive: Ty Martinsen, Doane (Neb.)

Special Teams: Jonah Edwards, Evangel (Mo.)



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NAIA Football Championship


Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 2023
Football Championship Series
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Dec. 18, 2023 | NOON ET
Durham County Memorial Stadium | Durham, N.C.