BAY CITY, Mich. -- The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) has announced its weekly awards following the opening weekend of the 2017 football season. Saginaw Valley sophomore running back Tommy Scott Jr. earned GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Wayne State redshirt senior safety Ronny Brant II captured GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week recognition along with Michigan Tech sophomore Jacob Wenzlick who claimed GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week accolades.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Tommy Scott Jr., Saginaw Valley
Saginaw Valley sophomore running back Tommy Scott Jr. had a huge day offensively in SVSU's 42-24 opening day victory at Alderson Broaddus. The sophomore totaled 210 all-purpose yards, registering three touchdowns for the second time in his career against the Battlers. He rushed 24 times for 132 yards and two scores, adding 78 yards on three catches with a touchdown.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Ronny Brant II, Wayne State
Playing just 21 miles from his hometown, Wayne State redshirt senior safety Ronny Brant had a career-high two interceptions and helped the WSU defense limit Walsh to just nine points and 181 passing yards on 29 attempts (and 317 total yards). His first interception came on the first drive of the second half, while his other interception came on Walsh's first drive of the fourth quarter. Brant had just one interception in his first 31 career games before the Walsh contest.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Jacob Wenzlick, Michigan Tech
Sophomore Jacob Wenzlick played a major role in Tech's season opening victory over Truman State Thursday night. Wenzlick returned the opening kickoff of the second half 66 yards to setup an eventual 2-yard touchdown run by John Williams. On the night, Wenzlick recorded 86 yards on kickoff returns (2 attempts) and 38 yards (2 attempts) on punt returns. One of his 19 yard punt returns enabled the Huskies to start at the Truman 26 yard line and two plays later quarterback Jake Brown found Kevin Kirkland in the end zone for a 25 yard touchdown. On offense, Wenzlick hauled in three passes for 21 yards and finished the game with 145 all purpose yards.
OFFENSE: Travis Tarnowski (AU), John Williams (MTU), Bart Williams (GVSU), Deiontae Nicholas (WSU), Joe Garbarino (NU)
DEFENSE: Michael Griffin (AU), Marvin Wright (MTU), Brandon Burks (TU), Collin Schlosser (GVSU), Bryan Jones (SVSU), Travis Wiltjer (NU)
SPECIAL TEAMS: Dale Irby (AU), Joe Metcalf (TU), Dan Madden (GVSU), Zack Hadorn (SVSU), Scott McCormick (NU)