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Darius Manuel named NSIC’s Defensive Football Player of the Week; Warriors reach AFCA top 25


Dario Manuel


Pete Watkins

WINONA, Minn. – After a major win on the road, Winona State University football student and athlete Darius Manuel won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Defensive Player of the Week following their week ten competition against Upper Iowa University.

Additionally, Winona State broke the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) weekly poll, coming in at No. 25 this week.

Manuel earned his NSIC nod by dominating the line of scrimmage against Upper Iowa in a 45-7 win last Saturday, ending the contest with two sacks between his three tackles for the in-game loss. The Des Moines Iowa product led Winona State with seven total tackles, including five solo stops. Manuel’s monstrous day against UIU took him to 11 career sacks in his time as a Warrior.

As a team, after spending the last few weeks in the ‘Receiving Votes’ category of the AFCA poll, Winona State’s 8-2 record has placed them in the top 25. Winona State was last ranked in the AFCA Top 25 in 2018, when WSU rose as high as No. 11 in the AFCA survey.

This week’s WSU opponent Minnesota State is ranked 23rd, setting up a showdown between two nationally ranked schools on Saturday, November 11th. The Warriors and Mavericks will start at noon at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato, Minnesota. between the two teams.

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About Winona State University Athletics:

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Winona State University, as an integral part of the institution’s educational mission, is committed to providing opportunities to experience academic and athletic excellence for our student-athletes through two simple words: Graduated Champions.

Fourteen Warrior programs compete at the NCAA Division II level within the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Winona State University competes as an affiliate member of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in the sport of women’s gymnastics.

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