Truman's Aaron Hartfield named special teams player of week

Sophomore Aaron Hartfield has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after recording one of two blocked punts in Truman's 45-7 victory over William Jewell on Saturday.

Hartfield's block was recovered for a touchdown by Tremaine Millender to put the Bulldogs up 35-0 just before half.

It was the first time this year that Truman blocked a pair of kicks with the last coming in 2012 by Richie Schumacher against Southwest Baptist University.

Justin Corcoran picked up the second punt block of the game against the Cardinals later in the third quarter.

Hartfield came untouched off the left side and cleanly blocked punter Zane Kitchell's attempt.

The ball then floated backwards toward the endzone and was snared by Millender for the touchdown.

Hartfield added nine rushes for 44 yards with a 2-yard run with 10:43 left in the fourth quarter to put the Bulldogs up 42-7.

He also caught one pass for eight yards.

For the season, Hartfield has been one of the top special team's players for the Bulldogs with eight kick returns for an average of 32.5, good for seventh in Division II.

The Bulldogs, as a team are third in the nation in kick return average and first in punt return defense.

It is the fourth player of the week honor for the Truman Football team this season and most single-season conference player of the week accolades bestowed on the Bulldogs since the 2007 season.