Truman's Austin Zoda was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Defensive Player Of The Week following the Bulldogs 27-7 victory over Missouri S&T on Saturday.Zoda had his hand in two forced fumbles and an interception as Truman improved to 4-0 in conference play and 6-2 overall.
On the first play of the second half with the Miners leading 7-6, Zoda popped the ball free from running back Zenel Hudson that was recovered by Truman's T.J. Fine, the ensuing drive was thwarted by the Bulldogs own fumble at the Miners' 21 yard line.Later in the quarter, Zoda again knocked the ball free from Hudson that Hudson eventually recovered after a scramble to retain possession.
He then picked off his second pass of the year in the fourth quarter and was credited with a six yard return following an illegal block penalty on the Bulldogs during the return. The redshirt freshman is second on the team with 58 total tackles, with four coming on Saturday.Truman's defense is second in GLVC games allowing just 8.8 points and 216 yards of offense.
The Bulldogs are second in turnover margin and forced four Missouri S&T turnovers last Saturday.Zoda is the first defensive player to earn GLVC honors and joins special team winners Jacob Lamp (twice), Tremaine Millender and A.J. Hartfield along with quarterback Conrad Schottel as player of the week recipients.