UU’s Wallace earns MEC football honors

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BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. – D’Gary Wallace has been voted the Mountain East Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. Wallace earned the weekly honor for the second time this season and fourth time overall during his outstanding Blue Knight career.

Playing in his final home game, Wallace racked up a school-and-conference-record 27 total tackles in UU’s 47-30 setback to Notre Dame College last Saturday. He recorded 13 solo stops and 14 assisted tackles. Additionally, Wallace made an impact with his second forced fumble on the year, which UU recovered and ended up with three points on a made field goal off the next drive.

Wallace’s total number of tackles on Saturday went down as the highest in an NCAA Division II game this season and tied for the most tackles at any NCAA level this year. He came up three tackles shy of the all-time D-II record, and now ranks second among all NCAA levels with a career-high average of 16.4 tackles per game in 2015.

Wallace is closing out his career in historic fashion, becoming UU’s all-time career tackles leader and first player to record 400 total tackles. He has now set five program records this season, including career total tackles (413), career assisted tackles (187), total tackles in a single season (164), assisted tackles in a single season (85) and total tackles in a single game (27).

The senior captain also sits fourth among active NCAA Division II career leaders in total tackles.

Wallace and the Blue Knights will wrap up the 2015 season this week, when they travel to Shepherdstown, W.Va., on Saturday for a noon kickoff against fifth-ranked Shepherd.

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