Winsor Named USCAA Defensive Player of the Week

By Daniel Whitehead

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Following his performance last weekend against Warner, Southern Virginia University senior Dakoda Winsor was named the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday afternoon.

The West Richland, Wash., native was responsible for nine tackles (4 solo, 5 assisted) to lead the Knight defense, which held the Royals' offense scoreless until midway through the fourth quarter. He also recovered a fumble at the Warner 30-yard line that bounced off a Royal player on a punt return, allowing the Knights a short field position and eventual field goal conversion.

On special teams, Winsor had two kickoff returns for a total of 50 yards, including a long of 27 yards. He also had a punt return of 39 yards late in the second quarter to set up a short field position for Southern Virginia, which the Knights took advantage of to score a touchdown with six seconds remaining before the half.

"Dakoda plays more plays in a football game than anyone on our team," said Southern Virginia head coach DeLane Fitzgerald. "He understands that it is his senior season and he's ready to leave it all out there. When was the last time you had a middle linebacker be the school's all-time leading kickoff returner? I'm grateful for his leadership on and off the field."

The honor is the second of Winsor's career as he earned the accolade in 2012 following the NC Wesleyan in the home opener.

Earlier this season, teammate Colter Evans received the award following the VU-Lynchburg game while freshman Justin Gonzales was named Special Teams Player of the Week after the NC Wesleyan game.

Southern Virginia stays at home Saturday to face The Apprentice School for a Homecoming matchup. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Robert E. Williams Field in Buena Vista, Va.