BURNSVILLE, Minn. – With a career-high 17 tackles (four solo) in the 35-25 victory Nov. 3 against Minnesota State University Moorhead, senior linebacker Cory Crosby (Cold Spring, Minn.) of the Bemidji State University football team was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Week, in an announcement by the league office Monday. The honor is the first for Crosby, the third conference weekly award for a Beaver this season and marks the first time since 2006 Bemidji State has had an NSIC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week in the same season.
In addition to a 17 tackles Saturday, Crosby also established career-highs for assisted tackles (13), tackles for loss (4.5) and matched his career-high for sacks with 2.5. His tackles for loss set back the Dragon offense 23 yards. The 4.5 tackles for loss also matched an NSIC high-water mark for 2012.
The 17 tackles pushed his season total to 100 (41 solo). He is one of just four NSIC players to reach the century mark this season and sits fourth in the league in total tackles. His 13.5 tackles for loss this season ranks tied for the fourth in the NSIC. Crosby’s 5.0 quarterback sacks this season sits tied for 7th in the league.
The last Bemidji State player to record 100 tackles in a season was Jeremiah Johnson in 2005 (112 tackles). According to available sack records dating back to 1985, Crosby is the only BSU player to ever record 100-plus tackles, 10 or more tackles for loss and at least five sacks in a season.
Crosby moved up the charts in the BSU record book with his performance and now has 318 career tackles to jump two spots into fifth all-time at Bemidji State. He also moved into fifth on the assisted tackles list with 190, while his 128 solo tackles is 10th at BSU. The 4.5 tackles for loss propelled Crosby from out of Bemidji State’s top 10 to tie for sixth on the career tackles for loss list with 33.0. His 33 tackles for loss has resulted in 129 lost yards and ranks 10th at BSU.
Crosby is the first BSU defensive player of the week since Brody Scheff earned the award two times last season. In 2012, senior quarterback Lance Rongstad (Eleva, Wis.) was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week Sept. 6 and junior kicker/punter Zach Pulkinen (Minot, N.D.) earned NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week Oct. 10. The last time BSU players earned all three conference awards in the same year was 2006 when Anthony Schreiber was named offensive player of the week, Matt Heber and Zach Stafford were defensive player of the week and Mike McDonald (twice) and Jonathan Hawks were honored as special teams player of the week.
Bemidji State is 6-4 overall and its 5-1 record in NSIC North play remains tied for first and a win Nov. 10 at home against Minot State University in the season finale would secure a share of the 2012 North Division title. The contest against its fellow Beavers is set to kickoff at 1 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).