BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference today announced Bemidji State University senior Zach Pulkinen (K/P, Minot, N.D.) as its NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week after his performance in a 41-40 homecoming victory against Southwest Minnesota State University Saturday.
The honor is the second of his career and serves as the second award by a BSU student-athlete in 2013. Pulkinen was also named NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week Oct. 15, 2012, and Connor Quinn (So., OLB, Geneva, Ill.) was named NSIC Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 9.
Pulkinen knocked through a game-winning 37-yard field goal Saturday to lift the Beavers to victory against SMSU. In all, he totaled five points. Pulkinen recorded eight kickoffs for 482 yards (60.2 yards per kick) and a touchback. He also punted six times for 244 yards (40.7 yards per punt) and a long punt of 48 yards.
He leads the league in punting, averaging 45.3 yards per punt. He has punted 29 times for 1,315 yards. Eight times he has posted a punt of 50 yards or more, which includes a career-long 70-yarder. Pulkinen has recorded five punts that have settled inside the 20-yard line. The senior is sixth in the NSIC in field goals per game (.75), as he has posted three field goals on four attempts – all coming from 30 yards or more, which includes a career-high 40-yarder.
The Beavers (2-2, 2-2 NSIC) travel west to Crookston, Minn. Oct. 5 to battle the University of Minnesota Crookston (0-4, 0-4 NSIC). The game opens NSIC North play for both teams and is set for a 1 p.m. kick off.
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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).