BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honored Bemidji State University football’s defensive back Gunner Olszewski with NSIC Defensive Player of the Week Monday after he grabbed a career-high three interceptions in a 32-7 win at Minot State University.
Olszewski, a native of Alvin, Texas, received the honor for the first time in his career. The true freshman recorded three interceptions Saturday at Minot State on the first play from scrimmage and two in the second half to seal Bemidji State’s sixth consecutive victory, the longest streak in program history since winning six in 1941.
The defensive back added a team-high eight tackles, four solo and four assisted, including one tackle for a loss of six yards. He currently leads the team in tackles on the season with 71, which ranks 12th in the NSIC and the highest among freshmen.
Olszewski’s three interceptions is a single-game high in the NSIC while it also tied a program record. He entered the game with three interceptions, including one returned 54 yards for a touchdown on Homecoming in a 39-7 win against U-Mary. Olszewski ranks second in the NSIC in total interceptions with six. The Bemidji State football program record for interceptions in a season is eight.
Olszewski and Bemidji State host University of Minnesota Duluth Saturday at 1 p.m. in Chet Anderson Stadium. The Beavers and Bulldogs will play for NSIC North Division Championship implications on the line during the 54th meeting in the series’ history.
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).