Return performance earns Olszewski NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week

Return performance earns Olszewski NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week
Monday, October 1, 2018
Return performance earns Olszewski NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week

BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- Senior defensive back Gunner Olszewski totaled 118 kickoff and punt return yards during Bemidji State University football’s 27-10 win over Wayne State College to earn Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

The Alvin, Texas native reached the century mark in total return yards for the third time in his career while also assisting on a 94-yard punt return touchdown against the Wildcats. Olszewski returned a punt from the Wayne State four-yard line 38 yards and proceeded to pitch to junior defensive back Michael Junker who ran the final 56 yards for a score.

Olszewski moved into second all-time at BSU in career punt return yards following the game, finishing with 54 against WSC. He also added 64 kickoff yards on one kickoff return attempt. Olszewski ranks third in the nation with 25.1 yards per punt return and has totaled 884 punt return yards through his four-season career.

Olszewski is BSU’s third student-athlete to earn 2018 NSIC Player of the Week honors and is the first to earn NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week since senior kicker/punter Isaac Aanerud earned the award Sept. 18, 2017.

Bemidji State comes off a two-game road trip with its Homecoming matchup Saturday, Oct. 6 against (RV) University of Sioux Falls. The Beavers and Cougars meet for the sixth time with kickoff scheduled for 2 p.m. from 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).