Tritons’ Criswell Named National Player of the Week
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Iowa Central kicker Nate Criswell was named NJCAA National Special Teams Football Player of the Week after his four field goals helped Iowa Central to a 21-20 win over rival Ellsworth Saturday at Dodger Stadium.
Criswell, a redshirt freshman from Grinnell, connected on field goals from 32, 45, 49, and 51 yards out Saturday and was also successfully converted his only extra point attempt. For the season, he is 13-of-17 on field goal attempts and 14-of-14 on extra points.
“He was a difference maker. When you go 4-for-4 and from that distance and we win by one point – its huge,” said head coach Kevin Twait. “He’s been steady all year. We’ve had several [NCAA Division I] kickers come through here and none have been better than Nate.”
Criswell’s final two field goals Saturday – also his longest – were crucial for the Tritons. His 51-yarder cut the lead to 20-16 and, after a safety by the defense, his 49-yarder gave the Tritons a 21-20 lead they would not relinquish.
“It’s a great honor, he had a heck of game and this is very neat for him,” said Twait.
Iowa Central is back in action this weekend when it travels to Wahpeton, N.D., to face North Dakota State College of Science at 1:00 p.m. with a Graphic Edge Bowl berth on the line.