Sept. 14, 2014
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ST. LOUIS - Missouri State junior punter Chris Sullens (Camdenton, Mo.) was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Sunday (Sept. 14) after his performance in the Bears' 38-0 win over North Dakota on Saturday night.
Sullens, a third-year starter, had five of his six punts downed inside the 20 yard line and averaged 40.2 yards per punt overall to help MSU win the field position battle. Behind Sullens' efforts, UND's average drive start position was its own 26 which helped lead to six three-and-out possessions for the visitors.
His net punting average on the night was also an impressive 40.5 with four fair catches.
Before a record home crowd of 18,386, the Bears recorded their first shutout since 2010 with a 38-0 blanking of North Dakota on Saturday at the newly-renovated Robert W. Plaster Stadium.
This is Sullens' second MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career, also receiving the award on Nov. 13, 2013.
Joining Sullens in this week's class of league award winners are QB Mike Perish of Indiana State (Offensive Player of the Week); LB Pat Meehan of Illinois State (Defensive Player of the Week); and QB Mark Iannotti of Southern Illinois (Newcomer of the Week).
The Bears (2-1) will travel to Central Arkansas this week for a 6 p.m. kickoff in Missouri State's final non-conference game of the season. MSU returns to Plaster Stadium to face Youngstown State on Oct. 4.