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Tech’s Ark named GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week

Michigan Tech quarterback Will Ark throws against Grand Valley State on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Houghton, Mich. (David Archambeau/The Daily Mining Gazette)

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech quarterback Will Ark was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Ark helped lead the Huskies to a 34-21 win over Northwood University this past Saturday. This is the second Player of the Week award for Ark in 2019 as he was the GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 30.

Ark, a Green Bay, Wisconsin, junior, completed 20 of 26 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns. Both scoring passes were thrown in the fourth quarter and were the final two touchdowns of the game, helping Tech stop a comeback bid by Northwood. Senior wide receiver Jacob Wenzlick reeled in both catches, one for 73-yards and the other for 12 yards. Ark also punted the ball twice in Saturday’s game, averaging 35 yards per kick with one of them landing inside the 20-yard line.

Ark wrapped up the season with 128 completions for 1,631 yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games. Ark finished second in the GLIAC in passing yards per game with 203.9 and tied for fourth in the conference with 10 touchdown passes. In the rushing department, Ark tacked on two additional touchdowns and averaged 22.3 yards per game on the ground in 2019. In the punting department, Ark closed the season averaging 41.3 yards per punt with 13 dropping inside the opponents 20-yard line out of 33 total punt attempts.

Junior defensive lineman Nate LaJoie was an Honorable Mention for Defensive Player of the Week and senior kicker Evan Gornick was Honorable Mention for Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Cedric Frierson of Ashland was the Defensive Player of the Week while Darece Roberson of Wayne State was the Special Teams Player of the Week.

The Huskies wrapped the 2019 season 5-5 overall and fifth in the GLIAC standings.

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