ST. PAUL, Minn. – Another strong kicking performance and a dazzling 43-yard run on a trick play in the first quarter have given Eureka College sophomore Tanner Kuhne (Princeton, Ill./Princeton H.S.) his third Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week award in 2017, the league office announced Monday afternoon.
Kuhne had an excellent day for the Red Devils on Saturday. He made six extra points, averaged 52.9 yards on eight kickoffs and added a pair of touchbacks. The highlight of his effort was a 43-yard run along the sideline on a fake punt in the first quarter. The rush extended Eureka's first scoring drive of the afternoon and put the wheels in motion on the Red Devils' 48-6 win over Westminster, the Red Devils' largest margin of victory since 1998.
Kuhne leads all UMAC kickers with 29 extra points and 5.8 points scored per game in 2017. His 29 extra points are tied for second-most in a season by a Red Devil since 1978. Travis Huber set the single-season mark with 34 extra points as a freshman in 2009. Kuhne's 35 total points rank second among all Eureka players.
Eureka will try for five consecutive UMAC victories this Saturday at McKinzie Field against Greenville. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.