Nov. 14 – CLEVELAND, Ohio – After helping lead the Hiram College football team to a 36-14 victory in his final game as a Terrier, senior linebacker Dan Hernandez has been named the North Coast Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Week.
Hernandez spearheaded the Terrier defense as Hiram held Oberlin College to just 218 total yards and 3.5 yards per play on Saturday. Hernandez helped the defense bottle up the Yeomen, especially in the middle two quarters, as Hiram allowed just 14 total yards in a 29-0 run between the second and third quarters.
Individually, Hernandez tallied a season best, posting a game-high 15 total tackles, including 10 solo stops. He also added 3.0 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks with Hiram totaling 11 TFLs while getting the Yeomen quarterback six times.
Hernandez's player of the week award marks the first of the year for the linebacker, who finished the season with 59 total tackles. He also added 4.5 tackles for loss throughout the year.
Throughout his career, the linebacker finished his four-year stint with 170 tackles, including 86 solo stops. He also tallied 25.5 tackles for loss, including a career-high of 12 in 2015-16.
The Defensive Player of the Week award marks the first that the Terriers have earned the season, and the second player of the week honor, overall as Hernandez joins running back Danny Robinson as the two Hiram honorees this season.