Wiegand Selected as PAC and ECAC Southwest Offensive Player of the Week
WASHINGTON, Pa. –Washington & Jefferson senior running back Dion Wiegand (Pittsburgh, Pa./Keystone Oaks) earned Presidents’ Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors, announced by the league on Monday.
On Tuesday, Wiegand added the Corvais ECAC Division III Southwest Offensive Player of the Week award.
During W&J’s conference opener Saturday night at Grove City, Wiegand rushed for a career-high 172 yards and five touchdowns. Wiegand totaled 241 all-purpose yards (172 rush, 43 receiving, 26 kickoff return) to help the Presidents post a 40-19 victory over the Wolverines.
Wiegand scored the first two touchdowns of the game, bruising his way over the goal line to push the Presidents to a 14-point lead early in the second quarter. After Grove City put six points on the board, the senior tailback broke through the opposing defense for a 76-yard score, his third touchdown of the game. The run was the longest by a Presidents’ running back since the 2001 season and the longest offensive play (run or pass) for W&J since 2007.
Wiegand is now tied for the lead in scoring within NCAA Division III, averaging 18.0 points per game. In 24 career games, Wiegand has rushed for 1,149 yards and 14 touchdowns, while catching 42 passes for 381 yards and three scores. He also has produced 2,282 all-purpose yards.
Washington & Jefferson plays its first home game this Saturday at 2:00 pm when Thiel visits Cameron Stadium for Homecoming 2013.