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FOOTBALL: Junker wins NSIC Defensive Player of the Week

BEMIDJI -- Bemidji State's Michael Junker was responsible for three takeaways and a defensive touchdown last Saturday, which led to him receiving his first career Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Week award. The jun...

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BEMIDJI --  Bemidji State’s Michael Junker was responsible for three takeaways and a defensive touchdown last Saturday, which led to him receiving his first career Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Week award. The junior defensive back helped lead the Beaver football team to its second straight shutout win in a 69-0 victory over Minnesota Crookston.

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Michael Junker

Junker, a native of Hastings, pulled down two interceptions and grabbed one fumble recovery Saturday afternoon at Chet Anderson Stadium. He ran his first interception all the way back 100 yards for a touchdown, and nearly scored another touchdown on his second interception.

Junker finished the game with four tackles and one sack to go along with 106 interception return yards.

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Junker is BSU’s second player to earn NSIC Defensive Player of the Week during the first three weeks of the 2018 season. Sophomore linebacker Gabe Ames earned the honor following the season’s opening week.

The Beavers will hit the road to Duluth on Saturday, Sept. 22, to face No. 16 Minnesota Duluth. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. in the 58th all-time meeting between the two programs who currently sit atop the NSIC North Division standings with matching 3-0 records.

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