ESU’s Deshawn Dinwiddie receives MIAA honor

COURTESY: Emporia State Photography. Deshawn Dinwiddie returns a defensive PAT for a score during Thursday's game against Missouri Southern.

COURTESY: Emporia State Sports Information

Emporia State linebacker Deshawn Dinwiddie was named MIAA Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Hornets 53-28 win over Missouri Southern last Thursday.

Dinwiddie had a game high ten tackles, two forced fumbles and returned a defensive PAT for a score as Emporia State held Missouri Southern to just 212 rushing yards in the Hornets 53-28 victory. His first forced fumble was on the Lions Michael Nelson two yards behind the line of scrimmage and was scooped up and returned for a touchdown by Kadeem Satchell to give the Hornets a 21-7 lead with 6:00 left in the half. It was the first defensive score for the Hornets since Sept. 8, 2012 at Neb.-Kearney and was followed 14 seconds later by another fumble return for a touchdown and a 27-7 Emporia State lead.

After the Lions scored to cut the lead to 27-13 Deshawn returned the extra point that was blocked by his brother Deveon for a defensive PAT and 29-13 Hornet lead with 2:12 left in the half. He then forced a fumble on MSSU’s first possession of the second half that the Hornets would eventually score off of for a 36-13 lead.

The 6-2 senior linebacker is a native of Hutchinson, Kan. where he competed at Hutchinson HS before playing two seasons at North Dakota State.

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