Gustavus Adolphus junior Tom Huepenbecker (Middleton, Wis.) has been honored by the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in Gustavus’ 41-27 loss to Bethel on Saturday, Oct. 15 in St. Peter, Minn.
Hupenbecker accounted for nine of Gustavus’ 27 points on Saturday, going 2-for-2 on field goal attempts and 3-for-3 on extra point tries. His first field goal came from 29 yards out, while the second he grooved from 34 yards. Most importantly, Huepenbecker’s two field goals came off turnovers, putting Gustavus on the board trailing 20-3 in the second quarter and tying the game at 20-20 in the opening minutes of the third.
The junior Middleton, Wis. native was also indirectly involved in a muffed punt and botched pooch kick-off that led to 10 points for Gustavus. Heupenbecker downed two punts inside the 20-yard-line, one at the 18 and another at the 12, totaling 150 punting yards for a 30.0-yard average.
Huepenbecker is currently the second-ranked punter in the MIAC. He has punted 19 times for a total of 724 yards and an average of 38.1 yards per punt. He is 3-for-5 on field goals in league thus far, ranking fourth at 60 percent.
The Gustavus Adolphus football team will be back on the field Saturday, Oct. 22 at home against Saint John’s. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.