CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Senior running back David Johnson and junior strong safety Tim Kilfoy have both been honored with player of the week recognition for their performances in UNI’s 42-28 win over No. 6 Illinois State on Saturday.
Kilfoy was named College Sports Madness National FCS Defensive Player of the Week and Madness Missouri Valley Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced today. This is Kilfoy’s first national recognition this season after his career-night against the Redbirds.
Johnson was awarded MVFC Offensive Player of the Week after turning in another record breaking performance on the field. This is Johnson’s first MVFC Player of the Week selection this season and the third in his career.
Kilfoy finished the game against Illinois State with a career-high 10 tackles, including a tackle for a loss of two yards. The Davenport, Iowa native also grabbed two interceptions during the game to add to his stat line.
Kilfoy notched his first-career interception with 50 seconds left in the game after Illinois State had cut the UNI lead to seven points. He ended up returning the interception 32 yards into the end zone for his first touchdown in a Panther uniform. Just seconds later, he came away with his second pick of the game on Illinois State’s first play of their last offensive drive to secure UNI’s win.
Johnson broke the UNI record for career rushing yards against the Redbirds, finishing with 129 yards on the ground to give him a total of 4,051. The previous record was held by Corey Lewis who finished his career from 2005-2008 with 4,003 yards.
It was the third school record the Clinton, Iowa native has broken this season, also leading UNI in career total touchdowns and all-purpose yards. Against the Redbirds, Johnson finished with a game-leading 255 all-purpose yards which included two rushing touchdowns and an incredible 98-yard kickoff return for a score.
The Panthers will return to action Saturday, Nov. 8 when they host the No. 1 ranked North Dakota State Bison. The game is set to kick off at 4 p.m. inside the UNI-Dome.
– Courtesy UNI Athletics Communications