MADISON, S.D. – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference has selected Dakota State's Zach Ely and Ben Kullos in NSAA's fourth weekly honors, announced Monday. Ely was named to the offense player of the week and Kullos was chosen as the defense player of the week.
Ely, 6-foot and 185 pounds wide receiver, had an impressive night in DSU's first-ever NSAA football conference victory at Presentation (S.D.) on Sept. 21. The Trojans rallied from behind for a 35-28 conference win at the Swisher Field in Aberdeen.
After the opening kickoff, Ely caught a 66-yard touchdown pass from Cole Whisenhunt on the very first play of the game to give DSU a 7-0 lead. He recorded his second touchdown of the game in the second quarter with a 40-yard touchdown pass (21-14 DSU lead).
Trailing 28-21 in the late third quarter, Ely caught 50-yard reception during the Trojan's key scoring drive to tie the game at 28-28. Ely scored the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter with a 14-yard touchdown pass.
Overall in the game, Ely had 5 catches for 179 yards (35.8 yards per catch). Ely's 179 receiving yards is his career-high at Dakota State along with three touchdown receptions.
According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website, Ely ranks ninth in the nation in total receiving yards with 350. He is 10th in the nation in total scoring (touchdowns) with 36 points. He averages 87.5 receiving yards per game, which is the 20th-best in the nation. He records 36 receptions this year (36th in the nation).
Zach is the son of Scott and Sara Ely of Colton, S.D. He is a junior Exercise Science major at Dakota State University.
Kullos, 5-foot-9-inch and 205 pounds sophomore linebacker, had eight tackles including two tackles-for-loss in Trojans' 35-28 NSAA conference victory at Presentation (S.D.). He had two-tackles-for-loss for a total of six yards and two quarterback sacks. Kullos recorded three solo tackles and five assist tackles in DSU's road victory.
Kullos ranks 42nd in the nation in tackles (all positions) per game. He leads the team in total tackles with 36 and averages 9.0 tackles per game.
Ben is the son of Berney and Nancy Kullos of Peoria, Ariz. He is a sophomore Math Education at Dakota State University.
Dakota State returns home Saturday to begin their two-game home stand at Trojan Field. The Trojans welcome Concordia (Neb.) in Trojan annual homecoming football game. The non-conference game kicks off at 4 p.m.