Rothbauer earns Special Teams Player of the Week award

Lawrence punter Dan Rothbauer (13) was named the Midwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.
Lawrence punter Dan Rothbauer (13) was named the Midwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University's Dan Rothbauer was named the Midwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after a superlative performance against Monmouth College.

Rothbauer (Appleton, Wis./North), a senior linebacker/punter, punted 13 times and averaged 40 yards per kick in the loss to the Scots.

Rothbauer punted 13 times and averaged 40 yards per punt with an impressive net of 38.9 yards. Rothbauer, who had a long punt of 50 yards against the Scots, pinned Monmouth inside its own 20-yard line four times while recording one touchback.

Monmouth returned only three Rothbauer punts and averaged just 1.3 yards on those returns. Four other punts were downed, there was one fair catch and three were out of bounds, including two that went out at the Monmouth nine- and 15-yard line.

On the season, Rothbauer, who hasn't punted since his rookie season in 2014, is averaging 40.7 yards per punt and that leads the Midwest Conference.

Rothbauer's 13 punts is the second-most in a game in Lawrence history, and that matches Chuck McKee's total vs. Ripon College back in 1965. The record of 15 was set by Robert Campagna vs. Carroll University in 2000.

This is the first time Rothbauer has been named a Midwest Conference Player of the Week. It marks the third time in four seasons Lawrence has had a Special Teams Player of the Week. Terrell Myers Jr. (Marietta, Ga./Marietta) was picked last season, and Pat O'Mahoney was honored in 2014.

Lawrence opens Midwest Conference North Division play this week when the Vikings travel to the University of Chicago.