Rothbauer picks up second Special Teams Player of the Week award of the season

Lawrence punter Dan Rothbauer was named the Midwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Lawrence punter Dan Rothbauer was named the Midwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University football standout Dan Rothbauer has been named the Midwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Rothbauer (Appleton, Wis./North), who is a starting linebacker in addition to being the punter, did a little bit of everything on special teams in Lawrence's 49-13 North Division victory at Beloit College.

Rothbauer had two punts and averaged 44 yards per kick but also executed a fake punt, blocked an extra point and caught a two-point conversion pass.

Rothbauer caught D'Andre Weaver's pass on a two-point conversion to give Lawrence an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. With the Vikings leading 21-0 late in the opening half, Lawrence faked a punt and Rothbauer ran nine yards for a first down. Lawrence kept the momentum going on that drive and scored with 13 seconds left to take a 28-0 lead at the half.

Beloit scored early in the third quarter, but Rothbauer recorded his first career block when he knocked down the PAT attempt of Andrew Berlin. On defense, Rothbauer finished with three tackles, including one tackle for loss.

On the season, Rothbauer is averaging 37.2 yards per kick and is second on the team with 42 tackles, including 4.0 tackles for loss.

Lawrence returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Ripon College at 1 p.m. on Ron Roberts Field at the Banta Bowl.