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NESCAC names Upton Defensive Player of the Week

Mark Upton in hot pursuit in Bates' season opener at Trinity College on September 24, 2016. Upton was named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 2, 2016. (Brian Foley for Bates College) 

HADLEY, Mass. -- The New England Small College Athletic Conference named Bates senior captain Mark Upton its Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday, following Upton's huge day in a 12-7 loss at Tufts on Saturday.

Upton (Winthrop, Mass.) marked career-highs with 17 tackles (11 solo) and four tackles for a loss in the game, with 10 of his tackles coming after Bates assumed a 7-6 lead in the third quarter. He also recorded his second quarterback sack of the season.

Upton currently averages 14.5 tackles per game in 2016, ranking second in the conference; he is first in tackles for a loss (5.5) and is tied for fourth in the league in sacks (2).

Last week Upton was named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation's William V. Campbell Trophy for scholar-athletes. 

The two-year captain was Bates' leading tackler in 2014 and 2015 and a national leader in forced fumbles, leading to All-NESCAC First Team Defense honors both years and All-New England Divisions II/III honors last year. The politics major maintains a 3.56 cumulative grade point average.

NESCAC Football Weekly Release #2