CEDAR FALLS – For the second time in his career, UNI football’s Jared Brinkman was named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Brinkman, a defensive lineman, earned the same honor in 2019.
The 6-2, 290-pound senior has 67 tackles on the year and recorded a season-high in a single game with 14 against South Dakota on Oct. 16. Brinkman has forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. Brinkman has notched five solo sacks and assisted on two. He has 13 tackles for a loss of 47 yards.
Majoring in physical education, he is a graduate of Regina High School in Iowa City and the son of Mike and Carla Brinkman.
It is the ninth time a Panther has earned the distinction under head coach Mark Farley.
2016: Karter Schult
2015: Deiondrè Hall
2011: L.J. Fort
2009: James Ruffin.
2008: James Ruffin.
2007: Brannon Carter.
2001: Adam Vogt.
Missouri State quarterback Jason Shelley was named the MVFC Offensive Player of the Year and the league’s Newcomer of the Year; Youngstown State’s QB Demeatric Crenshaw is the conference Freshman of the Year; and coach Matt Entz has been tabbed the MVFC Coach of the Year.