CSU-Pueblo's Payer recognized as NFFCC Player of the Week

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Senior inside linebacker Brandon Payer (Pine, Colo.) of the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team was recognized as the National Football Foundation-Colorado Chapter Player of the Week following his performance in the win against No. 1 Texas A&M University-Commerce.

The award is the first of the season for the ThunderWolves, while Payer was also named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week Monday.

Payer led the ThunderWolves defense, as he totaled 10 tackles (six solo) against the defending NCAA Division II National Champions and recorded 3.5 tackles for loss (-4 yards) in the win. He also recovered a key fumble in the fourth quarter to stop a Lion drive at midfield. The CSU-Pueblo defense totaled nine tackles for loss against a Lion team that ranked T-15th nationally with just 3.67 tackles for loss allowed. The Pack also recorded four fumble recoveries and an interception for five takeaways.

Payer leads the RMAC with 46 tackles (20 solo) and also has an RMAC-best 10 tackles for loss (-18 yards).

Carter, Payer and the rest of the 16th-ranked ThunderWolves return home Sept. 29 for a Homecoming/CSU-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Fame Game against South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.