COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Both James Maxie (Sr., OLB, Parker, Colo.) and Justin Dwinell (R-Fr., P, Colorado Springs, Colo.) of the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team have each earned their second weekly award this season from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Maxie was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight time and Dwinell is the RMAC Special Teams Player of the Week after gathering the honor Sept. 30.
The team has totaled four RMAC weekly awards this season with the two players each grabbing two honors.
After being recognized as the RMAC, National Football Foundation-Colorado Chapter and D2Football.com player of the week last week, Maxie again led the ThunderWolves defense in the 31-14 road win at New Mexico Highlands University with eight tackles (five solo), which included 2.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards), a sack (-14 yards) and a fumble recovery. After the Maxie fumble recovery the ThunderWolves went 22 yards in five plays to push the lead to 21-0 in the second quarter. The Pack defense totaled five turnovers, 15 tackles for loss and six sacks in the victory.
Dwinell totaled 313 yards punting on six punts to average 52.2 yards per punt in the 31-14 road win at New Mexico Highlands. He booted a career-long 77-yarder that ranks as the longest in the RMAC this season and third longest in NCAA Division II in 2019. He had three punts travel more than 50 yards and placed one inside the 20 with two touchbacks. The single-game punt average is ninth best in Division II this year.
The Pack moved up to No. 15 in the American Football Coaches Association poll today and will play hosts to Colorado Mesa University, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. in the annual Homecoming game.