KANSAS CITY - Colorado State University-Pueblo senior outside linebacker James Maxie (Parker, Colo.) was named D2Football.com National Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding play at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Earlier this week, he was tabbed Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week and National Football Foundation-Colorado Chapter Player of the Week.
Maxie gathered the national honor for the first time in his career.
Leading the defense in the 21-13 road win at South Dakota Mines, Maxie totaled 17 tackles (eight solo), 6.5 tackles for loss (-27 yards) and 4.5 sacks (-24 yards). The 17 tackles tied the program record, set by Lee Meisner versus Chadron State College on Oct. 2, 2010. The tackle total is the second most in the RMAC this season and tied for 12th in NCAA Division II in 2019. The 6.5 tackles for loss are the most in NCAA Division II this season, a new program record and ranks third all-time in the RMAC. The sack total is the second most in Division II this season and was half sack away from tying the program record.
Maxie has a team-best 48 tackles (24 solo) and adds 7.5 tackles for loss (-30 yards) and 4.5 sacks (-24 yards).
CSU-Pueblo (4-1, 3-1 RMAC) moved up a spot to No. 17 in the American Football Coaches Association poll and were up two spots in the D2Football.com poll to No. 12. The Pack remain on the road Oct. 12 with a RMAC matchup with New Mexico Highlands University (0-4, 0-4 RMAC). Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.