Tim McPhee Earns First MIAA Defensive Player of the Week Nod

Tim McPhee (#21) is the MIAA Defensive Player of the Week after recording a career-best 14 total tackles, while leading all players with that figure and seven solo stops, in a 28-23 win at Alma. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Tim McPhee (#21) is the MIAA Defensive Player of the Week after recording a career-best 14 total tackles, while leading all players with that figure and seven solo stops, in a 28-23 win at Alma. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

FREELAND, Mich.--Adrian College senior linebacker Tim McPhee, who is out of South Lyon High School, has been named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the MIAA offense on Monday.

McPhee had game highs of 14 total tackles and two pass breakups in a defensive back role during Adrian's 28-23 victory at Alma to give the Bulldogs their first league win of the season. His 14 tackles breaks his previous best of 13 (set versus Buffalo State on Sep. 8) and his seven solo stops were one shy of another personal benchmark. On the season, the criminal justice major tops Adrian with 52 tackles and ranks third in the MIAA with 8.7 per game. With four games to go, McPhee already has beat his previous season with 51 total tackles as a junior.

He helped a Bulldogs squad limit the Scots to just 291 total yards and come up with decisive stops against the Scots. In the first quarter, an Alma 10-play drive settled for a 23-yard field goal at the 5-yard line. In the second, Adrian took its first lead of the night because the defense stopped the Scots for the first time in three possessions. And late in the game, with Adrian up 28-23, Alma got another possession but the Bulldogs defense stuffed the Scots on fourth-and-1 at the Adrian 35. Adrian was able to run out the clock after that to preserve the victory.

McPhee is the third Bulldog honoree overall this season to win conference weekly awards and the first on the defensive side of the ball since Chris Adams in Week 7 in 2015.

Adrian returns home to Docking Stadium to host MIAA foe Albion for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. Previous schedules may have had this game start at 5 p.m., but it's been moved up to 1 p.m. 

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