UMD Football rises in polls with help from NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week

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The Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs football team continues to rise up the polls.

After their 38-14 homecoming win against Winona State, they now find themselves at #17 in the American Football Coaches Association poll as well as 21st in the D2football.Com rankings.

The Bulldogs are firing on all cylinders and are off to a 5-0 start. The last time they were 5-0 was 2018, a season where they finished 11-0 in the regular season.

The Bulldogs couldn’t have won their last two games without the help of some special teamers. Last week, Curtis Cox won NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week, and this week, the award returned to UMD, this time with DaShaun Ames name on it.

Ames notched a 93 yard kick return for a touchdown and also threw a touchdown on a trick play. That brings his total up to one passing touchdown, one receiving touchdown, and one kickoff touchdown for the season.

The kick return, which solidified the award, is the longest in the NSIC this season.

The Bulldogs next test comes against Wayne State on Saturday at 1 p.m.