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Parker graduate named Whitewater Special Teams Player of the Week

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Gazette Staff
October 9, 2009
— Matt McCulloch has turned into a special player for UW-Whitewater’s football team.

The 2007 Janesville Parker graduate starts at defensive back for the second-ranked Warhawks and is fifth on the team in tackles.


McCulloch was a force on kickoff coverage last Saturday against UW-Platteville and has been named Whitewater’s Special Teams Player of the Week.


McCulloch and his teammates will put their 4-0, 1-0 record on the line at 3 p.m.. Saturday in a WIAC clash against high-scoring UW-Eau Claire at Perkins Stadium. The Blugolds (2-2, 0-1) are averaging 33.2 points game, but the Warhawk defense is allowing only 3.2.


After making the trip as a true freshman and getting playing time in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl two years ago and earning part-time starter status last season, McCulloch has elevated his play this season. McCulloch has 10.5 tackles, including one for a loss. He made a season-high three unassisted tackles in a 35-3 win over Platteville.


Eau Claire figures to be Whitewater’s toughest test—at least for the defense. The Blugolds are averaging nearly 400 yards of offense a game, including 250 through the air.


Blugold quarterback Kyle Paulson has thrown for 999 yards and eight touchdowns. Spencer Kehoe has been Paulson’s favorite target. The senior from Clear Lake has caught 24 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns.


Eau Claire coach Todd Glaser, a 1987 Janesville Craig graduate, is in his fourth season with the Blugolds. After going 3-7 his first season, Glaser has compiled a 17-9 record since then.


If the Blugolds are going to have any chance of pulling an upset Saturday, they will have to find a way to slow down the high-powered Warhawk offense. Whitewater is averaging 43.2 points and 496.5 yards per game, and has punted only 13 times in four games.


Quarterback Jeff Donovan spearheads a potent Warhawk offense. The senior has completed 66 of 87 passes for 963 yards and nine touchdowns.


The two teams met twice last year with the Warhawks winning 16-14 in a WIAC battle and 40-10 in a nonconference game.


Olson honored

McCulloch wasn’t the only Warhawk to earn honors after last week’s win.


Lane Olson, a senior defensive back out of Racine Horlick, earned WIAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.


Olson helped limit UW-Platteville to three points, 52 rushing yards and 184 passing yards in a 35-3 triumph on Oct. 3 at Perkins Stadium.


He was credited with six tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks for losses of 12 yards.




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