Berg Bags MIAC Weekly Award

Alex Berg was named the MIAC Special Teams Player of the Week for his 47.5 yards per punt average against Hamline.
Alex Berg was named the MIAC Special Teams Player of the Week for his 47.5 yards per punt average against Hamline.

MOORHEAD, Minn.  (9/30/19)---Alex Berg continues to shine as the Concordia punter and this week he was rewarded for his efforts by being named the MIAC Special Teams Player of the Week. Berg averaged 47.5 yards per punt on his two punts in the Cobbers' win at Hamline.

Berg earns Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career and becomes the second Concordia student/athlete to garner the award this season. Senior Willie Julkes III was named the Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 9 after he blocked a pair of punts at Wis.-La Crosse.

Berg has excelled as the team's punter this year. He is currently averaging 47.7 yards per punt this season which leads the MIAC. He is second in Division III in yards per punt after the fourth week of the season and would is in the Top 15 in all of NCAA FBS, FCS, II and III divisions.

Berg has average at least 44.0 yards per punt in all four games this year. His top mark came against Augsburg in the MIAC opener where he averaged 52.3 yards per punt on his four punts and hammered a career-best 70-yard punt in the third quarter which was downed on the 1-inch line.

In addition to his outstanding punt average per game, Berg has also had eight of his 14 punts finish inside the opponent's 20-yard line and has also let fly with at least one 50-yard punt in each of the team's four games. He recorded a 65-yard punt against No.3-ranked Whitewater, had a 59-yard boot in the season opener at La Crosse and then came away with a 53-yard kick on Saturday.

Berg is on pace to better the school's all-time record for punting average in a single season. Clayton Horgen averaged 40.43 yards per punt during the 1998 season.

Berg will be looking to continue his punting success when the Cobbers travel to St. Paul to take on No.14-ranked St. Thomas on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 1:10 p.m.