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Courtesy: Kory Wallen, UNDsports.com
Junior Mitch Sutton rushed for 105 yards to help lead UND to a season-opening win over Drake.
Sutton garners GWC weekly offensive accolade
Courtesy: UND Athletics Media Relations
Release: 09/04/2011
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NAPERVILLE, ILL. — North Dakota junior running back Mitch Sutton (Plover, Wis.) earned the initial Great West Offensive Player of the Week honor of the 2011 season on Sunday as league officials released the first weekly honors for the new campaign.

Sutton rushed 24 times for a game-high 105 yards to lead a balanced offensive attack as the Fighting Sioux opened the season with a 16-0 victory at home vs. Drake. It was the third 100-yard rushing effort of Sutton’s career and he also eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career during the contest.

Sutton racked up 35 of those rushing yards on the team’s lone touchdown drive, which was an 11-play, 67-yard drive following a blocked field goal. His 105-yard effort on the ground was the most by a Great West running back during the opening weekend of the college football season.

The weekly GWC honor is the second of Sutton’s career (Oct. 3, 2009 vs. South Dakota). He was named the league’s Freshman of the Year in 2009.

South Dakota’s Tyler Starr earned the defensive honor, while UC Davis punter Colton Schmidt collected the special teams honor.

UND plays its first road game of the season on Saturday at Idaho. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. and the contest will be broadcasted on ESPN3.com.

– Go Sioux –
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