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Eric Blinn/Nadim Raddar Named to D3football.com National Team of the Week
Oct. 27 - BETHANY, W. Va. - After leading the Bison football team to a 41-15 victory over Geneva College on Saturday, seniors Nadim Raddar (Laurel, Md./Old Mill) and Eric Blinn (Beaver, Pa./Western Beaver) were named to the D3football.com National Team of the Week.
Raddar, who was selected as one of the defensive ends, had a career game on the defensive front last week, posting a career-high 5.0 tackles for loss. He also tied a career best with 3.5 sacks while posting 12 total tackles (six solo, six assisted). With his efforts, the Green & White totaled season highs in both sacks (8.0) and tackles for loss (13.0).
The defensive effort marked the second solid game in a row for Raddar as he has now totaled seven tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in his last two outings. An American Football Coaches' Association First-Team All-American selection following his junior season, Raddar is once again closing in on the marks that earned him that distinction a season ago. His tackle for loss total (15.5) currently leads the Presidents' Athletic Conference, while his sack total sits second (9.0).
Blinn, who earned Team of the Week honors as a return specialist, totaled 215 all-purpose yards, becoming just the third active player in all of Division-III to reach 5,000 career all-purpose yards. He finished the day with seven catches for 117 yards and a touchdown. The multifaceted Blinn also posted an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown, marking the first special teams touchdown for Bethany since 2012.
With his totals, Blinn notched his 22nd career game with at least 100 yards receiving. He ranks first among all Division-III active leaders in receiving yards, currently boasting 3,996 yards. He also ranks as the career leader among all divisions in both total receptions (325) and receptions per game (8.33). This season, he currently sits first in the PAC in receptions per game (9.2) while ranking second in receiving yards (108.9).
Blinn and Raddar are the first Bison to be named to the Team of the Week since Stephen Amic in week six of the 2014 season. It also marked the first time in school history that two Bison have been named to the National Team of the Week in the same week since D3football.com started the award.
Blinn, Raddar and the Bison will be back in action on Saturday, October 31 when they host Grove City College. The game is schedule for a 1:30 PM start.