Two football players receive MSFA award

Recently two members of Olivet’s football team received MSFA Mid West Special Team awards: Nick Paquet and Thomas Dexter.

Defensive end Dexter, a senior from Ohio, earned Second-Team honors for the week of Oct. 19. Dexter has only been with the team for two years.

The MSFA awards are given based on statistics for the week. MSFA, which stands for Mid-States Football Association, covers 12 schools in four Midwestern states. This fall will be its 21st season.

Coach Brian Fish said, “He works well within our scheme. This season he has been a guy the quarterbacks have to think about.”

According to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ (NAIA) website, Dexter leads the team in tackles for loss with 13.5 for 67 yards and sacks with 7.5 for 28 yards. Dexter is also third on the team for tackles with 57.

Paquet, a junior from Michigan, is the kicker/punter on the team – a position described by Fish as a “pressure position.” This year is his third year on the team. Paquet was named MSFA Special Teams Player of the Week on October 12, which was his second award of the year, having been previously awarded the same merit on August 31.

According to an article on, Paquet is averaging 34.4 yards per punt (10th in MSFA) and is averaging 53.8 yards on 24 kickoffs.

Fish added that the team “goes by the understanding that everyone is significant.” While Dexter and Paquet were given public awards, “They could not have done it without their other teammates.”

When asked to describe the two, Fish said that they were “both good guys.”

As of Oct. 29, the Tigers’ season record is 3-5, and their MSFA record is 1-1. Their next game will be on Saturday, Nov. 7, against Saint Ambrose University, and will be held at Ward Field at 1 p.m. It will also be Senior Day.

Claire Schmidt, staff writer

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