AU’s Raplee named Empire 8 football Defensive Player of the Week
ALFRED, NY — Alfred University senior nose tackle Mike Raplee (Dundee, NY/Dundee) has been named Empire 8 Conference Defensive Player of the Week following his dominating performance in the Saxons’ Homecoming over Ithaca.
Raplee had eight tackles (five solo), which included 4 ½ sacks and another tackle for loss in Alfred’s 31-7 victory over the Bombers.
The 6-2, 245-pound Raplee led a Saxon defense that held Ithaca to 143 yards of offense, a little more than a third of what the Bombers had been averaging. Ithaca had a mere four yards of offense against AU after averaging 195 in its previous four games. Raplee’s 4 ½ sacks were among eight the Saxons registered against an Ithaca team that, coming in, had given up only five. His final sack of the day forced a fumble, which the Saxons recovered at the 30, leading to their final score of the day.
Through four games, Raplee has 34 tackles and leads the team in tackles for loss (12) and sacks (6 ½).
The Saxons (3-1, 2-0 Empire 8) are in action next on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. at home against St. John Fisher.
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