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Jeff Kolpack, Published November 21 2012

Bohl, Williams earn MVFC yearly awards

FARGO – Craig Bohl and Marcus Williams were thankful Wednesday for the awards they received from the Missouri Valley Football Conference. But both said there are bigger turkeys to cook with the upcoming Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Bohl was named the league’s Coach of the Year and Williams the Defensive Player of the Year in a vote of leagues coaches, sports information directors and media.

“I’m honored, but it’s a new season now and we’re looking for something bigger than that,” Williams said.

The junior had four interceptions including one returned for a touchdown. A candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award that goes to the best defensive player in the FCS, he has 15 career interceptions and is one from tying the NDSU career record.

He was part of a unit that led the FCS in scoring defense.

“That makes my job easy,” Williams said. “We have good coaches who put in a good game plan and those defensive lineman up front have a great pass rush.”

Williams actually had better statistics last year with seven interceptions and 15 pass breakups, but Bohl said opposing coaches this year recognized the impact Williams had on a game. Specifically, not many teams challenge him.

“I think a lot of coaches recognize how he changes the dynamics of a football game,” Bohl said. “He’s a very skilled and talented player.”

NDSU (10-1) has a first round bye in the playoffs. It will take a No. 1 ranking into the second round against the winner of Eastern Illinois and South Dakota State.

It was the second straight coaching honor for Bohl, who is a candidate for the Eddie Robinson Award that goes to the best coach in FCS.

“I think any coach would tell you Coach of the Year is a reflection of the entire program,” he said. “We’ve had a good year up to this point.”

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