Mickey Inns and Drew Fisher are two big reasons why the fifth-ranked Linfield football team is still undefeated, and in recognition of their most recent performances in Linfield’s come-from-behind victory over Whitworth, have been named Northwest Conference Football Offensive and Special Teams Student-Athletes of the Week, respectively. The honor was announced Tuesday by the league’s sports information directors.
Inns passed for a career-high five touchdowns and 344 yards to lead the fifth-ranked Wildcats to a come-from-behind victory over Whitworth, 42-38. Four of his touchdowns came during a 19-minute span in the second half, when Linfield rattled off 28 straight points to take the lead.
The first-year starter lead the NWC in total passing yards (2,010) and touchdowns (21), ranks third in the yards per game (251.2) and has completed 58.3 percent of his pass attempts.
Fisher racked up 124 yards on punt returns, averaging 15.5 yards per carry, to give the Wildcats great field position against Whitworth. His effort was six yards shy of surpassing Linfield's single-game record of 129 yards, set during the 1995 season. He also made three tackles – two solo – and broke up two passes against the Pirates.
Fisher, a two-time All-American, has amassed 189 yards on punt returns this season, taking one back for a touchdown. Defensively, he is Linfield’s second-leading tackler this season with 51 total stops, including 7.5 tackles for loss. He also leads the team in interceptions with three.
Inns has now received the weekly conference honor three times this season; Fisher has been recognized twice, once for defense and once for special teams.
The unbeaten ‘Cats are currently ranked fifth in the nation, with a 5-0 league record and 8-0 overall win-loss mark. Linfield ranks first in the Northwest Conference in points per game both offensively and defensively, scoring an average of 41.0 points per contest while giving up just 11.3 points to their opponents.
COMING UP: Linfield hosts Lewis & Clark in the annual AT&T Hall of Fame, with the winner earning the conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA playoffs. With a win over the Pioneers, the Wildcats would win the conference title outright. Kickoff is set for Saturday at 1 p.m.
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