Sinclair Named CFPA National Tight End of the Week
Nov. 11, 2013
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Missouri State tight end Gannon Sinclair (Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) has been named as the Division I FCS National Tight End Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for helping lead the Bears past Southern Illinois, 37-27, in Carbondale on Saturday.
A transfer, from North Dakota College of Science, Sinclair snagged a pair of touchdowns -- from 19 and 7 yards -- to help lead the Bears to their first win in Carbondale since 2001. He pulled in a career-high 5 receptions for 68 yards and was instrumental in helping MSU overcome an early 14-0 deficit at SIU. His first score came on a pass from running back Mikael Cooper-Falls with 2:30 left in the opening quarter to make it a 14-7 game at the time. Later, his 7-yard reception from quarterback Ashton Glaser, the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week, gave the Bears a 31-20 lead with 1:27 left in the third quarter.
Sinclair was also a key contributor on special teams and earned a spot in the starting rotation for the seventh time in 11 games. For the season, he has 7 receptions for 82 yards and 3 touchdowns to go along with 3 special teams tackles.
The CFPA was organized in 2010 to provide the most scientifically-rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
Missouri State (5-6, 5-2 MVFC) will host perennial league power Northern Iowa this Saturday at 1 p.m., at Plaster Field, in the regular-season finale for the Bears. Tickets are available at MissouriStateBears.com, or during regular box office hours, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Chevy Pickeup Window at JQH Arena or by phone at (417) 836-7678. Tickets are also available at the Plaster Field box office, beginning at 10 a.m., on game day.