BAY CITY, MICH. -- Lake Erie College sophomore linebacker/safety Tanner Wells (Carrollton, Texas/Parish Episcopal) was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) "Special Teams Player of the Week" when the league office announced its weekly award winners on Monday (Oct. 8).
Wells did a bit of everything in the Storm's 38-35 win at Notre Dame College on Saturday night (Oct. 6). However, his biggest play came early in the contest when he took the snap as the up-back in punt formation on a fourth-and-three and ran through the Notre Dame defense for a 48-yard touchdown on the Storm's opening possession.
His touchdown on the fake punt was Lake Erie's first special teams touchdown since Akeem Solomon returned a blocked punt 25 yards for a score against Ohio Dominican University on Oct. 30, 2010.
Defensively, Wells moved from his regular outside linebacker spot and made his first start at safety, finishing with a game and career-high 16 tackles (eight solo), including a tackle-for-loss, and intercepted a pass in the end zone that thwarted the Falcons' first drive.
Wells is the first Lake Erie player to earn GLIAC Player of the Week honors since Kevin Chapman was the "Defensive Player of the Weel" after the first week of last season and the third all-time joining Champman and Sean Bedevelsky (offense).
The Storm returns home looking for their second straight win this week when they host Malone University on Homecoming/Alumni Weekend. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.