by Alan Babbitt
Hope College center Zach Smith has been named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Offensive Football Player of the Week.
The senior from Suttons Bay, Michigan (Suttons Bay HS) played a significant role in the Flying Dutchmen's 49-21 victory at Kalamazoo College on Saturday that clinched a share of Hope's first MIAA title in 12 years and its first NCAA playoff berth in 13 years.
Smith anchored an offensive line effort that paved the way for a season-high 416 yards rushing and six rushing touchdowns.
The Flying Dutchmen finished with 499 yards of total offense.
Hope can clinch an outright MIAA title and its second nine-win season on Saturday, November 16 with a victory against Adrian College in the regular-season finale at Ray and Sue Smith Stadium.
A three-year starter, Smith was chosen a NCAA Division III Preseason All-American by D3football.com as a senior.