|Defensive end Jovan Nenadovic was in Trinity's offensive backfield all day on Saturday.|
MEDFORD – Sophomore defensive end Jovan Nenadovic of the Tufts University football team has received the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Defensive Player of the Week Award for his performance in the Jumbos' season-opening 14-8 victory against Trinity College on Saturday.
Nenadovic had three sacks and five tackles for losses totaling 15 yards among his nine stops overall in the game. His TFL when Trinity went for it on fourth down and one from the Jumbo 30 in the fourth quarter helped preserve the victory. He had 1.5 of his sacks and 2.5 TFL's in the fourth quarter while Tufts held its 14-8 lead. The 6'3", 220-pounder from Washington, D.C. finished the game with nine total tackles.
The Jumbo defense held Trinity to 2 for 15 on third down. The eight points scored by Trinity were the Bantams' fewest in a game since the 2015 season. The Tufts defense allowed just six of the points, with the Bantams also scoring on a safety. The eight points allowed to three-time defending NESCAC champion Trinity was the lowest amount given up by a defense in the conference for week one.
Tufts gave Trinity its first opening-day loss since 1995 and won their first game in the series against the Bantams since 2007.
Nenadovic's three sacks were the most in NESCAC yesterday, while his five tackles for losses tied for the most among the league's defensive players. As a freshman back-up last season, he had 2.5 tackles for losses including a sack among his 14 total stops.
Head coach Jay Civetti's Jumbos take their first round trip of the 2019 season to Williams College next Saturday.