Poplaski named to National Team of the Week

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 7, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College nose tackle Mike Poplaski (St. John's Prep/North Reading, Mass.), who made his final home football game a memorable one with two fumble recoveries, was named to the D3football.com National Team of the Week for games of November 2-4.

Poplaski recovered two fumbles, including one for the game-winning touchdown, and added a key sack all in the fourth quarter as the Mules took a 19-16 win over Tufts University.

Poplaski, who missed all of last season with a knee and ankle injury, scored on a 25-yard fumble recovery with 11:26 left to give the Mules the final points of the game. He had another fumble recovery with 16 seconds left in the game to clinch the victory for Colby. Poplaski also had a sack on a 3rd-and-11 play with just over three minutes left in the game that forced the Jumbos to punt.

Tufts had come into the game at 5-1 and were tied for first in the New England Small College Athletic Conference standings with Middlebury College.

Poplaski, a 2004 NESCAC All-Conference Second Team selection, has 18 tackles this year. Six of the tackles were for losses and he has three fumble recoveries.

Earlier in the week, Colby senior wide receiver Justin Candon was named NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week and first-year linebacker Michael Talarico was NESCAC Rookie of the Week.

The Mules will finish the season Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Bowdoin College. The winner of the game will earn the coveted Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) Championship. Colby has won the title in three of the last four years.

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