Sophomore linebacker Michael Bianco (Manorville, N.Y. / Eastport-South Manor) of the Becker College football team has been named the Commonwealth Coast Football Defensive Player of the week and Becker Athlete of the Week for the week ending October 29th, 2017.
Bianco tied an NCAA record when he tallied an incredible five interceptions in Becker's 14-13 win at Nichols College on Saturday. Bianco returned a pick-six for 21 yards to get the Hawks on the board in the third quarter, and helped smother the Bison for the rest of the game. In addition to the interceptions, the sophomore finished with a team-high 11 tackles (4 solo, one assisted) and one pass breakup - another near pick-six.
For the season, Bianco has 95 tackles, putting him just three tackles short of tying the Becker single-season record with two games to play.
Bianco was also named the Noontime Sports Defensive Player of the Week for the same period. It is the second time this season Bianco has been recognized as Becker Athlete of the Week, and the second time he has received recognition from Noontime Sports.
Bianco will lead Becker against visiting Salve Regina University this Saturday at Alumni Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.
Commonwealth Coast Football Release
Noontime Sports Release