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Sept. 26, 2018MARYVILLE, Mo.
(Photo courtesy Northwest Athletics)
The Northwest defense was delivered a blow in week one of the sewason when senior linebacker and team captain Ben Althoff went down with a leg injury in the first half against Missouri Western.
Althoff was able to get back on the field last Saturday against Central Oklahoma, and he recorded three tackles.
"He was probably a little rusty last week coming off of the injury and missing two and a half weeks," Northwest linebackers coach Chad Bostwick said, "but this week he's had a good week of practice and he's ready to go."
Bostwick added that it's great to have a skilled player like Althoff back on the field, but his intangibles are just as valuable.
"It's huge in terms of leadership more than anything, just having a guy on the field that has a lot of experience, one of the few guys on our defense that played significant snaps in the 2016 season when we won the national championship. It's hard to replace that."
Althoff has proven to be a leader on the field, but he's also excelling off of it. The senior from Palmyra was named a semifinalist for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy. The award recognizes the top football scholar-athletes in the nation. Althoff has a 3.87 GPA with a double major in agronomy and agricultural business.
Althoff and the Bearcats host Emporia State Saturday afternoon at 1:30. You can hear pregame on KXCV-KRNW beginning at 12:30.