SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Evangel University Athletic Department has announced Sam Morton of Crusader football and Bianca Biffert of Crusader women's soccer are the September recipients of the Jimmy John's Student-Athletes of the Month.
The student-athlete of the month is selected based on the ability to show effort and excellence in athletics, academics, leadership, civility, dedication to the team, campus involvement, community service, and the ability to serve as role models for current and future Evangel students and student-athletes.
So. / Lakeville, Minn.
Biffert finished one of the most impressive months during the young history of Evangel women's soccer. The sophomore finished with 11 goals and two assists to finish with 24 total points during the month. She fired 64 total shots with 35 shots on goal and a .547 percentage that included three game-winning goals.
The Minnesota native has helped Evangel finish 6-1-1 during the month and carry an overall record of 7-3-1 and 4-0-1 in conference play. She has helped the Crusaders sit in second in the Heart standings as one of two teams that are unbeaten at the midway point of the season.
Sr. / Strafford, Mo.
Morton has been a two-time Heart Player of the Week award winner helping the Crusader football team to a 5-1 record and No. 18 record in the NAIA Coaches Top 25 Poll. Through the first month of the season, Morton has recorded 41 tackles with 8.2 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. He also has one interception as well at his middle linebacker position.
He has helped anchor an Evangel defense that has posted two shutouts for just the second time in school history and the first time since 1981. He has also has helped the defense rank among the nation's leaders in scoring defense (5th) and total defense (4th).
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