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Matt Danko named OAC Special Teams Player of the Week

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS – Ever since Kresimir “Crash” Ivkovic departed, the John Carroll University football program has pursued a high-caliber kicker.

The three-year search may have ended through two weeks of the 2017 campaign.

Matt Danko earned the OAC Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday afternoon, one season after landing the same honor on September 19, 2016. He nailed three extra-point attempts and the go-ahead field goal from 21 yards in a 24-21 victory over Baldwin Wallace on Saturday.

The junior out of Boca Raton, Florida is 2-for-2 on field goals, 5-for-5 on PATs and has nine kickoffs for 530 yards (58.89-yard average) this season.

Danko intends to major in sports studies with a minor in business.

Photo Credit: John Carroll University Sports Information Department

John Alfes has covered John Carroll University athletics since September of 2014. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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