Junker has dominating performance in Team USA's win in Aztec Bowl
NEW CONCORD, OHIO, December 16, 2006 - Muskingum College senior linebacker Jack Junker helped lead Team USA to a 28-7 win over the Mexican National Team in the 2006 Aztec Bowl in
Junker displayed a dominating performance on the field with six tackles (two solo, four assist), one blocked punt, one forced fumble and one sack. Junker made his presence felt early by forcing a fumble on Mexico's second possession of the game. His blocked punt early in the third quarter set up Team USA's 2-play, 26-yard drive that resulted in a 18-yard touchdown run and extended their lead to 21-7. Junker also halted a Mexico drive late in the third with a sack (17 yards) on a third and 10 play.
Team USA's defense held the Mexican squad to 150 yards of total offense.
Team USA now leads the decade-old series 9-1 and has outscored Mexico 101-25 in the last three meetings.
Junker was one of 48 NCAA Division III seniors from around the country who made up this year's team. This marked the third time a Muskingum player has been selected to play in the Aztec Bowl (Brandon Clum - 2004, Jim Kornokovich - 2000).
A senior from Parma Heights, Ohio, Junker was named Bill Edwards Most Outstanding Linebacker in the Ohio Athletic Conference and garnered first team all-league accolades too. He led the Black & Magenta and was fourth in the conference in tackles with 84. He garnered National Team of the Week honors for his career-high 22-tackle performance against Otterbein College. Additionally, Junker logged 8.5 tackles for loss for 25 yards, forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles, tallied one sack for three yards and broke-up one pass. He ended his Muskie career as a two-time all-league honoree with 250 tackles and 21 stops for a loss.