California Player of the Month: Asad Braswell and Holden Yungert

D1A Rugby: California Player of the Month: Asad Braswell and Holden Yungert
Photo Credit: Karen Drinkwater (left)

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Santa Clara’s Asad Braswell has been on an absolute tear, while Holden Yungert and Saint Mary’s College put together a very impressive month of February. The two California Conference players built résumés worthy of Player of the Month recognition.

Braswell has been practically impossible to stop for the Broncos from his position on the wing. In his past three games, Braswell has scored a combined seven tries – including a hat trick during Santa Clara’s 59-27 win over Sacramento State last week.

“He’s an explosive athlete and our system works well for him as we look to spread the ball through multiple players and phases,” Broncos Head Coach Paul Keeler said. “He can be electric, he’s very strong on his feet and very elusive with great balance and speed. It he gets space, he’ll take it and is hard to bring down.”

Yungert is back in the No. 9 jumper after missing the majority of the 2016 season due to a bone fracture in the senior’s arm. Not necessarily one of the Gaels’ top finishers in their high-scoring attack, the Petaluma, Calif.-native initiates the team’s offense from the base of the ruck, while continuing to enhance his form on defense.

“He’s a superb communicator, distributor and playmaker for the squad,” said Saint Mary’s Head Coach Tim O’Brien. “Most significant though is Holden’s defense, which – based on productivity – has raised more than a few eyebrows.”

Even more important than his play on the pitch has been the scrum half’s work in the classroom. Yungert holds a 3.8 GPA while studying Environmental Studies.

“The sky’s the limit for Holden on and off the field,” O’Brien added.

Yungert joins fellow Gael All-American Alec Barton, who won the award in January, as Saint Mary’s players who have earned Player of the Month recognition in 2017.