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2000 All-MIAC Football 1st Team
| See Also 2nd Team All-MIAC Cobbers |

11/20 Mark Hankel Wins MIAC Most Outstanding Lineman Award.
         Joel Nelson and Joel Vettleson also Named to All-MIAC First Team.
2000 Concordia All-MIAC First Team Selections:
Mark Hankel
Mapleton, ND
Named the Most Outstanding Lineman in the MIAC.
Joel Nelson
Fargo, ND
All-MIAC Second Team in 1999.
Joel Vettleson
Richmond, MN
Led the team in tackles.
Concordia's defense finished 2nd in the MIAC in yards allowed

Concordia College defensive end Mark Hankel (Sr., Mapleton, ND, Oak Grove H.S.) was named the Most Outstanding Lineman (Stam Award) in the MIAC for the 2000 season. Hankel, who recorded 12.5 sacks this year, ended his career with a school record 36 sacks. To go along with his 12.5 sacks, Hankel was in on 50 tackles and led the Cobber defense that finished second in the league in yards allowed. Over the last two years Hankel has recorded 26.5 sacks and set the individual season record for sacks, which he set last fall with 14. Hankel was also the team MVP in 1999. Along with the Most Outstanding Lineman Award he was also named to the All-MIAC First Team for the second consecutive year.

Joining Hankel on the All-MIAC first team are offensive lineman Joel Nelson (Fargo, ND, Fargo South H.S.) and linebacker Joel Vettleson (Richmond, MN, Rocori-Cold Spring H.S.). Nelson was a All-MIAC second team selection in 1999. He moved to the offensive line in his sophomore year and has started ever since. Nelson was named to the All-State football team as a senior at Fargo South High School and was selected to the Forum's Fab 44 team in 1996. Vettleson, a co-captain, anchored the middle of the Cobber defense from his middle linebacker position. He led the team in tackles this season with 66 tackles and also interceptions.

All-MIAC Second Team selections for the Cobbers are wide receiver Adam Strainer (Sr., East Helena, MT, Helena H.S.) and defensive backs Dan Tollefson (Sr., Madison, MN, Lac Qui Parle Valley H.S.) and Eric Wold (Sr., Fargo, ND, Fargo South H.S.). It is the second time for Strainer to be named to the All-MIAC Second Team. Tollefson and Wold are receiving the honor for the first time. Strainer finished the year with 53 receptions and 839 yards both are career highs. He finished sixth in the MIAC in total receptions and fourth in total yards. Tollefson led the team in interceptions, and was named MIAC player of the week twice for his outstanding performances against MSU-Moorhead and Hamline. Wold had 43 tackles on the year and intercepted one pass. He also was the Cobbers kicker, and only missed two extra points and one field goal all year long.

Concordia College All-MIAC First Team Selections
Mark Hankel   DE  Sr 6-2 235 Mapleton ND, Oak Grove H.S.
Joel Nelson     OG  Sr 6-1 260 Fargo ND, Fargo South H.S.
Joel Vettleson MLB Sr 6-1 225 Richmond MN, Rocori-Cold Spring H.S.

Name               School        Pos. Ht.   Wt.   Hometown          YR
Doug Amsden        Hamline       WR   6'2"  190   No. St. Paul, MN  JR
Jake Barkley       Saint Thomas  RB   5'8"  195   Plymouth, MN      SO
Hans Bengtson      Bethel        FS   6'3"  211   Northfield, MN    JR
Brian Bergstrom    Gustavus      LB   6'1"  205   Burnsville, MN    JR
Brady Brau         Gustavus      WR   6'1"  210   Lucan, MN         SR
Matt Chappuis      Augsburg      DT   6'0"  254   Faribault, MN     JR
Marc Davies        Saint Olaf    TE   6'3"  250   Richfield, MN     JR
Brian Fearing      Hamline       LB   6'3"  225   St. Paul, MN      SR
Jeff Flugum        Saint Olaf    OL   6'3"  260   Apple Valley, MN  JR
Jon Foss           Bethel        DE   6'2"  195   Hinton, IA        JR
J.J. Franz         Carleton      DE   5'10" 200   Northfield, MN    SR
Mark Hankel        Concordia     DE   6'2"  235   Mapleton, ND      SR
Andy Hansen        Augsburg      OG   6'3"  298   Mankato, MN       SR
Andrew Hilliard    Saint Thomas  WR   5'11" 175   Woodbury, MN      SO
Andy Howard        Augsburg      DE   6'0"  220   Waseca, MN        SR
Mike Johnson       Bethel        IB   5'10" 205   Pine City, MN     SO
Deon Jordan        Bethel        WR   5'10" 170   Long Beach, CA    SR
Andy Kaiser        Saint Thomas  DL   6'4"  255   Mora, MN          JR
Scott Kirchoff     Bethel        QB   6'2"  214   Hutchinson, MN    SO
Nathan Kirschner   Saint John's  TE   6'3"  215   Mora, MN          SR
Andy Kopperud      Gustavus      OL   5'9"  230   Westbrook, MN     SR
Beau LaBore        Saint John's  LB   6'2"  215   So. St. Paul, MN  SR
Matt Lafferty      Saint Olaf    LB   6'2"  220   Apple Valley, MN  SO
Tom Linnemann      Saint John's  QB   6'2"  200   Melrose, MN       SR
Ben Matthews       Bethel        CB   6'1"  191   Milaca, MN        SR
Rick Meyer         Bethel        DE   6'5"  244   Dodge Center, MN  JR
Chris Moore        Saint John's  RB   5'11" 200   Edina, MN         SR
Brent Nelson       Saint Thomas  DE   6'3"  245   Hibbing, MN       JR
Joel Nelson        Concordia     OG   6'1"  260   Fargo, ND         SR
Chris Nickel       Saint Olaf    P    6'0"  205   Fort Collins, CO  SR
Seth Olson         Bethel        K    6'3"  210   Bloomington, MN   SR
Andrew Porter      Macalester    DE   6'3"  215   Rogers, MN        SO
Aaron Quitmeyer    Macalester    QB   6'0"  185   Williston, ND     SR
Dan Reider         Carleton      ST   5'9"  165   Blaine, MN        SR
Steve Ryan         Saint Olaf    DB   6'3"  180   So. St. Paul, MN  JR
Josh Schroeder     Carleton      DB   6'1"  185   Florence, MT      SR
Mannuel Spreigl    Saint Olaf    RB   6'1"  185   So. St. Paul, MN  JR
Joe Thorvig        Gustavus      QB   6'2"  180   Stacy, MN         JR
Andy Traetow       Gustavus      RB   5'9"  190   Jackson, MN       SO
Joel Vettleson     Concordia     LB   6'1"  225   Richmond, MN      SR
Mike Westland      Saint Thomas  RB   6'1"  225   Albert Lea, MN    SR
Alex Wesley        Saint John's  DL   6'3"  245   Waterville, MN    SR

MIAC MVP - Steve Ryan, Saint Olaf College
MIAC STAM AWARD - Mark Hankel, Concordia College
MIAC Coach of the Year - Steve Johnson, Bethel College

Concordia College All-MIAC Second Team Selections
Adam Strainer SE Sr. 6-3   190 East Helena MT, Helena High H.S.
Dan Tollefson CB Sr. 5-10 170 Madison MN Lac Qui Parle Valley H.S.
Eric Wold   CB/K Sr. 5-11 190 Fargo ND, Fargo, South H.S.

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