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College Information
School: Concordia-Moorhead
Founded : 1891
Location: Moorhead, MN
Enrollment : 2950
President : Rev. Thomas Thomsen
Athletic Director: Dr. Armin Pipho
Team Nickname:  Cobbers
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Logo: The Chicago "C"
Faculty Athletic Rep: Jim Forde
Stadium: Jake Christiansen 7,000
Press Box Phone:  218-299-4465
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Concordia Football History
First year of football: 1920
All-time bowl / play-off record: 8-5-2
Years in post-season play: 8
Last postseason appearance/result:  1997/Loss to Augsburg 34-22
All-time football record: 419-244-39

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Football Staff

Head Coach: Terry Horan
Alma Mater/year of grad.: Concordia, 1989
Starting 2nd Season
Record/current school: 5-5
All-Time Record/Yrs:  5-5
Coach phone: 218-299-3499
Best time to call: 1:00-2:30

Bob Nick  :   Concordia, '65, 36th yr, Offensive Coordinator,
Doug PerryConcordia, '65, 20th yr, Offensive Backs
Dave Klug :   Concordia, '80, 15th yr, Co-Defensive Coordinator
Bob KohlerValley City, '69, 15th yr, Defensive Backs
Dan Kostich : Moorhead St., '73, 7th yr Offensive Line
Dale HertelConcordia, '71, 6th yr, Offensive Backs
Scott Lucier : Concordia, '91, 4th yr, Co-Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs
Gary Haugo : Concordia '94, 1st yr, Defensive Line

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Sports Information
S.I.D: Jim Cella
Office Ph.:  218-299-3194
Home Ph: 218-233-3698
Fax: 218-299-4189
E-Mail Address: cella@cord.edu
WWW Address: http://www.cord.edu/dept/sports/

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 2001 Game-by Game Results
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Date Opponent Site  Time/Result
Sept. 8 MSU-Moorhead (Power Bowl) Home W 18-10
Sept. 15 St. Thomas (Family Weekend) Home L 35-38
Sept. 22 Macalester College Away W 35-12
Sept. 29 Gustavus Adolphus College Home L 28-42
Oct. 6 Hamline University Away W 25-7
Oct. 13 Bethel College (Homecoming) Home L 14-48
Oct. 20 St. Olaf College Away L 33-34
Oct. 27 Carleton College Away W 35-0
Nov. 3 St. John's University Fargo Dome L 14-28
Nov. 9 Augsburg College Metrodome W 33-3

2001 Final Record: Overall 5-5, MIAC 4-5 - 6th Place

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2002 Cobber Football Schedule
(Players arrive Aug. 14, First Practice Aug. 15, Press Day Aug. 19)
Date Opponent Site  Time/Result
Sept. 7 MSU-Moorhead (Power Bowl) Away 1:35
Sept. 14 Gustavus (Family Weekend) Home 1:00
Sept. 21 Bethel College Away 1:00
Sept. 28 Carleton College Home 1:00
Oct. 5 Hamline University Away 1:00
Oct. 12 Augsburg (Homecoming) Home 1:00
Oct. 19 UW-Stout Away 1:00
Oct. 26 St. John's University Home 1:00
Nov. 2 St. Olaf College Away 1:00
Nov. 8 St. Thomas University @ Metrodome Away 5:00

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Concordia Series Records Against Opponents:
Opponent          W     L    T   Series Started
MSU-Moorhead 45  22 12 1920
Gustavus     29  40 2  1923
Bethel       18  6  0  1978
Carleton     15  5  0  1921
Hamline      44  13 0  1936
Augsburg     45  12 2  1926
UW-Stout      0   0 0  2002
St. Olaf     29  21 2  1921
St. John's   26  34 7  1923
St. Thomas   32  27 0  1931

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Player & Team Information
2001 Overall Record: 5-5
2001 Conference Record/Place:  5-5/6th Place
Starters Returning/Lost: Offense: 4/7 Defense: 7/4  Punt-PK:/ 3/2

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Returning Starters

Pos No Name            Yr  Ht   Wt  H'town/HS
OC  58 Dustin Little   Sr. 6-1  245 Billings, MT/Skyview HS
OG  68 John Holt       Sr. 6-1  270 Grafton, ND/Grafton HS
QB  10 Ryan Hebrink    Jr. 6-3  205 Sacred Heart, MN/R-C-W HS
WR  80 Jake Olson      Sr. 5-10 175 Crookston, MN/Crookston HS

Pos No Name            Yr  Ht   Wt  H'town/HS
DT  75 Derek Flann     Sr. 6-1  275 Lake Lillian, MN/BOLD HS
DE  98 Barry Bennett   Sr. 6-2  225 Long Prairie MN/LP-Grey Eagle HS
LB  02 Brian Westby    Sr. 6-1  230 Spicer MN/New London-Spicer HS
CB  09 Jordan Talge    So. 5-11 175 Moorhead, MN/Moorhead HS
CB  14 Chad Worthington Jr. 5-9 175 Bozeman, MT/Bozeman HS
FS  42 Zach Turpin     Sr. 6-3  190 Springbrook, WI/Spooner HS
SS  45 Shane SatterleeSr. 6-2  190 Litchfield, MN/Litchfield HS

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Key Losses (grad/transfer/injury/misc.)
Graduated Players With Experience
PosNo Name            Ht   Wt  H'town/HS
OG 61 Brian Riley     6-5  295 Kerkoven MN/KMS HS
OG 60 Josh Thompson   6-2  270 West Fargo, ND
OT 79 Mark Haugen     6-4  280 Moorhead MN
OT 70 Eric Emmerich   6-4  290 Princeton MN
RB 24 Jon Doebler     6-0  212 Warroad MN
RB 19 Joel Ferrie     5-8  195 Moorhead MN
SB 21 Raleigh Schmidt 6-2  175 Tracy MN/Tracy Area HS
TE 87 Brian Martodam  6-4  225 Hawley MN

PosNo Name            Ht   Wt  H'town/HS
DT 90 Ben Holm        6-5  245 Gillette WY/Campbell County HS
LB 41 Eric Gilder     6-1  235 Florence, MT/Florence/Carlton HS
FS 07 Travis Olson    6-2  200 Hawley MN

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Season Outlook and Notes:

The second season for head coach Terry Horan will produce a whole new set of obstacles. Gone is the newness of being a first-year head coach and the excitement that goes with that position. Directly ahead is the challenge of taking his first recruiting class and blending it with the remaining players that will make up the 2002 Concordia College football squad.

The biggest concern for Horan will be the overused ad slogan "where's the beef?" For the 2002 Cobbers this will go straight to the key for any success in the MIAC this season. Unlike last season when Horan inherited four starting interior linemen on offense, this year only two starting linemen return. To make matters worse, the two key spots at offensive tackle will more than likely feature newcomers, which will mean that all-conference quarterback Ryan Hebrink (Jr., Sacred Heart, Minn./RCW HS) will be exposed every time he drops back to pass.

Despite the lack of experience on the line, the Cobbers will have the reassurance of having a quarterback who has played, and excelled, for a full season. With a healthy Hebrink, Concordia will feature a signal caller who can hurt opposing defenses with his arm and his feet. Last season Hebrink led the team in scoring and total yards, and finished fourth in the MIAC in total yards per game. Joining Hebrink in the backfield will be Bobby Clark (Jr., Seeley Lake, Mont./Seeley Lake HS) who was named to the all-conference team in 2001 as a special teams player. If Clark can harness his explosive "open field" running ability as a running back, Concordia will be able to feature a devastating ground game that can break open long gains on any given play.

Defensively the Cobbers will have a much more stable line-up. Out of the 11 starting positions, the team will return eight players who started at some point during the season. The defensive arsenal will also be bolstered by the return of defensive back Josh Vickerman (Sr., Alexandria, Minn./Jefferson HS), who spent the entire 2001 season on the sidelines with an injured knee, and the addition of Barry Bennett (Sr., Long Prairie, Minn./Long Prairie HS) who will be returning for a fifth year because of a medical hardship in his sophomore season.

Horan summed up his defense by saying, "we will be more experienced and have more depth this year than last and this should translate to a better overall defensive team."

The Cobbers hope that Horan will be somewhat prophetic, as the 2001 defense finished last in the league in pass defense and defense inside their own 20 yard line.

If Horan can find a stable offensive line that will open holes for Clark and buy time for Hebrink then the Cobbers should be able to surpass last year's win total of five and move back to the top half of the very tough MIAC.

A Closer Look:
The Defense;
The Cobber defense will be the anchor of the team as they return eight players with starting experience from last season. They will also be strengthened by a defensive backfield that returns all four starters and adds a fifth potential candidate in Josh Vickerman. The defensive line will also be a solid foundation as they return second team all-MIAC tackle Derek Flann (Sr., Lake Lillian, Minn./BOLD HS) who led the team in sacks last season (5.0). The linebacking corps will be the only piece to the puzzle for Horan. With the impending move of outside linebacker Brian Westby (Sr., Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer HS) to the defensive line, this will leave the unit without a returning starter.

The defense will have to improve on last year's numbers in order to keep progressing in the win column. Last season the Cobbers were sixth in the league in yards allowed per game (363.1) and were last in passing yards allowed (234.6) and red zone efficiency.

Defensive Line:
Flann will be the anchor in the middle of the line as the other defensive tackle spot will feature a battle between junior Andrew Campbell (Great Falls, Mont./Great Falls HS) and sophomore Evan Emmerich (Princeton, Minn./Princeton HS). Last season in only six games, Campbell had 3.5 tackles for a loss and had 1 sack. The defensive end position should feature two very consistent performers. Bennett will be back for a fifth year and has averaged 4.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles over the past two seasons. Brian Westby will make the switch from outside linebacker to defensive end, as he hopes to bring some pass rushing speed and quickness to the line. Last year he was second on the team in tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

This will be the "grey" area on the defensive side of the ball. A quartet of players will vie for the two outside positions. Juniors Derek Fischer (Olivia, Minn./BOLD HS), Todd Hann (Crookston, Minn./Crookston HS) and Kade Birkeland (Fort Benton, Mont./Fort Benton HS) will be in the mix for the starting roles, as will sophomore Josh Dietz (Glencoe, Minn./Glencoe-Silver Lake HS). Fischer has the most experience out of the four, having played in seven games last year and recorded 13.5 tackles. Doug Runke (So., Willmar, Minn./Willmar HS) appears to be the heir apparent to assume the responsibilities.
Runke, who was an outstate all-star as a senior at Willmar High School,  appeared in eight games in 2001 and made 12 solo tackles. His ability to learn the position as a full-time starter and stop the run will have a direct impact on the success of the Cobber defense in 2002.

Cornerbacks and Safeties:
Although the Cobbers struggled in 2001 at stopping the pass, this is one area that should excel in 2002. The secondary went through numerous overhauls last year and finally settled on the foursome of Jordan Talge (So., Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead HS), Chad Worthington (Jr., Bozeman, Mont./Belgrade HS), Zach Turpin (Sr., Springbrook, Wisc./Spooner HS) and Shane Satterlee (Sr., Litchfield, Minn./Litchfield HS).  Turpin played in only eight of the team's ten games but led the squad in tackles with 43.5. Satterlee led the team in interceptions with five while Talge, a converted quarterback, made the transition very smoothly and picked up three interceptions in the final half of the season. The one question mark for the group will be to find a spot for Josh Vickerman who returns to the squad after being injured last year. As a sophomore Vickerman led the Cobbers in interceptions and fumbles recovered.

The Offense:
Concordia will have the ability to break open the game on the ground with an explosive 1-2 punch in Hebrink and Clark. Fullback Jeremy Hinderks (Jr., Renville, Minn./RCW HS) will also give the Cobbers a powerful short yardage presence at fullback. The real keys for the offense will be to find a strong line to open holes for the three and give Hebrink enough time to find a receiving troop who will be learning throughout the year.

Last year Concordia led the league in rushing yards but finished ninth in passing and seventh in "red zone" efficiency. If Concordia has a chance to take a shot at the upper echelon of the league, the offense will have to produce a more balanced attack and consistently push the ball over the goal line once they get within striking distance.

Offensive Line:
Not all positions on the line will be marked by inexperience. Center Dustin Little (Sr., Billings, Mont./Skyview HS) returns to handle the snapping duties. His three years of college experience should help calm the other members of the line. His one-year of playing experience with quarterback Hebrink will also eliminate any center to quarterback miscues. Joining Little on the line look to be guards Mitch Maxwell (Jr., Marshall, Minn./Marshall HS) and John Holt (Sr., Grafton, N.Dak./Grafton HS) and converted defensive end now offensive tackle Nicholas Didier (Helena, Mont., Capital HS). The other tackle position will be determined by a trio of newcomers, all looking to make an immediate impact at the college level.

Running Backs:
The 2002 edition of the Concordia backfield could feature the "slash and smash" combination of Bobby Clark and Jeremy Hinderks. Clark was an all-conference performer on special teams last season and will be aided by his additional touches on offense. He led the Cobbers last year in yards per carry (5.6), and was only captured for a loss six times in his 100 rushes. Hinderks will also be helped by more playing time. Last year he only carried the ball 28 times but was close behind Clark with a 5.5 yard average. The top candidates to fill the backfield spots should Clark and Hinderks slip up will be Jon Lewis (Jr., Princeton, Minn./Princeton HS) and sophomore transfer Travis Christensen (Battle lake, Minn./Battle Lake HS).

The least contested spot on the Cobber football team this year. Ryan Hebrink was an all-conference performer in his first full year as a starter and looks to continue the success he started in 2001. He led the team in total yards, scoring and touchdowns. His one year of experience should help him improve on his sometime erratic passing game. Hebrink finished the year seventh in passing yards per game and sixth in passing efficiency. The backup quarterback position is "up for grabs" with two players starting as the leading candidates. Transfer Andrew Passanante (Jr., Hawley, Minn./Hawley HS) and sophomore Brandon Barker (Wheaton, Minn./Wheaton HS) look to have the edge for the number two and three spots.

Wide Receivers:
This is another area that has been depleted by graduation. Only senior captain Jake Olson returns to the squad with significant playing time experience. Last year Olson had 18 receptions, 3 touchdowns and led the team in average yards per catch (16.5). Four other players will be looking for playing time at one of the two wide out positions. Senior Daylan Faber (Alexandria, Minn./Jefferson HS) and sophomores Shawn Reile (Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead HS) and Adam Dittberner (Willmar, Minn./Willmar HS) are the returning players who will be fighting for the spot. Of the three, Reile is the only one that made a catch in 2001. Andrew Passanante will be the last member of the quartet to challenge for a starting, as he will pull double duty as backup QB and wide receiver. The tight end position will also feature a newcomer, as two-year starter Brian Martodam ('02, Hawley, Minn.) was lost to graduation. The vacancy should be filled by either sophomore Jordan Moen (Hendricks, Minn./Lincoln HS) or transfer Joel Anderson (Crosby, Minn./Crosby Ironton HS).

Special Teams:
This is another "good news, bad news" area for coach Horan. The good news is that kick returning specialist Bobby Clark will be back to terrorize opposing teams punt and kick coverages. Clark averaged 14.3 yards per punt return and 20.2 yards per kickoff return. Those statistics made him the lone selection to the all-conference first team as a special teams player. The other good news is that punter Scott Belseth will return for the 2002 season. Belseth finished sixth in the MIAC last year in punting with a 32.1 yard average. He had a career-high 57 yard bomb last year and had six punts downed inside the opponents 20-yard line. And now for the bad news - the Cobbers did not make a single field goal in 2001 and were ninth in the MIAC in point after touchdown efficiency. The problem may not go away in 2002 either. Conventional style kicker Jeremy Hinderks returns to provide a solid alternative on PAT's and field goals and will likely handle the kickoff duties as well. The majority of the field goal responsibilities will fall on the shoulders of one of the four newcomers in camp.

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