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12/18 Cobber Postseason Team Awards Announced.
(December 18, 2002 - Moorhead, Minn.)-- Concordia College football coach Terry Horan announced the annual end-of-the-year awards. Junior quarterback Ryan Hebrink (Jr., Sacred Heart, Minn.) was named the team's Most Valuable Player for the second straight season. He was also named one of the four captain's for next year's squad.
Hebrink was honored as the 2002 MIAC First Team quarterback. It is the second consecutive year that he has earned MIAC All-Conference First Team honors. He helped the Cobbers to second in the MIAC (from a 4-5 record in 2001 to a 7-1 mark in 2002), and in the process set school record for most rushing yards by a QB in a single season. His season total places him 5th on the school's all-time list for most total yards in a single season by a QB. He was 6th in the MIAC in scoring - the top QB in the MIAC in scoring. He was also voted the MIAC Offensive Player of the Week twice during the 2002 season.
Joining Hebrink as captain will be Bobby Clark (Jr., Seeley Lake, Mont.), Josh Vickerman (Jr., Alexandria, Minn.) and Jordan Talge (So., Moorhead, Minn.). Clark was voted to the 2002 2nd Team All-MIAC for both rushing and kick returning. It is also his second consecutive year to be named to the all-conference team. He was 2nd in the MIAC in punt return yardage, and 2nd in the MIAC in all-purpose yardage per game (175.1/game). Clark led the Cobbers in scoring and TD's.
Vickerman enjoyed a tremendous comeback season. After sitting out almost the entire 2001 season with a knee injury, Vickerman led Concordia in interceptions, pass break-ups and fumbles recovered. He was second in the league in interceptions.
Talge was one of the stars of the defense that allowed fewest total yards per game (255.9 yards/game) in the conference and also the fewest rushing yards per game (77.0 yards/game) in the conference. He helped solidify the defensive backfield by intercepting two passes and making 35 tackles on the year. He was also named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. | complete list of award winners |
12/16 Derek Flann Named to the Football
Gazette All-West Team.
Concordia senior Derek Flann (Sr., Lake Lillian, Minn.) was named to the 2002 Football Gazette All-Region Third Team. It is the first regional award for Flann in his four-year career.
Flann recently played in the 2002 AFCA Aztec Bowl which pits a NCAA Division III All-Star Team against a college all-star team from Mexico. In the game He recovered a fumble on the go-ahead drive for the Mexican team to preserve a 15-9 victory for Team USA.
Earlier, Flann was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team as a defensive lineman. He also received the Stam Award, given annually to the league's most outstanding offensive or defensive lineman.
For the season, Flann had 37 tackles (22 solo/15 assisted), 16 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. For his four-year career, he had 147 tackles, 35 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks. | Complete Details |
12/14 Derek Flann Helps USA All-Stars to Aztec
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O'Leary had a sack and blocked an extra point while Foss had a team-high two sacks and forced a fourth quarter fumble that was recovered by Flann to clinch the U.S. victory. Christopherson served as a Team USA assistant coach for the third year. The win was the sixth-straight by the U.S. over Mexico. | complete game details |
11/26 Derek Flann Selected to Play in the 2002
Flann is one of 42 NCAA Division III seniors from around the country who will make up this year's team. Former Central (Iowa) College head coach Ron Schipper will coach the team for the sixth consecutive year. Longtime Concordia head coach Jim Christopherson will be one of five assistant coaches for the United States team.
Flann becomes the fourth player in school history to compete in the prestigious all-star event. Defensive standout Mark Hankel played in the 2000 Aztec Bowl, Jake Estenson participated in 1999 and Tory Langemo played in the inaugural AFCA Aztec Bowl back in 1997.
Flann was recently named to the MIAC All-Conference Team as a defensive lineman. He also received the Stam Award, given annually to the league's most outstanding offensive or defensive lineman.
For the season, Flann had 37 tackles (22 solo/15 assisted), 16 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. For his four-year career, he had 147 tackles, 35 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks.
11/25 Eight Cobber Players and Coach Earn MIAC
Eight Cobber football players and head coach Terry Horan all received MIAC post-season honors. Derek Flann (Sr., Lake Lillian, Minn.), Ryan Hebrink (Jr., Sacred Heart, Minn.), John Holt (Grafton, N.Dak.), Josh Dietz (Glencoe, Minn.), Josh Vickerman (Jr., Alexandria, Minn.), Bobby Clark (Jr., Seeley Lake, Mont.), Barry Bennett (Sr., Long Prairie, Minn.) and Brian Westby (Sr., Spicer, Minn.) were all named either first or second team all-conference.
Flann, Hebrink, Holt, Dietz and Vickerman were named to the MIAC All-Conference First Team, while Clark, Bennett and Westby were named to the MIAC All-Conference Second Team. Flann was also awarded the Stam Award which, annually, goes to the conference's top offensive or defensive lineman. Head Coach Terry Horan was named MIAC Coach of the Year.
11/11 Two Cobbers Named MIAC Players of the
Hebrink was named the tri-offensive player of the week with Gustavus wide receiver Ryan Hoag and St. Olaf wide receiver Frank Bass. Vickerman was named the co-defensive player of the week with Hamline linebacker Andy Seliga. It is the second time this season that both players have earned the honor.
Hebrink accounted for six touchdowns in Concordia's 63-21 victory over St. Thomas on Friday. The 63 points was the third-highest point total in a single game in school history. With the victory, the Cobbers finished the season 7-1 in the MIAC -- good for second place.
Hebrink ran for two touchdowns and threw for four more. On the day, Hebrink was 11-for-20 for 238 yards in passing and he also ran for 85 yards. The four passing touchdowns and 238 yards are career highs for Hebrink, who was directly responsible for 323 of the team's 515 yards of total offense. The 515 yards in offense was the highest output of the year for the Cobbers.
Vickerman had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in Concordia's decisive win. The two pickoffs moves him into second place in the MIAC with six total interceptions. For the game, Vickerman had 2 interceptions and six tackles. Vickerman was part of the Cobber defense that held the Tommies scoreless in the second half, and limited their high-powered offense to only 260 total yards.
College Sporting News Profile: Josh Vickerman.
College Sporting News Profiles of Excellence: Derek Flann.
10/07 Two Cobbers Named MIAC Players of the
Hebrink rushed for two touchdowns and threw for two more in Concordia's 40-7 win over the Pipers. He accounted for four of Concordia's five touchdowns on the day. Hebrink had touchdown runs of 15 and 54 yards as he ran for 132 total yards. His touchdown passes of 43 and 10 yards were part of his 205 total passing yards on the day, as he completed 11-of-19 with nointerceptions. As an offensive unit, Hebrink led the Cobbers to 443 total yards of offense. It is second highest output of the season for Concordia's offense.
Clark amassed 105 yards on five punt returns, including a 70-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. It was his first punt return for a TD this season. His returned helped Concordia seal their fourth straight MIAC win of the season.
9/24 Josh Vickerman Named MIAC Defensive Player
of the Week.
Vickerman collected two interceptions and helped lead the Cobber defense in their 35-14 win at Bethel. He also had four tackles in the game, two for a loss and caused one fumble. In the secondary, besides his two interceptions, he had three pass break-ups.
On the day, Concordia's defense caused eight turnovers, and limited the Royals to only 45 yards of rushing. They also held Bethel to less than 250 total yards of offense. It is the second straight week that the Cobbers have held a high-scoring offense to only 14 points and under 300 yards of total offense.
8/16 Preliminary 2002 Roster is Now Online.
Football 2002 Preview is Now Online.
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.
8/07 KVOX - 1280AM - To Broadcast
All Football Games.
7/22 Concordia Announces Football Media Day.
7/09 Gary Haugo Named Defensive Line Coach.
Head coach Terry Horan expressed his enthusiasm about the hiring of Haugo by saying, "Gary brings a great deal of experience and energy to our staff. He understands the student/athlete experience at Concordia and will be a great addition to the staff."
Haugo is a 1994 graduate of Concordia. In his senior season in 1992 he was named to the MIAC all-conference team. He finished the season with 44 tackles and 3 sacks. After graduating from Concordia he went on to be an assistant football coach at Hinckley-Finlayson, Pequot Lakes and finally Crookston. In addition to his football duties at Crookston, Haugo was also the head track and field coach and assistant basketball coach.
When reached for comment, Haugo stated, "the possibility of working with such an outstanding coaching staff is very exciting. I consider this position not only a great coaching opportunity but also a great learning opportunity."
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