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1998 MIAC Fooball Preview Book 8/14/98
The following material was prepared for the MIAC Pre-Season Football Press Conference August 14,1998. More current information can often be found on most team's Home Pages.

Team Information
 | Augsburg | Bethel | Carleton | Concordia | Gustavus | Hamline | Macalaster | St. John's | St. Olaf | St. Thomas |

1998-99 Carleton Football Preview Information
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College Info
School: Carleton College
Founded: 1866
Location: Northfield
Enrollment: 1750
President: Steven R. Lewis, Jr.
Athletic Director: Leon Lunder
Team Nickname: Knights
Colors: Maize and Blue
Stadium(capacity): 7500
 

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Football Staff:
Head Coach: Bob Sullivan
Alma Mater/year of grad.: St. John's University/1958

Starting 20th season.
  Record with current school: 97-89
All-Time Record/Yrs.: 191-160-3 (19/Carleton-20/HS)

Coach's phone/best time to call:  507~64054

Assistants/Position: Gerald Young defensive Coordinator,
Jeff Jarnigan/Offensive Line,
Mike Barnes/Defensive Backs
Jim Christensen/Wide Receivers,
Pat Murtha/Linebackers,
Nik Peterson/Running Backs,
Eric Jenson/lntern
 

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Sports Information
Maria Holt
Office Phone:  507-446-4185
Home Phone:
Fax: 507-4464-426
Email Address: MHolt@acs.carleton.edu
Website:  http://www.carleton.edu/campus/newsbureau/Sports/sportsinfo.html
 

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 1997 Game-by Game Results
 Date Opponent Result
 9/6 Lawrence University W 29-19
 9/13 Macalester College W 21-3
 9/20 Bethel College L 14-62
 9/27 University of St. Thomas L 8-36
 10/4 St. 3ohn's University L 6 55
 10/11 AugsburgCollege L21 35
 10/18 Hamline University L 7 36
 10/25 St. OlafCollege L 12 14
 11/1 Gustavus Adolphus College L 644
 11/7 Concordia-Moorhead L 10-39
 

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1998  Schedule
Date   Opponent Site Time
Sept.12 Northwestern (Minn.) Away 1 p.m.
Sept.19 Gustavus  Home 1 p.m.
Sept.26 Concordia (Moorhead)* Away 1 p.m.
Oct. 3  Macalester *# Home 1 p.m.
Oct.10 Ramline University* Away 1 p.m.
Oct.17 University of St. Thomas* Home 1 p.m.
Oct.24 St. Olaf * Away 1 p.m.
Oct.31 Augsburg *$ Home 1 p.m.
Nov. 7 St. John's * Away 1 p.m.
Nov.13 Bethel * Metrodome 8 p.m.

* MIAC game
#Homecoming
$Parent's Day
 
 

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Player & Team Information
Player & Team Information
1997 Overall Record: 2-8
1997 Conference Record/place:  1-8/9th
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: ?  Starters Returning/Lost: ?
Offense: ? Defense: ? Punt-PK:/
 

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Returning Starters (Pos.. year. ht.. wt. misc. notes:
QB/Andy Quist/Jr
OT/Chuck Van Nostrand/Sr./6-3/275
WR/Erik Miller/So./6-1/190
RB/Dan Reider/So./5-9/162 -
LB/Josh Carter/Sr./5-10/200
DE/Nate Holmes/Sr/6-2/215 -
CB/Josh Schroeder/So./6-1/175
OLB/Gregg Erickson/Sr./6-1/209
G/Paul Kane/Jr./6- 1/240

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Key Newcomers (Pos.. YR. hometown/HS/IC/last school at: notes):
WR/Nick Birk/first-year/St. Paul/Cretin- Derham Hall
QB/Jon Groteboer/first-year/Rochester/John Marshall
 

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Key Losses (Pos.. ht.. wt.. reason absent (grad/transfer/injury/misc.): notes):
RB/Skye Flanagan/5-11/180/graduated/2 time AlI-MIAC, 2,254 career rushing yards
WR/Steve Gorka/6-2/190/graduated/1997 A11-MIAC, 182 rec., 2,465 yards, 15 TD
QB/C.J. Shoap/6-2/l92/graduated/5,429 yards, 38 TD, 391 completions
C/Tim Moran/5-10/210/graduated/four year starter
 

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Season Outlook and Notes:
Season Outlook/Notes:  Coming off their worst season since 1983 and facing the loss of three of the most productive offcnsive players in school history, one might find it odd that optimism runs through the Carleton College football program in  regards to the 1998 season.

Entering his 20th season at the helm of the Knight football program, head coach Bob  Sullivan needs only three more wins to reach the elusive 100-win mark. It will take some marked improvements for Sullivan and his team to reach their goals in the 1998  season."We need to address the 'Big A' - attitude," remarked Sullivan. He also points to off-season speed development, red zone productivity, leadership, delensive  philosophy and kicking game improvements as areas where the Knights seek progress in 1998.

"1997 was unlike any other season in my previous 19 years here," recalls  Sullivan. "We need to return to our former identity. We will go as far as our defense takes us, while senior leadership will help us regain our confidence and ability  to deal with adversity."

The defensive side of the ball will be led by co~captain Josh Carter, who paced the  Knights defense last season with 97 tackles. He spearheads the linebacking corps along with junior Dan Harris and sophomores Brian Sauer, Josh Posthuma and Kyle Fetherolf.  The strength of the Carleton defense will be the line, as seniors Nate Holmes and Mike Harttnan team with junior Ben Miller and sophomores J.J. Franz, Jeff  Thurk, Odin Jorgenson, George King and Troy Midboe. Senior Ryan Hennessey retorns to the team altler missing the 1997 campaign on an off~ampus program to  add depth to the line. The secondary will be headed by senior Gregg Erickson and sophomore Josh Schoceder, who combined for 11 passes broken up in 1997.

Joining them is junior Gabe Ellwein, second on the team in passes broken up with five last year. Seniors Brandon Yerxa and Mitch Edwards, sophomores Carl Dean, Isaac  Larsen, Mark Lickteig and Jeong Hyun make up the rest of the defensive backfield.

The offense was the hardest hit by graduation, especially at the skill positions.  Sullivan's biggest challenge is finding a replacement for two-time All-MIAC running back Skye Flanagan. Only the third back to break the 1,000-yard rushing mark in a single  season at Carleton, Flanagan accumulated 2,254 rushing yards and 134 points in his four-year career, racking up over 3,000 all-purpose yards. Sophomore Dan Reider is  the top candidate to replace Flanagan. The speedy scat-back carried 27 times for 54 yards in 1997 with two scores, while recording 473 return yards, including an  87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the season finale against Concordia College (Moorhead). Classmate Kyle Swartout will aid Reider in carrying the running load  for the Knights.

"They really came of age on the spring trip (to Germany) and appear ready to become MIAC players," remarked Sullivan.

Other holes to fill on offense for the Knights include quarterback and wide receiver.  Senior co-captain Andy Quist inherits the starting quarterback duties from the departed C.G. Shoap, who leaves Carleton as the all4ime leader in passing yardage with  5,429 yards and pass completions at 391. Quist missed all but one game in 1997 with a knee injury and received a medical redshirt from the NCAA. He saw action in  eight games in 1996, throwing for nearly 1,000 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for 186 yards and three more scores. His strong running and passing skills  should propel Carleton's offense back to the numbers they are accustomed to accumulating. The wide receiver hole left by the graduation of Steve Gorka should be  filled by sophomore speedster Erik Miller. He has big shoes to fill, as Gorka was one of the top two receivers ever at Carleton, ranking second in receiving yardage  (2,465), receptions (182) and fourth in touchdown receptions (15). Miller needs to avoid the injury bug that bit him both last season, causing him to miss the last three  games with a broken ankle. The receiving corps will be aided by the arrival ofNick
Birk, an all-state speedster out of Cretin-Derham Hall.

As on defense, the line is the strength of the offense in 1998. Topping the returnees is  All-America candidate Chuck Van Nostrand, a four-year starter at right tackle. Joining the senior is Kevin Schwartz a sophomore who makes the move to left tackle, while junior Paul Kane and senior Dave Grussing are premier guards.

Sophomore Eric Wirz will display his all-conference talent at center. Seniors Andy Ulland  and Aron Wilson and sophomores Zach Johnson and Lance Neirby provide much-needed depth up front for the Knights. Tight end will also be a strength for the  Knights, as senior Mike Turpin came on strong down the stretch last season to tally 13 catches for 139 yards. His back-ups include junior Kevin Fitzgerald and sophomore Kalin McCormick.

Special teams should be stronger this year with the return of all its starters. Junior Jim  Adducci had a solid year in his first season as place-kicker, while Dean, Quist and Jorgenson will handle the punting.. Returns will be handled by Reider and Miller.  While it may be unrealistic to hope for their first MIAC title since 1992, Sullivan has  high expectations for the 1998 edition of Carleton football. "Depth will continue to be a factor, but with another good recruiting class, some luck with the injury  factor, solid leadership from the senior class, which is 15 strong, and improved defensive play, we hope to push back into the upper division of league play."
 
 

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