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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 Hamline Football Preview Information
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College Info
School: Hamline University
Founded: 1854
Location: St. Paul,MN
Enrollment: 1450
President: Dr. Larry Osnes
Athletic Director: Dr. Richard Tressel
Team Nickname: Pipers
Colors: Scarlet and Gray
Stadium(capacity): Norton (2000)
Press Box phone: (651)523-3077
 

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Football Staff

Head Coach:   Dr. Richard Tressel
Alma Mater/year of grad.: Baldwin Wallace/1970 Starting 21st season.
Record with current school: 118-78-2
All-Time Record/yrs.: Same

Coach's phone/best time to call: (651)523-2326/Mornings

Assistants/Position:
Bob Knutson, Defensive Coordinator;
Ron Woodbury, DBs;
Jon Springer, CBs;
Tom Rocker, D-Line;
Larry Boyle, 0-Line;
Bob Hackney, WR;
Dave Gottschalk, LB
 

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Sports Information
S.I.D.: Tom Gilles
Office Phone: (651)523-2242
Home Phone:
Fax: (651)523-2390
Email Address: tgilles@piper.hamline.edu
Website:  http://www.hamline.edu/~huathlet/index.html
 

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 1997 Game-by Game Results
 Date Opponent Result
 9/6 Lake Forest     35-12
 9/13 @Bethel       10-39
 9/20 St. Thomas     0-l4
 9/27 St. John's       0-21
 10/4 Augsburg       7-26
10/11  St. Olaf      27-21 0T
10/18  @Carleton 36-7
10/25  Gustavus    31-28
 11/1 @Concordia Moorhead 19-45
 11/6 Macalester @Metro dome l6-6
 

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1998  Schedule
 Date Opponent Site Time
 9/12   Jmestown ND 1:30
 9/19   Augsburg Mpls 1:00
 9/26   Bethel Home 1:00
 10/3   @Concordia Moorhead 1:00
 10/10 Carleton Home 1:00
 10/17 St. Olaf Rome 1:00
 10/24 St. John's Collegeville 1:00
 10/31 Gustavus Home 1:00
 11/7   @Macalester St. Paul 1:00
 11/12 St. Thomas Metrodome 8:00
 
 

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Player & Team Information
1997 Oveer11 Record: 5-5
1997 Conference Recorc:  4-5 7th

Letterwinners ReturningJLost: 31/19
Starters ReturningILost: Offense: 5/6 Defense: 6/5 Punt-PK: 1/1
 

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Returning Starters (Pos.. year. ht.. wt. misc. notes:
RB Corey Hanson(Sr, 6-O, 210, 653 yds./rush
RB Brian Swanson sr, 5-10, 198, good blocker
TE Mike YaNkee jr, 6-2, 195, 17 receptions
OL Nick DeFrance jr, 5-11, 240
OL Adam McDonald jr, 6-0, 219)
K/p Steve Koehn jr, Mi-MIAC, 8/13 FG, 34.6 yds per pnt
LB Brad Vinton(Sr, 6-0, 212)
DE Nate Schneeberger jr, 6-0, 200)
DT Dan Ogiba (Sr, 6-1, 258, 3 sacks)
LB Kris Staples jr, 5-10, 205, All-MIAC, 91 tackles, 2 interceptions)
CB Shawn Stibbins(Sr, 5-9, 170)
S Dan Benning (Sr, 6-2,216,78 tackles/6 for loss, 3 interceptions)
 

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Key Newcomers (Pos.. YR. hometown/HS/IC/last school at: notes):
 

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Key Losses (Pos.. ht.. wt.. reason absent (grad/transfer/injury/misc.): notes):
QB Jon Young (20 starts at QB)
DT Neil Srnith(3-time ALL-MIAC
OL Chad Steizig (3-yr. starter)
S Nate Mandeifeld(interception leader)
DB Colin Johnson
LB Chris Watkins(69 tackles)
WR Ben Tressel(1eadng  receiver)
OL David Palm
 

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Season Outlook and Notes:
After two seasons of .500 football there will be a leadership  transition in the Hamline Football Program. The Pipers return 65 players, including All-MIAC Kris Staples and All-MIAC PK Steve Koehnqr), among 31 lettermen and 11 starters. The strength of the program is a group of 32 players in the junior class. Nineteen men in that class  were lettermen and seven were starters in 1997. An area of strength in the class of 2000 is the offensive line with lettermen Dave Brown (6-3, 240),  Donnie DeFrance (5-11, 238), Seth Lieffort (6-2, 227), Adam McDonald (6-0, 221), and Guy Smith (6-2, 219) leading the way. The Piper Offense will have to  earn respect. With QB a wide open battle and talented tailback Corey Hanson (Sr, Co-Capt, 6-0, 210) battling nagging injuries, there are  many questsons to answer. TE Mike Yankee, 6-3, 209) had 17 catches and adds another experienced performer on the front wall. Newcomers  with speed may get varsity playing time. On defense, the Pipers are hard-nosed. They led the MIAC in defending the tush in 1997. Nine  Lettermen return on a front wall that is led by Staples and tackle Dan Ogiba (Sr, 6-0, 258). The most talented and physical player will be  strong safety Dan Benning(Sr, 2nd Team All-MIAC Capt.) At 6-2, 218, Benning runs and collides with ball handlers as well as anyone in DIII  football. Three regular secondary players graduated but lettermen Jabari Thompson~r, 5-11, 183) who also plays basketball, special teams leader  Tobin Hempel(Sr, 5-10, 176) and Ben Kvaname~r, 5- 11, 175) a track sprinter, lead a pack of quality replacements. Steve Koehn returns to  handle the place kicking ('ongest FG, 46 yds) and the ptnting. The kicking game will be critical for the Pipers as their offense matures.

Hamline has a critical mass of quality football players in its program. The question that remaans is who will step up to make the "Big Play" and how   soon. With Coach Dick Tressel entering his 21st season (118-78-2), performers best step up quickly or his heart may not be able to handle the  anxiety.
 
 

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week 1 pow
FB  POW  Nominees:
 

Hamline  13      Jamestown  27
 

Defense--

Dan  Benning,   SR, LB, Browerville

Led  the   Hamline defense with 10 primary  tackles, includingtwo for
minus yardage.  Benning's  play helped  the Pipers to  shut  out  the
high-powered  Jamestown offense in the first half.
 

Offense--

Brian Swanson, JR,  Fullback, North   St.  Paul

Led the Piper rushing  attack with  72 yards in 9 carries.  His   two-yard
TD run  with  3:51  to play in the  first  quarter helped the  Pipers   to
a 7-0  halftime  lead.  According  to  Coach   Tressel, Brian  also
blocked  "extremely  well!"
 
 
 
 

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