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Moorhead State Information |

Name of school:  Moorhead State University
City/Zip:  Moorhead, MN  56563
Founded:  1887
Enrollment:  6600
Nickname:  Dragons
School colors:  Scarlet and Wliite
Stadium:  Alex Nemzek Stadium
Capacity:  5000
Surface:  turf
Affiliation:  NCAA II
Conference:  Northern Sun Intercollegiate
President:  Dr. Roland Barden
Alma Mater, Yr.:  North Dakota (1964)
Athletics Director:  Dr. Katy Wilson
Alma Mater, Yr.:  Salem College (1981)
Athletic Dept. Phone:  218-236-2622

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First year of football: 1900
All-time bowliplay-off record: 2-8-0
Years in post-season play: 8 (NAIA I)
Last post-season appearance:1994 (NE Oklahoma)
Result: L 14-7
All-time record: 358-290-30

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Sports Information Director: Larry Scott  scotty@mhd1.moorhead.msus.edu
Office phone: 218-236-2113
Home phone: 218-233-6447
SID Fax: 218-236-3291
Press Box phone: 218-236-2130
SID Mailing Address
    Moorhead State
    Moorhead, MN  56563
    Alex Nemzek Hall

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Head Coach: Ralph Micheli
Alma Mater/Year: Macalester College (1970)
Record at school :  34-25-1 in 6 years
Career record  62-88-2 in 14 years
Football office phone 218-236-2051

Best time/day to reach coach 9 :00 a.m. to noon
Assistant Coaches (Alma mater/Year/Responsibilities)

Bo Abraham, LB (Moorhead State, 1976)
Dan Lind, Def Coor (St. Cloud State, 1983)
Andy Meschke, DE (UM Duluth, 1996)
John Woleske, LB (North Dakota, 1977)
Tom Eldred, RB (Moorhead State, 1977)
Russ Hoge DL (Moorhead State '00)
Kent MacLeod Off Coord. (Moorhead St. '99)

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Letterwinners Returning:

Offense  15
Defense 12
Specialty  1

Letterwinners Lost:

Offense 7
Defense 10
Specialty  0

Starters Returning:

Offense  7
Defense 5
Specialty 2

Starters Lost :
WR Nate Middleton
NG/IMike O'Neill
WR Neil Krenz
DT Bart Johnson
RB Grover Moore
NG Brian TownserI
C Gabe Wiener
DE Ty Johnson
CB Trent Snyder
CB Chris Giese

Returning Starters
OT Matt Boehlke (Sr., 6-3, 255)
OG Ben Brown (Sr., 5-11, 242)
C  Matt Twomey (Jr., 6-1, 248)
TE Ben Trustem (Jr., 6-2, 227)
QB Tony Duerr (Sr., 6-1, 203)
FB Adam Conn (Sr., 5-10, 198)

DE Colin Anderson (Sr., 6-0, 224)
LB Erik Pederson (Sr., 6-1, 222)
LB Ken Weikel (Sr., 6-0, 224)
FS Mark Rylance (Jr., 6-3, 184)
SS Adam Poloff (So., 5-10, 182)

All star Candidates
LB Erik Pederson,
LB Ken Weikel,
DE Cohn Anderson,
P Cory Schmidgall
QB Tony Duerr

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Quick Season notes:
Dragons seek to rebound from a rare losing season, only second since 1975, but a taxing schedule awaits, including a non-conference reunion with North Dakota State.

Dragon special teams should be solid again. Placekicker Pandall Fallas has made 16 of 22 career field goal attecpts while Cory Schmidgall was second in the NSIC in punting last year with a 38.3 average.

Grover Moore exited as the Dragons' career rushing leader with 4059 yards in four seasons.

Senior quarterback Tony Duerr rushed for five touchdowns and 242 yards in a 41-26 opening day victory over Concordia College last fall.

A Closer Look


College football's bottom line all too often depends upon the quality of the offensive line, and Moorhead State head coach and offensive line monitor Ralph Micheli fully understands the Dragon front seven must take a step forward if MSU is to be a certified championship contender once again. While the issue was far from resolved at the close of spring drills, Micheli likes the looks of his retooled line. With five returning starters available, and a serious upgrade in size, the Dragons' up front folks should be a trusty source of protection this fall. Senior Ben Brown (International Falls) , 5-11, 242, a two-year starter, returns at right guard, while sophomore Jose Saez (Miami, FL), 6-4, 313, brings loads of potential and bulk at left guard. Junior Matt Twomey (Eagan) , 6-1, 248, a starter last year at right tackle, has been relocated at center while senior Matt Boehike (Buffalo) , 6-3, 255, has been shifted from left guard to left tackle. Junior Ed Chuinard (Blame), 6-0, 250, exited spring drills as the number one right tackle, backed by sophomore Mark Haf fely (St. Paul), 6-0, 255. Other key interior backups include sophomore Jerome Johannes (Albany), 6-1, 261, at left tackle, sophomore Andy Larson (Bloomington), 5-9, 244, at left guard, sophomore Todd Holmstrom (Duluth), 6-2, 251, at center, sophomore Ross Montgomery (Wykoff), 6-3, 244, and freshman Joseph Schwab (Mahtomedi),  5-10, 225, at right guard. Junior Ben Trustem (Stevens Point, WI), 6-2, 227, was a late addition to the Dragon starting cast last fall at tight end and benefited handsomely from on-the-job training. Junior Steve Duke (Vincennes, IN), 6-1, 236, a starter last year at tackle, has been relocated at tight end and was listed as number two at the end of spring practice. Sophomores Brad Banker (Black Creek, WI), 6-2, 195, and sophomore Brian Stensland (Buffalo), 6-3, 239, are also available.


At first blush, the subtraction of all-time rushing king Grover Moore would be reason enough to dismiss the Dragon offense as less than worthy. And yes, Moore, who exited with 4059 rushing yards in four seasons, will be missed, but batch of new backs and some talented incumbents have generated a sizeable amount of optimism. Senior Tony Duerr (Fosston), 6-1, 203, was entrusted with the Dragons' starting reigns last fall and charted an up-and-down junior season. He rushed for five touchdowns to spark Moorhead State to a 41-26 opening day romp over Concordia College in his first start, and closed with 664 rushing yards, but he completed only 36 of 117 pass attempts. Indeed, Duerr's passing marks must be upgraded if the Dragons are to make a major splash in '99. Junior QB Tate Hermann (Champlin), 5-10, 205, ~rovided trusty backup support a year ago and should see increased duty this fall. Graduation removed three seasoned receivers, but some promising newcomers should ease the rebuilding worries. Junior Chris Brustuen (Morris), 6-3, 200, senior Eric Vollbrecht (Albertville), 6-2, 204, and junior Cory Schmidgall (Morris), 6-3, 195, provide dependable targets at split end while sophomores Scott Swanson (Hoffman), 5-10, 178, and Chad Yde (Brainerd), 6-0, 157, dueled during spring drills for the starting flanker post, and Swanson left with a narrow lead. Without Moore, the rushing load will be distributed to several runningbacks with senior fullback Adam Conn (Albert Lea), 5-10, 198, junior halfback Bob Hawkinson (Olivia), 5-10, 210, junior fullback Keith Vollbrecht (Albertville), 5-8, 202, and sophomores Brian Tiegs (Willmar), 5-11, 187, lettermen all, the principal players. Sophomores Justin Backlund (Holland), 5-9, 205, and Troy Hoffarth (Avon), 5-11, 195, will challenge as well.


Hallmarks of a quality defensive line--size and experience--are admittedly in short supply at Moorhead State this fall, but defensive coordinator Dan Lind is confident his late up front crew will respond to the challenge. Senior rush end Cohn Anderson (Great Falls, MT), 6-0, 224, provides a solid anchor on the outside while senior Mitch Mohs (Wadena), 6-1, 214, will start for a first time at drop end and should be a suitable replacement for departed All-NSIC performer Ty Johnson. Junior letterman Brett Buckley (Eau Claire, WI), 5-11, 194, and sophomore Matt Baasch (Page, ND), 6-0, 208, are the project backups. The real concern lies with the interior of the defensive front, but senior Adam Vossen (Brooklyn Park), 6-2, 236, and junior Nick Keenan (Eden Prairie), 6-1, 253, could form a trusty tackle tandem. Vossen, a serious Acadmic All-American candidate, is a quick learner. Sophomore Nate Ossenfort (Pipestone), 6-1, 225, and freshman Joel McCue (Ashland, WI), 6-1, 255, will fill backup roles at tackle. The battered Brian Townsend has retired at noseguard, leaving his old stand to eager but untested sophomores Nate Holzer (Wykoff), 6-1, 260, and Jeremy Flaten (Mounds View), 5-7, 244.


Quality linebacker play has lon9 been in vo9ue at Moorhead State, and a seasoned batch of veterans should extend that leyacy in 1999. Linebacker   Robin Abraham retains both starters from last year's club--seniors Ken Weikel (Bemidji), 6-0, 224, and Erik Pederson (Eau  Claire, WI), 6-1, 222. A two-year starter at State, Weikel suffered a knee injury in game four against UM Duluth last fall and was shelved for the balance of the season. Still, he produced 25 tackles in four starts, and ranked second in tackles as a sophomore starter with 65. Pederson landed five varsity starts as a sophomore and blossomed last fall as a fulltime fixture. Pederson topped the Dra9on defensive chart with 98 tackles, including 34 unassisted stops and 12 for loss. Still, Weikel and Pederson are not the only incumbents with varsity experience. Senior Bryan Kuempel (Spring Lake Park), 5-11, 200, and junior Matt Johnson (Breckenridge), 5-11, 219, provide backup insurance at will backer while sophomroes Joe Zyistra (Maple Lake), 6-1, 217, and Mike Wairath (Sartell) , 6-1, 246, are trusty backups for Pedersan at SAM backer.


The secondary will surely be a primary concern for Dragon defensive coaches when the Dragons gather for pre-season drills in August. Some major retooling is needed, especially at cornerback, but progress was made during spring drills. Graduation stripped the Dragons of last year's seasoned corners, but eager underclassmen show ample promise.  Sophomore Jack King (Proctor), 6-0, 170, a
member of the varsity travel cast as a freshman, is the projected starter at left cornerback, backed by sophomore Willie vargas (Maple Lake), 5-8, 152. Junior transfer Arthur Hamilton (Ft. Lauderdale,
FL), 6-0, 195, closed spring drills as the starting right corner while sophomore Justin Miller (Annandale), 6-0, 187, was listed as number two right corner. The Dragons return both starting safeties, including junior free safety Mark Rylance (Eden Prairie), 6-3, 184, and sophomore strong safety Adam Roloff (Spring Lake Park), 5-10, 182. Junior Nathan Rosa (Elk River), 6-0, 187, offers experienced support at free safety while promising sophomore Matt Fey (Pipestone), 5-10, 204, was behind Roloff on the Dragon spring depth chart.


No reason why the Dragon special teams won't be special again this fall. Senior placekicker Randall Fallas (Bryant, SD), 6-0, 172, will be entrusted with Dragon placekicking duties for a fourth straight year. Fallas' career harvest includes 79 of 88 extra points and 16 of 22 field goals, and his range and consistency has improved each season. Junior Cory Schmidgall (Morris), 6-3, 195, secured the punting job last fall and responded with a sparkling 38.3 yard average, including a seasonal best of 63 yards. Dragon kick returners will be selected from a stable of quality candidates. Backup quarterback Tate Hermann (Champlin), 5-10, 205, is the probable replacement at holder while sophomore Mark Haf fely (St. Paul), 6-0, 255, is the projected long snapper. Junior Bob Hawkinson  (Olivia), 5-10, 210, and sophomores Justin Backlund (Holland), 5-9, 205, and Willie Vargas (Maple Lake), 5-8, 152, will shoulder much of the return duties.

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