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1999 MIAC Football Players of the Week
Nov. 15, 1999

Co-Offensive Players of the Week

St. John's senior wide receiver Ben Sieben, Melrose, Minn., caught 10 passes for 171 yards and 3 TDs in a 31-16 win over Gustavus Adolphus College at the Metrodome on Nov. 12. Sieben caught all three of his TDs in a key second quarter where the Johnnies turned a 3-0 deficit into a 28-3 halftime lead. Sieben has caught 54 passes for 935 yards and 13 TDs in 1999. SJU is 9-1 overall and 8-1 in the MIAC and will host UW-Stevens Point in the first round of the NCAA playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 20, in Collegeville.

St. Olaf sophomore quarterback Joe Hammond (Neillsville, Wis.) passed for 354 yards and five touchdowns in the Oles' 47-17 win over Macalester on Nov. 11 at the Metrodome. Hammond completed 18 of 26 passes and was not intercepted. Four of his touchdown connections were to sophomore wide receiver Steve Ryan, who caught six passes for 141 yards, including a 58-yarder in the first quarter. Hammond also connected with sophomore Brian Sprout.

Defensive Player of the Week

Augsburg's Jake Kern, (DB, Sr., Faribault, Minn.), playing in his last collegiate game, had one of the best performances of his career, leading the Auggies with 13 tackles (11 solo), an interception and a QB pressure during Augsburg's 7-5 win over Concordia-Moorhead at the Metrodome on Friday. Kern was also the key defender on a punt play in the first quarter, in which Concordia was forced to fake and eventually lose seven yards and turn over the football. Kern's interception, to stop a Concordia drive early in the third quarter, was his second of the year and 12th of his Auggie career. It was one of five pickoffs the Auggie defense had in the victory. Kern finished his final Auggie campaign leading the team in tackles for the second year in a row (82 tackles, 65 solo) and also had six pass break-ups and two blocked punts.

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1999 MIAC Football Players of the Week
Nov. 8, 1999

Offensive Player of the Week

Bethel's Josh Savageau (Jr., Running Back, Blaine, MN/Blaine H.S.) led Bethel back from a 7-3 halftime deficit in the Royals 31-14 win over Augsburg. Savageau rushed 20 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught one pass for a 23 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that put Bethel up 24-14. Savageau has rushed for 880 yards and nine TD's on the year. He is looking to become Bethel's first 1,000 yard rusher since Jeremy Tvedt in the 1996 season. Bethel is currently 6-2 in the MIAC, and 7-2 overall.

Co-Defensive Players of the Week

St. Thomas' sophomore defensive end Andy Kaiser, and Gustavus' senior defensive end Cameron Scripture

St. Thomas' Andy Kaiser (Soph., Def. End, Mora, Minn.) had two sacks and one other tackle for loss among his nine tackles (five solo, four assisted) and led a Tommie defense that held MIAC co-leader Concordia to seven points, 46 rushing yards and 205 yards of offense in a 22-7 UST victory. With UST leading just 10-7, the Cobbers had first down on the Toms 30 before Kaiser had a tackle for a six-yard loss and a sack for a five-yard loss on the first play of the fourth quarter, and Concordia punted. Two UST intercpetions in the final 13:00 helped break open the game. On the season, Kaiser has 39 tackles including 9.5 for loss and 5.5 sacks on the MIAC's No. 1-ranked defense. He also has three TD catches among his five recptions as a short-yardage tight end. The UST defense has 30 takeaways (14 interceptions, 16 fumble revoveries) in nine games and has allowed just five TDs in the last 18 quarters.

Gustavus senior defensive end Cameron Scripture (6-4, 220), a native of Kasson, Minn., recorded 2 solo tackles, both of which were sacks and intercepted a pass and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown as the Gusties defeated St. Olaf 36-17 in Northfield on Saturday. Scripture's two sacks came in the first half when Gustavus was struggling offensively. His first sack came deep in Gustavus territory and forced the Oles to kick a field goal and the second sack forced the Oles to punt from their own 19 yard line. With Gustavus leading 16-10 in the third quarter, Scripture turned in the defensive play of the game. St. Olaf had the ball first and ten at the Gustavus 35-yard line driving for the potential tying score when Scripture intercepted a pass and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown giving the Gusties a 22-10 lead and scoring what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown. On the season, Scripture has recorded 11 tackles for loss and 8 sacks with two interceptions. The Gusties are currently 7-2 overall and 6-2 in the MIAC which is good for a second place tie with Concordia, St. Thomas and Bethel.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Hamline's Steve Koehn (SR, P/K, Paynseville) was a potent weapon all afternoon in Hamline's 45-14 win over Macalester on Saturday. Koehn hit on all three of his field goal attempts (23, 31, 21) and added four extra points to total 13 points on the day. Koehn also punted four times for a 48.5 yard average, including a 66-yarder and two kicks that pinned the Scots inside their 20. Koehn holds Hamline records for the longest punt (79 yards) and longest field goal (46 yards) in school history.
 

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1999 MIAC Football Players of the Week
Nov. 1, 1999

Offensive Player of the Week

Augsburg running back Brian Warden (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn./St. Croix Lutheran HS) had his fourth 100-yard-plus rushing game of the season, with 154 yards on 26 carries in Augsburg's 52-7 home win over Carleton on Saturday. Warden, in just three quarters of action, caught four passes for 54 yards, giving him a 208-yard total offense day. His rushing tally included a 25-yard scamper on Augsburg's first drive which set up a touchdown. With two games to go this season, Warden has 759 rushing yards on 190 carries, both the most by an Auggie rusher since 1993. The 190-carry total is already the third-highest total in a single season in school history (the record is 217), while his rushing yardage total is among the top 10 in school history (the record is 1,011). He also has six rushing touchdowns, tied for fifth-best in a single season in school history.

Defensive Player of the Week

Bethel defensive back Kirk Midthun (Sr., SS, Dodge Center, MN/Triton H.S.) led the Bethel defense in the Royals 22-20 win over St. Thomas on Saturday. He recorded 11 total tackles (8 solo, 3 assists), including two tackles for loss for nine yards, one sack for a seven yard loss, and one pass break up. He also returned one kick for 31 yards and returned one punt for 88 yards and a touchdown that put Bethel up 7-0 in the first quarter.

Special Teams Player(s) of the Week

The Bethel's special teams provided the difference in the Royals' 22-20 win over St. Thomas. The Royals returned four kicks for 184 yards, led by senior linebacker Gary Stone (Conrad, MT) with three returns for 153 yards, including a 83 yard touchdown in the second quarter that put Bethel ahead 15-7, and a 53 yard return to begin the second half that led Bethel to a touchdown and a 22-13 lead. Senior strong safety Kirk Midthun (Dodge Center, MN)  returned one kick for 31 yards and also returned one punt for an 88 yard touchdown for Bethel's first score. The special teams was the deciding factor on the game's final play, as senior defensive end Luke Carlson (St. Paul, MN) blocked St. Thomas' 18 yard field goal attempt to preserve the 22-20 victory.
 

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1999 MIAC Football Players of the Week
Oct. 25, 1999

Offensive Player(s) of the Week

Concordia's offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage to propel the Cobbers to a 44-10 win over Gustavus Saturday. Concordia moved to 5-1 in the MIAC to hold its share of the MIAC lead while Gustavus dropped to 4-2. Concordia rushed for 370 yards and passed for another 226 yards against a Gustie team that was No. 2 in the MIAC, giving up just 252 yards and 11 points per game. Concordia controlled the ball for 36 minutes. Five Cobber running backs had 45 or more yards rushing and quarterback Jeff Hertel had time to complete 15 of 20 passing attempts for 213 yards. Starters on the Cobber offensive line starters are:
Joel Nelson (OG, Jr. 6-1, 250, Fargo ND, South HS),
Josh Thompson (OG, So., 6-2, 270, West Fargo, ND, West Fargo HS),
Chad Quamme (Jr.,  6-0, 250, Fargo, ND, South HS)
Jake Estenson (All-MIAC OT, Sr., 6-5, 280, Rice Lake, WI),
Mark Haugen (OT, So., 6-4, 280, Moorhead, MN)

Defensive Player of the Week

St. John's senior linebacker Brandon Novak (Becker, MN) had 14 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and an interception in a 20-3 win over Hamline on Saturday, Oct. 23, in St. Paul. Novak led a defensive unit that gave up only 226 yards of total offense. The Johnnies have not given up a TD in 10 consecutive quarters and are holding opponents to 89.3 yards/game rushing. SJU is currently 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the MIAC. SJU is tied for the MIAC lead in the conference standings with St. Thomas and Concordia-Moorhead.

Special Teams Player of the Week

St. Olaf kicker Haakon Nelson (Sr. , White Bear Lake, MN) Nelson kicked two field and three extra points in the Oles' 27-19 win over Carleton. His field goals of 35 and 21 yards helped St. Olaf defeat the Knights for the third consecutive year. Nelson leads all NCAA Division III placekickers in field goals per game. Nelson has converted 12 of 18 field-goal attempts, good for 1.7 field goals per game. In addition, he leads the Oles, winners of two straight, in scoring with 43 points, averaging 6.1 points per game.
 
 

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1999 MIAC Football Players of the Week
Oct. 18, 1999

Offensive Player of the Week

Gustavus sophomore quarterback Joe Thorvig, a native of Stacy, Minn., turned in the finest performance of his young career as he completed 17-of-24 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions as the Gusties defeated Bethel 26-20 in St. Peter. Thorvig threw TD passes of seven and ten yards to tight end Brent Olson and also completed a spectacular 49-yard hook and ladder play where he threw an 18-yard completion to Greg TeBrake who lateralled to Ryan Britz and Britz scampered 31 yards for the TD with :20 remaining in the first half. Thorvig has completed 71-of-117 passes for 819 yards and five TDs with four interceptions and 60.7% completion percentage through six games. The Gusties are currently 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the MIAC.

Defensive Player of the Week

Gustavus sophomore linebacker Brian Bergstrom (Burnsville, Minn., Burnsville High School ) recorded 16 tackles (4 solo, 12 assists), forced a fumble, and intercepted a pass as the Gusties moved into a first place tie in the MIAC with a 26-20 win over Bethel on Saturday. Bergstrom, a Burnsville native, forced a fumble on the Bethel 28-yard line in the first quarter that the Gusties recovered and turned into a TD seven plays later. In the second quarter, Bergstrom intercepted a pass on the Bethel 32 yard line and returned it to the Royal six-yard line which the Gusties turned into another touchdown five plays later. Bergstrom, the team's leading tackler with 51 tackles (12 solo, 39 assists including 8 for loss), has anchored a Gustavus defense that has been ranked in the top five nationally against the run all season and in the top 30 nationally in total defense. The Gusties are currently 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the MIAC.
 

Special Teams Player of the Week

St. John's senior punter Phil Barry (Crete, Neb.) had six punts for a 41.7 average in a 7-3 win over Concordia-Moorhead on Saturday, Oct. 16, in Collegeville. Barry set a new school record with a 79-yard punt in the second quarter. Barry now has the six longest punts in SJU football history. SJU is currently 5-1 overall, 4-1 in the MIAC and in a four-way tie for the MIAC top spot.
 

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1999 MIAC Football Players of the Week
Oct. 11, 1999

Offensive Player of the Week

Bethel's Eric Carlson  (Jr., WR, Wadena, MN/Wadena-Deer Creek H.S.) caught seven passes for a career high 208 yards and one touchdown in Bethel's 24-20 win over St. John's. He put Bethel ahead 14-7 when he caught a pass and outran the St. John's defenders on his way to an 80-yard touchdown. Carlson now has 33 catches for 536 yards and four touchdowns on the season.

Defensive Player of the Week

Bethel's Rick Meyer (So., DE, Dodge Center, MN/Triton H.S.) led the Bethel defense in Bethel's 24-20 win over St. John's on Saturday. Meyer recorded a season high 8 tackles (7 solo, 1 assist), 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks for 16 yards in losses, and one quarterback pressure. He was a constant presence in the St. John's backfield and was a significant factor in limiting St. John's to 15 completions in 37 attempts. Two of his sacks were on 4th down conversion attempts by the Johnnies.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Concordia's Clayton Horgen (Sr. Kicker/Punter, Fergus Falls, MN) punted 7 times Saturday for a 48.5 average to help the Cobbers top St. Olaf 17-10. He had a long of 65 yards. He hit a 27 yard field goal late in the third quarter to give the Cobbers their 17-10 lead and was 2-2 on PATs. For the year he has 28 punts for a 40.3 average and 9 inside the 20.
 

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1999 MIAC Football Players of the Week
Oct. 4, 1999

Offensive Player of the Week

St. Thomas quarterback Greg Kaiser (SR,  Mora, Minn.) led the Toms to an 18-17, come-from-behind win at previously-unbeaten Gustavus. He completed 25-of-32 passes for 247 yards and two TDs with one interception, and converted 4-of-5 fourth-down situations (3-of-3 passing). UST is 15-5 in Kaiser's 20 career MIAC starts, and he has directed six comeback wins in the second halves of those games. He also has at least one TD pass in 22 of 23 career games. Kaiser moved into 23rd in Minnesota collegiate history with 5,362 career passing yards. He also ranks fourth all-time among Minnesota collegians in completion percentage (.603) and TD-to-interception ratio (48-20), and 10th in career TD passes (48). Kaiser is directing an offense that features all newcomers at both backfield spots, tight end, and both wide receiver spots.

Defensive Player of the Week

Concordia's junior defensive end Mark Hankel (6-2, 235, Mapleton, N.D, Fargo Oak Grove High School)recorded 5 quarterback sacks for 21 net yards lost in Concordia's 14-6 win at Hamline Saturday. Hankel's sacks, three other tackles and nearly constant presence in the Hamline backfield helped Concordia hold Hamline to just 79 yards rushing, 124 yards passing and 203 net yards for the day. Hankel has 8 sacks for the year and 2 fumble recoveries.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Bethel's Gary Stone (Senior, Linebacker, Conrad, MT/Conrad H.S.) returned four kicks for 176 yards to lead the Royals in their 39-13 win over St. Olaf. Stone returned a kick to St. Olaf's 25 yard line to set up Bethel's first touchdown and returned a kick 79 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to put Bethel up 34-13. Stone also punted 3 times for 68 yards. He contributed four tackles from his starting linebacker position. Stone is averaging 34.5 yards on 13 kick returns on the year with two touchdowns. He is also averaging 39.1 yards per punt.
 

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1999 MIAC Football Players of the Week
Sept. 27, 1999

Offensive Player of the Week

Gustavus' Travis Prunty (Senior, Running Back, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., St. Paul Academy) carried 27 times for 191 yards and three touchdowns as the Gusties defeated Macalester 49-6 in St. Paul. During the contest, Prunty surpassed 2,000 career rushing yards and is only the eighth player at Gustavus to have reached this milestone. Prunty's TD runs were for 13, 10 and eight yards and his long run was for 27 yards. He averaged 7.1 yards per carry in the game. Through three games this season, Prunty has carried 71 times for 455 yards and six touchdowns for an average of 151.7 yards per game and 6.4 yards per carry.
 

Defensive Player of the Week

Bethel's  senior strong safety Kirk Midthun, (Senior, SS, Dodge Center, MN/Triton H.S.) led the Bethel defense with nine tackles (six solo, three assists), one pass break-up, and two interceptions in the Royals' 41-14 win over Hamline University on Saturday. Midthun's first interception came with 1:58 left in the first quarter when he stepped in front of a Hamline receiver and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown to give Bethel a 22-0 lead. He also ran for a two-point conversion after Bethel's first touchdown. Midthun now has three interceptions on the season.

Special Teams Player of the Week

St. John's punter Phil Barry (senior, from Crete, Neb.) punted 8 times for a 49.3 average in a 34-18 win over St. Thomas on Sept. 25, in St. Paul. Barry had a punt of 68 yards in the game. Barry currently has a season punting average of 44.8 yards/punt. SJU is currently 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the MIAC.
 

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1999 MIAC Football Players of the Week
Sept. 20, 1999

Offensive Player of the Week

Saint John's University (Minn.) junior fullback Chris Moore (Edina/St. Thomas Academy HS) rushed for a school record 278 yards on 27 carries and two TDs in a 42-7 win over Macalester on Saturday, Sept. 18 in Collegeville. Moore scored on TD runs of six and nine yards in the game. The previous school record was 266 yards rushing in a single game by Tim Schmitz in 1976 against Macalester. Moore was named MIAC special teams player of the week last week for his 288 all-purpose yards against Wis.-Eau Claire. Moore had 303 all-purpose yards against Macalester. Moore is averaging 208.5 yards rushing this season and 295.5 all-purpose yardage. The Johnnies are currently 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the MIAC.

Defensive Player of the Week

Augsburg's Matt Chappuis (DL So., Faribault, Minn.) led the Auggies with 12 tackles (6 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, a QB pressure and a sack in Augsburg's 15-10 win at Hamline on Saturday. Chappuis sacked Hamline QB Tim Couchman in the third quarter and forced a fumble, which Augsburg recovered at the Hamline 36-yard line. Three plays later, the Auggies scored the eventual game-winning touchdown. This season, Chappuis has 23 tackles (13 solo), 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

Special Teams Player of the Week

UST junior placekicker Josh Brand (Jr., Shoreview, Totino-Grace HS) kicking in his first MIAC game, set a school single-game record with four field goals in the Toms' 33-3 win over St. Olaf. Brand made kicks of 34, 26, 32 and 34 yards in the first half as the Toms led 12-3 at halftime. He was 3-for-3 on PAT kicks as the Toms scored three TDs in the final 16. The four field goals matched the Toms' field goal output from all 10 games in 1998. It was one shy of the MIAC record of five set in 1984.
 



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1999 MIAC Football Players of the Week

Sept. 13, 1999
Co-Offensive Players of the Week

St. John's Ben Sieben (Sr., WR, Melrose, Minn./HS)  and
Bethel's Eric Carlson (Jr., WR Wadena, MN/Wadena-Deer Creek H.S.)

St. John's Ben Sieben, Sr., WR, Melrose, Minn./HS
Sieben played a vital role in the Johnnies offensive attack catching eight passes for 191 yards, over half of the Johnnies' 314 yards through the air, in their 40-28 season-opening win over Wis.-Eau Claire. Sieben had 3 TDs, including a 91-yard TD reception early on in the game to give the Johnnies the lead. The 91-yard TD reception was two yards short of the longest reception in school history. Sieben also had 14 yards rushing on two carries.

Bethel's Eric Carlson (Jr., WR Wadena, MN/Wadena-Deer Creek H.S.)
Carlson led the Bethel offensive attack in the Royals' 59-21 win over Trinity International University. He scored three of Bethel's six offensive touchdowns. Carlson had nine receptions for 135 with three touchdowns. His touchdowns came on catches of 33, 8, and 11 yards.
 

Co-Defensive Players of the Week

Carleton's Jeff Thurk (Jr./Defensive end, Eden Prairie/Eden Prairie) and
Augsburg's Nate Loughran (DB Fr., Minneapolis, Minn./Washburn HS)

Jeff Thurk Jr./Defensive end, Eden Prairie/Eden Prairie
Thurk had a game-high 11 tackles, including three sacks and five tackles for loss, in Carleton's 21-14 win over Northwestern. Thurk also made the defensive play of the game in the fourth quarter by chasing down Northwestern wide receiver Jeff Thune in the open field, tackling him from behind at the 10-yard-line to deny him the tying touchdown. (Two plays later, Carleton forced an interception and escaped without conceding any points).

Nate Loughran, Augsburg DB (Fr., Minneapolis, Minn./Washburn HS)
Loughran, starting at cornerback in his first college football game, intercepted three passes in Augsburg's 29-27, three-overtime victory at Mayville State (N.D.) on Saturday. In addition to his three pick-offs, Loughran also had three tackles (1 solo), 1.5 for loss. Loughran's first pickoff stopped a 9-play, 45-yard drive by the Comets, his second stopped a drive at the Augsburg 14-yard line and his final interception ended Mayville State's drive in the second overtime. The three inteceptions in a single game ties a school record achieved three earlier times, the most recent by Jason Exley in a 1997 win over Carleton.
 

Special Teams Player of the Week

St. John's Chris Moore (Jr., RB, Edina, Minn./St. Thomas Academy HS)

Moore returned three punts for 82 yards including one for a touchdown of 59 yards in St. John's 40-28 win Saturday over UW-Eau Claire.  He also returned two kickoffs for 39 yards. Moore led the Johnnie rushing attack as well with 146 yards on 24 carries. He also caught three passes for 28 yards. He had a total of 288 all-purpose yards on the day.

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