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1999 St. Olaf Football Preview Information
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College Info
School: St. Olaf College
Founded: 1874
Location: Northfield, MN
Enrollment: 3,000
President: Dr. Mark U. Edwards Jr.
Athletic Director: Cindy Book
Team Nickname: Oles
Colors: Old Black and Gold
Stadium(capacity): 3500
Press Box phone: 507 646-3267/ (507) 646-3262
 

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Football Staff
Head Coach: Paul Miller
Alma Mater/year of grad.: UM Morris
Starting 3rd season.
Record with current school:  4-16
All-Time Record/Yrs.: 4-16 / 2 yr
Coach's phone/best time to call: (507) 646-3768 / normal business hours.

Assistants/Position:
Darryl Kluck - Defensive Coordinator / Secondary
Aaron Bentley - Asst. Head / Def.Line
John Gross - RB's
Dick Walker - TE's
Dick Johnson - QB's
Matt McDonald - Wide Receivers.
LaRue Pierce - LB'ers
Dave Bergan - Def GA
Scott Scholl - Trainer

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Sports Information
S.I.D.: Chris Blissett
Office Phone:  507-646-3834
Home Phone:
Fax: 507-646-3033
Email Address:  blissett@stolaf.edu
Website: http://www.stolaf.edu/athletics/
 

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 1998 Game-by Game Results 2-8
Sep. 11 Carthage       0-23
Sep. 18  St. Thomas  6-9
Sep. 25 Augsburg    24-31
Oct. 2 Bethel            28-33
Oct. 9 Concordia     21-35
Oct. 16 Hamline      13-14 OT
Oct. 23 Carleton       21-7
Oct. 30 St. John's      0-35
Nov. 6 Gustavus       14-49
Nov. 11 Macalester    33-14
 

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1999  Schedule
Date Where Opponent Time, last year's score
Sep. 11 Home Carthage College 1:00 p.m. 0-23
Sep. 18 Home St. Thomas University 1:00 p.m. 6-9
Sep. 25 Minneapolis, MN Augsburg College 7:00 p.m. 24-31
Oct. 2 Home Homecoming Bethel College 1:00 p.m. 28-33
Oct. 9 Moorhead, MN Concordia College 1:00 p.m. 21-35
Oct. 16 Home Hamline University 1:00 p.m. 13-14 OT
Oct. 23 Northfield, MN Carleton College 1:00 p.m. 21-7
Oct. 30 Collegeville St. John's University 1:00 p.m. 0-35
Nov. 6 Home Gustavus Adolphus College 1:00 p.m. 14-49
Nov. 11 Metrodome Macalester College 5:00 p.m. 33-1
 
 
 

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Player & Team Information
1998 Overa11 Record: 2-8
1998 Conference Record :  2-7, T-7th
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 43/18
Starters Returning/lost: 16/6
Offense: 7/4
Defense: 9/2
Punt-PK: 1/1
 

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Returning Starters (Pos.. year. ht.. wt. misc. notes:
Returning Starters (Pos.. year. ht.. wt. misc. notes)

Sven Bjorklund  DL  00  6’5”  240  Senior Co-Captain; '98 All-MIAC Second Team, Sven looks to continue his dominance on the DL.
Marc Davies  TE  02  6’5”  245  After great spring workouts, Davies is going to make a run at All-MIAC First Team.
Ben Dieterich  LB  00  6’1”  210  Senior Co-Captain; '98 All-MIAC Honorable Mention; Leader of the defense.
Cory Dingels  FS  02  6’3”  175  Cory’s excellent speed will cause havoc for opponents.
Jeff Flugum  OL  02  6’3”  250  '98 All-MIAC Second Team, Jeff’s intensity will lead the offense.
Steve Fried  CB  01  6’2”  180  The defense is hoping Steve jumps off to a big start like he did last season.
Ryan Hollom  WO  00  5’11”  175 '98 All-MIAC First Team; returns for his final season and is hoping for All-  American honors for the second time in his St. Olaf career. Named to pre-  season All-American Farm-Team.
Mark Hubbard  OL  01  6’4”  255  Started two years in a row and looks to dominate at his position again this year.
Issac Johnson  OL  01  6’2”  250 Making the move from DL to OL, Issac is going to drastically improve the OL.
Haakon Nelson  K  00  6’0”  180  Entering his final season, Haakon is prepared to have a big year.
Steve Ryan  CB  02  6’3”  180  '98 All-MIAC First Team. After an outstanding freshman year, Steve will be hoping for an All-American year.
Brian Sprout  WO  02  6’1”  175  '98 All-MIAC Second Team. '99 MIAC Baseball Player of the Year. Hopes his sticky hands will help push the Oles up the MIAC ladder.
Greg Struve  LB  01  6’4”  210  Greg hopes that his speed and a year of experience will make him unstoppable.
Scott Syverson  OL  00  6’3”  245  Scott looks to return as one of the dominate lineman on the team.
Shane Vatland  SS  02  6’1”  210  The hard-hitting safety will is ready for action in '99.
Rob Ward  OL  02  6’2”  265  Rob will use his speed and strength to protect the QB’s blind-side.
Jeremy Young  DL  01  6’2”  265  '98 All-MIAC Second Team. This hard working DL will be fighting off double teams to become an All-American.
 
 

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Key Newcomers (Pos.. YR. hometown/HS/IC/last school at: notes):
Key Newcomers (Pos.. YR. hometown/HS/IC/last school at: notes):
Matt Lafferty LB transfer (North Dakota)
Greg Medeck LB transfer (Ridgewater JC)
Matt Picchietti DL transfer (Iowa)
Jake Rath  DB transfer (Wisconsin)

Key Freshmen
Tim Baer  RB 03 Galesville, WI
Abe Berge  DL 03 Edina, MN/ Edina
Martin Olague DB 03 Rialtu, CA
Jeff Schmidt QB 03 Bloomer, WI

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Key Losses (Pos.. ht.. wt.. reason absent (grad/transfer/injury/misc.): notes):
Key Losses (Pos.. ht.. wt.. reason absent (grad/transfer/injury/misc.): notes):
Dave Bergan DL 6’2”  235 graduated
Kevin Duce  WO 6’1”  175 graduated
Pete Enerson OL 6’3”  255 abroad
Kevin Evans RB 6’0”  190 graduated
Joe Haugo  OL 6’7”  260 graduated
Dan Hilebrandt K 6’3”   180 transfer (North Dakota)
Matt Manary LB 5’10”  180  graduated
Paul Minkler RB 6’0  180 graduated
Jamey Moseman DB 6’0” 180 graduated
Matt Olson  RB 5’11” 180 graduated
Peter Schultz QB 6’1” 185 graduated
Darik Steinbach LB 5’11 205 graduated
Matthew Tollefson DB 6’1” 185 graduated
Jacob Walters OL 6’2" 195 graduated
Jason Welle  OL  6’2” 240 abroad
Gehrig Williamson DB 6’3” 190 abroad

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Season Outlook and Notes:

1999 Ole football team ready to make move

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- St. Olaf College enters the 1999 season optimistic about its chances in what looks to be an up-for-grabs Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.  With 16 starters back, the Oles expect to climb the conference ladder in a hurry and push for the conference title.

 St. Olaf finished 2-8 in 1998 for the second consecutive season.  However, the Oles made huge strides between 1997 and '98.  Although they finished with the same record, head coach Paul Miller's Oles cut their average margin of defeat by almost 10 full points in 1998, and drastically improved their time of possession.  Miller enters his third collegiate season at the helm after coaching Apple Valley High School to two state titles.  Minus a handful of players, St. Olaf will field the same team for essentially the third year in a row, counting on increased strength and experience to lead it through its 1999 campaign.

 The Ole defense looks to be solid all-around.  Led up-front by senior co-captain defensive end Sven Bjorklund and junior tackle Jeremy Young, St. Olaf will field a formidable front seven.  Young and Bjorklund both were named All-MIAC last year, to the first and second teams respectively.  An All-MIAC honorable mention in 1998, senior co-captain Ben Dieterich will start for his second consecutive season at a linebacker position.  St. Olaf returns its entire secondary, including sophomore cornerback Steve Ryan, named All-MIAC first team in his freshman year.  Ryan, who also earned the MIAC Player of the Week award once last year, will shatter the school record for career interception if he continues at his current pace.

 The biggest question for the Ole offense will be who will call the signals.  St. Olaf loses two-time captain and team MVP Peter Schultz to graduation and will look to youth to replace him.  Two juniors and a sophomore will compete for the job.  Senior Ryan Hollom and sophomore Brian Sprout return at the two wideout spots, giving whoever emerges at quarterback quality targets, as the two were named to the All-MIAC first and second teams in 1998.  Sophomore Jeff Flugum, All-MIAC second team in 1998, will return at center to anchor an offensive line that returns three starters and its tight end.

 Special teams, a typical strength of St. Olaf football, should prove excellent in 1999.  Senior kicker Haakon Nelson returns for his third year on the job, and should provide excellent support  for the Ole offense.

 Though not the favorite to win the conference, eyes around the league will be watching the Oles this season as they continue their upward climb under Miller's tenure.  Some questions remain unanswered, but a solid returning core that has grown stronger with a dedicated off season program should aid St. Olaf in their quest for a MIAC championship.
 

Projected All-American Candidates:

Ryan Hollom -- sr, WR  (selected as Farm-Team Pre-Season All-American)
Jeremy Young -- jr, DT
Steve Ryan -- so, CB
Brian Sprout -- so,WR

Projected All-MIAC Candidates:

Ryan Hollom -- sr, WR
Jeremy Young -- jr, DT
Steve Ryan -- so, CB
Brian Sprout -- so,WR
Marc Davies -- so, TE
Jeff Flugum -- so, C
Ben Dieterich -- sr, LB
Haakon Nelson -- sr, K
Jay Larsen -- jr, RB
Cory Dingels -- so, FS
Jason Carlson -- sr, SS
Rob Ward -- so, OG
Matt Picchietti -- jr, NG
 
 

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Preseason Roster |
 
 

# Name Class Pos. Ht. Wt High School

1 Joe Hammond 2 QB 6'0 180 Neillsville (WI)
2 Dave Orstad 3 QB 6'1 195 Apple Valley
3 Dan Patnode 2 WO 6'1 175 Princeton
4 Scott Schaffler 2 QB 6'0 200 LeSueur-Henderson (LeSueur)
5 Josh Iverson 3 RB 5'11 190 Kasson-Mantorville
6 Jake Rath 1 DB 5'10 170 Apple Valley
7 Haakon Nelson 4 K 6'0 165 White Bear Lake
9 Jay Larsen 3 RB 6'0 210 Northfield
10 Ryan Hollom 4 WO 5'11 175 LeSueur-Henderson (LeSueur)
11 Steve Ryan 2 DB 6'3 185 South St. Paul
12 Ben Dietrich 4 LB 6'1 240 St. Ansgar (IA)
13 Jon Christianson2 WO 6'1 180 Marshall
14 Joe Gardner 1 DB 5'10 175 Northfield
15 Martin Olague 1 DB 5'10 180 Rialto (CA-A.B. Miller)
16 Chris Nickel 3 QB 6'2 205 Ft. Collins (CO-Rocky Mountain)
17 Kent Ashley 1 K 5'10 175 West St. Paul (Sibley)
18 Brian Sprout 2 WO 6'3 195 Lake City
19 Aaron Douglas 3 DB 5'11 185 Hutchinson
20 Tim Baer 1 RB 5'11 205 Gale- Ettrick- Trempleau H.S (Ettrick, WI)
21 Manuel Spreigl 2 RB 6'1 180 South St. Paul
22 Steve Freid 3 DB 6'2 190 LeSueur-Henderson (LeSueur)
23 John Stockman 3 DB 6'0 185 Burnsville
24 Neal Olson 1 WO 6'0 185 Lincoln (Wisconsin Rapids, WI)
26 Peter Everson 1 DB 6'1 185 Cambridge
27 Doug Wolgamont 2 DB 5'10 180 Mahtomedhi
29 John Kukkonen 4 LB 6'2 235 Audubon (IA)
30 Jeremy Schweitz 1 DB 5'11 185 Forrest Lake
33 Aaron Crowser 4 DB 6'3 210 Alexandria
35 Cory Dingels 2 WO 6'4 195 Gibbon-Farifax-Winthrop
37 David Haskin 3 WO 6'0 185 Cincinnatic (OH-Turpin)
38 Dan Meyers 1 S 6'1 195 Cannon Falls
41 Kevin Clausen 2 RB 5'11 205 Anthon (IA)
42 Matthew Brent 3 DB 6'2 200 Bronx Academy (Bronx, NY)
43 Tom Erickson 4 LB 6'2 235 Bloomington Jefferson
44 Shane Vatland 2 DB 6'1 200 Mabel-Canton
45 Cordell Hunkins 2 RB 6'2 235 Apple Valley
47 Greg Struve 3 LB 6'4 210 South St. Paul
48 Jason Carlson 3 DB 6'2 210 Tower-Soudan
49 Joel Hunt 3 DL 6'3 210 Jordan
50 Scott Syverson 4 OL 6'3 255 Alexandria
51 Matt Lafferty 1 LB 6'3 249 Apple Valley
53 Darren Best 2 LB 5'11 200 Bloomington Kennedy
55 Greg Medeck 3 LB 6'1" 240 Sauk Rapids
56 Eric Stevenson 3 DL 6'4 225 Princeton (IL)
57 Josh Rife 3 0L 6'5 265 Mt. Vernon, IA
58 Paden Hendrickson2 OL 6'5 245 Minnehaha  Academy
60 Chris Jacobsen 2 DL 6'3 225 Lake Oswego (OR)
63 John Eickhoff 2 OL 6'2 200 Fairmont
65 Sean Fleming 1 OL 6'4 280 Randolph
66 Mark Hubbard 3 OL 6'6 270 Burnsville
67 Jake Landsteiner 2 OL 6'4 290 New Ulm
70 Isaac Johnson 3 OL 6'0 290 Edina
71 Corey Ristau 4 DL 6'2 299 Warner (Marshfield, SD)
72 Jeff Flugum 2 OL 6'4 255 Apple Valley
73 Eric Vegoe 3 OL 6'2 250 St. Paul Academy
74 Abe Berge 1 DL 6'2 265 Edina
75 Rob Ward 2 OL 6'2 285 Rochester Mayo
77 Courtney Moseman2 DL 6'4 255 Hastings
78 Jeremy Young 3 DL 6'2 286 Mahtomedia
82 Kyle Korynta 1 WR 6'1 180 East Grand Forks
83 Jeff Schmidt 1 QB 6'1 190 Bloomer (WI)
84 Zach Kent 2 WO 6'2 185 Colorado Springs (CO)
85 Marc Davies 2 TE 6'5 255 Richfield
86 Duane Heidemann 3 TE 6'1 191 Neillsville (WI)
87 James Struble 2 DL 6'4 265 Sparta (WI)
88 Eric Bretheim 1 WO 6'0 175 Edina
89 Mike Hoagberg 2 TE 6'4 230 Apple Valley
91 Adam Alsleben 3 OL 6'4 270 Willmar
93 Sven Bjorklund 4 DL 6'5 255 Edina
94 Matt Picchietti 2 DL 6'1 255 Loyola Academy (Chicago, Ill)
98 Andres Masis 3 DL 6'2 245 Ripon (WI)
99 Shane Tretsven 2 LB 6'1 230 St. Croix Falls (WI)
 
 
 
 

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