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1999 St. Thomas Football Preview Information
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College Info
School: University of St. Thomas
Founded:  1885
location:  St. Paul.
Enrollment  5,127 undergrad/5,309 graduate
President:  Rev Dennis Dease
Athletic Director:  Steve Fritz
Team Niclmamc:   Tommies
Colors:  Purple & Gray
Stadium (capacity):  O'Shaughnessy Stadium (5,000)
Press Box Phone:   (651) 962-5939
 

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Football Staff
Head Coach:  Don Roney
 Alma Mater/year of grad.:  St. Thomas/1984 Starting  2nd season
Record with current school:  7-3
All-Time Record Yrs:  7-3 (19-16 in 4 yrs. at N. Hennepin CC)

Coach's phone/best time to call: (651) 962-5908

Assistants/Position:
George Wemeier (Off Coor.),
Bill Burke (0ef. Coor.);
Clint Ewald (OL),
Jaime Sherwood (OL),
Dick Rinehart (Spec. Teams);
Jesse Moyer (LBs);
Tom Flood (WR);
Dick Crandall (DBs);
Dan Green (DL);
Gene Wise (DE),
Aaron Benner (WR),
Trent Hanson (DBs).
 

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Sports Information
S.I.D:  Gene McGivern
Office Phone:  (651) 962-5903
Home Phone: (651) 686-6399
Fax::  (651) 962-5928
E-Mail Address:   ejmcgivern@stthomas.edu
Web site:    http://tigger.stthomas.edu/ATPE/index.cfm
 

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 1998 Game-by Game Results
9/12 Bemidji State A  L 21-25
9/19 St. Olaf  H  W 9-6
9/26 St. John's A  L 13-31
10/3 Gustavus H L 23-26
10/10 Macalester A W 33-10
10/17 Carleton A W 28-24
10/24 Augsburg H W 29-28, 2 OT
10/31 Bethel  Away W 33-10
11/7 Concordia  H W 48-21
11/12 Hamline W 26-23

7-3 overall, 7-2 MIAC, T-2nd
 
 
 
 

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1999  Schedule
Date Foe Site Time
1999 Univ. of St. Thomas Football Schedule
Date Opponent Site Time
Sat. Sept. 11 Bemidji State Home L 24-14
Sat. Sept. 18 St. Olaf Northfield 1 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 25 St. John's Home 1 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 2 Gustavus St. Peter 1 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 9 (H) Macalester Home 1 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 16 Carleton Home 1 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 23 Augsburg Minneapolis 1 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 30 Bethel Home 1 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 5 Concordia-M'head Fargo, N.D. 8 p.m. (at Fargodome)
Thu. Nov. 11 Hamline Metrodome 8 p.m.
 (H)-Homecoming

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Player & Team Information
1998 Overall Record:  8-2
1998 Conference Record/Place  7-2/tied for 2nd

letterwinners Returning/lost: 60 returning/25 lost.
Starters Ret./Lost:18/6
Offense:8/3
Defense:8/3
Kick: PK& P return
 
 

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1999 St. Thomas Returning Starters (8 off., 8 def., PK, P)

Tommie Offense (7 plus PK)
WR #87 Jason Dahlen, SO 5-11, 170 Eden Prairie

LT #75 Brian Hartigan, SR 6-2, 260 Western Springs, Ill./Nazareth Acad.
LG #67 Tom Virnig, SR 6-3, 275 St. Cloud/Cathedral
C #76 John Stewart, SR 6-1, 235 Roseville
RT #62 Will Hankee, SR 6-2, 240 White Bear Lake/St. Thomas Acad.
QB #9 Greg Kaiser, SR 6-3, 205 Mora
FB #43 Mike Westland, SR 6-1, 225 Albert Lea
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PK #43 Mike Westland, SR 6-1, 225 Albert Lea
LS #98 Josh Harrington, SR 6-0, 220
LeRoy/LeRoy-Ostrander

Tommie Defense (8 plus P)

DT #98 Josh Harrington, SR 6-0, 220
LeRoy/LeRoy-Ostrander
DT #93 Aaron Johnson, SO 6-4, 250 Duluth/Central
RE #96 Andy Kaiser, SO 6-3, 245 Mora
OLB #28 Blaine Tetreault, SR 6-2, 215 Fridley
OLB #3 Scott Solinger, JR 5-11, 185 St. Francis
SS #45 Steve Nolander, SR 6-3, 195 Albert Lea
FS #14 Tim Balthazor, SR 6-0, 180 Champlin/Champlin Park
CB #23 Darren Nelson, SR 5-9, 160 Mpls./Acad. of the Holy Angels
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P #29 Nate Sundberg, JR 6-1, 230 Red Wing
KR #35 Brad Grossman, SR 5-8, 170 Cottage Grove/Park
 #42 Tom Eldridge, JR 5-7, 155 Sun Prairie, Wis.

Key Returners
*Brad Grossman, RB, SR, Cottage Grove/Park (1998: 3 TDs, 318 rush. yds., 8 rec.-79 yds)

*Brian Hartigan, OG, SR, Western Springs, Ill. (1998: 2nd-Team All-MIAC)

*Andy Kaiser, DE, SO, Mora  (1998: 2nd-Team All-MIAC, 72 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 INT, 2 fum. recover)

*Greg Kaiser, QB, SR, Mora  (1998: All-MIAC, 162-277-8, 59%, 2,233 yds., 20 TD)
 (Career: 1997 Acad. All-Amer.; 2X All-MIAC; 19 Gm., 348-579-15, 60%, 4,563 yds., 42 TD)

*Steve Nolander, SS, SR, Albert Lea  (1998: 3rd-Team All-American, All-MIAC, 8 INT, 2 TD returns) (Career: 14 INT, 2 fum. recover, 144 tackles, 12 break-ups, team 23-7 in his era)

*Blane Tetreault, LB, SR, Fridley  (1998: All-MIAC, 92 tackles, 2 sacks, 7 break-ups, 3 INT, 1 fum. recover)

*Mike Westland, FB, SR, Albert Lea  (1998: 2nd-team All-MIAC, 3 TDs, 47 rec.-515 yds., 4-of-4 FG, 21-of-28 PAT)  (Career: 6 TDs, 79 rec.-792 yds, 7-of-11 FG, 37-of-49 PAT, team 23-7 in his era)

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Key Newcomers (Pos.. YR. hometown/HS/IC/last school at: notes):
Key Newcomers
*Jake Barkley, RB, FR, 5-10, 190, Robbinsdale Armstrong (Minnesota HS Shrine Game)
*Alex Jadin, QB/WR, FR, 6-1, 180, Green Bay, Wis., Notre Dame HS (Wisconsin all-state)
*Logan Kane, OT, FR, 6-5, 275, South St. Paul
*Dan Koenig, DE, SO, 6-3, 255, Academy of the Holy Angels (Transfer from Univ. of Mary)
*Marcus Ludtke, RB, JR, 5-11, 190, Albert Lea (Transfer from Conc.-M'head, 908 rushing yds. in 20 career games)
*Sean O'Leary, LB, FR, 6-2, 210, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. (Wisconsin all-state)
*Phil Remes, RB, FR, 6-0, 190, Northfield (Minnesota all-state)
*Jeremy Heckman, WR, SO, 5-11, 170, Lino Lakes/Centennial (First season of college football) (2-year UST track & field career as sprinter: 4X All-American, 11 MIAC titles indoors/outdoors in 100, 200, 400 and relays; MIAC all-time record holder indoor 200 meters/22.04)
 

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Key Losses (Pos.. ht.. wt.. reason absent (grad/transfer/injury/misc.): notes):
*Chris Chappuis, TE/Grad (1998: 26 rec.-451 yds, 7 TD, punt returns 12.4 ypr)
*Ben Duffey, RB/Grad (3-Year Career: 1991 rush yds., 2,364 all-purpose yds., 15 TDs)
*John Fiedler, OG/Grad (2-year starter)
*Paul Humbert, LB/Grad (Career: 255 tackles, 10 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 INT)
*Joe Madigan, DE/Not returning for fifth year (1998: 58 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 fum. recover)
*Mark Warder, WR/Grad (3-Year Career: 104 rec., 1,708 yds., 17 TDs)
*Brad Grossman HB #35 , SR 5-8, 170 Cottage Grove/Park (3 TD, 50-318 yards rushing, eight catches-79 yards).

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Season Outlook and Notes:
1999 University of St. Thomas Football -- Season Preview
| See  also 9/9/99 release |

 St. Thomas, which closed its 1998 football season with six consecutive victories, hopes to carry that momentum into 1999.

 In Don Roney's debut season as UST head coach, the 1998 Tommies finished 7-3 overall, with two of the three losses coming by margins of four or less points. The Toms tied for second place in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) for the third consecutive season at 7-2. The Tommie defense, which finished plus-15 in turnovers last season to rank 10th nationally, made 14 of its 19 interceptions in the last four games.

 UST returns eight starters on offense and eight on defense, as well as its starting punter and placekicker. Roney expects more than 112 players to report Aug. 22 for the start of two-a-day practices. The Toms open thier season Sept. 11 at home vs. Bemidji State and begin MIAC play Sept. 18 at St. Olaf.

 The 1999 Toms, gunning for the school's first conference football championship since 1990, will be led by two acclaimed seniors -- Academic All-American QB Greg Kaiser (SR-Mora) on offense, and Division III All-American safety Steve Nolander (SR-Albert Lea) on defense. Kaiser, a two-year starter who boasts a 3.87 gpa in Business, needs 3,147 passing yards and 2,885 total offense yards to finish No. 1 in both categories on the UST career charts. In 19 career games, he has thrown for 4,563 yards and 42 TDs with only 15 interceptions while completing 60% of his passes (348-of-579). In 1998 he finished 25th nationally in total offense (246.2 ypg) and third in the MIAC in both passing and total offense. He has thrown for 275 or more passing yards in eight of his 19 career games. He is 13-4 in conference career starts, including five come-from-behind victories. Last October on his 21st birthday, he led the Toms to a wild 29-28, two-overtime victory over Augsburg. He completed 26-of-42 for 327
yards, three TD and no interceptions, including an NCAA record-tying 99-yard TD pass. Trailing 28-21 in second OT, Kaiser completed an 18-yard TD pass on 3rd-and-3 to make it 28-27, then on the play to decide the game he threw the winning two-point pass.

 Nolander tied for fifth in NCAA Division III and led the conference with eight interceptions in 1998, including two returned for touchdowns. He's tied for second on the UST career interception list with 14. He needs 11 this fall to tie the MIAC and St. Thomas record of 25 held by Neal Guggemos (1982-85) who later played in the NFL. Nolander was voted third-team All-American in 1998 by Football Gazette, and is one of 27 players (one of two MIAC players) named to the 1999 Division III Preseason All-America team by Preview Sports Publications.

 Four other UST returners received all-conference mention last season -- the other first teamer was LB Blane Tetreault (SR-Fridley) (three INT, 92 tackles, seven break-ups). Second-team honorees were DE Andy Kaiser (SO-Mora) (72 tackles, six sacks, two fumble recoveries, one INT), the brother of QB Greg; FB/PK Mike Westland (SR-Albert Lea) (4-4 FG, 21-28 PAT, 2 TD, 47 catches-515 yards) and OG Brian Hartigan (SR-Western Springs, Ill.)

 The Toms graduated their top rusher in Ben Duffey (1,991 yards, 15 TDs on career).

 Adding backfield depth will be transfer Marcus Ludtke (JR-Albert Lea), a two-year starter at Concordia-Moorhead. Ludtke, who will be reunited with Albert Lea High teammates Nolander and Westland with the Tommies, had 908 rushing yards and two TDs in 20 career games. Also back is Nate Sundberg (JR-Red Wing), who has 10 touchdowns, 556 rushing yards and 207 reception yards in 18 career games.

 The Toms also graduated their top two receivers in Mark Warder (104 catches, 1,708 yards, 17 TDs on career) and tight end Chris Chappuis (26 catches, 451 yards, seven TD in 1998). Chappuis also was the Toms' chief punt-return threat (12.4 ypr in 1998).

 The Toms open at home Sept. 11 vs. Bemidji State, a team that beat them 25-21 in Bemidji last season en route to a 7-3 finish. The Toms host perennial conference power St. John's Sept. 25 -- the first time the archrival Johnnies will play on the UST campus since 1994. (The 1995 and 1998 games were at St. John's and the 1996 and 1997 games were played on neutral turf in the Metrodome).

 Roney has just one change from his 1998 coaching staff -- running backs coach John Coatta, Jr., left to become the head coach at Bloomington Kennedy High School.
 
 
 

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Preseason Roster:
 


UST Sports News 9/9/99

Football (0-0-0 overall, 0-0-0 MIAC)
St. Thomas opens its 1999 football season Saturday with a 1 p.m. home clash vs. Bemidji State… The
Toms make their MIAC debut Sept. 18 at St. Olaf at 1 p.m... Second-year UST head coach Don Roney,
whose team won its last six games of 1998 in a 7-3 finish, has 23 seniors, led by Academic All-American
Greg Kaiser (SR-Mora) at QB and All-American Steve Nolander (SR-Albert Lea) at safety... The Toms
have tied for second in the MIAC the last two seasons with 7-2 MIAC records... The Toms host rival St.
John’s Sept. 25 in O’Shaughnessy Stadium in a battle of MIAC title hopefuls, and host Macalester Oct. 9
for Homecoming weekend... Nolander is one of three players from Albert Lea in the UST starting lineup,
joining fullback Mike Westland (SR-Albert Lea), and halfback Marcus Ludtke (JR-Albert Lea), a junior
who transferred from Concordia-Moorhead... Defensively, tackle Bryan Keister (SR-Stillwater) returned
after sitting out 1998 with a shoulder injury. Other defensive standouts are LB Blane Tetreault
(SR-Fridley) and DT Andy Kaiser (JR-Mora)… After a 30-year hiatus in the UST-Bemidji series, the
teams played last season with Bemidji winning 25-21 at home in the season opener en route to a 6-4
finish... the schools haven’t played in football since 1968… The Beavers are 1-0 after posting a 28-7
home win last Saturday vs. Minot State. BSU star running back Chris Meyer, a 3,000-yard career rusher
with 30 career TDs, injured cartilage in his ribs late in the first quarter vs. Minot and likely will miss
Saturday’s game. Meyer scored the winning TD last season vs. the Toms and rushed for 142 yards.
 

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