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2004 Football Gazette All-American Team

Concordia Football Gazette All-Americans

Nick Didier
 - 1st Team All-American
- Aztec Bowl Participant
- 1st Team All-Region
- MIAC Stam Award Winner
- 2-Time All-MIAC
 Josh Dietz
- 2nd Team All-American
- 1st Team All-Region
- 3-Time All-MIAC
- School Record Holder in
solo tackles
Andrew Passanante
- 3rd Team All-American
- 2nd Team All-Region
- Led MIAC in Receptions
- School Record Holder in
Receiving Yds. in a Season
 Jordan Talge
- 1st Team All-American
- 1st Team All-Region
- Gagliardi Trophy Finalist
- Tied School Record for 
Interceptions in a Season 
Concordia All-American Award Recap

Didier, Dietz, Passanante and Talge Named Football Gazette All-Americans! 
- Complete Listing of Former Cobber All-Americans
COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Four Cobber players capped their tremendous senior seasons by being named to the Football Gazette All-American Team. Nick Didier (Sr., Helena, Mont.), Josh Dietz (Sr., Glencoe, Minn.), Andrew Passanante (Sr., Hawley, Minn.) and Jordan Talge (Sr., Moorhead, Minn.) all earned All-American honors for the first time in their career.

The four All-American selections from one team is the single most in Cobber program history, and marks the first time since 1995 that a Concordia player has been named to an All-American Team. Tim Lowery ('96) was the last Concordia player to be named as an All-American when he was selected as a member of the All-American First Team as an offensive tackle. 

The quartet brings the total of Cobber All-American football players in the history of the program to 21.

Only one other player from the MIAC was named to the Football Gzaette All-American Team. St. John's defensive lineman Jason Good earned All-American Third Team honors. 

Didier and Talge were the two Cobbers to earn first team designations. Didier was named to the All-American First Team as an offensive, and Talge was selected as a defensive back. Dietz was placed on the All-American Second Team as an linebacker, while Passanante earns All-American Third Team honors as a wide receiver. 

Didier carries on the great tradition of outstanding offensive linemen at Concordia. He was named the MIAC Stam Award winner at the end of the regular season, and was selected to play in the Division III All-Star Aztec Bowl in Mexico last weekend. The Stam Award goes to the most outstanding offensive of defensive lineman in the MIAC. Last week he was named to the All-West Region First Team.

He was also named to the MIAC All-Conference first team for the second straight season. He anchored an offensive line that cleared the way for a Cobber offense that averaged 398 yards in total offense per game during the regular season. 

Talge continues to be bestowed with postseason honors. He has already been announced as one of the finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy. The Gagliardi Trophy is awarded to the top player in NCAA Division III. Talge was also named the All-West Region Defensive Player of the Year by the Football Gazette and earned All-West Region First Team Honors. Talge completed the MIAC season by being named to the MIAC All-Conference First Team. 

He also was honored as one of the top student/athletes in Division III by being named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team as selected by CoSIDA. 

On the field, Talge tied the school record for interceptions in a season (8) and was one interception shy of tying the record for interceptions in a career. He finished the year by leading the MIAC in interceptions and passes defended. 

Dietz puts the finish on a career that saw him earn MIAC All-Conference honors for three straight seasons. He finished the 2004 season by being placed on the All-West Region First Team. 

Dietz led the Cobbers in tackles for three straight seasons. He owns the school record for solo tackles in a career, and was one tackle away from tying the school record for overall tackles in a career. Dietz was part of a defense that finished fifth in the nation in rushing defense and seventh in overall defense. The Cobbers were also ranked 13th in scoring defense.

Passanante is the final member of the Cobbers to earn All-American accolades. He was named to the All-West Region Second Team last week after being named to the MIAC All-Conference First Team for the second straight season. 

Passanante continues to follow in the footsteps of Cobber head coach Terry Horan. In the first game of the playoffs, he broke Horan's school record for most receiving yards in a single season. The two are the only receivers in program history to amass over 1,000 receiving yards in a season. He also joins Horan as the school's only wide receiver to earn All-American honors. Horan was named as an All-American in the 1986 season. 

Passanante led the MIAC in receptions and receiving yards. He amassed over 100 receiving yards in five of the teamís 12 games, and had three, multiple-touchdown games in 2004. 

2004 Football Gazette All-American Awards

Football Gazette All-American Awards:
2004 Offensive Player of the Year: Brett Elliott, Linfield
2004 Defensive Player of the Year: Jason Trusnik, Ohio Northern
2004 Special Teams Player of the Year: Brandon Hazenberg, Linfield
2004 Coach of the Year: Jay Locey, Linfield

2004 Football Gazette All-American First Team - 
First Team Offense
Pos Name            School              Yr Hometown
QB Brett Elliott    Linfield (Ore.)     Jr Lake Oswego, Ore.
RB Tony Sutton      Wooster (Ohio)      Sr Akron, Ohio
RB Dante Washington Carthage (Wis.)     Sr Glendale Heights, Ill.
WR Casey Allen      Linfield (Ore.)     Jr Newport, Ore.
WR Nick Cushman    Albright (Pa.)      Sr Perkiomenville, PA
TE Jon Branche      R.P.I. (N.Y.)       So Schenectady, N.Y.
C  Matt Bush        Mary Hardin-Baylor  Sr Temple, Texas
OL Brian Dewey      Springfield (Mass.) Sr Victory Hills, N.Y.
OL Nick Didier      Concordia-Moorhead  Sr Helena, Mont.
OL Adam Hernandez   Hardin-Simmons (TX) Sr Victoria, Texas
OL Jeff Oliver      Mary Hardin-Baylor  Sr China Springs, Texas
PK Holt Storrie     Texas Lutheran      Fr San Antonio, Texas

First Team Defense
Pos Name            School              Yr Hometown
DL Johnny Josef     Mount Union (Ohio)  Sr Mogadore, Ohio
DL Jason Ripke      Simpson (Iowa)      Jr Newell, Iowa
DL Reggie Robinson  Hardin-Simmons      So Everman, Texas
DL Jason Trusnik    Ohio Northern       Jr. Macedonia, Ohio
LB Brent Gailey     Hardin-Simmons      Sr Abliene, Texas
LB Mike Fox St.     John Fisher (N.Y.)  Sr Caledonia, N.Y.
LB Shaun Spisak     Mount Union (Ohio)  Sr Sagamore Hills, Ohio
DB Will Galusha     Hardin-Simmons (TX) So Abilene, Texas
DB Dan McKeown      Adrian (Mich.)      Jr. Walled Lake, Mich.
DB Frank Pilato     Wash & Jeff (Pa.)   Sr Macedonia, Ohio
DB Jordan Talge     Concordia-Moorhead  Sr Moorhead, Minn.
P  Kevin Soflkiancs Baldwin-Wallace     Fr Middleberg Hts., Ohio
RS Brandon Hazenberg Linfield (Ore.)    Jr Newberg, Ore.

2004 Football Gazette All-American Second Team - 
Second Team Offense
Pos Name            School              Yr Hometown
QB Zac Bruney       Mount Union         Sr Martins Ferry, Ohio
RB Mark Robinson    St. John Fisher(NY) So Bath, N.Y
RB Brett Trichlio   Wilkes (Pa.)        Sr Dunmore, Pa.
WR Brad Musso       Wheaton (Ill.)      Sr Hinsdale, Ill.
WR Tyke Spencer     North Central (IL)  Jr. Naperville, Ill.
TE Ross Adamczk     UW-Stevens Point    Sr Stevens Point, Wis.
C  Rick Prescott    Mount Union (Ohio)  Sr East Liverpool, Ohio
OL Scott Blum       Rowan (N.J.)        Sr Howell, N.J.
OL Victor DeBoer    John Carroll (Ohio) Sr Elmwood Park, Ill.
OL Rick Drushal     Wooster (Ohio)      So Lakeville, Ohio
OL Sean Rierdon     St. Norbert (Wis.)  Sr De Pere, Wis.
PK Lucas Raschke    Wisconsin-Oshkosh   Fr Clintonville, Wis.

Second Team Defense
Pos Name            School              Yr Hometown
DL Mike Lewis       Adrian (Mich.)      Jr Auburn Hills, Mich.
DL Josh Lane        Aurora (Ill.)       Sr Chenoa, Ill.
DL Chris Purtell    Hobart (N.Y.)       Sr Sardinia, N.Y.
DL Keith Zunker     Mary Hardin-Baylor  Sr San Antonio, Texas
LB Josh Dietz       Concordia-Moorhead  Sr Glencoe, Minn.
LB Lenny Radtke     North Central (IL)  Jr Carol Stream, Ill.
LB Taz Wallace      Adrian (Mich.)      So Adrian, Mich.
DB Brandon Fox      Carthage (Wis.)     So Elk Grove Village, Ill.
DB David Garcia     Texas Lutheran      Jr Pasadena, Texas
DB Alex Hansen      Hardin-Simmons (TX) Sr Southlake, Texas
DB Kyle Hausler     Capital (Ohio)      Jr Hilliard, Ohio
P  Christian Adams  Guliford (N.C.)     Sr St. Cloud, Fla.
RS Alex Ballard     Redlands (Calif.)   Jr Grand Terrace, Calif.

2004 Football Gazette All-American Third Team -
Third Team Offense
Pos Name            School              Yr Hometown
QB Mike Orihel      Rowan (N.J.)        So Trenton, N.J.
RB Casey Meehan     St. Norbert (Wis.)  Jr Rockbridge, Ill.
RB Lance Moore      Hardin-Simmons (TX) Sr Roby, Texas
WR Brandon Chambers Thiel (Pa.)         Jr Farrell, Pa.
WR Andrew Passanante Concordia-Moorhead Sr Hawley, Minn.
TE Matt Ross Texas  Lutheran            Sr San Antonio, Texas
C Brian Dini        Wheaton (Ill.)      Sr Wyckoff, N.J.
OL Alex Bell        Hobart (N.Y.)       Sr Modena, N.Y.
OL Jamie Kleinle    Delaware Valley    Sr Nazareth, Pa.
OL Lamont Moore     Shenandoah (Va.)    Sr Reston, Va.
OL Josh Van Laan    Olivet (Mich.)      So Caledonia, Mich.
PK Will Bean        St. John Fisher     Sr Port Gibson, N.J.

Third Team Defense
Pos Name            School              Yr Hometown
DL David Bleitner   Lake Forest (Ill.)  Sr St. Louis, Mo.
DL Jason Good       St. Johnís (Minn.)  Jr Brainerd, Minn.
DL Ben Hare         North Central (IL)  Jr Marengo, Ill.
DL Quinn Longhurst  California Lutheran Sr Salt Lake City, Utah
LB Mark Sanger      Central (Iowa)      Sr Britt, Iowa
LB Sam Scharinger   Lakeland (Wis.)     Sr Howards Grove, Wis.
LB Andy Shook       Wash & Jeff (Pa.)   Sr Louisville, Ohio
DB Jesse Clum       Mount Union (Ohio)  Sr Greenville, Ohio
DB Aaron Goldstein  Trinity (Conn.)     Sr Edina, Minn.
DB Drew Holman      Lake Forest (Ill.)  Sr Morris, Ill.
DB Scott Greenberg  John Carroll (Ohio) Sr Mayfield, Ill.
P Dan Eggerstsson   Franklin & Marshall Sr Royal Palm, Fla.
RS Jed Warsager     Moravian (Pa.)      Sr Andover, N.J.


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