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12/18 Terry Horan Announces Postseason
Hebrink finished his career by being named to the All-MIAC First Team three consecutive years. He also ended his four years by breaking the old conference record of offensive yardage in a career set by Kurt Ramler of St. John's. Hebrink will finish second on the conference's all-time list as he was passed by Bethel quarterback Scott Kirchoff at the end of the year. Hebrink holds the Concordia school records for most offensive yards gained in a career, most rushing yards by a quarterback in a career, most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season and most passing touchdowns in a career.
Other repeat winners for the Cobber football awards were Bobby Clark (Sr., Seeley Lake, Mont./Seeley-Swan HS) as the team's Most Valuable Back and Most Valuable Special Teams Player, Josh Vickerman (Sr., Alexandria, Minn./Jefferson HS) as the team's Most Valuable Defensive Back and kicker Brian Halverson who shared the special teams honor with Clark.
Horan named five players as captains for the 2004 season. Jordan Talge (Jr., Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead HS) will be a captain for the second consecutive season. Talge was named to the All-MIAC Second team and to the prestigious Verizon Academic All-District Third Team. He was tied for the team lead in interceptions. He also finished tied for second in the MIAC in that statistical category. He finished tied for first in the league in passes defended. Talge was part of the the Concordia defense that finished first in the MIAC in rushing yards allowed.
Joining Talge as captain will be Travis Christensen (Jr., Battle Lake, Minn./Battle Lake HS), Josh Dietz (Glencoe, Minn. / Glencoe-Silver Lake HS), Nick Didier (Jr., Helena, Mont./Capital HS) and Andrew Passanante (Jr., Hawley, Minn./Hawley HS). Christensen played in all ten games this season and was named to the All-MIAC Honorable Mention Team. Dietz was a First Team All-MIAC player this year. Dietz finished the season with 103 tackles, which is the most by a Cobber player since the 1990 season when Shayne Lindsay and Kevin Pavalko amassed 124 tackles apiece. Dietz has a three-year total of 181.5 tackles. He also ended the MIAC regular season seventh in tackles per game, with a 10.1 average. He helped the Cobbers' defense rank first against the run, holding opponents to only 115.9 yards per game. Didier was a key member of the offensive line which helped lead the MIAC in rushing yards per game and second in total offensive yards per game. Passanante had his best season as a wide receiver. He was named to the All-MIAC First Team, and finished the season second in the conference in receiving yards per game.
11/25 Cobbers Place 12 Players on MIAC
11/18 Mitch Maxwell Named to the Verizon
Academic All-District First Team.
Senior offensive lineman Mitch Maxwell (Marshall, Minn., Marshall HS) was named to the prestigious Verizon Academic All-District First Team for football. The award honors the top student/athletes in each sport and is voted on by Sports Information Directors from across the region. Maxwell is now eligible to be selected to the Verizon Academic All-American Team. Teammate Jordan Talge (Jr., Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead HS) was named to the All-District Third Team.
Maxwell, a 3.65 Biology major, started all nine games this season and was a two-year starter. He was part of an offensive line ranked first in league in rushing at 287.4 yards per game. It is the second straight season that the Cobbers have led the conference in rushing offense. He helped pave the way so that quarterback Ryan Hebrink could set the school record for most offensive yardage in a career, and running back Bobby Clark to become only the third runner in school history to break the 2,000-yard rushing barrier.
He is one of five offensive lineman selected to the all-district team that will go on to the ballot for all-american honors. A total of 24 players make up the all-district first team.
Talge, a 3.647 Economics major, was the Cobber team captain in 2003. He was tied for the team lead in interceptions. He also finished tied for second in the MIAC in that statistical category. He finished tied for first in the league in passes defended. Talge was part of the the Concordia defense that finished first in the MIAC in rushing yards allowed. He is the President of the Concordia Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) - a committee that he has served on for three years.
11/17 Josh Dietz Named MIAC Defensive
Player of the Week.
Josh Dietz had 10.5 tackles and 2 sacks in the 3-point loss in California. He also had 2.5 tackles for a loss of 15 yards. He was part of a defense that limited the Oaks potent running attack to only 93 yards on the ground.
Dietz finished the season with 103 tackles, which is the most by a Cobber player since the 1990 season when Shayne Lindsay and Kevin Pavalko amassed 124 tackles apiece. Dietz has a three-year total of 181.5 tackles.
He also ended the MIAC
regular season seventh in tackles per game, with a 10.1 average. He
11/16 The College Sporting News
Feature on Ryan Hebrink.
11/11 The College
Sporting News' MIAC Recap for November 8.
11/03 Ryan Hebrink
Named MIAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
It is the first time this season that Hebrink has been awarded MIAC Player of the Week honors and the third time in his career that he has earned the award. It is the second time this season that a Concordia player has been named MIAC Offensive Player of the Week. Bobby Clark (Seeley Lake, Mont./Seeley-Swan HS) earned the award for his performance against Augsburg on October 11.
Hebrink threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns. He also totaled 374 yards of offensive which allowed him to break the school record for offensive yards in a career. Hebrink now stands at 5,789 total offensive yards and has a chance to pass Kurt Ramler of St. John's who is second on the MIAC's all-tine offensive yardage list with 6,062 yards. Bethel quarterback Scott Kirchoff has the conference record for total offensive yardage. Kirchoof currently has 6,508 yards of total offense.
His two passing TD's covered 12 yards and 39 yards and he had a 20.26 yards per completion average for the game. It was the first time in his career that he has thrown for over 300 yards in a contest.
The Cobber offense racked up 531 yards of total offense against the Ole's. That is a season-high for Concordia and ranks in the top five in school history for offensive yards in a game.
11/03 The College
Sporting News' MIAC Recap for November 1.
Preview for St. Olaf is Now Online.
10/28 The College Sporting News
Feature on Bobby Clark.
Preview for St. John's is Now Online.
10/13 Bobby Clark
Named MIAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
Clark rushed for 182 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns in Concordia's 32-13 win over the Auggies. He scored on a 33-yard run to tie the score at 7-7. His second TD of the game came on a 30-yard scamper and gave the Cobbers a 20-14 lead just before the half.
Clark was part of an offense that set a school record for rushing yards in a game. Clark's 9.58 yards per carry average for the game is the highest in his career and ranks as one of the school's all-time best for a single game. Clark now has 628 rushing yards for the season, which leaves him 81 yards shy of becoming the third player in school history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a career.
He is the first Cobber to win player of the week honors in the MIAC this season.
10/10 Cobber GameDay
Preview for Augsburg Now Online.
10/01 Cobber GameDay
Preview for Hamline Now Online.
Sporting News' MIAC Recap for September 27.
9/25 Cobber GameDay
Preview for Carleton Now Online.
9/18 Cobber GameDay
Preview for Bethel Now Online.
9/15 Cobbers Move Up to 26th in Latest
D3football.com National Poll.
9/08 Cobbers Move Up in D3Football National
9/08 The College Sporting News
MIAC Recap for September 6.
9/04 Power Bowl V Game Day Preview is
8/15 Concordia Football Preview for
2003 is Now Online.
Concordia head coach Terry Horan is hoping that the third time is the charm. Horan is entering his third season as coach for the Cobbers and only has one place to go if he wants to continue the upward mobility that he has given Concordia in his first two campaigns. Horan started his tenure at Concordia by finishing in 6th place in the MIAC, with a respectable 5-5 overall record. Last season he guided the Cobbers to a 7-1 MIAC record which placed them only one game behind champion St. John's and two games ahead of third place St. Thomas. For the team's accomplishments he was named the MIAC Coach of the Year. Now that he has sown the seeds of three very good recruiting classes, he hopes to reap the rewards on his way to a MIAC championship and a trip to the NCAA playoffs. It has been eight years since Concordia last won the MIAC title and Horan has his sights set squarely on the school's 18th MIAC crown.
Along with the high expectations also comes the added burden of being one of the favorites to win the conference championship. "We're going to have a bull's eye on our backs," lamented Horan. "Last year we caught people off-guard. We really surprised alot of people and it's not going to be like that this year. This year is going to be completely different."
Despite the added pressure that Horan and the Cobbers will feel this season, they know that the road to reestablishing themselves as one of the premiere football programs in the region is right on schedule. The team will boast a total roster of 140 players and will have the luxury of having close to 70 new players in camp. He summed up the past three years of recruiting by stating, "we wanted to work hard in our recruiting process and bring in kids who we are going to feel comfortable with. We've had three great years of recruiting and we should start seeing the payoff." He also added that his goal for the future is "to eventually get where we are dominated by juniors and seniors in the starting lineup...we're close to that but we're not there yet and we're going to get there."
Success for the Cobbers should not only be found in numbers at the team level but also on an individual basis. For the first time in his career as coach of the Cobbers, Horan will have a pair of players who have legitimate chances to become postseason All-Americans. Senior quarterback Ryan Hebrink (Sacred Heart, Minn./R-C-W HS) is a two-time All-Conference performer and has a chance to become one of the greatest signal callers in school history. Fellow senior Josh Vickerman (Alexandria, Minn./Jefferson HS) will be the anchor of the defense from his cornerback position and will help bring along a defensive unit that is mostly inexperienced. Vickerman was a first-team All-Conference player last year and led Concordia in interceptions, pass break-ups and fumbles recovered. He was second in the league in interceptions.
The biggest date for Concordia will likely be a showdown with 2002 champion St. John's in Collegeville, Minnesota on October 25th. "The title goes through St. John's," stated Horan. "They are the defending champions and Sports Illustrated ranked them number one in their (NCAA Division III) preseason poll."
Other highlights for the Cobbers will be the opening game on September 6th against cross-town rival MSU-Moorhead in the annual Power Bowl showdown. The Dragons and Cobbers have split the two previous games and Concordia has an overall edge in the series 45-23-12. After that opening non-conference game, Concordia will have two key early MIAC matchups. Concordia will play at Gustavus on September 13th and then return home to play Bethel on September 20th. Both teams should be in the battle for the top spots in the conference. The biggest addition to the schedule will be a west coast trip to play Menlo College (CA) on November 15th to finish out the regular season. If the schedule goes according to Horan's plan, that game will be a celebration of the Cobbers' first title since 1995 and a tune-up before their ninth trip to the NCAA playoffs. | continued |
7/25 Concordia College Announces Football
Head Coach Terry Horan is entering his third year as head coach of the Cobbers. He replaced long-time football coach Jim Christopherson in 2001 and finished his first year with a 5-5 overall record. Last season Horan guided the Cobbers to a second-place finish in the MIAC, finished the year with a 7-3 overall record and was named the MIAC Coach of the Year. Concordia will return a majority of players from the 2002 team and they are poised to make a run at the school's 18th MIAC championship.
Besides the 17 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) titles, Concordia has claimed three NAIA National Championships (1964, 1978 and 1981).