1998 Cobber Football
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General
Name of school : Concordia-Moorhead
City/Zip : Moorhead, MN, 56562 
Founded : 1891
Enrollment : 2950
Nickname : Cobbers, (See Logo
School colors : Maroon and Gold 
Stadium : Jake Christiansen
Capacity : 7,000 
Surface : Natural Grass 
Affiliation : NCAA Division III
Conference : MIAC
President : Dr. Paul Dovre
Alma Mater, Yr. : Concordia, '58 
Athletics Director : Dr. Armin Pipho
Alma Mater, Yr. : Luther, '60 
Athletic Dept. Phone(s) : 218-299-4434 

  HISTORY 
First year of football : 1920
All-time bowl/play-off record : 8-5-2
Years in post-season play : 8
Last post-season appearance : 1997
Result : Lost to Augsburg 34-22, NCAA Round 1
All-time record : 400-223-39


SPORTS INFORMATION 

Sports Information Dir. : Jerry Pyle
SID office phone : 218-299-3194 
Home phone : 701-282-0684 
SID Fax : 218-299-4189 
SID E-mail : pyle@cord.edu
Press Box phone : 218-299-4465 
Sports Homepage : http://www.cord.edu/dept/sports/

SID Mailing Address : 
Jerry Pyle, Sports Information 
Concordia College 
901 So. 8th St. 
Moorhead, MN, 56562 

Overnight Address :  Same 



Media Information 

All Concordia Football games are broadcast on KPHT FM 92.7, Larry Knutson with play by play and Craig Samuelson with color commentary. Broadcasts begin 15 minutes before kickoff. 

Coaching Staff
Head Coach : Jim Christopherson
Alma Mater/Year : Concordia, 1960 
Record at school (yrs) : 204-85-7 30th yr 
Career record (yrs) : 204-85-7 30th yr 
Football office phone: 218-299-3499 
Best time/day to reach coach: 1:00-2:30


Assistant Coaches
(Alma mater/Year/Responsibilities) 
Bob Nick  Concordia, '65, 32nd yr, Off Coord 
Dave Klug Concordia, '80, 11th yr, Def Coord
Doug Perry Concordia, '65, 16th yr, Off Backs 
Bob Kohler Valley City, '69, 11th yr, D-Backs
Dan Kostich Moorhead St., '73, 3rd yr O-Line
Dale Hertel Concordia, '71, 2nd yr, D-Line
Terry Horan Concordia, '89, 2nd yr, Receivers

Athletic Trainer: Ronda Peterson
218-299-4208 


TEAM INFORMATION 


Overall record last year: 8-3
Conference record/finish: 7-2, T-2nd 
Final ranking last year: 4th, West Region
Basic Offense:  I 
Basic Defense: 4-3 

Letterwinners Returning: 
Offense  21    Defense  21 
Specialty  9    TOTAL 42 

Letterwinners Lost: 
Offense 9    Defense 12 
Specialty 0   TOTAL 21 

Starters Returning: 
Offense 5    Defense 3 
Specialty 4   TOTAL 12 

Starters Lost (Pos/Ht/Wt/Cl): 
LE 88 Jon Jasken, DE, Sr, 6-3, 225 
RT 97 Jeff Gronner, DT, Sr, 6-4, 235 
SLB 80 Ryan Sannes, LB, Sr, 6-2, 210 
MLB 77 Cory Polzine, LB, Sr, 5-11, 210 
WLB 40 Craig Gilbert, LB, Sr, 6-2, 215 
SC  9 Jarad Ziebarth, CB, Sr, 5-11 180 
WC 43 Jeremy Zirbes, CB, Sr, 5-9, 180 
Nickel 14 Eric Kragel, SS, Sr, 6-1, 190 
HB 6 Dan Steinbeisser, RB, Sr, 6-0, 185 
Slt 8 Tory Langemo, WR, Sr, 6-0, 185 
LT 72 Noah Caron, OT, Sr, 6-6, 280 
LG 64 Tom Fuchs, OG, Sr, 6-3, 250 
RG 66 Jed Seeger, OG, Sr, 6-3, 265 
RT 79 Abe Hinderaker, OT, Sr, 6-5, 285



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TEAM INFO
Returning Offensive Starters
  • QB 13 Ethan Pole, QB, Sr, 6-2, 195  (Captain, 3rd yr as starter, All-MIAC 2nd Team in 1997, 7th in league passing in '97, 132-230 passing in 97 for 1805 yrds,)
  • FB 36 Len Crouse So, 6-3, 200  (Started in '97 as freshman fullback, top returning rusher, 126 att for 564 yds, 4.4 ave.)
  • SE 1 Chris Howell, WR, Sr, 6-0, 170 (Top returning receiver, 35 catches for 402 yds) 
  • TE 86 Mike Rydell, TE, Jr, 6-4, 215  (4 catches in '97. Expected to play bigger role in receiving corps this year.) 

  • C  67 Bob Zacher, C, Sr, 6-2, 245 (Expected to lead otherwise -inexperienced interior line)
Kick Team 
  • P/K 35 Clayton Horgen,  Jr, 6-2, 200  (3rd yr as starting kicker, 7-14 in '97 on FGs with long of 40 yds, 30-34 on PATs, 36.8 yds punting in '97 with 21 of 52 inside the 20) 
  •  25 Marcus Ludtke, RB, So, 5-10, 180 ( Part time starter in '97 in backfield, probable starting halfback in '98, 2nd leading rusher among returnees with 382 yds in '97, a 4.3 yd ave. and a long of 37. His speed is key to opening up the field.) 
 
Returning Defensive starters : 
  • RE 95 Ryan Albrecht, DE Sr, 6-2, 215 (Needs to lead inexperienced defensive line, 39 tackles in '97)
  • FS 5 Eric Stenehjem, FS, Sr, 5-11, 170 (2nd team All-MIACin '97, '98 Captian, 3rd in tackles in '97 with 62, coming off shoulder surgery in Off season) 
  • SS 45 Chad Bertram, SS, Sr, 6-0, 180  (5th in tackles in '97 with 55) 
 
All-star Candidates: 



RETURNING STATISTICAL LEADERS
 
Rushing
Len Crouse FB, So, 6-3, 200 
Marcus Ludke  RB, Fr, 5-10, 180 
Ethan Pole QB, Sr, 6-2, 195 
GP 


10
GS 


10
Att 
126 
81 
100
Yds 
564 
352 
199
Ave 
4.4 
4.3 
1.99
TD's 


5
Long 
16 
37 
38
Passing
Ethan Pole QB, Sr, 6-2, 195 
GP/GS 
10/10
Att 
230
Com
132
Pct. 
57.4
Yds 
1805
Int 
11
TD's 
12
Receiving
Chris Howell WR, Sr, 6-0, 170 
Rob Nick  WR, Sr, 6-1, 185 
Mike Rydell TE, Jr, 6-4, 215
GP 

10 
10
GS 


10
Rec 
35 

4
Yds 
402 
47 
47
Ave 
12.8 
8.9 
11.8
Ave/G 
50 
4.7 
4.7
TD's 


1
Tackles
Eric Stenehjem FS, Sr, 5-11, 170 
Chad Bertram SS, Sr, 6-0, 180 
Ryan Albrecht DE Sr, 6-2, 215
GP/S 
10/10 
10/10 
10/10
Solo 
32 
29 
18
Asst 
30 
26 
21
Total 
62 
55 
39
INT 


0
QBS 


5

NOTES/CLARIFICATIONS: 
 See also Schedule, Roster, 1997 Season, 1997 Stats
1998 Concordia Moorhead Football Home Page
Concordia opens its 1998 football campaign at Moorhead State on Sept. 5 at 1:35 in the 15th annual Crystal Bowl

Concordia won last year's Crystal Bowl 17-7 to kick off a 8-3 season and a trip to the NCAA Playoffs. The Cobbers finished 7-2 and tied for second in the MIAC

Head coach Jim Christopherson's 1998 team will be his 30th at Concordia. He enters the year with a 204-85-7 career record

The 1998 Cobbers will be led on offense by three year starting quarterback and co-captain Ethan Pole. The Cobber defense will be led by co-captain Eric Stenehjem

The Offense: 
Despite some key losses to graduation, The Cobbers have solid talent returning at the skill positions with Pole at quarterback, Len Crouse at fullback, Marcus Ludtke at halfback, Chris Howell receiving and Mike Rydell at tight end. And others are waiting in the wings to help there as well.  But the interior of the offensive line will be inexperienced at the beginning of the season, with only Bob Zacher retuning as a starter. 

The Defense: 
With just three retuning starters from a '97 team that led the league in total defense by 30 yards last year (263 yds per game) the Cobbers have serious holes to fill. 
 

 

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