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September 8
Terry Horan Announces Coaches Awards for MSU-Moorhead Game
Offensive Backs: Brian Schumacher
Wide Receivers: Andrew Passanante
Offensive Line: Nick Didier
Defensive Line: Adam Campbell
Linebackers: Josh Dietz
Defensive Backs: Jordan Talge
Special Teams: Brian Halverson

September 7
Josh Dietz Named MIAC Defensive Player of the Week!
Concordia senior linebacker Josh Dietz (Glencoe, Minn. /Glencoe-Silver Lake HS) was named the MIAC Defensive Player of the Week as he helped Concordia hammer MSU-Moorhead 30-7 in the sixth annual Power Bowl.

Dietz had 16 tackles (9 UA/7 A) in Concordia's sparkling win over the Dragon. He was named the game's Most Electrifying Defensive Player of the Game. Dietz was part of the defense that held the Dragons to only 85 yards in the first half of play and a total of only 182 for the entire game. 

His ability to stop the run and also drop into coverage helped Concordia intercept two passes and limit MSU-Moorhead's passing attack to only 93 yards. The seven points scored by MSU-Moorhead is the least amount of points given up by a Cobber defense in the storied series since 1997. 

Last season Dietz led Concordia in tackles and was named to the MIAC All-Conference First Team. It is the second time in his career that he has been named the MIAC Defensive Player of the Wee. He was also given the honor in the last week of the 2003 season. 

Josh Dietz Named to the D3football.com Team of the Week! - Complete Details
 
September 6
The College Sporting News' MIAC Recap for September 4 - MIAC Football Week 1

September 4
Cobbers Bring Down the Thunder on MSU-Moorhead in Lightening-Shortened Power Bowl.
Final Score: Concordia 30, MSU-Moorhead 7 - Box Score - Recap - Action Pictures
(MOORHEAD)-- After only being in school for two days, Cobber head coach Terry Horan has already been handed the results from the first major test of the year and the grades are almost perfect. With an untested offensive backfield starting the season opener, Concordia ripped off the first 30 points of the game and reigned all over MSU-Moorhead in the sixth annual Power Bowl. 

The game was postponed, and eventually finished, with 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter due to lightning and severe rain.

The victory marks the first time since the 1992 season that the Cobbers have beaten the Dragons at MSU-Moorhead. Concordia has now beaten the Dragons two straight seasons and ups their overall mark in the series to 47-23-12. 

Concordia starting quarterback Brian Schumacher (Jr., Thompson, N.D./Thompson HS) marched the Cobbers down the field on their first two possessions of the game and was able to stake Concordia to an early 10-0 lead. That would be all the offense the Cobber defense would need as they completely shut down the Dragon in the opening half, allowing only 85 total yards through the first 30 minutes of play. Senior captain Josh Dietz (Glencoe, Minn./Glencoe-Silver Lake HS) led the experienced defense for Concordia, recording 16 tackles on his way to being named the Most Electrifying Defensive Player of the Game. Fellow linebacker Doug Runke (Willmar, Minn./Willmar HS) anchored the Cobbers from the middle, pounding out ten tackles and keeping the Dragon's from ever getting an extended drive going until late in the third quarter.(More
August 26
In-Depth Season Outlook Now Online!
You'll have to forgive Concordia head coach Terry Horan if he needs to take a moment to "be by himself" to get used to life without his security blanket of the past three years. Lost to graduation is three-time All-MIAC quarterback Ryan Hebrink ('04, Sacred Heart, Minn.). Hebrink has been the team's signal-caller and offensive leader since Horan took over control of the team in the 2001 season. Hebrink was the rock on which Horan built his option-style offense during his "baby" years as head of the Cobber football tradition. Hebrink rewarded his mentor by breaking the school record for total offensive yardage in a career, and helped the team finish in the top three of the league the past two seasons. If that weren't enough for Horan's fragile emotional state, he also lost the top two running backs on the squad - making him feel a little like Old Mother Hubbard when she went to the cupboard. For the Cobbers, the offensive backfield pantry is bare but the good news is that quality replacements are on the way.

The key for this year's Concordia team will undoubtedly be the offense. "The quarterback position is going to be huge for us," lamented Horan. "I think offensively we might be just a little bit back from a year ago just because of our lack of experience in the backfield but I think we have the capabilities of being as good or even better than a year ago."

Besides Hebrink, 2000-yard rusher Bobby Clark ('04, Seeley Lake, Mont.) and the league's leading scorer from a year ago, Jeremy Hinderks ('04, Renville, Minn.) were lost to graduation. Also lost on the offensive side are all-conference offensive guards Mitch Maxwell ('04, Marshall, Minn.) and Lance Mumm ('04, Danvers, Minn.). The team will have one of the best receiving tandems in the league this year and if Horan can pick up a quality new security blanket, then the Cobbers should have the ability to put up big numbers throughout the season.

Defensively, the team should return to their form from two seasons ago when they led the league in total defense, allowing just 255.9 yards per game. They also only allowed a paltry 77.0 yards on the ground in 2003 and held the opposition to a mere 15.0 points per game. Horan added, "We are going to stay with what we have been doing and we would be disappointed if we weren't better than we were a year ago. We lose a guy like Josh Vickerman ('04, Alexandria, Minn.), who is tough to replace, but we have a majority of the starters back."(More)

8/18 Cobber Football Preview for 2004 Now Online.
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7/24 Concordia College Announces Football Media Day. 
Concordia College is pleased to announce that the 2004 football media day will be held on Wednesday, August 18th at 10:00am on the football field of Jake Christiansen Stadium.

Head Coach Terry Horan is entering his fourth year as head coach of the Cobbers. Last season Horan guided the Cobbers to a third-place finish in the MIAC, finishing the season with a 6-2 conference record and a 7-3 overall mark. It was the second consecutive season that the Cobbers finished in the top three of the league. Horan will be looking to replace a strong class of seniors that graduated in the spring of 2003 as he prepares for the upcoming season. This year will mark the culmination of Horan's first recruiting class since taking over the head coaching position in 2001. He will be looking to guide the Cobbers to their 18th MIAC title.

Besides the 17 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) titles, Concordia has claimed three NAIA National Championships (1964, 1978 and 1981). 

7/20 Insurance, Returning Athlete, & 1st Year Participation Forms are Now Online.

 

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