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1998 MIAC Fooball Preview Book 8/14/98
The following material was prepared for the MIAC Pre-Season Football Press Conference August 14,1998. More current information can often be found on most team's Home Pages.

Team Information
 | Augsburg | Bethel | Carleton | Concordia | Gustavus | Hamline | Macalaster | St. John's | St. Olaf | St. Thomas |

1998 St. John's Football Preview Information
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College Info
School: Saint John's University
Founded: 1857
Location: Collegeville, Minn.
Enrollment: 1,696
President: Brother Dietrich Reirhart OSB
Athletic Director: Jim Smith
Team Nickname: Johunies
Colors: Cardinal and Blue
Stadium: Clemens Stadium (5,500)
Press Box Phone: 320-363-2763
 

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Football Staff
Head Coach: John Gagliardi
Alma Mater/year of grad: Colorado College/1949
Starting 50th season overall, 46th at Saint John's
Overall Record: 342-104-11 - winningest active coach and second all-time
Record at Saint John's: 318-98-10
Coach's Phone/best time to call: 320-363-3337/mornings
Assistants: Jerry Haugen, John Elton, Jim Gagliardi, Gary Fasching, Mike Trewick, Chris
Govern
 

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Sports Information
SID: Michael Hemmesch
Office Phone: 320-363-2595
Home Phone: 320-363-3807
Fax: 320-363-3446
Sports Hotline: 320-363-2007
E-mail Address: mhemmesch@csbsju.edu
School WWW Address:  http://www.csbsju.edu/public.affairs/sju.sports/index.html
 

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 1997 Game-by Game Results
Sept. 6 at Bemidji State L, 21-25
Sept.13 St. Olaf W, 21-7
Sept.20 at Augsburg L, 10-20
Sept.27 Hamline W,21-0
Oct. 4 at Carleton W, 55-6
Oct.11 Gustavus Adoiphus L, 16-24
Oct.18 at Concordia-Moorhead W, 20-12
Oct.25 Macalester W, 47-7
Nov.1 atBethel W, 17-14
Nov. 7 St. Thomas @ Metrodome L, 27-31
 

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1998  Schedule
Sept. 5 Concordia-St. Paul 1 p.m.
Sept.19 at Macalester 1 p.m.
Sept.26 St. Thomas 1 p.m.
Oct. 3 at Augsburg 7 p.m.
Oct.10 Bethel 1 p.m.
Oct.17 at Concordia-Moorhead 1 p.m.
Oct.24 Hamline 1 p.m.
Oct.31 at St. Olaf 1 p.m.
Nov. 7 Carleton 1 p.m.
Nov.13 Gustavus at Metrodome 5p.m.
 
 

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Player & Team Information
1997 Overall Record: 6-4
1997 Conference Record/Place: 6-3 /4th
Starters Returning/Lost: Offense: 6/5 Defense: 5/6 Special Teams: 3/0
 

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Returning Starters (Pos.. year. ht.. wt. misc. notes:
WR, Adam Herbst, Sr., 5-8, 160, Sartell (1996 and 1997 AII-MIAC, 63 rec., 813 yds., 12
tds, 72 pts.)
TE, Nate Rasmussen, Sr., 6-6, 250, Lakeville (6 rec., 103 yds., 0 tds)
RB, Roland Buller, Sr., 5-1 1, 195, Circle Pines (48 car., 233 yds., 2 tds; 31 rec., 267
yds., 2 tds)
RB, Paul Trobec, Sr., 5-10, 190, St. Stephen (73 car., 264 yds., 2 tds; 7 rec., 66 yds., 0
tds)
C, Jon LeMleur, Sr., 6-0, 250, Little Falls
RG, James De Leon, Sr., 6-2, 300, Stillwater
DE, Eric Serbus, Jr., 5-11, 185, Bird Island (19 Ut, 34 at, 53 tt)
DE, Darwin Dumonceaux, Sr., 6-3, 240, St. Joseph (21 Ut, 40 at, 61 tt, 4 sacks)
LB, Brandon Novak, Jr., 5-11,205, Becker (51 ut, 64 at, 115 tt, 2 sacks, lint.)
FS, Ryan Deibele, Sr., 6-0, 195, Sleepy Eye (20 ut, 33 at, 53 tt, 4 mt.)
SS, Dugan Flian, Sr., 6-1, 205, Redwood Falls (21 Ut, 40 at, 61 tt, 4 mt.)
K, Jeremy Christie, Jr., 5-10, 190, Sauk Rapids  (2-4 fgs, 27-30 extra points)
P, Phil Barry, Jr., 6-1, 190, Crete, Neb. (27 punts, 42.1 ypp)
PR/KR, Chris Moore, So., 5-11, 195, Edina (30 punt returns, 15.5 yppr; 15 kick returns
23.7 ypkr)

Other Key Returners:
RB, Kip Knippel, Sr., 6-1, 220, St. Paul (59 car., 149 yds., 2 tds)
QB, Corey Stanger, Jr., 6-2,225, Becker (11-22, 114 yds., 0 tds, lint.)
QB, Tom Linnemann, Jr., 6-3, 190, Melrose (2-2, 19 yds., 0 tds, 0 mt.)
QB, Patrick France, So., 6-2, 190, Wausau
WR, Steve Lynch, Jr., 6-1, 180, White Bear Lake (15 rec., 221 yds., I tds)
 

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Key Newcomers (Pos.. YR. hometown/HS/IC/last school at: notes):
WR, John Trcptau, Fr., 64, 200, Becker
T, Josh Pantzke, Fr., 6~, 260, Sartell
LB, Michael Ashfield, Fr., 6-0, 210, Tartan
 

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Key Losses (Pos.. ht.. wt.. reason absent (grad/transfer/injury/misc.): notes):
QB, Phil Kern, graduated (146-273, 1,854 yds., 19 tds, 11 mt.)
G, John Callahan, graduated (1997 AII-MLAC)
DB, Matt Emmerich, graduated (1996 AIl-MIAC, 24 Ut, 34 at, 58 tt, 4 mt.)
DB, Brett Mushatt, graduated (1996 and 1997 AlI-MIAC, 27 Ut, 31 at, 58 tt, 2 mt.)
DL, Matt Griffith, graduated (2nd team All-American, 1997 AII-MIAC, Mike Stamm Award, 26
Ut, 59 at, 85 tt, 9 sacks)
LB, Chris Govern, graduated (39 ut, 92 at, 131 tt, 3 sacks)
 

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Season Outlook and Notes:
Season Outlook: Under the leadership ofcollege coaching legend John Gagliardi, Saint  John's University has built one ofthe nation's top NCAA Division III programs. The team's list of accomplishments is long and impressive, as  is Gagliardi's number two position on the all-time college coaching win list with a career record of 342-104-11. Gagliardi is the winningest  active coach in all of college football. Some of those highlights in recent seasons include trips to the NCAA Division III national semifinals in  1989, 1991, 1993 and 1994 and MIAC crowns five of the last seven years. SJU has not suffered through a losing season since the Johnson  Administration in 1967. In the 1990s, SJU has the 13th best winning percentage (.833) and 19th most wins (74) in all divisions ofcollege football.  The Johnnies return quality players on both sides ofthe ball. On offense, SJU will benefit  from the return of senior wide receiver Adam llerbst. Rerbst, atwo-time AII-MIAC selection, played in all 10 games last season,  catching 63 passes for 813 yards and 12 TDs receiving. Herbst's career stats are equally impressive as in his three-year career he has  played and started 32 games, while making 144 catches for 2,138 yards and 30 TDs receiving. He is currently ranked third in career catches,  fourth in yards receiving and fourth in TDs receiving in school history.

 Other returning offensive starters include: senior running back Roland Buller; senior  running back Paul Trobec; senior tight end Nate Rasmussen, senior center Jon LeMicur and senior right guard James Dc Leon.  The defense returns five starters from last year's team that finished third in total  defense and second in scoring defense in the MIAC.

Returning defensive starters include: junior end Eric Serbus; senior end Darwin  Dumonceaux; junior linebacker Brandon Novak; senior free safety Ryan Deibele and senior strong safety Dugan Flinn.  The special teams will be in good shape due the retum ofjunior kicker Jeremy  Christie;junior punter Phil Harry and sophomore punt and kick returner Chris Moore. Moore set an SJU single-season punt return record with 464  yards last season. Barry, who became the team's top punter half-way through the season, averaged 42.1 yards per punt in 1997.
 
 

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See Their Roster on their home page
 


Football
Head Coach: John Gagliardi (50th season, 344-104-11 career record)
1998 Record: 2-0 Overall, 1-0 MIAC
Last Week's Results: Sept. 19 - Saint John's 55, at Macalester 0
This Week's Games: Sept. 26 - St. Thomas at Saint John's, 1 p.m. (Radio: KKJM-FM
92.9 & KFAN-AM 1130)

The Johnnie football team opened the MIAC portion of its schedule on Saturday, Sept. 19 with a 55-0 win over Macalester in St. Paul. SJU jumped out to a 28-0 first quarter lead and never looked back, out gaining the Scots 501 to 128 in the game. Junior quarterback Tom Linnemann, Melrose, was 5 for 8 passing for 63 yards and three touchdown passes. Senior tight end, Nate Rasmussen, Lakeville, caught four passes, including two for touchdowns, in the win. Senior Paul
Trobec, Sartell, led the Johnnie rushing attack by carrying the ball 12 times for 66 yards and a touchdown. SJU rushed the ball 60 times in the game for 310 yards compared to minus-17 yards rushing for Macalester. The 310 yards rushing for SJU was the most in a single game since the Johnnies rushed for 335 yards against Gustavus on Oct. 15, 1994.

Sophomore Chris Moore, Edina, continued to impress people by breaking the career punt return yardage record with a 114 yard performance against the Scots. Moore now has 625 career punt return yards, which broke Matt Emmerich's school record of 598 yards from 1994 to 1997. SJU has now scored 118 points in its first two games of the 1998 season, which sets a new school record for the most points scored in the opening two games of the season. The old record was 110 points set by the 1995 Johnnie team.

SJU is now 2-0 on the season, 1-0 in the MIAC. SJU will host St. Thomas on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Clemens Stadium. Kick off is scheduled for 1 p.m. The game can be heard live on KKJM-FM (92.9) or KFAN-AM (1130) or on the SJU sports web site through RealAudio. St. Thomas is currently 1-1 overall, 1-0 in the MIAC after defeating St. Olaf 9-6 last Saturday. St. Thomas defeated SJU 31-27 last season at the Metrodome. In the last 10 meetings between the two teams dating back to 1988, SJU has won seven of the games.




10/6/98

Michael Hemmesch
 News Service/Sports Information Director
Institutional Marketing and Communications
 Saint John's University, Luke Hall 110, Collegeville, MN 56321-7222
Phone: 320-363-2595, Fax: 320-363-3446, Sports Hotline: 320-363-2007
mailto:mhemmesch@csbsju.edu
Web Site: http://www.csbsju.edu/buttons/events.html

The SJU football team showed a lot of character as a team on Saturday, Oct. 3, defeating Augsburg 19-13 in front of nearly 4,000 fans at Anderson-Nelson Field in Minneapolis. Augsburg jumped out to a 10-0 halftime lead, capitalizing on SJU's three early turnovers. SJU finally got on the scoreboard in the third quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by sophomore Chris Moore, Edina. After an Augsburg field goal to make the score, 13-7, SJU scored the final two touchdowns of the game for the win. Junior Tom Linnemann, Melrose, scrambled in from 10-yards out early in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 13-13. The game-winning touchdown came with 5:15 left on a 20 touchdown pass from Tom Linnemann to junior Ben Sieben, Melrose. Linnemann was 19-for-29 passing for 190 yards and one touchdown pass. Moore led the rushing attack, carrying the ball 12 times for 79 yards and one touchdown. Sieben caught five passes for 65 yards in the game including the game-winning touchdown, while senior Adam Herbst, Sartell, caught four passes for 60 yards. The Johnnie defense limited All-America wide receiver Scott Hvistendahl to 68 yards on seven receptions in the game.

SJU is now 4-0 on the season, 3-0 in the MIAC. SJU will host MIAC co-leader Bethel on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Clemens Stadium as part of this year's SJU Homecoming festivities. Bethel enters the game with a 4-0 overall, 3-0 MIAC record. Kick off is scheduled for 1 p.m. The game can be heard live on KKJM-FM (92.9) or on the SJU sports web site through RealAudio.

Of note, John Gagliardi and the SJU football team will be featured on "Page One With Nick Charles" on CNN/SI at 5 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Oct. 8 and CNN at 10 a.m. CDT on Saturday, Oct. 10. A crew from NFL Films will be on campus for the game this Saturday against Bethel.



10/26
 Football
 Head Coach: John Gagliardi (50th season, 349-104-11 career record)
 1998 Record: 7-0 Overall, 6-0 MIAC (First place)
 Last Week's Results:  Oct. 24 - at Saint John's 49, Hamline 13
 This Week's Games: Oct. 31 - Saint John's at St. Olaf, 1 p.m. (Radio: KKJM-FM
 92.9)

 All SJU games can be heard live on KKJM-FM (Spirit 93) with JG Preston and
 Jeff Bretherton

 The SJU football team continued its winning ways on Saturday, Oct. 24, by
 defeating Hamline, 49-13, in front of a family weekend crowd of over 7,000 at
 Clemens Stadium in Collegeville.  After an early SJU turnover, Hamline jumped
 on the scoreboard first on a one-yard touchdown run by Brian Swanson.  Hamline
 held the 6-0 lead for most of the first quarter until junior Tom Linnemann,
 Melrose, connected with junior Steve Lynch, White Bear Lake, for a 22-yard
 touchdown pass to tie the score 6-6.  The second quarter was dominated by SJU,
 outscoring the Pipers 29-0 in the quarter.  Tom Linnemann connected on three
 touchdown passes and senior Jeremy Christie, Sauk Rapids, returned a fumble
 21-yards for a touchdown.  In the third quarter, SJU added two more touchdowns
 as senior Adam Herbst caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from junior Corey
 Stanger, Clear Lake, and sophomore Chris Moore, Edina, returned a punt 71
 yards for SJU's final touchdown of the game.  Hamline added a late touchdown
 to make the final score 49-13.

Individually, Tom Linnemann was 14-of-20 passing for 242 yards and four
touchdown passes.  The Johnnies racked up 480 yards total offense including 384
yards passing.  Adam Herbst led the SJU receiving group by catching seven passes
for 152 yards and two touchdowns.  The two touchdown receptions in the game give
Herbst 37 for his career, which surpasses the career record set by Chris Palmer
(36 touchdown receptions from 1992 to 1995).  Herbst's career stats through 39
games are 176 receptions for 2,707 yards and 37 touchdown receptions.  Senior
Roland Buller, Anoka, caught six passes for 70 yards and two touchdown
receptions.  Steve Lynch also caught two passes for 74 yards and a touchdown
reception.  Chris Moore continued to excel on the special teams unit, returning
six punts for 110 yards and a touchdown.  Moore is already the career punt
return leader in SJU school history.  Defensively, junior Brandon Novak, Becker,
had 16 tackles and a sack.  Sophomore Beau LaBore, South St. Paul, and senior
Joe Kaczrowski, Luverne, each collected 13 tackles in the win.

 SJU is now 7-0 on the season, 6-0 in the MIAC.  The Johnnies are currently
 ranked second in the latest NCAA Div. III west region rankings.  This is the
 ninth time in John Gagliardi's 46 years at SJU that one of his teams has
 started the season with seven consecutive wins and the fourth time in the last
 eight seasons.  Gagliardi now has 349 career wins in 50 seasons as a
 collegiate coach and is 59 wins away from the all-time record set by Eddie
 Robinson.  SJU will travel to St. Olaf on Saturday, Oct. 31, in Northfield.
 Kick off is scheduled for 1 p.m.  The game can be heard live on KKJM-FM (92.9)
 or on the SJU sports web site through RealAudio.

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