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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
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1998 St. Thomas Football Preview Information
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College Info
School: University of St. Thomas
Founded:  1885
location:  St Paul
Enrollment  5,127 undergrad/5,309 graduate
President:  Rev Dennis Dease
Athletic Director:  Steve Fritz
Team Niclmamc:   Tomnues
Colors:  Purple & Gray
Stadium (capacity):  O'Shaughnessy Stadium (5,000)
Press Box Phone:   (651) 962-5939
 

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Football Staff
Head Coach:  Don Roney
 Alma Mater/year of grad.:  St. Thomas/1984 Starting  1st season
Record with current school:  0-0
All-Time RecordlYrs:  0-0 (19-16 in 4 yrs. at N. Hennepin CC)

Coach's phone/best time to call: (651) 962-5908

Assistants/Position:
George Wemeier (Off Coor.),
Bill Burke (0ef. Coor.);
Clint Ewald (OL),
Jaime Sherwood (OL),
Dick Rinehart (Spec. Teams);
Jesse Moyer (LBs);
Tom Flood (WR);
Dick Crandall (DBs);
Dan Green (DL);
Gene Wise (DE),
John CoaTTa (RBs),
Aaron Benner (WR),
Trent Hanson (DBs).
 

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Sports Information
S.I.D:  Gene McGivern
Office Phone:  (651) 962-5903
Home Phone: (651) 686-6399
Fax::  (651) 962-5928
E-Mail Address:   ejmcgivern@stthomas.edu
Web site:   http://www.stthomas.edu/www/athletics.html
 

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 1997 Game-by Game Results
Date Foe Result
Sat. Sept. 6 Concordia-St. Paul W, 49-7
Sat. Sept.13 Augsburg W, 28-12
Sat Sept.20 at Hamline W, 14-0
Sat. Sept.27 Carleton W, 36-8
Sat. Oct. 4 at Gustavus W, 34-31
Sat. Oct.11 Concordia-Moorhead L, 28-7
Sat. Oct.18 at Macalester W, 30-3
Sat. Oct.25 Bethel L, 33-27
Sat. Nov. 1 at St. Olaf \V, 28-3
Fri. Nov. 7 St. John's (at Metrodome) W, 31-27

8-2 Overall/7-2 MIAC/3-2 Horne/4-O Road
 

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1998  Schedule
Date Foe Site Time
Sat Sept.12 Bemidji State Bemidji 1:30 p.m.
Sat. Sept.19 St. Olaf Home 1 p.m.
Sat Sept 26 St. John's Collegeville 1 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 3 Gustavus Home 1 p.m.
Sat Oct.10 Macalester St Paul 1 p.m.
Sat. Oct.17 Carleton Northfield 1 p.m.
Sat. Oct.24 Augsburg Home 1 p.m.
Sat. Oct 31 Bethel Arden Hills 1 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 7 Conc.-Moorhead Home 1 p.m.
Thu. Nov. 12 Hamline Metrodome 8 p.m.
 
 

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Player & Team Information
1997 Overall Record:  8-2
1997 Conference Record/Place  7-2/tied for 2nd

letterwinners Returning/lost:  45/40
Starters Ret./Lost: 12/10 Offense 5/6 Defense 7/4 P back, Punter lost)
 

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Returning Starters (Pos.. year. ht.. wt. misc. notes:
QB--Greg Kaiser, JR, 6-3, 205 (2nd Tm. Academic All-Am., 3.90 gpa; 10 starts, 2,330 yds, 22
TD, 7 int, 5 rush TDs)

RB--Ben Duftey, SR, 5-10, 175 (1997 115 rushes/511 yards; Career--262-1,210 yds, 6 TD)
FB/PK--Mike Wesdand, JR, 6-2, 225 (2 yr. Career: 32 rec., 277 yards, 3 TDs; also 16-of-21
PAT and 3-of-7 FC as kicker in 1997)
WR-- Mark Warder, SR, 6-2, 200 (2 yr. Career: 59 rec., 954 yds, 8 TD; Div. III 400-meter
hurdle All-American)
TE -Ryan Tauer*  6-3, 220 (1997: 13 rec./150 yds., 4 TD)
ILB--Paul Humbert, SR, 6-1, 220 (Career: 166 tackles, 8 sacks, 3 TNT, 2 fum. rec.)
FS--Steve Nolander, JR, 6-3, 200 (2 yr. Career: 76 tack, 6 TNT, 7 Br.Ups, 1 film. rec.)
OG-John Fiedler, SR, 6-0, 290
C--John Stewart, JR, 6-0, 230
OT--Will Hankee ,JR  6-2, 235
OG--Brian Hartigan**, JR, 6-2,260
DT--Bryan Keister, SR, 6-3, 265
DE -Joe Madigan**, JR, 6-1, 240
OLB--BIane Tetreault, JR, 6-2,200
CB--Corey Heimer, SR, 5-10, 185
CB-Wi~d1an Hall, SR, 5-10, 170
CB--Darren NeIson** JR, 5-9, 165
 

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Key Newcomers (Pos.. YR. hometown/HS/IC/last school at: notes):
LB-Andy Kaiser  FR, 6-4, 235, Mora HS; 4.OO gpa; brother of QB Greg,  chose academics over Div. I scholarship; Played in Minn.PB/baseball all-star games
RB BradGrossman,JR,59, 165 Park Cottage Grove HS 2X all-stater with 50 tds, 2,950 rushing in  94&95; 1997:7 rec./127 yds./2TD at Div. II U of South Dakota
DL-Juston Wallick, FR, 6-2, 240, Bloomington Kenaedy HS, Minn. all-stater
WR--Will Bryant, SO, 6-0, 195, Albert Lea HS/Misrn.-Duluth transfer
 

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Key Losses (Pos.. ht.. wt.. reason absent (grad/transfer/injury/misc.): notes):
TE--Ryan Collins  grad (2-time All-Amer.; 2 yr. Career: 102 rec., 1,437 yds/19 TD; now is practice squad hopeful in Vikings' NFL carnp)

RB--John Seidl, grad (Career: 3,209 all-purpose yards; 380 rush/1,689 yds, 7 TD; 39 rec./375 yds)

SS-Trent Hanson, grad (Career: Started all 40 games; 223 tack, 7 INT, 5 ftun. rec.)

WR--Sbanti Rainey, grad. (3 yr. Career: 52 rec./898 yards/8 TD; Div. III track  ALL-American in 4x100 relay)

P/PK- Joe Warren, grad (1997: 49 punts/36.2 yards; placed several inside 15; 2-3 FGs; now playing pro soccer with Minnesota Thunder)
 

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Season Outlook and Notes:
Twelve-year assistant Don Roney replaces Mal Scanlan as head coach. Scanlan was 34-16 in 5 years, with 8-2 seasons in 1996 and '97. In previous head coaching stint, Roney had two  seven-win seasons at NortH Hennepin CC (1985-88), leading school to first conference title and bowl  bids... Most of Scanlan's staff will return, notably offensive coordinator George Wemejer and  defensive coordinator Bill Burke... Offensive line, where three starters plus tight end graduated,  is a crucial  area to develop, according to Roney... UST averaged 28.4 ppg and 395 ypg in 1997 in QB Greg Kaiser's first year as QB. Kaiser didn't tlarow an interception in his last 67 attempts of  1997. He can move into second on UST total offense chart with 3,008 yards. Co-captain Paul Humbert, a two-year starter at LB, rnissed last three games with knee injury that required surgery.  Humbert needs 59 tackles to reach sixth all-time in UST history, 82 to reach fifth... Besides  offensive linemen and All-American tight end, Toms must replace punter and speed receiver... Roney expects approximately 105 to report for practice Aug.23... After three years playing  Concordia- St. Paul in opener, Toms begin home-and-home series with Bemidji State in 1998. Bemidji, 2-8 last season, opens Sept. 5 at UM-Crookston and hosts Toms Sept.12.
 
 

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Preseason Roster
No Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
 1  Windlan Hail GB SR 540 170 BumsviUe
 2  Darren Nelson GB JR 5-9 165 Mpls./Holy Angels
 3  Scott Solinger DB JR 5-11180  St. Francis
 4  Jason Coleman DB 50 5-10 170 Brooklyn, N.Y./Mp Is. DeIcaSale
 5  Chris Chappuis WR SR 6-1 190 Faribault/Bethlchem Academy
 6 *AndyJuntunen QB JR 6-2 200 Blame
 8 Joel Rice QB 50 6-2 190 St Anthony
 9 *Greg Kaiser QE JR 6-3 205 Mora
 10  Matt Lechner WR SR 6-0 180 St Louis Park
 13  *Chris Shuba DB SR 6-1 155 Woodbury
 14 Tim Baithazor DB JR 5-11170  Champlin/Champln Park
 17 Mark Warder (() WR SR 6-2 200 Bumssille
 20 John Penshom DB JR 60 165 Richfield
 21 Ben Duffey RB SR 5-10 175 Richfield
 25  Michel LB SR 5-10205 St Paul/St Thomas Academy
 26 Brett Gjovik FS 50 6-1 195 New Richmond, Wis.
 27 Corey Heimer GB SR 5-10 185 Mams/Southland
 28 *Blane Tetreault LB JR 6-2 200 Fridley
 29 Nate Sundberg RB 50 6-1 225 Red Wing
 32 Mike Warner WR JR 6-1 190 Roseville
33 Johnny Allen LB 50 60 232 St. Paul/Highland Park
 34 Jeff Hoffrnan FB  SR 5-9 195 Two Harbors

'38 Mike McDonough RB JR  5-6 155 McHenry, IU.
Scott Bailey     FB SR 6-3 215 Hutchinson
 40 Joe Madigan DE JR 6-1 240 St Paul/Gentral
 43 Mike Westland FB JR 6-2 225 Albert Lea
 44 Mart Domfeld WR JR 6-2 206 St Paul/Harrling
 45 Steve Nolander IS JR 6-3 200 Albert Lea
 46 Mark Heaney Th JR 6-1 215 Minnetonka/Blake
 48 *Tommy Eldridge RB 50 5-8 160 Sun Prairie, Wis.

51 NickJohnson C  50 6-1 260 Bloomington/Jefferson
52 Pete Cullen OL 50 6-2 220 Coon Rapids
55 Paul Humbert (q LB SR 6-1 215 Bloomington/Holy Angels
58 Frank Streit LB JR  6-0 210 LeRoy/LeRoy-Ostrander
 59 Andy Restrepo OG 50 5-11 270 Plymouth/Wayzata
 60 Joe Busch OL JR 6-0 222 Rochester/Lourdes
 62 Will Hankee OT JR 6-2 233 White Bear Lake/St Thomas Ac.
 68 Josh G'Neill DE 50 6-3 230 Lakeville
 71 John Stewart C  JR 6-0 230 Roseville
 72 John Fiedler OG SR 6-0 290 St Paul/Como Park
 75 Brian Hartigan OG JR 6-2 260 W. Springs, 111./Nazareth Acad.
 80 Nick Halvorson DB 50  5-11180 Woodbury
 81 'Ryan Tauer Th 50 6-3 220 Mahtomedi
 85 Greg Baur WR JR 6-1 180 Apple Valley
 89 Chris Scotch Th JR 6-1 210 Appleton, Wis./Xavier
 90 Conor Casey DE SO 6A 235 Washbum, Wis.
91 Mike Leiss DE 50 6-2 210 Mpls./Ruosevelt
95 Joe Lofus DE 50 6-2 225 Coon Rapids/Totino-Grace
97 Bryan Keister DT SR 6-3 265 Stillwater
98 Josh Harrington  DT JR  60 220 LeRoy/LeRoy-Ostrander

Peter Anderson  LB FR 6-1 190 Eden Prairie
Peter Anderson  DE FR 6-3 205 Hutchinson
Matt Boro  DB FR 6-0 170 Faimoont
Brian Brenberg WR ~ 6-2 LBS Wyoming
Wtfl Bryant WR SO 6-0 195 CIarks Grove/Albert Lea
Ed Carlson C FR 6-4 225 New Hope
Chris Carman  Ol-DE FR 6-1 200 Grand Meadow
Charles Carver DE-OL  FR 6-3 215 Faribault
Aaron Chretien  OT FR 6-5 235 Circle Pines
Andy Deans  OG FR 5-11 220 PineSprings
John Dillon  DT FR 6-0 250 St Paul
Tore Evenson  WR FR 6-3 185 Lake City
Jestin Fangoan  LB FR 6-2 210 Chaska
Justn Fatheree  DB FR 6-4 185 Houlton, Wis.
Willie Glenn  DT  6-3 305 Bloomington
Brad Grossman  RB JR 5-9 165 Cottage Grove/Park
J eremie Greer  RB  6-0 180
ierre Guilfotle  DB FR 6-3 175 St Paul
Justin Hall  WR FR 6-0 175 Maplewood
Robert Hannah  DB FR 6-1 185 Cottage Grove/Park
Shaun Harrington  DT FR 5-8 260 LeRoy/LeRoy-Ostrander
MattHarshbarger  OT-DT FR 6-0 215 Mahtornedi
Mattilozza  DB FR 5-10 165 St Paul
Ryan Hunder  WR FR 5-8 160 Cottage Grove/Park
Corey Jean WR-PK  FR 5-10 160 Stevens Point Wis.
Aaron Johnson  DL FR 6-3 230 Duluth
AndyKaiser  LB FR 6-4 235 Mora
Shane Kaufinan  OL FR 5-11 200 Maplewood
Mike Kline  PK FR   Rochester
 eremy Koop  WR FR 6-0 175 Deerwood
ererny Krentz  55 FR 6-0 190 Bloomington
 om Labownowslu  FB FR 5-8 185 Peona, III.
Trevor Lee DB-WR  FR  5-11175 ThiefRiver Falls
Matt LeFevour  LB FR 6-3 215 Arlington Heigits, Ill.
Justin Lindberg  TE FR ~3 185 Ham ~ke
Joe McCamey  DB FR 6-0 170 Redwood Falls
RrendonMcGrath  LB FR 6-0 180 Wausau, Wis.
Russ Mills OT-DT  FR 6-4 225 Dubuque, Ia.
Nathan Morrisette  DB FR ~0 170 Oakdale
Connell Nolan  DB FR ~9 165 Burostifle
Scott O'Brien  DL FR 5-8 205 Golden Valley
Grant Olson  DB FR 5-10 165 Alexandria
Ryan Patin  FB FR 6-1 220 Sti1lw~ter
David Perkins  RB FR 5-11 200 St Paul
Tony Rafferty  LB FR 5-11 210 Woodhuiy
Rod Rankin  LB FR 6-0 225 Cottage (;rove/Park
Nic Reimer  WR FR 6-2 200 St Louis Park
Justin Stiemalle  TE FR 6-1 190 New Richland
MattSund  OLB FR 5-10 200 Bloomington
Brian Sykes  Th-FB FR 6-2 205 Woodbury
Mike Vanness  DE-FB FR 6-2 215 Bloomington
Justin W ick  DT FR 6-2 240 Bloomington
ames Wes tin  DB FR 6-0 175 Oakdale
 yler Whitney  TE FR 6-4 190 Golden Valley
Mason Wibstad  WR FR 6-0 175 Hutchinson
Matt Wilford  DL FR 6-0 230 St Paul
Jeremie Willett  DE FR 6-4 225 Roseville
Joe Wilson  OL FR 5-11 220 New  Bri~ton
Willian Wotochek  WR FR 5-10 170 Forestrille, WisiSo Door
Mike Zinda  FS FR 6-0 175 North St Paul



9/19/98
From Gene McGivern, STU SID
UST 9, St. Olaf 6
 

        ST. PAUL -- The St. Thomas defense didn't allow a score and held St. Olaf to 94 yards of offense as the host Toms (1-1, 1-0) escaped with a 9-6 MIAC football victory over the Oles (0-2, 0-1) Saturday at O'Shaughnessy Stadium in the conference opener for both teams.
        The Oles, held to seven yards of offense and no first downs in the first half, trailed 9-0 in the fourth quarter when sophomore cornerback Steve Freid returned an interception 80 yards for a a touchodwn. That ended UST quarterback Greg Kaisers streak of 125 consecutive passes without a pickoff dating back to 1997. The PAT kick was wide, though, and the Oles trailed 9-6.
        St. Olaf drove to the St. Thomas 29-yard line in the final minute, but the Oles kicker Haakon Nelson missed a 46-yard field-goal try with :47 to play on 4th-and-11.
        Kaiser completed 19-of-36 passes for 296 yards, including a 10-yard TD pass to Ben Duffey late in the first quarter to put UST ahead 6-0. Mike Westland added a 20-yard field goal in the second quarter to give UST a 9-0 halftime lead.
        Westland, a fullback, caught seven passes for 100 yards and tight end Ryan Tauer caught five for 91 yards for the Toms, who finished with 351 yards of offense. Wideout Mark Warder caught a 64-yard pass on third down from the Toms two-yard-line in the fourth quarter to avoid a punt from the end zone, but Freids interception five plays later put the Oles back in the game.
        Along with his key interception reyurn, Freid also recovered a fumble by the Toms at the Oles five-yard-line that halted a first-half UST drive.
       St. Olaf had just two penalties, but an offsides infraction was costly on a 4th-and-1 Tommie punting try at the Oles 37 in the first quarter The Toms retained possession and scored their first TD seven plays later.

St. Olaf    0  0   0   6  --   6
St. Thomas  6  3   0   0  --   9
1st Q:
·UST-- Ben Duffey 10 pass from Greg Kaiser. Kick blocked (2:43)
2nd Q
·UST--Mike Westland 20 FG. (8:15)
4th Q
·SO--Steve Freid 80 interception return. Kick wide right. (11:57)


10/24
2 Overtime: Tommies outlast Auggies, Hvistendahl
        ST. PAUL -- St. Thomas senior tight end Chris Chappuis caught an 18-yard pass and the subsequent two-point conversion in the second overtime as the Tommies (4-3 overall, 4-2 MIAC) overcame a 28-21 overtime deficit and rally past the Augsburg Auggies (4-3, 3-3) in OShaughnessy Stadium on Saturday.
        In running their win streak to three, the Toms overcame a 15-catch, 252-yard receiving perfromance by Augsburg All-American Scott Hvistendahl. The Auggie senior from Cannon Falls became the third player in NCAA Division III history to surpass 4,000 receiving yards. Hvistendahl now has 4,037 yards (No. 3 all-time) and 241 catches (sixth all-time) with three games to play in his career.
        The Toms, who didnt have a turnover and intercepted four Auggie passes, tied an NCAA record on a 99-yard TD pass from Greg Kaiser to Mark Warder in the second period that built a 21-3 lead. The Toms also scored on the first play from scrimmage as Brad Grossman dashed 80 yards for a score.St. Thomas now has won 26 of the last 28 meetings with Augsburg, including the last 14 games at home.

The Auggies, trying to win in St. Paul for the first time since 1970, rallied from a 21-3 second-period defict and forced overtime with a score and two-point conversion early in the fourth period. The Auggies stopped the Toms on down in the first overtime but missed a chance to win as Martin Hlinkas 39-yard field goal went wide left. The Auggies came back and scored a 13-yard TD pass from Paul Tetzloff to Tim Hamer, and Hlinkas kick made it 28-21.
        The Toms came back with the ball at the Auggie 25 and completed two passes, with Chappuis breaking two tackles after his catch to reach the end zone. Instead of going for a kick to try to tie, the Toms went for two and Kaiser hooked up again with Chappuis for the winning two-point score.
        Kaiser, celebrating his 21st birthday, completed 26 of 42 for 327 yards and three TD with no interceptions. Warder had a career-best nine catches for 187 yards and Grossman, subbing for the injured Ben Duffey, ran 13 times for 103 yards. Steve Nolander intercepted two passes, Blane Tetreault picked off one in the end zone and Tim Balthazor had a pickoff at the UST 25 with 4:59 to play in the fourth period.
        Augsburg outgained the Toms in total offense 488-452 with 290 second-half yards. Thane Drier rushed 16 times for 99 yards, 100 yards in regulation. Tetzloff rushed for two short TDs and completed 25-of-44 passes for 339 yards and one TD. Hlinka kicked field goals of 25 and 27 yards and became the schools all-time leader in career field goals.
 
 

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