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2004 AFCA All-American Team
Concordia AFCA All-American Award Recap

Nick Didier Named to the Prestigious AFCA All-American Team.
- Complete Listing of Former Cobber All-Americans
WACO, Texas-- Concordia senior offensive tackle Nick Didier (Sr., Helena, Mont.) was named to the prestigious American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-American Team. He is the only Concordia player to be named to the team, and one of only two players from the MIAC to earn the distinction. Gustavus senior linebacker Isaac Sieling (Sr., Watertown, Minn.) was named to the team as a linebacker. The AFCA only designates one team as All-American, unlike the two other national All-American teams that are handed out which designate three teams as All-American.

The AFCA All-American designation comes on the heels of his selection to the Football Gazette All-American First Team. He will have a chance to become the first Concordia player in the history of the program to earn All-American honors from all three national publications since D3football.com began naming their All-American team in 1999. The D3football All-American Team will be announced right before the start of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl on Saturday, December 21.

In the end, Didier will become the most celebrated offensive lineman in the history of Concordia football. He was one of only five Concordia players to be selected to play in the Aztec Bowl, which pits an NCAA Division III All-Star Team against a team of college All-Stars from Mexico. He was also only the fourth player in program history to win the MIAC's Stam Award, which is given to the league's Most Outstanding Lineman. 

Didier completed his MIAC career by being named to the MIAC All-Conference First Team for the second straight year. He was one of the five co-captains for the Cobbers and was the leader of the offensive line that helped Concordia lead the league in total offense, scoring and pass efficiency and finish second in rushing.
 

2004 AFCA All-American Awards

Offense
Pos Name            Ht   Wt  Cl  School      Coach           Hometown (High School)
WR Brad Musso       6-0  204 Sr  Wheaton     Mike Swider     Hinsdale, Ill. (Central)
WR Nick Cushman     6-0  180 Sr  Albright    E.J. Sandusky   Perkiomenville, Pa. (Pius X)
TE Vince Dargush    6-3  240 Sr  Ithaca      Mike Welch      Amsterdam, N.Y. (Amsterdam)
OL Alex Bell        6-3  330 Sr  Hobart      Mike Cragg      Modena, N.Y. (Wallkill)
OL Nick Didier      6-3  275 Sr  Concordia   Terry Horan     Helena, Mont. (Capital)
OL Tommy Fitzgerald 6-1  315 Sr  Ch. Newport Matt Kelchner   Chatham, Va. (Chatham)
OL Scott Blum       6-3  315 Sr  Rowan       Jay Accorsi     Howell, N.J. (Howell)
OL Jeff Oliver      6-2  300 Sr  UMHB        Pete Fredenburg China Spring, Texas (China Spring)
QB Brett Elliott    6-3  200 Jr  Linfield    Jay Locey       Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lake Oswego)
RB Tony Sutton*     5-11 200 Sr  Wooster     Mike Schmitz    Akron, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban)
RB Brett Trichilo*  5-11 232 Sr  Wilkes      Frank Sheptock  Dunmore, Pa. (Dunmore)

Defense
Pos Name             Ht   Wt  Cl  School     Coach           Hometown (High School)
DL Jason Ripke       6-4  231 Jr Simpson     Jay Niemann     Newell, Iowa (Newell-Fonda)
DL Nate Matlock      6-4  265 Sr Willamette  Mark Speckman   Boise, Idaho (Capital)
DL Lawrence Frierson 5-11 250 Sr Bridgewater Mike Clark      Stafford, Va. (Hargrave Acad.)
DL Jason Trusnik     6-5  230 Jr Ohio Nrthrn Dean Paul       Macedonia, Ohio (Nordonia)
LB Isaac Sieling     6-2  220 Sr Gustavus    Jay Schoenebeck Watertown, Minn. (Watertown-Mayer)
LB Shaun Spisak      5-11 215 Sr Mount Union Larry Kehres    Sagamore Hills, Ohio (Nordonia)
LB Brian Robitaille  5-10 210 Sr Curry       Steve Nelson    Shrewsbury, Mass. (Shrewsbury)
DB Trey Bell         5-11 186 Sr UW-Whtwtr   Bob Berezowitz  Racine, Wis. (Case)
DB Frank Pilato*     6-1  185 Sr Wash. & Jeff Mike Sirianni  Macedonia, Ohio (Nordonia)
DB Brian McIntire    6-1  210 Sr Wartburg    Rick Willis     Clear Lake, Iowa (Clear Lake)
DB Scott Greenberg   6-0  190 Sr John Carroll Regis Scafe    Mayfield, Ohio (Solon)

Specialists
Pos Name             Ht   Wt  Cl School       Coach          Hometown (High School)
P  Dan Eggertsson    6-1 180  Sr Frnkln&Mrshl Shawn Halloran Royal Palm Beach, Fla. (Suncoast)
PK  Mike Clark       6-5 233  Sr Augustana    Jim Barnes     Bettendorf, Iowa (Pleasant Valley)
RS  Jamarcus Shephard*6-0 200 Sr DePauw       Bill Lynch     Fort Wayne, Ind. (Northrop)

*-2003 AFCA All-American

 

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