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12/18 Terry Horan Announces Postseason Awards.
           | Complete List of Award Winners |

(December 18, 2003 - Moorhead, Minn.)-- Concordia College football coach Terry Horan announced the annual end-of-the-year awards at the team's celebration banquet. Senior quarterback Ryan Hebrink (Sacred Heart, Minn./R-C-W HS) was named the team's Most Valuable Player for the third straight season. He is the school's all-time record holder in career offensive yardage (6,422), and also became only the fourth player in school history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a career.

Hebrink finished his career by being named to the All-MIAC First Team three consecutive years. He also ended his four years by breaking the old conference record of offensive yardage in a career set by Kurt Ramler of St. John's. Hebrink will finish second on the conference's all-time list as he was passed by Bethel quarterback Scott Kirchoff at the end of the year. Hebrink holds the Concordia school records for most offensive yards gained in a career, most rushing yards by a quarterback in a career, most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season and most passing touchdowns in a career.

Other repeat winners for the Cobber football awards were Bobby Clark (Sr., Seeley Lake, Mont./Seeley-Swan HS) as the team's Most Valuable Back and Most Valuable Special Teams Player, Josh Vickerman (Sr., Alexandria, Minn./Jefferson HS) as the team's Most Valuable Defensive Back and kicker Brian Halverson who shared the special teams honor with Clark.

Horan named five players as captains for the 2004 season. Jordan Talge (Jr., Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead HS) will  be a captain for the second consecutive season. Talge was named to the All-MIAC Second team and to the prestigious Verizon Academic All-District Third Team. He was tied for the team lead in interceptions. He also finished tied for second in the MIAC in that statistical category. He finished tied for first in the league in passes defended. Talge was part of the the Concordia defense that finished first in the MIAC in rushing yards allowed.

Joining Talge as captain will be Travis Christensen (Jr., Battle Lake, Minn./Battle Lake HS), Josh Dietz (Glencoe, Minn. / Glencoe-Silver Lake HS), Nick Didier (Jr., Helena, Mont./Capital HS) and Andrew Passanante (Jr., Hawley, Minn./Hawley HS). Christensen played in all ten games this season and was named to the All-MIAC Honorable Mention Team. Dietz was a First Team All-MIAC player this year. Dietz finished the season with 103 tackles, which is the most by a Cobber player since the 1990 season when Shayne Lindsay and Kevin Pavalko amassed 124 tackles apiece. Dietz has a three-year total of 181.5 tackles. He also ended the MIAC regular season seventh in tackles per game, with a 10.1 average. He helped the Cobbers' defense rank first against the run, holding opponents to only 115.9 yards per game.  Didier was a key member of the offensive line which helped lead the MIAC in rushing yards per game and second in total offensive yards per game. Passanante had his best season as a wide receiver. He was named to the All-MIAC First Team, and finished the season second in the conference in receiving yards per game.

11/25 Cobbers Place 12 Players on MIAC All-Conference List.
           | Complete MIAC All-Conference Details |
Nick Didier, Ryan Hebrink, Bobby Clark, Andrew Passanante, Lance Mumm, Andrew Campbell, Josh Dietz, Josh Vickerman named to the MIAC All-Concference First Team. Evan Emmerich, Derek Fischer, Jordan Talge and Brian Halverson named to the MIAC All-Conference Second Team. 

11/18 Mitch Maxwell Named to the Verizon Academic All-District First Team.
           - Jordan Talge Named to the All-District Third Team.
           | Complete Details of the Verizon Academic All-District Team |
Mitch Maxwell
Sr.
Marshall, Minn.
Was named to the Verizon Academic All-Disctict First Team.

Senior offensive lineman Mitch Maxwell (Marshall, Minn., Marshall HS) was named to the prestigious Verizon Academic All-District First Team for football. The award honors the top student/athletes in each sport and is voted on by Sports Information Directors from across the region. Maxwell is now eligible to be selected to the Verizon Academic All-American Team. Teammate Jordan Talge (Jr., Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead HS) was named to the All-District Third Team.

Maxwell, a 3.65 Biology major, started all nine games this season and was a two-year starter. He was part of an offensive line ranked first in league in rushing at 287.4 yards per game. It is the second straight season that the Cobbers have led the conference in rushing offense. He helped pave the way so that quarterback Ryan Hebrink could set the school record for most offensive yardage in a career, and running back Bobby Clark to become only the third runner in school history to break the 2,000-yard rushing barrier.

He is one of five offensive lineman selected to the all-district team that will go on to the ballot for all-american honors. A total of 24 players make up the all-district first team.

Talge, a 3.647 Economics major, was the Cobber team captain in 2003. He was tied for the team lead in interceptions. He also finished tied for second in the MIAC in that statistical category. He finished tied for first in the league in passes defended. Talge was part of the the Concordia defense that finished first in the MIAC in rushing yards allowed.  He is the President of the Concordia Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) - a committee that he has served on for three years.

11/17 Terry Horan Announces Coaches Awards for Menlo Game.

11/17 Josh Dietz Named MIAC Defensive Player of the Week.
Concordia junior linebacker Josh Dietz (Glencoe, Minn. / Glencoe-Silver Lake HS) was named the MIAC Defensive player of the Week for his stellar performance in the Cobbers' 44-41 loss to regional power Menlo College (CA). He joins teammates Ryan Hebrink and Bobby Clark as the only Cobbers to win player of the week honors in 2003. 

Josh Dietz  had 10.5 tackles and 2 sacks in the 3-point loss in California. He also had 2.5 tackles for a loss of 15 yards. He was part of a defense that limited the Oaks potent running attack to only 93 yards on the ground. 

Dietz finished the season with 103 tackles, which is the most by a Cobber player since the 1990 season when Shayne Lindsay and Kevin Pavalko amassed 124 tackles apiece. Dietz has a three-year total of 181.5 tackles.

He also ended the MIAC regular season seventh in tackles per game, with a 10.1 average. He
helped the Cobbers' defense rank first against the run, holding opponents to only 115.9 yards per game. 

11/16 The College Sporting News Feature on Ryan Hebrink.
         | MIAC Profiles of Excellence - Ryan Hebrink |

11/15 Cobbers Lose Ofensive Shootout to Menlo (CA) 44-41.
         | Cobber GameDay Page | Game Story | Box Score |

11/12 Terry Horan Announces Coaches Awards for St. Thomas Game.

11/11 The College Sporting News' MIAC Recap for November 8. 
         | CSN -  MIAC Football Week 9

11/08 Cobbers Overrun St. Thomas 34-20 in Final MIAC Game of the Year. 
         | Cobber GameDay Page | Game Story | Box Score

11/03 Ryan Hebrink Named MIAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
Concordia senior quarterback Ryan Hebrink (Sacred Heart, Minn./R-C-W HS) was named MIAC Player of the Week for his record-setting performance in Concordia's 47-14 win over St. Olaf. Hebrink shares the award with Carleton running back Erik Fisher who rushed for 192 yards in their win over Hamline.

It is the first time this season that Hebrink has been awarded MIAC Player of the Week honors and the third time in his career that he has earned the award. It is the second time this season that a Concordia player has been named MIAC Offensive Player of the Week. Bobby Clark (Seeley Lake, Mont./Seeley-Swan HS) earned the award for his performance against Augsburg on October 11. 

Hebrink threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns. He also totaled 374 yards of offensive which allowed him to break the school record for offensive yards in a career. Hebrink now stands at 5,789 total offensive yards and has a chance to pass Kurt Ramler of St. John's who is second on the MIAC's all-tine offensive yardage list with 6,062 yards. Bethel quarterback Scott Kirchoff has the conference record for total offensive yardage. Kirchoof currently has 6,508 yards of total offense.

His two passing TD's covered 12 yards and 39 yards and he had a 20.26 yards per completion average for the game. It was the first time in his career that he has thrown for over 300 yards in a contest. 

The Cobber offense racked up 531 yards of total offense against the Ole's. That is a season-high for Concordia and ranks in the top five in school history for offensive yards in a game.

11/03 The College Sporting News' MIAC Recap for November 1. 
         | CSN -  MIAC Football Week 8

11/01 Cobbers Use Balanced Attack to Beat St. Olaf 47-14.
         | Cobber GameDay Page | Box Score | Pictures |

10/31 GameDay Preview for St. Olaf is Now Online. 
         | GameDay Preview |

10/29 Terry Horan Announces Coaches Awards for St. John's Game.

10/28 The College Sporting News Feature on Bobby Clark.
         | MIAC Profiles of Excellence - Bobby Clark |

10/27 MIAC and West Region Recap for October 25. 
         | CSN -  MIAC Football Week 7 | D3football.com West Region Roundup

10/25 Cobbers Lose Battle to St. John's 24-12.
         | Cobber GameDay Page | Box Score |

10/23 GameDay Preview for St. John's is Now Online. 
         | GameDay Preview |

10/20 MIAC and West Region Recap for October 18. 
         | CSN -  MIAC Football Week 6 | D3football.com West Region Roundup

10/16 Terry Horan Announces Coaches Awards for Augsburg Game.

10/13 Bobby Clark Named MIAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
Concordia senior running back Bobby Clark (Seeley Lake, Mont./Seeley-Swan HS) was named MIAC Player of the Week for his outstanding performance against Augsburg on Saturday, October 11.

Clark rushed for 182 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns in Concordia's 32-13 win over the Auggies. He scored on a 33-yard run to tie the score at 7-7. His second TD of the game came on a 30-yard scamper and gave the Cobbers a 20-14 lead just before the half. 

Clark was part of an offense that set a school record for rushing yards in a game. Clark's 9.58 yards per carry average for the game is the highest in his career and ranks as one of the school's all-time best for a single game. Clark now has 628 rushing yards for the season, which leaves him 81 yards shy of becoming the third player in school history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a career. 

He is the first Cobber to win player of the week honors in the MIAC this season. 

10/13 MIAC and West Region Recap for October 11. 
         | CSN -  MIAC Football Week 5 | D3football.com West Region Roundup

10/11 Cobbers Set Rushing Record, Topple Augsburg 32-13.
         | Cobber GameDay Page | Game Story | Box Score |

10/10 Cobber GameDay Preview for Augsburg Now Online. 
         | GameDay Preview |

10/08 Terry Horan Announces Coaches Awards for Hamline Game.

10/06 MIAC and West Region Recap for October 4. 
         | CSN -  MIAC Football Week 4 | D3football.com West Region Roundup

10/04 Cobbers Storm Past Hamline 57-14.
         | Cobber GameDay Page | Game Story | Box Score | Pictures |

10/01 Cobber GameDay Preview for Hamline Now Online. 
         | GameDay Preview |

10/01 Terry Horan Announces Coaches Awards for Carleton Game.

9/29 College Sporting News' MIAC Recap for September 27. 
         | CSN -  MIAC Football Week 3 |

9/27 Cobbers Run Over Carleton 45-7.
         | Cobber GameDay Page | Game Story | Box Score | Pictures

9/25 Cobber GameDay Preview for Carleton Now Online.
         | Complete GameDay Preview |

9/22 College Sporting News' MIAC Recap for September 20. 
         | CSN -  MIAC Football Week 2 | D3football.com West Region Roundup

9/20 Cobbers Lose MIAC Showdown to Bethel 36-19.
         | Cobber GameDay Page | Game Story | Box Score | Pictures

9/18 Cobber GameDay Preview for Bethel Now Online. 
         | Complete GameDay Preview |

9/17 Terry Horan Announces Coaches Awards for Gustavus Game.

9/15 Cobbers Move Up to 26th in Latest D3football.com National Poll.
         | Complete D3Football National Poll

9/15 MIAC and West Region Recap for September 13. 
         | CSN -  MIAC Football Week 1: Romp & Roll | D3football.com West Region Roundup

9/13 Cobbers Grind Out 24-2 Victory Over Gustavus.
         | Cobber Gameday Page | Game Story | Box Score | Action Picture Page |

9/11 Terry Horan Announces Coaches Awards for MSU-Moorhead Game.

9/08 Cobbers Move Up in D3Football National Poll.
         | Complete D3Football National Poll

9/08 The College Sporting News MIAC Recap for September 6. 
         | CSN - MIAC Opens with Non-Conference Gridiron Schedule |

9/06 Cobbers Ride Strong Running Game to 42-28 Victory in Power Bowl V.
         | GameDay Page | Game Story | Box Score | Action Picture Page |

9/04 Power Bowl V Game Day Preview is Now Online.
         | Complete Power Bowl V Primer |

8/15 Concordia Football Preview for 2003 is Now Online.
         | Complete 2003 Football Preview |
Bobby Clark #6 (Sr., Seeley Lake, Mont.) needs 709 yards to become the third player in school history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a career. 

Concordia head coach Terry Horan is hoping that the third time is the charm. Horan is entering his third season as coach for the Cobbers and only has one place to go if he wants to continue the upward mobility that he has given Concordia in his first two campaigns. Horan started his tenure at Concordia by finishing in 6th place in the MIAC, with a respectable 5-5 overall record. Last season he guided the Cobbers to a 7-1 MIAC record which placed them only one game behind champion St. John's and two games ahead of third place St. Thomas. For the team's accomplishments he was named the MIAC Coach of the Year. Now that he has sown the seeds of three very good recruiting classes, he hopes to reap the rewards on his way to a MIAC championship and a trip to the NCAA playoffs. It has been eight years since Concordia last won the MIAC title and Horan has his sights set squarely on the school's 18th MIAC crown.

Along with the high expectations also comes the added burden of being one of the favorites to win the conference championship. "We're going to have a bull's eye on our backs," lamented Horan. "Last year we caught people off-guard. We really surprised alot of people and it's not going to be like that this year. This year is going to be completely different."

Despite the added pressure that Horan and the Cobbers will feel this season, they know that the road to reestablishing themselves as one of the premiere football programs in the region is right on schedule. The team will boast a total roster of 140 players and will have the luxury of having close to 70 new players in camp. He summed up the past three years of recruiting by stating, "we wanted to work hard in our recruiting process and bring in kids who we are going to feel comfortable with. We've had three great years of recruiting and we should start seeing the payoff." He also added that his goal for the future is "to eventually get where we are dominated by juniors and seniors in the starting lineup...we're close to that but we're not there yet and we're going to get there."

Success for the Cobbers should not only be found in numbers at the team level but also on an individual basis. For the first time in his career as coach of the Cobbers, Horan will have a pair of players who have legitimate chances to become postseason All-Americans. Senior quarterback Ryan Hebrink (Sacred Heart, Minn./R-C-W HS) is a two-time All-Conference performer and has a chance to become one of the greatest signal callers in school history. Fellow senior Josh Vickerman (Alexandria, Minn./Jefferson HS) will be the anchor of the defense from his cornerback position and will help bring along a defensive unit that is mostly inexperienced. Vickerman was a first-team All-Conference player last year and led Concordia in interceptions, pass break-ups and fumbles recovered. He was second in the league in  interceptions.

The biggest date for Concordia will likely be a showdown with 2002 champion St. John's in Collegeville, Minnesota on October 25th. "The title goes through St. John's," stated Horan. "They are the defending champions and Sports Illustrated ranked them number one in their (NCAA Division III) preseason poll."

Other highlights for the Cobbers will be the opening game on September 6th against cross-town rival MSU-Moorhead in the annual Power Bowl showdown. The Dragons and Cobbers have split the two previous games and Concordia has an overall edge in the series 45-23-12. After that opening non-conference game, Concordia will have two key early MIAC matchups. Concordia will play at Gustavus on September 13th and then return home to play Bethel on September 20th. Both teams should be in the battle for the top spots in the conference. The biggest addition to the schedule will be a west coast trip to play Menlo College (CA) on November 15th to finish out the regular season. If the schedule goes according to Horan's plan, that game will be a celebration of the Cobbers' first title since 1995 and a tune-up before their ninth trip to the NCAA playoffs. | continued |

7/25 Concordia College Announces Football Media Day. 
Concordia College is pleased to announce that the 2003 football media day will be held on Monday, August 18th at 10:00am on the football field of Jake Christiansen stadium.

Head Coach Terry Horan is entering his third year as head coach of the Cobbers. He replaced long-time football coach Jim Christopherson in 2001 and finished his first year with a 5-5 overall record. Last season Horan guided the Cobbers to a second-place finish in the MIAC, finished the year with a 7-3 overall record and was named the MIAC Coach of the Year. Concordia will return a majority of players from the 2002 team and they are poised to make a run at the school's 18th MIAC championship. 

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.

3/07 2003 Concordia Football Schedule Now Online.

 

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