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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 Concordia Football Preview Information
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1998 MIAC Football Questionnaire 

General Information 1998 Concordia Moorhead Football

School: Concordia-Moorhead                     Founded : 1891
Location: Moorhead, MN                           Enrollment : 2950
President : Dr. Paul Dovre                             Athletic Director: Dr. Armin Pipho
Team Nickname:  Cobbers                             Colors: Maroon and Gold 
Stadium: Jake Christiansen 7,000                   Press Box Phone:  218-299-4465 

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Football Staff

Head Coach: Jim Christopherson                    Alma Mater/year of grad.: Concordia, 1960 
Starting 30th season
Record/current school:  204-85-7                  All-Time Record/Yrs:  204-85-7 30yrs 
Coach phone: 218-299-3499 
Best time to call: 1:00-2:30 
Assistants/Position: 
Bob Nick  Concordia, '65, 32nd yr, Off Coord, Dave Klug Concordia, '80, 11th yr, Def Coord
Doug Perry Concordia, '65, 16th yr, Off Backs,  Bob Kohler Valley City, '69, 11th yr, D-Backs
Dan Kostich Moorhead St., '73, 3rd yr O-Line, Dale Hertel Concordia, '71, 2nd yr, D-Line
Terry Horan Concordia, '89, 2nd yr, Receivers and recruiting

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 Sports Information

S.I.D: Jerry Pyle  Office Ph.:  218-299-3194   Home Ph: 701-282-0684 
Fax: 218-299-4189                           E-Mail Address: pyle@cord.edu
WWW Address: http://www.cord.edu/dept/sports/
 

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1997 Cobber Football Results


H/A Date  Opponent    Result
 H  9/6   Moorhead St W 17-7
 H  9/13  Gustavus    W 28-7 
  A 9/20  St. Olaf    W 38-0
  A 9/27  Macalaster  W 28-0
 H  10/4  Bethel      W 22-14
  A 10/11 St. Thomas  W 28-7 
 H  10/18 St. John's  L 12-20 
  A 10/25 Augsburg    L 10-13
 H  11/1  Hamline     W 45-19
  A 11/7  Carleton    W 39-10
NCAA 1st round Nov. 22 
      vs Augsburg       L 22-34
Record: 8-3 overall, 7-2 MIAC, T-2nd
1998 Cobber Football Schedule 


Football Press Day - Monday, August 17, 9:30 a.m. 
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H/A Date Opponent 
 A  9/5  Moorhead St. 1:35
 A  9/19 Bethel       1:00
H   9/26 Carleton     1:00
H  10/03 Hamline      1:00 HC
 A 10/10 St. Olaf     1:00
H  10/17 St. John's   1:00
 A 10/24 Gustavus     1:00
H  10/31 Macalester   1:00
 A 11/07 St. Thomas   1:00
N  11/13 Augsburg     2:00 
          at Metrodome, Mpls
See also | MIAC Schedule | Practice Schedule

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Player & Team Information

1997 Overall Record:  8-3 1997 Conference Record/Place: 7-2 , T-2nd
Letterwinners Returning/Lost:   42/21  Offense: 21/9 Defense 21/12  Punt-PK 4/3 
Starters Returning/Lost: 10/15  Offense 5/6  Defense 3/8   Punt/Kick 4/3

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Returning Starters : (See Also Returning Player Stats from 1997

Returning Offensive Starters

  • QB 13 Ethan Pole, QB, Sr, 6-2, 195  (Captain, 3rd yr as starter, All-MIAC 2nd Team in 1997, 7th in league passing in '97, 132-230 passing in 97 for 1805 yrds,)
  • FB 36 Len Crouse So, 6-3, 200  (Started in '97 as freshman fullback, top returning rusher, 126 att for 564 yds, 4.4 ave.)
  • SE 1 Chris Howell, WR, Sr, 6-0, 170 (Top returning receiver, 35 catches for 402 yds) 
  • TE 86 Mike Rydell, TE, Jr, 6-4, 215  (4 catches in '97. Expected to play bigger role in receiving corps this year.) 
  • C  67 Bob Zacher, C, Sr, 6-2, 245 (Expected to lead otherwise-inexperienced interior line)
Returning Defensive starters : 
  • RE 95 Ryan Albrecht, DE Sr, 6-2, 215 (Needs to lead inexperienced defensive line, 39 tackles in '97)
  • FS 5 Eric Stenehjem, FS, Sr, 5-11, 170 (2nd team All-MIACin '97, '98 Captian, 3rd in tackles in '97 with 62, coming off shoulder surgery in Off season) 
  • SS 45 Chad Bertram, SS, Sr, 6-0, 180  (5th in tackles in '97 with 55) 
Kick Team 
  • P/K 35 Clayton Horgen,  Jr, 6-2, 200  (3rd yr as starting kicker, 7-14 in '97 on FGs with long of 40 yds, 30-34 on PATs, 36.8 yds punting in '97 with 21 of 52 inside the 20) 
  •  25 Marcus Ludtke, RB, So, 5-10, 180 ( Part time starter in '97 in backfield, probable starting halfback in '98, 2nd leading rusher among returnees with 382 yds in '97, a 4.3 yd ave. and a long of 37. His speed is key to opening up the field.) 


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Key Losses notes: (See 1997 Stats
 Graduated Starters: 
 LE 88 Jon Jasken, DE, Sr, 6-3, 225 (All-MIAC in 1997)
RT 97 Jeff Gronner, DT, Sr, 6-4, 235  (All-MIAC in 1997)
SLB 80 Ryan Sannes, LB, Sr, 6-2, 210  (All-MIAC in 1997)
MLB 77 Cory Polzine, LB, Sr, 5-11, 210 
WLB 40 Craig Gilbert, LB, Sr, 6-2, 215 
SC  9 Jarad Ziebarth, CB, Sr, 5-11 180 
WC 43 Jeremy Zirbes, CB, Sr, 5-9, 180 
Nickel 14 Eric Kragel, SS, Sr, 6-1, 190 
HB 6 Dan Steinbeisser, RB, Sr, 6-0, 185  (All-MIAC in 1997)
Slt 8 Tory Langemo, WR, Sr, 6-0, 185  (All-MIAC in 1997)
LT 72 Noah Caron, OT, Sr, 6-6, 280  (All-MIAC in 1997)
LG 64 Tom Fuchs, OG, Sr, 6-3, 250 
RG 66 Jed Seeger, OG, Sr, 6-3, 265  (All-MIAC in 1997)
RT 79 Abe Hinderaker, OT, Sr, 6-5, 285

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Season Outlook/Notes: 

 Concordia opens its 1998 football campaign at Moorhead State on Sept. 5 at 1:35 in the 15th annual Crystal Bowl

Concordia won last year's Crystal Bowl 17-7 to kick off a 8-3 season and a trip to the NCAA Playoffs. The Cobbers finished 7-2 and tied for second in the MIAC

Head coach Jim Christopherson's 1998 team will be his 30th at Concordia. He enters the year with a 204-85-7 career record

The 1998 Cobbers will be led on offense by three year starting quarterback and co-captain Ethan Pole. The Cobber defense will be led by co-captain Eric Stenehjem

The Offense: 
Despite some key losses to graduation, The Cobbers have solid talent returning at the skill positions with Pole at quarterback, Len Crouse at fullback, Marcus Ludtke at halfback, Chris Howell receiving and Mike Rydell at tight end. And others are waiting in the wings to help there as well.  But the interior of the offensive line will be inexperienced at the beginning of the season, with only Bob Zacher retuning as a starter. 

The Defense: 
With just three retuning starters from a '97 team that led the league in total defense by 30 yards last year (263 yds per game) the Cobbers have serious holes to fill. 
 

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