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December 1, 2001

2001 FOOTBALL REVIEW

 

2001 AUGUSTANA FOOTBALL REVIEW

VIKINGS WIN 19TH COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AND PARTICIPATE IN NCAA DIVISION III PLAYOFFS FOR 14TH TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY; DAVID CHORNEY SETS NEW SCHOOL RECORDS FOR SINGLE SEASON RUSHING & SCORING; MIKE CLARK ESTABLISHES FIELD GOAL RECORD

Led by a pulverizing rushing attack, a hard nosed defense and top notch special teams play, the Augustana Vikings enjoyed another stellar football season in 2001. Second year head coach Jim Barnes led his team to 10-2 overall record, a College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III national playoffs.

The final result was certainly not the way second year head coach Jim Barnes wanted his season to end. His Vikings fell in the second round of the NCAA Division III national playoffs to Mount Union, the number one ranked team in the nation and the defending national champions, by a score of 32-7 in Alliance, Ohio on Saturday, November 24.

While Barnes was disappointed in the outcome of the final game, he was extremely happy with the season as a whole, as well he should be. Augustana rolled up a 10-2 record, won the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin for the 19th time in school history - a league record - and participated in the NCAA playoffs for the 14th time. The 10 victories represented the eighth time that the Vikings have finished a season in double digits in the victory column and the first time since 1987.

Only a last second loss at Wheaton in the final game of the year, on literally the last play of the game, prevented the 2001 Vikings from becoming just the ninth team in Augustana history to compile an undefeated regular season.

The Blue & Gold did things the way it has for the past 20 years, with a ball-control, run oriented offense and a tough, hard-nosed defense. With senior halfback David Chorney (Westmont HS, Westmont, IL) leading the way, the Vikings led the nation in rushing offense. Chorney turned in the best single season of any back in Augustana history, setting new school records for most rushing yards in a single season and most points in a single season. He led the CCIW in both rushing and scoring and for his efforts was named the league's Most Valuable Offensive Player.

Chorney gained 1,486 yards on 204 attempts, an average of 7.3 yards per carry. He broke the previous single season rushing record of 1,290 yards set by Joe Thompson in 1976. Chorney also scored 126 points to erase Jim Tumilty's name from the record book in that category. Tumilty scored 120 points in 1996. Chorney, who has been selected to play in the Aztec Bowl, a collection of NCAA Division III all-stars who will go against the Mexican National team in Mexico on December 15, also ended up high on the Augustana career list in both rushing and scoring. Chorney gained 3,567 yards on 551 attempts, an average of 6.5 yards per carry, to finish third on the all-time career rushing list. Only Scott Tumilty (3,794 yards on 629 attempts from 1992-95) and Thompson (3,779 yards on 729 carries from 1973-76) gained more yardage than Chorney. In scoring, Chorney ended up fourth with 246 points on 41 touchdowns. Scott Tumilty holds the record with 330 points while Thompson is second with 292 and Barry Reade is third with 281.

Freshman kicker Mike Clark (Pleasant Valley HS, Bettendorf, IA) set two new school records - most points kicking in a single season and most field goals in a single season. He scored 75 points to better Reade's old record of 73 set in 1987 and hit 10 field goals to erase the old mark which was held jointly by Reade (1990) and Todd Miller (1980).

As a team the Vikings set new single season records in rushing and total offense. They piled up 4,445 yards rushing to obliterate the old mark of 3,904 set by the 1983 team and gained 5,284 yards of total offense to take down the 1983 unit's record of 4,991.

Led by Chorney, who was selected as the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin "Offensive Player of the Year", Augustana was well represented on the all-conference team that was announced after the season ended. The Vikings had 11 players selected, seven first teamers and four second team selections. Joining Chorney on the first team were linemen J.D. Sheldon (Marian Central Catholic HS, Harvard, IL) and Tony Manual (Kewanee Wethersfield HS, Kewanee, IL) and tight end Jim Triveri (St. Laurence HS, Burbank, IL) on offense. On defense the first teamers were defensive end Tim Williams (Rich South HS, Richton Park, IL), linebacker Roy Fritz (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, IL) and cornerback Brad Haverback (Cambridge HS, Cambridge, IL). Second team selections were offensive lineman Bob Paulin (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, IL), fullback Dave Zemke (Walther Lutheran HS, Maywood, IL), quarterback Brad Wendell (Buffalo Grove HS, Buffalo Grove, IL) and defensive tackle Mike Brasile (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, IL).

Chorney joins a long list of Augustana players who have earned Player of the Year honors. He is the 20th Vikings to win the honor with 12 of those coming on offense and eight on defense. The last Augustana player to be honored was quarterback Joe Schmulbach in 1999.

In a 54-14 victory over Defiance to open the playoffs on November 17, Augustana set a new NCAA playoff school record for total offense with the 593 yards, breaking the old record of 447 yards (409 rushing & 49 passing) set against Mount Union in 1999. The Vikings established a new record for points scored in a playoff game, eclipsing by one the old mark of 53 set in 1987 during a 53-0 rout of Hiram in the first round. The seven touchdowns scored tied the record, also set against Hiram in 1987.

The Vikings finished the year 6-0 at home in the 2001 season, the 27th time in school history they have completed a season undefeated at home. The last time they accomplished that was in 1998 with a 4-0 mark at Ericson Field.

Two Viking defensive backs were selected to the Verizon Academic All-District team. Senior Todd Baldwin (Aledo HS, Aledo, IL) and sophomore Adam Guy (Muscatine HS, Muscatine, IA) were both first team. Baldwin sports a 4.00 grade point average in Accounting and Business while Guy has a 3.91 GPA with majors in Physics and Computer Science. Baldwin went on to be named first team Verizon Academic All-American.

Baldwin becomes the 18th Viking football player to earn Academic All-American honors since 1975. Here is a list of the others: 1975 - George Wesbey; 1978 - Mike Sturek; 1979 - Wes Williams; 1981 - Greg Bednar; 1983 - Ben Pothast & Steve Sanders; 1984 - Steve Sanders & Tony Johnston; 1985 - Steve Sanders; 1986 - John Bothe; 1990 - Kevin Werner; 1993 - Craig Kruse; 1995 - Ryan Carpenter; 1996 - Ryan Carpenter; 1997 - Chris Meskan; 1998 - Chris Meskan & 2000 - Mackenzie Hay.

The Vikings began the season in impressive fashion with a 50-7 victory over Eureka on September 8 and followed that with a 23-0 shutout over Wisconsin-Platteville on September 15 in the home opener. A 69-19 victory at Wisconsin-Lutheran on September 22 put Barnes' team at 3-0 heading into the CCIW opener. All this time the Vikings were steadily climbing in the NCAA polls, starting at 19th and eventually working their way as high as sixth before a loss to Wheaton on the last day of the regular season knocked them back to 16th at the end of the year.

In CCIW play, Augustana started things off with a 62-0 whitewash of Elmhurst at home on September 29 and then came a 14-7 victory over Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington, Illinois on October 6 that would ultimately decide the league champion. After a 23-0 homecoming victory over North Park, the Vikings showed their grit with a come-from-behind 21-17 win over Millikin on October 20 at Ericson Field. In that contest, Augustana trailed 17-14 with less than two minutes to play and Millikin was trying to run out the clock. The Big Blue's star runningback, Deon Packer, fumbled thanks to a viscous hit by linebacker Roy Fritz (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, IL) and strong safety Matt Furlong (Davenport Assumption HS, Davenport, IA) pounced on it at the Millikin 37. With 1:08 left in the game quarterback Brad Wendell (Buffalo Grove HS, Buffalo Grove, IL) hit tight end Jim Triveri (St. Laurence HS, Burbank, IL) on a 19 yard scoring toss for the game winner.

Victories over North Central (23-7) on October 27 and Carthage (41-8) on November 3 followed and heading into the Wheaton game on November 10, at Wheaton, the Vikings had a chance to become the first team in Augustana history to post 10 victories in a regular season. It was not meant to be however, as the Thunder scored on the final play of the game to pull out a hard fought 34-32 win. The Wheaton touchdown came after Wendell had put the Vikings ahead 32-28 with just :45 left on a nine yard run.

The loss cost the team a shot at the number two seed in the North Region but it still gave the Blue & Gold a home game in the first round of the playoffs. The Vikings responded with a 54-14 win over Defiance before ending the season on November 24 with the 32-7 loss at Mount Union.

Barnes just completed his seventh year as a head coach at the collegiate level. He spent five years at the College of Wooster where he compiled a record of 37-13 overall and was 28-10 in the North Coast Conference. His 1997 Scot team went 9-1 overall and won the NCC title. His first team at Augustana was 7-3 overall and 4-3 in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. His 2001 squad finished the year at 10-2, giving him an overall coaching record of 54-18 (.750) during his career heading into the game this weekend. He is 17-5 overall at Augustana and 11-3 in the CCIW. Prior to the 2001 campaign, Barnes ranked 11th among active NCAA Division III coaches in terms of winning percentage with his mark of .733. With his team's success this season, Barnes has climbed into eighth place on the national list.

Augustana has a string of 23 consecutive winning seasons which is the 14th best streak in the nation, regardless of division.

When the season ended the post season honors began and the Vikings started things off by handing out their own at a banquet on Sunday, December 9 in the College Center. At that dinner, Barnes passed out a total of 64 varsity letters along with awards voted on by the team. Chorney was the winner of the Most Valuable Offensive Player honor and Williams took home the Most Valuable Defensive Player award. Senior linebacker Craig Smith (Northwestern HS, Blandinsville, IL) was named the winner of the Jerry Freck Award that goes annually to the senior in the program who has shown the utmost spirit and dedication. It is named after Jerry Freck, a former team manager for the Vikings who passed away during his sophomore year in 1977. Smith was a regular on the special teams and he had seven total tackles with two solos and five assists with one pass interception.

Clark was named Special Teams Player of the Year after he set school records for most points kicking and most field goals in a single season. He had 75 points to better Barry Reade's old record of 73 set in 1987 and he hit 10 field goals to break the record of nine that was held jointly by Reade in 1990 and Todd Miller in 1980.

Defensive back Alex Arguello (Davenport West HS, Davenport, IA) was named the Freshman Defensive Player of the Year and runningback Roland Thornton (Dundee Crown HS, Sleepy Hollow, IL) was the Freshman Offensive Player of the Year. Arguello had three solo tackles and two assists and one pass interception while Thornton gained 170 yards on 25 attempts and scored one touchdown.

The Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year award was shared by freshmen Blair Westerly (Indianola HS, Indianola, IA) and Andrew Murphy (Belvidere HS, Caledonia, IL) and the Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year was won by John Mischler (Metamora HS, Metamora, IL).

As the All-American teams were announced, it became apparent that voters and followers of small college football throughout the nation thought a lot of the Vikings this year. Sheldon was the leader, being named to the first team on the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Hewlett-Packard, Football Gazette and d3football.com All-American teams. The AFCA team is especially noteworthy because a total of just 25 players are selected, 11 on offense, 11 on defense with three special teamers and there is no second or third team.

Sheldon becomes the 13th Augustana player to be selected to the A.F.C.A. (formerly called the Kodak All-American team) All-American team. Here is a list of the other Vikings who gained this prestigious honor: 1972 - Willie Van, defensive tackle; 1973 - Bob Martin, defensive tackle; 1983 - Kurt Kapischke, offensive tackle; 1984 - Greg King, offensive center; 1985 - Mark Long, strong safety; 1986 - Lynn Thomsen, defensive tackle; 1987 - Carlton Beasley, defensive end; 1988 - John Bothe, offensive center; 1990 - Barry Reade, kicker; 1991 - Mike Hesler, cornerback; 1992 - George Annang, defensive tackle; 2000 - Mackenzie Hay, offensive guard.

Chorney was a second team selection by Hewlett-Packard, Football Gazette and d3football.com while Williams was a first team pick by d3football.com, honorable mention on the Hewlett-Packard team and second team by Football Gazette. Junior center Bob Paulin (Naperville Central HS, Naperville, IL) was a third team choice by Football Gazette and senior tight end Jim Triveri (St. Laurence HS, Burbank, IL) made the third team of the d3football.com All-American unit.

In all the Vikings had five players make a total of 11 All-American teams this past fall.

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE BARNES RECORD AT AUGUSTANA

YEAR

OVERALL

CCIW

SEP

OCT

NOV

HOME

AWAY

2000

7-3 .700

4-3 .571

4-0

2-2

1-1

3-2

4-1

2001

10-2 .833

6-1 .857

4-0

4-0

2-2

6-0

4-2

CAREER

17-5 .773

10-4 .714

8-0

6-2

3-3

9-2

8-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

2001 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN FINAL STANDINGS

Conference Points Overall Points

Team W L For Opp Pct W L For Opp Pct

Augustana 6 1 216 83 .857 10 2 419 155 .833

Illinois Wesleyan 6 1 170 60 .857 7 2 219 108 .778

Millikin 5 2 205 82 .714 8 2 362 85 .800

Wheaton 5 2 230 137 .714 6 4 340 236 .600

Carthage 3 4 129 173 .429 6 4 201 214 .600

North Central 2 5 109 183 .286 3 7 178 252 .300

Elmhurst 1 6 104 279 .143 2 8 200 410 .200

North Park 0 7 51 217 .000 2 8 112 269 .200

2001 VIKING SUPERLATIVES

Overall Record: 10-2

College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Champions for 19th time

NCAA Division III Playoffs for 14th time

23rd consecutive winning season - dating back to 1979

Ranked 16th in final NCAA Division III Poll

Unbeaten at home: 6-0

School record for single season rushing yards: David Chorney - 1,486 yards

School record for single season scoring: David Chorney - 126 points

School record for most points kicking in single season: Mike Clark - 75 points

School record for most field goals in single season: Mike Clark - 10

School record for most total yards offense by team in single season: 5,284

School record for most rushing yards by team in single season: 4,445

School record for most yards by team in NCAA Division III Playoffs: 593 vs. Defiance 11/17/01

School record for most points by team in NCAA Division III Playoffs: 54 vs. Defiance 11/17/01

INDIVIDUAL HONORS

AZTEC BOWL PARTICIPANT: David Chorney, RB

VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN: Todd Baldwin (1st team)

VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Todd Baldwin (1st team) & Adam Guy (1st team)

AMERICAN FOOTBALL COACHES (AFCA) ALL-AMERICAN TEAM: J.D. Sheldon (1st team)

HEWLETT PACKARD ALL-AMERICAN TEAM: J.D. Sheldon (1st team); David Chorney (2nd team) & Tim Williams (honorable mention)

FOOTBALL GAZETTE ALL-AMERICAN TEAM: J.D. Sheldon (1st team); David Chorney (2nd team); Tim Williams (2nd team) & Bob Paulin (3rd team)

D3FOOTBALL.COM ALL-AMERICAN TEAM: J.D Sheldon (1st team); Tim Williams (1st team); David Chorney (2nd team) & Jim Triveri (3rd team)

COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: David Chorney

COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: First Team - David Chorney, RB; Jim Triveri, TE; Tony Manuel, OG; J.D. Sheldon, OT; Tim Williams, DE; Roy Fritz, LB; Brad Haverback, DB. Second Team - Bob Paulin, OC; David Zemke, FB; Brad Wendell, QB; Mike Brasile, DT.

CCIW PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Tim Williams, DE vs. Elmhurst on 09/29; Tim Williams, DE vs. Millikin on 12/20 & David Chorney, RB vs. Millikin on 10/20

AUGUSTANA TEAM AWARDS

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: David Chorney

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tim Williams

JERRY FRECK AWARD: Craig Smith

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Mike Clark

FRESHMAN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Alex Arguello

FRESHMAN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Roland Thornton

DEFENSIVE SCOUT TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR: John Mischler

OFFENSIVE SCOUT TEAM PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Blair Westerly & Andrew Murphy

 

2001 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS FOOTBALL LETTERWINNERS

PLAYER

POS

HT

WT

YR

HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

Alex Arguello*

QB/DB

6-0

165

Fr

Davenport, IA (Davenport West)

Todd Baldwin*** (C)

DB

6-1

195

Sr

Aledo, IL (Aledo)

Chris Beard**

RB

6-0

190

Sr

Moline, IL (Moline)

Lucas Beecher*

DL

6-1

225

So

Dubuque, IA (Dubuque Wahlert)

Brandt Bennett**

DE

6-1

225

So

Stillman Valley, IL (Stillman Valley)

Beau Biagi*

LB

6-2

195

Fr

Algonquin, IL (Jacobs)

Mike Brasile**

DL

6-3

290

Jr

Woodstock, IL (Woodstock)

Ryan Buck**

OL

5-10

210

Sr

Kewanee, IL (Kewanee Wethersfield)

Brad Carlock****

FB

5-10

203

Sr

Kewanee, IL (Kewanee Wethersfield)

David Chorney****

RB

5-10

190

Sr

Westmont, IL (Westmont)

Michael Clark*

K

6-5

215

Fr

Bettendorf, IA (Pleasant Valley)

Mark Cole*

OL

6-2

255

So

Naperville, IL (Naperville North)

Tyler Coleman*

OL

6-2

275

Fr

Lake Zurich, IL (Lake Zurich)

Tim Connelly*

OL

6-0

230

Jr

Lemont, IL (Lemont)

Brad Dahl**

DB

6-0

190

So

Bettendorf, IA (Pleasant Valley)

Kevin Danforth*

RB

5-5

155

So

Elmhurst, IL (York)

Barry DeBord**

QB

6-0

195

So

Bloomington, IL (Bloomington)

Tad DePorter**

OL

6-3

238

So

Milan, IL (Sherrard)

Brad Dyrstad***

DL

6-1

220

Sr

Elgin, IL (Burlington Central)

Roy Fritz****

LB

5-11

205

Sr

Woodstock, IL (Woodstock)

Matt Furlong**

DB

6-1

200

So

Davenport, IA (Davenport Assumption)

Justin Georgacakis**

DL

6-1

250

So

Northbrook, IL (Glenbrook North)

Adam Guy**

DB

6-0

195

So

Muscatine, IA (Muscatine)

Mike Hansen**

DL

6-2

250

So

Downers Grove, IL (Downers Grove South)

Eric Hartwig*

TE

6-4

225

Jr

Wonder Lake, IL (Woodstock)

Brad Haverback**** (C)

DB

6-0

180

Sr

Cambridge, IL (Cambridge)

Ben Hodges**

DB

6-0

168

So

Mundelein, IL (Mundelein)

Brian Holba***

DL

5-11

205

Sr

Mokena, IL (Lincoln Way)

Matt Kelly***

OL

6-1

265

Jr

Tampico, IL (Prophetstown)

Bill Klauseger*

TE

6-3

212

Jr

Lemont, IL (Lemont)

Ben Kleinhans***

QB

6-0

201

Jr

Naperville, IL (Waubonsie Valley)

Leo LaBrie**

LB

6-2

220

So

Lake Villa, IL (Grant Community)

Brent Loftus*

DL

6-1

260

So

Addison, IL (Addison Trail)

Drew Long**

RB

5-10

195

Jr

Rochester, IL (Rochester)

Brian Mandel**

LB

6-1

219

Jr

Chicago, IL (St. Rita)

Tony Manuel**

OL

6-5

270

So

Kewanee, IL (Wethersfield)

Mike Marquardt*

P

6-1

195

Fr

Vernon Hills, IL (Libertyville)

Joe Marusarz*

OL

6-2

235

So

Palos Hills, IL (Stagg)

Brian McIntyre***

OL

6-3

250

Jr

Galena, IL (Galena)

Mike Mueller***

OL

6-3

250

Sr

Calumet City, IL (Thornwood)

Craig Murray**

TE

6-2

225

So

Mount Carroll, IL (Mount Carroll)

John O'Neil*

LB

6-3

215

Jr

Crystal Lake, IL (Marian Central Catholic)

Bob Paulin***

OL

6-1

245

Jr

Naperville, IL (Naperville Central)

John Quinlan*

FB

6-0

220

Fr

Oak Lawn, IL (Marist)

Kyle Reade*

QB

6-1

170

Fr

Geneseo, IL (J.D. Darnall)

Jamey Schoenhard*

LB

5-11

195

So

Freeport, IL (Freeport Aquin)

J.D. Sheldon**** (C)

OL

6-4

295

Sr

Harvard, IL (Marian Central Catholic)

Craig Smith***

LB

5-10

190

Sr

Blandinsville, IL (Northwestern)

Joel Stainbrook*

DT

6-2

250

Fr

Denver, CO (Regis Jesuit)

Jeff Sturek*

DB

6-0

190

Fr

Columbia, MO (Hickman)

Steve Szpejnowski*

LB

6-1

200

Fr

Carol Stream, IL (Glenbard North)

Travis Temple*

WR

6-4

205

Fr

Erie, IL (Erie)

Roland Thornton*

RB

5-9

210

Fr

Sleepy Hollow, IL (Dundee-Crown)

Jim Triveri*** (C)

TE

6-2

225

Sr

Burbank, IL (St. Laurence)

Terry Walters****

LB

5-10

210

Sr

Bettendorf, IA (Bettendorf)

Matthew Weber*

OL

6-3

230

Fr

Arlington Heights, IL (Buffalo Grove)

Chad Weigle****

TE

6-3

235

Sr

Dixon, IL (Dixon)

Brad Wendell**

QB

5-10

190

Jr

Buffalo Grove, IL (Buffalo Grove)

Blair Westerly*

RB

5-10

175

Fr

Indianola, IA (Indianola)

Tim Williams***

DE

6-7

230

Jr

Richton Park, IL (Rich South)

Jared Winquist*

OC

6-2

235

So

West Chicago, IL (West Chicago)

Matt Woodworth*

DL

5-10

240

Jr

Mendon, IL (Unity)

David Zemke**

RB

6-0

215

So

Maywood, IL (Walther Lutheran)

Kyle Zick*

RB

6-3

173

So

Rochelle, IL (Rochelle)

* - Denotes number of letters won.

(C) - Captains