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August 30, 2012

Dubuque Preview

Senior linebacker Joe Weber and the Viking defense will try to slow down the high-powered Dubuque Spartans Saturday as Augustana opens its 2012 season on the road.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Season two of the Rob Cushman era at Augustana gets underway Saturday, September 1 when the Vikings take on the Dubuque Spartans in a 6:00 p.m. contest at Chalmers Field in Dubuque, Iowa. Augustana finished 2-8 in Cushman's first year, although three of those losses came in games decided in the final minute, including back-to-back setbacks on last-second field goals.

Cushman's staff has undergone an overhaul, with five new assistants on board this year, including defensive coordinator Tom Casey. Casey previously held the same position at Division I Western Illinois.

The Vikings return 43 letter winners and 12 starters from a year ago, led by first team All-CCIW linebacker Erik Westerberg (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.). The 6-3, 210-pound junior led the conference in both solo and total tackles last year and finished eighth in the nation with 72 solo stops. In addition, Westerberg was a second team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American and was named to Beyond Sports Network's 2012 pre-season All-America third team. His running mate at inside linebacker, senior Joe Weber (Marmion Academy, South Elgin, Ill.), was a second team All-CCIW pick in 2011 after leading the team with five sacks and three fumble recoveries.

Five other defensive starters return as well, although senior linemen Pete Schimeck (Benet Academy, Naperville, Ill.) and Luke Anderson (Lemont HS, Lemont, Ill.) are currently out with injuries. Senior linebacker-defensive back Rob Mago (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.), senior end Shane Holl (Batavia HS, North Aurora, Ill.) and sophomore safety Bo Goshorn (Romeoville HS, Romeoville, Ill.) are the other returning defensive starters.

On offense, the top priority will be finding a replacement for record-setting quarterback David Lee. Senior Nick Welch (Oswego HS, Oswego, Ill.) has the inside track heading into the opener, with freshman Sam Frasco (Prospect HS, Mount Prospect, Ill.) leading a talented crop of newcomers at the position. Welch's chief weapons figure to be junior Nick Krantz (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.), who was the team's third-leading receiver a year ago with 24 catches for 299 yards and three touchdowns, and senior Brett McWilliams (Hononegah HS, Roscoe, Ill.) and junior Eric Chandler (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.), the Vikings' top two running backs in 2011. Seniors Mike Kautz (Alleman HS, East Moline, Ill.) and Derek King (Westmer HS, New Boston, Ill.) and sophomore Anthony Roome (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.) are returning starters on the offensive line.

The kicking game figures to be in good shape, with senior Arnie Fitzwater (Union HS, Waterford, Wis.) handling the punting chores and sophomore Brady Rogers (Cherokee Trail HS, Parker, Colo.) doing the placekicking. Fitzwater led the CCIW and ranked 12th in the nation in punting last year. He joined Westerberg on both the All-CCIW first team and BSN's pre-season All-America third team.

Saturday's opponent, the Spartans of Dubuque, went 9-2 a year ago, winning the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and reaching the NCAA Division III playoffs. They defeated Augustana 18-13 in the 2011 season opener at Ericson Field. The Vikings were one of just two opponents to hold Dubuque to less than 39 points last year.

Spartan coach Stan Zweifel will have to find a replacement for son Michael, the leading pass-catcher in the history of college football. Michael Zweifel caught an astonishing 140 passes for 1,915 yards and 25 touchdowns last year--leading the nation in all three categories--and finished his career with 463 receptions. The cupboard isn't bare, however. Senior quarterback Wyatt Hanus is back after completing 73 percent of his passes for 3,490 yards and 44 touchdowns against just eight interceptions in 2011. He ranked second in the nation in passing efficiency and fifth in total offense. 6-5, 255-pound tight end Miles Hookstead (33 catches, 349 yards and six touchdowns) is Hanus' top returning target. Junior running back Kyle Acker (93 carries, 432 yards, three touchdowns) will step in for Justin Spaulding (1,340 yards and 13 TD's as a senior in 2011) at running back.

The Spartan defense allowed an average of 25.0 points and 361.3 total yards per game last year. Opponents averaged 170.3 yards per game on the ground and 4.3 yards per carry. Dubuque gave up 191.0 passing yards per game on 55 percent completions and forced 22 turnovers on the season.

 

AUGUSTANA-DUBUQUE SERIES RECORD

YEAR

SCORE (Running Record)

SITE

1931

AUG 38, DUBUQUE 0 (1-0)

NA

1935

AUG 21, DUBUQUE 0 (2-0)

NA

2011

DUBUQUE 18, AUG 13 (2-1)

Home

  

2012 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE/RESULTS

DATE

OPPONENT

SITE

SCORE/TIME

September 1

Dubuque

Dubuque, Iowa

6:00 p.m.

September 8

Central of Iowa

Pella, Iowa

1:00 p.m.

September 15

Loras (Family Weekend)

HOME

6:00 p.m.

September 29

*Wheaton

HOME

1:00 p.m.

October 6

*Elmhurst

Elmhurst, Illinois

1:00 p.m.

October 13

*Millikin (Homecoming)

HOME

1:00 p.m.

October 20

*North Park

Chicago, Illinois

1:00 p.m.

October 27

*Carthage

HOME

1:00 p.m.

November 3

*Illinois Wesleyan

Bloomington, Illinois

1:00 p.m.

November 10

*North Central

HOME

1:00 p.m.

* - College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin game

    

2011 CCIW STANDINGS

School

CCIW

Overall

North Central

7-0

10-2

Illinois Wesleyan

6-1

9-2

Wheaton

5-2

8-2

Elmhurst

4-3

6-4

AUGUSTANA

2-5

2-8

Carthage

2-5

5-5

Millikin

2-5

4-6

North Park

0-7

3-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

HEAD COACH ROB CUSHMAN

Rob Cushman is in his second season as the head coach of the Augustana football program. He has spent the 2008-10 seasons serving as the Viking defensive coordinator. His coaching career began at Cal State-Chico in 1979. His first head coaching position was at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon, where he spent five seasons before being named the first head coach at Feather River College in Quincy, California in 2002. He led the fledgling program to a 34-21 (.618) record in five seasons, reaching a post-season bowl game each year. He served as special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York in 2007, prior to coming to Augustana.

CUSHMAN'S RECORD AS HEAD COACH

                                                OVERALL                               CONFERENCE

YEAR

WON

LOSS

PCT

WON

LOSS

PCT

SCHOOL

1997

4

6

.400

 

 

 

Eastern Oregon

1998

6

4

.600

 

 

 

Eastern Oregon

1999

5

5

.500

 

 

 

Eastern Oregon

2000

2

8

.200

 

 

 

Eastern Oregon

2001

1

8

.111

 

 

 

Eastern Oregon

Eastern Oregon Totals

18

31

.367

 

 

 

 

2002

6

5

.545

 

 

 

Feather River

2003

9

2

.818

 

 

 

Feather River

2004

6

5

.545

 

 

 

Feather River

2005

7

4

.636

 

 

 

Feather River

2006

6

5

.545

 

 

 

Feather River

Feather River Totals

34

21

.618

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin

2011

2

8

.200

2

5

.286

Augustana

Augustana Totals

2

8

.200

2

5

.286

 

CAREER

54

60

.474

 

 

 

 

 

ROB CUSHMAN BY THE NUMBERS: Here is a closer look at Rob Cushman's record at Augustana College. 

 

OVERALL

 

 

CCIW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YR

W

L

PCT

W

L

PCT

FINISH

SEP

OCT

NOV

H

A

2011

2

8

.200

2

5

.286

 

0-3

2-3

0-2

2-4

0-4

CAREER

2

8

.200

2

5

.286

 

0-3

2-3

0-2

2-4

0-4

 

CUSHMAN AGAINST THE OPPOSITION

TEAM

GAMES

W

L

FIRST MEETING

LAST MEETING

Adrian

1

0

1

2011 - L (14-17)

 

Carthage

1

1

0

2011 - W (19-13)

 

Central of Iowa

1

0

1

2011 - L (23-31)

 

Dubuque

1

0

1

2011 - L (13-18)

 

Elmhurst

1

0

1

2011 - L (27-28)

 

Illinois Wesleyan

1

0

1

2011 - L (12-34)

 

Millikin

1

0

1

2011 - L (27-30)

 

North Central

1

0

1

2011 - L (3-24)

 

North Park

1

1

0

2011 - W (27-24)

 

Wheaton

1

0

1

2011 - L (7-36)

 

    

2012 AUGUSTANA FOOTBALL TWO DEEP

Prior to game with Dubuque on 09/01/12

POS

NO

NAME

HT

WT

YR

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOO

HIGH SCHOOL

OFFENSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

WR

88

Nick Krantz

6-1

195

Jr

Moline, Ill. (Moline)

82

Josh Ryon

6-3

190

Sr

Evergreen, Colo. (Evergreen)

WR

6

Torre Harrell

6-2

170

So

Bloomington, Ill. (Bloomington)

  

83

Derek Schneeman

6-2

200

Sr

Streator, Ill. (Streator)

TE

48

Sean Mulholland

6-3

250

Jr

Clinton, Iowa (Clinton)

86

Marty Resner

6-2

245

Sr

Montgomery, Ill. (Oswego)

OT

72

Mike Kautz

6-4

250

Sr

East Moline, Ill. (Rock Island Alleman)

  

67

Eric Link

6-2

265

Jr

Aledo, Ill. (Sherrard)

OG

74

Derek King

6-1

290

Sr

New Boston, Ill. (Westmer)

65

Jon Losen

6-2

275

So

Morton, Ill. (Morton)

OC

62

Eric Dratnol

6-1

250

Jr

Montgomery, Ill. (Kaneland)

  

75

Dan Gregg

6-2

255

Jr

Prospect heights, Ill. (Hersey)

OG

63

Trace Wingo

6-2

285

Jr

Crystal Lake, Ill. (South)

78

Greg Ferguson

6-2

280

So

Plainfield, Ill. (South)

OT

56

Anthony Roome

6-2

280

So

Geneseo, Ill. (Geneseo)

  

66

Kevon Rivers

6-2

270

Sr

Chicago, Ill. (Uplift Community)

SLOT

87

Kyle Frake

6-0

200

So

Clifton, Ill. (Clifton Central)

  

24

Evan Zeddies

6-3

210

Fr

Batavia, Ill. (Batavia)

SLOT

13

Kyle Snow

5-7

165

Jr

Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton-Warrenville South)

  

5

Sean Fitzgerald

5-10

150

Fr

Manhattan, Ill. (Providence Catholic)

QB

10

Nick Welch

6-3

210

Sr

Oswego, Ill. (Oswego)

  

2

Sam Frasco

5-11

170

Fr

Mount Prospect, Ill. (Prospect)

RB

29

Eric Chandler

5-9

210

Jr

Cary, Ill. (Cary-Grove)

  

32

Brett McWilliams

6-2

225

Sr

Roscoe, Ill. (Rockton-Hononegah)

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEFENSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLB

3

Robby Mago

5-9

180

Sr

Cary, Ill. (Cary-Grove)

  

22

Joe Spindler

6-0

205

Sr

Rockton, Ill. (Rockton-Hononegah)

DE

49

Shane Holl

6-2

255

Sr

North Aurora, Ill. (Batavia)

  

53

Don Cundari

6-2

230

Sr

Oak Park, Ill. (Fenwick)

NT

99

Carl Hartweg

6-3

280

Jr

Carthage, Ill. (Illini West)

  

54

Will Hass

6-3

250

Jr

Algonquin, Ill. (Marian Central Catholic)

DE

57

Sean McIntyre

6-2

245

So

Genoa, Ill. (Genoa-Kingston)

43

Ryan Coleman

6-3

250

Jr

Carol Stream, Ill. (Wheaton North)

ILB

45

Joe Weber

6-2

240

Sr

South Elgin, Ill. (Marmion Academy)

  

51

Andrew O'Reilly

6-0

230

Sr

Elgin, Ill. (Driscoll Catholic)

ILB

47

John Draminski

6-0

230

Sr

Kewanee, Ill. (Wethersfield)

55

James Stratton

6-0

220

Jr

Sherrard, Ill. (Sherrard)

MLB

41

Erik Westerberg

6-3

210

Jr

Elmhurst, Ill. (York)

  

81

Ryan Plunket

6-0

190

Jr

Wheaton, Ill. (Benet Academy)

Or

52

Austin Lewis

6-2

220

Fr

Batavia, Ill. (Batavia)

OLB

42

Mike O'Donoghue

6-1

205

Jr

Mundelein, Ill. (Mundelein)

  

5

Caleb Nickels

5-10

190

So

Northridge, Calif. (Sierra Canyon)

CB

27

Matt Glawe

5-10

200

Sr

Winfield, Ill. (Wheaton-Warrenville South)

  

30

Justin Gruca

5-8

190

Jr

Wilmington, Ill. (Wilmington)

CB

7

Sean Walker

5-10

190

Jr

Annawan, Ill. (Annawan)

  

17

Ben Fornek

5-11

180

So

Batavia, Ill. (Batavia)

FS

31

Bo Goshorn

6-2

190

So

Romeoville, Ill. (Romeoville)

  

23

Tim Maroder

5-10

195

So

Elgin, Ill. (Burlington Central)

Or

28

Cameron Bokowy

5-11

185

Fr

Algonquin, Ill. (Jacobs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIALIST

 

 

 

 

 

 

KICKER

16

Brady Rogers

5-11

165

So

Parker, Colo. (Cherokee Trail)

PUNTER

33

Arnie Fitzwater

6-3

215

Sr

Waterford, Wis. (Waterford Union)

PUNT RETURN

13

Kyle Snow

5-7

165

Jr

Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton-Warrenville South)

7

Sean Walker

5-10

190

Jr

Annawan, Ill. (Annawan)

KICK RETURN

88

Nick Krantz

6-1

195

Jr

Moline, Ill. (Moline)

34

Ben Hodges

5-8

195

So

Elburn, Ill. (St. Charles North)

SNAPPER

86

Marty Resner

6-2

245

Sr

Montgomery, Ill. (Oswego)

HOLDER

13

Kyle Snow

5-7

165

Jr

Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton-Warrenville South)

  

2012 DUBUQUE FOOTBALL TWO DEEP 

POS

NO

NAME

HT

WT

YR

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOO

HIGH SCHOOL

OFFENSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

WR

18

Sean Anderson

5-9

190

Jr

Yorkville, Ill./Yorkville

88

Tyler Rutenbeck

6-2

177

Jr

Maquoketa, Iowa/Maquoketa

WR

84

Chris Bagley

6-4

195

Fr

Oswego, Ill./Oswego

  

17

Ian Cooper

6-4

225

Sr

Orion, Ill./Orion

TE

85

Miles Hookstead

6-5

255

Sr

Whitewater, Wis./Whitewater

89

Lee Jones

6-3

235

So

Fairbanks, Alaska/North Pole

OT

77

Travis Stefanowski

6-3

280

Jr

Lake Villa, Ill. /Grant

  

61

Tanner Bronkema

6-4

265

Fr

Forreston, Ill./Forreston

OG

62

Austin Hatzinger

6-4

285

Jr

DeForest, Wis./DeForest

67

Gus Zavala

6-2

290

So

Cambria, Wis./Cambria-Friesland

OC

75

Richard Skaife

6-1

265

Sr

DeForest, Wis./DeForest

  

63

Michael Murphy

6-2

265

So

Spring Green, Wis./River Valley

OG

70

Chris Scott

6-1

310

So

Forreston, Ill./Forreston

67

Gus Zavala

6-2

290

So

Cambria, Wis./Cambria-Friesland

OT

76

Jake Naylor

6-4

285

So

Millbrook, Ala./Stanhope Elmore

  

58

Dominique Ravenell

6-7

340

So

Fort Worth, Texas/Robert L. Paschal

QB

3

Wyatt Hanus

6-3

220

Sr

Traer, Iowa/North Tama

  

12

Zach Fry

6-4

240

Jr

Milton, Wis./Milton

FB

28

Brock Haas

5-8

210

Jr

Dubuque, Iowa/Hempstead

  

47

Dominic Castegnaro

6-1

210

So

Madison, Wis./Memorial

HB

20

Kyle Acker

5-11

190

Jr

Waunakee, Wis./Waunakee

  

24

Dakota Runde

5-10

190

So

Lancaster, Wis./Potosi

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEFENSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

DE

96

Andrew Mariotti

6-3

250

Fr

Geneva, Ill./Geneva

  

55

Eric Peterson

6-3

250

So

Chicago Heights, Ill./Mount Carmel

DT

71

Stephen Vassalotti

5-11

250

Sr

Middleton, Wis./Middleton

  

54

Gair Walta

5-11

250

So

Necedah, Wis./Nekoosa

DT

98

Ryan Arnold

5-10

280

So

Kenosha, Wis./Tremper

  

69

MaCauley Mahmens

6-1

280

Fr

Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar

DE

60

Marice Hill

6-0

225

Sr

Chicago, Ill./Rich Central

97

Lawrence Baldwin

6-6

225

So

Chicago, Ill./Steinmetz

OLB

31

Dustin Sorrentino

5-10

220

Jr

Walworth, Wis./Big Foot

  

45

Austin Hughes

6-1

230

Jr

Preston, Iowa/Preston

MLB

2

Trevor Runkle

6-1

225

Sr

Dodgeville, Wis./Dodgeville

27

Trevor Stauner

6-0

225

Fr

Milwaukee, Wis./South Milwaukee

OLB

4

David Losasso

5-10

185

Jr

Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf

  

36

Jim McHugh

6-0

210

So

Oswego, Ill./Oswego

CB

21

Dylan Ramsey

5-8

165

So

Urbana, Iowa/Center Point-Urbana

  

14

Jeff Moise

5-9

175

Sr

Loxahatchee, Fla./Seminole Ridge

SS

1

Malcolm Stewart

6-2

185

Sr

Dubuque, Iowa/Senior

  

43

Vincent Whipple

5-11

180

So

Eagle Grove, Iowa/Eagle Grove

FS

41

Noah Evans

5-11

190

Jr

Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar

7

D.J. Sweet

6-0

195

Fr

East Troy, Wis./East Troy

CB

8

CJ Watson

6-2

195

So

Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West

 

37

Trevor Kinnett

5-10

185

Jr

Edgerton, Wis./Edgerton

SPECIALIST

 

 

 

 

 

 

KICKER

9

Steve Jones

5-11

175

Jr

Carol Stream, Ill./Wheaton North

90

Heriberto Sandoval

5-7

148

Fr

St. Francis, Wis./St. Francis

PUNTER

9

Steve Jones

5-11

175

Jr

Carol Stream, Ill./Wheaton North

41

Douglas Lillibridge

6-2

195

Sr

Byron, Ill./Byron

PUNT RETURN

21

Dylan Ramsey

5-8

165

So

Urbana, Iowa/Center Point-Urbana

18

Sean Anderson

5-9

190

Jr

Yorkville, Ill./Yorkville

KICK RETURN

32

Tyrone Galvin

5-9

170

Fr

Madison, Wis./Madison East

21

Dylan Ramsey

5-8

165

So

Urbana, Iowa/Center Point-Urbana

SNAPPER

59

Tyson Carter

6-0

215

Jr

Port Elgin, Ontario/Saugeen District

52

Lucas Walzak

6-1

230

Fr

Carroll, Stream, Ill./Wheaton North

HOLDER

85

Miles Hookstead

6-5

255

Sr

Whitewater, Wis./Whitewater

  

2011 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS STATISTICAL HIGHLIGHTS  

CATEGORY

NUMBER

OPPONENT

DATE

Individual Offense

 

 

 

Most Points

12 - Brett McWilliams

Adrian

09/17/11

 

12 - Brett McWilliams

Millikin

10/01/11

Most Points Kicking

5 - Brady Rogers

Central

09/10/11

 

5 - Brady Rogers

Carthage

10/15/11

Most Touchdowns

2 - Brett McWilliams

Adrian

09/17/11

 

2 - Brett McWilliams

Millikin

10/01/11

Most Extra Points

3 - Brady Rogers

3 times

 

Most Yards Total Offense

319 (20 rushing & 299 passing) - David Lee

Central

09/10/11

Most Yards Rushing

105 - Brett McWilliams

Adrian

09/17/11

Most Rushing Attempts

22 - Brett McWilliams

Adrian

09/17/11

Most Yards Passing

299 - David Lee

Central

09/10/11

Most Pass Attempts

41 - David Lee

Central

09/10/11

Most Pass Completions

25 - David Lee

Central

09/10/11

Most Yards Receiving

112 - Zachary McCullough

Elmhurst

11/05/11

Most Pass Receptions

8 - Nick Krantz

Central

09/10/11

 

8 - Zachary McCullough

Elmhurst

11/05/11

 

 

 

 

Team Offense

 

 

 

Most Points

27

3 times

 

Most Touchdowns

4

3 times

 

Most Total Yards

416 (117 rushing & 299 passing)

Central

09/10/11

Most Yards Rushing

169

North Park

10/22/11

Most Yards Passing

299

Central

09/10/11

Most Passing Attempts

41

Central

09/10/11

Most Completions

25

Central

09/10/11

Most First Downs Total

24 (8 rushing, 14 passing, 2 penalty)

Central

09/10/11

Most First Downs Rushing

10

Dubuque

09/01/11

 

10

Adrian

09/17/11

Most First Downs Passing

14

Central

09/10/11

Most First Downs Penalty

3

Adrian

09/17/11

Most Rushes

43

Adrian

09/17/11

 

43

Millikin

10/01/11

Most Plays

72

Central

09/10/11

 

 

 

 

Individual Defense

 

 

 

Most Total Tackles

14 - Erik Westerberg

Central

09/10/11

 

14 - Erik Westerberg

North Park

10/22/11

Most Solo Tackles

13 - Erik Westerberg

North Park

10/22/11

Most Assisted Tackles

7 - Erik Westerberg

Central

09/10/11

Most Interceptions

1 - Bo Goshorn,  Ben Hall

Millikin

10/01/11

 

1 - Bo Goshorn,  Ben Hall

Carthage

10/15/11

 

1 - Sean Walker

North Park

10/22/11

 

1 - Erik Westerberg

Wheaton

10/29/11

 

1 - Tim Maroder

Illinois Wesleyan

11/12/11

Most Fumble Recoveries

2 - Joe Weber

Wheaton

10/29/11

Most Quarterback Sacks

2.0 - Pete Schimeck

Adrian

09/17/11

 

2.0 - Matt Franzen

Carthage

10/15/11

 

2.0 - Joe Weber

Wheaton

10/29/11

Most Tackles for Loss

3.0 - Danny Hess

Central

09/10/11

 

 

 

 

Team Defense

 

 

 

Fewest Points

13

Carthage

10/15/11

Fewest Plays

64

Dubuque

09/01/11

Fewest Rushing Attempts

29

Adrian

09/17/11

Fewest Total Yards

289 (47 rushing & 242 passing)

Adrian

09/17/11

Fewest Rushing Yards

47

Adrian

09/17/11

Fewest Passing Yards

55

North Park

10/22/11

Fewest Pass Completions

3

North Park

10/22/11

Most Interceptions

2

Millikin

10/01/11

 

2

Carthage

10/15/11

Most Fumble Recoveries

3

Adrian

09/17/11

Fewest Total First Downs

15 (5 rushing, 9 passing, 1 penalty)

Adrian

09/17/11

Fewest Rushing First Downs

4

Wheaton

10/29/11

Fewest Passing First Downs

3

North Park

10/22/11

Fewest Penalty First Downs

0

Dubuque

09/01/11

 

0

Wheaton

10/29/11