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December 4, 2012

Football award winners announced for 2012

Fifth year senior defensive end Pete Schimek was the winner of the Jerry Freck Award at the annual Augustana Football Banquet on Sunday, December 2.

For the second year in a row, junior linebacker Erik Westerberg (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) has been named the Most Valuable Player for the Augustana football team. The announcement was made on Sunday, December 2 at the Vikings’ annual football banquet, which was held in the College Center.

Westerberg was a repeat winner of the honor as he helped lead Augustana to a 5-5 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin, good enough for fourth place in the league standings. He was named the “Defensive Player of the Year” by the coaches in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin and he was a first team all-conference selection for the second year in a row. He led the CCIW in total tackles for the second straight season, finishing with 118 (66 solo and 52 assists). He ranks 14 th in the nation in NCAA Division III in both solo and total stops. His 14 tackles for loss also led the Vikings, while his four sacks were tied for second on the team. He became the first Augustana player to win CCIW “Player of the Year” honors since cornerback Tom Anthony in 2005. Westerberg also earned Capital One Academic All-America recognition by the College Sports Information Directors of America for the second consecutive year. He becomes the 141 st student-athlete in Augustana history to win the prestigious honor.

Senior linebacker J.D. Draminski (Kewanee Wethersfield HS, Kewanee, Ill.) was tabbed as the Most Valuable Defensive Player while junior running back Eric Chandler (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) was the Most Valuable Offensive Player and senior Arnie Fitzwater (Union HS, Waterford, Wis.) was the Most Valuable Special Teams Performer.

Draminski was a second team all-conference selection at linebacker and was second on the Vikings in tackles with 64 (44 solo and 20 assists). He also had five tackles-for-loss and two quarterback sacks. He blocked two kicks, had two pass break-ups, one interception and a forced fumble. Chandler led Augustana in rushing with 718 yards on 115 attempts for an average of 6.2 yards per carry with a team high five touchdowns. He also caught eight passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns. He was a second team all-conference pick. During the year he recorded the 10 th best single game rushing performance in Augustana history when he pounded North Park for 203 yards on October 20 in a 35-14 victory. Fitzwater punted 51 times for an average of 38.5 yards per kick and had three touchbacks, 12 fair-catches and 10 downed inside the 20. He also had five kicks of 50 yards or more. This is the second consecutive season that he has been named the Special Teams’ MVP.

Senior defensive end Pete Schimek (Benet Academy, Naperville, Ill.) was the winner of the Jerry Freck Award. Schimek, who battled injuries throughout his career, came back for a fifth year of eligibility and had three solo tackles. Schimek’s award is named for the late Jerry Freck, who was the Augustana team manager in the late 1970’s and it symbolizes the intangible concept of being a team player and contributing wherever possible to the success of the Vikings.

Sophomore Jon Losen (Morton HS, Morton, Ill.) was named the winner of the Scout Team Offensive MVP while sophomore Tom Enke (Millard West HS, Omaha, Neb.) was the Scout Team Defensive MVP

2012 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS FOOTBALL LETTERWINNERS

NAME

POS

HT

WT

YR

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL

Luke Anderson**

DE

6-6

260

Sr

Lemont, Illinois/HS

Jacob Benner**

LB

6-4

195

So

Batavia, Illinois/HS

Cameron Bokowy*

DB

5-11

185

Fr

Algonquin, Illinois/Harry D Jacobs

Jason Byro*

LB

5-9

210

Jr

LeRoy, Illinois/HS

Eric Chandler***

RB

5-9

210

Jr

Cary, Illinois/Cary Grove

Nick Chandler*

OLB

5-11

205

Sr

Clinton, Illinois/HS

Ken Clay*

QB

5-11

195

Jr

Naperville, Illinois/Waubonsie Valley

Ryan Coleman**

LB

6-3

250

Jr

Carol Stream, Illinois/Wheaton North

Don Cundari*

LB

6-2

230

Sr

Oak Park, Illinois/Fenwick

John Draminski****

LB

6-0

230

Sr

Kewanee, Illinois/Wethersfield

Eric Dratnol*

OL

6-1

250

Jr

Montgomery, Illinois/Kaneland

Justin Dyche*

LB

6-0

200

So

Ottawa, Illinois/HS

Thomas Enke*

DE

6-1

230

So

Omaha, Nebraska/Millard West

Greg Ferguson*

OL

6-2

280

So

Plainfield, Illinois/South

Sean Fitzgerald*

WR

5-10

150

Fr

Manhattan, Illinois/Providence Catholic

Arnie Fitzwater****

K

6-3

215

Sr

Waterford, Wisconsin/Waterford Union

Benjamin Fornek*

DB

5-11

180

So

Batavia, Illinois/HS

Kyle Frake*

WR

6-0

200

So

Clifton, Illinois/Central

Samuel Frasco*

QB

5-11

170

Fr

Mount Prospect, Illinois/HS

Matt Glawe****

DB

5-10

200

Sr

Winfield, Illinois/Wheaton Warrenville South

Bo Goshorn**

DB

6-2

190

So

Romeoville, Illinois/HS

Justin Gruca*

DB

5-8

190

Jr

Wilmington, Illinois/HS

Erik Hansen**

TE

6-0

215

Sr

Elmhurst, Illinois/Immaculate Conception

Torre Harrell**

WR

6-2

170

So

Bloomington, Illinois/HS

Carl Hartweg**

DL

6-3

280

Jr

Carthage, Illinois/Illini West

Will Hass**

DL

6-3

250

Jr

Algonquin, Illinois/Marian Central Catholic

Benjamin Hodges**

RB

5-8

195

So

Elburn, Illinois/St. Charles North

Shane Holl****

DE

6-2

255

Sr

North Aurora, Illinois/Batavia

Eric Josupait*

WR

6-0

180

So

Aurora, Illinois/Waubonsie Valley

Mike Kautz***

OL

6-4

250

Sr

East Moline, Illinois/Alleman

Derek King***

OL

6-1

290

Sr

New Boston, Illinois/Westmer

Nick Krantz***

WR

6-1

195

Jr

Moline, Illinois/HS

Eric Link**

OL

6-2

265

Jr

Aledo, Illinois/Sherrard

Robert Mago**** (C)

DB

5-9

180

Sr

Cary, Illinois/Cary Grove

Tim Maroder**

DB

5-10

195

So

Elgin, Illinois/Burlington Central

Sean McIntyre**

DE

6-2

245

So

Genoa, Illinois/Genoa-Kingston

Mike McLean*

OLB

5-11

200

Jr

Villa Park, Illinois/Willowbrook

Brett McWilliams**

RB

6-2

225

Sr

Roscoe, Illinois/Hononegah

Sean Mulholland***

TE

6-3

250

Jr

Clinton, Iowa/HS

Conner Murray*

K/P

5-11

180

So

Morrison, Colorado/Conifer

Caleb Nickels**

LB

5-10

190

So

Northridge, California/Sierra Canyon

Mike O’Donoghue***

OLB

6-1

205

Jr

Mundelein, Illinois/HS

Andrew O’Reilly****

LB

6-0

230

Sr

Elgin, Illinois/Driscoll Catholic

Antonio Owens**

WR

5-9

165

So

Chicago, Illinois/Naperville North

Marty Resner***

TE

6-2

245

Sr

Montgomery, Illinois/Oswego

Kevon Rivers**

OL

6-2

270

Sr

Chicago, Ill./Uplift Community

Brady Rogers**

K/P

5-11

165

So

Parker, Colorado/Cherokee Trail

Anthony Roome**

OL

6-2

280

So

Geneseo, Illinois/HS

Josh Ryon*

WR

6-3

190

Sr

Evergreen, Colorado/Evergreen Senior

Pete Schimeck****

DE

6-1

240

Sr

Naperville, Illinois/Benet Academy

Derek Schneeman****

WR

6-2

200

Sr

Streator, Illinois/HS

Aaron Shuff*

DE

6-3

230

Jr

South Barrington, Illinois/St. Viator

Dylan Smith **

LB

5-11

210

Jr

Yorkville, Illinois/Aurora Christian

Kyle Snow*

WR

5-7

165

Jr

Wheaton, Illinois/Wheaton Warrenville South

Joe Spindler***

LB

6-0

205

Sr

Rockton, Illinois/Hononegah

Brandon Stiers*

DE

6-2

225

Fr

Mackinaw, Illinois/Deer Creek Mackinaw

James Stratton**

LB

6-0

220

Jr

Sherrard, Illinois/HS

Jawan Straughter*

WR

6-0

180

Fr

Bolingbrook, Illinois/Plainfield East

Sean Walker**

DB

5-10

190

Jr

Annawan, Illinois/HS

Joe Weber***

LB

6-2

240

Sr

Chicago, Illinois/Marmion Academy

Nick Welch***

QB

6-3

210

Sr

Oswego, Illinois/HS

Erik Westerberg*** (C)

LB

6-3

210

Jr

Elmhurst, Illinois/York

Trace Wingo***

OL

6-2

285

Jr

Crystal Lake, Illinois/South

 

HEAD COACH: Rob Cushman

ASSISTANT COACHES: Zac Connors (quarterbacks), Jeff Lindmark (special teams coordinator/wide receivers), Dick Blair (tight ends), Aaron Call (defensive line), Dick Skillett (kickers), Anthony Scott (offensive line), Tom Casey (defensive coordinator), Garrett Riley (running backs), Drew Hawken (linebackers), Rob Erwin (defensive backs).