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December 1, 2003

2009 Season - 2003 FOOTBALL REVIEW

 

2003 FOOTBALL REVIEW

Vikings’ season ends with 7-3 record after 0-2 start; Augustana finishes second in College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin & extends streak of winning seasons to 25; Mike Hansen is named "Defensive Player of the Year" in the CCIW; Hansen & Mike Clark named to All-American teams; Adam Guy earns Academic All-America honors

A season that started with losses in the first two games ended with a loss in the final contest by a score of 28-27 to Wheaton on Saturday, November 15 at Ericson Field. In between, however, the Augustana Vikings and head coach Jim Barnes put on a seven game clinic about overcoming adversity. Despite the last second loss to the Thunder, which prevented Augustana from winning its 20th College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin football title, the 2003 season will go down in the books as an unqualified success.

With the 7-3 overall record (6-1 in the CCIW), the Vikings pushed their streak of winning seasons to 25 straight, dating back to 1978. After the 0-2 start Barnes & Company all but disappeared from the NCAA Division III national scene yet when the smoke cleared following the 10 game regular season, Augustana was lodged firmly in the top 40 (32nd) in the D3football.com national poll.

The season began with question marks all along the offensive front where six of seven starters from 2002 had departed. Injuries to the offensive line made things difficult in the early going and after two games the normally potent Augustana running attack had generated just 226 yards on 82 carries. That averaged out to only 113.0 yards per game and 2.8 per attempt – certainly not the numbers usually associated with the Blue & Gold. Things started to change in the third game, a 27-26 win over Wisconsin-Platteville, when the Vikings hammered out 284 yards on 65 attempts and scored a rushing touchdown (actually three) for the first time all year. Not only did the running game get back on track, but the victory came when junior Mike Clark (Pleasant Valley HS, Bettendorf, IA) nailed a 54 yard field goal with no time on the clock.

Given a reprieve from what looked like an 0-3 start, which would have been the first at Augustana since 1956, the Vikings came to life. The CCIW season opened with a hard fought 27-7 win at home over North Central and that was followed by a 20-17 win at Illinois Wesleyan in front of a Titan homecoming crowd. In the win at Wesleyan the offensive line took a giant step forward as it battered the home team to the tune of 343 yards on 74 rushing attempts. Augustana then beat North Park 48-17 in front of its own homecoming crowd at Ericson Field and one week later, on October 25, it was time for Clark to do his magic again. A 21-6 lead slipped against Millikin slipped away on a rainy, miserable afternoon in Decatur, Illinois but Clark was perfect on a 22 yard field goal as time expired for a 24-22 victory.

An interception late in the game by senior Matt Furlong (Davenport Assumption HS, Davenport, IA) preserved a 28-21 win at Elmhurst on November 1 and then the Vikings destroyed Carthage 56-20 on November 8. The Redmen had not won on Ericson Field since 1962 and thanks to 515 yards of total offense, that streak will be extended by at least two more years.

With a seven game winning streak, the Vikings squared off with Wheaton in a battle of undefeated teams for the right to claim the CCIW title and the automatic NCAA Division III. The Thunder came away with a hard fought 28-27 victory, ending the Augustana season.

When the season ended the post season awards rolled in for the Vikings. It started when senior defensive end Mike Hansen (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, IL) was named the "Defensive Player of the Year" in the CCIW. Next in line came the announcement that free safety Adam Guy (Muscatine HS, Muscatine, IA) was named first team Academic All-America. After that the All-American teams were released and Hansen was awarded first team recognition from the American Football Coaches Association and third team honors by Football Gazette and the Sports Information Directors. Clark was selected first team All-America by D3football.com, second team from Football Gazette and third team by the Sports Information Directors. He was also named the North Region "Special Teams Player of the Year" by Football Gazette.

Kyle Zick (Rochelle HS, Rochelle, IL) was named the Vikings Most Valuable Offensive Player while Hansen won MVP on defense. Clark was selected the Special Forces MVP. Senior Cullan Reilly (Little Wolf HS, Ogdensburg, WI) was named the winner of the Jerry Freck Inspirational award.

HEAD COACH: Jim Barnes just finished his fourth season at Augustana and he is 31-10 with the Vikings, including a 10-2 campaign in 2001 that resulted in a College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin title and a berth in the NCAA Division III national playoffs. Overall he is 68-23, including 37-13 in five years at College of Wooster. He headed into the 2003 season ranked 13th in all of NCAA Division III with a winning percentage of .753.

JIM BARNES BY THE NUMBERS: Here is a closer look at Jim Barnes’ record at Augustana College.

 

OVERALL

 

 

CCIW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YR

W

L

.PCT

W

L

.PCT

FINISH

SEP

OCT

NOV

H

A

2000

7

3

.700

4

3

.571

4th

4-0

2-2

1-1

3-2

4-1

2001#

10

2

.833

6

1

.857

1st

4-0

4-0

2-2

6-0

4-2

2002%

7

2

.777

6

1

.857

2nd

1-1

4-0

2-1

4-0

3-2

2003

7

3

.700

6

1

.857

2nd

1-2

4-0

2-1

4-2

3-1

CAREER

31

10

.756

22

6

.786

 

10-3

14-2

7-5

17-4

14-6

% - In the 2002 season the Vikings were leading Wisconsin-Platteville 21-14 in the third quarter when the game was cancelled due to lightning. # - In 2001 the Vikings were 1-1 in the NCAA Playoffs.

BARNES AGAINST THE OPPOSITION

TEAM

GAMES

W

L

FIRST MEETING

LAST MEETING

Carthage

4

4

0

2000 – W (23-14)

2003 – W (56-20)

Central of Iowa

2

1

1

2002 – W (34-14)

2003 – L (0-3)

Defiance

1

1

0

2001 – W (54-14)

 

Elmhurst

4

4

0

2000 – W (49-31)

2003 – W (28-21)

Eureka

2

2

0

2000 – W (40-6)

2001 – W (50-7)

Illinois Wesleyan

4

3

1

2000 – L (16-20)

2003 – W (20-17)

Millikin

4

3

1

2000 – L (21-42)

2003 – W (24-22)

Mount Union

1

0

1

2001 – L (7-32)

 

North Central

4

4

0

2000 – W (31-8)

2003 – W (27-7)

North Park

4

4

0

2000 – W (36-14)

2003 – W (48-17)

Wheaton

4

0

4

2000 – L (30-37 2OT)

2003 – L (27-28)

Wisconsin Lutheran

2

2

0

2000 – W (64-3)

2001 – W (69-19)

Wisconsin-Platteville

3

3

0

2000 – W (32-3)

2003 – W (27-26)

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

2

0

2

2002 – L (17-20)

2003 – L (15-19)

HANSEN NAMED "DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR" IN CCIW AS 13 VIKINGS NAMED TO ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Senior defensive end Mike Hansen (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, IL) was the ringleader of an Augustana College defense that led the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin in the three major statistical categories in 2003 (scoring, rushing and total defense). It stands to reason, then, that he was selected as the winner of the Don Larsen "Defensive Player of the Year". The announcement was made on Tuesday, November 18 at the annual meeting of CCIW football coaches, which was held at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

Hansen, who started his career as a middle linebacker, was one of 13 Augustana players who were accorded all-conference honors. The Vikings of fourth year head coach Jim Barnes finished the year with a 7-3 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the CCIW, good for second place in the league for the second consecutive season. Augustana lost 28-27 to league champion Wheaton on Saturday, November 15 at Ericson Field.

The Vikings sported the top defense in the CCIW, leading the conference in scoring defense (18.9 points per game), rushing defense (101.1 yards per game) and total defense (293.9 yards per game). Hansen led the league in quarterback sacks with seven (five solo and two assists) in seven league games. He was fourth in the conference in tackles for loss. During the course of the 10 game season Hansen compiled 42 total tackles (25 solo and 17 assists) with seven sacks for 30 yards and 12 tackles-for-losses of 37 yards. He had three pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Hansen was joined on the first team defensive unit by teammates Justin Georgacakis (Glenbrook North HS, Northbrook, IL), Steve Szpejnowski (Glenbard North HS, Carol Stream, IL) and Matt Furlong (Davenport Assumption HS, Davenport, IA). Georgacakis was a defensive tackle, Szpejnowski a linebacker and Furlong made it at defensive back. Those three were the top three tackles on the Vikings this past fall with Szpejnowski leading the way with 82 tackles (45 solo & 37 assists), seven tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, two pass deflections and one fumble recovery. Furlong had 57 tackles (32 solo & 25 assists) with eight tackles for loss, two interceptions, six pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Georgacakis chipped in with 49 tackles (26 solo & 23 assists) with a team leading 14 tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks, two pass deflections and one forced fumble.

One Augustana player made the first team on offense and that was tackle Mike Zeifert (Carmel HS, Waukegan, IL). He helped pave the way for the league’s top rushing team (297.3 yards per game in CCIW action). In 10 games the Vikings averaged 259.1 yards rushing and 27.2 points per game.

Quarterback Brad Wendell (Buffalo Grove HS, Buffalo Grove, IL) led a contingent of eight Augustana players named to the second team (four on offense, three on defense and one on special teams). Wendell led the CCIW in pass efficiency with a rating of 171.9, 2.2 ahead of Wheaton’s Chad Bradley, who was the league’s "Offensive Player of the Year". Wendell threw for 816 yards on 47 of 96 with 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions during the 10 game regular season. He also rushed for 294 yards on 105 attempts with three touchdowns.

Joining Wendell on offense were wingback Kyle Zick (Rochelle HS, Rochelle, IL), tight end Travis Temple (Erie HS, Erie, IL) and center Jeff Purcell (Normal Community HS, Normal, IL). Zick led the Vikings in rushing with 680 yards on 139 attempts with five touchdowns while Temple caught 13 passes for 276 yards and seven touchdowns. Purcell was part of that offensive line that keyed the league’s top ranked rushing offense.

On defense tackle Mike Brasile (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, IL), end Leo LaBrie (Grant Community HS, Lake Villa, IL) and cornerback Blair Westerly (Indianola HS, Indianola, IA) were all second team selections. Brasile had 30 tackles (14 solo & 16 assists) with 10 tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. LaBrie, who like Hansen started his career at linebacker, had 33 tackles with 17 of those solo and 16 assists. He had seven tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, two fumble recovered and one forced fumble. Westerly, who once was a wingback, had 37 tackles (21 solo & 16 assists) with one tackle for loss, one quarterback sack, one pass interception and five pass deflections. The final second team selection was kicker Mike Clark (Pleasant Valley HS, Bettendorf, IA). Clark led the Vikings in scoring with 59 points on nine field goals and 32 extra points. He won a pair of games (Wisconsin-Platteville and Millikin) with field goals as time expired. He also averaged 38.3 yards on 51 points.

Hansen becomes the 21st Augustana player to win CCIW "Outstanding Player" honors - the ninth on defense. Furlong was a repeat first team winner while Zick moved from first team a year ago to second team this year. Szpejnowski and Hansen moved from second team last year to first team this year. Wendell is a second team selection for the third straight year while Brasile made it on the second team for the second consecutive season.

CONFERENCE LEADERS: The Vikings led the CCIW in 12 team and two individual categories when the final league statistics were published. The areas that Augustana came out on top are as follows: total defense (293.9 ypg), scoring defense (18.9 ppg), rushing defense (101.1 ypg), turnover margin ( 1.57 topg), rushing offense (297.3 ypg), pass efficiency (168.6), first downs allowed (110), quarterback sacks (131), opponents third down conversions (.289 of 26 of 90), sacks allowed (33), time of possession (34:18 to 25:42) and red zone offense (100% on 28 of 28). Individually, Brad Wendell (Buffalo Grove HS, Buffalo Grove, IL) led the conference in pass efficiency with a 171.9 rating while Mike Hansen (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, IL) was tops in quarterback sacks with seven.

BRAD WENDELL: Senior quarterback Brad Wendell (Buffalo Grove HS, Buffalo Grove, IL) finished his career with tremendous numbers. He gained 1,099 yards rushing on 321 attempts and scored 14 touchdowns. As a passer he completed 136 passes in 296 attempts for 2,198 yards and 30 touchdowns while throwing only 11 interceptions, including just two this past year. His 2,198 passing yards places him fifth on the school’s all-time career list.

GETTING HIS KICKS: Mike Clark (Pleasant Valley HS, Bettendorf, IA) is closing in on the school’s record for career field goals. He has kicked 24 and the record is 26 by Barry Reade from 1987-90. Clark has also scored 165 points and he heads into his senior season just three points shy of overtaking Rick Papke (168 points from 1987-90) for 10th place on the school’s career scoring list. Besides the 24 field goals, Clark has been good on 93 of 101 extra points during his career. He broke Reade’s school record this year with the 54 yard field goal against Wisconsin-Platteville. Reade’s old mark had been 51 yards.

ZICK FINISHES ON THE EDGE: Senior wingback Kyle Zick (Rochelle HS, Rochelle, IL) finished his career just on the outside of two top ten lists. He gained 2,153 yards rushing on 361 attempts, only 101 yards shy of Erik Burgwald’s (1985-88) 10th place total of 2,254. Zick scored 156 career points, 12 shy of Rick Papke’s 10th place total of 168.

 

 

 

 

 

DOMINATION: Since 1981 Augustana has won 15 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin football titles, finished second five times, third twice and fourth once. During that time the Vikings have compiled a conference record of 150-21-1. One of the keys to that long run has been Augustana’s complete domination of the quartet of Carthage, Elmhurst, North Central and North Park. The Vikings have played 92 games (23 each) against that foursome and have compiled a record of 90-1-1 in those battles. The only loss was at Carthage in 1996 by a score of 28-18 and a 0-0 tie with Elmhurst in 1986. Another startling fact comes when you look at each of those teams last win at Ericson Field. Carthage has not tasted victory at the venerable facility since 1962, Elmhurst in 1979, North Central in 1980 and North Park has never won in Rock Island. It should be noted that Carthage did win a game in Rock Island in 1970 but the game was played at Rock Island Public Schools Stadium.

BRAIN POWER: Free safety Adam Guy (Muscatine HS, Muscatine, IA) was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team for the second straight season and now will advance to the national ballot where he will try to repeat his Academic All-America selection of a year ago. Cornerback Blair Westerly (Indianola HS, Indianola, IA) and kicker Mike Clark (Pleasant Valley HS, Bettendorf, IA) were second team selections. Guy has a 3.94 grade point average with a major in Physics while Westerly sports a 3.90 GPA in Biology and Sports Medicine and Clark has a 3.93 in Accounting.

GOOD BYE (AND THANKS): On graduation day, 2004, don’t be surprised if the saddest person on the entire Augustana campus is the Vikings defensive coordinator, Joe DeGeorge. Walking out the door that day will be his entire starting front four: ends Mike Hansen (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, IL) and Leo LaBrie (Grant Community HS, Lake Villa, IL) and tackles Mike Brasile (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, IL) and Justin Georgacakis (Glenbrook North HS, Northbrook, IL). Together that foursome accounted for 258 solo tackles, 296 assisted tackles, 554 total tackles, 42 quarterback sacks and 139 tackles for losses. Throw in the fact that Sean Christian (Dunlap HS, Princeville, IL) played a significant amount of time at tackle and Brandt Bennett (Stillman Valley HS, Stillman Valley, IL) was a starter at end during part of his career and you can see why DeGeorge may shed a tear or two. This past year Georgacakis had 49 tackles, three sacks and 14 tackles for losses, Hansen recorded 42 tackles, seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss, Brasile had 30 tackles, three sacks and 10 tackles for loss while LaBrie put up 33 tackles, two sacks and seven tackles for loss. All four of those made the all-conference team. Christian recorded 19 tackles with four sacks and nine tackles for loss this year and Bennett had four tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss.

ALL TIME VICTORY LIST: Augustana ranks in the top 25 in NCAA Division III in both all-time victories and winning percentage. The Vikings just finished their 91st season of football and currently sit eighth in winning percentage with a record of 479-259-28 for a mark of .644. In terms of total wins, Augustana’s 479 victories is 25th on the all-time list.

BARNES IN TOP 20 NATIONALLY: Jim Barnes currently ranks 13th among all active NCAA Division III head coaches in terms of winning percentage. Counting his five years at College of Wooster, Barnes has compiled a record of 68-23 for a winning percentage of .747. At Augustana, Barnes is now 31-10 and has moved into fifth place on the school’s career victory list, just behind Tom Stimulate, who was 34-13 from 1995-99.

NOW THAT’S A STAT LINE: This one just jumps off the page. Junior tight end Travis Temple (Erie HS, Erie, IL) led the Vikings in receptions with 13 catches for 276 yards. Of those 13 receptions, seven of them went for touchdowns. All this from a guy who was playing intramural just last year.

MIKE CLARK & MIKE HANSEN RAKE IN ALL-AMERICAN HONORS: Senior defensive end Mike Hansen (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, IL) and junior placekicker Mike Clark (Pleasant Valley HS, Bettendorf, IA) continue to bring in awards for the Augustana College football team well after the season has ended. Both players were named to NCAA Division III All-American teams this week, it was announced today.

Hansen, the "Defensive Player of the Year" in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin, was named to the American Football Coaches Association, Football Gazette and Sports Information Directors teams. The AFCA (once known as the Kodak team) is especially significant because it includes just 25 players from the entire country – 11 on offense, 11 on defense, a punter, a placekicker and a return specialist. He is the 14th player in Augustana history to be honored by the AFCA.

He was the ringleader of an Augustana defense that led the CCIW in total defense (293.9 yards per game), scoring defense (18.9 points per game) and rushing defense (101.1 yards per game). He finished the year with 42 total tackles (25 solo and 17 assists) with a team high seven quarterback sacks, 12 tackles for loss, three pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Hansen finished his career with 138 total tackles (68 solo and 70 assists), 13 quarterback sacks, 39 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and eight pass deflections.

Besides his honor by the AFCA, he was a third team pick on both the Football Gazette and Sports Information Directors teams.

Clark had a tremendous year as the kicker for the Vikings, leading the team in scoring with 59 total points (nine field goals and 32 extra points). He was the first team kicker on the D3football.com All-American team. He was tabbed as the North Region "Special Teams Player of the Year" by Football Gazette and he was a second team All-American selection by that same publication and made third team from the Sports Information Directors. He set a national record earlier this year when he kicked the longest game ending field in NCAA Division III history with a 54 yarder to beat Wisconsin-Platteville back on September 27.

He has kicked 24 field goals in his career and is just two shy of the school record of 26 currently held by Barry Reade. He has also scored 165 career points and needs just three more points to move into the school’s top 10 list. He holds the school record for longest field goal (54 yards) and for most field goals in a single season (10 in 2001).

Augustana, under the direction of head coach Jim Barnes, was 7-3 overall and 6-1 in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.

2003 AUGUSTANA FOOTBALL SUPERLATIVES

Offensive MVP – Kyle Zick

Defensive MVP – Mike Hansen

Special Forces MVP – Mike Clark

Jerry Freck Most Inspirational Player – Cullan Reilly

Most Valuable Freshman Defensive Player – Kyle Simpsen

Most Valuable Freshman Offensive Player – Mike Guzman

Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year – Jamie Hawkins

Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year – Scott Klein and Bill Krefft

American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-American – Mike Hansen, first team

D3football.com All-American – Mike Clark, first team

Football Gazette All-American – Mike Clark, second team & Mike Hansen, third team

Sports Information Directors All-American – Mike Hansen, third team & Mike Clark, third team

CoSIDA Academic All-American – Adam Guy, first team

CCIW "Defensive Player of the Year" – Mike Hansen

CCIW First Team All-Conference – Mike Hansen, Justin Georgacakis, Steve Szpejnowski, Matt Furlong & Mike Zeifert

CCIW Second Team All-Conference – Brad Wendell, Kyle Zick, Travis Temple, Jeff Purcell, Mike Brasile, Leo LaBrie, Blair Westerly, Mike Clark

CoSIDA Academic All-District – Adam Guy, first team; Blair Westerly, second team & Mike Clark, second team

School Record for Longest Field Goal – 54 yards, Mike Clark vs. Wisconsin-Platteville 09/27/03

Aztec Bowl Participant – Mike Hansen

D3football.com "Player of the Week" – Mike Clark vs. Wisconsin-Platteville 09/27/03

Football Gazette "Player of the Week" – Mike Clark vs. Wisconsin-Platteville 09/27/03

CCIW "Player of the Week" – Mike Clark vs. Wisconsin-Platteville 09/27/03

CCIW "Player of the Week" – Sean Christian vs. North Central 10/03/03