ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference (MIAC) announced its 2011 Football Awards Tuesday, Nov.
22, with conference-champion St. Thomas sweeping the top individual
awards. The nominating and voting process for the awards was
conducted by the league's nine head coaches following the
conclusion of the regular season.
The Tommies - which finished 10-0 overall and 8-0 in MIAC play to win their second-straight league title - placed a total of 16 players on the MIAC All-Conference teams and claimed the conference's three individual awards. Senior Fritz Waldvogel was named the Jim Christopherson MIAC MVP for the second time in his career, senior Dan Chapman received the Mike Stam Award as the conference's top lineman, and Glenn Caruso was named the MIAC Coach-of-the-Year for the second season in a row.
In addition, the league announced its All-MIAC First and Second Teams, with 35 first-team honorees and 36 on the second team. The First Team featured 19 seniors, seven juniors, eight sophomores and one freshman, while the Second Team included 15 seniors, 18 juniors and three sophomores. Out of the 71 total selections, 55 originally hail from Minnesota.
The conference-champion Tommies had 13 First Team selections and three Second Team selections among their 16 honorees. St. Olaf and Bethel, which tied for second place in the league standings, had 14 and 13 total selections, respectively. Concordia had nine players honored, Augsburg had seven, Saint John's had six, Gustavus had three selections, Hamline had two and Carleton had one to round out the honor squad's makeup.
Waldvogel (Mendota Heights, Minn./St. Thomas Academy) - a senior wide receiver/returner for the Tommies - received the second MIAC MVP award of his career after also winning the honor in 2009. He received the fifth All-MIAC honor of his career, earning First Team honors at receiver for the third season in a row. He was also a First Team utitliy selection in 2010 and a Second Team wideout as a freshman in 2008.
The St. Thomas star wideout has amassed 42 career touchdowns and ranks second in MIAC history in all-purpose yards (6,818) and punt return yards (1,415) and third in receptions (280), receiving yards (3,991) and kick return yards (1,384). His nine career kick/punt return touchdowns are the most in conference history, and he is just the second player in MIAC history and the 10th in Division III history with more than 1,000 kick return yards and 1,000 punt return yards.
Waldvogel's amazing career numbers were bolstered by an incredible senior season when he was again one of the most dangerous playmakers in the conference, and the country. The senior - who was recently named one of the 10 finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy - had 53 catches for 862 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. He finished with 1,328 total all-purpose yards and 12 total touchdowns, and he led the MIAC in punt return average (11.6) and receiving yards per game (86.2) while finishing in the top five in several other categories.
However, Waldvogel wasn't the only star in the Tommies' high-powered offense. Chapman (Urbandale, Iowa) emerged as a star on the St. Thomas offensive line this season, earning All-MIAC First Team honors after receiving a Second-Team selection in 2010. Chapman was voted the conference's top interior lineman because of his impact on the Tommie offense, which led the MIAC with 40.6 points per game and 438.4 total yards per game in conference play.
Chapman helped anchor a line that generated the conference's No. 2 rushing attack in conference play with 229.5 yards per game. His unit also surrendered the least sacks - nine - in conference play, and UST also led the league in time of possession (32:28) and red zone offense (80.5 percent) in MIAC play. In addition to their dominance in their eight conference wins, the Tommie offense also led the conference in scoring and total offense in overall games, as well, thanks largely to the work of Chapman and his fellow linemen.
In just his fourth year as the St. Thomas head coach, honors are already becoming commonplace for Caruso, who led his team to the first back-to-back 10-0 regular seasons in the MIAC's storied history. He was named the MIAC Coach-of-the-Year for the second season in a row, after also earning NCAA Division III/Liberty Mutual National Coach-of-the-Year and AFCA Region Coach-of-the-Year honors last season.
Caruso and the Tommies captured their second-straight MIAC title with a perfect 8-0 league record in 2011, and they spent most of the season ranked No. 3 in Division III by both major polls. This marked the third-straight Division III Playoff berth for Caruso's crew, and they have already advanced to the second round thanks to last weekend's 48-2 win over St. Scholastica in the first round. The St. Thomas coach has a 41-6 overall record and a 28-4 conference mark in his three-plus seasons at the helm, with only one loss coming to a foe outside the MIAC, and two of the six losses coming in the national quarterfinals.
As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC announced the sixth annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for football. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.
2011 MIAC Football Awards
Jim Christopherson MIAC MVP - Fritz Waldvogel, Wide Receiver, St. Thomas (Sr., Mendota Heights, Minn./St. Thomas Academy)
Mike Stam Award - Dan Chapman, Offensive Line, St. Thomas (Sr., Urbandale, Iowa)
MIAC Football Coach-of-the-Year - Glenn
Caruso, St. Thomas (fourth season)
2011 MIAC First Team All-Conference - Offense
|Josh Aakre||Bethel||Sr.||QB||Dawson, Minn./Dawson-Boyd|
|Dakota Tracy||St. Thomas||Sr.||QB||Geneva, Minn./NRHEG|
|Leon Clark||St. Olaf||Sr.||RB||Rochester, Minn./Century|
|Tyler Maxwell||Augsburg||Fr.||RB||Prior Lake, Minn.|
|Colin Tobin||St. Thomas||Sr.||RB||Itasca, Ill./Fenwick|
|Stephen Asp||St. Olaf||So.||WR||Edina, Minn.|
|Bronson Shepherd||Concordia||Sr.||WR||Brainerd, Minn.|
|Fritz Waldvogel||St. Thomas||Sr.||WR||Mendota Heights, Minn./St. Thomas Academy|
|Adam Carl||Augsburg||Sr.||TE||Eagan, Minn.|
|Kyle Boersma||Bethel||Sr.||OL||Hospers, Iowa/MOC-Floyd Valley|
|Dan Chapman||St. Thomas||Sr.||OL||Urbandale, Iowa/Johnston|
|Garrett Dick||St. Olaf||Sr.||OL||Yukon, Okla.|
|Mitch Elliott||Bethel||Sr.||OL||Brooklyn Park, Minn./Minnehaha Academy|
|Curtis James||St. Thomas||Jr.||OL||Edina, Minn.|
|Tom Knowlton||Concordia||Jr.||OL||Fargo, N.D./South|
|Josh Wolfe||Bethel||Jr.||OL||Emmettsburg, Iowa|
|Jordan Soteros||Carleton||So.||Utility||Scottsdale, Ariz./Pinnacle|
|Tim Albright||St. Thomas||Jr.||K||Urbandale, Iowa|
2011 MIAC First Team All-Conference - Defense
|Brian Albrecht||St. Olaf||Sr.||DL||Hutchinson, Minn.|
|Riley Dombek||St. Thomas||So.||DL||Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall|
|Jason Hofmeyer||Bethel||Sr.||DL||Hospers, Iowa/MOC-Floyd Valley|
|Danny Kane||St. Thomas||Sr.||DL||Minnetonka, Minn./Hopkins|
|Mark Wychor||Concordia||So.||DL||Glyndon, Minn./Moorhead|
|Tony Danna||St. Thomas||Sr.||ILB||Lake Elmo, Minn./Hill-Murray|
|Seth Mathis||Bethel||So.||ILB||Anoka, Minn.|
|Billy Morgan||Bethel||Sr.||ILB||Rosemount, Minn.|
|Willy Baregi||St. Thomas||Sr.||OLB||Richfield, Minn./Holy Angels|
|Harry Pitera||St. Thomas||So.||OLB||St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall|
|Erik Smith||Bethel||Jr.||OLB||Henning, Minn.|
|Nick Branjord||St. Olaf||Sr.||DB||Stillwater, Minn.|
|Bobby Fischer||Saint John's||Jr.||DB||Plymouth, Minn./Osseo|
|Bryce Hentges||Concordia||So.||DB||Sauk Center, Minn.|
|Chinni Oji||St. Thomas||Jr.||DB||New Brighton, Minn./Irondale|
|David Vavra||Bethel||Sr.||DB||Braham, Minn.|
|Garrett Maloney||St. Thomas||So.||P||Elm Grove, Wis./Marquette|
2011 MIAC Second Team All-Conference - Offense
|Marcus Brumm||Augsburg||Sr.||QB||Lakeville, Minn./South|
|Dan Dobson||St. Olaf||Jr.||QB||Mankato, Minn./West|
|Michael Duhnam||Concordia||Sr.||QB||Willmar, Minn.|
|Brett Baune||Concordia||Jr.||RB||Fargo, N.D./South|
|Stephen Johnson||Saint John's||Jr.||RB||Mahtomedi, Minn.|
|Jesse Phenow||Bethel||So.||RB||Richfield, Minn.|
|Brent Graboski||Saint John's||Sr.||WR||Woodbury, Minn.|
|Jacob Schmiesing||St. Olaf||So.||WR||Stillwater, Minn.|
|Logan Marks||St. Thomas||Jr.||TE||Mendota Heights, Minn./St. Thomas Academy|
|Alex Wright||Bethel||Sr.||TE||Hopkins, Minn./Minnetonka|
|Andrew Ghostley||Saint John's||Sr.||OL||Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park|
|Brian Grundmeyer||Gustavus||Jr.||OL||Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Simley|
|Daine Jensch||St. Olaf||Sr.||OL||West Concord, Minn./Triton|
|Jared Penz||Bethel||Jr.||OL||Rochester, Minn./Mayo|
|Tom Quist||Concordia||Jr.||OL||Alexandria, Minn./Jefferson|
|Morgan Scheper||Hamline||Sr.||OL||Carlton, Ore./Newberg|
|Chad Thompson||Augsburg||So.||OL||Maple Grove, Minn.|
|Chad Vandergriff||St. Thomas||Sr.||OL||Eagan, Minn.|
|Jimmie Mattson||Saint John's||Jr.||K||Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial|
2011 MIAC Second Team All-Conference - Defense
|Evan Cobb||Saint John's||Sr.||DL||Becker, Minn.|
|Tom Einberger||Gustavus||Sr.||DL||West St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall|
|Dustin Heiser||St. Olaf||Jr.||DL||Orlando, Fla./Olympia|
|Ed Smith||Augsburg||Sr.||DL||Minneapolis, Minn./North|
|Paul Streich||Concordia||Jr.||DL||Kalispell, Mont./Flathead|
|Wes Lynch||St. Olaf||Sr.||ILB||Apple Valley, Minn.|
|Matt Moenkedick||Concordia||Jr.||ILB||Verndale, Minn.|
|Bryce Vee||Augsburg||Jr.||ILB||Coon Rapids, Minn./Blaine|
|Drew Eid||St. Olaf||Sr.||OLB||Big Lake, Minn.|
|Micah Johnson||St. Olaf||Sr.||OLB||Maple Grove, Minn.|
|Brett Skoog||Bethel||Jr.||OLB||Long Lake, Minn./Orono|
|Josh Carey||St. Thomas||Jr.||DB||Rogers, Minn.|
|Ben Dobson||St. Olaf||Jr.||DB||Mankato, Minn./West|
|Brad Kruckeberg||Gustavus||Jr.||DB||Ellenndale, Minn./NRHEG|
|Tyler Phillips||Augsburg||Sr.||DB||Lino Lake, Minn./Centennial|
|John Michael Vandenberg||Hamline||Jr.||DB||Bothwell, Wash./Bishop Blanchet|
|Jason Obarski||St. Olaf||Jr.||P||Apple Valley, Minn.|
2011 All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team
Augsburg - Bryce Vee (Jr., Coon Rapids, Minn./Blaine)
Bethel - Mike Sedjo (Sr., West Chicago, Ill.)
Carleton - Tanner Martin (Tempe, Ariz./Brophy)
Concordia - Todd Bergeson (Sr., Montevideo, Minn.)
Gustavus - Brad Kruckeberg (Sr., Ellendale, Minn. NRHEG)
Hamline - Josh Bain (Sr., Grand Meadow, Minn.)
Saint John's - Jimmy Stodolka (Sr., Mendota Heights, Minn./St. Thomas Academy)
St. Olaf - Shea Corrigan (Sr., Hutchinson, Minn.)
St. Thomas - Tyler Erstad (Jr., Lakville, Minn./North)