2008 Northern Athletics Conference Football Weekly Awards

November 10-16

Football (Defensive)
Marcus Goedken, Aurora University
...6-2, 275...Senior...Defensive Tackle...Sugar Grove, Ill. (Kaneland)...
Goedken led the Spartans to an undefeated conference season (7-0) with the 24-6 win over Lakeland College, AU's ninth win of the year, tying a school record for wins. He had a team-high seven tackles, two tackles for loss (seven yards) and two quarterback hurries on the afternoon. His presence in the middle of the Spartan defense (ranked third in Division III) held Lakeland to 41 yards rushing in the game and just 183 on the day.

Other nominees: Brad Marshall (Wisconsin Lutheran College).

Football (Offensive)
Cory Cowan, Aurora University
...6-2, 180...Senior...Wide Receiver...Peoria, Ill. (Notre Dame)...
Cowan led the Spartans to an undefeated conference season (7-0) with the 24-6 win over Lakeland College, AU's ninth win of the year, tying a school record for wins. He had four catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns. This season, Cowan has moved into the AU record books in all single season and career receiving categories (receptions, yards and touchdowns).

Other nominees: Eric Ritter (Benedictine University), Jesse Muldrow (Wisconsin Lutheran College).

Football (Special Teams)
Ryan Subick, Aurora University
...5-10, 140...Sophomore...Kicker...Mt. Olive, Ill. (Mt. Olive)...
Subick led the Spartans to an undefeated conference season (7-0) with the 24-6 win over Lakeland College, AU's ninth win of the year, tying a school record for wins. He was a perfect three-for-three in PAT's and connected on his only field goal try of the day (29 yards). He is now four-of-five in field goals and 48-of-49 in PAT's on the year.

Other nominees: none

 

November 3-9

Football (Defensive)
John Wagner, Lakeland College
...6-2, 215...Senior...Linebacker...Kewaunee, Wis. (Kewaunee)...
Wagner recorded a team-high 13 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and returned a 16 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown as Lakeland downed Concordia University Wisconsin 37-7 on Saturday.

Other nominees: Alex Dewey (Benedictine University); Tim Manion (Maranatha Baptist Bible College), Brian Risa (Rockford College), Nate Rosenberg (Wisconsin Lutheran College).

Football (Offensive)
Jeff Fellers, Aurora University
...5-10, 165...Junior...Running Back...Pontiac, Ill. (Pontiac)...
Fellers helped AU remain unbeaten in NAC play (6-0) and improve to 8-1 on the season. Fellers rushed for a career-high 152 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns in just one half of action in AU's 63-6 win at Concordia University Chicago.

Other nominees: Matt Pawlyk (Lakeland College), Kenny McNeal (Rockford College).

Football (Special Teams)
Brian Goff, Benedictine University
...6-0, 178...Sophomore...Punter...Coal City, Ill. (Coal City)...
Goff - normally the Eagles' placekicker - was also pressed into service at the last minute as the BU punter. Goff responded by averaging 37.8 yards per punt (5 punts), while going 2-2 on PAT kicks in a pressure-filled game. He also averaged 51.7 yards on kickoffs in the less-than-desirable weather conditions or a constant light rain and cross-wind.

Other nominees: Ryan Subick (Aurora University), Heikki Luoma (Wisconsin Lutheran College).

 

October 27-November 2

Football (Defensive)
Tony Musaraca, Aurora University
...6-1, 185...Junior...Cornerback...Sugar Grove, Ill. (Kaneland)...
Musaraca led an AU defense that forced nine turnovers including seven interceptions and held the Warriors to 2.8 yards per play on the day. His four interceptions (all in the first half) tie an AU single game record originally set by Brian Fetterolf on Sept. 9, 1989.

Other nominees: Alex Dewey (Benedictine University), John Wagner (Lakeland College), Rob Dupre (Maranatha Baptist Bible College), Shem Biebert (Wisconsin Lutheran College).

Football (Offensive)
Ryan Schwartz, Benedictine University
...6-0, 193...Junior...Running Back...Clawson, Mich. (Bishop Foley)...
Schwartz had the second-best rushing game of his career and scored all of Benedictine's touchdowns on runs of 7, 17, and 37 yards to lead the Eagles' victory. It was the sixth 100-yard rushing game of Schwartz's career.

Other nominees: Ryne Reder (Aurora University), Jamal Thomas (Concordia University Chicago), Matt Pawlyk (Lakeland College).

Football (Special Team)
Jacob Heinemeyer, Lakeland College
...6-0, 190...Junior...Kick Returner...Shiocton, Wis. (Bishop Foley)...
Heinemeyer returned his lone kickoff return for an 85-yard touchdown at the end of the first half as Lakeland defeated Maranatha 29-14.

Other nominees: Ryan Subick (Aurora University).

 

October 20-26

Football (Defensive)
Nate Rosenberg, Wisconsin Lutheran College
...6-2, 231...Sophomore...Linebacker...Hortonville, Wis. (Fox Valley Lutheran)...
Rosenberg finished with 6.5 tackles, including two of the Warriors' six sacks on the afternoon versus Concordia University Wisconsin.

Other nominees: Dave Gesiakowski (Aurora University), John Wagner (Lakeland College), Rob Dupre (Maranatha Baptist Bible College).

Football (Offensive)
Khyree Copeland, Concordia University Chicago
...5-7, 176...Sophomore...Running Back...Jacksonville, Fla. (Potter's House Academy)...
Copeland rushed for a career-high 180 yards and scored three times in CUC's 28-21 win over Maranatha Baptist. His 180 yards was his third-straight 100-yard rushing game following efforts of 152 and 141. Copeland's long run of 46 yards accounted for the Cougars' first score, and he later added a pair of two-yard scores, the latter of which proved to be the difference.

Other nominees: Nate Peterson (Aurora University), Nathan Chart (Concordia University Wisconsin). Jake Heinemeyer (Lakeland College), Dominique Johnson (Wisconsin Lutheran College).

 

October 13-19

Football (Defensive)
Matt Meyer, Aurora University
...6-0, 190...Senior...Cornerback...Yorkville, Ill. (Yorkville)...
Meyer led the AU defense in tackles with 11, helping the Spartans remain unbeaten in NAC play (3-0) and improve to 5-1 on the season. Meyer played a key role in AU's defense limiting Concordia University Wisconsin to 91 yards on the ground on 36 carries (2.5 yards per carry) on the afternoon. He also played well in the secondary, breaking up four passes.

Other nominees: Eddie Hill (Benedictine University), David Sodetz (Concordia University Chicago), Tim Wermeling (Wisconsin Lutheran College),

Football (Offensive)
Jamal Thomas, Concordia University Chicago
...5-9, 165...Freshman...Wide Receiver...Weirsdale, Florida (Lake Weir)...
Thomas scored twice in CUC's homecoming win over Lakeland College. He scored the opening points of the game, catching a short pass and racing 44 yards for the touchdown. In the third quarter, the receiver went in motion, took a handoff and scored on a 41-yard run around right end. The nine catches for 145 yards were both season and career high marks for the rookie    .

Other nominees: Ryne Reder (Aurora University), Derek Hitt (Benedictine University), Matt Pawlyk (Lakeland College).

Football (Special Teams)
Shem Biebert, Wisconsin Lutheran College
...6-0, 197...Sophomore...Punter...Inver Grove Heights, Minn. (St. Croix Lutheran)...
Biebert placed six of his nine punts inside the 20 yard line in Saturday's 18-7 win over Rockford College.

Other nominees: Ben Duenas (Lakeland College).

 

October 6-12

Football (Defensive)
Keith Woodson, Lakeland College
...5-9, 165...Junior...Cornerback...Evanston, Ill. (Evanston Township)...
Woodson intercepted two passes, one for a 70 yard touchdown as the Muskies defeated Wisconsin Lutheran College 26-7.

Other nominees: Matt Meyer (Aurora University), Steve Malok (Concordia University Chicago), Nate Rosenberg (Wisconsin Lutheran College).

Football (Offensive)
Mike Sosnowski, Rockford College
...6-3, 210...Junior...Quarterback...Eldridge, Iowa (North Scott)...
Sosnowski took control of the Regents offense with the team down 14-0, he immediately sparked a 21-point run. The junior quarterback was instrumental in leading Rockford to its first win of the year, scoring 4 TD, including the game's final play, a 2-yard scoring run in OT.

Other nominees: Ryne Reder (Aurora University), Mike Egebrecht (Concordia University Chicago), Matt Pawlyk (Lakeland College).

Football (Special Teams)
Ryan Subick, Aurora University
...5-10, 140...Sophomore...Kicker...Mt. Olive, Ill. (Mt. Olive)...
Subick remained perfect on the season with PATs and field goals, converting on all six PATs and his 28-yard field goal. This season he is 23-of-23 in PATs and two-of-two in field goals.

Other nominees:

 

September 29-October 5

Football (Defensive)
Justin Medard, Lakeland College
...5-9, 175...Senior...Cornerback...Evanston, Ill. (Evanston Township)...
Medard led the Lakeland defense with 12 total tackles and added an interception and sack as the Muskies defeated Rockford 33-28.

Other nominees: Mike Budzinski (Aurora University), Trey Cochran (Wisconsin Lutheran College).

Football (Offensive)
Nate Peterson, Aurora University
...6-1, 205...Sophomore...Quarterback...Aurora, Ill. (Aurora Christian)...
Peterson had an exceptional afternoon passing 13-of-24 for 206 yards and 3 touchdowns. He connected on a 64-yard touchdown pass in the 3rd quarter extending AU's lead to 21-0 over Benedictine University. He also had 62 yards rushing on 10 carries.

Other nominees: Taylor Siolka (Concordia University Wisconsin), Benjamin Lombardi (Lakeland College), Larry Hairl (Wisconsin Lutheran College).

Football (Special Teams)
Dan Winsey, Concordia University Wisconsin
...6-1, 180...Sophomore...Kicker...Tampa, Fla. (Sickles)...
Winsey booted three field goals and four extra points in CUW's 43-6 victory over Maranatha Baptist.

Other nominees: Heikki Luoma (Wisconsin Lutheran College).

 

September 22-28

Football (Defensive)
Devin Montgomery, Benedictine University
...5-10, 195...Junior...Linebacker...Zion, Ill. (Zion-Benton)...
Montgomery booked a game-leading 13 tackles, including 7 solo, in the Eagles' loss at North Park.

Other nominees:

Football (Special Teams)
Tim Zultanski, Benedictine University
...6-0, 170...Sophomore...Punter...Granger, Ind. (Marian)...
Zultanski had his best career game punting for the Eagles, getting off four kicks at an average of 42.5 yards per punt. He had two punts inside the 20 and another for a touchback.

Other nominees:

 

September 15-21

Football (Defensive)
Pat Funk, Aurora University
...6-1, 230...Junior...Defensive End...Morris, Ill. (Morris)...
Funk had a tremendous day for the Spartans, in a 31-28 loss to Illinois Wesleyan University. Funk was in the Titan backfield all afternoon and one of his pass deflections was returned 13 yards for the go ahead score (28-24) with 5 minutes to play in the contest. His two sacks improved his season total to five on the season.

Other nominees: Keith Woodson (Lakeland College), Kipp Hefftner (Maranatha Baptist Bible College), Nick Infante (Rockford College), Nate Rosenberg (Wisconsin Lutheran College).

Football (Offensive)
Dominique Johnson, Wisconsin Lutheran College
...6-0, 170...Junior...Wide Receiver...Milwaukee, Wis. (Vincent)...
Johnson caught nine passes for a school-record 217 yards, an average of 24.1 yards per catch, and one touchdown in WLC's 36-29 win over St. Scholastica on Saturday. He also set a single-game record with 313 all-purpose yards as he returned four punts for a total of 60 yards and one kickoff for 36 yards.

Other nominees: Matt Pawlyk (Lakeland College), Rob Dupre (Maranatha Baptist Bible College).

Football (Special Teams)
John Borsellino, Benedictine University
...5-8, 175...Freshman...Kick Returner...Oak Brook, Ill. (Montini Catholic)...
Borsellino scored the Eagles' only touchdown versus the No. 12 North Central College (Ill.). Borsellino had six kickoff returns for an average of 30.5 yards per return, including the 89-yard TD scamper in the fourth quarter. Borsellino, also a wide receiver, caught two passes for 59 yards and was the team's leading rusher with seven carries for 32 yards. In all, Borsellino accounted for 274 all-purpose yards.

Other nominees: Matt Meyer (Aurora University), Heikki Luoma (Wisconsin Lutheran College).

 

September 8-14

Football (Defensive)
Brent Miller, Lakeland College
...6-0, 225...Senior...Linebacker...Menasha, Wis. (Menasha)...
Miller led the Lakeland defense with 3.5 tackles for loss (14 total tackles) and 2 sacks in a loss to the College of Mount St. Joseph last Saturday.

Other nominees: Pat Funk (Aurora University), Alex Allister (Wisconsin Lutheran College).

Football (Offensive)
Ryne Reder, Aurora University
...5-7, 170...Junior...Running Back...Aurora, Ill. (Marmion)...
Reder went over the 100 yard mark for the first time this season and helped AU overcome an 18-14 halftime deficit and win 30-18 over MacMurray College. The victory gives AU its first 2-0 start to a season since 1992.

Other nominees: Dominique Johnson (Wisconsin Lutheran College).

 

September 1-7

Football (Defensive)
Matt Meyer, Aurora University
...6-0, 190...Senior...Cornerback...Yorkville, Ill. (Yorkville)...
Meyer led an AU defense that forced four turnovers (all interceptions) including two himself. His first of the afternoon he returned 24 yards for a touchdown. Additionally, Meyer serves as AU's punter, punting five times for 213 yards (42.6 average) and a long of 53. The Spartans defeated Lake Forest College, 35-13.

Other nominees: Jamie Schramm (Lakeland College), Colin Makepeace (Wisconsin Lutheran College).

Football (Offensive)
Khyree Copeland, Concordia University Chicago
...5-7, 176...Sophomore...Running Back...Jacksonville, Fla. (Potter's House Academy)...
Copeland recorded the first three-touchdown game of his career. The sophomore ran for 136 yards, and was just 3 yards shy of his all-time best. Copeland recorded touchdown runs of 6, 1 and 67 yards in the 41-15 victory over Blackburn College.

Other nominees: Nate Peterson (Aurora University), Dominique Johnson (Wisconsin Lutheran College).

Football (Special Teams)
John Borsellino, Benedictine University
...5-8, 175...Freshman...Kick Returner...Oak Brook, Ill. (Montini Catholic)...
Borsellino had quite a debut for Benedictine, averaging 32.2 yards per return on kickoffs in his team's opening week loss. Borsellino also caught two passes for 29 yards on offense.

Other nominees: Ryan Subick (Aurora University), Ben Price (Concordia University Chicago), Jake Schweder (Wisconsin Lutheran College).