Bethel's Peterson, Johnson, Concordia's Adams lead 2013 MIAC Football Awards

Bethel's Peterson, Johnson, Concordia's Adams lead 2013 MIAC Football Awards

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The 2013 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) football season concluded earlier this month, and Tuesday the top performers from another outstanding season were recognized with the announcement of the 2013 MIAC Football Awards. MIAC champion Bethel claimed two of the top three individual honors.

The Royals ran the table to emerge from a crowded field of contenders in 2013, and were justly honored by the league's coaches. Bethel quarterback Erik Peterson (Orono, Minn.) was named the 2013 MIAC Jim Christopherson MVP for his role in the Royals' conference championship, and his head coach, Steve Johnson, was voted the John Gagliardi MIAC Football Coach-of-the-Year. The final individual award - the Mike Stam Award which honors the conference's outstanding lineman - was presented to Concordia defensive end Nate Adams (Litchfield, Minn.).

The Bethel junior QB was the No. 1 offensive catalyst for the conference-champion Royals in 2013. Peterson was a perfect blend of electric and efficient while guiding the balanced Bethel offense through a perfect regular season. Overall, Peterson led the MIAC in passing yards (2,795), completions (206) and completion percentage (70.3) while ranking second in touchdown passes (23) and yards per game (254.1). His 9.5 yards per attempt ranked sixth in the league, and he was sacked just seven times with seven interceptions in 300 drop-backs.

Peterson was just as good in conference play, ranking second in touchdown passes (16) and completion percentage (66.5) while guiding Bethel to an 8-0 MIAC record. The Royal QB also ranked third in yards (1,898) and yards per game (237.2), fifth in completions (137) and attempts (206) and sixth in yards per attempt (9.2). Peterson was sacked just three times in conference play, and he also proved his versatility with 194 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground.

Erik Peterson Steve Johnson

Bethel - which will host Wartburg Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs - had a historic regular season in 2013, led by Johnson. As a result, he's the first MIAC coach to win the newly-name honor in recognition of legendary former Saint John's Head Coach John Gagliardi, who retired a year ago with the most coaching wins in college football history.

Johnson guided the Royals to a perfect 10-0 (8-0) MIAC regular season with a national best six victories against teams to finish .500 or better. Bethel has been ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation, and emerged unscathed from a conference that had five teams ranked in the top 30 at one point, and collectively went 16-2 against out-of-league foes. It's the Royals fifth MIAC title and first since 2007 and Bethel's first undefeated regular season since 2000. This is Johnson's sixth MIAC Coach-of-the-Year honor.

The Royals had the MIAC's top scoring offense at 43.6 points per game, and its 465.4 yards per game are also a league-best. Defensively, Bethel led the league in takeaways (34) and interceptions (20). It had the No. 2-ranked defense in terms of scoring (14.5 points per game) and total yards (294.7 per game) and it was first against the pass (169.6 per game). In conference play, the Royals were first in points per game (41.6), total offense (451.2 yards per game), rushing yards (1,609), scoring defense (14.4), passing defense (164.8 yards per game), takeaways (23), interceptions (13) and fumble recoveries (10).

Adams' honor made it two years in a row that a Concordia player has been named the Mike Stam Award winner, following 2012 winner Tom Knowlton. However, Adams earned his honor on the other side of the ball, as the junior DE was a terror behind the line of scrimmage while leading the Cobbers to an 8-2 record and a tie for second place in the MIAC standings (6-2).

  Nate Adams

In 2013, Adams didn't just lead the league in sacks and tackles-for-a-loss, he led both categories by a significant margin. His nine sacks were three better than anyone else in the MIAC, and his 17.5 TFLs were five better than the runner-up. His three fumble recoveries also led the league, and he ranked sixth in solo tackles (46) and 11th in total tackles (69). His 6.5 sacks and 14 TFL were also tops in conference games only. His two fumble recoveries shared the league lead, and his 38 solo tackles ranked seventh.

The MIAC All-Conference teams were made up of 37 selections on both the First and Second Teams, 17 each on offense and defense and three on special teams. The First Team was a senior-laden honor squad, with 24 of the 37 selections holding senior status. The team also featured nine juniors and four sophomores.

The conference-champion Royals led the way with eight First Team selections. Concordia and Augsburg tied for the second-most with seven First Teamers each, and St. Thomas and Gustavus each had six players selected. Saint John's had a pair of First Team honorees and Hamline had one selection.

The 2013 All-Conference First Team featured a trio of three-time selections as Bethel ILB Seth Mathis, St. Thomas DL Riley Dombek and Tommie OLB Harry Pitera capped their outstanding careers with their third-straight First Team honor. Augsburg QB Ayrton Scott and TE Adam Carl, Bethel WR Mitch Hallstrom, Gustavus RB Jeffrey Dubose, Saint John's OL Kevin Battis and St. Thomas OLB Tremayne Williams all received their second-straight First Team selection. St. Thomas P Garrett Maloney also received his second First Team honor after also earning the same distinction in 2011.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC announced the eighth 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.

2013 MIAC Football Awards

Jim Christopherson MIAC MVP - Erik Peterson, QB, Bethel (Jr., Orono, Minn.)

Mike Stam Award - Nate Adams, DE, Concordia (Jr., Litchfield, Minn.)

John Gagliardi MIAC Football Coach-of-the-Year - Steve Johnson, Bethel (25th season)

2013 MIAC Football All-Conference First Team Offense

Name Team Year Pos. Hometown / High School
Griffin Neal Concordia  Jr. QB Fargo, N.D. / South
Erik Peterson Bethel  Jr.  QB Orono, Minn.
Ayrton Scott Augsburg So. QB Minneapolis, Minn. / Southwest
Mitch Hallstrom
Bethel Sr. WR  Eden Prairie, Minn. 
Joey Sonnenfeld Augsburg So.  WR  Maple Grove, Minn. / Osseo
Brandon Zylstra Concordia Jr. WR Spicer, Minn. / New London-Spicer
Adam Carl Augsburg  Sr. TE Eagan, Minn.
Jeffrey Dubose Gustavus  Sr. RB  St. Paul, Minn. / St. Croix Lutheran
Austin Duncan Hamline  So. RB New Orleans, La. / Jesuit
Brandon Marquardt   Bethel Jr. RB Champlin, Minn. / Champlin Park
Kevin Battis Saint John's    Sr. OL Blaine, Minn. / Centennial
Jason Flesher St. Thomas  Sr. OL
Plymouth, Minn. / Wayzata
Bubba Friedlund Bethel  Sr. OL
Farmington, Minn.
David Gschneidner Gustavus Sr. OL
Edina, Minn.
Lyle Opdahl Gustavus  Sr. OL
Norwood Young America, Minn. / Central  
Jeff Schmidt Bethel Sr. OL
Fergus Falls, Minn. / Hillcrest Academy
Ben Tamm Concordia  Sr. OL
Avon, Minn. / Albany

2013 MIAC Football All-Conference First Team Defense

Name Team Year Pos. Hometown / High School
Nate Adams Concordia  Jr. DL Litchfield, Minn.
Luke Buttenhoff Bethel  Sr. DL Watertown, Minn. / Mayer Lutheran
Chris DeVet Augsburg  Jr. DL Shoreview, Minn. / Mounds View
Riley Dombek St. Thomas Sr. DL Inver Grove Heights, Minn. / Cretin-Derham Hall  
Donte Green Gustavus  Sr. DL Minneapolis, Minn. / North
Joe Haas Gustavus  Sr. ILB Mission, Kan. / Shawnee Mission North
Michael Juberian Augsburg  Jr. ILB Richfield, Minn. / Benilde-St. Margaret's
Seth Mathis Bethel  Sr. ILB Anoka, Minn. 
Andrew Rose Saint John's   Jr. ILB Stillwater, Minn.
Tyler Berling Concordia  Sr. OLB Melrose, Minn. / Sauk Centre
Harry Pitera St. Thomas  Sr. OLB St. Paul, Minn. / Cretin-Derham Hall
Tremayne Williams St. Thomas Sr. OLB Appleton, Wis. / North
Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane   Augsburg  Sr. DB Bloomington, Minn. / Kennedy
Josh Carey St. Thomas  Sr. DB Rogers, Minn.
Zach Dilger Gustavus  Jr. DB South St. Paul, Minn.
Matt Mehlhorn Bethel  So. DB Lakeville, Minn. / South
Kenyon O'Brien Concordia  Sr. DB Lake Park, Minn. / Lake Park-Audubon

2013 MIAC Football All-Conference First Team Special Teams

Name Team Year Pos. Hometown / High School
Ben Wagner Concordia  Sr. K St. Aubin de Medoc, France / Siuslaw (Ore.)  
Garrett Maloney St. Thomas   Sr. P Elm Grove, Wis. / Milwaukee Marquette
Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane   Augsburg  Sr.  Ret.  Bloomington, Minn. / Kennedy

2013 MIAC Football All-Conference Second Team Offense

Name Team Year Pos. Hometown / High School
Nate Penz St. Olaf  So. QB Rochester, Minn. / Mayo
Stephen Asp St. Olaf  Sr. WR Edina, Minn.
Josh Bungum Saint John's  So. WR  Paynesville, Minn. 
Anthony Kemper Carleton Sr. WR  Prior Lake, Minn.
Jake Schmeising St. Olaf  Sr. WR Stillwater, Minn.
Jerise Washington   Augsburg Jr. WR Roseville, Minn. / Mounds View
Brian Frett Carleton  Sr. TE Wilmette, Ill. / New Trier
Jack Kaiser St. Thomas  So. RB  Prior Lake, Minn.
Marshall Klitzke Bethel  So. RB Annandale, Minn. / Providence
Phil Putratz Augsburg Jr. RB Mazeppa, Minn. / Zumbrota-Mazeppa
Ross Carlson Saint John's   Jr. OL
Farwell, Minn. / Alexandria
Alec Grimm Hamline Jr. OL
Bainbridge Island, Wash. / Bainbridge  
Alex Hsu St. Olaf Sr. OL
Woodbury, Minn.
Alex Jarosz Saint John's Jr. OL
White Bear Lake, Minn. / Totino-Grace   
Ulice Payne III St. Thomas Jr. OL
Greenfield, Wis. / Pius XI
Joshua Perkins Bethel Jr. OL
Iowa Falls, Iowa / Iowa Falls-Alden
Chad Thompson Augsburg Sr. OL Maple Grove, Minn.

2013 MIAC Football All-Conference Second Team Defense

Name Team Year Pos. Hometown / High School
Kyle Asmus Bethel  Sr. DL Isanti, Minn. / Cambridge-Isanti
Josh Corbin St. Thomas  Jr.  DL Northfield, Minn.
Paul Plombon Saint John's    Sr. DL Rice, Minn. / Sartell-St. Stephen
Matt Workman Saint John's  Jr. DL Minneapolis, Minn. / Holy Angels
Mark Wychor Concordia  Sr. DL Glyndon, Minn. / Moorhead
Levi Hintermeister   Concordia  So. ILB Garfield, Minn. / Brandon
Landon Mathis Bethel  So. ILB Anoka, Minn.
Anthony Boyce Gustavus Jr. OLB Excelsior, Minn. / Minnetonka
Kevin Flaherty Bethel  Jr. OLB Hugo, Minn. / Mounds View
Ben Wahlquist Bethel  Jr. OLB Eden Prairie, Minn. 
Torey Asao Gustavus  Sr. DB Chaska, Minn.
Felix Coleman Augsburg Jr. DB Alexandria, Minn. / Jefferson
J.D. Mehlhorn Bethel  Sr. DB Lakeville, Minn. / South
Luke Peterson Concordia  Sr. DB Spicer, Minn. / New London-Spicer  
Cameron Smith St. Olaf  Sr. DB Orlando, Fla. / Timber Creek
Josh Treimer Bethel Sr. DB Burnsville, Minn.
Darryl Williams Saint John's Sr.  DB Hawthorne, Calif. / Verbum Dei

2013 MIAC Football All-Conference Second Team Special Teams

Name Team Year Pos. Hometown / High School
Paul Graupner St. Thomas    So. K Minnetonka, Minn. / Benilde-St. Margaret's  
Brett Harmelink   Concordia  Sr. P Moorhead, Minn. / Park Christian
Bryce Hentges Concordia  Sr. Ret.  Sauk Centre, Minn.

2013 Football All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team

Augsburg - Adam Carl (Sr., Eagan, Minn.)
Bethel - Tom Keefe (Sr., Wausau, Wis. / East)
Carleton - Chase Gottschalk (Sr., Independence, Minn. / Orono)
Concordia - Mark Whiting (Sr, Alexandria, Minn. / Jefferson)
Gustavus - Joe Haas (Sr., Mission, Kan. / Shawnee Mission North)
Hamline - Patrick Chilton (Sr., Hesperia, Calif. / Apple Valley)
Saint John's - Blake Belland (Sr., Chaska, Minn.)
St. Olaf - Connor McCormick (So., Caledonia, Minn.)
St. Thomas - Walter Franklin (Sr., Eagan, Minn. / DeLaSalle)

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