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2003 Media Guide
Getting to the Field
Table of Contents
Getting to the Field (maps) . . . . . . . . . . . . .inside front cover
AU Quick Facts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .inside front cover
I-88 Tollway
Media Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Head Coach Jim Scott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Assistant Coaches and Support Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-3
2003 Spartan Roundup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Official NCAA Roster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
New York
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Gladstone Ave.
Randall Rd.
Player Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-16
2002 Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18-19
Individual Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20-21
Team Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21-22
Honors and Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
AU Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
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2003 and 2004 Game Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .back cover
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Calumet Ave.
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AU Quick Facts
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Gladstone Ave.
AU Field
Edgelawn Dr.
Marseillaise Pl.
Gym
Southlawn Pl.
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Randall Rd.
Baseball
Field
Calumet Ave.
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P
Kenilworth Pl.
Prairie Road
The bottom map is an enlargement of the Aurora University area.
Football is played on the AU Field
Parking areas are shown with a circled P.
Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aurora, Illinois
Founded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1893
Enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .More than 4,000
Nickname . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Spartans
Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Royal Blue/White
Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Illini-Badger Conference
National Affiliation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .NCAA Division III
Field (Capacity) . . . . . . . . .Aurora University Field (1,750)
President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dr. Rebecca L. Sherrick
Director of Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mark Walsh
Athletics Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .630-844-5110
Athletics Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .630-844-7809
Head Football Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jim Scott
Coach’s Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91-60-3
Assistant Coaches: . . . . . . .Brian Baker-Watson, Jeremy Benson,
Jon Cooper, Kip Daniels, Kevin Doherty,
Vince McMahon, Michael Oleszek
Athletic Trainer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stevie Baker-Watson
2002 Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-4
Media Relations Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Al Benson
Director of Sports Information . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brian Kipley
Sports Info. Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .630-844-7575
Sports Info. Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .630-844-3826
AU Spartan Sports Hotline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .630-844-3838
Pressbox Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .630-844-7838
On the Cover: Senior Geary Pryor
AU Media Outlets
Meet the Head Coach
JIM SCOTT
Head Coach
(Luther College)
(18th Season)
Local Print
Aurora Beacon-News...............................101 S. River, Aurora, IL 60506
Bill Kindt, Sports Editor
630-844-5911
Fax: 630-844-1043
Tim Wagner
Kane County Chronicle.................1000 Randall Rd., Geneva, IL 60134
Brian Schaumburg, Sports Editor
630-232-9222
Fax: 630-232-4962
Fox Valley Labor News..........................P.O. Box 4155, Aurora, IL 60507
Carter Crane, Editor
630-897-4022
Fax: 630-892-3873
Daily Herald ...............................3805-A Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174
630-587-8623
Fax: 630-587-8639
Kendall County Publications............222 Bridge St., Yorkville, IL 60560
630-533-7034
Fax: 630-533-7085
Oswego Ledger-Sentinel..............................Box 669, Oswego, IL 60611
630-554-8565
Fax: 630-554-7560
Regional Print
Chicago Tribune............................435 N. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60611
Metro Sports
312-222-3474
Fax: 312-828-9392
Chicago Sun Times ..........................401 N. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60611
College Sports
312-321-2664
Radio/TV
WKKD (1580 am, 95.9 fm)................P.O. Box C-1730, Aurora, IL 60507
Bill Baker, Station Manager
630-898-1580
Fax: 630-898-2355
WSPY (107.1 fm)............................1 Broadcast Center, Plano, IL 60545
WFXV (TV-30)
630-552-1000
Greg Burks, Sports Director
Fax: 630-552-9000
Comcast (ch. 4) .........................800 W. 5th Street, Naperville, IL 60563
630-552-1000
Wire Services
Associated Press ............................230 N. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60601
Sports Desk
312-781-0500
Fax: 312-781-1989
United Press International...........360 N. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60601
Sports Desk
312-781-1600
Fax: 312-781-1603
All requests for interviews should be made through
Al Benson, Media Relations Director, at 630-844-5150.
For other information contact Brian Kipley,
Director of Sports Information, at 630-844-7575.
Media should call in advance, as seating in the press area is limited.
Jim Scott is the architect of the
rebuilding of the Aurora University
football program. Hired by AU in 1985,
Scott was given the task of re-starting
the football program, which the school had dropped in
1952.
Dipping largely into the pool of local and regional talent,
Scott has built an unparalleled success story. He had five
consecutive winning seasons (after finishing 1-4 in 1986
and 4-5 in 1987) between 1988 and 1992, and again in 1996
(5-4). In 1988 and 1989, he produced records of 7-2 and
8-1, respectively. However, his greatest legacy, thus far,
came in the 1992 season when the Spartans were a perfect
9-0 during the regular season and received their first-ever
NCAA football playoff bid. By virtue of its playoff berth, AU
also had the honor of being the first Chicagoland team to
ever participate in the NCAA Division III football playoffs.
Scott’s overall record in his 17 seasons at the Aurora
University helm is 91-60-3.
Success is certainly no stranger to Scott, who was a
prominent high school coach for 20 seasons prior to
joining AU. His tenure in the prep ranks produced a
121-58-4 mark in stints at Sterling and Marseilles high
schools. His tutelage at Sterling produced seven
conference championships and six playoff appearances for
the Golden Warriors. For his efforts, Scott was elected to
the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall
of Fame in 1987.
Scott is a 1961 graduate of Luther (IA) College, where he
was a four-year letterwinner in football for the Norse. He
holds a BA in math, with a minor in physical education. He
earned his MA in guidance and counseling from Illinois
State University in 1967. He and his wife, Lorraine, reside
in Aurora.
Year
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
17 yrs.
Jim Scott’s Year-by-Year Record
Record
Pct.
Post-season
.200
1-4
.444
4-5
7-2
.778
.889
8-1
.556
5-4
5-3-1
.611
NCAA 1st rd.
.900
9-1
.444
4-5
2-5-2
.333
.333
3-6
.556
5-4
4-5
.444
.700
7-3
.800
8-2
7-4
.640
NCAA 1st rd.
.778
7-2
.556
5-4
91-60-3
.601
two post-season
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Meet the Assistant
Coaches
JON COOPER
Assistant Head Coach/Defensive
Coordinator
(North Park College)
Cooper is entering his 18th season
with the AU program, serving as a
“charter member” of the coaching staff
assembled when the sport was
reintroduced to the campus in 1986.
Cooper’s responsibilities also include acting as linebacker
coach, a position that has gained prominence and attention
for AU over the years, with several players earning postseason honors. Under Cooper, the defense has had several
players ranking in various categories finishing as high as #10
in total defense in 1991, #5 in scoring defense in 1992, #8 in
pass efficiency defense in 1992, and #4 in rushing defense in
1999. In 2001, the defense finished #13 in pass efficiency
defense, #15 in rushing defense, and #15 in scoring defense.
AU has also had two NCAA playoff berths. Cooper, who is
also an associate professor in physical education, served as
head coach at Dixon High School from 1980-1985 prior to
joining Aurora’s staff. Before that, he was an assistant at
Dixon (1975-1979), Wheaton North (1973-1974), and Proviso
East High School (1972). Cooper’s own playing career was at
North Park College and he also earned his M.S. in Education
from Northern Illinois University in 1979.
VINCE MCMAHON
Running Backs
(Morningside College)
McMahon joined the the AU staff in
1998 handling the running backs and
special team. Before coming to AU, he
was the offensive coordinator for Illinois
Valley Community College (1994-1998);
head football coach, athletic director, and
assistant dean of students at Joliet Junior College (19911994); head football coach, athletic director, and PE
instructor at Illinois Valley Community College (1975-1991);
varsity football offensive coordinator, head baseball coach,
and assistant professor of PE at the University of WisconsinSuperior (1971-1975). His coaching and teaching career
dates back to 1958. In ’58, he received a master’s degree in
education from the University of South Dakota.
MICHAEL OLESZEK
Defensive Secondary
(Elmhurst College)
Oleszek joined the AU coaching staff
in 1998. He handles the defensive
secondary. Before joining the Spartans
coaching staff, he coached football and
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Meet the Assistant
Coaches
basketball at Wheaton North High School (1990-1998). With
the Wheaton program, he was the head coach (1997-1998);
defensive coordinator/assistant coach (1994-1996);
offensive coordinator for the sophomore team (1990-1993);
coordinated and organized spring camp (1990-1997); and
facilitated the summer program (1990-1997). With the
basketball program at Wheaton, he was an assistant coach
with the varsity and head junior varsity coach (1994-1998).
He received a master’s degree in physical education from
Chicago State University in 1994.
KEVIN DOHERTY
Quarterbacks
(AU ’95)
Doherty begins his second season as
the Spartans quarterbacks and receivers
coach. He returns to his alma mater
after serving as the quarterbacks coach
at MacMurray College for two years
(2000-2001). Prior to that, he spent
three years at Capital University (1997-1999), located in
Columbus, OH. He also spent one year at the University of
Dubuque in Iowa. Before joining the college ranks, he spent
one year at Geneva High School (1995).
The St. Charles native played high school ball at St.
Charles High School. He then finished his playing career as
a two-year starter for the Spartans at AU.
Doherty earned his BA in physical education from AU in
1995. He also received his MA in public administration
from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2003.
Doherty and his wife, Amber, have one son, Colin and
reside in Oswego, IL.
KIP DANIELS
Wide Receivers/Special Teams
(AU ‘02)
Daniels will enter his second year on
the AU coaching staff after finishing an
outstanding career for the Spartans in
2001. Daniels will work on the defensive
side and coach the defensive backs. A
four-year starter from 1998 to 2001, he
played two years on offense and two years on defense. He
finished his career leading the nation in interceptions and
being named first team All-American as well as the
conference’s Player of the Year. He received a BS in biology
with a minor in chemistry and physiology from AU. The AU
grad attended Ridgeview High School and will pursue a
master’s degree in sports management from Northern
Illinois University. He also serves as an admission
representative for athletics at AU.
Meet the Assistant
Coaches
Meet the Athletic
Trainers
JEREMY BENSON
Defensive Line
(AU ’01)
Benson enters his third year as
defensive line coach at Aurora
University. As a four-year starter from
1997 to 2000, he earned All-American
honors and Player of the Year in 2000.
Benson earned his degree in computer
science business information systems from Aurora
University in 2001. Benson attended Coal City High School
in Coal City, IL.
BRIAN BAKER-WATSON
Assistant Defense
(Illinois Benedictine College)
STEVIE BAKER-WATSON
Athletic Trainer
ROBBI PETERSON
Assistant
Athletic Trainer
Brian Baker-Watson enters his 15th
year of coaching. Before coming to
Aurora, Baker-Watson was the head
football coach at Concordia University
(River Forest, IL) for three years. BakerWatson will help the Spartans as a
defensive assistant but has experience on both sides of the
ball. Prior to Concordia and while at St. Xavier University,
Baker-Watson served as both an offensive and defensive
coordinator and assistant head coach. Baker-Watson is a
graduate of Illinois Benedictine College (Benedictine
University) and lettered in football for four years. Coach
Baker-Watson and his wife, Stevie, have one daughter, Shay.
Meet the Student
Assistant
DAN OPELS
Student Assistant
2003 Football Captains:
#63 - Ben Adolph; #99 - Steve Messina; #67 - Nick Turvey;
#5 - Ryan Schrader; #6 - Geary Pryor
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2003
Spartans Roundup
“Spartans Seek to Recapture Title”
The 2003 Aurora University Spartans football team is out
to recapture what they feel is theirs – the Illini-Badger
Football Conference crown and a berth into the NCAA
Division III championships. Head Coach Jim Scott (91-60-3)
enters his 18th season at the helm of the Spartan attack.
Since 1998, Scott’s Spartans are 32-3 in the Illini-Badger
conference and have been the conference champions three
of the first five years of the conference’s existence.
Leading the way for the Spartans will be an experienced
offense, led by a trio of offensive linemen, junior captain
Ben Adolph (Milledgeville HS), senior captain Joe Coronado
(West Aurora HS), and junior Nick Turvey (Plainfield HS).
The three will anchor the offensive line along with senior
Aaron Bohn (Rockton Hononegah HS), junior Brian Kaltsos
(Plainfield HS), and several talented newcomers who look to
open holes for a talented core of running backs that
includes returning 1,000 yard rusher senior Geary Pryor
(Willow Run HS) (176 att, 1.095 yards, 15 TD) and senior
Grant Shields (Plainfield HS) (39 att, 225 yards, 1 TD).
“Offensive line looks to be a strength on our team. Between
the returners with experience and our newcomers we
should be nine to ten deep at a key position,” Coach Scott
stated.
Junior quarterback Kyle Daniels (Prairie Central HS) (79140, 1264 yards, 11 TD) returns to lead as the signal caller for
the Spartan attack. Challenging Daniels will be sophomore
Joe Folliard (McHenry HS) and freshman Andrew Hornung
(Palm Bay HS) Folliard may also see time this year as a wide
receiver. “Folliard is a talent and guys like him find a place
to play. But the quarterback competition will be a good one
with three very talented individuals vying for the position.
We have also added several new skilled speed type guys at
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the wide receiver position and will lead to a balanced
offensive attack,” Scott said. Heading up the wide receiver
position will be Folliard, depending on the quarterback
battle, and sophomore Troy Blaser (Aledo HS) (4 rec, 96
yards). Returning tight end sophomore Nate Fincham
(Ridgeview HS) (3 rec, 50 yards, 2 TD) will continue to be a
go-to guy in the red zone as well as a key cog in the Spartan
ground attack.
The defense will have a different look to it this season,
returning just two starters, senior captain defensive
lineman Steve Messina (Plainfield HS) (54 tackles, 10 for
loss, 2-1/2 sacks) and junior captain defensive back Ryan
Schrader (Kaneland HS) (47 tackles, 1 int). Scott said the
defense, “We will be very inexperienced on the defensive
side of the ball. The players competing for positions are
good athletes, just unproven. Being so inexperienced at
cornerback is a bit of a concern though.”
The special teams in 2003 will be a promising area for the
Spartans. Senior Ryan Glab (McHenry HS) (5-5 FG, 22-30
PAT) returns to handle the kickoffs and extra points. “Our
kicking game will be a plus for us; returning your kicker is
always a good thing,” Scott said. The three-year starter
looks to finish up a nice career as a Spartan. Sophomore
Eric Guthrie (Triopa HS) will handle the job as the Spartans
punter. Anchoring the punt and kickoff return game in the
2003 campaign will be sophomore Troy Blaser (punt returns
16 att, 95 yards – kick return 16 att, 306 yards), and senior
Grant Shields (kick return 7 att, 158 yards).
The 2003 Spartans look to recapture the title as IlliniBadger Conference Champions. With a core group of
talented returners and a very talented group of newcomers,
good things will come to Aurora University.
2003 Official NCAA Roster
NO. NAME
HT. WT.
YR.
POS. HOMETOWN/H.S.
61
AJ Milstead
6'2"
245
Fr
OL Romeoville, IL/Romeoville
62
Aaron Bohn
6'7"
275
Sr
OL Rockton, IL/ Rockton Hononegah
1
Troy Blaser
5'10"
170
So
WR Aledo, IL/Aledo
63
Ben Adolph
6'1"
265
Jr
OL Chadwick, IL/ Milledgeville
2
Jerral Davidson
6'0"
170
So
DB Champaign, IL/Centenial
64
Randy Meier
6'0"
240
Jr
OL Poplar Grove, IL/ North Boone
3
Justen Lehr
6'0"
195
Jr
WR Harvard, IL/ Harvard
4
Ryan Glab
6'0"
170
Sr
K McHenry, IL/ McHenry
5
Ryan Schrader
5'9"
190
Jr
DB Maple Park, IL/ Kaneland
67
Nick Turvey
6
Geary Pryor
5'11"
215
Sr
RB Ypsilanti, MI/ Willow Run
68
Ben Keim
7
Terrance Murray
6'0"
160
Fr
QB Deerfield Park, FL/Pompano Beach
70
8
Marty Ryan
6'0"
180
So
QB Lincoln, IL/Lincoln
70
9
Kevin Rynne
6'2"
190
Jr.
WR Lemont, IL/Lemont
10
Joe Folliard
6'2"
170
So WR/QB McHenry, IL/ McHenry
11
Otis Varden
6'3"
220
Jr
RB Milledgeville, IL/Milledgeville
73
Randy Mosier
6'5"
280
So
DL Colfax, IL/Ridgeview
12
Andrew Hornung
5'11"
190
Fr
QB Melbourne, FL/Palm Bay
74
John Eckhorn
6'1"
240
So
DL Plainfield, IL/Plainfield
13
Michael Santiago
5'8"
200
Fr
FB Chicago, IL/St. Francis de Sales
75
Nick Koch
6'3"
280
Fr
OL Chebanse, IL/Clifton Central
14
Scott LaFlair
5'8"
160
Fr
WR Port Charlotte, FL/Port Charlotte
76
Justin Harmon
6'8"
325
So
OL Johnsburg, IL/Johnsburg
15
Eric Guthrie
6'3"
205
So
WR/P Woodson, IL/Triopia
77
Brian McGill
6'1"
225
So.
OL Hammond, IN/Gavit
16
Nick Fain
6'0"
160
Fr
DB Fox Lake, IL/Grant
78
Matt Clohessy
6'3"
315
Jr
DL Chicago, IL/Marist
17
Derrick Crew
5'10"
160
Fr
DB Ft. Lauderdale, FL/Dillard
79
Brian Kaltsos
6'2"
275
Jr
OL Romeoville, IL/Plainfield
18
Kyle Daniels
5'11"
200
Jr
QB Fairbury, IL/Prairie Central
80
Kameron Wilson
5'10"
160
Fr
WR Paxton, IL/Paxton-Buckley-Loda
65
Chase Dooley
6'4"
265
So
OL Aledo, IL/Aledo
66
Brett Nelson
6'0"
205
So
DL Capron, IL/North Boone
6'0"
235
Jr
OL Plainfield, IL/ Plainfield
5'10"
240
Fr
OL Marshall, IL/Marshall
Mike Murphy
6'3"
290
Fr
OL St. Charles, IL/Burlington Central
Josh Hornish
6'1"
250
Fr
DL Nappanee, IN/Northwood
71
Jon Majka
6'3"
245
Fr
OL Chicago, IL/St. Laurence
72
Troy Felton
5'9"
240
Fr
OL Yorkville, IL/Yorkville
19
Jason Young
5'9"
160
Fr
DB Richton Park, IL/Rich Central
81
Danny Mackinson
6'2"
160
Fr
WR Pontiac, IL/Pontiac
20
Jon Waldron
6'0"
180
Fr
DB Plainfield, IL/Plainfield
82
Chris Mazzone
6'0"
175
Fr
WR Leland, IL/Ottowa-Marquette
21
Sean Carlson
5'11"
200
So.
LB Plainfield, IL/Plainfield
83
Jimmy Hunt
6'3"
185
Fr
WR Melbourne, FL/Eau Gallie
22
Aaron Sester
5'8"
170
Fr
DB Compton, IL/Mendota Township
84
Kevin Brumfield
6'4"
220
Fr
WR Matteson, IL/Homewood-Flossmoor
WR Marshall, IL/Marshall
23
Christopher Kmetz 5'10"
180
Jr
DB Streator, IL/ Streator
85
Aaron Galeener
6'2"
175
Fr
24
Michael Aguilar
5'8"
160
Fr
DB Romeoville, IL/Romeoville
86
Nate Fincham
6'2"
235
So
TE Colfax, IL/Ridgeview
25
Chance Carrell
5'11"
195
So
LB Oakland, IL/Oakland
87
Mike Kalsto
6'4"
265
Fr
TE Montgomery, IL/Oswego
26
Nick Paxson
5'10"
210
Fr
RB Plainfield, IL/Plainfield
88
Alex Keefe
6'3"
180
So
27
Joe McCormick
5'11"
185
Jr
DB Savanna, IL/ Savanna
90
Drew Morganegg
6'3"
210
Fr
DL Yorkville, IL/Aurora Christian
28
Steve Andrews
5'5"
180
Fr
RB Bartonville, IL/Limestone Township
91
Loren Smith
6'3"
270
Jr
DL Lakewood, CA/Mayfair
29
Richard Cisneros
30
Joe Kenny
WR Chippenhook, VT/Mill River Union
6'0"
160
Fr
DB Pasadena, CA/Panorama City
92
Josh Lane
6'3"
230
Jr
DL Chenoa, IL/ Chenoa
5'10"
200
Fr
FB Elgin, IL/St. Edward Catholic
93
Pat Dowd
6'2"
345
Jr.
DL St. Charles, IL/St. Charles
31
Chris Garon
5'9"
215
So
FB Geneva, IL/Geneva
94
Ryan Pittman
6'0"
225
Fr
DL Bristol, IN/Elkhart Central
32
Dustin Tibbs
5'6"
160
Fr
RB Argenta, IL/Argenta-Oreana
95
David Simmonds
6'1"
210
Sr
DL Fulton, IL/ Fulton
33
Brandon McClain
5'8"
160
Fr
DB Romeoville, IL/Romeoville
96
Erick Leffler
6'3"
250
So
DL Coal City, IL/Coal City
34
Grant Shields
5'10"
195
Sr
RB Plainfield, IL/ Plainfield
97
Scott Johnson
6'3"
260
Fr
DL Illiopolis, IL/Illiopolis
35
Frank Friedman III 5'11"
225
Jr
LB Lombard, IL/Glenbard East
98
Sean Ware
6'0"
230
Fr
DL Brinnon, WA/Quileene
36
Chris McAndrew
5'8"
180
Fr
RB Bloomington, IL/Olympia
99
Steve Messina
6'0"
290
Sr
DL Plainfield, IL/ Plainfield
37
Chris Greene
5'10"
175
Fr
DB Galena, IL/Galena
38
Austin Deer
5'9"
160
Fr
DB Fisher, IL/Fisher
39
Daniel Whalen
6'0"
200
Jr
DB Oregon, IL/ Oregon
40
Justin Glenn
6'0"
195
So
LB Sterling, IL/Sterling
HEAD COACH: Jim Scott
41
Brian Suler
6'0"
225
Fr
LB Aurora, IL/West Aurora
ASSISTANT HEAD COACH & DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Jon Cooper
42
Charles Tyler
5'9"
230
Jr.
FB Stockton, CA/Tokay
RUNNING BACKS & OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Vince McMahon
43
Marty Shumate
5'10"
180
Fr
LB Bartlett, IL/Bartlett
DEFENSIVE SECONDARY: Michael Oleszek
44
Chris Weber
5'9"
200
Sr
FB Poplar Grove, IL/ North Boone
QUARTERBACKS: Kevin Doherty
45
Keith Crot
5'11"
235
So
FB Oak Lawn, IL/Richards
RECEIVERS/SPECIAL TEAMS: Kip Daniels
46
Ryan Kowalczyk
6'0"
170
Fr
DB Illiopolis, IL/Illiopolis
DEFENSIVE LINE: Jeremy Benson
47
Darin Galloway
6'0"
180
Fr
DB South Holland, IL/Fenger
ASSISTANT DEFENSE: Brian Baker-Watson
48
Tracy Lewis
5'11"
170
Sr
DB Chicago, IL/ Julian
STUDENT COACH: Dan Opels
49
Aaron Moore
6'0"
225
So
LB Oswego, IL/Oswego
50
Kyle Simons
6'0"
240
So
DL Pearl City, IL/Pearl City
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Stevie Baker-Watson
51
Brandon McIntosh 6'0"
205
Fr
DL Lauderhill, FL/American Heritage
ASSISTANT ATHLETIC TRAINER: Robbi Peterson
52
Todd Murphy
5'10"
225
So
LB Montgomery, IL/Aurora Central Catholic
53
Joe Coronado
5'10"
250
Sr
OL Aurora, IL/ West Aurora
54
Stephen Feledy
6'2"
285
So
OL Chicago, IL/St. Francis de Salles
55
Dustin Robertson
6'0"
210
Jr
LB Montgomery, IL/ West Aurora
56
Ryan Daignault
5'9"
275
Fr
OL Gulfport, FL/Boca Ciega
57
Kyle Meek
6'3"
205
Fr
DL Lawrenceville, IL/Lawrenceville
58
Nic Wingard
6'0"
210
Fr
LB Decatur, IL/Warrensburg-Latham
59
Ray Jones
5'6"
165
Fr
LB Chicago, IL/Romeoville
60
Neil Chattin
5'9"
240
Fr
OL Vernon Hills, IL/Vernon Hills
The Aurora University Athletic Department applauds, encourages, and insists upon
sportsmanship, ethical conduct, fair play, and respect for opponents and game officials by
Aurora University coaches, staff, student-athletes, and fans in every phase of intercollegiate
competition. Violators are subject to removal from a contest by game management and
subsequent disciplinary action.
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Meet the Spartans
#63 BEN ADOLPH, OL, 6-1, 265, JR,
Chadwick, IL/Milledegeville HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02): Named IlliniBadger All-Conference (2nd Team) College: As
a Freshman (’01): Named Illini-Badger AllConference (2nd Team). As a Freshman (’00):
Attended Illinois State University. High
School: Attended Milledgeville High School.
Played baseball under Coach Sean Albrecht…
Named All-Conference… Played football under Coach Gary
Hartje…Named All-Conference… Named All-State. Personal:
Born on 6/18/82 in Freeport, IL. Parents: Kevin and DiAnn
Adolph. He has one brother, Corey, and one sister, Morgan. Major:
Biology
#84 KEVIN BRUMFIELD, TE, 6-4, 220, FR,
Matteson, IL/Homewood-Flossmoor HS
High School: Attended Homewood-Flossmoor
High School. Played two years of varsity
football under head Coach Tony Lombardi…
Named SICA Blue All-Conference senior year…
Played three years of varsity basketball under
head Coach Lee Boyko…Named AllConference and Honorable mention All-Area
sophomore year and Honorable Mention All-Conference junior
year. Personal: Born 10/2/84 in Chicago, IL. Parents: Kevin and
Donna Brumfield. He has one brother, Andre and one sister,
Dawnn. Hobbies include cars, reading, and tattoos. Major:
Business
#24 MICHAEL AGUILAR, DB, 5-8, 155, FR,
Romeoville, IL/Romeoville HS
High School: Attended Romeoville High School
Personal: Born 9/24/84 in Joliet, IL. Parents:
Mark and Jayne Aguilar. He has one brother,
Mark. Hobbies include playing the guitar.
Major: Physical Education Minor: Coaching
#21 SEAN CARLSON, LB, 5-11, 200, SO,
Plainfield, IL/Plainfield HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Attended North
Central College and played football. High
School: Attended Plainfield High School.
Played two years of varsity football under Head
Coach John Jackson…Named All-Suburban
Prairie Red junior and senior years…Senior
year was named All-Area in the Star, Beacon
and Joliet Herald and was named All-State. Personal: Born 7/1/83
in St. Charles, IL. Parents: Bob and Lynn Carlson. He has one
brother, Dustin and one sister, Cassie. Major: Math
#28 STEVE ANDREWS, RB, 5-5, 180, FR,
Bartonville, IL/Limestone Community HS
High School: Attended Limestone Community
High School. Played four years of varsity
football under Head Coach Loren Peacock…
Captain of team senior year…Wrestled two
years of varsity for Coach Dean Magro.
Personal: Born 8/29/85 in Peoria, IL. Parents:
Steve and Rachel Andrews. He has two
brothers, Chris and Mitchel. Hobbies include playing the guitar.
Major: Undecided
#1 TROY BLASER, WR, 5-10, 170, SO,
Aledo, IL/Aledo HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Played in 9
games…Had 4 receptions for 96 yards.…
Recorded 16 kick returns for 306 yards, and 16
punt returns for 95 yards. High School:
Attended Aledo High School in Aledo, IL.
Played three years of football under Coach
Cully Welter… Earned All-State as a senior, AllArea as a junior and senior and All-Conference as a junior and
senior…Played two years of basketball under coach Brian
Hoffman…Earned honorable mention All-Conference as a junior
and senior…Also ran track under Coach Cully Welter and earned
All-Area his senior year. Personal: Born 3/20/84 in Aledo, IL.
Parents: Steve and Loann Blaser. He has three brothers Justin,
Nick, and Darin. Hobbies include playing in his band and playing
both basketball and football. Major: Education
#62 AARON BOHN, DL, 6-7, 275, SR, Rockton,
IL/Rockton Hononegah HS
College: As a Junior (’02): Was a member of
AU’s Junior Varsity Program. College: As a
Junior (’01): Did not play due to injury. As a
Sophomore (’00): Was a member of the Junior
Varsity squad. College: As a Freshman (’99):
Was a member of AU’s Junior Varsity Program.
High School: Two varsity letters in football for
Coach Steve Stromguis…two varsity letters in wrestling for Coach
Marte Kaiser…two varsity letters in track for Coach Tom Polaski.
Personal: Born 6/28/81 in Rockford, IL. Parents: Ron and Sally
Bohn… He has three brothers. Major: Business Administration
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#25 CHANCE CARRELL, LB, 5-11, 195, SO,
Oakland, IL/Oakland HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad.
High School: Attended Oakland High School
in Oakland, IL. Played four years of football
under Coach Aaron Davis…Was named AllConference as a junior and senior at
linebacker…Also played three years of track
and two years of basketball. Personal: Born 12/13/83 in Mattoon,
IL. Parents: Terry and Sue Carrell. He has one brother, Brad and
one sister, A.J. Major: Business Administration
#60 NEIL CHATTIN, OL, 5-9, 240, FR,
Vernon Hills, IL/Vernon Hills HS
High School: Attended Vernon Hills High
School. Played two years of varsity football
under Coach Tony Monleen and two years of
varsity track under Coach Ron Long. Personal:
Born 11/1/84 in Libertyville, IL. Parents: Jim
Chattin and Linda LaBarbura. He has one
brother Joey. Hobbies include cars. Major:
Undecided
#29 RICHARD CISNEROS, DB, 6-0, 160, FR,
Pasadena, CA/Panorama City HS
High School: Attended Panorama City High
School. Played two years of varsity football
under Head Coaches Nelson Wons and
Shatony Sargent…Named Team MVP senior
year and All-League junior and senior
seasons…Played four years of varsity
basketball under Head Coaches Jack Junderlick
and Tom Pichenta…Named team MVP junior and senior years
and All-League sophomore, junior and seniors years. Personal:
Born 12/12/84 in Burbank, CA. Parents: Francisco and Maria
Cisneros. He has one brother, Jaria. Hobbies include playing
cards, basketball, working out, and relaxing. Major: Computer
Science
Meet the Spartans
#78 MATT CLOHESSY, DL, 6-3, 315, JR,
Chicago, IL/Marist HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. College:
As a Freshman (’01): Was a member of AU’s
Junior Varsity Squad. High School: Attended
Marist High School. Played two years of
football under Coach Bob Yannelo…Wrestled
two years under Coach Mark G. Gervais.
Personal: Born 4/26/83 in Evergreen Park, IL. Parents: Julia
McHugh and Jeff Clohessy. He has one brother, Danny and two
sisters, Caitlin and Lauren. Some of his hobbies include golf,
listening to music, and spending time with his friends. Major:
Political Science
#53 JOE CORONADO, OL, 6-0, 250, SR,
Aurora, IL/West Aurora HS
College: As a Junior (’02): Was a member of
AU’s Varsity Squad. College: As a Sophomore
(’01): Was a member of AU’s Junior Varsity
Squad. College: As a Freshman (’00): Was a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. High
School: Attended West Aurora High School.
Played football under Coach Ira Jefferson…
Named Honorable mention All-Conference… Named team
MVP…Named team captain. Personal: Born 9/20/82 in St.
Charles, IL. Parents: Nick and Diane Coronado. He has one
brother. He enjoys all sports and playing baseball. Major:
Communications
#17 DERRICK CREW, DB, 5-10, 160, FR,
Fort Lauderdale, FL/Dillard HS
High School: Attended Dillard High School.
Personal: Born 3/25/82 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Parents: Janice Crew. He has three brothers,
Willie Reynolds, Gerald Subbs and Ron Maxey
Jr. and one sister, Sharonda Bethay. Hobbies
include motorcycles, writing and recording
music, Madden football, and football. Major:
Criminal Justice
#45 KEITH CROT, OL, 5-11, 235, SO,
Oak Lawn, IL/Richards HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad.
High School: Attended Richards High School
in Oak Lawn, IL. Played two years of football
under Coach Gary Korhonzn… Was named
Honorable Mention All-Conference and
received team MVP during his senior year.
Personal: Born 2/3/83 in Oak Lawn, IL. Parents: Ed and Linda
Crot. Has seven brothers, Shannon, Shawn, Kyle, Ryan, Bryant,
Jon, Nick, and four sisters, Carrie, Kelly, Kim, and Tara. Hobbies
include weightlifting and playing sports. Major: Criminal Justice
#56 RYAN DAIGNAULT, OL, 5-9, 275, FR,
Gulfport, FL/Boca Ciega HS
High School: Attended Boca Ciega High
School. Played three years of varsity under
Head Coach Gean Gordon…Named Team MVP,
1st team All-Conference, and 2nd team AllCounty his senior season…Played two years of
varsity baseball under Head Coach Lynn
Barber. Personal: Born 2/22/85 in Gulfport, FL.
Parents: Doug and Leslie Daignault. He has two sisters, Brittany
and Bambi. Hobbies include all sports. Major: Psychology
#18 KYLE DANIELS, QB, 5-11, 205, JR,
Fairbury, IL/Prairie Central HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02): Played in 9
games at QB for the Spartans…Had 79
completions for 1264 yards and 11 touchdowns…Recorded 50 rushes for 33 yards and 2
touchdowns. College: As a Freshman (’01): Was
a member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. High
School: Attended Prairie Central High School
in Fairbury, IL. Played three years of varsity football under Coach
Mike Benton…Named All-Conference as a junior and senior…
Named team MVP as a junior…Also played four years of varsity
baseball. Personal: Born 12/18/82 in Bloomington, IL. Parents:
Phil and Linda Daniels. He has one older brother, Kip, who is also
a member of the AU football staff. Hobbies include hunting and
playing sports. Major: Recreation Administration
#2 JERRAL DAVIDSON, DB, 6-0, 170, SO,
Champaign, IL/Centennial HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Played in 2
games….Had four tackles. High School:
Attended Centennial High School in
Champaign, IL. Played four years of football
under Coach Mike McDonnell…Also played
four years of basketball under Coach Tim
Lavin. Personal: Born 5/13/84 in Urbana, IL.
Parents: Cynthia and George Davidson. He has one brother,
George, and one sister, Brittney. Hobbies include playing sports.
Major: Secondary Education
#38 AUSTIN DEER, DB, 5-9, 150, FR,
Fisher, IL/Fisher HS
High School: Attended Fisher High School.
Played three years of varsity football under
Coach Matt Leng…Named Special Mention
All-Conference junior and senior years…
Played three years of varsity basketball under
Coach Rick Sparrow…Named 2nd team AllConference junior and senior years…Ran four
years of varsity track under Coach Gary Jackson…Indoor state
qualifier senior year. Personal: Born 10/24/84 in Champaign, IL.
Parents: Rodney and Cathy Deer. He has one brother, Alex and
one sister, Alicia. Hobbies include sports and TV. Major: PrePhysical Therapy
#65 CHASE DOOLEY, OL, 6-4, 265, SO,
Aledo, IL/Aledo HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. High
School: Attended Aledo High School in Aledo,
IL. Played two years of football under Coach
Cully Welter…Was named team captain his
senior year… Team finished as the class 2-A
State Champions. Personal: Born 9/10/83 in
Burlington, IL. Parents: Siri Lensgraf and Ed Dooley. He has one
sister, Logan. Hobbies include listening to music. Major: Physical
Education
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Meet the Spartans
#93 PATRICK DOWD, DL, 6-2, 345, JR,
St. Charles, IL/St. Charles HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02): Attended Elgin
Community College. College: As a Freshman
(’99): Attended Augustana College and played
football. High School: Attended St. Charles
High School. Played two years of varsity
football under Head Coach Buck Drach…
Named Up-State Eight Honorable Mention
senior year…Wrestled for Coach Steve Smerz his senior year and
was a sectional champ. Personal: Born 3/22/80 in Fort Stuart, GA.
Parents: William and Donna Dowd. He has one brother, James
and one sister, Meghan. Major: History
#74 JOHN ECKHORN, DL, 6-1, 240, SO,
Plainfield, IL/Plainfield HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. High
School: Attended Plainfield High School in
Plainfield, IL. Played four years of football
under John Jackson…Received Honorable
Mention All-Conference his junior year…
Received All-Conference and Honorable
Mention All-State his senior year. Personal: Born 12/25/83 in
Plainfield, IL. Parents: John and Ann Eckhorn. He has two
brothers, William and Andrew and two sisters, Cassandra and
Victoria. Hobbies include working out, watching movies, playing
sports, and playing paintball. Major: Criminal Justice
#16 NICK FAIN, DB, 6-0, 155, FR,
Fox Lake, IL/Grant HS
High School: Attended Grant Community High
School. Played three years of varsity football
under Head Coach Tom Evans and Mark
Barczak…Named team MVP sophomore year.
All-Conference and All-County junior and
senior years…Ran three years of varsity track
under Head Coach Tom Evans…Named AllConference sophomore, junior and senior years. Personal: Born
10/29/84 in Lake Forest, IL. Parents: Dion and Cora Fain. He has
one sister, Stephanie. Hobbies include playing paintball. Major:
Business
#54 STEPHEN FELEDY, OL, 6-2, 285, SO,
Chicago, IL/St. Francis De Sales HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. High
School: Attended St. Francis De Sales in
Chicago, IL…Played three years of football
under Coach Greg Zardgoza and was named
All-Area 2nd team his senior year.…Played one
year of basketball under Coach Larry Moore…
Also played three years of baseball under Coach Al Lodl. Personal:
Born 4/16/84 in Hammond, IN. Parents: Ruth and Mark Feledy.
He has one sister, Amanda. Hobbies include movies, outdoors,
and computers. Major: Media Studies
#72 TROY FELTON, OL, 5-9, 240, FR,
Yorkville, IL/Yorkville HS
High School: Attended Yorkville High School.
Played two years of varsity football under Head
Coach Chris Ferko…Named team captain
senior year and was named Honorable Mention
All-Conference junior and senior years.
Personal: Born 2/20/85 in Aurora, IL.
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Parents: Daniel and Tammy Felton. Hobbies include football,
cars and food. Major: Physical Education
#86 NATHAN FINCHAM, TE, 6-2, 235, SO,
Colfax, IL/Ridgeview HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Played in three
games….Had three receptions for 50 yards and
two touchdowns. High School: Attended
Ridgeview High School in Colfax, IL. Played
three years of football under Coach Mike
Benton…Received All-Conference his junior
and senior years…Played three years of
basketball under Coach Rodney Kellar… Received All-Conference
his senior year…Also played baseball under Coach Rodney Kellar
and received All-Conference his junior year. Personal: Born
9/22/83 in Colfax, IL. Parents: Guy and Jan Fincham. He has one
brother, Bryce, and two sisters, Ashleigh and Sarah. Hobbies
include hunting, fishing, basketball, and baseball. Major:
Education
#10 JOE FOLLIARD, QB/WR, 6-2, 170, SO,
McHenry, IL/McHenry HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02): Did not play
due to injury. College: As a Freshman (’01):
Was a member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad.
High School: Attended McHenry High School
in McHenry, IL. Played two years of varsity
football under Coach Mike Noll… Was named
All-Conference and All-Area as a senior…Also
played varsity basketball and baseball his junior and senior
seasons. Personal: Born 11/11/81 in McHenry, IL. Parents: Ken
and Dawn Folliard. Has three brothers, Ken, John, and Tom, and
has two sisters, Kelly and Katie. Hobbies include playing video
games. Major: Finance
#35 FRANK FRIEDMAN JR, LB, 5-11, 225, JR,
Lombard, IL/Glenbard East HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02): Played in six
games…Had 12 tackles, and 1 fumble recovery.
College: As a Freshman (’01): Played in seven
games…Had 18 tackles, 1 for loss. High
School: Attended Glenbard East High School
Played football under Coach Dennis
Lueck…Named All-Conference 1st
team…Named All-State 2nd team… Named Team MVP… Named
Team Captain. Personal: Born 2/22/82 in Chicago, IL. Parents:
Frank and Kathy Friedman. He has one sister, Nicole. Major:
Computer Science with Business Information Systems
#85 AARON GALEENER, WR, 6-2, 175, FR,
Marshall, IL/Marshall HS
High School: Attended Marshall High School.
Played three years of varsity football under
Head Coach Troy Johnson…Named AllConference senior year…Senior season set
school record for catches and yards in a
game…Played three years of varsity baseball
under Head Coach Bob Gard…Named
Honorable Mention All-Conference senior year. Personal: Born
6/27/85 in Charleston, IL. Parents: Dave and Cathy Galeener. He
has one sister, Danielle. Major: Physical Education Minor:
History
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#47 DARIN GALLOWAY, DB, 6-0, 180, FR
South Holland, IL/Fenger Academy HS
High School: Attended Fenger Academy.
Played four years of varsity football under
Head Coach Michael Holmes…Played four
years of varsity baseball under Head Coach
Romeo Meadows…Was named team MVP his
senior year. Personal: Born 12/8/84 in Harvey,
IL. Parents: Larry and Darlene Galloway. He
has one brother, Larry Jr., and two sisters, Tiffany and Theresa.
Cousin is Dallas Cowboy receiver Joey Galloway. Hobbies include
sports, partying and social events. Major: Athletic Training
#37 CHRIS GREENE, DB, 5-10, 175, FR,
Galena, IL/Galena HS
High School: Attended Galena High School.
Played one year of varsity football under Head
Coach Chuck Korte…Played two years of
varsity basketball under Head Coach Syd
Sinkock…Named All-Area and Conference AllStar senior year. Personal: Born 7/17/83 in
Dubuque, IA. Parents: Darryl and Deanna
Greene. He has two sisters, Bobbie Jo and Tara. Hobbies include
hunting, NASCAR, basketball, and friends. Major: Physical
Education
#31 CHRIS GARON, FB, 5-9, 215, SO,
Geneva, IL/Geneva Community HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. High
School: Attended Geneva Community High
School in Geneva, IL. Played two years of
football under Coach Rob Wiscinshi…Also ran
two years of track under Coach Gale Gross.
Personal: Born 2/7/84 in Winfield, IL.
Parents: Robert and Mayline Garon. He has one brother, Bob, and
one sister, Debbie. Hobbies include weight training, playing
baseball and basketball, and hanging out with his friends. Major:
Physical Education
#15 ERIC GUTHRIE, WR/P, 6-3, 205, SO,
Concord, IL/Triopa HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. High
School: Attended Triopa High School in
Concord, IL. Played three years of football
under Coach Jay Wessler…Was named to the
All-Conference team as a junior and senior…
Also played basketball under Coach Brian
Dour…He received All-Conference his senior year… Also played
three years of baseball under Coach Brian Dour…He received
Honorable Mention All-Conference as a senior. Personal: Born
9/23/83 in Jacksonville, IL. Parents: Watt and Linda Guthrie. He
has four brothers Britton, Brad, Tracy, and Kevan. Hobbies include
making friends and meeting new people and he likes playing
games and having fun. Major: Undecided
#4 RYAN GLAB, K, 6-0, 170, SR,
Mc Henry, IL/ McHenry HS
College: As a Junior (’02): Played in nine games
as kicker…Was 5-5 on field goals and 22-30 on
PAT’s. College: As a Sophomore (’01): Played in
nine games as kicker…Was 3-4 on field goals
and 26-36 on PAT’s. As a Freshman (’00): Was a
member of the Varsity Squad…Was the
kicker…Was 4 for 6 in field goals, with a long of
40 yards…Made 23 of 25 PATs. High School: Attended McHenry
East High School. Played Soccer and Basketball. Played football
under Coach Mike Noll…Named All Area Senior year. Personal:
Born 4/30/82 in Elgin, IL. Parents: Lou and Kathy Glab. He has
two brothers, Jeff and Tim, and has an older sister, Julie. Some of
his hobbies include computers and the Internet. He also enjoys
sports of all kinds. His career goals are having a career using
computers and writing. Major: Communications
#40 JUSTIN GLENN, LB, 6-0, 195, SO,
Sterling, IL/Sterling HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. High
School: Attended Sterling High School in
Sterling, IL. Played two years of football under
Coach Max Gaumer…Was team captain his
sophomore and senior years and named team
MVP his senior year…Was also named to the
All-Area and All-Conference teams as a junior and senior…Also
played two years of baseball under Coach Darwin Nettleton…Was
named to the NCIC 2nd team All-Conference his senior year.
Personal: Born 10/11/83 in Sterling, IL. Parents: Terry and
Connie Glenn. Has one brother, Jacob. Major: Undecided
#76 JUSTIN HARMON, OL, 6-8, 325, SO,
McHenry, IL/Johnsburg HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad.
High School: Attended Johnsburg High School
in McHenry, IL. Played two years of football
under coach Bob Bradshaw… Played two years
of wrestling under Coach Zim…Also played
four years of track under Coach Chris Setzler.
Personal: Born 6/28/84 in McHenry, IL. Parents: Ron and Mindy
Harmon. He has one brother, Aaron and two sisters, Amelia, and
Lindsay. Hobbies include lifting weights, wrestling, and muscle
cars. Major: Secondary Education
#70 JOSH HORNISH, DL, 6-1, 250, FR,
Nappanee, IN/Northwood HS
High School: Attended Northwood High
School. Played one year of varsity football
under Head Coach Rich Dodeson and played
two years of varsity baseball under Head
Coach Doug Gerber. Personal: Born 3/2/85 in
Elkhart, IN. Parents: Scott and Jean Hornish.
He has two brothers, Nick and Matt. Hobbies
include video games and listening to music. Major: Criminal
Justice
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#12 ANDREW HORNUNG, QB,5-11, 190, FR,
Melbourne, FL/Palm Bay HS
High School: Attended Palm Bay High School.
Played four years of varsity football under
Head Coach Dan Burke…Named AllConference, led team to Florida State 4A
Championship and threw for 1,892 yards as a
senior. Personal: Born 5/9/85 in Melbourne,
FL. Parents: Mark and Dareen Hornung. He
has one brother, Dan. Relative of Paul Hornung, Heisman trophy
winner from the University of Notre Dame and Super Bowl
Champion with the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowls 1 and 2
under legendary Coach Vince Lombardi. Hobbies include playing
video games. Major: Nursing Minor: Business
#79 BRIAN KALTSOS, OL, 6-2, 275, JR,
Romeoville, IL/Plainfield HS
College: As a Sophomore (‘02): Was a member
of the AU Varsity Squad. College: As a Freshman
(’01): He was a member of the varsity squad.
High School: Attended Plainfield High School.
Played two years of varsity football under Coach
John Jackson…Named 2nd team All-Conference as a junior and senior… Won the
“Ironman” award as a junior and senior. Personal: Born 3/11/83 in
Framinghom, MA. Parent: Peter Mula. He has two brothers, Aidan
and Ducotah, and two sisters, Kayleigh and Kyra. Hobbies include
playing all sports. Major: Health Science
#83 JIMMY HUNT, WR, 6-3, 185, FR,
Melbourne, FL/Eau Gallie HS
High School: Attended Eau Gallie High School.
Played two years of varsity football under Head
Coach Todd Oas…Was named to and started in
the Florida North/South All-Star game…Played
one year of varsity basketball under Head
Coach Chris Gallagher and two years of varsity
track under Coach Kirk Keller. Personal: Born
10/3/84 in Melbourne, FL. Parent: James A. Hunt Sr. He has one
sister, Mary. Hobbies include sports and going to the beach.
Major: Undecided
#88 ALEX KEEFE, WR, 6-3, 180, SO,
Chippenhook, VT/Mill River HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. High
School: Attended Mill River High School in
Vermont. Played basketball under Coach Mike
Seward…Named Team Captain…Played
football under Coach Nick Maniery…Named
Team Captain… Team MVP…All-State as a
junior and senior. Personal: Born 12/16/83 in Rutland, VT.
Parents: Janet and Mike Keefe. He has one brother, Tristan and
one sister, Bree. Some of his hobbies include sports, music, cars,
and hunting. Major: Undecided
#97 SCOTT JOHNSON, DL, 6-3, 260, FR,
Illiopolis, IL/Illiopolis HS
High School: Attended Illiopolis High School.
Played one year of varsity football under Head
Coach Josh Johnson…Named most improved,
best defensive lineman and 1st team allconference senior year…Played one year of
varsity hockey under Coach Chuck Vercillino
and was given the heavy hitter award as a
senior. Personal: Born 1/16/85 in Illiopolis, IL. Parents: Charles
and Marty Johnson. He has one sister, Amy. Hobbies include
hockey, football, wiffle ball, and kickball. Major: History
#68 BEN KEIM, OL, 5-10, 240, FR,
Marshall, IL/Marshall HS
High School: Attended Marshall High School.
Played four years of varsity football under
Head Coach Troy Johnson…Named 1st team
All-Conference as a senior and 2nd team AllConference as a junior…Ran three years of
varsity track for Coach Steve Duzan…Named
All-Academic as a senior. Personal: Born
7/11/85 in Terre Haute, IN. Parents: Marty and Karen Keim. He
has one brother, Jonathan. Hobbies include sports, motorsports,
outdoors, and music. Major: Athletic Training
#59 RAY JONES, LB, 5-6, 165, FR,
Chicago, IL/Romeoville HS
High School: Attended Romeoville High
School. Played one year of varsity football
under Head Coach Jim Boudouris. Personal:
Born 5/2/85 in Chicago, IL. Parents: Maurice
and Camille Cross. He has two brothers, Derek
and Jorey. Hobbies include playing cards,
working, and having fun. Major: Athletic
Training
#30 JOE KENNY, FB, 5-10, 200, FR,
Elgin, IL/St. Edward Catholic HS
High School: Attended St. Edward Catholic
High School. Played three years of varsity
football under Head Coach Richard Sanders…
Named team MVP, All-Conference, All-Area,
and 100 yard club as a senior…Played three
years of varsity baseball under Coach
Sanders…Named team MVP, All-Conference,
and All-Area as a senior. Personal: Born 8/10/83 in Schiller Park,
IL. Parents: Geno and Julie Kenny. He has two brothers, Geno
and Justin. Major: Business Management
#87 MIKE KALSTO, TE, 6-4, 265, FR,
Montgomery, IL/Oswego HS
High School: Attended Oswego High School.
Played two years of varsity football under Head
Coach Karl Hoinkes. Personal: Born 12/17/79
in Aurora, IL. Parents: Ben and Mary Ann
Kalsto. He has one brother and one sister.
Major: Marketing
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#23 CHRISTOPHER KMETZ, DB, 5-10, 180, JR,
Streator, IL/Streator HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02): Played in one
game….Had two tackles. College: As a
Freshman (’01): Was a member of AU’s Junior
Varsity Squad. High School: Attended Streator
High School. Played baseball under Coach
Matt Merica. Played football under Coach Kelly
Kane…Named 2nd Team All NCIC as a senior.
Personal: Born 3/17/83 in Streator, IL. Parents: Brian and Kathy
Kmetz. Has three brothers, Kurt, Brandon, and David. Some of his
hobbies include drawing, computers, and video games. Major:
Political Science
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#75 NICK KOCH, OL, 6-3, 280, FR,
Chebanse, IL/Clifton Central HS
High School: Attended Clifton Central High
School. Played three years of varsity football
under Head Coach Brian Spooner…Named
All-State, All-Area as a senior and AllConference his sophomore, junior and senior
seasons…Played three years of varsity
basketball under Coach Denton and three
years of varsity track under Coach Spooner. Personal: Born
12/27/84 in Kankakee, IL. Parent: Kathy Koch. Hobbies include
sports. Major: Athletic Training
#46 RYAN KOWALCZYK, DB, 6-0, 170, FR,
Illiopolis, IL/Illiopolis HS
High School: Attended Illiopolis High School.
Played three years of varsity football under
Head Coach Josh Johnson…Named Special
teams player of the year as a senior…Played
three years of varsity baseball under Head
Coach Mike Poe. Personal: Born 2/13/85 in
Torrence, CA. Parents: Kathleen O’Connor and
John Kowalczyk. He has four sisters, Taryn, Nikki, Torrie, and
Kennedy. Hobbies include playing softball. Hopes to one day join
the FBI. Major: Criminal Justice
#14 SCOTT LAFLAIR, WR, 5-8, 145, FR,
Port Charlotte, FL/Port Charlotte HS
High School: Attended Port Charlotte High
School. Played two years of varsity football
under Head Coach Ray Hixson and one year of
varsity weightlifting under Coach Hixson.
Personal: Born 5/28/84 in Graton, CT. Parents:
Tim and Mary LaFlair. He has one brother,
Zach and one sister, Breanna. Hobbies include
going to clubs, playing x-box, basketball, golf, volleyball, and
baseball. Major: Undecided.
#92 JOSH LANE, DL, 6-3, 230, JR,
Chenoa, IL/Chenoa HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02): Played in eight
games…Had 16 tackles, four for loss , one
fumble recovery, and two sacks. College: As a
Freshman (’01): Played in six games…Had 10
tackles, three for loss and one sack. High
School: Attended Chenoa High School. Played
four years baseball under Coach Shelby
Jones…Named All-Midstate as a sophomore and junior…Played
four years of basketball under Coach Shelby Jones… Named AllMidstate as a sophomore, junior and senior…Played four years of
football under Coach Dan Groce… Named All-Midstate as a
sophomore and junior… Named All-State as a senior. Personal:
Born 10/5/82 in Bloomington, IL. Parents: Marty and Julie Lane.
Has two brothers, Jayson and Jordan. Some of his hobbies include
sports. Major: Criminal Justice
#96 ERICK LEFFLER, DL, 6-3, 250, SO,
Coal City, IL/Coal City HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. High
School: Attended Coal City High School. Was a
member of the wrestling team under Coach
Brett Porter…Played football under Coach
Lenny Unser… Named All-Conference his
junior and senior seasons. Personal: Born
11/10/83 in Idaho Falls, ID. Parents: Helen and Tom Leffler. Has
two brothers, Jack and Isaac and two sisters, Heather and Tiffany.
Some of his hobbies include computers and sports. Major: PrePharmacy
#3 JUSTEN LEHR, WR, 6-0, 195, JR,
Harvard, IL/Harvard HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. College:
as a Freshman (’01): Was a member of AU’s
Junior Varsity Squad. High School: Attended
Harvard High School in Harvard, IL. Played
three years of varsity football under Coach Tim
Haak… As a senior named All-Conference and
team MVP…Also, played four years of varsity wrestling and two
years of varsity baseball. Personal: Born 6/1/83 in Rockford, IL.
Parents: Randy and Eileen Lehr. He has one younger sister
Emalee. Hobbies include playing all sports. Major: Physical
Education
#48 TRACY LEWIS, DB, 5-11, 170, SR,
Chicago, IL/Julian HS
College: As a Junior (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. College:
As a Sophomore (’01): Was a member of AU’s
Junior Varsity Squad. High School: Attended
Julian High School. Personal: Born 9/6/81 in
Chicago, IL. Parents: Alesia Harris and Tracy
Lewis Sr. He has four brothers, Tracy, Karl,
Montee, and Devon, and five sisters, Tameeka, Jazmon, Jezail,
Starlet, and Foxatecee. Some of his hobbies include all sports.
Major: Recreation Program Management
#81 DANNY MACKINSON, WR, 6-2, 160, FR,
Pontiac, IL/Pontiac HS
High School: Attended Pontiac High School.
Played three years of varsity football under
Head Coach Mick Peterson…Named 1st team
All-Conference and All-Area as a senior…
Played four years of varsity track under Coach
Dave Young…Team MVP and All-Area as a
senior…Played two years of varsity basketball
under Head Coach Joe Gura. Personal: Born 2/12/85 in
Bloomington, IL. Parents: Martin and Susie MacKinson. He has
three brothers, Jesse, Rayme and Sam, and two sisters, Abby and
Loni. Hobbies include fishing, playing cards, and boating.
Major: Business Management
#71 JONATHAN MAJKA, OL, 6-3, 245, FR,
Chicago, IL/St. Laurence HS
High School: Attended St. Laurence High
School. Played two years of varsity football
under Head Coach Tim Johnson…Wrestled
one year of varsity under Head Coach Tom
Gawger. Personal: Born 7/20/85 in Berwyn, IL.
Parents: Larry and Nancy Majka. He has one
sister, Shannon. Hobbies include sleeping,
eating, watching tv, and football. Major: Criminal Justice
#82 CHRIS MAZZONE, WR, 6-0, 155, FR,
Leland, IL/Ottawa-Marquette HS
High School: Attended Ottawa-Marquette
High School. Played three years of varsity
football under Head Coach Jeff Johnson…
Named All-Area and Most Improved as a
senior…Junior and senior years was named
Academic All-Conference…Ran one year of
varsity track under Head Coach Micky Herzog.
Personal: Born 11/25/84 in Park Ridge, IL. Parents: Chris and
Sharon Mazzone. He has one sister, Val. Hobbies include
basketball, paintball, and videogames. Major: Political Science
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#36 CHRIS McANDREW, RB, 5-8, 180, FR,
Bloomington, IL/Olympia HS
High School: Attended Olympia High School.
Played two years of varsity football under Head
Coach Craig Anderson…Ran one year of
varsity track under Head Coach Dave Stein.
Personal: Born 10/1/84 in Bloomington, IL.
Parents: Patrick McAndrew and Tammy Deal.
He has one brother. Hobbies include fishing,
watching TV, and lifting weights. Major: Athletic Training
#33 BRANDON McCLAIN, DB, 5-8, 150, FR,
Romeoville, IL/Romeoville HS
High School: Attended Romeoville High
School. Personal: Born 12/15/84 in Naperville,
IL. Parents: Richard and Carmen McClain. He
has three brothers, Bryon, Ian, and Richard Jr.,
and three sisters, Kahla, Itaria, and Taria.
Hobbies include music. Major: Criminal
Justice
#27 JOE McCORMICK, DB, 5-11, 185, JR,
Savanna, IL/Savanna HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02: Played in 4
games…Had 11 tackles. College: As a
Freshman (’01): Played in six games…Had 16
tackles, 1 for loss. High School: Attended
Savanna High School. Played basketball under
Coach Brian McCormick…Ran Track under
Coach Dave Baisden…Played football under
Coach Dave Baisden…Named Team MVP, All-Area Defense, and
All-Conference Offense as a senior… Named All-Conference
Honorable Mention as a junior. Personal: Born 10/26/82 in
Clinton, IA. Parents: Bill and Juliene McCormick. Has one
brother, Brian, and one sister, Megan. Some of his hobbies
include fishing, running, weight lifting, and camping. Major:
Business Management
#77 BRIAN McGILL, DL, 6-1, 225, SO,
Hammond, IN/Gavit HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Attended Aurora
University and was a member of the AU
Baseball program. High School: Attended
Gavit High School…Played three years of
varsity football under Head Coach Bill Melby…
Named 1st team All-Conference as a senior…
Played three years of varsity baseball and was
named 2nd team All-Conference as a senior. Personal: Born
12/11/83 in Hammond, IÑ. Parents: Don and Carol McGill.
Hobbies include sports and playing PS2. Major: Political Science
Minor: Criminal Justice
#51 BRANDON McINTOSH, DL, 5-11, 185, FR,
Lauderhill, FL/American Heritage HS
High School: Attended American Heritage
High School. Played two years of varsity
football under Head Coach Bryon Walker and
two years of varsity weightlifting under Coach
Walker…Received the Patriot Award in both
sports as a senior. Personal: Born 8/7/85 in Ft.
Lauderdale, FL. Parents: James and Sarah
McIntosh. He has one brother, James II and one sister, Gabriella.
Relative is Twan Russell of the Atlanta Falcons. Hobbies include
working with computers and enjoying different sports year round.
Major: Computer Science
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#57 KYLE MEEK, DL, 6-3, 205, FR,
Lawrenceville, IL/Lawrenceville HS
High School: Attended Lawrenceville High
School. Played two years of varsity football
under Head Coaches Jerry Phillips and Mike
White…Named Defensive MVP as a senior and
MVP and attitude award as a junior…Wrestled
for two years under varsity Head Coach
Sammy Parker and was named MVP his senior
season. Personal: Born 5/4/85 in Vincennes, IN. Parents: Kenny
and Barbara Meek. He has two brothers, Keeley and Kevin.
Major: Criminal Justice
#64 RANDY MEIER, OL, 6-0, 240, JR,
Poplar Grove, IL/North Boone HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. College:
As a Freshman (’01): Was a member of AU’s
Junior Varsity Program. High School: Attended
North Boone High School. Played three years
of varsity football under Coach Steve Cofoid…
Named All-Conference as a senior…Also
played varsity basketball and baseball. Personal: Born 7/8/82 in
Poplar Grove, IL. Parents: Mike and Becky Meier. Has one
brother, Rusty, and one sister, Nikki. Hobbies include golfing,
fishing, and watching movies. Major: Business
#99 STEVE MESSINA, DL, 6-0, 290, SR,
Plainfield, IL/Plainfield HS
College: As a Junior (’02): Named Illini-Badger
All-Conference (1st Team) Played in 9
games…Had 54 tackles, 10 for loss, 2 forced
fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 2.5 sacks.
College: As Sophomore (’01): Named IlliniBadger All-Conference (1st Team)…Played in
nine games…Had 49 tackles, 10 for loss, and 3
sacks. As a Freshman (’00): Played 7 games… Recording 17
tackles, 2 for loss… Recovered 1 fumble. High School: Attended
Plainfield High School. Ran track, played baseball, and wrestled…
Played football under Coach John Jackson…Named All
Conference three years…Named All Area…Named Honorable
Mention All State. Personal: Born 3/28/81 in Plainfield, IL.
Parents: Joe and Debbie Messina. He has one sister, Kelley. His
hobbies include sports and music. His career goal is to work in
radio broadcasting. Major: Recreation
#61 A. J. MILSTEAD, OL, 6-2, 245, FR,
Romeoville, IL/Romeoville HS
High School: Attended Romeoville High
School. Played two years of varsity football
under Head Coach Jim Boudouris…Played two
years of varsity basketball under Head Coach
Jeff Bambule and one year of varsity baseball
under Head Coach Rick Rujawitz. Personal:
Born 9/10/84 in Naperville, IL. Parents: Daniel
and Nancy Milstead. He has one brother, Rob. Hobbies include
working and school. Major: Undecided
#49 AARON MOORE, LB, 6-0, 225, SO,
Oswego, IL/Oswego HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Played in 8
games….Had 15 tackles, 1 for loss, and 1
fumble recovery. High School: Attended
Oswego High School in Oswego, IL. Played
baseball under Coach Dave Elko…Named AllConference Honorable Mention…Named team
captain…Played football under Coach Karl
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Hoinkes…Named All-Conference…Named All-Area…Team MVP
and captain his senior year. Personal: Born 5/6/84 in Aurora, IL.
Parents: Gwen and Bob Moore. Has one brother, Ryan, and one
sister, Julianne. Some of his hobbies include sports and
weightlifting. Major: Secondary Education
#90 DREW MORGANEGG, DL, 6-2, 210, FR,
Yorkville, IL/Aurora Christian HS
High School: Attended Aurora Christian High
School. Played three years of varsity football
under Head Coach Andrew Price…Named AllConference and All-Area as a senior…Played
one year of varsity baseball under Head Coach
Matt Green and one year of varsity basketball
under Head Coach Don Davidson. Personal:
Born 7/30/85 in Yorkville, IL. Parents: Ken and April Morganegg.
He has one brother. Hobbies include football.
Major: Pre-Med
#73 RANDALL MOSIER, DL, 6-5, 280, SO,
Colfax, IL/Ridgeview HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. High
School: Attended Ridgeview High School in
Colfax, IL. Played three years of football under
Coach Mike Benton…Was co-captain his senior
year and earned All-Conference…Played one
year of baseball under Coach Rodney Keller…
Also ran track under Coach Mike Benton. Personal: Born 2/5/84
in Normal, IL. Parents: Rodney and Roxanne Mosier. Has two
brothers, Robert and Ryan. Hobbies include playing pool, playing
video games, and grilling. Major: Business
#70 MICHAEL MURPHY, OL, 6-3, 290, FR,
St. Charles, IL/Burlington Central HS
High School: Attended Burlington Central
High School. Played three years of varsity
football under Head Coach Dave Smith…
Named All-Conference junior and senior
years…Ran four years of varsity track under
Head Coach Mike Schmidt. Personal: Born
3/14/85 in Monterey, CA. Parents: Michael
and Jeannie Murphy. He has two brothers, Patrick and Matthew.
Hobbies include sports. Major: Education
#52 TODD MURPHY, LB, 5-10, 225, SO,
Montgomery, IL/Aurora Central
Catholic HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. High
School: Attended Aurora Central Catholic in
Aurora, IL. Played three years of football under
Coach Mike Curry…Was named AllConference and All-Area his senior year…Was
also named Team MVP and Team Captain his senior year.
Personal: Born 5/25/84 in Aurora, IL. Parents: Mike and Sandy
Murphy. He has two sisters, Megan, and Mallory. Hobbies include
art, weightlifting, hunting, and fishing. Major: Criminal Justice
#7 TERRANCE MURRAY, QB, 6-0, 150, FR,
Deerfield Beach, FL/Pompano Beach HS
High School: Attended Pompano Beach High
School. Played three years of varsity football
under Head Coach Rocky Gillis…Named team
MVP and County All-Star as a senior…Played
three years of varsity baseball under Head
Coach Craig Brown…Named All-County as a
senior. Personal: Born 12/8/84 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Parent:
Mickey Murray. He has nine brothers, Chris, Roland, Jerrod,
Jerryl, Ira, Luke, Linel, Bootsie, and Ronnie, and he has five sisters,
Shandi, Erin, Sheena, Renata, and Veronica. Hobbies include
being around his god kids, going to clubs, dancing, and studying.
Major: Communications
#66 BRETT NELSON, DL, 6-0, 205, SO,
Poplar Grove, IL/North Boone HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. High
School: Attended North Boone High School in
Poplar Grove, IL. Played two years of football
under Coach Dale Puruis…Also played two
years of baseball under Coach Aaron Sullivan.
Personal: Born 3/17/84 in Rockford, IL.
Parents: Ronald and Deborah Nelson. He has two brothers, Mark
and Chad. Hobbies include football, baseball, golf, and bowling.
Major: Undecided
#26 NICHOLAS PAXSON, RB, 5-10, 210, FR,
Plainfield, IL/Plainfield HS
High School: Attended Plainfield High School.
Played two years of varsity football under Head
Coach John Jackson…Named Team Captain
and Honorable Mention All-Conference as a
senior. Personal: Born 10/22/84 in Park Ridge,
IL. Parents: Reid and Diane Paxson. He has
two brothers, Reid Jr and Mike. Hobbies
include being around friends and video games. Major: Physical
Education
#94 RYAN PITTMAN, DL, 6-0, 225, FR,
Bristol, IN/Elkhart Central HS
High School: Attended Elkhart Central High
School. Played three years of varsity football
under Head Coach Tom Kurth…Was named an
Honorary Captain as a senior. Personal: Born
5/16/84 in Elkhart, IN. Parents: David and
Patti Pittman. He has two brothers, Matt and
Adam. Hobbies include football, racing, and
skydiving. Major: Undecided
#6 GEARY PRYOR, RB, 5-11, 215, SR,
Ypsilanti, MI/Willow Run HS
College: As a Junior (’02): Named Illini-Badger
Outstanding Offensive Back, and Illini-Badger
All-Conference (1st Team)..Played in nine
games… Had 176 rushes for 1095 yards and 15
touchdowns…Also recorded six receptions for
49 yards. College: As a Sophomore (’01):
Named Illini-Badger All-conference (1st
Team)… Played in nine games…Had 122 rushes for 626 yards and
11 touchdowns…Also recorded three receptions for 10 yards.
College as a Freshman (’00): Attended Northern Illinois
University and played football. Rushed for 497 yards in 120
attempts and three TDs. High School: Attended Willow Run High
School. Ran track under Coach Marcus Shaw..Named All-State
Prep. three-time Regional champ (100, 200, 4x100, 4x200), threetime State Finalist (200), two-time State Finalist (100), 55 meter
dash State Record Holder in Michigan (6.27 1997), Washtenaw
County Record holder (200), (4x100). Personal: Engaged to Jessica
Rich and has two children, a daughter, Janea and a son, Josiah.
Parents: Tina and Gary Pryor. He has two sisters, Porshia and
Kortnie. Some of his hobbies include drawing, listening to music,
and playing pool. Major: Physical Education
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#55 DUSTIN ROBERTSON, LB, 6-0, 210, JR,
Aurora, IL/West Aurora HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02): Played in 5
games….Had 12 tackles. College: As a
Freshman (’01): Was a member of AU’s Junior
Varsity Squad. High School: Attended West
Aurora High School. Played two years of varsity
football under Coach Mike Runge…As a senior
named team defensive MVP, Team Captain,
DVC Honorable Mention, and a Scholar Athlete. Personal: Born
12/16/82 in Aurora, IL. Parents: Steve and Dorene Robertson. He
has two brothers, Brooks and Aaron. Hobbies include lifting
weights and participating in athletics. Major: Finance
#8 MARTY RYAN, QB, 6-0, 180, SO,
Lincoln, IL/Lincoln Community HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. High
School: Attended Lincoln Community High
School in Lincoln, IL. Played two years of
football under Coach John Oaks…Was named
Team Captain and Team MVP his senior year…
Also played two years of wrestling under Coach
Brad Gardner. Personal: Born 12/17/83 in Lincoln, IL. Parents:
Joe and Amy Ryan. He has one brother, Andrew, and one sister,
Emily. Hobbies include music and sleeping. Major:
Communications
#9 KEVIN RYNNE, WR, 6-2, 190, JR,
Lemont, IL/Lemont HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02): Attended Joliet
Junior College and played football for the twotime Junior College National Champions.
College: As a Freshman (’01): Attended Joliet
Junior College and played football for the twotime Junior College National Champions. High
School: Attended Lemont High School. Played
two years of varsity football under Head Coach Jim Driscoll…
Named Team Captain and Honorable Mention All-Conference as
a senior…Ran two years of varsity track and was named Captain
junior and senior seasons. Personal: Born 8/12/83 in Berwyn, IL.
Parents: Gary and Susan Rynne. He has one brother, Mickey, and
one sister, Christine. Hobbies include playing other sports and
video games. Currently helps out at Graf Speed Enhancement
with his father and has worked with several NFL players. Major:
Athletic Training Minor: Psychology and Health
#13 MICHAEL SANTIAGO, FB, 5-8, 200, FR,
Chicago, IL/St Francis de Sales HS
High School: Attended St. Francis de Sales
High School. Played three years of varsity
football under Head Coach Greg Zaragoza…
Named Most Valuable Back as a sophomore.
Personal: Born 9/3/84 in Chicago, IL. Parent:
Martha Santiago. He has one sister, Stephanie.
Hobbies include sports, video games, and
listening to music. Major: Criminal Justice
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#5 RYAN SCHRADER, DB, 5-9, 190, JR,
Maple Park, IL/Kaneland HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02): Played in 9
games…Had 47 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 interception, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble. College:
As a Freshman (’01): Played in seven
games…Had 16 tackles, 1 for loss. High
School: Attended Kaneland High School.
Played one year of baseball under Coach John
Paulak. Played three years of basketball under Coach Ken
Nehring… Named All-Conference as a junior… Team MVP as a
junior and senior… Played football under Coach Joe Thorgeson…
Named All-Conference as a sophomore and junior…Named AllConference Honorable Mention as a senior. Personal: Born
5/27/82 in Sycamore, IL. Parents: Gerald and Caryl Schrader. He
has three brothers, Troy, Kyle, and Aryn. His career goals are to
become a teacher and a coach. Major: Elementary Education
#22 AARON SESTER, DB, 5-8, 170, FR,
Compton, IL/Mendota Township HS
High School: Attended Mendota Township
High School. Played three years of varsity
football under Head Coach John McKenzie…
Named MVP, MVB, Dean Lobbs and Ted Lewis
award recipient as a senior and was named allconference as a junior and senior…Played two
years of varsity baseball under Head Coach
Phil Bodine…Named All-Conference and All-State as a senior.
Personal: Born 5/27/85 in Peru, IL. Parents: Chris and Rayanne
Sester. He has two brothers, Ryan and Joe. Hobbies include
sports, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears. Major:
Education Minor: Business
#34 GRANT SHIELDS, RB, 5-10, 195, SR,
Plainfield, IL/ Plainfield HS
College: As a Junior (’02): Played in 4 games….
Had 39 rushes for 225 yards and one touchdown…Also recorded seven kick returns for
158 yards. College: As a Sophomore (’01):
Played in nine games…Had 53 rushes for 250
yards and two touchdowns…Also recorded
three receptions for 16 yards. As a Freshman
(’00): Played in 4 games…Had 16 carries, for 115 yards…Also
recorded two touchdowns. High School: Attended Plainfield High
School. Played three years of varsity football under Coach John
Jackson…Ran two years of varsity track under Coach Tim Gately.
Personal: Born 11/02/81 in Joliet, IL. Parents: Ray and Sandy
Shields. He has one brother, Jake. Hobbies include playing all
sports. Major: Physical Education
#43 MARTY SHUMATE, LB, 5-10, 180, FR,
Bartlett, IL/Bartlett HS
High School: Attended Bartlett High School.
Played two years of varsity football under Head
Coach Dick Stevens…Named Honorable
Mention All-Conference as a senior and
received the Bartlett Sportsmanship and Most
Hustle awards…Played one year of varsity
baseball under Head Coach Rocco Marrinuchi
and one year of varsity wrestling under Head Coach Chris Riley.
Personal: Born 5/12/85 in Chicago, IL. Parents: Bill and Nancy
Shumate. He has one brother, Alex, and one sister, Sarah.
Hobbies include sports, Playstation 2, and weightlifting.
Major: Business
Meet the Spartans
#95 DAVID SIMMONDS, DL, 6-1, 210, SR,
Fulton, IL/Fulton HS
College: As a Junior (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. College:
As a Sophomore (’01): Was a member of AU’s
Junior Varsity. As a Freshman (’00): Played in
one game, recording one tackle…Was
primarily a member of AU’s Junior Varsity.
High School: Attended Fulton High School.
Played football under Coach James Proud…Named second team
All Conference. Personal: Born 1/26/82 in Chicago, IL. Parents:
Jim and Janene Simmonds. He has one brother, Jon, and one
sister, Renee. Some hobbies include lifting, other sports, and
being with friends. His career goal is to become an athletic
trainer. Major: Recreation
#50 KYLE SIMONS, DL, 6-0, 240, SO,
Pearl City, IL/Pearl City HS
College: As a Freshman (’02): Was primarily a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. High
School: Attended Pearl City High School in
Pearl City, IL. Played baseball, named AllConference…Played football under Coach Bill
Johnson…Named All-Conference offense and
defense…Named All-Area on defense.
Personal: Born 4/28/84 in Pearl City, IL. Parents: Chris and Greg
Simons. He has one sister, Kerri. Some of his hobbies include
hunting, music, football, and speech. Major: Criminal Justice
#91 LOREN SMITH, DL, 6-3, 270, JR,
Lakewood, CA/Mayfair HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02): Attended Los
Angeles Harbor College and played football…
Received the Desire, Intensity and Effort
award. College: As a Freshman (’01):
Attended Los Angeles Harbor College and
played football. High School: Attended
Mayfair High School. Played two years of
varsity football under Head Coach Mike Fitch. Personal: Born
4/21/81 in Long Beach, CA. Parents: Dan and Jacquie Smith. He
has one brother, Peter and one sister, Kelly. Hobbies include
surfing, skateboarding, fishing, music, and snowboarding.
Major: Business Administration Minor: International Business
#41 BRIAN SULER, LB, 6-0, 225, FR,
Aurora, IL/West Aurora HS
High School: Attended West Aurora High
School. Played two years of varsity football
under Head Coach Mike Runge…Named AllAcademic as a senior. Personal: Born 1/15/85
in Loring, ME. Parents: Robert and Valerie
Suler. He has one sister, Kristy. Hobbies
include sports, video games, and weightlifting. Major: Business Administration
#32 DUSTIN TIBBS, RB, 5-6, 145, FR,
Argenta, IL/Argenta-Oreana HS
High School: Attended Argenta-Oreana High
School. Played two years of varsity football
under Head Coach Tom Saunches…Named
All-Conference junior and senior years…
Played four years of varsity baseball under
Coach Saunches and was named AllConference. Personal: Born 7/14/85 in
Decatur, IL. Parents: Daryl and Shelly Tibbs. He has one brother,
Shawn. Hobbies include sports. Major: Business
#67 NICK TURVEY, OL, 6-0, 235, JR,
Plainfield, IL/Plainfield HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02): Was a member
of the AU Varsity Squad. College: As a
Freshman (’01): Named Team Offensive
Rookie of the Year. High School: Attended
Plainfield High School. Wrestled under Coach
Mike Zbackle… Named All-Conference as a
sophomore, junior, and senior…Played
football under Coach John Jackson… Named All-Conference…
Named All-Area. Personal: Born 4/29/83 in Joliet, IL. Parents:
Scot and Virginia Turvey. He has one brother, Kyle. Major: Business
Management
#42 CHARLES TYLER, FB, 5-9, 230, JR,
Stockton, CA/Tokay HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02): Attended San
Jouquin Delta Community College and played
football. College: As a Freshman (’01):
Attended San Jouquin Delta Community
College and played football. High School:
Attended Tokay High School. Played three
years of varsity football under Head Coach Jeff
Tracy…Wrestled three years for varsity Head Coach Rod Gains
and was named JV-MVP. Personal: Born 1/30/83 in Vallejo, CA.
Parents: Charles and Kathryn Tyler. He has one sister, Laura.
Hobbies include golf and building model cars. Major: Criminal
Justice
#11 OTIS VARDEN, RB, 6-3, 220, JR,
Milledgeville, IL/Milledgville HS
College: As a Junior (’02): Did not play due to
injury. College: As a Sophomore (’01): Attended
Sauk Valley Community College. Was a member
of the baseball team. As a Freshman (’00):
Attended Sauk Valley Community College…Was
a member of the baseball team. High School:
Attended Milledgville High School. Played
baseball under Coach Albright…Named All-Conference as a
sophomore, junior and senior…Named All-Area as a sophomore,
junior and senior…Named player of the year in the Gazette… Team
MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior… Played basketball under
Coach Tom Digmann…Named All-Upstate Illini as a sophomore,
junior and senior…Named All-Area as a sophomore, and junior…
Named team MVP as a junior and senior…Played football under
Coach Gary Hartje…Named All-Conference as a junior and
senior… Named All-Area as a junior and senior…Named All-State
as a senior. Personal: Born 5/13/81 in Long Beach, CA. Parents:
Pam and Otis Varden. He has one brother, Jack. Some of his
hobbies include sports, yard landscaping, and swimming. Major:
Communications
#20 JON WALDRON, DB, 6-0, 180, FR,
Plainfield, IL/Plainfield HS
High School: Attended Plainfield High School.
Played two years of varsity football under
Head Coach John Jackson…Named captain,
All-Conference, and All-Area as a senior…Ran
two years of varsity track. Personal: Born
2/17/85 in Plainfield, IL. Parents: Gary and
Janet Waldron. He has two brothers, Dre and
Andy, and one sister, Shamika. Relative of Bo Jackson.
Major: Undecided
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#98 SEAN WARE, DL, 6-0, 230, FR,
Brinnon, WA/Quileene HS
High School: Attended Quileene High School.
Played four years of varsity football under
Head Coach Tom French…Played two years of
varsity golf under Head Coach Jim Hodgsen
and was named MVP as a senior. Personal:
Born 2/18/83 in Port Townsend, WA.
Parent: Peggy Ware. He has one sister,
Christine. His mother, sister, cousin, uncle and two aunts
attended Aurora University. Hobbies include sports, music, and
movies. Major: Undecided
#44 CHRIS WEBER, FB, 5-9, 200, SR,
Poplar Grove, IL/North Boone HS
College: As a Junior (’02): Played in three
games…had two rushes for 16 yards and a
touchdown….Also had two receptions for 14
yards. College: As a Sophomore (’01): Played
in three games…Had four rushes for 22 yards
and a touchdown…Also had one reception for
19 yards. College: As a Freshman (’00): Was a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. High School: Attended
North Boone High School. Was a member of the track team under
Coach Steve Pete Herron…Played football under Coach Steve
Colfoid…Named All Conference three years…Named All Area…
Named to the All State academic team…Named team MVP.
Personal: Born 9/11/81 in Sterling, IL. Parents: Dennis and Janice
Weber. He has an older brother, Eric. Some of his hobbies include
singing in the church choir, singing with the Rockford Barbershoppers, and an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 126. His career
goal is to teach high school math and music. Major: Math and
Secondary Education
#39 DAN WHALEN, RB, 6-0, 200, JR,
Oregon, IL/ Oregon HS
College: As a Sophomore (’02): Played in 6
games…Had 2 rushes for 5 yards, and 9
tackles. College: As a Freshman (’01): Was a
member of AU’s Junior Varsity Squad. High
School: Attended Oregon High School.
Wrestled under Coach Mike Papini…Named
All-Conference as a senior…Ran track under
Coach Art Carlson…Played football under Coach John Bothe…
Named 1st Team All-Conference, and named Team MVP as a
senior. Personal: Born 3/1/82 in Oregon, IL. Parents: Mike and
Trudy Whalen. He has one brother, Ross and one sister, Jessie.
Some of his hobbies include dirt biking. Major: Business
#80 KAMERON WILSON, WR, 5-10, 160, FR,
Paxton, IL/Paxton-Buckley-Loda HS
High School: Attended Paxton-Buckley-Loda
High School. Played two years of varsity
football under Head Coach Jeff Graham…
Named All-Conference and News Gazette AllArea junior and senior years…Played four
years of varsity baseball under Head Coach
Pat Prina…Named All-Conference as a junior
and senior…Played two years of varsity basketball under Head
Coach Mark Portwood. Personal: Born 10/11/84 in Champaign,
IL. Parents: Sue Abbe and David Wilson. He has three brothers,
Kurtis, Keegan, and Logan. Hobbies include sports. Major:
Computer Science Minor: Business
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#58 NIC WINGARD, LB, 6-0, 210, FR,
Decatur, IL/Warrensburg-Latham HS
High School: Attended Warrensburg-Latham
High School. Played two years of varsity
football under Head Coach John Burk…
Named All-State as a senior, and All-County,
All-Valley, and Defensive MVP junior and
senior years. Personal: Born 10/5/84 in
Decatur, IL. Parents: Keith and Terri Wingard.
He has two sisters, Kristen and Tiffany. Hobbies include lifting
weights, reading, games, sports and friends. Major: Undecided
#19 JASON YOUNG, DB, 5-9, 155, FR,
Richton Park, IL/Rich Central HS
High School: Attended Rich Central High
School. Played two years of varsity football
under Head Coach Jon McLaughlin…Named
All-Conference as a senior…Ran two years of
varsity track under Head Coach Brian Easter.
Personal: Born 3/10/85 in Chicago, IL.
Parents: Anthony and Carla Young. He has
three brothers, Patrick, Tony, and Drew, and one sister, Shana.
Cousin is former National Football League and World Football
League player Sam Young who was also an All-American at Illinois
State University. Hobbies include basketball. Major: Undecided
2002 Spartan Stats
Playoffs
Champions
2000 / 1992
2000 / 1999 / 1998
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2002 Spartans’ Stats
2002 OFFENSIVE STAT LEADERS
Scoring
Rushing
Name
Pryor
Glab
Bigham
Schrader
Lartz
Douglas
Walsh
Fincham
Daniels
Weber
Herra
Shields
Fisher
Aurora
Opponents
Name
Pryor
Schrader
Douglas
Shields
Walsh
Herra
Kriebs
Daniels
Weber
Whalen
Bigham
Howze
Taylor
R. Fisher
Megli
Meyer
Wilkin
Dockett
Crot
Dexter
VanOpdorp
G
8
9
9
4
8
7
4
9
3
6
9
1
1
2
1
1
2
2
1
8
4
Att Gain Loss
176 1103
8
91 469
7
46 279
6
39 236
11
49 221
27
13
41
3
8
39
4
50 129
96
2
16
0
2
5
0
1
3
0
2
3
0
3
4
2
1
2
0
1
4
4
1
0
1
1
0
2
3
2
4
1
0
6
1
0
9
2
2
17
Net
1095
462
273
225
194
38
35
33
16
5
3
3
2
2
0
-1
-3
-2
-6
-9
-15
Avg
6.2
5.1
5.9
5.8
4.0
2.9
4.4
0.7
8.0
2.5
3.0
1.5
0.7
2.0
0.0
-1.0
-1.0
-0.7
-6.0
-9.0
-7.5
Totals
Opponents
9
9
493 2558
363 1361
206 2352
304 1057
4.8
2.9
TD Long
15
47
5
51
3
65
1
47
3
52
1
11
0
10
2
54
1
9
0
4
0
3
0
3
0
4
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
Avg/G
136.9
51.3
30.3
56.2
24.2
5.4
8.8
3.7
5.3
0.8
0.3
3.0
2.0
1.0
0.0
-1.0
-0.5
-1.0
-6.0
-1.1
-3.8
31
14
261.3
117.4
65
60
TD
15
0
6
5
4
4
3
2
2
1
1
1
0
44
26
FG Kick
0-0
0-0
5-5 22-30
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0 5-10
5-5 27-40
3-5 18-21
PATs
Rush Rcv
0-0
0
0-0
0
0-0
0
0-0
0
0-0
0
0-1
0
0-1
0
0-0
0
0-1
0
0-0
0
0-0
0
0-0
0
0-0
0
0-3
0
1-2
0
Pass DXP
0-0
0
0-0
0
0-0
0
1-1
0
0-0
0
0-0
0
0-0
0
0-0
0
0-0
0
0-0
0
0-0
0
0-0
0
0-0
0
1-1
0
0-3
1
Saf Points
0
90
0
37
0
36
0
30
0
24
0
24
0
18
0
12
0
12
0
6
0
6
0
6
0
5
0
306
0
187
Interception Returns
Name
Pauley
Schweinler
Ingram
Schrader
Hruby
Owens
No.
4
2
1
1
1
1
Yds.
23
0
7
15
0
-1
Avg.
5.8
0.0
7.0
15.0
0.0
-1.0
TD
0
0
0
0
0
0
Long
23
0
7
15
0
0
Total
Opponents
10
11
44
96
4.4
8.7
0
2
23
47
Punting
Passing
Name
G
Effic Att. Cmp Int. Pct. Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Daniels
9 146.77 140 79
8 56.4 1264 11 58 140.4
Meyer
1 94.39 32 19
2 59.4 181
0 25 181.0
VanOpdorp 4 142.80 11
5
1 45.5 112
1 71 28.0
Totals
Opponents
9 137.37 183 103
9 106.07 183 87
11 56.3 1557
10 47.5 1199
12
8
71 173.0
67 133.2
Receiving
Name
Bigham
Lartz
Pryor
Herra
Blaser
Fincham
Douglas
Dexter
Kriebs
Schrader
Weber
Walsh
Lehr
G
9
9
8
7
9
3
9
8
4
9
3
8
1
No.
37
33
6
5
4
3
3
2
2
2
2
1
1
Yds.
496
620
49
35
96
50
25
59
23
20
14
18
14
Avg.
13.4
18.8
8.2
7.0
24.0
16.7
8.3
29.5
11.5
10.0
7.0
18.0
14.0
TD
5
4
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
Long
46
58
14
10
71
26
13
38
16
14
10
18
14
Avg./G
55.1
68.9
6.1
5.0
10.7
16.7
2.8
7.4
5.8
2.2
4.7
2.2
14.0
Totals
Opponents
9
9
103
87
1557
1199
15.1
13.8
12
8
71
67
173.0
133.2
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Name
Dexter
Total
Opponents
No.
32
Yds.
1020
Avg.
31.9
Long
58
TB
3
FC
5
32
56
1020
1580
31.9
28.2
58
65
3
2
5
5
I20 Blkd
8
0
8
10
0
1
Punt Returns
Name
Blaser
Bigham
Owens
Robertson
No.
16
3
2
1
Yds.
95
60
4
0
Avg.
5.9
20.0
2.0
0.0
TD
0
1
0
0
Long
18
68
5
0
Totals
Opponents
22
9
159
64
7.2
7.1
1
0
68
13
Kickoff Returns
Name
Blaser
Bigham
Shields
Walsh
Schrader
Herra
Davidson
Totals
Opponents
No.
16
7
7
2
2
1
1
Yds.
306
115
158
22
19
13
8
Avg.
19.1
16.4
22.6
11.0
9.5
13.0
8.0
TD
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Long
42
29
37
14
10
13
8
36
48
641
789
17.8
16.4
0
1
42
93
2002 Spartans’ Stats
2002 Team Totals
AU
OPP.
2002 DEFENSIVE STAT LEADERS
____________TACKLES____________
First Downs
Rushing
Passing
Penalty
194
117
71
6
116
55
48
13
2352
2558
206
493
4.8
261.3
31
1057
1361
304
363
2.9
117.4
14
Passing Yardage
Att-Comp-Int
Average per Pass
Average per Catch
Average per Game
TDs Passing
1557
183-103-11
8.5
15.1
173.0
12
1199
183-87-10
6.6
13.8
133.2
8
Total Offense
Total Plays
Average per Play
Average per Game
3909
676
5.8
434.3
2256
546
4.1
250.7
Kickoff Returns – Yards
36-641
48-789
Punt Returns – Yards
22-159
9-64
Interception Returns – Yards
10-44
11-96
Fumbles - Lost
25-15
19-14
Penalties – Yards
46-373
33-248
Punts – Avg.
32-31.9
56-28.2
31:21
28:30
3rd-Down Conversions
58-136
44-131
4th-Down Conversions
15-29
10-15
Rushing Yardage
Yards Gained Rushing
Yards Lost Rushing
Rushing Attempts
Average per Rush
Average per Game
TDs Rushing
Time of Possession/Game
Name
GP
Bogan
9
Ingram
9
9
Schweinler
Hruby
9
Gerhardstein
9
9
Messina
Schrader
9
Owens
9
Cleary
9
Pauley
6
Watson
7
Harris
7
Lane
8
Skorniak
7
Moore
8
Friedman
6
Robertson
5
McCormick
4
Harms
6
Whalen
6
Gates
5
Gissel
6
UT
57
59
54
42
31
30
30
22
22
22
20
12
9
6
14
7
6
4
4
5
3
5
AT
37
35
33
24
24
24
17
17
16
11
7
14
7
9
1
5
6
7
5
4
3
1
Totals
Opponents
497
-
318
-
9
9
TOTAL FOR LOSS
94
6-14
94
9-31
87
16-122
66
3-4
55
20-70
54
10-26
47
1-2
39
38
5-36
33
3-3
27
26
3-5
16
4-24
15
3-10
15
1-4
12
12
11
9
9
6
2-2
6
815
-
Totals
Opponenets
10-44
11-96
NO-YARDS
1.0-1
4.0-22
7.5-50
2.5-16
0.5-5
4.0-34
2.0-14
2.0-10
-
91-372
-
__________PASS DEF.__________
Name
INT-YDS
Bogan
Ingram
1-5
Schweinler
2-1
Hruby
1-0
Gerhardstein
Messina
Schrader
1-15
Owens
1-0
Cleary
Pauley
4-23
Watson
Harris
Lane
Skorniak
Moore
Friedman
Robertson
McCormick
Harms
Whalen
Gates
Gissel
-
___SACKS___
22-150
19-96
____FUMBLES____
BRUP
2
1
4
6
1
4
5
1
9
5
1
1
-
QB H
2
3
8
5
1
1
8
1
2
-
RCV-YDS
1-0
2-0
1-0
2-0
1-0
1-20
1-0
1-0
1-0
1-0
1-0
1-0
-
FF
3
3
1
2
1
-
41
18
31
-
16-20
16-69
14
17
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Individual Records
*Note: AU began football in 1900 and fielded teams on an inconsistent basis in the 1900’s and ‘teens.
Teams were fielded regularly from 1924 through 1952 (except for the war years). The sport was
dropped after the 1952 season and reinstated in 1986 after a 33-year hiatus.
OFFENSE RECORDS– Individual
SCORING/RUSHING
36
96
222
G:
S:
C:
Geary Pryor 10/12/02 vs. Concordia-IL (6 TD)
Derek Tieman 1992 (16 TD’s)
Ron Griffin
1987-90 (37 TD’s)
S:
311
1,670
3,691
Chris Pfalzgraf 1999 vs. Concordia
Garrett Meyer 2001
Ron Griffin
1987-90 (3,691 rush)
TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS:
G:
6
S:
C:
18
37
Tim Silagi
9/10/94 vs. Albion
Todd Martel 1988
Mark Hancock 1994-97
Geary Pryor
Geary Pryor
Garrett Meyer
Ron Griffin
vs. Concordia-IL 10/12/02
vs. Eureka College 10/6/01
2001
1987-90 (36 rush.; 1 rec.)
1
Todd Martel
1989 (57-31-1)
LONGEST PASS COMPLETION:
G:
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS:
G:
S:
C:
4
12
23
FEWEST INTERCEPTIONS:
MOST POINTS SCORED:
G:
S:
C:
MOST INTERCEPTIONS:
85 yards Garrett Meyer 2000 vs. Eureka
85 (td) Kurt Whisenand
1989 vs. Benedictine
LONGEST TOUCHDOWN PASS:
G:
85
Kurt Whisenand
1989 vs. Benedictine
MOST TOUCHDOWN PASSES:
S:
C:
15
28
Garrett Meyer 2001
Mark Hancock 1994-97
MOST RUSHING YARDS:
G:
276
S:
C:
1,233
3,691
SPARTAN GREATS
Geary Pryor
vs. Benedictine University
10/5/02 (26 att.)
Derek Tieman 1992 (207 att.)
Ron Griffin
1987-90 (560 att.; 6.6 ypc)
Rod Stinson (at left) was
an All-American return
man for the Spartans in
1990 and again in 1992.
LONGEST RUN FROM SCRIMMAGE:
G:
80
Mark Hancock 10/21/95 vs. Benedictine
LONGEST TOUCHDOWN RUN FROM SCRIMMAGE:
G:
80
Mark Hancock 10/21/95 vs. Benedictine
MOST TOUCHDOWNS RUSHING:
G:
S:
C:
6
15
36
Geary Pryor
Geary Pryor
Ron Griffin
vs. Concordia-IL 10/12/02
2002
1987-90
PASSING
MOST YARDS PASSING:
G:
S:
C:
331
1671
3,335
Garrett Meyer 2001 vs. Benedictine
Garrett Meyer 2001
Mark Hancock 1994-97
MOST PASS COMPLETIONS:
G:
S:
C:
21
123
244
Garrett Meyer 2001 vs. Valparaiso
Garrett Meyer 2001 (123-223-6)
Mark Hancock 1994-97
RECEIVING
RECEPTION YARDS:
G:
S:
C:
206
852
1,708
Paulie Forsythe
Paulie Forsythe
Paulie Forsythe
2001 vs. Valparaiso
2001
1996-2001
Paulie Forsythe
Paulie Forsythe
Paulie Forsythe
2001 vs. Valparaiso
2001
1996-2001
RECEPTIONS:
G:
S:
C:
12
49
104
TOUCHDOWNS:
G:
S:
C:
3
11
18
Paulie Forsythe
Paulie Forsythe
Paulie Forsythe
2001 vs. Benedictine 9/22/01
2001
1996-2001
MOST PASS ATTEMPTS:
G:
S:
C:
40
223
538
Garrett Meyer 2001 vs. Valparaiso
Garrett Meyer 2001 (123-223-6)
Mark Hancock 1994-97
RETURNS
LONGEST KICK-OFF RETURN:
G:
88
Mylon Jones
COMPLETION PERCENTAGE:
LONGEST PUNT RETURN:
S:
C:
G:
20
.564
.543
Kyle Daniels 2002 (79-140-8)
Garrett Meyer 2000-2002 (189-348-16)
AU Football
77
Rod Stinson
9/6/97 vs. Coe
10/20/90 vs. North Park
Individual Records
KICKING
MOST FIELD GOALS:
G:
2
2
S:
8
C:
20
Ken Stone
Ron Hunsaker
Byron Fielder
Ryan Glab
Ron Hunsaker
Byron Fielder
Byron Fielder
1998
1990
1988
2002
1990
1988
1986-89 (20-of-25)
Team Records
QB SACKS:
G:
S:
C:
6
16
39.5
Jeremy Benson
Jeremy Benson
Jeremy Benson
1999 vs. Concordia (WI)
1999
1997-2000
*Note- Since AU did not play a full varsity schedule in 1986
(5 games), that season’s final totals are not considered in
records where it would not be a fair comparison as it relates
to a team record.
LONGEST FIELD GOAL:
G:
44 yds. Matt Sheridan 1998 vs. Benedictine
SPARTAN GREATS
Chris Ferko (’92) was
an All-American in
1992 and tied the
single-season tackle
record (120) that
same year.
LONGEST PUNT:
G:
59 yds. Chris Pfalzgraf 10/24/98 vs. Concordia, WI
11/14/98 vs. Valparaiso
PUNTING AVERAGE:
S:
37.0
Rob Lake
1990 (42 att./1556 yds.)
FEWEST PUNTS RETURNED AGAINST:
S:
12
Doug Bruyn
1992 (45 att.)
FEWEST RETURN YARDS ALLOWED:
S:
13 yds. Doug Bruyn
OFFENSE
1992 (45 att./12 ret.)
TOTAL OFFENSE
EXTRA POINTS:
G:
S:
C:
9
7
36
71
Ken Stone
Ron Hunsaker
Ryan Glab
Ryan Glab
Byron Fielder
10/31/98 vs. Greenville
1990 vs. Concordia, IL
2001 (36-of-46)
200-present (71-of-91)
1986-89 (71-of-85)
CONSECUTIVE EXTRA POINTS MADE:
S:
15
Ross Draper
INTERCEPTIONS
MOST INTERCEPTIONS:
4
10
C:
28
Brian Fetterolf 1989 vs. Knox (116 yds.)
Brian Fetterolf 1989 (212 yds.)
Brian Fetterolf 1988 (120 yds.)
Brian Fetterolf 1986-89 (390 yds.)
LONGEST INTERCEPTION RETURN:
G:
91 (td)
G:
S:
685
3,986
1998
1999
vs. Greenville (475 rush/210 pass)
612 plays/2525 rush/1106 pass
1997
vs. Simpson
MOST PLAYS:
G:
99
1993
DEFENSE
G:
S:
TOTAL YARDS:
Brian Fetterolf 1989 vs. Knox
SCORING
MOST POINTS:
G:
76
2001
S:
348
2001
vs. Concordia University, IL
(AU 76-CU 0)
9 games; 7-2 record
FEWEST POINTS:
S:
104
1994
9 games
GREATEST MARGIN OF VICTORY:
G:
76 pts.
2001
vs. Concordia, IL (AU 76, CU 0)
GREATEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT:
FUMBLE RECOVERIES
G:
62 pts.
1986
FUMBLE RECOVERIES:
MOST POINTS, COMBINED:
G:
G:
2
S:
3
C:
8
Jon Ingram
2002 vs. Lakeland
Tracy Forrest 1992 vs. Olivet Nazarene
Ron Dybas
1990 vs. Olivet Nazarene
Brandon Schweinler
2001, most recent
by many
Ray Nardi
1986-89
TACKLES
TOTAL TACKLES:
G:
S:
30
120
C:
320
Brian Fetterolf 1986 vs. Benedictine
1992 (77 solo; 43 assist)
Chris Ferko
Brian Fetterolf 1986 (74 solo; 46 assist)
Brian Fetterolf 1986-89 (186 solo; 134 assist)
88
1998
vs. Benedictine (IBC 62, AU 0)
AU 63, Greenville 25
RUSHING
MOST YARDS:
G:
S:
603
2,600
2002
1992
vs. Benedictine
9 games; 291.1 ypg
FEWEST YARDS:
G:
(-2)
9/21/96
vs. Wheaton
AU Football
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Team Records
FUMBLE RECOVERIES
SPARTAN GREATS
Former Spartan Fred
Schuldes (at left) was a
two-time team defensive
MVP and voted to AllAmerican status in 1991.
Schuldes also worked as a
graduate assistant with
the Spartans in 1992,
helping with AU’s linebacker corps.
MOST FUMBLE RECOVERIES:
G:
S:
4
24
1990
1989
vs. Olivet Nazarene
TACKLES
MOST QB SACKS:
G:
S:
12
36
1990
2000
vs. North Park
YARDAGE
LEAST TOTAL OFFENSE ALLOWED:
MOST ATTEMPTS:
G:
S:
79
581
1988
1999
vs. Knox
2,392 yds./4.1 y.p.c.
PASSING
350
1,704
2001
2001
vs. Benedictine
19
573
1986
1994
vs. College of St. Francis
115-42-13
40
229
2001
2001
vs. Valparaiso
125-229-6
5
92
MOST TOTAL OFFENSE ALLOWED:
G:
S:
671
3,134
1993
1993
G:
S:
-44
635
1991
1999
G:
S:
447
1,871
21
S:
125
2002
1992
vs. Benedictine
92-41-5
vs. Valparaiso
vs. Lakeland
2001
2002
2001
G:
S:
G:
S:
4
vs. Drake (53 att.)
412 attempts
15
893
1989
1991
vs. Olivet Nazarene
201-78-11
346
1,972
2001
1999
vs. Greenville
182-366-16
MISC. RECORDS
BEST RECORD, REGULAR SEASON:
S:
9-0
1992
MOST VICTORIES:
MOST INTERCEPTIONS:
G:
vs. Culver-Stockton
292 attempts
1993
1993
MOST COMPLETIONS:
G:
vs. Drake (447 rush.; 224 pass)
1,871 rush/1,263 pass
MOST YARDS PASSING ALLOWED:
FEWEST ATTEMPTS:
G:
S:
vs. Culver-Stockton
9 games
LEAST YARDS PASSING ALLOWED:
MOST ATTEMPTS:
G:
S:
1991
1988
MOST YARDS RUSHING ALLOWED:
FEWEST YARDS PASSING:
G:
S:
-24
1769
LEAST YARDS RUSHING ALLOWED:
MOST YARDS:
G:
S:
G:
S:
1989
1988
vs. Olivet Nazarene
vs. Taylor
DEFENSE
SCORING
S:
9
1992
MOST LOSSES:
S:
6
1995
13 games
62
208
1986
1993
vs. Benedictine (BU 62, AU 0)
9 games; 4-5 record
FEWEST POINTS ALLOWED:
S:
76
1992
1991-1992 (began 10/19/91 vs.
North Park; ended on 11/21/92 vs.
Illinois Wesleyan)
7
S:
30
22
1991-1992 (began with tie vs. Olivet
Nazarene on 10/12/91; ended on
11/21/92 vs. Illinois Wesleyan)
14 games
MOST INTERCEPTIONS:
G:
LONGEST UNBEATEN STREAK:
9 games; 9-0 reg. season record
INTERCEPTIONS
1989
1988
1988
AU Football
LONGEST LOSING STREAK:
S:
vs. Taylor
vs. Dubuque
(also had 29 ints. in 1989)
3-6 record
LONGEST WIN STREAK:
MOST POINTS ALLOWED:
G:
S:
9-1 record
4
1986
MOST SHUTOUTS:
S:
4
2001
AU Honors & Awards
National Weekly Football Gazette
All-America Team
2001
2000
1999
1996
1995
1992
Kip Daniels
Jeremy Benson
Jeremy Benson
Drew Avery
Drew Avery
Chris Ferko
DB
DL
DL
DB
DB
LB
1992
1992
1992
1992
1992
1989
Randy Haehnel
Derek Tieman
Rod Stinson
Jim Murchak
Don Brummel
Brian Fetterolf
OT
RB
KR
C
DL
DB
1st team
2nd team
1st team
3rd team
3rd team
1st team;
MVP LB/DB
1st team
S.M.
S.M.
H.M.
H.M.
1st team
TEAM MVPs
Drew Avery
Brian Fetterolf
NCAA Division III Champion Products
All-America Team
1992
1992
1990
1991
Chris Ferko
Randy Haehnel
Rod Stinson
Fred Schuldes
LB
OT
KR
LB
2nd team
3rd team
2nd team
H.M.
NCAA Division III Pizza Hut
All-America Team
1989
1989
1988
1988
Brian Fetterolf
Troy Hendrix
Brian Fetterolf
Joe Nauman
DB
TE
DB
LB
1996
1996
1996
Drew Avery
Jason Stransky
Brandon Kopf
DB
LB
DB
1st team
1st team
2nd team
OL
DB
DL
DB
2nd team
1st team
3rd team
H.M.
D3Football.com
All-America Team
2002
2001
2000
1999
Bryan Megli
Kip Daniels
Jeremy Benson
Marc Anderson
DEFENSIVE MVPs
2002 - Jon Ingram (LB)
2001 - Kip Daniels (DB)
2000 - Jason Nawracaj (LB)
Jeremy Benson (DT)
1999 - Jeremy Benson (DT)
1998 - Matt Deegan (DB)
1997- Jason Stransky (LB)
1996- Jason Stransky (LB)
1995- Jeff Ruppert (LB)
1994- Kevin Norwood (DE)
1993- Brad Delphey (DE)
1992- Chris Ferko (LB)
1991- Fred Schuldes (LB)
1990- Fred Schuldes (LB)
1989- Brian Fetterolf (DB)
1988- Joe Nauman (LB)
1987- Joe Nauman (LB)
OFFENSIVE MVPs
Randy Haehnel
1st team
H.M
2nd team
H.M.
College Sports Chicago magazine
All-Chicagoland Team
2002 - Bryon Megli (OL)
2001 - Kip Daniels (DB)
2000 - Jeremy Benson (DT)
1999 - Chris Pfalzgraf (QB)
1998 - Matt Deegan (DB)
1997- Jason Stransky (LB)
1996- Jason Stransky (LB)
1995- Jeff Ruppert (LB)
1994- Dan Dixon (RB)
1993- Derek Avery (QB)
1992- Chris Ferko (LB)
1991- Fred Schuldes (LB)
1990- Rod Stinson (DB/KR)
1989- Brian Fetterolf (DB)
1988- Joe Nauman (LB)
1987- Keith Russ (LB)
Joe Nauman
2002 - Bryon Megli (OL)
2001 - Paulie Forsythe (WR)
2000 - Mylon Jones (RB)
1999 - Chris Pfalzgraf (QB)
1998 - Chris Kurowski (OL)
1997- Brett Runkle (RB)
1996- Ross Draper (WR) &
Rick Natividad (WR)
1995- Andy Silvestri (WR)
1994- Dan Dixon (RB)
1993- Chad Robertson (WR)&
Andy Silvestri (WR)
1992- Randy Haehnel (OT) &
Derek Tieman (RB)
1991- Scott Denny (OL)
1990- Ron Griffin (TB)
1989- Ron Griffin (TB)
1988- Ron Griffin (TB)
1987- Ron Griffin (TB)
1986- Tim Betustak (FB)
Hewlett Packard Division II
All-America Team
2002
2001
2001
2000
1999
Bryan Megli
Kip Daniels
Bryan Megli
Jeremy Benson
Jeremy Benson
OL
DB
OL
DL
DL
3rd team
1st team
H.M.
1st team
1st team
AvoGrower Consensus
All AmericaTeam
2001
Kip Daniels
DB
2nd team
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Coach/Contact
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President
Currently in her fourth year as Aurora
University president, Dr. Sherrick is a
true Spartan booster and often attends
athletic events. She earned her BA from
Illinois Wesleyan and PhD from
Northwestern University.
Dr. Andrew Manion
Provost
Previously Dean of the University College
of Arts and Sciences, 1998-2000. Dr.
Manion earned his bachelor’s degree
from Saint Norbert College and his
doctorate in experimental psychology
from Adelphi University.
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Assistant Provost
for Student Life
Moser assumed duties as assistant
provost in July, 2003. He has a BA from
North Central College and a Master of
Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical
Theological Seminary.
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Director of Athletics
Walsh assumed duties as director of
athletics in 1998. He earned both his
bachelor’s and master’s degrees from
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to Aurora University to reflect the growth of curricular offerings
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2003 Football Schedule
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Sept. 13, Sa
Sept. 20, Sa
Sept. 27, Sa
Oct. 4, Sa
Oct. 11, Sa
Oct. 18, Sa
Oct. 25, Sa
Nov. 1, Sa
Nov. 8, Sa
Nov.15, Sa
Opponent
Trinity International Univ.
MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY
Concordia (WI) University*
Benedictine University*
CONCORDIA (IL) UNIVERSITY*
(Homecoming Game)
Eureka College*
Lakeland College*
MACMURRAY COLLEGE*
GREENVILLE COLLEGE*
VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY
Time
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1:30 pm
1:30 pm
1:30 pm
1:30 pm
Site
Deerfield, IL
Aurora
Mequon, WI
Lisle, IL
Aurora
1:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:00 pm
1:00 pm
1:00 pm
Eureka, IL
Sheboygan, WI
Aurora
Aurora
Aurora
Aurora University
“Spartans”
2004 Football Schedule
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Sept. 4, Sa
Sept. 11, Sa
Sept. 18, Sa
Sept. 25, Sa
Oct. 2, Sa
Oct. 9, Sa
Oct. 16, Sa
Oct. 23, Sa
Oct. 30, Sa
Nov. 6, Sa
Nov.13, Sa
Opponent
Cornell College
Open Date
Alma College
Greenville College*
Concordia (WI) University*
Benedictine University*
Concordia (IL) University*
Eureka College*
Lakeland College*
MacMurray College*
Valparaiso University
Time
1:00 pm
Site
Mt. Vernon, IA
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1:30 pm
1:30 pm
1:30 pm
1:30 pm
1:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:00 pm
12:30 pm
Aurora
Greenville, IL
Aurora
Aurora
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Aurora
Jacksonville, IL
Valparaiso, IN
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