Greg Lane, Gustavus

Chaska, Minn. / Chaska
Week of: 2009-11-16

Gustavus Adolphus College junior kick returner Greg Lane (Chaska, Minn.) returned a kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown with 39 seconds remaining in regulation to help the Gusties stun Concordia 20-19 in Moorhead on Saturday. The Cobbers made a field goal with 54 seconds remaining to increase their lead to 19-13 and then on the ensuing kickoff Lane caught the ball at the Gustavus 14-yard line, broke one tackle and received several key blocks as he sprinted up the sidelines for the touchdown. Lane returned three kicks for 123 yards in the game. It was the second time he has returned a kickoff for a touchdown in his career. Lane finished third in the MIAC in kick return average this season at 28.2 yards per return (13 returns for 366 yards).

John Broback, Hamline

Apple Valley, Minn. / Apple Valley
Week of: 2009-11-09

Hamline University sophomore punter John Broback (Apple Valley, Minn.) had another great week for the Pipers' special teams, averaging 48 yards a punt on three punts (total of 144 yards). He twice pinned the Scots inside the 20, including a long of 61.

Fritz Waldvogel, St. Thomas

Mendota Heights, Minn. / St. Thomas Academy
Week of: 2009-11-02

University of St. Thomas sophomore kick returner/wide receiver Fritz Waldvogel (Mendota Heights, Minn./St. Thomas Academy) returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown for the second game in a row to start the Toms en route to their 42-3 win over Augsburg. After last week's 74-yard TD against Carleton, the sophomore dashed 87 yards to the end zone on Saturday's first play. The MIAC had gone 171 games without an opening kickoff returned for a TD before last week's score. Waldvogel now has seven kickoff or punt returns of 55 yards or longer in his last 12 games, including five for touchdowns. He finished the game with two TDs and 188 all-purpose yards, including six receptions for 71 yards. He ranks among the Division III elite as he's averaging 32.9 yards on kickoff returns and 14.9 yards on punt returns. His four return touchdowns lead Division III.

John Broback, Hamline

Apple Valley, Minn. / Apple Valley
Week of: 2009-11-02

Hamline University sophomore punter John Broback (Apple Valley, Minn.) was instrumental in pinning the Knights deep several times during the Piper's 34-17 win over Carleton. Broback had a 77-yard punt that pinned the Knights on their own two-yard line in the third quarter. The Pipers were able to force a fumble inside the five following that set-up by Broback, and scored a touchdown on their first offensive snap after that fumble recovery. The 77-yard punt was just two yards shy of the Hamline record. Broback averaged 49.8 yards a punt on four punts and pinned the Knights inside the 20 twice with two 50+ yard punts (77, 61). Broback also had a 43-yard free kick following Carleton's safety in the first quarter.

Russell Gliadon, Saint John's

Fridley, Minn. / Fridley
Week of: 2009-10-26

Saint John's University senior kicker/punter Russell Gliadon (Fridley, Minn.) made a school-record 52-yard field goal to make it 10-3 in favor of Saint John's at the end of the first half on Saturday versus St. Olaf in Collegeville. The #5 ranked Johnnies went on to win by the same score over the Oles. Gliadon's kick broke his own school record of 49 yards which he recorded on October 3 against Bethel.

Joe Welch, Gustavus

Hastings, Minn. / Hastings
Week of: 2009-10-19

Gustavus Adolphus College senior kick returner Joe Welch (Hastings, Minn.) made several game-changing plays against Carleton including an 87-yard kick return for a touchdown to help the Gusties beat the Knights 28-21 on Saturday. On the day, Welch returned three kicks for 145 yards and one touchdown including the 87-yard return, a 45-yard return, and a 13-yard yard return. Welch's 45-yard return in the second quarter gave Gustavus the ball at the Carleton 39-yard line and led to a touchdown five plays later. In the third quarter with Gustavus trailing 21-6, Welch's 87-yard TD return sparked the Gusties to 21 straight points and a thrilling 28-21 come-from-behind victory. Welch's TD return was the third longest in school history. He has made 14 returns this season for 321 yards with an average of 22.9 yards per return. His 87-yard return is the longest in the MIAC this season as well as the only kick returned for a touchdown in MIAC play. 

Brady Beeson, St. Thomas

Burnsville, Minn. / Apple Valley
Week of: 2009-10-12

University of St. Thomas senior kicker Brady Beeson (Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley) was 4-for-4 in PATs and kicked a 31-yard field goal in Saturday's 31-17 win over Concordia. It was the first collegiate field goal for the first-year starter, who began his career at Saint John's. Beeson has converted 25-of-26 PATs in the Tommies' 5-0 start. St. Thomas plays next Saturday at St. John's in a meeting of nationally-ranked, unbeaten teams. UST's seven-game win streak is the fourth longest in Division III.

Russell Gliadon, Saint John's

Fridley, Minn. / Fridley
Week of: 2009-10-05

Saint John's University senior kicker Russell Gliadon (Fridley, Minn.) made a school-record 49-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to give No. 6 SJU a 16-14 win over Bethel last Saturday, Oct. 3. Gliadon missed the potential game-tying extra point with 1:47 remaining and had an earlier field-goal attempt, from 38 yards out, blocked in the first quarter. The 49-yard field goal surpassed the old school record of 47 yards recorded by Mike Schmidt at St. Thomas on Nov. 7, 1981. He had made 17 consecutive extra points this season, and 26 straight since he had an attempt blocked at St. Thomas on Oct. 18 of last year. After his missed extra point, SJU forced a three-and-out, which at one time was a second-and-three, and moved from its own 35 to the Royals' 32-yard line in nine plays with no timeouts. With the clock running, Gliadon hit the game-winning kick from 49 yards out to give SJU its first lead of the game. His previous career-high was 35 yards (vs. Marietta, Ohio; Sept. 1, 2007).

Brady Beeson, St. Thomas

Burnsville, Minn. / Apple Valley
Week of: 2009-09-28

University of St. Thomas senior kicker Brady Beeson (Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley) tied a school record as he converted 9-for-9 PAT kicks in Saturday's 63-10 win over Hamline. His kicking helped UST tie its high single-game point total over the last 95 seasons. The senior, a transfer from Saint John's, had just eight career points entering Saturday. He's now made 16-of-17 PAT kicks in three games with St. Thomas. Only a few MIAC kickers have ever tried and made nine or more PATs in one game. The 15th-ranked Tommies are 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the MIAC and are off to their best start since 1997.

Matt Wetherell, Bethel

Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Glenbard West
Week of: 2009-09-21

Bethel University sophomore kicker Matt Wetherell (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) connected on each of his six point after attempts in Bethel's 42-7 win over Carleton on Saturday. He also averaged 56 yards per kickoff, and forced one touchback. Wetherell is currently 15-17 in point after attempts so far this season as the Royals improved to 2-1 on the season and 1-0 in the MIAC.

Jack Daggett, Saint John's

Hutchinson, Minn. / Hutchinson
Week of: 2009-09-14

Saint John's University sophomore defensive lineman Jack Daggett (Hutchinson, Minn.) blocked an UW-Eau Claire extra-point attempt on Saturday that would have tied the game with 1:39 remaining. Saint John's added another touchdown and held off the Blugolds by a score of 35-27. SJU head coach John Gagliardi noticed Daggett's height (6-7) at the team's film session last Monday. He had Daggett jump in front of the team, liked what he saw, and put him on the field on extra-point attempts for Saturday's game.

Fritz Waldvogel, St. Thomas

Mendota Heights, Minn. / St. Thomas Academy
Week of: 2009-09-08

University of St. Thomas sophomore wide receiver/kick returner Fritz Waldvogel (Mendota Heights, Minn./St. Thomas Academy) returned two first-quarter punts for touchdowns (68, 74 yards) and finished with 180 return yards on three attempts in Saturday's 54-14 Tommie victory over Macalester. Waldvogel had five touches in the game for 213 all-purpose yards as he returned punts 38, 68 and 74 yards, all in the first quarter, and had one rush for 15 yards and one reception for 18 yards. He tied or possibly set an NCAA Division III record for most punt return TDs in one quarter. Waldvogel has had three punt returns for touchdowns in his last five games.