Thomas Schleusener, Gustavus

Thomas Schleusener, Gustavus

Rapid City, S.D. / Stevens

In its recent winning streak, Gustavus' special teams have certainly been "special," thanks in large part to kicker/punter Thomas Schleusener (Rapid City, S.D./Stevens). The Gustie junior continued his tremendous season with a perfect placekicking day and 10 points in a 34-19 win over Carleton Sunday, in addition to a 45.5 yards per punt average in the field-position game. For his performance, Schleusener was named the MIAC Football Special Teams Athlete-of-the-Week for the second week in a row.

Schleusener was a perfect 4-for-4 on PATs and a perfect 2-for-2 on field goals Saturday to score 10 points in the kicking game in Gustavus' latest victory. His two field goals came from 22 and 33 yards out. He was also outstanding as a punter, with a total of 182 yards on four punts for his tremendous 45.5 average. He had a long of 57 yards, two inside the 20 and one touchback. Schleusener's 55 points leads all MIAC kickers, and he's 8-for-13 on field goals and 31-for-34 on PATs this season.

Thanks to Saturday's big win, the Gusties are assured of a winning season overall at 6-3, and will finish at least .500 in conference play with a 4-3 record. Gustavus is a game behind a trio of teams tied for second place at 5-2 in the league. The Gusties conclude their 2013 season Saturday with a trip to Moorhead, Minn., to face No. 24-ranked Concordia (7-2, 5-2 MIAC) in a tough final test. The season finale kicks off on the Cobbers' home field at 1 p.m.

2013 MIAC Football Athletes-of-the-Week

DATE       NAME       SCHOOL       AWARD      
11/18/2013       Anthony Kemper       Carleton       Offense      
        Landon Mathis       Bethel       Defense      
        Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane       Augsburg       Special Teams      
11/11/2013       Jeffrey Dubose       Gustavus       Offense      
        Mitch Heflin       Carleton       Defense      
        Thomas Schleusener       Gustavus       Special Teams      
11/04/2013       Joey Sonnenfeld       Augsburg       Offense      
        Michael Juberian       Augsburg       Defense      
        Thomas Schleusener       Gustavus       Special Teams      
10/28/2013       Griffin Neal       Concordia       Offense      
        Matt Mehlhorn       Bethel       Defense      
        Ben Wagner       Concordia       Special Teams      
10/21/2013       Erik Peterson       Bethel       Offense      
        Seth Mathis       Bethel       Defense      
        Jack Gilliland       St. Thomas       Special Teams      
10/14/2013       Tim Bona       Hamline       Offense      
        Anthony Hill       Hamline       Defense      
        Griffin Toomey       Saint John's       Special Teams      
10/7/2013       Jeffrey Dubose       Gustavus       Offense      
        Josh Treimer       Bethel
        Andrew O'Reilly       Bethel       Special Teams      
9/30/2013       Griffin Neal       Concordia       Offense      
        Zach Dilger       Gustavus       Defense      
        Andrew O'Reilly       Bethel       Special Teams      
9/23/2013       Austin Duncan       Hamline       Offense      
        Nolan Lortz       Saint John's       Defense      
        Bryce Hentges       Concordia       Special Teams      
9/16/2013       Josh Bungum       Saint John's       Offense      
        Josh Treimer       Bethel       Defense      
        Paul Graupner       St. Thomas       Special Teams      
9/9/2013       Griffin Neal Concordia       Offense      

      Josh Estes Carleton       Defense      
        Alexi Johnson       Saint John's         Special Teams