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2014 Season Preview

August 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm

The Carleton College football team is coming off its best season in five years, and a young squad will be looking to continue that momentum in 2014.

 

Video interview with Eric Wittenburg and head coach Bob Pagel

 

MIAC Football preview and coaches’ poll

(courtesy of Matt Higgins, MIAC)

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Head Coach
• Bob Pagel (third season)

A Year Ago
• 3-5 MIAC (6th place) | 5-5 Overall

Season Opener
Sept. 6 – at Macalester College

Other Dates to Circle on the Calendar
• Sept 13 — For the home opener this year, the Knights face Knox College. The teams will meet on the gridiron for the first time since 1982, Carleton’s last year in the Midwest Conference
• Sept 27 — Carleton takes on defending MIAC champion Bethel University, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Playoffs
• Oct. 18 — For Homecoming this year, the Knights host rival St. Olaf College in the battle for the famed Goat Trophy

Live Broadcasts
Knights Online will once again provide live video broadcasts all home football games. Most webcasts will be available in high definition. Additionally, live audio will be available for the five road games. All 10 games can be heard on 95.9 FM KQCL in the Northfield/Faribault area

2014 Roster
• 58 players / 34 returners
• 10 returning starters (3 offense, 5 defense, 2 special teams)

Keep an Eye On…
• Dan Cook (Linebacker, Sr. | paced squad with 3 interceptions, 2nd on team with 8.1 tackles per game)
• Alex Polk (Safety, Sr. | 3rd on team a year ago with 8.0 tackles per game)
• Chris Madden (Running Back, Soph. | 2nd on team in rushing [340 yards], receptions [36], and all-purpose yards [797])

By the Numbers
• 6: Carleton will have new starters at all six “skill positions” on offense after graduating its top quarterback (Conor Lynch – 2122 yards, 16 TDs), top running back (John Baker – 534 yards, 11 TDs), top tight end (Brian Frett – All-MIAC Second Team), and its three top receivers (Anthony Kemper – 982 yards, 9 TDs; Chase Gottschalk – 468 yards, 5 TDs; and Ted Lozier 9.6 yards per reception)
• .833: Carleton ranked second in the MIAC by scoring on 83 percent of its red zone drives in 2013
• .889: Over the last nine seasons, Carleton has gone 16-2 in non-conference games for an .889 winning percentage.

Did You Know?
• In last year’s season finale vs. Augsburg, the Knights erased a 17-point deficit midway though the fourth quarter and rallied for a 49-45 victory. The win gave Carleton its highest win total since falling a win short of the MIAC title in 2008.

Off the Field
• For the last three years, the Knights football squad organized and volunteered for the local Meals on Wheels program by taking time out of their day to deliver meals to Northfield community members.