ST. PAUL, Minn. – Following one of the top defensive seasons in the nation, Carleton College senior safety Mike Elder (San Antonio, Texas/Central Catholic) was named to the All-MIAC football team. He was joined on all-conference second team by wide receiver Chase Gottschalk (Jr./Independence, Minn./Orono). It was the first award for both players.
Elder finished the regular-season with 64 solo tackles, a figure that not only led the MIAC but also ranked first among Division III defensive backs, second among all NCAA defensive backs (across all divisions), and eighth among all D-III players regardless of position.
With 42 assists, Elder concluded his season with 106 total tackles, a figure that again paced all Division III defensive backs. With more than 100 total tackles, he finished fourth overall in the MIAC, ranked fifth among all NCAA defensive backs (across all divisions), and slotted him 21st among all D-III players.
Elder’s campaign included an 18-tackle performance at Saint John’s on Oct. 13 tied for the eighth-highest figure in Carleton history. He had 11 unassisted stops that afternoon and earned the conference’s defensive player-of-the-week award as well as selection to the D3football.com national team-of-the-week. Elder also had 14 tackles—including 12 solo stops—against No. 3 St. Thomas on Sept. 29.
Additionally, Elder led the MIAC in kick/punt return yardage and tied for third in the MIAC in fumble recoveries.
On the other side of the ball, Gottschalk paced the Knights in receptions (37), receiving yards (620), and yards per catch (16.8). His overall numbers were among the best in the conference, but Gottschalk’s stats during league play were even more impressive. He ranked second with 549 receiving yards during MIAC games (an average of 68.6 per game) and an average of 17.2 yards per catch.
Gottschalk’s season included a career-high nine receptions against Gustavus Adolphus on Nov. 3, his second career 100+ yard performance. He was effective against some of the top teams in the nation, hauling in touchdown receptions on consecutive weeks against No. 8 Bethel University and No. 3 St. Thomas.
As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC announced the seventh annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for football. Senior cornerback Paul Hoffer (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) was selected by his coaches and teammates as an individual who demonstrates ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.