2004 Football Athletes of the Week
November 8, 2004-November 14, 2004
Offense: Nels Fredrickson, Quarterback, Sr., Burnsville, MN
Fredrickson led Eau Claire to a 31-19 victory over Oshkosh in his final game as a Blugold. He finished the day 23-for-37 for 305 yards and two touchdowns while spreading the ball around to seven different receivers. His 305 yards pushed his season total to 2,022, giving him more than 2,000 passing yards for the second consecutive season. He finished the season with 15 touchdowns, giving him 33 in the last two seasons. For his career, Fredrickson finished with 5,816 passing yards, third most in Eau Claire school history. His 45 career touchdown passes is also third all-time, just two back of second place.
Defense: Nate Jahn, Defensive End, Fr., Alma Center (Lincoln)
Jahn capped off an impressive debut season as he helped the Blugolds to a 31-19 victory over Oshkosh. The 230-pound defensive end racked up 10 tackles (five solo), one and a half for a loss, while also tallying one sack and forcing a fumble. He anchored the defensive line that limited Oshkosh to just 134 yards rushing after coming into the game averaging 204 rushing yards per contest.
Special Teams: Jesse Krzyzanowski, QB/Holder, Jr., Thorp
Krzyzanowski played an important role in Eau Claire's 31-19 win over Oshkosh from the holder position. On a 43-yard field goal attempt, Krzyzanowski picked up the ball on a fake and lobbed it 26-yards to tight end Don Kahl for a touchdown. The score gave the Blugolds some breathing room with a 21-13 advantage and Eau Claire never looked back. The pass was just the second of the year for Krzyzanowski, with the first also resulting in a touchdown. He finished the year two-of-two for 43 yards and two touchdowns, a pass efficiency rating of 610.60.
October 25, 2004-October 31, 2004
Offense: Nels Fredrickson, Sr., Burnsville, MN
Fredrickson had a great game in a tough 20-17 loss to UW-Platteville on the last play of the game. Fredrickson finished the game 22-of-32 for 204 yards and two touchdowns. The senior quarterback spread the ball out to six different receivers.
Defense: Dave Maas, Sr., Waunakee
Maas helped limit the Pioneers to 55 yards rushing on 21 attempts, a mere 2.6 yard average per carry. He also finished the game with two solo tackles and one assist.
October 18, 2004-October 24, 2004
Offense: Eddy Kaiser, TB, Jr., Duluth, MN (East)
Kaiser had a career-high in rushing yards this weekend as the Blugolds topped Gustavus 30-14. The junior tailback finished with a career-high 131 yards on 20 carries. Kaiser averaged 6.6 yards per carry in helping the Blugolds mount 293 yards rushing on the day. As a result of the strong ground game, Eau Claire posted 35 minutes of time of possession against the Gusties' 25.
Defense: Jared Roeker, ILB, Jr., Mauston
Roeker played a big role in the Blugolds' 30-14 win over Gustavus, as he and the Eau Claire defense limited the Gusties to just 41 rushing yards and 284 total yards in the game. Roeker finished the game with seven tackles (three solo) while also breaking up a pass.
Special Teams: Andy Schneider, K, Jr., Green Bay (Ashwaubenon)
Schneider drilled three field goals in three attempts and was also three-of-three on point-after attempts in Eau Claire's 30-14 win over Gustavus. The junior kicker was responsible for 12 of Eau Claire's points. Schneider opened the scoring with a 23-yard field goal in the first quarter and made his second attempt, a 25-yarder, in the third quarter to give the Blugolds a 20-14 lead. He hit his third try, a 39-yarder, early in the fourth quarter to give Eau Claire some breathing room with a 23-14 lead.
October 11, 2004-October 17, 2004
Offense: Devon Disrude, Center, Sr., Milton
Disrude anchored the Blugold offensive line as they controlled the ball in the second half in a huge 20-10 win over No. 3 La Crosse. Eau Claire limited the Eagles to just 11:43 time of possession in the second half as the Blugolds scored three times in the second half to turn a 10-0 deficit into a 20-10 win. The Eau Claire offensive line paved the way for 107 Blugold rushing yards on the game.
Defense: Derek Sikora, CB, Jr., Neillsville
Sikora had a huge game defensively in leading Eau Claire to a 10-point victory over No. 3 La Crosse. The junior Blugold tallied 13 total tackles, 1.5 for a loss, while also recovering two Eagle fumbles and recording a sack for a 10-yard loss. Sikora helped the Blugolds force four second-half turnovers, leading the way to 20 points in the second half and a 20-10 Eau Claire win.
Special Teams: Mitch Schaeuble, Punter, Fr., Wrightstown
Schaeuble played a big role in the field position game as the Blugolds upended No. 3 La Crosse 20-10 in La Crosse. The freshman punter booted seven balls on the day, averaging 40.4 yards per kick and pinning the Eagles inside their own 20 three different times. Eau Claire was able to capitalize, forcing four turnovers in the second half and playing with a short field all day thanks to the Blugold punter.
October 4, 2004-October 10, 2004
Offense: Matt Evensen, WR, Jr., Junction City (Auburndale)
Evensen had a huge game in the Blugolds 28-27 victory over #15 Stevens Point as he caught seven passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. He was one of three Eau Claire receivers to catch for more than 100 yards on the day. Evensen scored the Blugolds fourth and final touchdown of the game as he grabbed a six-yard touchdown pass from Nels Fredrickson late in the third quarter.
Defense: Brent Weber, CB, So., Rice Lake
Weber played tough coverage all game in the Blugolds victory over Stevens Point, who came into the game first in the conference in passing offense. Weber finished the game with six solo tackles and one assist, while also breaking up two passes. He did a good job of limiting the Pointers to very few yards after the catch, laying big hits on opposing wideouts during the game.
Special Teams: Tony Hull, Fr., Blaine, MN (Spring Lake Park)
Hull made two tackles on the coverage team in the Blugolds 28-27 win over Stevens Point on Saturday. He helped limit the Pointers to just 3.5 yards per punt return and 16.4 yards per kickoff return. Offensively, Hull also caught six passes for 107 yards.
September 27, 2004-October 3, 2004
Offense: Joe Gast, Running Back, Jr., Waconia, Minn.
Gast had a huge day on Saturday as the Blugolds routed River Falls 37-15 at Carson Park. The junior tailback ran 30 times for 135 yards and four touchdowns as the Blugolds won the time of possession battle over the run-savvy Falcons. Gast helped the Blugolds to 205 rushing yards, 25 more than River Falls. With the four scores, Gast now leads the WIAC with seven touchdowns.
Defense: Mike Lansing, Inside Linebacker, Sr., Janesville (Craig)
Lansing had a phenomenal game in a 37-15 victory over River Falls on Saturday. The senior linebacker limited the Falcons to just 180 yards rushing, more than 100 yards less than their season average. Lansing finished the game with nine tackles, six of them solo tackles, while also recording a tackle for a loss.
Special Teams: Brent Tieri, Safety, Jr. Buffalo, MN (Rockford)
Tieri played a big role in helping Eau Claire finish off River Falls on Saturday as he forced a fumble on a kickoff, giving the Blugolds excellent field position and setting up Eau Claire's final score of the game. Tieri also recorded eight tackles and a fumble recovery in Saturday's 37-15 victory over the Falcons.
September 20, 2004-September 26, 2004
Defense: Dan Rogney, OLB, So., Auburndale
Rogney did his best to keep the Blugolds in the game in a tight 12-7 loss to #21 Whitewater as he helped limit the Warhawks to just 73 passing yards on the day. The sophomore linebacker recorded two solo tackles in the game despite a losing effort.
Special Teams: Derek Sikora, CB, Jr., Neilsville
Sikora played a big role on special teams in the Blugolds' 12-7 loss to Whitewater as he returned five punts back for a total of 41 yards. Sikora also took a point-after away from the Warhawks as he blocked the kick after Whitewater's second quarter touchdown.
September 6, 2004-September 12, 2004
Offense: Nels Fredrickson, Quarterback, Sr., Burnsville, Minnesota
Fredrickson led the Blugolds to a 28-7 win over Illinois Wesleyan in the first ever match up between the two teams. The senior quarterback connected on 20-of-30 pass attempts for 219 yards and one touchdown. Fredrickson gave the Blugolds a 21-7 lead at the end of the first half when he connected with Matt Evensen for a 31-yard touchdown pass. The win moved Eau Claire to 2-0 heading into an off-week.
Defense: Derek Sikora, Cornerback, Jr., Neilsville
Sikora made several key stops in the Blugolds 28-7 victory over the Illinios Wesleyan Titans as he recorded nine solo tackles and two assists for a total of 11 tackles. The amount led the team while Sikora also broke up one Titan pass. Sikora's quick stops held the Titans to just a five yard average per pass completion.
Special Teams: Mitch Schaeuble, Punter, Fr., Wrightstown
Schaeuble did an excellent job of pinning Illinois Wesleyan deep in the Blugolds victory over the Titans Saturday afternoon. The true freshman punted six times for a total of 250 yards, an average of 41.7 yards per punt. Schaeuble pinned the Titans inside the 20 yard line once and also pounded a 50+ yard punt one time.
August 30, 2004-September 5, 2004
Offense: Brandon Basken, Offensive Line, Jr., Manitowoc (Lincoln)
Basken anchored the Blugold offensive line that paved the way for 212 Eau Claire rushing yards in a thrilling 30-28 win over defending national champion St. John's on Saturday. The Johnnies came into the game ranked in the top four in all five major preseason polls. Basken and the rest of the offensive line won the war in the trenches, opening holes all afternoon for the Eau Claire tailbacks. The Johnnies allowed just 98.6 rushing yards per game last season while allowing 212 on Saturday.
Defense: Brent Crank, Defensive End, Sr., Cadott
Crank was a defensive force all game in the Blugolds win over St. John's on Saturday. Crank powered through the Johnnie's offensive lineman to record two sacks on the day for a loss of 11 yards. Crank totaled three tackles on the day and broke up one pass, causing chaos in the Johnnie backfield all afternoon long.
Special Teams: Jesse Kryzanowski, Jr., Thorp
Kryzanowski turned a botched Blugold field goal attempt into a touchdown when he fielded a bad snap and found tight end Don Kahl in the endzone for a 17-yard touchdown pass. The play helped the Blugolds top defending national champion St. John's 30-28. Kryzanowski threw a beautiful pump fake to keep the Johnnie lineman off-guard and then hooked up with Kahl to give Eau Claire a 23-7 lead at the half.