St. John’s at Augsburg: At a glance

St. John’s (0-3 MIAC, 2-3 overall) at Augsburg (2-1 MIAC, 3-1 overall)

Game time: 1 p.m. Saturday, Edor Nelson Field, Minneapolis

Last meeting: Augsburg defeated St. John’s 32-32 on Sept. 24, 2011 in Collegeville.

Series: St. John’s leads 63-8-2

Radio coverage: SJU: WBHR (660 AM, Central Minnesota); WLOL (1330 AM, Twin Cities); KOWZ (1170 AM, Southern Minnesota); A: Webcast available online at athletics.augsburg.edu.

(Check out the full game preview story in Saturday’s online and print editions of the St. Cloud Times. For live game coverage, check out the live coverage link at www.sctimes.com or follow Frank Rajkowski at @rajko1973 on Twitter)

St. John’s at a glance

Starters on offense

WR – Rob Voshell, So. (6-1, 190); LT – Pete Schwarz, Jr. (6-4, 290); LG – Alex Jarosz, So. (6-4, 290); C – Kevin Battis, Jr. (6-1, 280); RG – Ryan Hanes, Sr. (6-2, 290); RT – Jack Hedlund, Jr. (6-3, 280); TE – Wade Powers, Sr. (6-5, 245); WR – Josh Bungum, Fr. (5-9, 160); QB – Nick Martin, Fr. (6-3, 185); RB – Nick Schneider, Jr. (6-0, 225); RB – Steve Johnson, Sr. (6-0, 195)

Starters on defense

DT - Jake King, Sr. (6-1, 225); NG -Joe Donner, Sr. (6-0, 250); DT – Connor Grill, Sr. (603, 250); OLB – Darryl Williams, Jr. (6-1, 195); OLB – Maze Thompson, So. (6-2, 205); ILB – Ricky Davis, Jr. (5-8, 275); ILB – Taylor Dammermann, Sr. (6-1, 210); CB – Bobby Fischer, Sr. (5-11, 180); CB – Trevor Warner, Fr. (6-0, 175); FS – Max Forster, Sr. (6-3, 205); SS – Dylan Graves, Jr. (6-2, 190).

Specialists

K – Jimmie Mattson, Sr. (6-2, 210); P – Nick Martin, Fr. (6-3, 185); Long snapper – Scott Ramey, Sr. (6-1, 215); Holder – John Ries, Sr. (6-2, 200); Kickoff returns - Jake Essler, Jr. (5-9, 175), Peter Vakulskas, Fr. (5-11, 195); Punt returns – Jake Essler, Jr. (5-9, 175); Rob Voshell, So. (6-1, 190).

Top rusher: Steve Johnson 63 carries, 210 yards, 3.3 yards per carry, 2 touchdowns

Top passer: Connor Bruns 67-114-6 interceptions, 907 yards, 6 touchdowns

Top receiver (yardage and receptions): Josh Bungum 25 receptions, 344 yards, 13.8 yards per catch, 2 touchdowns

Top tackler: Taylor Dammermann 31 solo tackles, 29 assists, 4 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, no interceptions

Augsburg at a glance

Starters on offense

QB -Ayrton Scott, Fr. (5-11, 201); RB – Waylon Hartwick, Sr. (5-9, 210); TE – Adam Carl, Jr. (6-1, 218); WR – Wesley Waytashek, Sr. (5-9, 170); WR – Jerise Washington, So. (6-2, 199); LT – Eric Dooley, Jr. (6-0, 251); LG – Zach Swingen, Fr. (6-1, 263); C – Chad Thompson, Jr. (6-4, 262); RG – Jake Gagne, Sr. (6-3, 279); RT – Brian Rud, Sr. (6-2, 261); WR – Tyler Swanson, Jr. (6-4, 205)

Starters on defense

DE – Chris DeVet, So. (6-3, 235); DT – Sean Crayne Sr. (6-0, 245); DT – Lincoln Buege, Jr. (6-1, 269); DE – Aaron Perry, Sr. (6-3, 254); OLB – Bryce Nelson, Fr. (6-1, 210); MLB – Bryce Vee, Sr. (6-0, 212); OLB – Felix Coleman, So. (6-1, 183); CB – Brandon Hunter, So. (5-10, 173); CB – Paye Tengben, Jr. (5-11, 170); FS – Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane, Jr. (6-2, 216); SS – Kaleb Williams, Sr. (5-10, 180)

Specialists

K – Wesley Waytashek, Sr. (5-9, 170); P – Chris Elbert, Sr. (5-9, 210); Long snapper – Adam Carl, Jr. (6-1, 218); Holder – Tim Lund, Sr. (6-1, 192); Kickoff returns - Erickson Saye, Fr. (5-8, 209); Phil Putratz, Jr. (5-9, 200); Punt returns – Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane, Jr. (6-2, 216); Brandon Hunter, So. (5-10, 173)

Top rusher: Ayrton Scott 81 attempts, 608 yards, 7.5 yards per carry, 3 touchdowns

Top passer: Ayrton Scott 71-119-4 interceptions, 821 yards, 13 touchdowns

Top receiver (receptions and yardage): Adam Carl 26 receptions, 261 yards, 10 yards per game, 6 touchdowns

Top tacklers: Bryce Vee 7 solo tackles, 33 assists, 2.0 tackles for a loss, 0.5 sacks, no interceptions

Game notes

* St. John’s is likely to switch some things up defensively after giving up 401 yards of total offense — 389 through the air — in a 38-35 loss to St. Olaf last week. In the secondary, senior Max Forster (6-3, 205) is expected to move from cornerback to free safety. Junior Dylan Graves (6-2, 190) will slide from free to strong safety. And freshman Trevor Warner (6-0, 175) will take Forster’s place at cornerback alongside senior Bobby Fischer (5-11, 185).

Junior Ricky Davis (5-8, 275) and senior John Gans (6-1, 215) are expected to rotate at one inside linebacker spot alongside senior Taylor Dammermann (6-1, 210), though sophomore Andrew Rose (6-2, 205) — who had been starting there — could also see time. Junior Darryl Williams (6-1, 195) will start at one outside linebacker/defensive end spot opposite sophomore Maze Thompson (6-2, 205). On the defensive line, senior Joe Donner (6-0, 250) and freshman Joe Zrust (6-0, 305) will continue to rotate at nose guard with Donner expected to get the start.

* Offensively, freshman Nick Martin (6-3, 185) again gets the start at quarterback in place of injured junior Connor Bruns, who separated a shoulder in a loss at Concordia two weeks ago. Freshman Mitch Hendricks (6-0, 170) could also see time depending on the situation. The team lost senior tight end Taylor Freetly — who had 23 catches for 283 yards — to a fractured collarbone late in last week’s game. Seniors Wade Powers (6-5, 245) and Scott Ramey (6-1, 215) will rotate there today.

* The Augsburg running game took a hit when Tyler Maxwell — who led the team in rushing with 849 yards and 13 touchdowns and was an All-MIAC first team pick despite seeing action in just seven games due to injury last season — did not feel fully recovered this preseason and elected to take the year off. Then the Auggies lost junior Phil Putratz — who had rushed for 259 yards and four touchdowns — for the season with an injury last week. But senior Waylon Hartwick (5-9, 210), who is expected to start today, was the team’s second-leading rusher last season.

* Johnnies junior running back Nick Schneider missed practice time this week with a knee injury, but was back at practice Friday and is expected to play today.

* St. John’s leads the overall series between the two teams 63-8-2. But Augsburg beat St. John’s for the first time since 1997 a year ago when now-junior Tyler Swanson (6-4, 205) hauled in a 32-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Marcus Brumm with no time left on the clock to claim a 32-31 victory at Clemens Stadium. The last time the two teams squared off with St. John’s having already lost three games or more and Augsburg having won three or more was 1973.

* The Johnnies are trying to avoid the first four-game losing streak in a single season at the school since 1930.

* St. John’s has given up plays of 33 yards or more on their opponents’ first play of the game the past three weeks. The first two of those plays — a 33-yard pass against St. Thomas and a 67-yard run against Concordia — led to touchdowns. A 42-yard pass by St. Olaf last week began a drive that ended in a missed field goal. St. John’s has also allowed touchdowns in the final 30 seconds of the first half in each of the past three weeks.

* The last time Augsburg has beaten St. John’s in back-to-back seasons was a three-game winning streak from 1927-29.

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