St. John’s vs. Carleton: At a glance

St. John’s (0-4 MIAC, 2-4 overall) vs. Carleton (1-2 MIAC, 3-2 overall)

Game time: 1 p.m. Saturday, Clemens Stadium, Collegeville

Last meeting: St. John’s defeated Carleton 47-14 on Oct. 29, 2011 in Collegeville.

Series: St. John’s leads 29-0

Radio coverage: SJU: WBHR (660 AM, Central Minnesota); WLOL (1330 AM, Twin Cities); KOWZ (1170 AM, Southern Minnesota); C: KQCL (95.9 FM, Northfield and Fairbault areas)

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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

DE - Jake King, Sr. (6-1, 225); NT -Joe Zrust, Fr. (6-0, 305); DT – Nate Blenker, Jr. (6-4, 290); DE – Connor Grill, Sr. (603, 250); OLB – Maze Thompson, So. (6-2, 205); ILB – Andrew Rose, So. (6-2, 210); ILB – Taylor Dammermann, Sr. (6-1, 210); CB – Bobby Fischer, Sr. (5-11, 180); CB – Trevor Warner, Fr. (6-0, 175); FS – Alex Powell, Sr. (5-10, 170); SS – Darryl Williams, Jr. (6-1, 195).

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); Mitch Hendricks, Fr. (6-0, 170).

Top rusher: Steve Johnson 77 carries, 259 yards, 3.4 yards per carry, 2 touchdowns

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

Top receiver (yardage and receptions): Josh Bungum 28 receptions, 357 yards, 12.8 yards per catch, 3 touchdowns

Top tackler: Taylor Dammermann 36 solo tackles, 33 assists, 4 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, no interceptions

Carleton at a glance

Starters on offense

QB – Conor Lynch, Jr. (6-2, 206); RB – Jordan Butler, Sr. (5-9, 190); RB – Andy Zweber, Sr. (5-11, 205); TE – Brian Frett, Jr. (6-4, 246); WR – Chase Gottschalk, Jr. (6-0, 191); WR – C.J. Dale, Sr. (6-3, 197); LT – Eric Wittenburg, So. (5-10, 251); LG – Ames Bryant, So. (5-10, 251); C – Pete McNeely, Sr. (6-0, 272); RG – Andrew Schneider-Adams, Sr. (6-1, 253); RT – Jake Reardon, Sr. (6-1, 251)

Starters on defense

DE – Jonathan Rowe, Jr. (6-2, 210); NT – Andrew Wolter, Sr. (6-2, 279); DT – Caleb Hyde, Sr. (6-2, 250); DE – Keenan Hartert, Sr. (5-10, 231); OLB – Dan Cook, So. (5-10, 186); MLB – Zach Heinrich, So. (6-0, 212); OLB – Luke Reppe, So. (6-4, 215); CB 1 Paul Hoffer, Sr. (5-10, 188); CB – Ben Nicla, Fr. (5-9, 158);  FS 25 Mike Elder, Sr. (5-10, 185); SS 38 Nick Herringer, Jr. (5-11, 186)

Specialists

K -Kyle Kasten, So. (5-11, 177); P – Nathan Potter, Fr. (6-0, 187); Long snapper – Dane Christensen, So. (6-5, 260); Holder – Chase Gottschalk, Jr. (6-0, 191); Kickoff returns – Paul Hoffer, Sr. (5-10, 188), Mike Elder, Sr. (5-10, 185); Punt returns – Mike Elder, Sr. (5-10, 185)

Top rusher: John Baker 58 attempts, 189 yards, 3.3 yards per carry, no touchdowns

Top passer: Connor Lynch 51-90-2 interceptions, 577 yards, 4 touchdowns

Top receiver (receptions): Anthony Kemper 16 receptions, 224 yards, 14 yards per catch, 2 touchdowns; (yardage): Chase Gottschalk 11 receptions, 249 yards, 22.6 yards per catch, 2 touchdowns

Top tacklers: Mike Elder 36 solo tackles, 23 assists, 1.5 tackles for a loss, no sacks, no interceptions

Game notes

* The Johnnies’ current four-game losing streak is the longest in a single season at the school since 1930, and the team’s 0-4 start in MIAC play is the worst start in the conference since 1929.

* St. John’s senior Max Forster has started all season at cornerback, though he moved to free safety against Augsburg last week. He has also been a key part of the team’s passing game, but he broke his foot on the second play last week. The injury will sideline him for 4-6 weeks, ending his season. And junior safety Dylan Graves suffered a concussion last week and is expected to miss today’s game.

Senior Alex Powell is expected to start at free safety, though classmate Kevin Wenner could also see time. And junior Darryl Williams is expected to start at strong safety with senior Ian Goldsmith also rotating in. Fischer and freshman Trevor Warner, who made his first collegiate start against the Auggies, will start at cornerback.

Sophomore Andrew Rose is expected to return to the starting lineup for the Johnnies at inside linebacker, but he will rotate with senior John Gans. Sophomore Bruce London and freshman Drake Matuska could also see time.

* The St. John’s offense will again be led by freshman Nick Martin, making his second straight start in place of injured junior Connor Bruns, who seperated his right throwing shoulder in a loss at Concordia on Sept. 22.

Senior Wade Powers is again expected to start at tight end where senior starter Taylor Freetly was lost for the season to a fractured collarbone two weeks ago. And junior Ryan Hanes again starts at right guard where sophomore starter Ben Kuhr was lost for the season to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a loss to St. Thomas on Sept. 15.

* Carleton interim head coach Bob Pagel said his team is expected to get back junior tight end Brian Frett(6-4, 246), who had missed time due to a concussion. Junior cornerback C.J. James is also expected to miss today’s game due to injury meaning freshman Ben Nicla (5-9, 158) would start in his place.

* The Knights offense is run by offensive coordinator Dick Tressel. Tressel was a head coach at Hamline for 23 seasons and spent the past 11 years at Ohio State on the staff of his brother, former Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel.

* St. John’s senior running back Harry Awe, who has missed the past four games because of an academic issue, is eligible. He could see some playing time.

* Opponents have gained 33 yards or more on their opening play from scrimmage against the Johnnies the past four weeks. St. John’s has also allowed a touchdown in the final 30 seconds of the first half in four-straight games.

* Johnnies junior Jake Essler leads the MIAC with an average of 21.9 yards per punt return. Martin ranks second in the conference with an average of 40.6 yards per kick as the team’s punter.

* St. John’s has scored 30 points or more in 12 of its past 13 meetings with Carleton in Collegeville. The Johnnies have outscored the Knights 586-148 over those contests.

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