St. John’s vs. St. Olaf: At a glance

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

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

Last meeting: St. John’s defeated St. Olaf 27-24 on Nov. 5, 2011 in Collegeville.

Series: St. John’s leads 37-13-1

Radio coverage: SJU: WBHR (660 AM, Central Minnesota); WLOL (1330 AM, Twin Cities); KOWZ (1170 AM, Southern Minnesota); SO: KDHL (920 AM) 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 – Taylor Freetly, Sr. (6-6, 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); DT – Nate Blenker, Jr. (6-4, 290); NT – Joe Zrust, Fr. (6-0, 305); DE – Connor Grill, Sr. (6-3, 230); 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 – Max Forster, Sr. (6-3, 205); SS – Ian Goldsmith, Sr. (6-1, 200); FS – 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), Mitch Hendricks (6-0, 170); Punt returns – Jake Essler, Jr. (5-9, 175); Mitch Hendricks, Fr. (6-0, 170)

Top rusher: Steve Johnson 49 carries, 145 yards, 3.0 yards per carry, 2 touchdowns

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

Top receiver (yardage and receptions): Taylor Freetly 23 receptions, 285 yards, 12.4 yards per catch, 1 touchdown 

Top tackler: Taylor Dammermann 28 solo tackles, 21 assists, 3 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, no interceptions

St. Olaf at a glance

Starters on offense

QB – Dan Dobson, Sr. (6-2, 210); RB – Michael Thai, Jr. (5-9, 169); TE – Cody Kragness, Jr. (6-1, 215); WR – Joel Reinhardt, So. (6-0, 175);  WR – Jake Schmiesing, Sr. (6-5, 240; LT – Jack Trautz, Jr. (6-3, 270); LG – Ethan Smith, Sr. (6-1, 282); C – Michael Atherton, Jr. (6-3, 285); RG – Alex Hsu, Jr. (6-2, 275); RT – Michael Yanckello, Jr. (6-3, 250); WR – Stephen Asp, Jr. (6-3, 190)

Starters on defense

DE – Taylor Winbush, Jr. (6-1, 225); DT – Kyle Foster, So. (5-11, 265); DT – Dustin Heiser, Sr. (6-0, 260); DE – Lordson Jonassaint, Sr. (6-2, 246); OLB – Jimmy Gildea, Jr. (6-2, 240); MLB – Colin Brown, So. (6-0, 255); OLB – Joey Alaire, Jr. (6-0, 195); CB – Nick Nazarian, Sr. (6-1, 185); CB – Reggie Woods, Sr. (5-10, 154); FS – Chad Curry, Fr. (6-4, 205); SS – Ben Dobson, Sr. (6-3, 219)

Specialists

K – Lucas Wainman, Fr. (6-0, 215); P – Lucas Wainman, Fr. (6-0, 215); Long snapper – Michael Atherton, Jr. (6-3, 285); Kickoff returns – Joel Reinhardt, So. (6-0, 175), Reggie Woods, Sr. (5-9, 154); Punt returns – Joel Reinhardt, So. (6-0, 175); Reggie Woods, Sr. (5-9, 154)

Top rusher: Michael Thai 64 attempts, 310 yards, 4.8 yards per carry, 4 touchdowns

Top passer: Dan Dobson 71-116-3 interceptions, 792 yards, 6 touchdowns

Top receiver (receptions): Joel Reinhardt 18 receptions, 124 yards, 6.9 yards per catch, 6 touchdowns; (yardage): Stephen Asp 14 receptions, 305 yards, 21.8 yards per catch, 3 touchdowns

Top tacklers: Erick Marigi 17 solo tackles, 19 assists, 2.5 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, no interceptions; Ben Dobson 16 solo tackles, 20 assists, no tackles for a loss, no sacks, 2 interceptions

Game notes

* Freshman Nick Martin (6-3, 185) is expected to get the start today at quarterback for St. John’s in place of injured junior Connor Bruns, who separated his throwing shoulder in a loss to Concordia last week and is expected to miss at least two games. But freshman Mitch Hendricks (6-0, 170) and possibly senior John Ries (6-2, 200) could also see time depending on the situation.

* Senior cornerback Max Forster (6-3, 205) and junior free safety Dylan Graves (6-2, 190) each sprained ankles at Concordia and missed practice time this week. Both are expected to play, but if Graves cannot, Forster would likely move to free safety to take his place.

* Olszewski’s team was without four starters last week due to injury, but he said he hopes three will be ready to play today. Junior wide receiver Derek Henle (5-9, 165) is not expected to play, meaning sophomore Joel Reinhardt (6-0, 175) will likely start in his place. Reinhardt has a team-best 18 catches for 124 yards this season. Freshman center A.J. Miller (6-1, 250) will be a game-time decision. If he cannot play, junior Michael Atherton (6-3, 285) would start in his place.

* The St. John’s offense has rushed for a total of 50 yards the past two games and ranks second-to-last in the MIAC with an average of just 103.8 yards rushing per game. The St. Olaf defense has allowed 608 yards rushing the past two weeks and ranks last in the conference with an average of 212 yards per game allowed.

* St. John’s is hoping to avoid a third-straight Homecoming loss. The last time that happened was a four-game Homecoming losing streak from 1953-56 — Gagliardi’s first four seasons at the school. Nevertheless, the veteran head coach is 48-11 in Homecoming games during his time at the school.

* St. John’s has now lost back-to-back MIAC games for just the fifth time since 1983 — but for the third time in as many seasons. The Johnnies have lost back-to-back conference games only 18 times in the Gagliardi era and 12 of those happened in his first 21 seasons at the school.

* St. John’s leads the overall series between the two schools 37-13-1. St. Olaf’s last win was a 21-19 victory in Northfield in 2004. The Oles last win in Collegeville was a 31-28 victory in 2001. But three of the past four games between the two teams have been decided by seven points or less.

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