Football 1963 Archive

Overall: 4-5
MIAC: 3-4 (T-4th place)

Season Review

Coach Don Roberts, in his third year as head coach of the Golden Gusties, had much to raise his hopes for a successful season. Topping the list of good prospects was the return of sixteen lettermen. A starting front line with an average weight of 215 pounds and a backfield averaging 185 pounds provided a powerful Gustie defense. Such stalwarts as Jim Welte, John Rudolph, Don Fogal, Dick Rohloff, Earl Gray, and Rog Hanson were not about to lett opposing lines push them around the field. Add to these men others such as Dennis Smith, Ron Severson, Bill Bierman, Jeff Hanson, John Martens, and Kent Rosenblum, and the defense developed into one to be seriously reckoned with by all Gustie opponents. The defense was the biggest asset of the team all season.

A last minute goal by Tom Harmon found the Gusties on top of a hard fought defensive battle against Augustana. Macalester fell to the side by yielding 13-0. An all-out effort before the Homecoming crowd provided a happy 35-8 rout over St. Thomas. The remainder of the season did not improve the Gustie record. The Gusties fell unwillingly to St. John’s, UMD, and Youngstown to end the schedule.

Captains Jim Welte and Ron Severson led the team in a hard fought fight for a tie for fourth in the MIAC. All-conference honors went to senior Ron Severson and sophomore John Rudolph. Both displayed outstanding abiliity through the season. Coach Lee Krough had many fine freshmen with which to work. Many freshmen saw varsity action and would determine the outcome of the 1964 season.

1963 MIAC Final Standings
Team W L T
St. John’s 7 0 0
Concordia 6 1 0
Augsburg 4 3 0
GUSTAVUS 3 4 0
Hamline 3 4 0
St. Thomas 3 4 0
UM-Duluth 2 5 0
Macalester 0 7 0
1963 Final Results (4-5-0, 3-4-0)
GA Opponent
3 Augustana 0
13 Macalester 0
15 Augsburg 14
7 St. John’s 34
7 Hamline 14
35 St. Thomas 8
7 UM-Duluth 26
0 Concordia 11
7 Youngstown 26
1963 Roster
Number Name Year Position Hometown
John Elmquist
Dick Lofgren
Dave Spilseth
Rick Evans FR HB Robbinsdale, Minn.
Bob Burmaster
Chuck Linnerooth SO FB St. Paul, Minn.
Dennis Aguiar FR HB Bemidji, Minn.
Bob Appleton FR HB St. Paul, Minn.
Jeff Haines
Dick Moehring
Dave Moody
Ron Erickson JR QB Hastings, Minn.
John Rudolph SO Guard St. Paul, Minn.
Dennis Smith SR Guard Park Rapids, Minn.
John Martens SR HB St. Peter, Minn.
Bill Buckner SR FB Chisago City, Minn.
Kent Rosenblum
Al Molde
Earl Gray SO Guard St. Paul, Minn.
Don Fogal
Steve Hokanson FR QB Robbinsdale, Minn.
Gary Johnson
John Cheleen
Lyle Koivisto
John Jonas
Charlie Edwards SR End St. Paul, Minn.
Dick Rohloff SR FB Annandale, Minn.
Jeff Hanson SR Center Minnetonka-Excelsior, Minn.
Chuck Woodbury
Gunner Viljaste FR End Minneapolis, Minn.
Ron Severson SR End Braham, Minn.
Roger White
Dave Spong SR Tackle Cannon Falls, Minn.
Tom Harmon FR Tackle Edina, Minn.
Bill Bierman SO Center Alexander, Minn.
Jim Schwandt SO FB Sanborn, Minn.
Jim Welte SR Center Big Fort, Minn.
Bill Wright
Head Coach: Don Roberts
Team Statistics
Rushing Gustavus Opponents
Carries
Yards gained rushing
Yards lost rushing
Net yards gained rushing
Ave. per game
TD’s
Passing
Attempts
Completions
Intercepted
Gain
Ave. per game
TD’s
Total Offense
Plays
Gain
Ave. per game
First Downs
Rushing
Passing
Penalty
Total
Scoring
Touchdowns
PAT Kick
PAT Other
Field Goals
Safeties
Total Points
Ave. per game
Penalties
Number
Yards
Fumbles
Number
Lost
Interceptions
Number
Yards
TD’s
Punt Returns
Number
Yards
TD’s
Kickoff Returns
Number
Yards
TD’s
Punting
Number
Yards
Average
Blocked
Scoring/Quarters
First
Second
Third
Fourth
Total
Individual Statistics
Rushing Attempts Gain Loss Net Average
Passing Attempts Completed Interceptions Yards
Scoring TD’s Points PAT Kick Pat Other Field Goals
Pass Receiving Number Yards
Interceptions Number Yards
Punting Number Yards Average Blocked
Punt Returns Number Yards
Kickoff Returns Number Yards