When operating at peak levels, the 2023 Concordia Football team showed a flair for offensive fireworks. Led by DJ McGarvie, the Bulldogs set another new offensive standard before completing the season at 5-5.
Thanks to one of the more productive offenses in Concordia University Football history, the 2023 Bulldogs broke significant program records. DJ McGarvie and Austin Jablonski both rose to the top of one or more program lists.
A group of nine Bulldogs from the Concordia Football program earned 2023 All-GPAC honors, as announced by the league on Nov. 15. First team accolades went to receiver Austin Jablonski and defensive lineman Kyle Sterup.
For his performance in the win at Mount Marty, Austin Jablonski was recognized as the GPAC Special Teams Player of the Week. Jablonski returned a kickoff 88 yards while totaling 215 all-purpose yards in the victory.
Efficient offense and an opportunistic defense made Concordia a runaway winner at Mount Marty, 45-21, in the 2023 season finale. Five Bulldogs found the end zone, including CJ Dyhrkopp on a 40-yard pick six to put the cherry on top.
The unassuming DJ McGarvie tends to shy from the spotlight, but attention is unavoidable for the standard-setting quarterback. McGarvie isn't just breaking Concordia's passing records, he's crushing them.
Concordia and Mount Marty will meet in Yankton in the 2023 season finale for both sides. Coming off a win over Doane, the Bulldogs have an opportunity to finish at .500 and place as high as a tie for fourth in the final GPAC standings.
A record-breaking day for DJ McGarvie led to the junior quarterback being named the GPAC Offensive Player of the Week. McGarvie threw for 364 yards and totaled five touchdowns while leading the 55-26 win over Doane.
DJ McGarvie totaled five touchdowns while leading Concordia to a 56-25 rout of Doane on senior day. In the process, McGarvie broke program career records for passing touchdowns and passing yards.
The Concordia Football program will honor its 20 seniors on Saturday while hosting its final home game of 2023. Following senior day festivities, the Bulldogs will host Doane in the 68th all-time meeting between the two sides.
Four decades since that glorious season, the 1981 Concordia Football team continues to reserve a spot in program lore. The Bulldogs went 9-1, won the NIAC title and finished with a No. 12 national ranking.
Lane Napier joked that he wasn't ready to grow up in regards to his decision to return for a fifth season as a Bulldog. Napier is on track to shatter the GPAC tackle record he already owns.
Optimism abounds in the preparatory month of August for a 2021 Concordia Football team that league coaches have pegged for fifth place in the GPAC. The Bulldogs will kick off the season at Morningside.
Concordia Football looks to build upon its 4-4 mark in 2020 behind 16 returning starters. The Bulldogs return All-American linebacker Lane Napier and first team All-GPAC running back Jonah Weyand.
Crete High School alum Jonah Weyand has his sights set on bigger and better in 2021. More than just a football player, Weyand has excelled as a leader and in the classroom.
Concordia Football returned to a fairly normal spring practice season this April. Storylines have included the return of Lane Napier, a welcome back to campus for 'G' and the progress of Wyatt Ehlers.
Particularly on the offensive side of the ball, Concordia made strides in a 2020 season that began with four-straight wins. Coach Daberkow took pride in this team for more than just on-field performance.
In a year for the history books, the Concordia Football senior class has made the most of it. As Trevor Dey put it, the lasting impact will be "what we've learned and who we're becoming."
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As of Friday (Aug. 28), the 2020 Concordia Football team had successfully navigated through nearly two weeks of preseason preparation. It gets started for real on Sept. 12.