Five Oles earn All-MIAC honors, four more named to second team

Thomas Lambert
November 20, 2012

Nine members of the St. Olaf football team received postseason All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference recognition on Tuesday.

Senior quarterback Dan Dobson (Mankato, Minn./West), junior wide receiver Stephen Asp (Edina, Minn.), junior running back Michael Thai (Coon Rapids, Minn./Blaine), and junior offensive lineman Alex Hsu (Woodbury, Minn.) represented St. Olaf on the first team offense. Senior defensive back Ben Dobson (Mankato, Minn./West) made the defensive first team.

Senior wide receiver Jake Schmiesing (Stillwater, Minn.), junior offensive lineman Michael Yanckello (Oviedo, Fla.) and senior defensive back Reggie Woods (Palm Coast, Fla./Flagler Palm Coast) and first year kicker Lucas Wainman (Oviedo, Fla./Paul J. Hagerty) rounded out the second team for the Oles.

Additionally, senior defensive lineman Lordson Jonassaint (Orlando, Fla./Freedom) represented St. Olaf on the All-MIAC sportsmanship team.

Dan Dobson, a second team offensive selection in 2011, completed 196-of-299 passes for 2390 yards and 25 touchdowns with only six interceptions. He also rushed for 237 yards and a touchdown. Dobson finishes his career as St. Olaf' all-time passing touchdown leader (67). His 6,504 career passing yards rank second all-time.

Asp made the first team for the second consecutive season, leading the Oles in receptions (43), receiving yardage (833), and receiving touchdowns (11).

Thai led the Oles with 990 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 174 carries. He was second on the team with 41 receptions for 430 yards and three touchdowns.

Hsu and Yanckello anchored the St. Olaf offensive line, a unit that protected Dobson as he led the MIAC in passing yards.

Moving up from last year's second team, Ben Dobson was the Oles' second leading tackler with 58 tackles (3.5 for a loss). He intercepted three pases, broke up another, and forced two fumbles.

Schmiesing, a repeat on the second team, caught 31 passes for 444 yards and nine touchdowns.

St. Olaf's team leader in interceptions (4), Woods also returned an interception for a touchdown and added 45.5 tackles and a forced fumble.

Wainman converted 8-of-13 field goal attempts, including a 53-yarder against Saint John's.

On the season, the Oles finished with a 7-3 record (5-3 MIAC).

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.