Gustavus Adolphus sophomore wide receiver Chad Arlt (St. Michael, Minn.) is one of twenty Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) football student-athletes have been named to the 2006 D3football.com All-West Region Team. The twenty chosen from the MIAC is more than any other conference in the region. Arlt was selected to the Third Team Offense.
Arlt put together one of the best seasons ever by a Gustavus receiver during 2006, making 56 receptions for 765 yards and six touchdowns and posting over 100 receiving yards on two occasions. Arlt made a big splash in the season opener at Willamette (Ore.), making eight grabs for 188 yards and two touchdowns. It was also the biggest day in terms of yards any MIAC receiver had during the season and also earned Arlt a spot on the D3football.com Team of the Week. Arlt also went over the century mark with a six-catch, 103-yard day versus Augsburg in late October.
Arlt finished second among MIAC receivers with a 76.5 receiving yards per game average and fourth in catches per game with a 5.6 average. Arlt’s 56 catches this season are ranked tied for second most (with Ryan Hoag, 2002) on the all-time single season receptions list, while his 765 receiving yards ranked fourth for a single season. Larry Bodin holds the single-season records for both receptions and receiving yards, making 58 catches for 889 yards in 1985.
The West Region includes the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC), the Midwest Conference (MWC), the Northwest Conference (NWC), the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), and several independents. The All-Region Team, selected in balloting by West Region sports information directors and D3football.com staff, was chosen from 159 nominations by member schools with a total of 76 players chosen.
Gustavus finished the year 6-4 overall and placed fifth in the MIAC with a 4-4 league mark.
Arlt, an accounting major, is the son of Jim and Luanne Arlt of St. Michael and a 2005 graduate of St. Michael-Albertville High School.