St. Paul – Two Gustavus football players earned MIAC Player of the Week honors on Monday after their performances in Saturday’s 34-19 win over Carleton. Senior running back Jeffrey Dubose (St. Paul, Minn.) was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while junior kicker Thomas Schleusener (Rapid City, S.D.) was dubbed the Special Teams Player of the Week.
Jeffrey Dubose led the way with 344 all-purpose yards for an offense that gained 502 total yards on Saturday. The senior accounted for 264 yards rushing and another 80 receiving in the winning effort. His 264 yards rushing set the single game rushing record, which was previously held by Ray Wilson ’09, who rushed for 258 yards on Oct. 25, 2009 against Augsburg. The St. Paul native also broke the school record for both rushing yards and touchdowns in a season on the afternoon. Jeffrey now has 1,261 yards rushing on the year, which surpasses the 1,233-yard total set in 2002 by Andy Traetow ’03. Heading into Saturday, Dubose was tied with Travis Prunty ’00 with 17 touchdowns this season. He shattered that mark with his four scores to give him 21 on the year. Following his performance, Jeffrey now has 3,221 yards rushing in his career, just 94 yards shy of the Gustavus record held by Tom Dahlberg ’73.
“Saturday was a great day for Jeffrey, but if you read what he had to say after the game, it was just a great team effort,” said Head Coach Peter Haugen. “I can’t say enough about our offensive line, our guys blocking out on the perimeter, and it was certainly a dynamic day for Jeffrey. Records were broken and that’s great, but it was really a great team effort in accomplishing that.”
Thomas Schleusener was, by all practical purposes, perfect in the kicking game on Saturday. The junior went 2 for 2 on field goals and 4 for 4 on extra points to score a total of 10 points in the win. His two field goals came from 22 and 33 yards out. Schleusener also handled the punting and kickoff responsibilities on Saturday. He punted four times for 182 yards and an average of 45.5 yards to go along with two punts downed inside the Carleton 20-yard line. He also kicked off seven times with two touchbacks. With his performance, Schluesener earns MIAC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week.
“Thomas has had two good weeks in a row,” mentioned Haugen. “We worked a lot this week on the mechanics of our PAT/field goal unit as a group and it carried over into Saturday. It was a great day, going 6 for 6 with two field goals and four PAT’s, but what he did punting the ball was special. It was another complete effort by our team.”
The Gusties will wrap up their season on the road in Moorhead, Minn., on Saturday, Nov. 16 against Concordia. Saturday’s kick off at Jake Christiansen Stadium is set for 1:00 p.m.