St. Peter, Minn. – Gustavus Adolphus senior running back Jeffrey Dubose (St. Paul, Minn.) has been named to the D3football.com All-West Region First Team following a senior season that saw him re-write the Gustavus record books. Dubose becomes the first Gustavus football player to receive All-Region honors since Brad Kruckeberg ’12 was named to the third team following the 2010 season and the first All-Region First Team selection since Joe Welch ’10 in 2008.
Dubose is one of seven players from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) to land on the All-West First Team, and one of 21 MIAC players to be selected for the All-Region first, second, or third teams. The region is made up of teams from 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), the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) and several independents. The All-Region Team is selected in balloting by West Region sports information directors and D3football.com staff.
“It’s a special award for Jeffrey,” stated Head Coach Peter Haugen. “It was a great year for our offense, particularly running the ball. Jeffrey’s just a complete player, and it’s nice to see him get recognized for it. I think it’s a reflection of how hard he’s worked and the year he had, which was a very special year, but it’s also a reflection of his teammates and the people around him.”
In his final season as a Gustie, Dubose had a year for the record books, carrying the ball 265 times for 1,459 yards and 24 touchdowns, all three of which are Gustavus records. Jeffrey’s 265 attempts this season breaks a 43-year old record set by Tom Dahlberg ’73 with 245 rushes in the 1970 season, while his 1,459 rushing yards bests the 1,233-yard record total set by Andy Traetow ’03 in 2002. Dubose also shattered the single season rushing touchdowns record with 24 this season. Travis Prunty ’00 previously held the record with 17 set in 1999.
Dubose’s record-breaking year was highlighted by a school-record 264-yard rushing performance against Carleton in a 34-19 win on Saturday, Nov. 9th. The total bested a 258-yard mark set by Ray Wilson ’09 on Oct. 25th, 2008 against Augsburg. Dubose also scored a school-record-tying five touchdowns (4 rushing, 1 receiving) in a 52-7 win over Hamline on Saturday, Oct. 5th.
Not only did the St. Paul native break single-season and single-game records, he also broke career records as well. Jeffrey rushed for 3,419 yards in his four years wearing the winged helmet, which broke the previous school record held by Tom Dahlberg of 3,315 yards accumulated from 1969 to 1972. Dubose achieved this mark with 120 fewer attempts than Dahlberg as he needed just 669 career carries compared to 789 for Dahlberg. Dubose also became the all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with 41, eight better than Ron Straka ’81 who amassed 33 scores from 1977 to 1980. With seven more receiving touchdowns, Dubose accounted for a total of 48 touchdowns in his career.
“He has set the example for how hard you have to play and the intensity level that you need to bring,” finished Haugen about the impact Dubose has had on the Gustavus football program.
“Everybody will remember the great runs, but really what sets him apart is his toughness and the fact that he plays the game the right way. He has set the bar in terms of who is going to play running back for this program in the future. Certainly there are big shoes to fill in terms of talent, but even more so in terms of desire, passion, and hard work. He is definitely special in that way.”