Gene's Blog: What's Toms' lucky number in '17?

UST Football By the Numbers/Preseason 2017

136: Players on Tommie preseason camp roster


28: Seniors on Tommie roster


35: Players on Tommie roster from Wisconsin and Illinois


30: Players on Tommie roster from Catholic or private schools


4: Sets of brothers on Tommie roster


2: Sets of twin brothers on Tommie roster -- freshmen Sam and Shea Gerrety of Blaine and Drake and Henry Weisman of Chanhassen


5: September 2017 games for Tommies, including four in a row off campus


9-23-17: First Target Field football game, as Tommies host Johnnies


3, 4 or 5: Division III preseason rankings in various polls for Tommies


8: Consecutive seasons St. Thomas has been ranked in the top 14 in the preseason by


19: Days until Toms open season Sept. 2 against UW-Eau Claire



Opportunity Knocks


7: May 2017 grads the Tommies must replace who were named All-America, Academic All-America or a conference MVP last season


14: UST position players back with starting experience


2: Games this season that the Toms will play on natural grass (Sept. 16 at Carleton, Sept 23 at Target Field against St. John's)


61: Miles, the Toms' longest road trip of 2017 regular season (at UW-Stout)


48: Players from the prep class of 2017 on Tommie camp roster


7: Tommies in freshman class to play on state champion teams as prep seniors in 2016 (Carter Greguson, Rochester Lourdes; Nick Rice and Jalon Nielson, Elk River; Brandon Robley, Caledonia; Cole Spies, Bismarck St. Mary's Central; Noel Ortiz and Cody Osborne, Eau Claire Regis). 


4: Current Tommies named back in 2013 to the Minnesota Vikings' 30-player prep all-state team (QB Jacques Perra, RB Josh Parks, TE Matt Christenson, incoming U of M transfer LB Blake Weber)


2: Number of NCAA institutions over last nine seasons -- Ohio State and St. Thomas -- to average 25 men's basketball victories and 11 football victories



He's Back

1: Players from the prep class of 2012 on Tommie roster (Jordan Roberts, who redshirted once at South Dakota and received a medical hardship in 2016 at UST)


76: Touchdowns scored the last two seasons by Tommie backs Roberts, Tucker Trettel, Josh Parks, Jeremy Molina


21: 100-yard rushing games the last two seasons (28 games) by Tommie backs Roberts, Trettel and Josh Parks


2: Assistant coaches for Tommie Football -- defensive coordinator Wallie Kuchinski and special teams coordinator Travis Walch -- on board all 10 seasons with Coach Glenn Caruso


5: New assistant coaches for Tommie Football in 2017 (Bruce Carpenter, Eric Yuen, Marcus Jones, Chris Husby, Andrew Whitaker)


81: Wins this decade for Tommies, in seven seasons


15: Total UST football losses in nine seasons under Glenn Caruso


10: UST losses by margins of seven or fewer points in nine seasons under Caruso


97: Points scored in Tommies' last three losses, all in NCAA playoffs (2013, 2014, 2015)


99: Wins in his first nine seasons by Caruso (99-15 record)


99: Games played by UST grads Fritz Waldvogel (50 from 2008-11) and Nick Waldvogel (49 from 2013-16), in eight of the last nine seasons





23: Consecutive regular-season wins for Tommie Football, third most at all NCAA levels


20: Consecutive wins against MIAC opponents for Tommie Football


10: Consecutive road wins for Tommie Football

20: Consecutive home games in which Tommies have scored 30 or more points


193: Touchdowns scored by St. Thomas over last two seasons (28 games), second among all NCAA programs to Mount Union (196 in 29 games)


2: Notable position switches from last season, with sophomore Gabe Green (QB to WR) and junior MIAC triple jump champion Conor White (DB to WR)


5.2: Points per game allowed in first halves by Tommies in last two seasons (145 first-half points in 28 games)


12: Sacks over last two seasons, to go with four forced fumbles, for senior LB Steve Harrell


3.92: Grade-point average for senior Isaac Seering, a multi-year starter at safety


184-5: Season-best hammer throw in 2017 track and field for UST defensive lineman Austin Jochum, raking 21st in Division III


5,592: Miles to campus from his hometown (Santiago, Chile) for Tommie senior starting kicker Bryan Steinsapir


7: Miles to campus from his hometown (Minneapolis) for Tommie senior Tobias Knight


4: Major new UST athletics facility upgrades this summer: new field turf and track and field surface in O'Shaughnessy Stadium, and new infield turf and batting cages for baseball at Koch Diamond.


466: Population of Brownsville, Minn., hometown of UST freshman LB Brandon Robley



Gene's Blog is a sports column penned by UST sports information director Gene McGivern. Gene is starting his 24th season at St. Thomas and 30th overall in the MIAC. He blogs periodically on various topics regarding the Tommies, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) and Division III sports.

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