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  04/26/20 - Ben BartchSr/2020, Saint Johns (MN), 6-6, 309 (DS#9 OT) + More +

  St. John's tackle Ben Bartch became the first Division III player taken in five years in the NFL draft. Bartch was chosen Saturday in the fourth round, 116th overall, by Jacksonville. He's the first MIAC player taken since 2003. The Jaguars said they would move him to guard. Bartch, a 6-6, 309-pounder, weighed about 75 pounds less just a couple of years ago when he moved from tight end. His two-year ascension since captured the attention of NFL scouts. It started nearly every morning with a strange concoction.

To add weight, Bartch loaded a blender - five days per week - with seven scrambled eggs, "a big tub" of cottage cheese, quick grits, peanut butter, a banana and Gatorade. "Throw it all in and plug my nose," Bartch said last week. "I'd gag sometimes, but that's what you have to do." On a Saturday teleconference, Bartch was asked about the shake and said, "I didn't realize it was going to blow up. It was just a tool I used in my regime for putting on mass. I wanted really good proteins and to be smart about it. "I didn't want to get fat. I ate clean the rest of the day. That was my big-calorie shake." - Minneapolis Star Tribune


(DS#9 OT) Sr/2020 OT Ben BartchSaint Johns (MN)
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  04/19/20 - Ben BartchSr/2020, Saint Johns (MN), 6-6, 309 (DS#9 OT) + More +

  When the coronavirus pandemic closed public gyms, canceled pro days and limited resources for every player in this week's NFL draft, Ben Bartch's college house in St. Joseph, Minn. - and the charms associated - became his base for proving he is worthy of being the first Division III player drafted in five years. The state of the basement, where the former St. John's tackle and his college teammates collected bands, kettlebells, barbells and other free weights, should answer whether he loves football enough for an NFL team. "It's a little rough," Bartch said last week. "You're deadlifting on concrete. There's broken glass in the corner. There's dust everywhere and you are coughing. Sometimes you take it all out to the parking lot by the house and just work out in the parking lot. Cars, like, honk at you."

To say he's resourceful undersells Bartch, a 6-6, 309-pounder who weighed about 75 pounds less just a couple of years ago when he moved from tight end. His two-year ascension since captured the attention of NFL scouts. It started nearly every morning with a concoction that makes his college basement sound like a breath of fresh air. To add weight, Bartch loaded a blender - five days per week - with seven scrambled eggs, "a big tub" of cottage cheese, quick grits, peanut butter, a banana and Gatorade. "Throw it all in and plug my nose," Bartch said. "I'd gag sometimes, but that's what you have to do." - Minneapolis Star Tribune


(DS#9 OT) Sr/2020 OT Ben BartchSaint Johns (MN)
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  02/15/20 - Ben BartchSr/2020, Saint Johns (MN), 6-6, 309 (DS#9 OT) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Ben Bartch, OT, Saint Johns (MN),...A D3football.com first-team and Associated Press second-team All-American in 2019, Bartch earned the MIAC Mike Stam Award as the conference's top defensive or offensive lineman and started all 14 games at left tackle this season. He made 27 straight starts at the position since he switched from tight end during the 2018 preseason and was invited to 2020 Reese's Senior Bowl later this month (Jan. 25) in Mobile, Ala. Bartch played tight end his first two seasons as a Johnnie and caught four passes for 43 yards (10.8 avg.) and a touchdown in eight games in 2017. He switched to offensive tackle during the offseason and started on the left side immediately. His athleticism and size (6-foot-6, 305 pounds) attracted attention from all 32 NFL teams this fall. - Saint Johns (MN) Football

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  02/12/20 - Ben BartchSr/2020, Saint Johns (MN), 6-6, 309 (DS#9 OT) + More +

  NCAA Division III rivals St. John's and St. Thomas will play their final game as Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes at U.S. Bank Stadium this fall. St. John's announced Wednesday that the Nov. 7 game will be in Minneapolis, the first college football game to be staged at the NFL home of the Minnesota Vikings. This will be the 90th edition in a series that first began in 1901, potentially the last meeting between the two schools. St. Thomas, which will be ousted from the MIAC after the 2020-21 school year for competitive reasons, has applied to the NCAA to become a Division I institution. St. Thomas moved its home games in the rivalry to Allianz Field in 2019 and to Target Field in 2017. Last year at the Major League Soccer stadium, a crowd of 19,508 was counted. Two years before that at the Major League Baseball venue, the attendance was announced at 37,355, then a record for a Division III game. - AP College Football

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  2019 AFCA DIVISION III COACHES' FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: QB Jackson Erdmann, Sr., St. John's (Minn.),...Erdmann fell 28 passing yards shy of the NCAA Division III single-season record of 5,068 set by Joe Callahan of Wesley (Del.) in 2015. He owns MIAC and SJU records for passing touchdowns (139) and passing yards (11,639), as well as the school record for season pass attempts (489), season pass completions (313), career touchdowns responsible for (143), game passing yards (496), touchdown passes in a game (7), touchdown passes in a season (47), season passing yards (5,040), yards of total offense in a game (563), yards of total offense in a season (5,100), yards of total offense in a career (11,976), 300-yard passing games in a season (11) and 300-yard passing games in a career (15). Erdmann ended his career second in school history in pass attempts (1,188), career pass completions (754) and wins as a starting quarterback (37). - St. John's Football

(DS#53 QB) Sr/2020 QB Jackson ErdmannSaint Johns (MN)
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  St. John's (Minn.) quarterback Jackson Erdmann and Lake Forest (Ill.) defensive lineman Jordan McInerney headline the 2019 AFCA Division III Coaches' All-America Teams announced today by the American Football Coaches Association. The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best - the coaches themselves. Erdmann leads the nation in passing yards with 4,291 and is second in total offense with 365.1 yards per game. The 2018 Gagliardi Trophy winner has led St. John's to the quarterfinals of the Division III playoffs and owns several Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference records including passing touchdowns with 133. McInerney led the conference and ranks second in the nation with 14.5 sacks and 22.0 tackles for loss on the season. The Midwest Conference Defensive Line MVP led his team with 76 total tackles and recorded one forced fumble and one block. - American Football Coaches Association

(DS#53 QB) Sr/2020 QB Jackson ErdmannSaint Johns (MN)
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