When operating at peak levels, the 2023 Concordia Football team showed a flair for offensive fireworks. Led by DJ McGarvie, the Bulldogs set another new offensive standard before completing the season at 5-5.
Thanks to one of the more productive offenses in Concordia University Football history, the 2023 Bulldogs broke significant program records. DJ McGarvie and Austin Jablonski both rose to the top of one or more program lists.
A group of nine Bulldogs from the Concordia Football program earned 2023 All-GPAC honors, as announced by the league on Nov. 15. First team accolades went to receiver Austin Jablonski and defensive lineman Kyle Sterup.
For his performance in the win at Mount Marty, Austin Jablonski was recognized as the GPAC Special Teams Player of the Week. Jablonski returned a kickoff 88 yards while totaling 215 all-purpose yards in the victory.
Efficient offense and an opportunistic defense made Concordia a runaway winner at Mount Marty, 45-21, in the 2023 season finale. Five Bulldogs found the end zone, including CJ Dyhrkopp on a 40-yard pick six to put the cherry on top.
The unassuming DJ McGarvie tends to shy from the spotlight, but attention is unavoidable for the standard-setting quarterback. McGarvie isn't just breaking Concordia's passing records, he's crushing them.
Concordia and Mount Marty will meet in Yankton in the 2023 season finale for both sides. Coming off a win over Doane, the Bulldogs have an opportunity to finish at .500 and place as high as a tie for fourth in the final GPAC standings.
A record-breaking day for DJ McGarvie led to the junior quarterback being named the GPAC Offensive Player of the Week. McGarvie threw for 364 yards and totaled five touchdowns while leading the 55-26 win over Doane.
DJ McGarvie totaled five touchdowns while leading Concordia to a 56-25 rout of Doane on senior day. In the process, McGarvie broke program career records for passing touchdowns and passing yards.
The Concordia Football program will honor its 20 seniors on Saturday while hosting its final home game of 2023. Following senior day festivities, the Bulldogs will host Doane in the 68th all-time meeting between the two sides.
Typically by early August, a GPAC Football Media Day would have been staged. In lieu of that, we break down what things look like for Coach Daberkow's Bulldogs heading into preseason.
Before a home playoff game was made possible, the 2001 Concordia football team burst onto the national scene by upsetting eighth-ranked Sioux Falls in week two of that GPAC championship season.
Singing The Doxology in the postgame locker room is about as Concordia as ringing the bell after victories. It's a Bulldog Football tradition that dates back to at least the 1970s.
Former star quarterback Von Thomas now serves as Concordia's Multicultural Program Specialist and Assistant Director of Student Life. He fielded our questions in this Q&A.
As Sean Stewart said, "It's an honor and a privilege to be able to wear the Concordia University Bulldog jersey." We took a look back at the top Bulldogs by jersey number during the GPAC era (20 seasons).
One of the most fearsome linebackers in school history, Erik DeHaven represents what Concordia University football is all about. He starred for the 2001 championship team and is now a high school coach in Texas.
All-American linebacker Lane Napier fielded questions on a variety of topics in this Q&A. already racked up a program GPAC-era best 347 tackles and has been named a first team all-conference performer three times.
In the history of the program, Concordia football has produced six players that are known to have signed NFL contracts or to have been invited to NFL training camps.
In lieu of the normal spring practice season, head coach Patrick Daberkow is monitoring progress from afar. Prior to students being sent home, Daberkow observed a physically stronger, more veteran 2020 team.
As of Signing Day 2020, the Concordia football program has secured the pledges of 42 high school seniors from nine states around the country. The initial class includes 14 native Nebraskans.