Four Oles continue their college careers by a game

Four St. Olaf Seniors are not yet done playing college football.

J.J. Strnad, Brice Peterson, Justin Schmid and Seamus Walsh all are participating in post-season all-star football games.

Strnad, from Palo Alto, Cal., who was named All-MIAC Second Team Offense, will be playing in the FCS Senior Scout Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Dec. 19. Peterson, of Northfield, will also be in South Carolina on that day, playing in the D3 Senior Classic.

Walsh, of St. Paul, and Schmid, from Eden Prairie, will be playing in the Aztec Bowl in Mexico City’s Olympic Stadium on Dec. 5 for the USA Eagles team.




Six Oles honored by MIAC

Senior running back J.J. Strnad on Tuesday was among six St. Olaf football players honored by the MIAC for their play in 2015. J.J. earned All-MIAC Second Team Offense honors for a year in which he once again finished with more than 1,000 yards in total offense, with 13 total touchdowns.

Four Oles were named All-MIAC Honorable Mention: Quarterback Nate Penz, a senior from Rochester; offensive lineman Jaylen Jones, a senior from Blaine; cornerback Kyle Keenan, a senior from Minnetonka, and safety Seamus Walsh, a senior from St. Paul.

Senior safety Brice Peterson was named to the All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.

Congratulations to a great group of players and terrific young men!


Want the memories to last a while longer? Buy a Memory Book!

Hello Oles!


It feels as if the football season ended, oh, about a year ago. I am already missing Saturdays, following our boys, cheering “First Down!” and singing Um Ya Ya after each Ole score. 

But that last game does not have to be your last memory of the 2015 season. I and Mark Wallin are putting together the 2015 St. Olaf Football Memory Book! 

The Memory Book is a great way to relive the ups – and occasional downs – of this past season. What I need to know is: How many of you wonderful people would like one? 

Now, that is a moot point for the seniors. The St. Olaf Touchdown Club has generously agreed to pay for Memory Books for all of our seniors. But what about the rest of you? Since we essentially self-publish this, I need to get a head count from people before I know what the price of the book will be. So if you all could, ASAP, respond to this email with whether you want a Memory Book and how many you would like, that would help tremendously. Contact me at

Once I have a complete head count, I will send you a follow-up email with the price. In the past, Memory Books have run about $70-$75 (about the same price as a HS Yearbook). If I can get this done in time, the Memory Books will be ready and distributed at the team banquet in February.

Again, because this is essentially self-published and I do not have unlimited funds, I will need the books to be pre-paid before we print them. But I will send those emails later. For now, let me know ASAP if you want a Memory Book and in what quantity.

Thank you all for what you have done for St. Olaf football this season. Heidi and I miss our get-togethers on Saturdays and are looking forward to seeing all of you at the Team Banquet in February.



Oles among the league leaders

Okay, the St. Olaf football team finished the season 2-8, and 1-7 in the MIAC. But, considering that the coaches predicted them to finish last, it was a victory of sorts. Carleton finished last.

Anyway, several Oles have had excellent seasons regardless of the record. Here are a few:

Quarterback Nate Penz finished fourth in MIAC passing, with 2,093 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Running back J.J. Strnad finished sixth in rushing with 729 yards and 10 touchdowns in only seven games.

Receiver Troy Peterson finished fourth in receptions, with 59 catches for 565 yards and three touchdowns. Troy was also fifth in the MIAC in kickoff return average, with 19.1 yards per game.

Free safety Brice Peterson finished first in the MIAC in tackles and tackles per game, with a whopping 101 stops and 10.1 per game. Brice had nearly 20 tackles more than the next player in the conference.

Cornerback Kyle Keenan was second in the MIAC in passes broken up, with 12. He also tied for fourth in the MIAC with two interceptions.

Strong safety Seamus Walsh finished 13th in the MIAC with 66 total tackles, and 15th in tackles per game. He also tied for first in the MIAC, with an interception returned for a touchdown.

Congrats on a strong season, guys. The improvement you showed this year gives the Oles a great foundation for the future.



MIAC recognizes three Ole top performers for the week

On a weekend in which the MIAC sent its two top teams to the NCAA Div. III football playoffs (St. Thomas and St. John's), the conference recognized three Oles for their play in the final game of the season against St. John's University.

Nate Penz, the senior quarterback from Rochester Mayo, finished the day 19 for 31 passing for 193 yards, and finished the season as the fourth-ranked quarterback in the conference.

J.J. Strnad, senior running back from Palo Alto, Cal., was the Oles' leading rusher for the game, with 87 yards on 16 carries, and the season, with his second straight year of more than 700 yards on the ground. J.J. also had 23 receiving yards against the Johnnies.

Seamus Walsh, a senior strong safety from St. Paul Central High School, was the Oles' leading defender against the Johnnies, with seven total tackles, including four solo stops and a tackle for loss. Seamus, a converted high school quarterback, also had a 14-yard TD pass to break the shut out against the Johnnies.