Three Augustana players selected to play in the Tazon de Estrellas in Mexico; Former head coach Jim Barnes to serve as an assistant coach
Three Augustana senior football players have been selected to play in the 2010 Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) on Saturday, Dec. 18 on the Tec de Monterrey Campus Estado de Mexico, it was announced today. In addition, former Viking head coach Jim Barnes, who resigned on Nov. 23 after a successful 11 year run as head coach, has been named as an assistant coach.
Linebacker Johnny Mago (Cary-Grove HS, Cary), offensive tackle Drew Hansen (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove) and defensive end Curt Perschnick (Dwight HS, Dwight) will represent Augustana.
Bill Manlove, who enjoyed an outstanding coaching career at several NCAA Division III schools, most notably Widener University, will
be the head coach. He has selected a unit that will consist exclusively of NCAA Division III all-stars and Team USA will play the
CONADEIP All-Stars on Saturday, Dec. 18. This is the second year that this game replaces the old Aztec Bowl, which was
sponsored by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). Mago, Hansen and Perschnick will join their teammates (all former
NCAA Division III standouts) on December 13 and will practice at the Tec Monterrey (CEM) facility in Atizapan de Zaragoze near Mexico
Tec Monterrey is the premier private university system in Mexico with campuses in numerous locations around the country. Tec teams
have captured eight of the past 10 Liga Major football national championships. The Mexican team will be selected from the newly
formed CONADEIP League, a national conference of private schools including the Monterrey Tec campuses.
Mago was the ringleader of the Augustana defense this year from his middle linebacker post. He led the team in tackles with 114 (54
solos and 60 assists). He had 11 tackles for losses totaling 40 yards, three quarterback sacks for 22 yards and one interception. He was
a first team all-conference selection and he also earned first team ESPN Academic All-American honors just last week. He finished the
year second in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin in tackles.
Perschnick, a converted tight end, wound up second on the team in total tackles with 58 (27 solo and 31 assists). He had 11 tackles for
losses of 45 yards with five quarterback sacks for 29 yards, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one pass deflection. He
was eighth in the conference in tackles for loss and ninth in quarterback sacks. He was a first team all-conference performer.
Hansen, a team captain along with Mago, was a starter for at least part of each of his four years at Augustana. He was a season-long
starter the last three years. He helped the Vikings make the successful transition from the wing-T that they ran for over 30 years to the spread offense now employed. He was an integral part of the protection package for school-record setting quarterback David Lee.
Hansen was a second team all-conference pick this past year.
Barnes compiled a record of 79-34 (.699) in 11 seasons as the head coach at his alma mater. His teams went 56-21 (.727) in the CCIW
and won league titles in 2001, 05 & 06. The Vikings went to the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2001 & 2005. He will coach the offensive
backs for the Division III All-Stars.