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Fechtelkotter to captain 2010 Bulldog football team

A pair of All-American seniors -- linebacker Robbie Aurich and running back Isaac Odim -- along with 2009 All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division linebacker Kiel Fechtelkotter will all serve as University of Minnesota Duluth te...

A pair of All-American seniors -- linebacker Robbie Aurich and running back Isaac Odim -- along with 2009 All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division linebacker Kiel Fechtelkotter will all serve as University of Minnesota Duluth team captains this fall when the Bulldogs engage in their 78th year of intercollegiate football.

Aurich, a native of Spring Lake, Mich., paced the Bulldogs in tackles for the second year in a row with 93 stops, including a team-high 40 solos, en route to being chosen the 2009 NSIC Defensive Player of the Year. As junior, he also earned a spot on three All-American teams -- Daktronics (first team), D2Football.com (second team) and The Football Gazette (third team). Aurich, who has finished as UMD's leading tackler in 15 of the last 17 games, was a integral part of a defensive unit which gave up the second fewest points (12.4 per game) and fifth fewest yards (251.0) of any NCAA Division II school in the country last season.

Fechtelkotter, who, like Aurich, will be entering his third year of starting duty at inside linebacker this fall, placed second on the 2009 UMD defensive charts with a personal-high 72 total tackles and topped the club in stops for a loss (13.0). The senior from Lake Nebagamon, also racked up 6.5 quarterback sacks, a figure surpassed by only one other Bulldog.

Odim capped off a record-breaking 2009 season by attaining All-American first team status a program-high five times (Associated Press Little American, American Football Coaches Association, D2Football.com, Daktronics and The Football Gazette) in addition to being one of nine finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy (he finished fourth in the final vote count). The reigning NSIC Offensive Player of the Year and two-time All-NSIC North Division first team pick established new club single-season records for rushing yards (1,808), scoring (198 points), rushing touchdowns (29), total touchdowns (33) and 100-yard rushing games (12) -- all marks which he previously owned -- and kickoff return average (35.9) one year ago. In addition, Odim ranked second in the NCAA II in scoring, fourth in rushing and fifth in all-purpose yardage (192.0 ypg). Since transferring to UMD from Rochester Community and Technical College one year ago, the Rochester, Minn. product has proceeded to take over as the Bulldogs' career leader in a host of categories including rushing yardage (3,446), rushing touchdowns (55), total touchdowns (63), points (378) and 100-yard rushing games (21). He's also proven to be no slouch in the classroom either, as evident by his selection to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American team.

UMD, which concluded the 2009 season with an 11-2 overall record, captured its second NSIC title in as many years (with another perfect 10-0 mark) and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA II playoffs, will open preseason camp on Aug. 8.

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