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Ex-Kernels impacting DWU football team in first season

In just one season, three former Mitchell Kernels have impacted the Dakota Wesleyan University football team. Spencer Neugebauer, Cody Reichelt and Seth Paulson are each playing significant roles in their first season for the Tigers. "I think in ...

Dakota Wesleyan's Spencer Neugebauer (8) is tackled by Jamestown's Morgan Borland (58) after a reception during a game earlier this year at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan's Spencer Neugebauer (8) is tackled by Jamestown's Morgan Borland (58) after a reception during a game earlier this year at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade / Republic)

In just one season, three former Mitchell Kernels have impacted the Dakota Wesleyan University football team.

Spencer Neugebauer, Cody Reichelt and Seth Paulson are each playing significant roles in their first season for the Tigers.

"I think in a lot of ways they've exceeded expectations," DWU coach Ross Cimpl said. "Obviously they have a lot to learn and they know that, but overall they are playing football and that's what we wanted them to do."

And each is impacting a different phase on the team. Neugebauer is second on the team in receiving yards (315) and has scored two touchdowns from the wide receiver position. Reichelt has been inserted into the starting lineup at linebacker and has 23 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. They also play special teams, which is where Paulson shines.

Paulson handles the kicking duties and is 4-for-7 kicking field goals this season, including a game-winning 22-yarder against Hastings College earlier this season. He's 33-for-38 kicking PAT's.

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It's Neugebauer's first season playing wide receiver, after playing exclusively running back in high school. He credits the leadership of quarterback Dillon Turner and wide receiver Hayden Adams for aiding in his transition to college and a new position.

"I am playing with some of the best guys to ever come through Dakota Wesleyan football history," Neugebauer said. "So I kind of soak that in and I've really enjoyed playing with those guys specifically."

What were Neugebauer's expectations coming into this season?

"It was just to learn and learn as much as I can from the older guys the way they do things and just see how it is," he said. "I know this program has had a lot of success in recent years and hopefully we continue to carry that on."

Cimpl agreed and also mentioned the fellow 2017 Mitchell graduates that are redshirting as impact players down the road. Offensive linemen Bryce Geraets, Alex Klingaman and defensive back Luke Novak are redshirting this season for the Tigers.

"It's a good group for us to have and they have been pretty significant for us this year," Cimpl said. "But for me I look at a four-year career and those guys could be headliners for what we are doing as a program moving forward as well."

Dakota Wesleyan (4-4) hosts Briar Cliff (0-8) at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Joe Quintal Field.

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