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Football - Sun, Dec. 11, 2016

Senior linebacker Mitch Negangard was named the recipient of the Bob Jurevitz Award at the St. Ambrose University Fall Sports Banquet Sunday afternoon.

The annual award, established in the summer of 2011, is named after Bob Jurevitz, a former St. Ambrose football great who passed away in November 2011 after a battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease. It is presented to a St. Ambrose football player who best exemplifies the characteristics Jurevitz displayed both on and off the playing field. The award recipient is selected by the SAU football coaching staff and the Jurevitz family.

Bob Jurevitz Award recipients
2011 - John Michaletti
2012 - Alex Berg
2013 - Mitch Overstreet
2014 - Ryan Byrne
2015 - Keaton Jurevitz
2016 - Mitch Negangard

Negangard, from Sidney, Ill., had a first-team all-conference season in 2016. He recorded 118 total tackles, the sixth-highest total by a Bee in a season, giving him 199 in his career to place 12th on the school's all-time list. He recorded double-digit tackles in seven of SAU's 10 games, and his average of 11.8 tackles per game is currently sixth in the nation. Negangard also came up with 10.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and forced and recovered a fumble.

Negangard's name now will be etched on a plaque inside the Lee Lohman Arena lobby, which is updated every year to list the all-time recipients of the award.

Bob Jurevitz was one of the most-prolific and hardest-working running backs in SAU history. He remains the second-leading rusher in school history, accumulating 5,126 yards on the ground during his career from 1982-85. He was the state of Iowa's all-time leading collegiate rusher at the time of his graduation in 1986.

The four-year team captain and team MVP scored a Bee-best 64 touchdowns in his career. During his senior season in 1985, he rushed for 1,424 yards and a still-school-record 27 touchdowns. He was inducted into the SAU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992.

A plaque honoring Bob Jurevitz and a framed #44 jersey are permanently displayed in the SAU football locker room visible to every player entering and leaving the room.

Along with the Bob Jurevitz Award, the Champions of Character for each fall sport were announced based on five core values - integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. Jonah Niedermeier (men's cross country), Ashlyn Rulis (women's cross country), Harrison Hale (football), Tom Greensall (men's soccer), Jordan Eisenberg (women's soccer) and Marissa Boyer (women's volleyball) were the recipients in their respective sports.

Nearly 600 SAU student-athletes and their parents attended the banquet in the Rogalski Center Ballroom to wrap up the fall sports seasons.