Senior golfer Jennifer Gaffney had a record-setting round at the Iowa Conference Championship, junior football player Brad Vogel put up gaudy receiving numbers and the duo earned Simpson Student-Athlete of the Month honors for September 2012.
Jennifer Gaffney, golf
A senior from Grimes, Iowa, Gaffney recorded the lowest round ever by a Simpson golfer at the Iowa Conference Championship on Friday, Sept. 28. She used four birdies to shoot an even-par 72 in the first round, just one stroke away from tying the conference record. Gaffney led the Storm with an 83.7 average on the year and earned Iowa Conference Golfer of the Week honors Sept. 2 after winning the Buena Vista Fall Invitational.
Brad Vogel, football
A junior receiver from Donnellson, Iowa, Vogel closed the month as the nation’s third-leading receiver in yards per game (131) while also ranking third in all-purpose yards per game (236.5). Through four games he caught 23 passes for 524 yards and seven touchdowns, crossing the goal line at least once in every contest. He was named Iowa Conference Player of the Week on Sept. 23 after making five catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Eureka. He also returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown, the second longest kickoff return in school history and first for a touchdown since 2008. In a win over Wartburg, Vogel caught seven passes for 202 yards, becoming the fourth player in Simpson history to surpass 200 yards receiving in a game.