Three Crusaders Earn Academic All-PFL Honors
Nate Blair earned First Team Academic All-PFL honors. (Ray Acevedo)
Three Crusaders Earn Academic All-PFL Honors
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Adam Rundh also earned the same accolades. (Ray Acevedo)
Adam Rundh also earned the same accolades. (Ray Acevedo)

The Pioneer Football League announced its annual Academic All-PFL Teams on Tuesday afternoon, which included two Valparaiso University Crusaders on the First Team and another on the Second Team.

Nathan Blair (Homewood, Ill./Andrean H.S. [Ind.]) was voted to the Offensive First Team while Adam Rundh (Aalborg, Denmark/Orjanskolan H.S. [Sweden]) was named to the Defensive First Team.  John Popper (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman H.S.) was selected to the Second Team Offense as well.

Blair, a sophomore, started all 11 games for the Crusaders at left tackles this season, helping to anchor the Valpo offensive line.   He earned Honorable Mention All-PFL accolades for his play on the field.  In the classroom Blair carries a 3.72 cumulative grade point average as an actuarial science major.

Rundh, a senior defensive lineman, tallied 36 tackles in 2009, including seven for loss.  He had 3.5 quarterback sacks, two pass break-ups, and three other quarterback hurries.  Rundh also earned First Team Academic All-America honors.  He is a three-time Academic All-PFL selection.  In the classroom Rundh has a 3.94 cumulative grade point average as an international business and finance double major.

Popper, a senior running back, appeared in five games for the Brown and Gold before suffering a season-ending injury.  He had 55 carries for 204 yards on the year, as well as 12 receptions, including a pair of touchdown grabs.  Popper also returned punts and kickoffs for the Brown and Gold, averaging 25.2 yards per kickoff return.  In the classroom Popper sports a 3.02 cumulative grade point average as an accounting major.