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2012-13 Football News
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June 17, 2013
Valparaiso football head coach Dale Carlson announced today that Mike Gravier has been hired to join the Crusader coaching staff for the 2013 season. Gravier will serve as assistant head coach and offensive line coach for Valpo, and will also be the run game coordinator.
May 20, 2013
Valparaiso football graduated senior Mike Gerton (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) was among the 703 total players selected nationwide as members of the 2013 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.
May 15, 2013
Valparaiso University football player Sterling Summerville has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant to continue his international studies next year while making a contribution to the culture of Poland.
May 02, 2013
Valparaiso University head football coach Dale Carlson has announced the 36 members of his 2013 recruiting class which will begin playing for the Crusaders this fall.
May 01, 2013
Over 40 Valparaiso University football players showed up in shifts of three hours apiece on Saturday, April 27 to help repaint the Hilltop Neighborhood House. For years the Hilltop House has been a mainstay to “children throughout the community with a single focus: to provide individualized, quality care and education to nourish the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical skills that children will carry with them on their journey through life.”
April 26, 2013
Members of the Valparaiso football team took some time on Thursday, April 25 to visit Central Elementary School in Valparaiso, spending recess and lunch with students in grades K-5.
April 20, 2013
The Valparaiso football program held its annual Brown-Gold spring game on Saturday at Brown Field, with the Crusader defense picking up an 82-68 victory over the offense. The game served as the culmination of the Crusaders’ spring practice sessions.
April 18, 2013
Valparaiso will play its annual spring Brown and Gold football game on Saturday morning, April 20 at Brown Field beginning at 11 a.m. This year’s format will again feature the offense against the defense and admission is free.
April 12, 2013
Five home games at Brown Field highlight the 2013 Valparaiso University football schedule, as released today by head coach Dale Carlson.
April 02, 2013
As temperatures warm up, the Valparaiso football team will continue its slate of 2013 spring practices at Brown Field, culminating in the annual Brown-Gold spring game on April 20.
March 29, 2013
The Valparaiso University football program will be holding a one-day Junior and Senior Camp on Sunday, June 16 at Brown Field from noon until 4 p.m., hosted by the Crusader coaching staff.
March 25, 2013
Former Valparaiso football standout Garry Puetz is among this year's nominees for the College Football Hall of Fame, as run by the National Football Foundation (NFF).
February 21, 2013
Valparaiso University had 30 members of its football program named to the Pioneer Football League’s Academic Honor Roll for their work in the classroom during the Fall 2012 semester.
February 08, 2013
A two-sport standout during his time at Valparaiso, Paul Naumann went on to a long and distinguished coaching career, and on Saturday, February 16, he will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.
February 07, 2013
The first African-American to compete in intercollegiate athletics at Valparaiso University, Floyd Henderson was a trailblazer in the Crusaders' athletic department, and on Saturday, February 16, he will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.
December 20, 2012
The Valparaiso football team is slated to play home games against Campbell, Morehead State, San Diego and Dayton and road contests against Marist, Mercer, Drake and Butler during the 2013 Pioneer Football League slate, as the PFL released the composite league schedule earlier this week.
December 13, 2012
Three Valparaiso football student-athletes have been named to the Academic All-Pioneer Football League teams for their contributions on the field in 2012, as well as in the classroom. The teams were selected by the league’s sports information directors.
December 11, 2012
Six members of the Valparaiso football team were honored Tuesday as the Pioneer Football League announced its 20th Annual All-PFL squads following a polling of the league’s coaches. Senior punter Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) earned First Team All-Pioneer Football League honors for the second time in his career, while five other players received Honorable Mention notice.
December 10, 2012
The Pioneer Football League announced its 2012 major award winners Monday and Valparaiso running back Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) was named as the PFL Freshman Offensive Player of the Year. Honors were determined following a vote from the league’s coaches. Hutson is the first Crusader player to earn one of the league’s major awards.
December 04, 2012
Valparaiso University head football coach Dale Carlson has announced the program’s year-end awards for the 2012 season, honoring 10 Crusaders with individual awards for their contributions on and off the field.
November 30, 2012
The Valparaiso football team had four players selected by College Sports Madness to its PFL All-League teams, highlighted by the choice of redshirt freshman running back Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) as the league's Freshman of the Year.
November 17, 2012
The Valparaiso football team dropped its season finale Saturday afternoon, falling 76-24 to the Morehead State Eagles at Jayne Stadium in Morehead, Ky. The Crusaders’ offense compiled a season-high 29 first downs and amassed 449 total yards in a losing effort.
November 15, 2012
The Crusaders wrap up the football season with a road contest against Morehead State on Saturday afternoon. A win against the Eagles would be the team’s first in a regular season finale since 2006.
November 11, 2012
Valparaiso senior punter Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) was named the Pioneer Football League co-Special Teams Player of the Week on Sunday after his brilliant punting performance on Saturday afternoon against Davidson.
November 10, 2012
The Valparaiso football team battled through a 43-minute lightning delay Saturday afternoon before falling to Davidson in overtime, 28-27, on Senior Day at Brown Field.
November 08, 2012
Valparaiso redshirt freshman Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) was one of five additions to the Jerry Rice Award watch list, as announced on Thursday afternoon. The Jerry Rice Award, in its second season, honors the national freshman of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision.
November 07, 2012
Valparaiso returns home for its final home game of the season when it hosts Davidson College as part of Senior Day at Brown Field. The game can be seen live online via video stream here at ValpoAthletics.com.
November 05, 2012
The Sports Network announced Monday that Valparaiso running back Jake Hutson has been named The Sports Network FCS National Co-Freshman of the Week, while the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) named Crusader punter Greg Wood its FCS Punter of the Week for their respective performances in Valpo's win at Campbell last Saturday.
November 04, 2012
Valparaiso redshirt freshman Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) shared Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week honors after putting together one of the top offensive performances in program history in the Crusaders' 41-21 win at Campbell.
November 03, 2012
The Valparaiso football team earned its first win of the 2012 season Saturday, erasing a 14-point deficit en route to a 41-21 win against Campbell University at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C. Redshirt freshman running back Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) scored three touchdowns and rushed for a career-high 248 yards, the second highest single-game rushing total in program history.
October 30, 2012
Valparaiso heads to Buies Creek, N.C. to take on Campbell University on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders and the Camels are both in search of their first PFL victory.
October 27, 2012
The Valparaiso football team surrendered four touchdowns of 78 or more yards in the first half Saturday in a 44-7 loss to Marist College as part of Parent’s Day at Brown Field.
October 24, 2012
Valparaiso returns home as part of Family Weekend on the Valpo campus, hosting Marist on Parent’s Day at Brown Field Saturday afternoon in PFL action.
October 20, 2012
Playing on the road for the first time in nearly a month, Valparaiso gave up 631 yards of offense to Dayton Saturday afternoon in a 45-0 loss to the Flyers at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.
October 18, 2012
Following back-to-back home games, Valparaiso hits the road for the first time in nearly a month, making the trip east to take on Dayton in Pioneer Football League action.
October 13, 2012
Senior Eric Slenk (Holland, Mich./Christian) caught a pair of touchdown passes on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Brown Field, but it was not enough for the victory, as Valparaiso dropped a 35-21 decision to Drake in Pioneer Football League action.
October 10, 2012
Valparaiso hosts its second straight Pioneer Football League game this Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders welcome Drake to Brown Field.
October 06, 2012
The Valparaiso football team trailed the entire way Saturday afternoon in a 56-17 loss to the Butler Bulldogs on Homecoming Weekend at Brown Field in the Battle for the Hoosier Helmet.
October 03, 2012
Following a bye week, Valparaiso plays its first PFL home game Saturday afternoon when it hosts the Butler Bulldogs in The Battle for the Hoosier Helmet as part of Homecoming weekend. The two schools first met in 1927 and the Crusaders have played the Bulldogs more than any other school in program history.
October 01, 2012
The Valparaiso football program, in partnership with the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), will be participating in the fifth annual Coach to Cure MD this Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. when the Crusaders host Butler University at Brown Field. The goal of Coach To Cure MD is to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood.
September 25, 2012
Check out the latest edition of the Valpo Coaches Show, as Crusader football head coach Dale Carlson discusses last Saturday's game against San Diego, how the Crusaders will use this week's bye week and looks ahead to Homecoming Saturday.
September 22, 2012
Valparaiso opened the Pioneer Football League slate on Saturday afternoon in San Diego, Calif., falling to host San Diego by a 51-14 score.
September 18, 2012
Valparaiso kicks off the Pioneer Football League schedule this Saturday with the longest road trip of the year as it makes the nearly 2,000 mile trip out to the West Coast, where the Crusaders face San Diego at 3 p.m. CDT.
September 15, 2012
The Valparaiso football team jumped out to a 17-7 lead less than 12 minutes into Saturday afternoon's game against Duquesne at Brown Field, but the Dukes scored the game's final 38 points as the Crusaders fell by a 45-17 score.
September 12, 2012
Valparaiso returns home for its final non-league game of the 2012 season Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., as the Crusaders host Duquesne out of the Northeast Conference. The game is the last of three non-league contests to prepare the Crusaders for the Pioneer Football League slate.
September 08, 2012
The Valparaiso football team opened up the road portion of its 2012 schedule on Saturday afternoon, falling 59-0 to Youngstown State, which entered the game ranked #6 nationally among FCS squads, in Youngstown, Ohio.
September 04, 2012
The Valparaiso football team continues the 2012 season on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Youngstown State to battle a traditional NCAA I-FCS national power. Fans can check out Coach Carlson's thoughts on last week's game and the matchup against the Penguins in the latest edition of the Valpo Coaches Show, by clicking the play button on the photo to the left.
August 31, 2012
Valpo Athletics announces the launch of a new social media fan engagement program where Crusader fans can show their support for Valpo Athletics and each individual team through a combination of in-game social media campaigns, engaging teams on social networks and earning rewards through our new Valpo Crusader Social Rewards program. Fans can visit ValpoRewards.com to start playing!
August 30, 2012
Valparaiso entered the fourth quarter of its season opener at Brown Field on Thursday night with a 34-27 lead, but Saint Joseph's (Ind.) scored twice in the final 15 minutes, including a six-yard touchdown run with 24 seconds to play, to down the Crusaders, 36-34.
August 28, 2012
The 2012 football season kicks off on Thursday night at Brown Field, as the Crusaders host Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) under the lights at 7 p.m. The game against the Pumas kicks off the 92nd season of intercollegiate football at Valpo and begins the third season in the tenure of head coach Dale Carlson.
August 22, 2012
Beginning in 2013, the Pioneer Football League will gain access to the Division I Football Championship through an automatic bid as a result of the NCAA Board of Directors approving a budget that will allow expansion of the tournament to 24 teams that season.
August 17, 2012
Valparaiso University’s football team will hold the annual Brown-Gold intra-squad scrimmage at Brown Field Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. The scrimmage is open to the public, free of charge.
August 05, 2012
The Valparaiso football program began preparation for the 2012 season today under the lights at 6:45 p.m. on Brown Field with its first official practice of the preseason. Fans can follow updates from camp into the 2012 season by following Coach Carlson on Twitter (@valpofb) or by bookmarking his blog at http://blogs.valpo.edu/football.
July 31, 2012
Valparaiso University senior punter Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville H.S.) has been selected as a Preseason All-Pioneer Football League team member as the league office released the preseason teams this afternoon.
July 30, 2012
The Valparaiso University football team has been projected to finish in 10th place in the Pioneer Football League in 2012, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches.
June 26, 2012
Valparaiso University senior punter Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville H.S.) has been named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Punter Award Watch List heading into the 2012 football season.
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