Check out this week's edition of Inside Valpo Athletics as head coach Dave Cecchini, quarterback Scott Staal, running back Grayson Bastin, quarterback Ben Lehman, and running back Jake Hutson all reflect on Saturday's spring game and off-season practices.
Saturday saw another rite of spring come to Valpo as the 14th Annual Brown Gold game kicked off at Brown Field. With a new coaching staff in place, it gave fans a chance to see what could be an exciting team come early September.
Crusaders will play their annual spring Brown and Gold football game on Saturday morning, April 26 at Brown Field beginning at 11 a.m. The exhibition comes on the heels of head coach Dave Cecchini announcing a balanced 2014 recruiting class.
As part of Valparaiso University’s “Proud to Be Valpo” Day of Giving last week, the athletics department held the first-ever Athletics Alumni Challenge, and the response was tremendous, as 325 former Valpo student-athletes donated upwards of $41,000 to the athletics department. The football and men’s tennis programs each won a $5,000 challenge grant, boasting the greatest number of alumni to make a gift and the highest percentage of alumni to make a gift, respectively.
Crusader fans and alumni are invited to join new head football Dave Cecchini on Friday, March 14th at Mattone Restaurant and Bar in LaGrange Park, Ill. Free appetizers will be provided as well as a cash bar. Reserve your spot today by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 219.464.5537!
Former offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Lehigh brings wealth of Division I coaching experience, success to Valparaiso; Cecchini coached Cardinals receiver Andre Roberts at The Citadel, Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick at Harvard.
Acting head coach Mike Gravier announced Tanner Kuramata as the team's Offensive MVP, sophomore Alex Green as Defensive MVP for 2013, a season that saw Eric Hoffman become Valpo's career passing leader.
Eleven seniors played their final game in front of 1,600-plus fans Saturday. QB Eric Hoffman capped off a record-setting season, but two defensive TDs and a 100-yard kickoff return fueled Dayton 45-20 over the Crusaders at Brown Field.
Bulldogs recorded five touchdown drives of 50+ yards in first half en route to a 72-12 win over Valpo in a battle for the Hoosier Helmet. For the second straight week, Hoffman and Taibi connected for an 86-yard touchdown pass.
Saturday will mark the 72nd meeting between Valpo and Butler on the football field. The Crusaders look to spoil their instate rivals' aspirations of a PFL Championship in the Brown and Gold's final road game of the 2013 season.
Play-by-play man Todd Ickow spoke with head football coach Dale Carlson on Monday afternoon regarding Butler QB Matt Lancaster, Crusader running back Jabril Baker's effort against San Diego, and the need to remain disciplined against the first-place Bulldogs in Indianapolis this Saturday.
The Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, talked with head football coach Dale Carlson in this week's installment of the Valpo Football Preview. The two discussed San Diego QB Mason Mills, defending the pass against the Toreros, and the Crusaders' improved defense.
Valpo will make the trek across I-80 this weekend as it travels to Des Moines, Iowa for a Saturday tilt with the Drake Bulldogs. The Brown and Gold are seeking their first ever win at historic Drake Stadium.
The Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, chatted with head football coach Dale Carlson Monday afternoon. The two discussed the Drake Bulldogs, red zone opportunities, and an increased number of takeaways.
Valparaiso (1-4, 1-1 PFL) and Mercer (4-1, 1-1 PFL) collide for the first time ever on the football field Saturday. The Crusaders aim to get on the right side of the .500 mark in PFL play while the Bears are in their first season of football since 1941.
Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow talked about Mercer, what the Crusaders need to do to be successful, and running back Brandon Hall with Dale Carlson Monday in this week's installment of the Valpo Football Preview.
Red Foxes score a pair of touchdowns in first six minutes, retain possession of ball for over 22 of final 30 minutes in a 37-0 win over the Crusaders. Alex Green, Brandon Doepke, and John Guilford all record double-digit tackles in Valpo's first PFL loss of 2013.
The roles reverse this Saturday as Valpo becomes homecoming guests instead of homecoming hosts. The Marist Red Foxes welcome the Crusaders to Poughkeepsie, New York in a PFL showdown between two 1-0 teams.
Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow chats with head football coach Dale Carlson about Marist quarterback Chuckie Looney, the Red Foxes' defense, and what the Crusader offense needs to do to be successful Saturday in Poughkeepsie.
With the out-of-conference portion of the schedule complete, Valpo and Campbell will tangle Saturday at 1 p.m. in the first full week of Pioneer Football League play. Head coach Dale Carlson and his staff will be participating in the Coach To Cure MD campaign, a program focused on eliminating Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Duchenne MD is the most common fatal genetic disorder during childhood.
Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow caught up with head football coach Dale Carlson Monday. The two discussed the bye week, Campbell's two-QB system, and Valpo running back Jake Hutson's status for Saturday.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder affecting children. This Saturday Valparaiso football coaches will be participating in the Coach To Cure MD program. A $5 donation can be made by texting the word "CURE" to 90999.
Eric Hoffman shatters David Macchi's record for passing yards in a game, breaks own record for completions. Quarterback finishes 36 of 55 for 495 yards on the afternoon, but Crusaders allow five touchdowns and a late field goal to negate a 21-point fourth quarter comeback attempt.
Crusader football will be participating in the Spread the Love campaign at Saturday's game. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm and those attending are asked to bring a jar of peanut butter to help feed the hungry in local Lake and Porter counties. This week's game is the first of four that will feature free video streaming on valpoathletics.com.
Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow chatted with head football coach Dale Carlson Monday afternoon. See what Carlson had to say about Saturday's home opener versus William Jewell, improved special teams play, and more.
The Valparaiso football team entered the fourth quarter at Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) with a 23-18 advantage on Saturday, but the Pumas were able to put up 16 points in the quarter, including the eventual game-winning field goal with 4:51 to play, and a late Crusader fourth-down attempt came up short as Valpo fell by a 34-31 final.
Valpo and Saint Joseph's clash for the 65th time in school history this weekend. A year ago, Saint Joseph's marched 93 yards in the waning moments of Valpo's season opener to steal a 36-34 victory. The Crusaders will seek revenge in the Pumas' 2013 debut on Saturday.
Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow caught up with head football coach Dale Carlson Monday afternoon. See what Carlson had to say about Saint Joseph's key returners, limiting the big plays, and the kicking situation.
After three and a half weeks of training camp, the Brown and Gold will get their first regular season test against North Dakota Thursday evening. The Crusaders bring a ripe squad into Grand Forks for its season opener inside the Alerus Center.
Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow chatted with head football coach Dale Carlson Monday afternoon. See what the two had to say about the Brown and Gold game, a more mature Crusader roster, and what Valpo can expect from North Dakota in Week 1.
Valparaiso football head coach Dale Carlson announced today the addition of three assistants to the Crusader coaching staff for the 2013 campaign. John Snyder, who most recently was head coach at Chesterton H.S. and returns for his second stint as a member of the Valpo staff, will coach the running backs, while Kenton Evans will coach the quarterbacks and Eric Deutsch will assist in coaching the defensive line.
A pair of Valparaiso football players earned preseason Second Team All-Pioneer Football League accolades from Phil Steele's College Football Preview as the publication unveiled its preseason selections this week. Senior linebacker Pat Derbak (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) was a Second Team choice on defense, while sophomore running back Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) earned the Second Team nod both on offense and at kick returner.
Valparaiso sophomore running back Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) is among 30 players nationwide who have been named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) preseason watch list for its FCS All-Purpose Performer of the Year award.