Legendary Valparaiso football player, Fuzzy Thurston, who starred on the Crusader football team from 1953-1955 and later went on to win six NFL Championships, passed away Sunday evening at the age of 80.
For the second straight season, junior linebacker Alex Green received Academic All-Pioneer Football League First Team nod. The mechanical engineering major led the Crusader defense in tackles (108) while boasting a 3.53 grade-point average. Barkley, Guilford, Hutson, Lang voted to Second Team.
Tanner Kuramata and Stuart Barkley represent the Valpo offense on the All-PFL Second Team, while Alex Green and John Guilford earn Second Team accolades on the defensive side of the ball. Graham III, Hall, Koeneman, Morgan, Nunes, Pennington receive Honorable Mention nods as announced by the league office Monday.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini chatted with Todd Ickow on Monday in the season's final installment of the Valpo Football Preview. Cecchini recapped the season finale win over Davidson, assessed the Crusaders' 2014 campaign, and discussed the task ahead for his coaching staff heading into the off-season.
Quarterback Ben Lehman became the second Crusader in three weeks to receive a PFL Player of the Week award as the senior was recognized for his 26-for-33 afternoon on Saturday. Lehman fired two touchdowns and recorded a season-high 78.8% completion percentage in Valpo's 27-13 victory over Davidson.
Dave Cecchini's first season as head football coach ended in celebration Saturday as Valparaiso knocked off Davidson 27-13 at Brown Field. The Crusaders (4-8, 2-6 PFL) put up points in every quarter and amassed 427 yards of total offense in their season finale victory. Tanner Kuramata hauled in ten passes for 122 yards as he concluded his Valparaiso career fifth all-time in receiving yards (2,315).
A season chock full of progress comes to a close Saturday afternoon as Valpo welcomes Davidson to Brown Field in a 1:00 pm kickoff. Senior QB Ben Lehman needs just 20 passing yards to reach 2,000 for the season, while junior linebacker Alex Green requires three stops for his second consecutive 100-tackle campaign.
Valpo head football coach Dave Cecchini and Todd Ickow reviewed Saturday's gut-wrenching loss to San Diego, noted the team's increased confidence level, and look ahead to season finale this Saturday at home versus Davidson.