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10 Crusaders Earn Postseason PFL Accolades
John Popper was a Second Team All-PFL pick as a return specialist.
John Popper was a Second Team All-PFL pick as a return specialist.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Led by Pioneer Football League First Team selection Ryan Kozey (Waterford, Wis./Union H.S.), Valparaiso University had 10 football players earn All-League honors for the 2008 season.

Kozey was the only Crusader named to the First Team, but Valpo had four players represented on the league’s Second Team.  Mozale McHenry (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park H.S.) and Ross Wiemer (Burlington, Wis./Burlington H.S.) represented the offensive while Ryan Koepke (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.) was a defensive pick.  John Popper (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman H.S.) was a Second Team All-PFL return specialist.

Five more Crusaders received Honorable Mention All-PFL accolades.  Ryan Myers (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.), Andrew Mack (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle H.S.), Adam Rundh (Aalborg, Denmark/Orjanskolan [Sweden] H.S.), Sean Dillon (Oak Lawn, Ill./Mount Carmel H.S.), and Anthony Curry (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville H.S.) were also selected by the PFL head coaches. 

Kozey, a senior offensive tackle, helped pave the way for the Crusader ground game this season.  A repeat First Team selection from 2007, he anchored a line that helped Valpo rushed for a PFL-leading 175.2 yards per game in 2008.

McHenry, a senior fullback, mainly was used as a blocker for the Brown and Gold.  He did have 10 carries on the year as well.

A junior running back, Wiemer led Valpo and was among the top three in the PFL in rushing in 2008.  He carried 142 times for 824 yards (74.9 ypg) and found the end zone 10 times.  Wiemer also caught 21 passes, tied for most on the team, for 136 yards on the year.

Koepke, a fifth-year senior linebacker, finished the season second on the team in tackles with 69.  He finished his career with more than 240, and had 4.5 tackles for loss in 2008.  He also intercepted a pass for the Crusaders.

Popper, a junior kickoff and punt returner, led Valpo with 1,356 all-purpose yards on the year.  He returned 16 punts for an average of 12.0 yards each, and returned one for a touchdown.  He also averaged 22.6 yards per kickoff return, including a long of 59 yards.

Myers was Valpo’s top wide receiver on the season, hauling in 21 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown.  The redshirt-freshman had a long of 40 yards, and averaged 12.8 yards per catch.

Mack finished fourth on the team in tackles with 51, including 5.5 for loss.  The defensive end had 1.5 quarterback sacks, broke up a pass, and was credited with four quarterback hurries on the year.

Rundh, a junior defensive lineman, had 42 stops, including 8.0 for loss on the year.  He was just named a Second Team Academic All-American, and led the Cruasers with 2.5 sacks.  He also recovered a fumble and blocked three kicks on special teams.

Dillon, a fifth-year senior linebacker, led Valpo with tackles with 87 on the season.  His 7.5 tackles for loss included a quarterback sack and he forced two fumbles and recovered two others.

Curry, a defensive back, led the PFL with seven interceptions on the season, and ranked among the top-five nationally in that category.  The junior also broked up six other passes and finished the year with 49 total tackles, including three for loss.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State