Two Crusaders Named to Academic All-Star Team
Ryan Koepke is one of two Crusaders named to the Academic All-Star Team.

Two Crusaders Named to Academic All-Star Team
Friday, December 19, 2008

Valparaiso University had two football players among the 43 members named to the 11th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team.

Ryan Kozey (Waterford, Wis./Union  H.S.) and Ryan Koepke (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.) each represented the Crusaders on the team, which was selected by the FCS ADA.  Nominees had to have a minimum 3.20 grade point average as well as a starter or key reserve.  They also must be in their second year of athletics, participated in 50% of the games played at their designated position, and be a starter or key reserve with legitimate athletics credentials.

Kozey is a senior offensive lineman and a two-time First Team All-Pioneer Football League selection for the Crusaders.  A team captain and a three-year starter, he is a civil engineering major with a 3.75 grade point average and has been named to the PFL Fall Academic Honor Roll three times.  Last year, he also was named to the league’s All-Academic Team.

Koepke is a senior linebacker and a two-time Second Team All-PFL pick for the Brown and Gold.  Also a team captain, he is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.64 GPA and has been named to the PFL Academic Honor Roll three times in addition to last season’s All-Academic Team selection.  This season he finished second on the team with 69 tackles.