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.