Three Valparaiso University football players that just graduated this past season were among the 721 total players selected nationwide as members of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.
Valparaiso will play its annual spring Brown and Gold football game on Saturday morning at Brown Field beginning at 11 a.m. This year’s format will again feature the offense against the defense and admission is free.
With temperatures expected to be in the 80s it will feel more like the opening of summer training camp, but spring football practice opens this afternoon (March 21) for Valparaiso University at Brown Field, the first of 15 workouts during the months of March and April.
Valparaiso University had 32 members of its football program named to the Pioneer Football League’s Academic Honor Roll for their work in the classroom during the Fall 2011 semester, nearly doubling the number of student-athletes from the 2010 season.
Valparaiso University offensive lineman Nate Blair (Crete, Ill./Andrean [Ind.] H.S.) has been named to the 14th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team.
Valparaiso University senior offensive lineman Nate Blair (Crete, Ill./Andrean [Ind.] H.S.) has been voted to the Academic All-Pioneer Football League’s First Team for his efforts both on the field and in the classroom.
Greg Wood earned Second Team All-Pioneer Football League honors for his efforts punting the football this season while six other Valparaiso University players received Honorable Mention accolades. Sean McCarty and Nate Blair earned Honorable Mention honors on the offensive side while Nikko Carson, Cody Gokan, Pat Derbak, and Laurence Treadaway represented the defense.
Valparaiso wraps up the 2011 season on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Davidson, N.C. to battle the Wildcats of Davidson College. The Crusaders are looking to continue the momentum that the team garnered last Saturday with their 34-31 victory over Campbell in the home finale.
Valparaiso University’s Eric Hoffman (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln H.S.) and Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville H.S.) both earned national recognition for their performances on the football field Saturday afternoon in the Crusaders’ win against Campbell.
Valparaiso University’s Eric Hoffman (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln H.S.) has been named the Pioneer Football League’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for four touchdowns, including the game winner, last Saturday in the Crusaders’ 34-31 victory over Campbell.
Gabe Ali-El (Randallstown, Md./Polytechnic Institute) caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from Eric Hoffman (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln H.S.) with 3:09 remaining gave Valparaiso the lead and the Crusaders held on to defeat Campbell 34-31 on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field, sending the Valpo seniors off in style in their home finale.
Valparaiso University senior offensive lineman Nate Blair (Crete, Ill./Andrean [Ind.] H.S.) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District V Football Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
The home portion of the 2011 football schedule comes to a close on Saturday afternoon as the Valparaiso Crusaders entertain the Campbell Camels. The 17 members of Valpo’s senior class will all be honored prior to kickoff.
Valparaiso heads to New York this Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders begin the final quarter of the 2011 football season facing Marist. This week’s contest is the third road game over the last four weeks for the Brown and Gold.
Valparaiso continues its road trip this Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders head west to the state of Iowa to battle Drake. The Crusaders are coming off of one of their best offensive outputs of the season last week at Butler, and look to continue putting up yardage this weekend.
Valparaiso kept the game close throughout the first half, but Butler took advantage of three second half turnovers and turned them into points as the Bulldogs defeated the Crusaders 42-14 to retain the Hoosier Helmet on Saturday afternoon at the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Battle for the Hoosier Helmet will take place on Saturday afternoon as Valparaiso heads south to Indianapolis, Ind. to take on longtime rival Butler. The two schools first met in 1927 and the Crusaders have faced the Bulldogs more than any other school in program history.
Touchdown drives on the first two possessions of the second half highlighted Valparaiso’s offense on Saturday afternoon but the Crusaders were not able to overcome a large halftime deficit in falling to San Diego 55-14 at Brown Field.
Valparaiso remains home at Brown Field this Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders welcome one of the Pioneer Football League’s co-leaders to town. The Crusaders will battle San Diego beginning at 1 p.m. before taking to the road for the next two games.
Valparaiso University running back Bobby Wysocki (Calumet City, Ill./Thornwood H.S.) has been named as one of 127 national semifinalists for the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s William V. Campbell Trophy which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation.
Valparaiso opens Pioneer Football League play on Saturday afternoon hosting Morehead State at Brown Field. The first of two straight home games for the Crusaders, the game is part of the school’s annual Homecoming celebration on campus this weekend.
Valparaiso wraps up the non-conference portion of the 2011 schedule on Saturday afternoon traveling to Pittsburgh, Pa. to battle Duquesne. The Crusaders are also wrapping up a two-game road trip before returning to Brown Field in two weeks, following a bye next Saturday, to open Pioneer Football League action.
After posting their high offensive output since 2008 last Saturday, Valparaiso takes to the road for the first time in 2011 traveling to Youngstown State to battle a traditional NCAA I-FCS national power. This week’s contest is the second of three straight non-conference games to open the season for the Crusaders prior to the start of Pioneer Football League action in October.
Valparaiso jumped out to a 14-point lead midway through the second quarter but Franklin rallied with three second half touchdowns and defeated the Crusaders 49-35 on a rainy Saturday evening at Brown Field in the season opener on the second annual Communiversity Day.
The 2011 football season kicks off on Saturday evening at Brown Field in Valparaiso as the Crusaders take on instate foe Franklin under the lights. The season opener is also part of Communiversity Day on the Valpo campus, with a wide variety of activities taking place leading up to kickoff between the Crusaders and Grizzlies.
As the 2011 football season gets set to kick off, the Valparaiso Crusaders look to continue rebuilding their program and moving up in the Pioneer Football League standings. Head coach Dale Carlson returns for year two at the helm of the Brown and Gold. He returns more than 40 letterwinners from one year ago, including six starters on each side of the football, and has brought in 46 freshmen as well as a couple of transfers.
Valparaiso University invites the Northwest Indiana community to celebrate the second annual Communiversity Day on Saturday, Sept. 3 which includes the football home opener against Franklin as well as volleyball’s Marriot Volley Brawl tournament.
Valparaiso University punter Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville H.S.) has earned Preseason First Team All-Pioneer Football League honors while tight end Kevin Becker (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson H.S.), offensive lineman Ferdinand Velez (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick H.S.), and linebacker Cody Gokan (Round Lake, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) were named Preseason Second Team All-PFL in Phil Steele's 2011 FCS College Football Preview.