Valpo's acting head football coach Mike Gravier announced the program's year-end awards for the 2013 season Tuesday. Eight different Crusaders were recognized for their accomplishments on and off the field.
Junior Tanner Kuramata (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Claremont) was elected as the Offensive Most Valuable Player. Kuramata registered 56 receptions for 879 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013. His five kick returns for 77 yards boosted his all-purpose yard total to 956. Kuramata had a career day in Valpo's final game of the season versus Dayton, hauling in ten passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns.
Sophomore Alex Green (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville Community) was named Defensive MVP after his 110-tackle campaign. Green led all linebackers in tackles in the Pioneer Football League for the majority of the season. He collected at least a dozen tackles in five games this past season. Green is also on track to become a two-time PFL Academic Honor Roll nominee.
Gravier also recognized the scout team for its contributions. Redshirt sophomore Alex Hentgen (Wabash, Ind./Wabash) was the scout team's Offensive Player of the Year, freshman Steven Holman was chosen as Defensive Player of the Year, and John Nunes (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) earned Special Teams Player of the Year.
The annual Richard P. Koenig Award, which exemplifies moral character, academic, and athletic achievement went to offensive lineman Stuart Barkley (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest), who started all eleven games at left tackle.
Senior safety Alex Grask (Naperville, Ill./Central) was the recipient of the Joe Sever Trophy, which recognizes not only skill, but the courage, character, attitude, and achievement above and beyond the call of duty. Playing with an injured ankle for most of the season, Grask recorded 55 tackles, a fumble recovery, and led the team in interceptions (2).
Redshirt junior Dale Cook (Lake in the Hills, Ill./Jacobs [South Dakota State]) was named the Special Teams MVP. Cook recorded an interception in Valpo's 49-42 overtime win over Campbell on September 28th in addition to a blocked kick and 48 tackles.
2013 also saw quarterback Eric Hoffman (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln) become Valpo's career passing leader. The redshirt junior set a single season record for completions with 252 while throwing for 2,976 yards and 22 touchdowns. His career passing yards now equal 7,221, which moved David Macchi to second all-time. Hoffman also owns the record for career completions (706) and most passing yards in a game (495), which he accomplished against William Jewell on September 14th. At 7,155, he'll need just 474 yards next season to become Valpo's career leader in total offense.