Tanner Kuramata (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Claremont), Stuart Barkley (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest), Alex Green (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville Community), and John Guilford (Spencer, Ohio/Black River) were named to the All-Pioneer Football League Second Team, as announced by the league office Monday.
Kuramata, Valpo's leading receiver in 2014, hauled in 67 catches for 864 yards and two touchdowns. His 864 receiving yards were the second-most in the league this past season. The 2013 PFL Honorable Mention recipient concluded a fine career with the Brown and Gold that saw 180 catches for 2,315 yards and 14 touchdowns. Kuramata now ranks fifth all-time in career receiving yards at Valpo.
Barkley served as the anchor of an offensive line that boasted the lowest sack rate in the nation (0.42 sacks allowed/game). The senior appeared in 43 games, receiving an overwhelming majority of starts beginning in his sophomore campaign. Barkley was named All-PFL Honorable Mention a season ago.
Green logged his second consecutive 100-tackle season at middle linebacker for the Crusaders. The junior finished 5th in the PFL in tackles per game (9.0) and helped spark a 16.7 points per game defensive improvement from 2013. Green also received an All-PFL Honorable Mention nod last season.
Guilford ramped up his production from an already-effective 2013. The junior defensive end racked up a team-high 5.5 sacks to go with 13 tackles for a loss. Guilford recorded 74 tackles, the third-most of any Crusader defender. He was a 2013 All-PFL Honorable Mention selection.
Six Crusaders were named All-PFL Honorable Mention: Melvin Graham III (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central), Brandon Hall (Muskegon, Mich./Orchard View), Nate Koeneman (Dallas, Texas/Lutheran), Jarrett Morgan (Cooper City, Fla./Cooper City), J.J. Nunes (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Lutheran), and Spenser Pennington (San Diego, Calif./Del Norte).
Graham III registered an interception in addition to 60 tackles on the season. The defensive back also led the Brown and Gold in pass breakups and passes defended.
Hall tallied the third-most rushing touchdowns in the PFL in 2014. The junior ran for 855 yards on 173 touches. Koeneman, a redshirt junior and captain, started eleven games at center on the impermeable Crusader offensive line.
As a freshman, Morgan was a highlight-reel talent for Valpo. He had one of the best seasons on special teams in any player in Division I FCS. Morgan's four blocked kicks were the most in the PFL and ranked third in the country. Once inserted as the full-time kick returner, he embraced his role as a game-changer. Morgan's 34.9 yards per kickoff return led the nation. He broke off returns for 91 and 74 yards en route to a campaign that saw him accumulate 608 all-purpose yards. The Florida native became more incorporated in the Crusader offense in Week 10 and ended up averaging 8.3 yards per rush on 14 carries including a touchdown.
Nunes was perhaps the most improved defensive player for Valparaiso. The sophomore registered 85 tackles at defensive back, the second-most of any Crusader.
Fullback Spenser Pennington, a freshman, caught just six passes in 2014, but he snagged them when it counted. Of his six catches, three were for a touchdown.