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Two Crusaders Earn Preseason All-Conference Honors from Phil Steele
Nate Blair garnered preseason Second Team honors. (Ray Acevedo)
Nate Blair garnered preseason Second Team honors. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Valparaiso University’s Nate Blair (Crete, Ill./Andrean [Ind.] H.S.) and Nikko Carson (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township H.S.) have both been named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Second Team. 

Blair, a junior offensive lineman, started all 11 games for the Crusaders at left tackle last season, helping to anchor the Valpo offensive line.  He earned Honorable Mention All-PFL honors for the Brown and Gold in 2009.

Carson, a junior defensive lineman, had 43 tackles, including a team-best 11 for loss.  He had five sacks, forced a fumble, and recovered another.  He also was an Honorable Mention All-PFL selection, and has recorded 71 total tackles, including 14 for loss during his first two years at Valpo.

Phil Steele annually produces a complete college football preview, including every NCAA I-FCS conference and school.  The complete preseason all-conference selections can be found in his various publications as well as at www.philsteele.com.

W Soccer Belmont Brown Field
Aug 22, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
W Soccer IUPUI Brown Field
Aug 24, 1:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
W Soccer Valpo Phoenix, Ariz.
Aug 29, 9:00 p.m. Grand Canyon
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
W Soccer Valpo Flagstaff, Ariz.
Aug 31, 2:00 p.m. Northern Arizona
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
W Soccer Ball State Brown Field
Sep 5, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Sep 7, 2:30 p.m. Western Illinois
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler