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