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Play Video Dale Carlson is in his fourth year as head coach at Valparaiso.
Dale Carlson is in his fourth year as head coach at Valparaiso.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Brown and Gold Rush

Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) opened up the Valpo offense last season as the then-redshirt freshman averaged 5.0 yards per rush en route to a 753-yard season. The sophomore can expect to receive the lion's share of the carries with the forceful Brandon Hall (Muskegon, Mich./Orchard View) spelling relief.

With a formidable ground attack established, options will be created for quarterback Eric Hoffman (Manitowoc, Wisc./Lincoln) and a deep receiving corps. Redshirt junior Fred Gladney (Milwaukee, Wisc./Dominican) is coming off a 2012 season that saw the receiver haul in a team-high 42 catches. Head coach Dale Carlson also envisions big things out of junior receiver Tanner Kuramata (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Claremont). Kuramata represents a trusted target as he led the Crusaders with three touchdown receptions last year.

On the Defense

Tyson Silveus is in his second season as defensive coordinator with the Crusaders. Silveus saw modest gains out of his defensive core last season and expects that trend to move forward in 2013. Last year's team allowed 27 fewer first downs than the season prior. What was perhaps more impressive was the fumble factor. In 2011, Valpo forced just nine fumbles. Last season, the defense caused 24 fumbles, recovering half of them.

All the ingredients are present for sophomore John Guilford (Spencer, Ohio/Black River) to have a massive season. The defensive lineman reported to training camp considerably stronger than in his freshman campaign. Still, Guilford was atop the team leaderboard in sacks (3) and tackles for a loss (6.5) a year ago. Providing both adept tackling and senior leadership in the secondary is Alex Grask (Naperville, Ill./Central). Grask recorded 113 tackles in 2012 and the three-time PFL All-Academic Honor Roll member possesses an advanced ability to read offenses. Senior Pat Derbak (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) has become a consistent force at linebacker. Derbak ended the 2012 season with 73 tackles, six for a loss.

Special Teams

Last season's First Team All-PFL punter Greg Wood has graduated and Carlson will now rely on redshirt junior Mike Pando (Hamilton, Mich./Hamilton) for both punts and kicks for Week 1 with sophmore Josh Young (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) also available for kicking duties. Redshirt freshman punter Alex Kozlowski is expected to get a look in subsequent weeks and true freshman kicker Jacob Newman (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Lawrenceburg) carries an impressive prep resume.

Carlson expects Hutson to work punt return duties. Hutson returned eight punts last season and averaged over 12 yards per return. Junior Devan Gadson (Orlando, Fla./Freedom) is slated to return kickoffs. Gadson ran back eight kickoffs for 172 yards in 2012.

Scouting the Opposition

The early half of the schedule provides the Crusaders with an opportunity to gain momentum towards a tougher latter half. After the North Dakota game, Valpo will be given the chance to exact revenge on Saint Joseph's in Week 2. Last season, the Pumas constructed a 93-yard drive in the final three minutes of the game to defeat the Crusaders 36-34 and spoil the season opener.  William Jewell will come to Brown Field on Saturday, September 14th before Campbell makes its trip to Northwest Indiana to kick off Pioneer League play. The Crusaders handed the Campbell Camels a 41-21 loss in Buies Creek, North Carolina last November. First-year program Mercer will host the Brown and Gold in Week 6.

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo