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Pair of Valpo Seniors Receive National Attention
Senior Patrick Derbak was invited to the PFL Senior Scout Bowl in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in December.
Senior Patrick Derbak was invited to the PFL Senior Scout Bowl in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in December.
Senior Alex Grask is one of 170 players in all of college football to be named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes student-athletes' contributions on and off the field.
Senior Alex Grask is one of 170 players in all of college football to be named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes student-athletes' contributions on and off the field.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Two veteran anchors on the Crusader defense were both recognized nationally Wednesday morning.

Senior linebacker Patrick Derbak (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) was elected to the 4th annual FCS Senior Scout Bowl in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on December 21st. The committee recognizes the top 4 players in each position every year. Several players who have participated in the FCS Senior Scout Bowl have gone on to play in the NFL including Sean Jeffcoat of the Arizona Cardinals, Jamie Childress of the New York Giants, and Jordan Campbell of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Derbak is second on the Crusaders in tackles with 29. His three tackles for a loss are a team-high.

"Pat has been a starter for us since midway through his freshman year. He has always been in the top five in tackles. He is a smart player and very deserving of this opportunity," head coach Dale Carlson said. 

"I'm very honored to be recognized for my abilities these past four years and grateful for the invitation to compete against some of the best talent in the FCS," Derbak said on the news.

While Derbak was awarded for his play on the field, fellow teammate Alex Grask (Naperville, Ill./Central) is garnering attention for his excellence in the classroom and the community.  

The senior was named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation's William V. Campbell Trophy. The NFF is chaired by former Pro Bowl quarterback Archie Manning. Candidates for the award must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, carry at least a 3.2 GPA, have outstanding football ability as a first team player, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. Past recipients include Peyton Manning, Kyle Vanden Bosch, and Tim Tebow.

"This is a tremendous honor for Alex Grask. He is included with some of the top student-athletes in all divisions of football. It also is a reflection of the quality of student-athlete we have in the football program at Valpo," Carlson said.

The NFF Awards Committee will narrow the field of 170 down to sixteen on Thursday, October 31st. Each of the sixteen will then receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship in addition to an invitation to the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City on December 10th.

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 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
M 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
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo