Legendary Valparaiso football player, Fuzzy Thurston, who starred on the Crusader football team from 1953-1955 and later went on to win six NFL Championships, passed away Sunday evening at the age of 80.
For the second straight season, junior linebacker Alex Green received Academic All-Pioneer Football League First Team nod. The mechanical engineering major led the Crusader defense in tackles (108) while boasting a 3.53 grade-point average. Barkley, Guilford, Hutson, Lang voted to Second Team.
Tanner Kuramata and Stuart Barkley represent the Valpo offense on the All-PFL Second Team, while Alex Green and John Guilford earn Second Team accolades on the defensive side of the ball. Graham III, Hall, Koeneman, Morgan, Nunes, Pennington receive Honorable Mention nods as announced by the league office Monday.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini chatted with Todd Ickow on Monday in the season's final installment of the Valpo Football Preview. Cecchini recapped the season finale win over Davidson, assessed the Crusaders' 2014 campaign, and discussed the task ahead for his coaching staff heading into the off-season.
Quarterback Ben Lehman became the second Crusader in three weeks to receive a PFL Player of the Week award as the senior was recognized for his 26-for-33 afternoon on Saturday. Lehman fired two touchdowns and recorded a season-high 78.8% completion percentage in Valpo's 27-13 victory over Davidson.
Dave Cecchini's first season as head football coach ended in celebration Saturday as Valparaiso knocked off Davidson 27-13 at Brown Field. The Crusaders (4-8, 2-6 PFL) put up points in every quarter and amassed 427 yards of total offense in their season finale victory. Tanner Kuramata hauled in ten passes for 122 yards as he concluded his Valparaiso career fifth all-time in receiving yards (2,315).
A season chock full of progress comes to a close Saturday afternoon as Valpo welcomes Davidson to Brown Field in a 1:00 pm kickoff. Senior QB Ben Lehman needs just 20 passing yards to reach 2,000 for the season, while junior linebacker Alex Green requires three stops for his second consecutive 100-tackle campaign.
Valpo head football coach Dave Cecchini and Todd Ickow reviewed Saturday's gut-wrenching loss to San Diego, noted the team's increased confidence level, and look ahead to season finale this Saturday at home versus Davidson.
The Crusaders fell on the road to San Diego on Saturday afternoon on a last-second Hail Mary, 32-27. Ben Lehman went 20-of-30 for 221 yards and two touchdowns, while Tanner Kuramata returned to action today with eight catches for 77 yards.
Valparaiso invades Southern California on Saturday for its penultimate game of the 2014 campaign. The Crusaders will carry the momentum of last week's 17-3 win over Butler into San Diego as the Toreros (8-1, 6-1 PFL) aim to clinch at least a share of the Pioneer Football League title.
Valpo head football coach Dave Cecchini joined Todd Ickow for this week's edition of the Valpo Football Preview. The two recapped Valpo's 17-3 statement win over Butler as well as what lies ahead for the Crusaders heading into their final road game of 2014.
Junior defensive end accumulated three sacks as part of a seven-tackle performance that propelled Valpo to a 17-3 victory over Butler. The win brought the Hoosier Helmet back to Valparaiso for the first time since 2007.
Valpo's defense yielded its lowest point total versus Butler in 69 years as the Crusaders rolled to a 17-3 triumph at Brown Field on Saturday. Senior Ben Lehman threw for 157 yards and two touchdowns and added 45 yards on the ground while John Guilford netted three sacks. For the Brown and Gold, it was their first victory over Butler since 2007.
Crusader junior John Guilford was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 5 First Team for his performance on the field and in the classroom. The defensive end's nomination makes him eligible for Academic All-American recognition.
After two weeks on the road, Valparaiso returns home to face off against Butler in the battle for the Hoosier Helmet. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 pm CT at Brown Field. 1,000 Crusader Scholarship Challenge points are up for grabs in what will be the Brown and Gold's second-to-last home game of the 2014 season.
Valpo head football coach Dave Cecchini and announcer Todd Ickow got together Monday for this week's edition of the Valpo Football Preview. The two looked back at this past Saturday's game at Dayton, looked ahead to Saturday's game versus Butler, and looked at some major contributions from true freshmen.
Valpo outgained Dayton 433-366 in total yards Saturday, but the Flyers sent the Crusaders into a tailspin with 28 unanswered points. Brandon Hall had his third 100-yard game in four weeks as the junior amassed 108 yards on 20 carries.
For the eighth time in the last nine seasons, Valpo opens the month of November away from Brown Field. The Dayton Flyers (5-0, 3-1 PFL) play host to the Brown and Gold on Saturday afternoon inside Welcome Stadium. The Flyers have enjoyed a 195-40-2 home record since moving there in 1974.
Valparaiso football head coach Dave Cecchini sits down with Todd Ickow on this week's edition of Valpo Football Preview, looking at the team's improved play last week at Morehead State, the emergence of Jarrett Morgan as a multi-faceted weapon, and the matchup this weekend at Dayton.
Valparaiso led Morehead State for over 59 minutes Saturday at Jayne Stadium. However, a four-yard touchdown run from Brandon Bornhauser with 17 seconds remaining gave the Eagles a 48-47 victory. The comeback spoiled Jarrett Morgan's thrilling debut on offense and special teams as well as outstanding efforts from Brandon Hall, J.J. Nunes, Alex Green, and Charles Carter.
The Crusaders hit the road for the first time in 29 days as they head to the Bluegrass State to take on the Morehead State Eagles. The last four meetings have all been shootouts with Valpo and Morehead State combining for no fewer than 52 points.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini and Todd Ickow talked about the Crusaders' defensive performance this past Saturday, the quarterback scenario heading into Morehead State, as well as the re-emergence of running back Jake Hutson in this week's edition of Valpo Football Preview.
Saturday will be a battle of first-year head coaches as Rick Fox guides his Bulldogs into Valparaiso versus the Dave Cecchini-led Crusaders. Drake's defensive line touts 12.5 sacks and 18 tackles for a loss through the team's first six games. Meanwhile, Valpo's offensive line has yielded just two sacks all season, the second-fewest in the nation.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini joined Todd Ickow on the Valpo Football Preview Monday. The two revisited the Crusaders' 55-7 victory over Missouri Baptist, touched upon wide receiver Andrew Cassara's status, and discussed what the Brown and Gold need to do to knock off a 3-3 Drake squad on Saturday.
Valpo football gave a packed Homecoming crowd at Brown Field Saturday afternoon quite the show, recording the highest point total by a Crusader team in over 18 years as they rolled to a 55-7 victory over Missouri Baptist.
Saturday's Homecoming football game will represent the first-ever athletic contest between Valparaiso and Missouri Baptist. The Brown and Gold are looking to give head coach Dave Cecchini his first home victory while the Spartans aim for their inaugural win as a football program. 1400 Crusader Scholarship Challenge points are up for grabs in the 1 pm tilt at Brown Field.
Todd Ickow caught up with head football coach Dave Cecchini Monday afternoon. Ickow and Cecchini recapped Saturday's loss to Marist, discussed receiver Tanner Kuramata's role in the offense, and looked ahead to what fans expect this week with Missouri Baptist coming to town for Homecoming.
Marist continued its winning ways over the Brown and Gold Saturday afternoon with a 35-7 victory at Brown Field. The Red Foxes took advantage of a pair of gaffes on Valpo's special teams while yielding just 239 yards of total offense.
The Crusaders played three of their first four games away from Brown Field. Saturday's noon kickoff represents the start of a three-game set at home as Marist comes to town in search of its first win. At halftime, Valparaiso University will recognize the 1964 Indiana Collegiate Conference Co-Champion team led by Hall of Famers Emory G. Bauer and Walt Reiner.
Seniors Ben Lehman and Andrew Cassara tallied career offensive numbers. Fellow senior Tanner Kuramata turned in a monster 2014 PFL debut as well, as he snagged six catches for 151 yards, but two critical turnovers proved too much to overcome for the Crusaders Saturday night in Buies Creek, N.C.
Valpo football will play under the lights for the third time in a month Saturday night when Campbell plays host to the Brown and Gold at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C. at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT. It will represent the seventh straight season the two teams have faced each other, with the Crusaders having won the last three meetings.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini sat down with Todd Ickow, the Voice of the Crusaders, on Monday. Cecchini and Ickow revisited Valpo's win last Saturday at William Jewell, the defense's role in the Crusader comeback, and what his team can expect from Campbell.
Trailing 22-7 after thirty minutes, Valparaiso rattled off 32 unanswered points to collect its first non-conference victory since Sept. 12th, 2009. Junior John Guilford piled up 13 tackles - 3.5 for a loss - and a sack as the Crusader defense recorded three takeaways over the final two quarters.
The Crusaders invade Liberty, Missouri this weekend seeking revenge for a 36-34 loss to William Jewell last September. Tanner Kuramata leads NCAA Division I FCS in receptions per game with 10.5 and is 8th in receiving yards per game (112).
Head football coach Dave Cecchini chatted with the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, on Monday. The pair discussed how the team handled its bye week, Valpo's upcoming matchup versus William Jewell, and the team's confidence level heading into this weekend.
Behind running backs Mike Anderson and Braxton Shelton, Saint Joseph's spoiled Valpo's home opener Saturday night with a 31-10 win over the Brown and Gold. Though the Crusaders manufactured just ten points, senior wide receiver Tanner Kuramata snagged a career-high 14 passes as part of a monster game.
Head coach Dave Cecchini's first game on Brown Field will be the 66th meeting between Valparaiso and Saint Joseph's. A victory Saturday night would not only snap a seven-game losing skid versus the Pumas, but it would signal the Crusaders' first win in a home opener since 2008.
Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow sat down with head football coach Dave Cecchini ahead of the home opener Saturday versus Saint Joseph's. The two reflected on the season opener at Western Illinois, the quarterback play, and the long-standing rivalry between the Pumas and Crusaders.
Freshman Kye Hall shined in his Crusader debut, leading the Valpo defense with 10 tackles - including one for a loss. But a speedy, strong Western Illinois squad prevailed with a 45-6 victory in its home opener. Tanner Kuramata hauled in seven catches for 76 yards as the senior wide receiver set game highs in both categories.
The last time Dave Cecchini was in Macomb, he helped lead Lehigh to a convincing 37-7 win over Western Illinois in the NCAA Div. I-AA playoffs on Nov. 25th, 2000. The first-year head coach looks to deliver similar results as the Crusaders and Leathernecks face each other for the second time in four years.
The Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, talked with head football coach Dave Cecchini in the first Valpo Football Preview of 2014. The two discussed the culture change within the program, the quarterback situation, and Coach Cecchini's last trip to Macomb.
With the 2014 football season just eight days away, Brad Collignon chatted with head coach Dave Cecchini, junior linebacker Alex Green, redshirt junior RB Jake Hutson, junior defensive end John Guilford, and senior wide receiver Tanner Kuramata as the Crusaders embark on a new chapter. Click on the video to see what they had to say about how this team has progressed since the spring, the transition to a new playbook, and goals for the upcoming season.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini announced the hiring of Tony Rouse and Adam Logan to the coaching staff Friday. Rouse will serve as the defensive line/strength and conditioning coach while Logan will take over as defensive backs coach.
As the Valparaiso football team prepares for its season opener at Western Illinois Aug. 28, catch a glimpse of a Crusader practice with first-year head coach Dave Cecchini as he gets Mic'd Up for Inside Valpo Athletics.
The 2014 football season opener is less than three weeks away. As energy in camp remains high, new coaching staff seeks to take advantage of a deep receiving corps heading into Aug. 28th debut in Macomb.