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10 Crusaders Earn Postseason PFL Accolades
John Popper was a Second Team All-PFL pick as a return specialist.
John Popper was a Second Team All-PFL pick as a return specialist.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Led by Pioneer Football League First Team selection Ryan Kozey (Waterford, Wis./Union H.S.), Valparaiso University had 10 football players earn All-League honors for the 2008 season.

Kozey was the only Crusader named to the First Team, but Valpo had four players represented on the league’s Second Team.  Mozale McHenry (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park H.S.) and Ross Wiemer (Burlington, Wis./Burlington H.S.) represented the offensive while Ryan Koepke (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.) was a defensive pick.  John Popper (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman H.S.) was a Second Team All-PFL return specialist.

Five more Crusaders received Honorable Mention All-PFL accolades.  Ryan Myers (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.), Andrew Mack (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle H.S.), Adam Rundh (Aalborg, Denmark/Orjanskolan [Sweden] H.S.), Sean Dillon (Oak Lawn, Ill./Mount Carmel H.S.), and Anthony Curry (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville H.S.) were also selected by the PFL head coaches. 

Kozey, a senior offensive tackle, helped pave the way for the Crusader ground game this season.  A repeat First Team selection from 2007, he anchored a line that helped Valpo rushed for a PFL-leading 175.2 yards per game in 2008.

McHenry, a senior fullback, mainly was used as a blocker for the Brown and Gold.  He did have 10 carries on the year as well.

A junior running back, Wiemer led Valpo and was among the top three in the PFL in rushing in 2008.  He carried 142 times for 824 yards (74.9 ypg) and found the end zone 10 times.  Wiemer also caught 21 passes, tied for most on the team, for 136 yards on the year.

Koepke, a fifth-year senior linebacker, finished the season second on the team in tackles with 69.  He finished his career with more than 240, and had 4.5 tackles for loss in 2008.  He also intercepted a pass for the Crusaders.

Popper, a junior kickoff and punt returner, led Valpo with 1,356 all-purpose yards on the year.  He returned 16 punts for an average of 12.0 yards each, and returned one for a touchdown.  He also averaged 22.6 yards per kickoff return, including a long of 59 yards.

Myers was Valpo’s top wide receiver on the season, hauling in 21 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown.  The redshirt-freshman had a long of 40 yards, and averaged 12.8 yards per catch.

Mack finished fourth on the team in tackles with 51, including 5.5 for loss.  The defensive end had 1.5 quarterback sacks, broke up a pass, and was credited with four quarterback hurries on the year.

Rundh, a junior defensive lineman, had 42 stops, including 8.0 for loss on the year.  He was just named a Second Team Academic All-American, and led the Cruasers with 2.5 sacks.  He also recovered a fumble and blocked three kicks on special teams.

Dillon, a fifth-year senior linebacker, led Valpo with tackles with 87 on the season.  His 7.5 tackles for loss included a quarterback sack and he forced two fumbles and recovered two others.

Curry, a defensive back, led the PFL with seven interceptions on the season, and ranked among the top-five nationally in that category.  The junior also broked up six other passes and finished the year with 49 total tackles, including three for loss.

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 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
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
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
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