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Iowa Hawkeyes names 2017 Football Leadership Group

June 30, 2017



IOWA CITY, Iowa – - The University of Iowa football program has named 18 players to the 2017 Leadership Group.  Head coach Kirk Ferentz announced the group Thursday.


The group includes all 17 seniors and junior DB Brandon Snyder.  The purpose of the group is to assist in formulating policies and being involved in team decision-making throughout the year.  Players are selected by a team vote.


“Our success is a product of the leadership provided by this group on an annual basis,” said Ferentz.  “The input and leadership is valuable to our entire program throughout the entire year, not just during the fall season.  Our older players are a valuable resource to our younger guys and set a great example of our expectations.”


The group consists of seniors DL Nathan Bazata, OL Ike Boettger, LB Bo Bower, DL Daniel Gaffey, DL Jake Hulett, LB Josey Jewell, LS Tyler Kluver, FB Drake Kulick, OL Boone Myers, LB Ben Niemann, TE Peter Pekar, DB Miles Taylor, WR Matt VandeBerg, RB Akrum Wadley, LB Kevin Ward, OL Sean Welsh, and TE Jon Wisnieski, along with junior DB Brandon Snyder.


The 2017 Hawkeye Leadership Group includes:


Nathan Bazata                         DL                   Senior                          Howells, Nebraska

Ike Boettger                             OL                   Senior                          Cedar Falls, Iowa

Bo Bower                                LB                   Senior                          West Branch, Iowa

Daniel Gaffey                          DL                   Senior                          Iowa City, Iowa

Jake Hulett                               DL                   Senior                          Springville, Iowa

Josey Jewell                             LB                   Senior                          Decorah, Iowa

Tyler Kluver                            LS                    Senior                          Marshalltown, Iowa

Drake Kulick                           FB                    Senior                          Muscatine, Iowa

Boone Myers                           OL                   Senior                          Webster City, Iowa

Ben Niemann                           LB                   Senior                          Sycamore, Illinois

Peter Pekar                               TE                    Senior                          Greendale, Wisconsin

Brandon Snyder                       DB                   Junior                          Larchwood, Iowa

Miles Taylor                            DB                   Senior                          Silver Spring, Maryland

Matt VandeBerg                       WR                  Senior                          Brandon, South Dakota

Akrum Wadley                        RB                   Senior                          Newark, New Jersey

Kevin Ward                             OLB                 Senior                          Homer Glen, Illinois

Sean Welsh                              OL                   Senior                          Springboro, Ohio

Jon Wisnieski                          TE                    Senior                          West Des Moines, Iowa




Findlay Oilers Football: Defense wins Annual Spring Game, 33-31

April 21, 2017

The University of Findlay football team held their annual spring game on April 21 at Donnell Stadium and the defense came away with a 33-31 win over the offense.

The defense started the game with a 24-0 lead on the scoreboard and the offense had 12 possessions to try and win the game. In the end, the defense forced three turnovers to score points and held off the offensive unit for the victory.

Adam Leonti led the way with eight tackles while Matt Davidson recorded seven. Austen Wood added five tackles, two tackles for a loss, a sack and an interception in the game as well.

Georgio Mack and Kenny Washington each recorded a fumble recovery while Luke Edwards and Justin Ellis each posted a sack.

Offensively, Austin Rettig had 11 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown while Demondre Blanks had 15 carries for 68 yards and a score.

Jason Moore recorded two catches for 73 yards, which included a 65-yard touchdown strike from Rhys Gervais. Gervais finished the game with 76 yards passing.




Dayton Flyers end Spring Football as Red dominates White 24-7

Crain, Jeske & Surges Named 2017 Team Captains Before Pre-Game Coin Toss

DAYTON –Behind three second-half touchdown runs by sophomore running back Sean Prophit, the Red team defeated the White Team 24-7 Sunday afternoon at Welcome Stadium. The game was the final event of the University of Dayton’s spring practice season, but it was hardly just the game.

As is the tradition at UD’s Spring Game, the next season’s team captains were announced at the pre-game coin flip. Rising redshirt senior linebacker Jack Crain, rising senior quarterback Alex Jeske, and rising senior defensive end Nick Surges were named 2017 team captains. Team captains are voted on by the team after the last spring practice, and results are kept secret until Sunday’s coin flip.

Crain has played in every game for the last three years (34 games) for the Flyers. In that time he has accumulated 216 tackles, including a career high of 105 in 2015. This success led Crain to a be a Second Team All-PFL Selection in 2016 as well as earning two First Team Academic All-PFL honors.

Speaking of academics, Crain is a two-time winner of UD’s John L. Macbeth Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award. The Macbeth award goes to the member of the team with the highest GPA who has completed at least four semesters.

Jeske was the recipient of the UD’s 2016 White-Allen Most Valuable Player Trophy. The Flyer signal caller was a dual-threat weapon on offense in in his second season as a starter, leading the Flyers in rushing yards (676), passing yards (1,936), and touchdowns (29).

These numbers helped Jeske finish lead the PFL in touchdowns responsible for (29), fourth in total offense in the league (2,623), and second in scoring (90 points). Jeske was Second-Team All-PFL. In addition, Jeske was named First Team Academic All-PFL for the second straight season last year.

Surges was also Second Team All-PFL and Second Team Academic All-PFL in 2016. He led the Flyers in sacks (8.5), QB hurries (8, tied) and fumbles forced (2). He was also second in tackles for loss (12.0). Among returnees, he was third in tackles (46).

All three captains hail from the Chicago suburbs. Crain is from Lisle, Jeske is from Glen Ellyn, and Surges is from Naperville. Crain and Surge were high school teammates at Benet Academy, while Jeske played at Glenbard South.

Just before the opening kickoff, the coaches’ choice for special teams captain was also announced. Christian Searles, who is also an all-league cornerback, was named. Searles is a senior who was First Team All-PFL as a return specialist in 2015. He also is from Chicago, and played his high school ball at Mt. Carmel.

Once the game got started the defenses held sway in the first half, as the only scoring was a 37-yard field goal by Mike Ruffolo to give the Red Team a 3-0 lead at the break. Coach Rick Chamberlin noted that the offenses found their rhythm in the second half, when all four of the game’s touchdowns were scored.

Sophomore Sean Prophit pushed Red’s advantage up to 10-0 with a short run on fourth down, but Kyle Kaparos found Markus Hurd from 17 yards out to make it 10-7. Prophit added two more scores to give Red the 24-7 win. A highlight on the White side were two interceptions by sophomore safety Tim Simon.

Following the game, the members of the 2017 recruiting class in attendance were paired with their “Big Brother.” Each incoming freshman is paired with an upperclassman who helps them adjust to college football heading into their first season on campus.

“It was a really good way to wrap up our spring,” head coach Rick Chamberlin said. “We’ve had a competitive spring, and we had some good plays on both sides today.”
“We wanted our upperclassmen to develop consistency on a daily basis during our spring practices and I think we did that. We’re not ready to play a game by any stretch. We need to improve in a lot of areas. But what we accomplished this spring puts us in a good position to have a good summer and be ready when camp starts in the fall.”

UD opens the season on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Robert Morris. The Flyers open at home against Southeast Missouri State on Saturday, Sept. 9. Game time is 1 p.m. ET.

Dayton Flyers Spring Football Game this Sunday at 1:00 pm; Marshall & McDonald to be honorary coaches

Both Were Teammates On UD’s 2007 I-AA Mid-Major National Championship Team

DAYTON – Two members of the University of Dayton’s 2007 Pioneer Football League champions, Gridiron Classic champs and I-AA Mid-Major national championship team – Matt Marshall and Steve McDonald – will serve as Honorary Coaches for Sunday’s Flyer football Spring Game. Marshall will coach the White Team, while McDonald will cover the Red Team.

Sunday’s kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET at Welcome Stadium.  Admission is free and the first 200 fans will receive free ice cream. Gates will be open at 12:15 p.m. ET.

In addition, the game will be broadcast live on 1290 WHIO Radio and streamed on 

Marshall and McDonald were both mainstays of the 2007 championship season.  Marshall played in all 13 games at running back in UD’s newly retooled one-back offense, while McDonald started at the Flyer position.  The Flyers went 12-1 in 2007, the only loss coming by a touchdown at Morehead State.  UD outscored its opponents by nearly 30 points a game during its season-ending seven game win streak.
It’s somewhat appropriate that the 2007 team is the team to be honored at the Spring Game, because Sunday will also be the first time new quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Kevin Hoyng will be “in action.”  Hoyng was the quarterback on the 2007 team, and was named the PFL’s Offensive Player of the Year.
A two-time captain, Hoyng holds the Flyer career records for total yardage (9,528), passing yards (8,862), and touchdown passes (59). He began his college coaching career at UD in 2009, and spent five seasons on the Flyer staff before serving as Wittenberg’s offensive coordinator in 2014, 2015 and 2016. caught up to both Honorary Coaches and asked each four questions in advance of their returning to UD for this year’s spring game.

DAYTONFLYERS.COM: What are you doing now?

MARSHALL: I’m married to my wife Ariel and we have four kids. Three boys and one girl — Mikah (9), Shae (7), Julian (4), and baby Leo (5 months).  We live in Bellbrook.  I’ve been in consulting since graduation and I’m an Account Executive helping some of the biggest companies across the globe.  My job is to build relationships, negotiate services contracts, and define solutions to address business and IT challenges.  I’ve had the opportunity to work with companies like P&G, Amtrak, LexisNexis, 5/3 and most recently I’m focused on helping Kroger expand their sales, customer experience, and operations.

McDONALD: I reside in Centerville with my wife Colleen (UD class of ‘09) and two-year-old daughter Sydney. I teach Economics and U.S. History at Kettering Fairmont where I am also currently the head track coach. In the fall, I coach defensive backs at Huber Heights Wayne and have also coached middle school wrestling the last eight seasons.

DAYTONFLYERS.COM: What is your best memory of Dayton football?

MARSHALL: Has to be the running beasts on the real Astroturf…maybe 7 on 7 on the Astroturf (I have the turf burn scars to prove it)…watching films with coach Ochs…coach Kelly’s pregame speeches…listening to coach Whilding go nuts when running backs would make too many cuts (probably the reason he shaved his mustache our senior year)…getting the bus ride movies approved “seeing how long before they got turned off”…away game pregame meals/meetings…but seriously after we had a losing season our true senior year (the first one in a while at UD), we all deciding to come back a 5th year where we put in a brand new offense and beat Albany in the national championship.  We were all playing for something knowing none of us would ever play football again.

McDONALD: Although I didn’t know it at the time it was the last game of football I ever played in 2008.  We came back from a 22-6 first-half deficit to beat San Diego 30-22 and snap their four-year, 28-game home win streak.  Our defense played an unbelievable game and the combination of exhaustion and euphoria I felt afterwards was indescribable.

DAYTONFLYERS.COM: What are you most looking forward to about coming back to the Spring Game?

MARSHALL: I’m excited to talk to the kids.  I remember being in their shoes trying to earn a spot my freshman year and how important that spring game was for the rest of my career.  I’m looking forward to sharing what being a Flyer and tradition means to me. I want to get the kids to relax and enjoy playing the game.  I’m looking forward to some big hits which was one of my favorite things to do!  (Editor’s note:  This is from an offensive player!)

McDONALD: It will be awesome to be able to speak to the team before the game and to be able to “coach” beside many of the coaches who I have always looked up to and who I continue to seek guidance from today.
DAYTONFLYERS.COM: What was your reaction when Coach Chamberlin asked you to come back?
MARSHALL:  It was my birthday when I got the call!  I said I couldn’t have thought of a better surprise.  I then said “Coach Chamberlain you recruited me so it all makes sense now!” :)
McDONALD: I typically try to make it back for a game or two every season but was thrilled to be asked to participate in the Spring Game and did not hesitate to say yes.  I am honored to be able to represent our national championship team and am very excited to see some old faces and get to know a few new folks as well.

Both coaches’ most important role at the Spring Game will be sharing their experiences with the team and connecting Flyer football’s past with its present, but they are also looking forward to making each call – to go for it or to kick – on fourth down.
Following the scrimmage, the Flyer recruiting class of 2021 will join their new teammates on the field in the first step together toward the 2017 season, which will be less than 150 days away.

Big Ten 2017 Preseason Football Notes


• Penn State was crowned Big Ten Champion after its 38-31 victory over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. It was the Nittany Lions’ fourth Big Ten title and first since 2008. Penn State will look to repeat as conference champions for the first time in program history …

• Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin will all look to repeat as division champions this season, as the Badgers finished 7-2 to win the West Division and the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions both completed the season with 8-1 marks to finish tied atop the East Division. Last season’s divisional crowns marked the second for Penn State, third for the Badgers and fifth for the Buckeyes …

• The 2017 campaign will feature 33 All-Big Ten players (seven first-team, 12 second-team, 14 third-team) and 46 honorable mention selections from last season …

• The winners of five of the 14 regular-season individual awards from last season will also hit the field again this fall. Penn State’s Saquon Barkley was named the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and the Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year, while Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett was tabbed the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year and Mike Weber was chosen as the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year. Minnesota’s Emmit Carpenter was named the Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year …

• The Big Ten will welcome three new head coaches to the sidelines for the 2017 campaign in Indiana’s Tom Allen, Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck and Purdue’s Jeff Brohm …

• Allen first joined the Indiana football staff as associate head coach in 2016. A 25-year coaching veteran, Allen helped lead a dramatic turnaround of Indiana’s defense in 2016, just as he had done before at Ole Miss and South Florida …

• Fleck heads to Minnesota after spending four years as the head coach at Western Michigan, where he was 30-22 overall and 21-11 in the Mid-American Conference. While leading the Broncos, Fleck authored one of the most memorable turnarounds in college football history. The Broncos were 1-11 in his first year in 2013, but ended last season with a 13-1 record, a conference championship and a berth in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic …

• Brohm comes to Purdue from Western Kentucky, where he compiled a 30-10 overall record, including a 19-5 Conference USA mark, from 2014 to 2016. The Hilltoppers were league champions in 2015 and 2016, the first back-to-back titles as an FBS member in school history …

• The seventh annual Big Ten Football Championship Game will once again determine the Big Ten Champion. The 2017 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be broadcast in prime time by FOX on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis …

• Beginning in 2016, each school played three teams from the other division as part of its nine-game schedule. The cross-division games include one protected matchup on an annual basis between Indiana and Purdue. As a result of the nine-game conference schedule and the Big Ten’s schedule rotation, every player will have the opportunity to play against every other team in the conference at least once during a four-year period …

• The Big Ten continues to feature the largest and most diverse postseason lineup in conference history this season, with 16 potential bowl destinations spread across the country. The Big Ten’s bowl lineup is highlighted by games against quality opponents from the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, Conference USA and Mountain West in California, Florida, Michigan, New York, Tennessee and Texas, along with the opportunity to visit four other outstanding postseason venues as part of the College Football Playoff …

• Eleven Big Ten teams will square off against at least one non-conference team that participated in a bowl game last season, with 17 total games against squads coming off bowl trips. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue and Rutgers will each face two non-conference bowl teams in 2017, while Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin will each play one bowl opponent outside the conference schedule …




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