A Page -- Nov. 10, 2011 -- PM Edition

“Hallettism” has turned basement life into upper-floor life for Heidelberg football; Student Princes enjoying best season in 17 years under former Mount Union under wing

By Kristen Schneider

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer

The past four years have been all about trust for Heidelberg football. Trust in coaches, trust in a team and trust in its abilities.

That trust began to build in December 2006, when head coach Mike Hallett assumed the post in leading the Heidelberg University football program.  In the four years prior to Hallett’s arrival, Heidelberg was 1-39.  In 2007, Hallett’s first season as head coach, the Student Princes went 4-6, their best season since 1994.

It was clear Hallett knew how to win.

In 2008, Hallett recruited 17 of the seniors who will be playing in their last game in the Tri-Color and introduced them to what senior tight end and team co-captain Jozey Hill (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington North) calls “Hallettism.”

“Hallettism is coach’s approach in creating football players, which is much more than just men with raw talent,” says Hill. It takes toughness to build these sorts of men, which has been proven time and again over the past five seasons.  This toughness, as several Student/Athletes will attests to, makes Hallett the best coach many of these seniors have had.

Coming in, the class of 2012 put full faith in his coaching tactics and began on the road to success.

As one of the biggest classes to make it through four years in the program, Hallett is to thank. His passion and vision have conjured up conviction within his student-athletes and keeps them motivated on the path to success.

“He would always say that we would get where we wanted to go if we just kept at it,” says senior linebacker John Irwin (Westerville/St. Francis De Sales).

And get there they did. Now, in 2011, the team has secured its first winning season since 1994, when the Berg went 7-3 under Dick West.  A win today against Ohio Northern would mark the best record since the 1993 team finished 8-2.

The senior class has finally found what was missing in previous seasons and is excited about where it has come from.  The seniors enter the match-up with Ohio Northern with a 39-game record of 20-19 and are aiming to become the winningest four-year class in nearly 20 years.

In the past there have been strong leaders who have left their mark on those heading the team today. In the beginning, there were Student/Athletes like Lucas Bauer, Brian West and former All-American defensive tackle and current graduate assistant coach Matt Grieves setting the example.

Then, in 2010, former Ohio Athletic Conference offensive back of the year and current graduate assistant coach Andrew Miller and Tennessee Titans practice squad wide receiver Mike Preston began working to provide their teammates with the tools to continue their legacy. 

  
Grafton's Fadenholz (L), Jozey Hill (R)

Now, however, “Instead of three or four main leaders, it’s more like having co-leaders, where everyone is willing to step up,” says senior linebacker Andy Fadenholz (Grafton/Keystone).

As leaders, there are three main stipulations that coach Hallett places on his Student/Athletes. First, they must lead by example. They must be at the forefront of the team showing others how to act, how to work out and how to bring “it” at practice. Second, they must communicate in a positive manner. When the daily grind gets tough, it is their job to pick each other up and motivate the team. Finally, they must genuinely care about every Student/Athlete and show that through their actions and attitude.

“This senior class has met every challenge I’ve thrown at them,” says Hallett.

With a step in the right direction following the 2007 season, however, there were great expectations for the 2008 recruiting class. “I had been apart of a few teams who had been on the verge of surpassing good and becoming great,” says Hill of considering his choice to attend the Berg.

When Hill and his fellow teammates joined, they were fully aware of the task at hand — the shift from good to great — and in combination with the Student/Athletes who saw the 0-10 seasons, they each were excited about their potential and coach Hallett. The shift began here, with the change in the mentality of “we can win” to “we are expected to win.”

Winning did not come easily or quickly for the class of 2012. They saw two seasons (2008-09) of the same 4-6 record, but continued to have faith and were driven by a common love of the game. “No one wanted to quit,” says senior Steven Carozza (Orrville). “Not everyone gets to play college sports, and we’re blessed.”

They continued to fight.  They continued to build a family. Establishing this bond, faith set in and it was no longer just the belief in the Hallett’s vision, but belief in the person playing next to them.

Coach Hallett

Finally, in 2010, they reached the .500 mark and ended the season at 5-5. With a taste of success, coach Hallett brought in a new recruiting class and introduced them to Hallettism. Having learned from previous classes, the seniors introduced their own tactics as well.

The upperclassmen welcomed the freshmen, creating more than just a team, but a family.  And trust. That faith led to a renewed commitment to the program and gradually the team found consistency.

“Football is all about consistency because the difference between winning and losing can be marginal. Consistency is the ingredient to success,” says Hill.

If nothing else, the senior class will leave behind the mark of consistency.  The program has consistently improved during their four years and, with each year, is increasingly closer to the ultimate goal. It hasn’t just been Hill, Carozza, Fadenholz and Irwin, though.

“We have guys who know how to win and stop at nothing to accomplish that,” says Hill.

  
Vermilion's Horton (L), Painesville's Sheahan (R)

It hasn’t mattered whether those men who strive to win have been the men making the plays on the field or the men playing a role on the scouting team. Either way, they have been devoting themselves to the role that the team needs them to play. It has been players like offensive linemen Derrick Arbogast (Tiffin/Calvert), Adam Hine (Cleveland/Garfield Heights), Kris Horton (Vermilion), Ryan Morgan (Elyria/Senior), Trent Stevens (Ft. Myers, Fla./Fort Myers) and Cassady Willford (Rutland/Meigs); defensive lineman Nic Dyer (Alger/Upper Scioto), Delvon Graham (Garfield Heights), and Jacob Mitchell (Wyandotte, Mich./Wynadotte); defensive back Tony Gordon (Euclid); linebacker Dale Perkowski (Garfield Heights); and wide receivers CJ Powell (Detroit, Mich./Bishop Foley) and wide receiver James Sheahan (Painesville/Lake Catholic).

  
Garfield Heights products Delvon Graham (L), Dale Perkowski (R)

But when teammates, coaches and the community look back at the four years from 2008-11, they won’t remember the sacks against this team or the interceptions against that team. They, instead, will remember the impact these seniors had on the program and the way they fought, day in and day out.

While many might say that 2011 was the year Heidelberg finally won the battle, it was really a culmination of four years of breaking down barriers that has lead to the “build-up” of what they are today.

That started with buying into the vision and establishing standards for each and every Student/Athlete, both future and current.

These standards combined with the senior class’s help in the recruitment and retention of Student/Athletes that could fulfill the demands of both the academic and athletic demands of Heidelberg football.

Without those willing and able to meet these demands, Hallett’s vision would have been impossible to complete.

In his first year, 2007, Hallett knew there would be challenges, as there are for any new coach coming into a program.  He knew, however, of the tradition the program once had, stemming from its undefeated Stagg Bowl championship season of 1972, and knew that it could get back to that point. Since then, the team has been working to reestablish itself in the OAC—no easy task, considering it is one of the toughest conferences in NCAA Division III.

But for this group of Student/Athletes, winning was not accomplished on Saturday. It was accomplished in the off-season, in the weight room, in the film sessions, and on the practice field.  “Our record didn’t matter,” says Fadenholz. “We had faith that wins would come if we just continued to do the right things.”

While this may be true in the minds of the Student/Athletes, it is certainly a different story from a coach’s and spectator’s perspective. All over Tiffin there is buzz about the Student Princes because of the senior class and what it gives to the program each day.

 The seniors who will play in their last game as Student Princes today have gradually been leaving the program better than they found it. “I’m proud of them,” says Hallett.  “They will find great success because they have earned the right to be great.”

And perhaps that is how they will be remembered; as a group of guys with a shimmer of hope who battled against the odds to achieve greatness and came out with something much better than a ring: a legacy.

Note on story’s author -- In addition to being a Student/Writer, Schneider is a Student/Athlete (soccer) at the Berg.

FLYERS BEGIN THE 2011-12 CAMPAIGN AGAINST WESTERN ILLINOIS ON SATURDAY

The University of Dayton Flyers will commence their 104th season of basketball hosting the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Saturday from Tom Blackburn Court at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be carried by WHIO Radio and is available with live streaming video, stats on Gametracker and streaming audio at DaytonFlyers.com.
 
ABOUT WESTERN ILLINOIS
The Fighting Leathernecks finished their 2010-11 campaign, a season dismantled by injuries, 7-23 overall and 2-16 in the Summit League. Western returns five players, including three starters to the 2011-12 roster, while welcoming six newcomers. The player to watch for Western Illinois is Ceola Clark III, a guard who was named to the Preseason All-Summit Second Team. Clark played only six games last season and scored 10.7 ppg. Western will also welcome back senior guard Tommie Tyler, junior forward Jack Houpt, sophomore center David Gebru and sophomore guard Billy Molinari. Clark III, Molinari, Tyler and Gebru played a combined 32 games last season due to injuries.
 
SERIES STUFF
Western Illinois leads the all-time series 2-0. The Leathernecks defeated Dayton 90-82 in 1993 and 77-70 a year later. Both meetings were at UD Arena.
 
OPENING DAY HORS D’OEUVRES
• The Flyers have won six consecutive opening games and nine of their last 10.
• The last time the Flyers broke the 100-point scoring mark in a season opener was on Nov. 23, 1991 when UD defeated Austin Peay 101-94.
• All-time at UD Arena, Dayton is 38-4 in home openers.
• At one point, the Flyers had a 23-game home opener winning streak from 1969 to 1991.
• This is also the first home opener for Flyers head coach Archie Miller. UD’s previous five head coaches (Tom Blackburn, Don Donoher, Jim O’Brien, Oliver Purnell and Brian Gregory) each won their first home games.
 
DAYTON PICKED SIXTH IN ATLANTIC 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL

The University of Dayton men’s basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic 10 this season in a poll of coaches and media. Senior forward Chris Johnson was a preseason Second Team All-Atlantic 10 pick.

Miami Hockey Hosts No. 4/5 Michigan in Weekend Series

RedHawks battle Wolverines Friday and Saturday

THE GAME

Coming off its first sweep of the season, Miami (4-6-0, 2-4-0-0 CCHA) returns home to host No. 4/5 Michigan in a CCHA series Friday and Saturday at Steve Cady Arena. Puck drop Friday is at 7:35 p.m. while Saturday’s game starts at 7:05 p.m. The RedHawks are looking to improve upon their 1-3 record at home this year after getting swept by No. 18 Lake Superior State when Miami was last in Oxford.

The ‘Hawks swept Alaska in Fairbanks last weekend with a pair of 2-1 wins, earning their first league wins of the year while snapping a five-game losing streak. The one goal allowed in each game was a season low. On Friday, junior Reilly Smith scored the game-winner midway through the second period to break a 1-1 tie, which was his team-best fifth goal of the year. Saturday, sophomoreMax Cook notched his first-career game-winning goal midway through the third period to break a 1-1 deadlock. Senior goalie Cody Reichard earned the win both nights, stopping a combined 53 of 55 shots faced while dropping his GAA in league play to 1.99 and Miami’s team defense to 2.67 goals per game in CCHA action. Senior Alden Hirschfeld continues to lead the team with seven points.

No. 4/5 Michigan (7-2-1, 3-2-1-1 CCHA) comes to Oxford after splitting its series with then-No. 6 Western Michigan. The Broncos snapped the Wolverines’ 20-game home win streak Friday with a 3-2 win but UM rebounded for a 5-2 victory Saturday. Michigan will be on the road for just the second time this year after going 0-1-1 at Northern Michigan to open CCHA play. The Wolverines rank third nationally averaging 4.60 goals per game and are first in league play with 3.67 goals per game. Junior Lindsay Sparks leads UM with 13 points, with his eight in CCHA games tying for first. Three other Wolverines have 10 points on the year. Senior goalie Shawn Hunwick’s 1.62 GAA ranks fifth nationally.

THE COACHES

Enrico Blasi (Miami ’94) is in his 13th season behind the RedHawk bench. He is a four-time CCHA Coach of the Year and was named National Coach of the Year in 2005-06. He stands 266-175-46 in 13 seasons at his alma mater, where he has led Miami to seven NCAA Tournaments, including two Frozen Four berths, a National Championship game appearance, a pair of CCHA regular-season titles and the school’s first ever Mason Cup last year. Blasi is the the winningest coach in school history.

Red Berenson (Michigan ‘62) is in his 28th season at Michigan, where he has compiled a record of 735-342-74, and is the sixth-winningest coach in NCAA hockey history. He was named National Coach of the Year in 2008 while also garnering CCHA Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career (1994). Berenson has guided his alma mater to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 21 seasons, including 11 trips to the Frozen Four. He also led UM to national titles in 1996 and 1998 and the national championship game last year. Michigan has a total of 20 CCHA titles under Berenson.

THE SERIES

Miami trails in the all-time series with Michigan, 69-25-3, including 22-19-2 in Oxford. Recently, however, the RedHawks have had the upper hand, winning five of the last six meetings, including three straight, and are 7-3 vs. Michigan since the 2008-09 season. The last four regular-season series’ between the teams have ended in sweeps (three for Miami, one for Michigan), including Miami’s sweep of UM in Oxford last year. Head coach Enrico Blasi is 11-21-1 against Michigan at the helm of Miami.

QUICK HITS

• Freshman forward Tyler Biggs dished out a pair of assists at Alaska with one in each game, earning him CCHA Rookie of the Week. In doing so, he extended his point streak to a career-long four games. The four-game point streak matches the longest by any RedHawk this year.

• The RedHawks were a perfect 12-for-12 on the penalty kill last weekend at Alaska, including tying a season high with seven kills Friday. The ‘Hawks have now killed 16 straight penalties dating back to Oct. 28 (Miami’s last three games), after allowing at least one power play goal in each of the six games prior and two in each of the previous five contests.

• Miami was outshot in both games at Alaska and have now been outshot five times in 2011 but are 3-2 in those contests compared to 1-4 when Miami outshoots its opponent.

• Junior forward Curtis McKenzie scored a power play goal for Miami in the second period last Saturday, which was Miami’s first man-advantage goal in its last 27 opportunities and was the RedHawks first power play goal in CCHA play. Miami’s last power play goal prior to Saturday came Oct. 14 at Colgate in the second period, a drought of 21 periods and seven games.

• A win Friday would give Miami its first four-game win streak versus Michigan in school history.

UP NEXT

Miami continues its four-game home stand when it welcomes Bowling Green Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19 on Miami Hockey’s Alumni Weekend. Puck drop is 7:35 p.m. Friday and 7:05 p.m. Saturday.

 

Coach Fuline

Mount begins new era of hoops under Mike 


Fuline, the former Jackson coach


First-year head coach Mike Fuline takes over the Mount Union men's basketball program and hopes to duplicate his success at the high school level. The Purple Raiders return three starters and six lettermen from last year's team that finished seventh in the Ohio Athletic Conference. 


Last season, the Purple Raiders finished a respectable 8-10 in OAC play, but went just 10-16 overall.  A 5-1 stretch from late December to early January was sandwiched between a 3-7 start and 2-8 finish that included an OAC Tournament quarterfinal loss at John Carroll. 


Senior forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) is among the conference's top players. A second team All-OAC selection, Wood was fourth in the conference in scoring (15.8 ppg) last season. He also averaged 4.9 rebounds per game, which is the most of any returning player.


Two other starters—senior forward Matt Wier (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) and sophomore guard T.J. Gillespie(Toledo/St. John's)—return to give the Raiders consistency as they transition to a new coach and system. Wier averaged 9.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game last season. Gillespie started 18 games at point guard as a freshman and averaged 6.5 points per game.


Junior forward Matt Kiger (Williamstown, W. Va./Williamstown) and junior guard Justen Little (Galion/Galion) saw extensive time off the bench last season. Kiger contributed 6.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while Little was third on the team in assists (50) and provided solid defense. Sophomore forward Jimmy Darnley(Canton/GlenOak) rounds out the list of returning players for the Raiders.


   
Holy Name's Berlekamp (L), GlenOak's Darnley (R)

Fuline enters a similar situation at Mount Union as he did when he took over at Massillon Jackson in 2004. He went just 19-23 in his first two seasons but his ability to develop younger players paid dividends as the Polar Bears won the 2010 OHSAA Division I state championship and the last two Federal League championships. Fuline brings in a group of newcomers that he hopes will help produce similar results.


"It may sound cliché, but I feel our team will improve as the year goes on. We have a group of guys that I love being around every day. These kids really want to be successful and that is all you can ask for as a coach. Our coaching staff respects the process it takes to be successful in this conference and we look forward to beginning that process this season."


Three transfers headline the newcomers for the Raiders. Jordan Albert (Pittsburgh/Upper St. Clair) from Pitt-Johnstown, Tom Berlekamp (North Royalton/Holy Name) from Lakeland Community College, and Colton Troyer (Millersburg/Berlin Hiland) from Hesston College (Kan.) are expected to contribute. Freshmen Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson), Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers), and Clayton Patton(Bolivar/Tuscarawas Valley) should be part of the rotation. Griffin played for Fuline last year at Jackson.


On top of an always competitive OAC schedule, the Purple Raiders will be tested in non-conference play this season. They will participate in out-of-state tournaments at Geneva (Pa.) and Lycoming (Pa.). Hiram pays a visit to Alliance for the season opener on Tuesday, November 15th and OAC play begins against Otterbein on Saturday, December 3rd.


Ed's-Ignatius game on 'HKW-1220 this week

The high school football game - Division I, Region 1 Semi Final - Saturday November 12th between St. Ignatius High School and St Edward High School at Judy Kirsch Field(Brunswick, OH) will air LIVE on WHKW-AM 1220 and on www.thesportsking.com at 7:00 PM 
 
Ed Daugherty (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - LIVE on WHKW-AM 1220 at 7:00 pm.  Pre-Game begins at 6:45 pm

ITA 2011-12 Division III Women's Tennis 

Preseason Rankings Released; Lewis ranked 

12th 

Skillman, New Jersey- The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its women's 2011-12 preseason regional rankings this past week. Oberlin as a team is ranked 19th in the region, and is one of five NCAC teams in the top 25.
  

The Oberlin women are led by senior Ariel Lewis who has been ranked 12th in the central region. Lewis is a two time national qualifier, and a returning all-american. 

The team opens their spring season on February 11th, when visiting Malone comes to Oberlin.

DAYTON TRAVELS TO DRAKE FOR SEASON FINALE SATURDAY @ 2 PM ET
The University of Dayton football team will finish out the 2011 season Saturday, when the Flyers travel to Des Moines, Iowa to match up against the Drake Bulldogs.  Game time is 2:00 p.m. ET. 
UD will be facing an unfamiliar situation at Drake...playing the role of spoiler.  In the first three seasons under head coach Rick Chamberlin, Dayton has gone into the last game of the year playing for the Pioneer Football League championship, winning the last two. 
This game, it will be the Bulldogs sniffing after a title.  Drake is currently 6-1 in the PFL (8-2 overall).  A win on Saturday will clinch at least a share of the league championship. The Flyers are 6-4 overall, and 4-3 in the PFL.  The three losses are by a combined 13 points.
Saturday will also be the final game for UD offensive coordinator Dave Whilding, who announced his retirement Wednesday.  Whilding, who is completing his 35th year at UD, has spent the last 31 years coaching UD’s quarterbacks and the last 29 serving as offensive coordinator. 
He inherited a school-record games-without-being shutout streak that began in 1976, and extended it to its current 396 games, the longest active streak in college football and the longest-ever in FCS football.
GOOD NEWS WORTH REPEATING
The Flyers entered the 2011 season with the second- best winning percentage (.792, 97-24) in FCS football since 2000 AND the most football Academic All-Americans (21) at any level of competition in this century.
SERIES STUFF
Dayton leads the series 23-4 and has won the last four encounters.  Last year, the Flyers won 31-25 in Dayton on Nov. 6. on a 37-yard strike from Steve Valentino to Luke Bellman with one second left.  UD and DU have met for 24 straight seasons.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS                         
Drake has won three straight and nine straight at home.  The Bulldogs lead the PFL in rushing defense (73.5) and scoring defense (18.2), and are fourth and 11th in FCS football respectively.
Running back Patrick Cashmore was PFL co-Player of the Week after running for a career-high 160 yards and two TD’s against Jacksonville.  Kicker Billy Janssen was the PFL Special Teams Player of the Week.
Quarterback Mike Piatowski has thrown eight touchdowns in the last three games. 
Defensive end Brandon Coleman leads Drake in sacks. (11).
STREAKING                                                     
UD has not been shut out in a school-record 396 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall, 9-0, on Oct. 16, 1976.  That is also the all-time FCS record. 
THE MAN AT THE TOP                                  
Head coach Rick Chamberlin guided UD to 28 wins in his first three seasons, going 9-3 in 2008, 9-2 in 2009 and 10-1 last year. That’s the best three-year start by any Flyer football coach. Dayton has won a share of PFL championships in two of his three years, and missed the third by just five points at JU in the last game of 2008.
MORE THAN HIS FAIR SHARE
Rick Chamberlin has been a part of 328 of UD’s 628 wins – 26 as a player, 268 as an assistant coach, and 34 as a head coach.  He has also been a part of 416 of UD’s 1,001 games.
PEER PRESSURE
Rick Chamberlin’s career .773 (34-10) winning percentage is the best among PFL coaches.  Drake’s Chris Creighton is next (.766, 124-38).  In PFL games only, Chamberlin is #1 (.806, 25-6) and Jacksonville coach Kerwin Bell is second (.744, 29-10).
LEADING FROM THE FRONT                       
You will find the Flyer 2011 captains in the trenches.  DE Devon Langhorst and OT Dan Prindle are UD’s co-captains this season.  Both are redshirt seniors and part of three PFL title teams in their careers. 
LONG TIME STARTERS                                                                
Nine Flyers own double-digit start totals.  Justin Griffis leads with 32 (although 22 were at center and he is now a guard).  Right behind is Dan Prindle with 31.  Devon Langhorst and Matt Pfleger each have 21.  Tyler Hujik and Eric Robbe all have 20.  Brian Mack and Kyle Sebetic have 18, and Zach Weber has 17.
FIRST TIME QB                                                                             
Redshirt freshman Will Bardo took over at quarterback for Dayton at Robert Morris, following two-time PFL Offensive Player of the Year Steve Valentino.  That was the first game that Bardo played in (that counts, at least) since his Ft. Thomas Highlands High School won the 2009 Kentucky 5A Championship.  In his debut, Bardo was 14 of 24 for 180 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions.  A dual threat, he is the only PFL quarterback with at least 400 rushing yards this season (491) and is 10th in the league in rushing.  He has thrown for career-highs in yardage in each of the last two weeks.  At Valparaiso, Bardo was 15 of 22 passing for 200 yards and two TD’s, along with running for 58 yards and a TD.  He was PFL co-Offensive Player of the Week.  Against San Diego, he was 20 of 40 for 225 yards and three TD’s.
NOT HIS FIRST RODEO                                                               
Having an inexperienced quarterback step into the starting lineup is nothing new for Dayton offensive coordinator Dave Whilding.  Of the 17 new starting quarterbacks in Whilding’s 31 years of coaching the position, 11 took over with less than 20 career passes to their credit (including Steve Valentino and two QB’s now in the UD Hall of Fame – Kevin Johns and Steve Keller).  Three (Kevin Wilhelm, Kelly Spiker and Brandon Staley) had the same number as new QB Will Bardo -- zero.  Whilding announced this week he is retiring after the Drake game. 
OUT OF THE BULLPEN                                                                
Backup QB Zach Splain has played in all 10 games.  Against Marist, Splain came off the bench and guided UD to four scoring drives in the next five possessions.  He was 11 of 18 for 161 yards and two TD’s.
SACK RACE                                                                                    
Dayton is third in FCS football in sacks, averaging 3.8 sacks a game.  UD had nine sacks (and seven QB hurries) in the Davidson win, and eight sacks at Robert Morris. Eleven different Flyers have gotten into the sack act in 2011, led by Devon Langhorst’s 11.5.  UD also has 23 QB hurries, led by eight from Langhorst.
DEFINTELY DEVON                                                                      
Defensive end Devon Langhorst was a member of the 2010 Associated Press Championship Subdivision All-American Third Team and was First Team All-PFL.  He was second nationally in sacks with 14 and was second on the team in tackles with 77.  For the 2011 season, he leads UD in total tackles (75), sacks (11.5), TFL (16) and QB hurries (8).  He is currently sixth in sacks at the FCS level. 
LANGHORST A CAMPBELL TROPHY SEMIFINALIST
Devon Langhorst was named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s Campbell Trophy, which is the major award of the NFF’s Scholar-Athlete Award program.  Langhorst is one of just 127 college football players selected.  UD has had at least a semifinalist for six straight years.  Among Division I schools, the Flyers are one of 12 institutions with a semifinalist in the last six years.  The others are Austin Peay, Bucknell, Columbia, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, Rutgers, South Dakota State, Texas, Wisconsin and Youngstown State.
ROLE REVERSAL                                                            
Devon Langhorst played quarterback on offense at Sidney High School, but now he collects them, with 25.5 in the last two seasons.  He is one of two players to have two listings in the UD Top Ten in single-season sacks.  Robert Christy (32 for his career) is the other.
WIRKUS DOWN                                                                           
Safety Steve Wirkus will miss his third game of the year at Drake.  He is tied for eighth nationally in FCS football in interceptions (0.5 per game).  He was named PFL Defensive Player of the Week after getting two interceptions, two pass break ups and six tackles (4 solo) in the Marist win.  Against Robert Morris in Week One, he was CollegeSportsMadness.com’s PFL Player of the Week after leading UD with nine tackles (7 solo), getting the interception that set up Dayton’s go-ahead touchdown and diving to bat away a pass at the goal line.  He is third at UD in tackles (54) and leads in solo hits (37) in 2010. He added another INT and shared team honors with eight hits vs. Duquesne.  After suffering an ankle injury in the Butler game, he missed two games.  He returned for Morehead State, coming up with 10 tackles (8 solo) in the win. 
BACKER                                                                           
Linebacker Colin Monnier is second on the team in tackles (573).  Monnier also has 8.0 TFL, two interceptions, two passes broken up and two sacks. Bailin has an interception.
DEAL WITH DUNN                                                                       
Redshirt sophomore DT Brannon Dunn is second on the team and fifth in the PFL in sacks (8) despite only starting six games this season.  He had a defensive lineman’s “helmet trick” at Jacksonville, getting a sack, forcing a fumble and recovering the fumble on the same play. Dunn also is tied for team honors in forced fumbles (3, tied with Kevin Kern). 
GOOD HANDS PEOPLE                                                                
Four Flyer receivers have combined for 102 of UD’s 127 receptions this season (80%).  Luke Bellman leads in catches (37), yardage (485) and TD’s (4), and is second in yards per catch (13.1).  He had six for 121 in the Marist win.  Branden Johnson has 24 and leads in yards per catch average (15.8), Tyler Hujik has 22 receptions for 122 yards, and Jordan Boykin has 19 for 215 yards (11.3 avg.).  Johnson had five for 100 at Jacksonville. 
BEEN A WHILE
With one game left on the schedule, Taylor Harris’ 899 yards this season is the most since Cliff Sachini had 1,042 in 2003.  Harris has four games of at least 100 yards rushing this season (110 yards against Duquesne, 101 at Central State, 148 at Jacksonville, 216 at Morehead State).  Sachini is the last Flyer runner to have at least four 100-yard games in a season.  Sachini had five in 2003.  Harris leads UD in rushing and yards per carry (6.9). He has scored five more TD’s than any other UD player (9).  He was second in the PFL in scoring last year with 13 touchdowns.  This year he is first in the PFL in per carry average, second in rushing (89.9) and tied for sixth in touchdowns.  He will miss the Drake trip with an injury.
TAYLOR’S 200                                                                               
When Taylor Harris ran for 216 yards at Morehead State, it was the most yards by a Dayton runner since Jermaine Bailey ran for 251 against Drake in 2000.  It was also the first time any PFL runner gained 200 since Jacksonville’s Rudell Small had 216 in 2008.  Harris also went over 1,000 yards for his career during the Morehead game.  Harris was named a BSN Offensive Player of the Week for his game at MSU.
TEAR UP THE TURF, TAYLOR
Taylor Harris’ 83-yard touchdown run against Duquesne was the third-longest in Dayton history, and the longest at Welcome Stadium.  Leroy Ka-Ne (the Hawai’ian Hyphen) holds the record of 94 yards vs. Scranton in 1949 at Baujan Field, and J.P. Ragon scampered 85 yards at Morehead State in 1997. 
STABLE SITUATION
UD returned its entire stable of top running backs from 2010 -- seniors Taylor Harris, Dan Jacob and Brian Mack.  They combined for 946 yards and 22 TD’s between them last year with a 4.7 yards per carry average. 
SPECIAL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER
Sophomore Gary Hunter led the PFL and was ranked eighth in FCS football in kickoff return average as a freshman in 2010.  Hunter averaged 28.2 yards a return.  He had what is believed to be the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a freshman in the history of University of Dayton football when he had an 82-yard scamper against Valparaiso.  Early records are incomplete, but no Flyer freshman has returned a kickoff for a TD in the modern era of UD football.  After playing corner last year, Hunter has moved to the offensive side of the ball and is a wide receiver.  At Valparaiso, he got his second career TD return with an 88-yarder to open the second half.  He was named PFL Special Teams Player of the Week.  He is third in the PFL in kick return average (22.9). Hunter is the first Flyer to have two career kickoff returns for a touchdown since Kelvin Kirk (the original Mr. Irrelevant) had three from 1974-77.
KICKOFF ECLIPSE                                                          
Dayton’s game with Davidson had a rare event occur, or rather not occur.  Davidson never kicked off in the game.  UD won the toss and chose the wind, DC took the ball in the second half and was shutout.
HEAD’S UP HUJIK                                                                                        
Senior wide receiver Tyler Hujik was named FCS Co-Punt Returner of the Week by collegefootballperformance.com for his touchdown at Morehead. Hujik scored UD’s only TD in the first half when he scooped up a punt that had been touched but not controlled. Hujik darted between two players to scoop it up and run 32 yards for a touchdown. 
DOUBLE DUTY                                                                             
Senior Nate Miller was named the Pioneer Football League’s Special Teams Player of the Week after the MSU win.  Miller accounted for 12 of the 30 Flyer points in the win, making field goals of 23, 26 and 32 yards, and converting all three PAT’s he attempted.  He also averaged 38.8 yards a punt on five punts, placing three inside the 20-yard line and on fair catch.  Miller’s 11 field goals this season are tied for second in the PFL this season, and his 22 punts inside the 20-yard line are seven more than anyone else in the league. He leads UD in scoring (63  pts) and averages 36.7 yards per punt. 
DOING GOOD WORK      
Redshirt senior offensive tackle Dan Prindle was a member of the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Honorees were selected based on their contributions to their community and campus.  Prindle has volunteered at Children’s Medical Center, St. Vincent DePaul and the Bombeck Center on campus. In addition, he was a part of Christmas on Campus, YMCA Summer Camp and has also helped with the Special Olympics. This summer he was a camp counselor at UD’s engineering camp for gifted students.  He is also an executive officer of Dayton’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has served as a representative at the NCAA’s APPLE Conference which concentrates on improving substance abuse prevention programming and policies in athletics departments.  Prindle was UD’s Offensive Player of the Week in the Marist win.
FLYER FAMILY                                                                              
Seven current members of the Flyer football team have had relatives who also played for UD, including four players whose fathers played -- Austen Alber (Tim, 1986-88), Alex Johnston (Jim, 1973-75), Matt Dorenkott (Brian, 1976-78) and Kyle Pignatiello (Mike, 1980-82).
600 CLUB
The Flyers became the 11th NCAA FCS team (and the first west of the Alleghenies) to win at least 600 games in its football history when UD beat Davidson on October 18, 2008. Here are the 14 members of the club, heading into the 2011 season.  Yale (864), Penn (813), Harvard (812), Princeton (785), Fordham (748), Dartmouth (651), Lafayette (650), Delaware (649), Lehigh (639), Dayton (622), Cornell (620), North Dakota State (613), Northern Iowa (610), North Dakota (604) and Colgate (603).  Of the 600 Club members, Dayton has played the fewest seasons (103, nine fewer than Northern Iowa’s 112).  UD moved into the Top 10 in 2010.
LAST TIME OUT--SAN DIEGO 31, DAYTON 28                       
Dayton scored 28 unanswered points to overcome a 24-0 halftime deficit but a late San Diego touchdown gave the Toreros a 31-28 win at Welcome Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Will Bardo connected with fellow redshirt freshman Branden Johnson for a 36-yard touchdown pass to give the Flyers a 28-24 lead late in the fourth quarter – capping off a 10-play, 94-yard drive.
But with 47 seconds remaining, San Diego completed a 61-yard drive as Kenny James rushed for a two-yard touchdown which gave San Diego the 31-28 go-ahead lead. James led all rushers with 28 carriers for 184 yards.
Bardo finished 20-for-40 with 225 passing yards and three touchdowns. The Ft. Thomas, Ky., native also had 17 rushes for 47 net yards.
At the half San Diego led 24-0.
A 79-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter that lasted five minutes and 33 seconds turned the Flyers fortune by lighting up the scoreboard for the first time.
Bardo completed the drive by throwing his first of three touchdown passes to Luke Bellman for 26 yards. Bellman finished with eight receptions for 86 yards.
On the ensuing San Diego drive UD’s Mason Mills intercepted a pass from Matt Pfleger deep in Dayton territory at the UD six yard line. The Flyers turned around and scored on another lengthy drive of 15 plays lasting 6 minutes and 32 seconds. Bardo threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Elmore for the score and put Dayton within 10 at 24-14 after the PAT.
It took just one play for Dayton to score on its next drive as Brian Mack rushed for 35 yards to put Dayton within three, 24-21. It was Mack’s longest run of the season as he replaced banged-up starter Taylor Harris during the game. 
Saturday’s crowd to witness Senior Day at Welcome Stadium was a season-high 4,580.
 

 

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