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Grandpa1
07-09-10, 10:47 AM
Here's a single thread to keep up with the three former Comets who ply their football skills in the NCAA Div.1 FCS Pioneer Football League for the University of Dayton. I'll post any news about them here and invite fans and parents to add on.

If history continues, Jake Voigt will probably be red-shirted and not play or travel with the team. His importance will be each week at practice on the Scout Team and we look forward to hearing about his success in preparing the older players for the upcoming opponent.

Joe Janasek will see more time this year, continuing his work on special teams and more series at LB.

Steve Valentino will be able to play QB for a second year in a row, something he never did before. Ten offensive starters return. More than half are 5th year players who banded together for their one last chance at football in their life. With his buddies running routes again, maybe Steve can be the first player in league history to be 1st team All-PFL three times and at two different positions.

The first post on this thread should appropriately show Phil Steele's Preseason PFL 1st Team picks. Six are Flyers.

http://www.philsteele.com/Pdf/2010/10FCSPreseasonAllConf/Pioneer%20OnlyRERELEASE.pdf

Hurri-Comet
07-09-10, 11:06 AM
Will there be transportation provided to Dayton games this season for Solon football fans?

jimbo
07-09-10, 12:29 PM
Hurri - You forgot to ask about food and beverage as well...

:cool:

Hurri-Comet
07-09-10, 09:40 PM
No matter, the medics want me at my high school weight, 155 lbs. They put me on a diet. Just get me my Vernor's and I'm fine. Go Flyers! And Steve, Joe, and Jake. :crush:

Grandpa1
07-12-10, 02:53 PM
Dayton's QB joins ten other QB's on the updated Walter Payton Watch List for the top FCS football honor.

This is a nice achievement for Steve Valentino to be named and we wish him the best in the 2010 campaign. The non-scholarship group in the FCS is always fighting for recognition, so the bigger football powers may have fans that have trouble accepting this choice, but it does show that somebody is watching!!!

Click the link & then click on his photo;

http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/fcsawards/index.aspx

Hurri-Comet
07-12-10, 03:13 PM
Wowee! Nice picture, fine write-up about Steve, great honor. I don't believe for one minute Steve could play left tackle. But he would probably prove me wrong, he will be a coach on and off the field this season though. Along with more nationwide honors. Thanks Gramps.

Grandpa1
07-19-10, 07:28 PM
This is not about a former Comet, but it speaks volumes about what is going on with University of Dayton football.

A defensive player, James J. Vercammen, who plays the "Flyer" position which is like a strong safety at times and linebacker at times, was named to the FCS "Buck" Buchanen Award watchlist. Never has a Flyer been named to this defensive award list. Never had a Flyer been named to the Walter Payton watchlist until Steve Valentino. The fans are are going crazy about just being mentioned along with all those larger FCS football programs. What a recruiting year 2006 turned out to be! Nearly incredible!

J.J.Vercammen, #38, is a 5th year senior from Bloomfield Hills, MI. For sure Comets going down to Dayton are amongst some pretty good athletes. Read some of his stats on this link:
http://www.daytonflyers.com/mens/football/news/index.html?article_id=6788
:clap:

Grandpa1
07-27-10, 04:18 PM
Uniform numbers for 2010 Flyers:

Steve Valentino #7
Joe Janasek #20
Jake Voigt #9

Newly named recruits also come from St.Ignatius (Pat Dowd, DT), St.Edwards (Brian Horansky, TE), Walsh Jesuit (Matt Bennett-P/K), West Geauga (Andy Powers, WR) & North Royalton (Clay Craft, LB) in addition to Hudson (Tim Pallay, OG).

Hurri-Comet
07-27-10, 07:18 PM
Miami Hurricanes just signed home & home with Univ. of Toledo. Should have been with the Univ. of Dayton. The Flyers are flying high.

Grandpa1
08-05-10, 02:56 PM
http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/thumbcache/760f48852c3daeffb1f9039a7453f16b.dynheader.3.279.0 x0.0.0.jpg


FLYER FOOTBALL PRESEASON CAMP OPENS AUGUST 9 (http://www.daytonflyers.com/mens/football/news/index.html?article_id=6807)

08/05/2010 11:41 AM
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DAYTON, Ohio Ė University of Dayton head coach Rick Chamberlin and his staff will welcome 110 players back to campus Monday, August 9 as the Flyers prepare for the 2010 football season. Chamberlin is back for his third season as UDís head coach and returns 15 starters (10 offense, three defense, two specialists), from the team that went 9-2 and won a share of the 2009 Pioneer Football League title.

Among the returnees are defensive back James Vercammen and quarterback Steve Valentino. Vercammen, who plays the hybrid safety/linebacker position known as ďFlyerĒ, is a preseason All-American and a member of the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List. Valentino is one of 20 players on the Walter Payton Award Watch List.

The Buchanan Award goes to the top defensive player in FCS football, while the Payton Award goes to the top player. Both honors are awarded by The Sports Network. This is the first time in program history a UD player appears on either watch list.

Vercammen was third in FCS football last season in tackles with a PFL record 134. Valentino was the 2009 Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Year and is the only player in league history to be named First Team All-PFL at two different positions (WR in 2008, QB in 2009).
Chamberlin has guided UD to nine wins in his first two seasons, going 9-3 in 2008 and 9-2 last year.

The Flyers will be led by captains Tyler Friedrich, Joe Reis and Valentino. All three are redshirt seniors, members of two PFL championship teams in their careers and were named First Team All-PFL in 2009.
Friedrich is an offensive guard from Dublin, Ohio. A versatile player who has also played tight end and tackle in his career, Friedrich started all 11 games last season. Ries is a linebacker from Cincinnati. As a junior, he was second on the team in tackles (70), and led in interceptions (3) and fumbles forced (2). Valentino is just the fourth two-time captain in school history. The Solon, Ohio native moved from wideout to quarterback after the season opener, and led the Flyers to their 10th PFL title in 15 years.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Flyers are continuing ďTuesday Night LightsĒ, the free program where pee wee football teams take the field for a practice with the University of Dayton football players. For nine Tuesdays in September and October, teams that sign up in advance will get a pre practice talk from Chamberlin, take the field to warm up with the UD football team, and then observe practice until their evening is over at 8:15 p.m.

Dayton will open the season on Saturday, Sept. 4 at home against Robert Morris. Game time will be 1:00 p.m. ET. The Flyersí PFL opener will be Saturday, Sept. 18 at home against Morehead State. Other Pioneer Football League teams visiting Welcome Stadium in 2010 are Valparaiso (Oct. 2), Campbell (Oct. 23) and Drake (Nov. 6). Dayton will also play a rare Saturday night home game when Central State visits Welcome Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 25 for a 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff.
After reporting, attending meetings, getting their equipment and undergoing physicals Monday, the team will undergo fitness tests Tuesday morning. First practice for the 2010 Flyers will be Tuesday afternoon, August 10, at 2:30 p.m. Practices will be conducted at Welcome Stadium and the Jerry Von Mohr practice field adjacent to Welcome Stadium.

The Flyers will hold their first preseason scrimmage Saturday, August 21 at 6:45 p.m. ET as part of the Universityís New Student Orientation Program.

Good News Worth Repeating...The Flyers enter the season with the second best winning percentage (.791, 87-23) in FCS football since 2000 AND have produced the most football Academic All-Americans (19) at any level of competition in the same time frame.
Stay Tuned...The annual PFL coachesí poll will be announced on Monday, August 9.

All-PFL Performers Return...Dayton returns five 2009 First Team All-PFL performers Ė OG Tyler Friedrich, LB Joe Ries, QB Steve Valentino, F James Vercammen and DE Brandon Wingeier. In addition, UD also returns WR Justin Watkins (second team) and C Justin Griffis (honorable mention).
Tino Tales...Senior quarterback Steve Valentino is the first Dayton player to be named to the Walter Payton Award Watch List. The Payton Award goes to the player of the year in the NCAAís Football Championship Subdivision and is presented by the Sports Network. A First Team All-PFL wide receiver in 2008, he became Dayton's starting quarterback in the 2009 season's second week due to injuries. He promptly led the Flyers to seven consecutive victories and finished the regular season with a league-best 281.6 yards total offense and led all quarterbacks in rushing, averaging 65.6 yards per game to rank fourth among the league's rushers. Valentino also ranked second among the league's quarterbacks in passing yardage (216.0 ypg) and pass efficiency rating (139.8). He completed 170 of 286 passes (.590). Just the fourth Flyer to be a two-time football captain, he is the first position player in PFL history to be named first-team all-league at two different positions.

All-Americammen...Senior James Vercammen was named to the Sports Networkís Preseason All-America First Team in July. Playing the hybrid safety/linebacker position know as ďFlyer,Ē he is the only player from the PFL on the first team and one of four from the league on any of the Sports Network preseason teams. Vercammen is also the only player from the PFL who has been named to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List. The Buchanan Award is given to FCS footballís best defensive player. Vercammen is the first UD player to be named to the Buchanan Watch List. As a redshirt junior, Vercammenís 134 tackles set a new single-season record in the PFL and was third in the FCS. His season earned him a spot on the Sports Networkís Football Championship Subdivision All-American Second Team and All-PFL First Team. He posted eight games of double-digit tackles, including a 19-tackle, 1.5 tackle for loss and one pass breakup game against conference foe San Diego.

Quality Vs. Quantity...Dayton only returns three starters from last yearís defense that led the PFL in scoring defense (13.6) and total defense (242.5), but they were the three most productive Dayton players on that side of the ball. Flyer James Vercammen led the PFL and was third in the nation in tackles (134). Linebacker Joe Ries was second on the team in tackles (70), and led in interceptions (3) and fumbles forced (2). Defensive end Brandon Wingeier led the team in sacks (6.5) and fumbles recovered (2).
Speaking Of Wingeier...Brandon Wingeier is a two-time ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American. A mechanical engineering major, he has started 23 straight games for the Flyers. Last year he led UD in sacks (6.5). He also had 39 tackles, 11.5 hits in the backfield, two fumbles recovered, two QB hurries, a fumble forced, a pass batted down and an interception he returned 57 yards for a touchdown.
Quality And Quantity...UD returns 10 of 11 starters on offense (and that does not include center Blake Saul who started all 12 games in 2008 and was limited with a back injury in 2009). Every player who scored is back, as are 13 of the players who caught a pass, and the teamís top four rushers.
The Good Hands People...Last seasonís top receiver, Justin Watkins, returns after finishing second in the PFL in receiving yardage per game (84.3) and first in yards per catch. Watkins led UD in receptions (47) TD catches (7) and was second in yards per catch (19.7). Five returnees caught at least 10 passes in 2009 Ė Nick Collins (27 for 358 yards), Justin Millio (22 for 203), Anthony Papp (19 for 213) and Luke Bellman (14 for 279). Although he was banged up last year, two seasons ago Millio caught a UD single-season record 67 passes. Bellman led the Flyers in yards per catch (19.9), and would have led the PFL if he had enough receptions to qualify.

Grandpa1
08-06-10, 08:44 AM
Not sure this preseason prospectus has been done before at UD, but they never had two players on National Watch Lists before:

http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/Mens%20Sports/Football/2010footballprospectusUD.pdf

Metacomet
08-06-10, 06:12 PM
Good stuff, Grandpa. :thumb:

Grandpa1
08-09-10, 02:45 PM
And the votes are in....
Pioneer Football League
2010 Preseason Coaches' Poll

Team........Pts
1.Dayton (4) 76
2.Butler (2) 69
3.Jacksonville (4) 68
4.Drake 54
5.San Diego 52
6.Marist 45
7.Davidson 30
8.Campbell 25
9.Morehead State 22
10.Valparaiso 9

First-place votes in parentheses
Nine points awarded for a first-place vote, with one point less for each succeeding place.
Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teamLink to the full story...
http://www.pioneer-football.org/news/default/21/513/ (http://www.pioneer-football.org/news/default/21/513/)

Grandpa1
08-13-10, 08:33 AM
The three Solon footballers who are on the Dayton campus know about the new (improved) Academic Center for the athletes. This is for Comets still in high school, their parents and those interested in education of athletes. How do UD athletes carry a combined 3.227 grade point average? How are 56 football players earning 3-point averages?

The center for athletics is the Frericks Center, on campus, not at the gym or stadium. The second floor houses the Anthony A. Riggs Academic Center. The kids don't have far to go for help. here's the link:
http://www.daytonflyers.com/mens/football/news/index.html?article_id=6818

Grandpa1
08-22-10, 08:48 PM
http://www.daytonflyers.com/mens/football/

Click on this link

Then click on photo for story

Click on link at top of story for captains interview

Metacomet
08-25-10, 12:10 PM
The Solon schools' website has a writeup on the former Comets now in the UD football program. There's a photo of Steve Valentino, Joe Janasek and Jake Voigt. Standing with them is former Comet RB/LB Kevin McCoy (class of '03), who is now a Flyer assistant coach. Everybody is all smiles.

It's a really nice photo but there's something about those red-and white uniforms that make me uneasy. They look too much like Mentor Cardinals' gear. :(

Oh, well.

Grandpa1
09-01-10, 08:34 AM
You Tube interview with the Dayton QB on Dayton website

http://www.daytonflyers.com/home/

Grandpa1
09-02-10, 08:57 AM
daytonflyers.com: News
DAYTON OPENS 2010 SEASON AT HOME
VS. NEC FOE ROBERT MORRIS

The 103rd season of University of Dayton football begins Saturday when the
Flyers host Robert Morris. Game time at Welcome Stadium is 1:00 p.m. ET.
Rick Chamberlin is back for his third season as UDís head coach and returns 15
starters (10 offense, three defense, two specialists), from the team that went 9-2
and won a share of the 2009 Pioneer Football League title.
Among the returnees are defensive back James Vercammen and quarterback
Steve Valentino. Vercammen, who plays the hybrid safety/linebacker position
known as ďFlyerĒ, is a preseason All-American and a member of the Buck
Buchanan Award Watch List. Valentino is one of 20 players on the Walter
Payton Award Watch List. This is the first time in program history a UD player appears
on either watch list.
Vercammen was third in FCS football last season in tackles with a PFL record
134. Valentino was the 2009 Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the
Year and is the only player in league history to be named First Team All-PFL
at two different positions (WR in 2008, QB in 2009)..

ALL CAPTAINS ALL PFL
The Flyers will be led by captains Tyler Friedrich, Joe Reis and Steve
Valentino. All three are redshirt seniors, members of two PFL championship
teams in their careers and were named First Team All-PFL in 2009. Friedrich
is an offensive guard from Dublin, Ohio. A versatile player who has also
played tight end and tackle in his career, Friedrich started all 11 games last
season. Ries is a linebacker from Cincinnati. As a junior, he was second on
the team in tackles (70), and led in interceptions (3) and fumbles forced (2).
Valentino is just the fourth two-time captain in school history. The Solon,
Ohio native moved from wideout to quarterback after the season opener, and
led the Flyers to their 10th PFL title in 15 years.

SERIES STUFF
Dayton leads the series with Robert Morris 10-2, and has won the last seven
meetings. Last yearís 21-14 win on Joe Walton Field was the starting debut of
Steve Valentino. Injuries in the season opener decimated what was left of the
Flyer QB corps, forcing Valentino to start at quarterback. His day began on a
sour note, when his third pass of the day was batted into the air at the line of
scrimmage and intercepted deep in RMU territory. But his day ended with a
critical third-and-10 run around left end for a first down that clinched UDís 21-
14 win.
THE EYES OF THE NATION
The Flyer football program received more national attention this summer than
perhaps ever, when quarterback Steve Valentino and Flyer James Vercammen
were named to the Walter Payton Award and Buck Buchanan Award Watch
Lists. UD is also receiving votes (as is Robert Morris) in the 2010 Sports
Network/Fathead.com FCS poll.

GOOD NEWS WORTH REPEATING
The Flyers enter the season with the second best winning percentage (.791, 87-
23) in FCS football since 2000 AND have produced the most football
Academic All-Americans (19) at any level of competition in the decade.


TINO TALES
Senior quarterback Steve Valentino is the first Dayton player to be named to
the Walter Payton Award Watch List. The Payton Award goes to the player of
the year in the NCAAís Football Championship Subdivision and is presented
by the Sports Network. A First Team All-PFL wide receiver in 2008, he
became Daytonís starting quarterback in the 2009 seasonís second week due to
injuries. He promptly led the Flyers to seven consecutive victories and finished
the regular season with a league-best 281.6 yards total offense and led all
quarterbacks in rushing, averaging 65.6 yards per game to rank fourth among
the leagueís rushers. Valentino also ranked second among the leagueís
quarterbacks in passing yardage (216.0 ypg) and pass efficiency rating (139.8).
He completed 170 of 286 passes (.590). Just the fourth Flyer to be a two-time
football captain, he is the first position player in PFL history to be named firstteam
all-league at two different positions.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
An interesting fact about reigning PFL Offensive Player of the Year Steve
Valentino returning to quarterback for the Flyers in 2010is this is the first time
since he has began organized football that he is a starting quarterback two years
in a row. He started at quarterback as a senior at Solon High School, and then
redshirted and was a third-string QB in his first two years at UD. He moved to
receiver in 2008, and then came to the rescue and returned to QB last year.

STILL AT QB, STILL A CAPTAIN, BUT...
There are a lot of attributes attached to Steve Valentino (captain, Payton
candidate, PFL Player of the Year, etc.) but he no longer holds the title of
ďFastest Player on the Team.Ē That honor now goes to freshman cornerback
Gary Hunter, who ran a 4.32 in the preseason. Valentino runs a 4.44.

ALL-AMERICAMMEN
Senior James Vercammen was named to the Sports Networkís Preseason All-
America First Team in July. Playing the hybrid safety/linebacker position
know as ďFlyer,Ē he is the only player from the PFL on the first team and one
of four from the league on any of the Sports Network preseason teams.
Vercammen is also the only player from the PFL who has been named to the
Buck Buchanan Award Watch List. The Buchanan Award is given to FCS
footballís best defensive player. Vercammen is the first UD player to be named
to the Buchanan Watch List. As a redshirt junior, Vercammenís 134 tackles set
a new single-season record in the PFL and was third in the FCS. His season
earned him a spot on the Sports Networkís Football Championship Subdivision
All-American Second Team and All-PFL First Team. He posted eight games of
double-digit tackles, including a 19-tackle, 1.5 tackle for loss and one pass
breakup game against conference foe San Diego.

QUALITY VS. QUANTITY
Dayton only returns three starters from last yearís defense that led the PFL in
scoring defense (13.6) and total defense (242.5), but they were the three most
productive Dayton players on that side of the ball. Flyer James Vercammen led
the PFL and was third in the nation in tackles (134). Linebacker Joe Ries was
second on the team in tackles (70), and led in interceptions (3) and fumbles
forced (2). Defensive end Brandon Wingeier led the team in sacks (6.5) and
fumbles recovered (2).

SPEAKING OF WINGEIER
Brandon Wingeier is a two-time ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic
All-American. A mechanical engineering major, he has started 23 straight
games for the Flyers. Last year he led UD in sacks (6.5). He also had 39
tackles, 11.5 hits in the backfield, two fumbles recovered, two QB hurries, a
fumble forced, a pass batted down and an interception he returned 57 yards for
a touchdown.

QUALITY & QUANTITY
UD returns 10 of 11 starters on offense (and that does not include center Blake
Saul who started all 12 games in 2008 and was limited with a back injury in
2009). Every player who scored is back, as are 13 of the players who caught a
pass, and the teamís top four rushers.

THE GOOD HANDS PEOPLE
Last seasonís top receiver, Justin Watkins, returns after finishing second in the
PFL in receiving yardage per game (84.3) and first in yards per catch (19.7).
Watkins also led UD in receptions (47) and TD catches (7). Five returnees had
at least 10 passes in 2009 Ė Nick Collins (27 for 358 yards), Justin Millio (22
for 203), Anthony Papp (19 for 213) and Luke Bellman (14 for 279). Although
he was hurt last year, Millio caught a UD single-season record 67 passes in
2008.

DAYTON D
Last season, UD led FCS football in pass efficiency defense (96.71) and was
second in pass defense yardage (140.1), third in total defense (242.6.10), first in
(128.20) and fifth in scoring defense (13.6). UD also led the PFL in first downs
allowed (11.8), opponent third down conversions (25.2%), lowest penalty
yardage assessed (36.9) and time of possession (33:13 per game).

HALFTIME ADJUSTMENT
The Flyers outscored their opponents 89-16 in the third quarter last year.

Team travels to Pittsburgh to play Duquesne next week

Grandpa1
09-04-10, 09:04 PM
Valentino leads Dayton over Robert Morris 28-14


The Associated Press 4:40 PM Saturday, September 4, 2010
DAYTON, Ohio. ó Steve Valentino passed for two second-quarter touchdowns and had 317 total yards to lead Dayton over Robert Morris 28-14 in both teams' opener on Saturday.
Valentino hit Justin Watkins for a 24-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-10, giving the Flyers of the Pioneer League a 14-0 lead with 8:26 left in the first half. The play, which followed a timeout, capped a 94-yard, 13-play drive.
After holding the Colonials of the Northeast Conference to a three-and-out, Dayton scored again as Valentino connected with Nick Collins for a 4-yard TD.
Valentino rushed for 106 yards and was 19-for-37 passing for 211 yards and two interceptions for the Flyers, who held possession for 37 minutes.
Watkins made eight catches for 95 yards.
Robert Morris quarterback Jeff Sinclair was 14-for-29 for 146 yards, including a 33-yard third-quarter score to Anthony Coleman.

Hurri-Comet
09-04-10, 10:28 PM
Another great game for Tino and the Flyers. Question: did the Flyers play Jacksonville St. at all in Steve's years at Dayton? They were amazing today vs. Ole Miss. Congratulations as always to Steve, the Flyers, and the Grandpa's.

Grandpa1
09-05-10, 06:01 PM
http://www.pioneer-football.org/news/potw/

Grandpa1
09-14-10, 02:36 PM
We're still unwinding after a day in Pittsburgh and a day at Mountaineer Park sandwiched between two days of driving. It was a great time, our first ride since December, but all the walking at the game strained a calf muscle so I spent Sunday night watching MNF instead of at the horse track!

It looked like Steve pulled a win out of the bag with an 11 play, 80 yard, 4:35 drive and 26 yard TD pass with 1:24 to play. But Duquesne's Patterson pulled another TD pass out of the bag in 8 plays, 66 yards and a trick play where the rollout side tight end goes down on one knee and after his defender gives up, he drifts the opposite direction and is WIDE OPEN for a short lob and trot into the end zone with 20 seconds remaining! It was a play they saw Dayton pull on Albany in the Gridiron Bowl three years ago.

It was a hot, hard fought battle with both teams leaving it on the field. UD has had trouble beating the Dukes at Rooney field. Valentino's 248 yards passing have moved him into 10th place in Flyer Passing Yardage and combined with running and receiving, 5th place in Total Offense. Here's the schools writeup:
http://www.daytonflyers.com/mens/football/news/index.html?article_id=6926

Grandpa1
09-19-10, 12:09 PM
Dayton hung on again but this time they had enough points to win against Morehead State. These close games have prevented some younger players from getting PT although I think that Jake Voigt will be reshirted anyway. Joe Janasek nursed rib problems early and has not seen any action yet. Last week at Bill Petraiulo from Mayfield dislocated his ankle, had surgery and was in a lower leg cast yesterday. Tyler Shutz from Mentor is the long snapper. Steve Wirkus from Brecksville made some nice plays yesterday and Sean Belanger from Rocky River saw action. Next Saturday is a night game against Central State who by the way plays some home games at Welcome Stadium but will be the visitors this time.

Steve Valentino continues climbing the All-Time UD records and is now 4th place in Total Offense and 7th in Passing.

Dayton holds off Morehead State 34-28
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Steve Valentino threw for one touchdown and rushed for another score as Dayton held off Morehead State's late rally in a 34-28 win on Saturday.
The Flyers (2-1, 1-0 Pioneer League) took a 24-0 lead on Dan Jacob's 12-yard run with 1:26 left in second quarter.
Morehead State quarterback Zach Lewis connected with Andre Williams on a 35-yard touchdown, cutting Dayton's lead to 27-14 in the fourth quarter. Valentino threw a 50-yard touchdown to Luke Bellman to put the Flyers ahead by 20 points.
Lewis answered with touchdown passes of 69 and 49 yards, trimming the margin to 34-28 with 4:21 left in the game for the Eagles (1-2, 0-1). But Dayton held Morehead State scoreless the rest of the way.
Valentino, who threw for 243 yards, also ran for 81 yards on 21 carries for Dayton.
Lewis had 349 yards passing, two more scoring passes and an interception for Morehead State.

Grandpa1
09-28-10, 04:56 PM
T'was a brief night for starters on UD, Steve was done after 4-1/2 minutes of the 2nd qtr. In their first night game since 2004, the Flyers shut the lights on Central State quick, allowing them one play over midfield in the first half while they put up points from great field position.

Joe (Janasek) got major PT both as LB and on KO teams.

Here's the brief story:
http://www.daytonflyers.com/mens/football/news/index.html?article_id=6987

Grandpa1
09-30-10, 07:52 AM
UD RESUMES PFL PLAY AT WELCOME STADIUM WITH VALPARAISO SATURDAY AT 1 PM (http://www.daytonflyers.com/mens/football/news/index.html?article_id=6998)

http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/thumbcache/af4e1ad98cd2f3cd16a77d21088ae792.300.jpgHead coach Rick Chamberlin has been a part of 315 UD football wins as a player, assistant coach and head coach.

PDF Game Notes (http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/News/Valparaiso.pdf)

With non-conference football out of the way, the University of Dayton will get back into Pioneer Football League action Saturday when the Flyers host the Valparaiso Crusaders at Welcome Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.
UD is 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the PFL. Daytonís 1-0 conference mark places the Flyers in first place with Drake, Jacksonville and San Diego.
Valparaiso is 0-4 in its first season under new coach Dale Carlson, but the Crusadersí lone league loss is a narrow 21-19 decision last week against Drake.
Head coach Rick Chamberlin has guided UD to 9-3 and 9-2 records in his first two seasons.

Steve Valentino is third in career total offense with 4,337 yards. Next on the list is Kelly Spiker (5,138). Valentino is also sixth in career yards passing (3,195). In his sights are Dan Sharley (3,229) and Kevin Johns (3,572). Valentino is now third in career pass completions (257). Steve Keller is second at 273.

PFL MEANS PIONEER FOOTBALL LEADERS
UD leads the PFL in scoring offense (34.5), rushing offense (189.0), rushing defense (60.5), first downs (22.2), opponent first downs (16.2), kickoff returns (26.6), punt returns (15.4), sacks (2.75, tied with USD and VU), 4th down conversions (85.7%, 6-7), opponent 3rd down conversions (32.1%, 17-53) and time of possession (34:34). UD is also second in total offense (388.0), net punting (33.0), sacks allowed (1.25), red zone offense (85.0%, 17-20).

THE RED WALL
Dayton is third in FCS football in rushing defense (60.5), behind Northern Iowa (52.0) and Northern Arizona (57.3).

Grandpa1
10-05-10, 10:10 AM
Dayton had a bust-out 3rd qtr in a 48-14 win against Valparaiso. Lot of scoring on the ground including one by Steve Valentino who also moved into 3rd place in UD career Total Offense.

Joe Janasek got playing time & I hope he makes the travel squad for San Diego this week.
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Valentino lunges for another 1st down against Valparaiso

Two outstanding performances acknowledged by the league: Senior James Vercammen was named defensive player of the week and freshman Gary Hunter was the special teams player of the week in the Pioneer Football League after helping the University of Dayton to a 48-14 win over Valparaiso on Saturday.
Vercammen, who plays the linebacker/safety position known as ďFlyer,Ē led UD with 12 tackles (five solo), including a sack, and recovered a fumble.
Hunter, a cornerback from Detroit, became the first freshman in the 105-year history of UD football to return a kickoff for a touchdown. He gave the Flyers the lead in the first quarter with an 82-yard return.
Dayton (4-1, 2-0) plays at San Diego on Saturday.

The USD game can be seen on webcast at 5:00pm ET
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Grandpa1
10-11-10, 11:45 AM
T'was a brutal game as well with the last scoreless 12 minutes belonging to each team's DEFENSE. Finally, after two 4th down stops by Valentino's housemate, Joe Reis, the victory formation for the last snap belonged to the Flyers.

You Comet fans would have really enjoyed the trick play - the one we've waited 5 years for. Less than 2 minutes in the first half with a 7-7 tie score and UD was thrown for a loss from the 3 back to the 6 yard line. U of San Diego calls a T.O. to set the second down defense & get a breath in the brutally hot sun. This gives the UD staff time to think & think & think they did! Valentino takes the shotgun snap at the 6 yard line & after a step or two, pitches to the RB headed to the right and the line flow is that direction. Steve slips out to the left into the end zone. After the game, my photographer friend behind the end zone with lens following the play when out of the corner of his eye he sees Tino. "That's too long of a fake for him so I turned my camera and I think I got it", he said. Anyway, when Taylor Harris got near the hash marks he stopped and lofted a pass back to a wide open Flyer in the end zone. It required Steve to change his momentum and reach back for the ball, but he pulled it into his body, rolled over & jumped to his feet. 14-7 Dayton!

Here's a link to the game story:

http://www.daytonflyers.com/mens/football/news/index.html?article_id=7040

Grandpa1
10-14-10, 03:41 PM
Dayton Travels to Butler Saturday

After a long flight west to San Diego last week, the University of Dayton football team will make a short drive west to Indianapolis this Saturday, October 16 to take on the Butler Bulldogs. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

UD is 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Pioneer Football League after last week’s 21-20 win at USD. Dayton’s 3-0 conference mark places the Flyers in first place with Jacksonville.
As a team, Dayton ranks first nationally in the NCAA’s Division I Football Championship Subdivision in rushing defense. UD is allowing 69.7 rushing yards a game.
Butler is 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the PFL. The Bulldogs dropped their first two league games before winning at Davidson 24-8 last week.
Dayton returns 15 starters (10 offense, three defense, two specialists), from the team that went 9-2 and won a share of the 2009 Pioneer Football League title.
Dayton shared that championship with Butler. The two teams were picked 1-2 in the PFL’s preseason coaches’ poll.
Head coach Rick Chamberlin has guided UD to 9-3 and 9-2 records in his first two seasons.

GOOD NEWS WORTH REPEATING
The Flyers entered the season with the second best winning percentage (.791, 87-23) in FCS football since 2000 AND the most football Academic All-Americans (19) at any level of competition in the decade.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Nick Glavin is 12th in career scoring at UD with 187 points. Just ahead is Greg French (192). Glavin is fourth in career PAT’s for the Flyers with 122. Ryan Hulme is next with 139. Glavin is also tied with Strecker and Jason Resch in fifth place for career field goals at UD (23). John Bianchi is fourth with 24.

Justin Watkins is currently second in Flyer career receiving yardage with 1,966 yards. Ryan Wrobleski is the record holder with 2,058. Watkins is fifth in career receptions (108). Next are Tim Eubank (109), Nick Ruhe (113) and Wrobleski (117). Bill Franks is number one with 133.

Steve Valentino is third in career total offense with 4,766 yards. Next on the list is Kelly Spiker (5,138). Valentino is also fifth in career yards passing (3,550). In his sights are Kevin Johns (3,572) and B.J. Dailey (3,678). Valentino is now second in career pass completions (281). Kevin Hoyng is the record holder with 530. Valentino is 95 yards away from the Top 10 in all-purpose yardage at Dayton.

Jake Voigt was named Scout Offensive Player of the Week.

Joe Janasek was on the travelling squad to San Diego last week. He played on the KO team and I got some photos and finally met him after the game. I was told by another player that "Joe's going to be a good one."

Grandpa1
10-16-10, 07:06 PM
10/16/10 - Steve Valentino threw for two touchdowns and 208 yards and Dayton beat Butler 33-13 Saturday. The Flyers (6-1, 4-0, Pioneer League) finished with 349 total offense yards to Butlerís (3-4, 1-3) 348 yards. Valentino connected with Jordan Boykin on an 11-yd TD pass, capping a 5-play, 56-yard drive in the first quarter. He ran for a 2-point conversion in the third quarter after throwing a TD pass to Anthony Papp. Valentino also led the Flyers on the ground, finishing with 74 rushing yards. Dan Jacob and Brian Mack each ran for a touchdown, and Nick Glavin kicked two field goals. David Lang kicked two field goals for the Bulldogs, starting with a 41-yarder in the first quarter. His second was a 38-yarder in the third. Matt Kobli also ran for a touchdown. - AP Sports

Grandpa1
10-21-10, 09:25 PM
UD RETURNS HOME FOR CAMPBELL 1 PM SATURDAY AT WELCOME STADIUM (http://www.daytonflyers.com/news/index.html?article_id=7092)

http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/thumbcache/4c001ee7053bd0e09aeeaecc7be7c828.400.jpgSteve Valentino is 10 yards away from 2nd place in UD career passing yardage.

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The University of Dayton football team returns home for the first time in three weeks when Campbell University visits Welcome Stadium this Saturday, Oct. 23. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

UD is 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the Pioneer Football League after last weekís 33-13 win at Butler. Daytonís 4-0 conference mark places the Flyers in first place with Jacksonville.

Daytonís six wins clinches the Flyersí 34th winning season in the last 35 years.
Campbell is 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the PFL. The Camelsí two league losses are by a total of three points -- 28-27 vs. Davidson on September 18 and 14-12 to Drake last week.

Saturdayís game is UDís annual football reunion weekend. The 1980 Dayton football team that won the NCAA Division III national championship will be honored at halftime.

The game is also the first of four Flyer athletic events that will be held Saturday at the Arena Sports Complex. Following the football game, the 18th-ranked UD volleyball team will play Charlotte at UD Arena beginning at 4:30 ET. After volleyball, the UD womenís and menís basketball teams will play their annual Red & Blue Scrimmage games.

Dayton returned 15 starters (10 offense, three defense, two specialists), from the team that went 9-2 and won a share of the 2009 Pioneer Football League title.
Head coach Rick Chamberlin has guided UD to 9-3 and 9-2 records in his first two seasons.

GOOD NEWS WORTH REPEATING
The Flyers entered the season with the second best winning percentage (.791, 87-23) in FCS football since 2000 AND the most football Academic All-Americans (19) at any level of competition in the decade.

Grandpa1
10-23-10, 04:54 PM
Dayton uses strong 4th to beat Campbell 41-23

The Associated Press
Saturday, October 23, 2010; 5:02 PM

DAYTON, Ohio -- Taylor Harris rushed for three touchdowns and Steve Valentino added two rushing scores as Dayton scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat Campbell 41-23 on Saturday.
Harris, who finished with 41 yards rushing on 12 carries, scored on runs of 6, 1 and 4 yards in the final quarter for the Flyers (7-1, 5-0 Patriot League), who won their sixth straight.

Valentino ran 15 times for 89 yards, scoring on runs of 3 and 1 yards to give Dayton a 14-10 lead in the second quarter. Campbell (2-5, 1-3) regained the lead at 17-14 in the third when Kurt Odom caught a 4-yard touchdown from Daniel Polk.

Campbell later had a 23-20 lead on Carl Smith's 31-yard run in the third, but Harris' three scores to put the Flyers up for good.

Justin Watkins, who caught seven passes for 127 yards, became the UD schooll career leader in receiving yardage.

Grandpa1
10-27-10, 07:28 PM
This is not a Solon player at Dayton, but JJ Vercammen is the best defensive player. He plays the "Flyer" position at UD; sometimes a LB & sometimes a Safety. He will be a great school teacher next year.

He actually blocked the Butler pass with his face mask!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCnuGa5Mxns

Grandpa1
10-30-10, 08:01 PM
Nice turnout of Ohio folks at Davidson this afternoon and they appreciated being able to see the sun for a change. It was also nice to see an easy going game too. Dayton won 37-13 and there wasn't much doubt. Davidson couldn't run!

Both teams played reserves for the final 6 minutes and Joe Janasek played two series at LB, no chance for tackles (ballcarriers never got that far). Steve Valentino celebrated his birthday with two TD passes. His last home game will be next week. Here's the AP story:

10/30/10 - Steve Valentino threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns and Taylor Harris ran for two scores as Dayton beat Davidson 37-13 in a Pioneer League game on Saturday. Valentino, who was 11-for-17, also carried 12 times for 57 yards. His 69-yard pass to Tyler Hujik gave the Flyers (8-1, 6-0) a 14-3 second-quarter lead and his 29-yarder to Anthony Papp made it 27-6 in the third. The Wildcats (2-6, 2-4) drew to within 27-13 on Jonathan Carkhuff's 5-yard pass to Josh Yost later in the period, but they lost the ball on downs at the Dayton 26 on their next possession. The Flyers drove 74 yards in seven plays, going ahead 34-13 on Tyler Harris's 30-yard run. Harris also scored on an 18-yard run in the first quarter and finished with 60 yards on seven carries. Carkhuff was 23-for-39 for 197 yards for Davidson, but he was intercepted twice, leading to 10 of Dayton's points. - AP Sports

Grandpa1
11-04-10, 03:59 PM
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Nearly half of the 31 seniors at UD are 5th year seniors, something very common for FCS level football, not just at Dayton. It is a long haul for boys & their families to get to this career point so it is not without saddness and a tear that it will soon end. Final season game is next Saturday in Poughkeepsie, NY against the Red Foxes of Marist University.

Joe Ries, Brandon Wingeier and Steve Valentino each enter the Davidson game with 32 starts under their belts (although 13 of Valentinoís starts were at receiver). Seven other Flyers also have double-digit starts. Justin Watkins has 27, Tyler Friedrich and Eric Studt each have 24, James Vercammen has 22, Justin Griffis 20, Dan Fornek and Dan Prindle each have 19, Brian Mack has 16, Anthony Papp has 15, Mike Morante has 14, and Nick Collins has 12 starts.

sc4ever
11-07-10, 12:54 AM
just saw that dayton won on a last second td pass by steve valentino. The play was number 10 on espns top 10 plays!

Grandpa1
11-08-10, 10:54 AM
Yes sc4ever, it was really the last second; 00:01!!!!!!

What can we say but that this Dayton team has the stuff that legends are made of. People are posting that they've never seen a team with so much heart. Heck, the past few weeks, 4th down is their best play. In years to come, other Comets can make magic on the UD field. For one, it's over now.

There were plenty of tears for parents & seniors after the game. A chance for a 3rd championship ring for Valentino hung on his last play; and the the 4th and 18 before his 23 yard pass; and prior to that the 3rd and 16 before his 20 yard pass, but they came through with, get this, 8-play drive in 1:16 of the 1:17 they had! Fortunately his junior receiver out-jumped the defender and fell into the end zone (Remember, a year ago the Hail Mary was completed but the receiver couldn't fall forward). The earlier sack for a safety was forgotten; the losing points were obliterated on the final throw. Steve was selected PFL Offensive Player of the Week & Dain Taylor of Drake who chased him all day was C0-Defensive Player of the Week along with Dayton's end, Devon Langhorst, who helped in 6 sacks by UD.
http://www.pioneer-football.org/

My 5 year adventure is nearly over. Season ends Saturday in Poughkeepsie, NY at Marist University. A win gains a league tie with Jacksonville and another big ring. Go Flyers!

Here's some video highlights
http://www.daytonflyers.com/mens/football/news/index.html?article_id=7159

Here's ESPN Top 10 plays:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVQCk5xLgLM

You can actually listen to it at http://newstalkradiowhio.com/Player/100780091/

Grandpa1
11-11-10, 09:08 PM
Here's the pregame:

http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/News/Marist.pdf

Grandpa1
11-13-10, 07:14 PM
PFL Co-Champs are these Dayton Flers again when they hitched up their boot straps after a first half of lethargic play. They tied the game at start of 4th qtr and won in the 2nd overtime for a season 10-1 record.

11/13/10 - Matt Pfleger picked off Tommy Reilly on second-and-goal in the second overtime to seal Daytonís 41-34 victory over Marist in Pioneer Football League action on Saturday. The Red Foxes (3-7, 2-6) took a 34-27 lead on their first play in the first overtime, thanks to a 25-yard touchdown pass from Reilly to Chris Ortner. The Flyers (10-1, 8-0) answered with a 3-yard touchdown run by Taylor Harris to tie the score at 34-34. Steve Valentino threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Luke Bellman on Daytonís first play of the second OT to give the Flyers a 41-34 lead. Needing a touchdown to force a third OT, the Red Foxes drove down to the Dayton 11-yard line before Pfleger intercepted Reillyís pass to end the game. Reilly threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns on 35 of 51 passing in the loss. - AP Sports

Grandpa1
11-14-10, 12:58 PM
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Fans leaving the University of Dayton’s six-point, last-second win over Drake in Dayton last week on Senior Day all agreed the game couldn’t have been more exciting or more emotionally draining.
They were wrong.
The Flyers came from down 10 twice, trailed at halftime for the first time all season and needed two overtimes, but Dayton persevered, edging Marist 41-34 to finish the year 8-0 in the Pioneer Football League. UD tied Jacksonville (JU beat Campbell 31-24 today to also remain perfect) for first in the PFL, and the championship was the Flyer’s 11th (including ties) in the 18-year history of the league.

The outcome wasn’t decided until Dayton cornerback Matt Pfleger picked off Marist quarterback Tommy Reilly at the three-yard-line on second-and-goal in the second overtime. Flyer James Vercammen came on a blitz and pressured Reilly, and Pfleger made a diving catch of Reilly’s throw to the right pylon.

The Red Foxes took a 34-27 lead on their first play in the first overtime, thanks to a 25-yard touchdown pass from Reilly to Chris Ortner. The Flyers answered seven plays later with a 3-yard touchdown run by Taylor Harris, and the score was tied at 34-34 when Nick Glavin’s PAT hit the left upright on its way through. The snap wasn't perfect, the hold wasn't perfect, but the kick was good enough and it was on to a second extra period.

Steve Valentino threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Luke Bellman on Dayton's first play of the second OT to give the Flyers a 41-34 lead. Needing a touchdown to force a third OT, the Red Foxes drove down to the Dayton 11-yard line before Pfleger intercepted Reilly's pass to end the game.
UD found itself down 10-0 after one quarter and twenty seconds, but got on the board on the very next play from scrimmage, when Valentino hit Justin Watkins for a 60-yard bomb nine seconds later. After A.J. Kaltenbach intercepted a Reilly pass, the Flyers drove to the 10, where Glavin hit a 27-yard field goal to the game at 10.

Marist answered with a drive into the red zone of its own, and booted a field goal to take a 13-10 to the locker room at halftime. It was the first time all year UD trailed at the half.
Marist took its second 10-point lead of the game early in the third quarter. On Dayton's first play of the third quarter, Valentino was intercepted by Nick Kaszei and his 23-yard return brought the ball to the Dayton 30. Three consecutive completed passes later, Reilly connected with Greg Whipple out in the flat and Whipple ran it in for on a 14-yard touchdown to put Marist up 20-10.

At this point, Valentino had run six times for 22 yards, and was five of 14 passing for 104 yards with a 60-yard TD and an interception. From here, he willed his way to 62 yards rushing on 12 carries, and completed 11 of 16 passes for 123 yards. And he led the Flyers back to score the next 17 points. UD drove 71 yards in nine plays on the next possession, with Harris bulling in from the one to make the score Marist 20, Dayton 17.

Flyer defensive end Devon Langhorst batted a swing pass in the air and then hauled in his own interception to set up a Glavin field goal that tied the game at 20. UD’s defense then forced its first-three-and-out of the day, setting up an 11-play, 86-yard scoring drive. Valentino took it in from the six, and Dayton had its first lead of the day with 7:12 left.
After another three-and-out stand by the Flyer defense, UD looked to run out the clock. But with 2:35 to play, Harris was stopped just inches short of the first-down marker on a fourth-and-two play by Marist linebacker Kees Coughlin, giving the Red Foxes the ball back at their own 24.
Reilly started the ensuing drive by completing his first three passes. After Marist was the benefactor of a tough pass interference penalty on Pfleger, a 12-yard completion to Joseph DeSimone gave the Red Foxes a first-and-10 at the Dayton 11. After three consecutive incomplete passes, Reilly found Michael Rios for a touchdown pass with 1:04 remaining. The extra point by Jason Myers tied the score at 27.

Dayton was unable to move the ball in the final minute, and a clutch 47-yard punt by Nate Miller to the Marist 12 forced the PFL’s top punt returner, James LaMacchia, to call for a fair catch. After one running play by Marist, the game was headed to overtime.
On the day, Valentino was 16 of 30 for 227 yards passing with two TD’s, and was also the game’s top rusher with 84 yards on 18 carries. Anthony Papp had five catches for 68 yards to lead UD in receiving. Pfleger was also Dayton’s top tackler, with eight stops (seven solo).
The Flyer defense held Marist to just five yards rushing, but Reilly broke Marist’s single-game records for completions (35), pass attempts (51) and yards (417). LaMacchia was his favorite target, catching nine passes for 88 yards.
Dayton finished 10-1 on the year. The 31-man Flyer senior class became the first Dayton Division I class to win at least nine games in each of their four years. They were part of three PFL championships, and those who played their final game finished their careers with a four-year record of 39-7.

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Hurri-Comet
11-14-10, 02:47 PM
Unbelievable, amazing, dazzling. Steve has been all that. But so were YOU!

Congratulations GrandPa1, you have been a gem. I guess it will be following #7's career in the NFL now. Then I'll be able to see him in person again.

Maybe now it will be Jake's turn? Hopefully, but Steve Valentino is all-time @ Solon, and now @ Dayton also.

sc4ever
11-15-10, 07:55 PM
is dayton moving onto the fcs playoffs? i read that as the winner of their conference they automatically qualify for the playoffs.

can anyone confirm/deny this?

Grandpa1
11-15-10, 08:43 PM
is dayton moving onto the fcs playoffs? i read that as the winner of their conference they automatically qualify for the playoffs.

can anyone confirm/deny this?


Dayton is PFL co-champ with Jacksonville
The PFL does NOT get an automatic bid; trying for that change again in 2012
This is 1st time ever two non-scholarship teams were in top 25
The FCS really would be sticking neck out to invite a PFL team; what if the scholarship boys lost?
The PFL winner played the NEC winner in the discontinued Gridiron Bowl four years and PFL won 3 out of 4!

Grandpa1
11-16-10, 09:47 AM
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VALENTINO EARNS PFL CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS (http://www.daytonflyers.com/news/index.html?article_id=7201)

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Steve Valentino is the only PFL player to be named all-league at two different positions.

University of Dayton senior quarterback Steve Valentino was named Pioneer Football League co-Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Daytonís championship-clinching 41-34 double-overtime win at Marist on Saturday. The UD co-captain and Walter Payton Award candidate improved his career record to 19-2 as a starting quarterback.
Valentino shares this weekís honor with Rudell Small, senior running back of Jacksonville and Godfrey Smith, senior wide receiver of San Diego.

In Saturdayís win, Valentino had 311 yards in total offense, completing 16 of 31 passes for 227 yards and running for another 84. In the first half, Valentino ran for just 22 yards, and completed just five of his first 15 passes, but he led Dayton from 10 points down by completing 11 of his last 16 passes for 123 yards and rushing for 62 critical yards. His 25-yard TD strike to Luke Bellman in the second overtime proved to be the game-winner.

Valentino led the Flyers this season in both rushing (712) and passing (2218) yardage. He completed 163 of 289 passes (.564). He also recorded 25 total touchdowns (16 passing, 8 rushing, 1 receiving).
In not quite two years as a starting QB, Steve Valentino is second in career pass completions (341), career passing yardage (4,630 yards) and career total offense (6,218). He also finished his career Valentino sixth in all-purpose yardage at UD with 3,125 yards.

Steve Valentino is now second in total offense (266.4), fourth in passing efficiency (135.0), fourth in rushing (64.7), fourth in passing offense (201.6), and sixth in scoring (TDs) (5.1) in the PFL.

The two-time captain was part of Daytonís 31-man senior class that was 39-7 overall. They are the first senior class in school history to be a part of four seasons of at least nine wins while playing at the Division I level, and only the fifth since football became a varsity sport in 1905. They have now been a part of three PFL championships (2007, 2009, 2010).
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Grandpa1
11-24-10, 03:25 PM
STEVE VALENTINO REPEATS AS PFL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR; CHAMBERLIN EARNS COACH OF THE YEAR (http://www.daytonflyers.com/news/index.html?article_id=7244)

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DAYTON, Ohio Ė Pioneer Football League coaches have selected University of Dayton Senior quarterback Steve Valentino as the PFLís Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, making him just the second player in league history to receive the honor in back-to-back seasons. League coaches also tabbed Head Coach Rick Chamberlin as the PFLís Coach of the Year for the first time in his three years at the helm of Flyer football.

UD quarterbacks have been PFL Offensive Player of the Year for three of the last four seasons. UD alum and current assistant coach Kevin Hoyng received this honor for the Flyers after the 2007 season. Valentino is also a three time All-PFL First Team selection, with two selections as a quarterback and one as a wide receiver. He is the only player in PFL history to receive first team honors at two different positions.

He finished the regular season ranked 14th in FCS football averaging 266.4 total offensive yards per game. The Solon, Ohio native is UDís top rusher and ranked seventh among FCS quarterbacks with 64.7 rushing yards per game. Valentino also ranked fourth in the PFL in passing yards (201.6 ypg) and pass efficiency rating (135.0).

In just three seasons, Chamberlin has a record of 28-6 at the helm of the Flyers. Each season under Chamberlin, Dayton has posted a better record in the PFL than the previous year. In 2008, Chamberlin led UD to a 6-2 league record. In 2007 they improved to 7-1 and this season the Flyers posted an 8-0 mark. Chamberlin has guided the program to back-to-back shares of the regular season title, while UD posted its most successful season under Chamberlin with a 10-1 overall.

Valentino is joined on the All-PFL First Team with senior offensive lineman Tyler Friedrich (Powell, Ohio), senior defensive ends Devon Langhorst (Sidney, Ohio) and Brandon Wingeier (Newark, Ohio), senior linebacker Joe Ries (Cincinnati, Ohio) and senior defensive back James Vercammen (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.).

Ries and Valentino are two of three first team selections this year to be honored as first-teamers for three consecutive seasons. Jacksonvilleís senior running back Rudell Small is the only other player to have this distinction. Friedrich, Vercammen and Wingeier each earned First Team honors for the second consecutive season.

Senior wide receiver Justin Watkins (Englewood, Ohio) and senior offensive lineman Eric Studt (Bethel Park, Pa.) were both selected to the second team. Watkins repeats his spot on the team for the second consecutive season.

A pair of seniors from Napervile, Ill., wide receiver Anthony Papp and offensive guard Dan Fornek, join senior kicker Nick Glavin (Kettering, Ohio) on the PFL Honorable Mention Squad.

The Flyers were 10-1 this season, including a perfect 8-0 record in the league. They finished tied for first in the league. This is UDís 11th PFL Championship (including ties) in the 18-year history of the PFL. The rest of the league has 13 titles combined.


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12-06-10, 04:56 PM
OCF Announces All-Ohio FCS/II/NAIA Teams

Monday, December 6th 2010 @ 4:25 PM
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Dayton senior quarterback Steve Valentino and Urbana senior linebacker Travis Brisco have been recognized for their outstanding seasons by being named the OhioCollegeFootball.com FCS/NCAA II/NAIA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year. Ashlandís Jamie Meder and Urbanaís D.J. Mendenhall were tabbed Co-Freshmen of the Year while Daytonís Rick Chamberlin took Coach of the Year honors.
The OCF Awards Banquet will be held on Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Marriott Columbus Airport prior to the OhioCollegeFootball.com Senior Bowl II.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB - Steve Valentino, Dayton (Sr.)
RB - Dominic Williams, Walsh (So.)
RB - D.J. McCoy, Ashland (Jr.)
WR - Joe Horn, Ashland (Sr.)
WR - Justin Watkins, Dayton (Sr.)
WR - Joe Morgan, Walsh (Sr.)
TE - Brad Schrecengost, Walsh (Sr.)
OL - Nate Schaffer, Findlay (Sr.)
OL - Tyler Friedrich, Dayton (Sr.)
OL - Eric Studt, Dayton (Sr.)
OL - Justin Magruder, Ashland (Sr.)
OL - Matt Knez, Ashland (Sr.)
K - Greg Berkshire, Ashland (Jr.)
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB - Taylor Housewright, Ashland (So.)
RB - Monterae Williams, Findlay (So.)
RB - Clinton Blossomgame, Walsh (Sr.)
RB - Boise Moom, Urbana (Sr.)
WR - Dustin Zielaskiewicz, Findlay (Sr.)
WR - Trey Williams, Tiffin (Sr.)
WR - Christian Livingston, Ashland (Sr.)
TE - Steve Winners, Findlay (Sr.)
OL - Bill Nickell, Urbana (Sr.)
OL - Dan Fornek, Dayton (Sr.)
OL - Tim Goodman, Walsh (Jr.)
OL - Derrick Showell, Walsh (Jr.)
OL - Scott Dearwester, Findlay (So.)
K - Cameron Stevens, Findlay (Sr.)
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL - Brandon Wingeier, Dayton (Sr.)
DL - Devon Langhorst, Dayton, (Sr.)
DL - Cody Carroll, Malone (Sr.)
DL - Jamie Meder, Ashland, (Fr.)
LB - Travis Brisco, Urbana (Sr.)
LB - Joe Ries, Dayton (Sr.)
LB - Carmon Wolfe, Ashland (Sr.)
LB - Vincent Vasquez, Ohio Dominican (Fr.)
DB - James Vercammen, Dayton (Sr.)
DB - Juan McKeever, Urbana (Jr.)
DB - Logan Kerr, Ashland (Jr.)
DB - Pat Kane, Walsh (So.)
P - Greg Berkshire, Ashland (Jr.)
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL - Dick Dickerhoof, Ashland (Sr.)
DL - Bob Hansen, Notre Dame (So.)
DL - Craig Hoying, Findlay (Jr.)
DL - Manju Jabbie, Ohio Dominican (Sr.)
LB - Erique Robertson, Urbana (So.)
LB - Kenny Klatt, Findlay (Fr.)
LB - Antonio Scassa, Malone (So.)
LB - Cameron Bryant, Lake Erie (Jr.)
DB - Quinton Scott, Ashland
DB - Mike Virgin, Tiffin (So.)
DB - John Hyde, Notre Dame (So.)
DB - Jason McCurdy, Ohio Dominican (Sr.)
P - Eric Buchanan, Walsh (Sr.)
Offensive Player of the Year: Steve Valentino, Dayton
Defensive Player of the Year: Travis Brisco, Urbana
Co-Freshmen of the Year: Jamie Meder, Ashland and D.J. Mendenall, Urbana
Coach of the Year: Rick Chamberlin, Dayton

Hurri-Comet
12-11-10, 09:16 AM
Congrats & Kudos to Steve and his teammates. What a fantastic career.

Grandpa1
12-12-10, 07:24 PM
2010 DAYTON FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED (http://www.daytonflyers.com/mens/football/news/index.html?article_id=7303)

http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/thumbcache/aa0bed04d02589698ae959c2290e0f03.300.jpgThe Flyer football banquet celebrates the team and season above all, but Steve Valentino received a well-deserved standing ovation from those in attendance when he was named MVP.


The University of Dayton honored the 2010 Flyer football team today at its annual Football Awards Banquet. The banquet, presented by the UD Flyers Club, was at the Kennedy Union Ballroom on campus. The banquet was the final event of another championship Flyer football season.
Dayton finished 10-1 overall and 8-0 in the Pioneer Football League this season, tying Jacksonville for first place in the PFL. It was UD's 11th PFL championship (including ties) in the 18-year history of the PFL. The rest of the league has 13 titles combined.
UD also finished the season nationally ranked in the top 25 of the Football Championship Subdivision. The Flyers were ranked 23rd by the Sports Network and 25th in the AFCA Coaches Poll. Since moving to Division I in 1992, UD has only been previously nationally ranked in 1996 and 1997. The Sports Network poll rated the Flyers as the No. 24 team at the conclusion of the 1996 season and No. 23 after the 1997 season.
This was also the 24th time in school history UD has had at least nine wins in a season.
Senior quarterback Steve Valentino (Solon, OH) was named the recipient of the White-Allen Most Valuable Player Trophy for the second straight season. A repeat selection for the PFL Offensive Player of the Year Award, Valentino finished his career 19-2 as a starting quarterback, and 15-1 in league play.
Just the fifth two-time MVP in UD football history, Valentino is also a three time All-PFL First Team selection, with two selections as a quarterback and one as a wide receiver. He is the only player in PFL history to receive first team honors at two different positions.
He finished the regular season ranked 14th in FCS football averaging 266.4 total offensive yards per game. The Solon, Ohio native is UDís top rusher and ranked seventh among FCS quarterbacks with 64.7 rushing yards per game.
In not quite two years as a starting QB, Steve Valentino finished second at UD in career pass completions (341), career passing yardage (4,630 yards) and career total offense (6,218). Valentino was also sixth in all-purpose yardage at UD with 3,125 yards.
The White Allen Most Valuable Player Trophy is sponsored by Tim White and White Allen Auto Group, Inc. The award is selected by members of the team. The White Allen Trophy has been awarded annually since 1953.
Another repeat winner, James Vercammen (Bloomfield Hills, MI), was named the recipient of the Chief Toscani Hitter Award for the second straight year. Playing the hybrid linebacker/safety position known as "Flyer" in the Dayton defensive scheme, Vercammen was has already been named a First Team AFCA All-American. He was the top tackler on the team that is second in FCS football in rushing defense.
Vercammen had 100 tackles (57 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three fumbles forced, two pass breakups, an interception and a fumble recovery in 2010. UD allowed just 78.4 yards a game rushing. In the last two seasons, Vercammen had 234 stops, including 118 solo tackles.

Senior offensive guard Tyler Friedrich (Powell, OH) was the third repeat winner this season. He was presented the Stan Kurdziel Memorial Trophy for the second time. The Kurdziel Trophy goes to the team's top lineman. In his two seasons as a starter, Friedrich has been was named First Team All-Pioneer Football League twice. He is a three-time member of the PFL Academic Honor Roll.
Senior linebacker Joe Ries (Cincinnati, OH) was this seasonís winner of the A.J. Cohen Flyer of the Year Award. It is presented in memory of Cohen, a former Flyer wide receiver who left his mark on the program with his everyday positive attitude and team-first approach. Ries, a fifth-year senior who shared team captain duties this season with Valentino and Friedrich, could have been a candidate for this award from the moment he came to UD.
The Cincinnati St. Xavier product was a three-year starter and a three-time First Team All-PFL selection. This year, Ries was third on the team in tackles (65) and a First Team ESPN Academic All-District selection.
Another fifth-year player, team captain, senior wide receiver Justin Watkins (Englewood, OH) was this yearís winner of the Emil Karas Memorial Award. The Karas Award is for the most inspirational leadership as chosen by his teammates. After a solid first year, Watkins suffered a knee injury at the end of that season. Despite that, Watkins was able to rehab in time to be a three-year starter and eventually became UDís all-time receiving yardage leader with 2,274 yards. He was also second in career receptions with 131.
The Sheriff "Beno" Keiter Award, which goes to the senior for the most outstanding contribution to the program over his college career, went to safety A.J. Kaltenbach (New Albany, OH). Kaltenbach was named a First Team ESPN Academic All-American this season, his first as a starter. He moved to safety during the preseason and finished the year second in solo tackles (36) and interception (2).
This season's Most Improved Player Award went to redshirt sophomore cornerback Matt Pfleger (Knoxville, TN). A wide receiver his first two seasons in the program, Pfleger was moved to corner and led the team in interceptions (4) and pass breakups (10). Both marks were twice as many as anyone else on the team. He was also third in solo tackles (35). He finished the year tied for first in the PFL in passes defended per game (1.27).
Redshirt sophomore Matt Brockberg (Troy, MI) was the winner of the John L. Macbeth Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award. A Pre-Med major at UD, Brockberg carries a 3.83 cumulative GPA. The Macbeth Award goes annual to the UD football player who has the highest cumulative grade point average over at least four semesters.
Freshman cornerback Gary Hunter (Detroit, MI) won the ROTC Cannonball Award, which goes to the team's top newcomer. Hunter made his name as a kick returner, becoming the first freshman in school history to return a kickoff for a touchdown. Hunter led the PFL in kick returns (28.2 yards per return) and was third nationally among FCS freshmen.
Senior offensive tackle Dan Prindle had already been named the 2010 recipient of the Lt. Andy Zulli Award at halftime of UD's final home game against Drake. The award, one of the most prestigious in the program, is for sportsmanship, character, and leadership.
Freshman wide receiver Branden Johnson (Lexington, KY) was named the Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year. Freshman defensive end Pat Dowd (Cleveland, OH) was awarded the Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year award.
Along with honoring the individual award winners and the players receiving letters, UD also acknowledged the players who received conference and national awards.

UD placed 11 players on the All-PFL teams which were determined by a vote of the PFL's head coaches. Six were named to the first team. Valentino, Ries, Friedrich, Vercammen, and defensive ends Brandon Wingeier (Newark, OH) and Devon Langhorst (Sidney, OH) were all named to the first team.
UD players on the All-PFL Second Team were Watkins and offensive tackle Eric Studt (Bethel Park, PA). Wide receiver Anthony Papp (Naperville, IL), offensive guard Dan Fornek (Naperville, IL) and placekicker Nick Glavin (Kettering, OH) were all named Honorable Mention All-PFL.
Wingeier was also named an ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American for the third straight year. The senior Mechanical Engineering major is the first UD student-athlete to be named First Team Academic All-America three times. Kaltenbach, a Business Marketing major, joined Wingeier on the first team, bringing the number of Academic All-Americans the Dayton football program has produced since the 2000 season to 21. That's the most at any level of college football.
In the history of the Academic All-America program, UD football has had 51 Academic All-Americans. Among schools currently playing Division I football, only Nebraska (98), Penn State (59) and Notre Dame (54) have had more. UD has had at least one football player named an Academic All-American in 24 of the last 26 years. In all sports, Dayton has had at least one Academic All-American for 27 straight years.
UD placed four Flyer football players on the 2010 University Division ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Team, the most of any team in the country for the third straight year. Included in Dayton's first team selections were Wingeier, Kaltenbach, Ries and Langhorst.
Wingeier was also a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation's Campbell Trophy, which is sometimes called the "Academic Heisman." He was the third Flyer named a semifinalist in the last four years.

2010 UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS
White-Allen Most Valuable Player Steve Valentino
Chief Toscani Hitter James Vercammen
Sheriff "Beno" Keiter Award A.J. Kaltenbach
Emil Karas Inspirational Leadership Justin Watkins
Stan Kurdziel Outstanding Lineman Tyler Friedrich
A.J. Cohen Flyer of the Year Joe Ries
John L. Macbeth Scholar-Athlete Matt Brockberg
Most Improved Player Matt Pfleger
Lt. Andy Zulli Memorial Trophy Dan Prindle
ROTC Cannonball Award Gary Hunter
Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year Branden Johnson
Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year Pat Dowd

Grandpa1
12-25-10, 07:53 PM
A couple Yapsters asked about video from Dayton games and those who followed Steve Valentino in high school would see much of him in any video. For others just trolling, you might be interested in some of the excitement about Dayton football, something never heard of in NE Ohio newspapers (don't know about Stark Cty). I hope the links work for you and Happy New Year....

This is the unbelievable ending to the Senior Day game with Drake when Dayton is losing by one point and about a minute to play. It also includes the part shown on ESPN Top 10...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rOYx5EHg7Y

This is the whole Drake game highlights from local video with audio from WHIO radio as called by Larry Hansgen and retired Coach Mike Kelly with the color. You will also see a tackle by All-American JJ Vercammen and a sack by 3 time All-League Joe Ries. Of course Tino moves up from the rush and throws the TD pass with 1 second remaining...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBL3oXRbLDA&feature=related

So here are the post-game interviews after that game...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUjpaQ3ju4E&feature=related

This is an old Valentino Highlight from two & three years ago. You will see both WR & QB & Punt return & KO Return action & kick holder, plus he will make a tackle as a safety on a KO at San Diego as seen from the end zone (note where he makes it) Unfortunately because of Copyright laws the audio music was removed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdZG1Rb7us4&feature=related

Here's a Special Teams Pump Up video...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unfG1b_JFDc&feature=related

Grandpa1
01-06-11, 04:40 PM
I've waited for career highlights of Dayton's All-American JJ Vercammen. He is a great athlete, one you would be proud to know. He is a great leaper, has good closing speed and loves to hit. #38 is the greatest Special Teams player in over a decade at UD.

Here's a Career Highlight for James J Vercammen:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=270a2ep0iWA&NR=1


Here's a new Career Highlight for Steve Valentino:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSHDmPMrnW8&feature=player_embedded#!

Grandpa1
01-21-11, 10:03 AM
Kenston football coach Roger Vasey resigns

Tim Warsinskey, The Plain Dealer, January 20, 2011 9:30 a.m.

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio - Kenston football coach Roger Vasey has resigned after leading his team to one of its best seasons in recent years.

Vasey said it was a difficult decision, but he wanted to be able to watch his two sons play football this fall and spend time with his daughter, who is in college. One son, Tom, is a junior lineman at Chagrin Falls and his other son, Charlie, is a junior defensive tackle at the University of Dayton. :thumb:
"It was a family decision," he said.

Vasey is Kenston's social studies department chair and will continue to teach. He has coached football in a variety of capacities for 30 of his 32 years at Kenston. He had a 16-15 record in three years, improving each season. Last fall, Kenston (8-3, 6-1 Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division) won a share of its first league title since 1997 and earned its first playoff berth since 2000.
The job has been posted internally at Kenston.

Grandpa1
02-20-11, 12:25 PM
No Solon recruits this 2011 for the Flyers, so far at least. No O-lineman have been announced yet.

More speed than normal & what could be the best crop of kickers, punters & return specialists. Much Forum talk about who might be the next QB.

For former Comets Joe Janasek and Jake Voigt, they will see only a couple of NE Ohio guys like Chuck Zavarella, 6'3", 185# WR from Mayfield High and Colin McManamon, 6'2", 188# WR from St.Edward. The 2-star recruit is RB Anthony Davis from Warren Central (Indy) who was the #1 rusher in the State of Indiana last year.

Grandpa1
02-24-11, 05:06 PM
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(http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250&username=xa-4caa29ff570769f4) ELEVEN FLYERS NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-PFL (http://www.daytonflyers.com/news/index.html?article_id=7479)

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Complete PFL Release (http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/News/2010%20Academic%20All-PFL%20Release.pdf)

DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Dayton has placed the most student-athletes on the Academic All-Pioneer Football League squads for the eighth straight year, and for the 16th time in the 18-year history of the league.

Eleven Flyers were picked in a vote of the league's sports information directors, including a league-high eight first team selections.
Davidson was second with five first-team picks, and seven overall.

Redshirt seniors Brandon Wingeier and Steve Valentino were back-to-back first team selections. Wingeier, a defensive end who was the first Flyer to be selected as a First Team Academic All-American in any sport, majored in Mechanical Engineering. Quarterback Steve Valentino, the two-time PFL Offensive Player of the Year, was an Entrepreneurship major.

Another redshirt senior, placekicker Nick Glavin, was named to this yearís first team. He was also on the first team in 2009. Glavin was a Chemical Engineering major.

Two more redshirt seniors Ė offensive guard Tyler Friedrich and linebacker Joe Ries Ė moved up to the first team after being named to the second team last year. Ries is a Sport Management major. Friedrich is in Exercise Physiology.

Also named to the first team were senior offensive guard Dan Fornek, senior safety A.J. Kaltenbach and defensive end Devon Langhorst. Kaltenbach is a Business Marketing major and Langhorst is earning his degree as an Intervention Specialist.

On the second team, senior offensive guard Dan Prindle was an Academic All-PFL selection for the second straight season. Joining Prindle on the second team were senior linebacker Ross Fumagalli and senior wide receiver Justin Watkins. Prindle majors in Mechanical Engineering, Fumagalli in Entrepreneurship and Watkins in Special Education.

The Academic All-PFL team was created to recognize student-athletes who excel on the field and in the classroom. The student athlete must be a starter or important reserve, reached sophomore standing academically and have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average.
Since the team's origin in 1993, nearly 30 percent (196 of 694) of the PFL All-Academic selections have been Dayton Flyers.

The Flyers were 10-1 on the season, including a first-place finish in the Pioneer Football League after going 8-0 in the PFL. UD was ranked 25th in both the final Sports Network and AFCA Coachesí Polls.

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Grandpa1
03-11-11, 02:53 PM
This is a post from the UDPride site about Valentino and Vercammen participating at the Pro Day today (Friday) at OSU.

JJ Pro DayTino and at tOSU!!
http://cdsdraft.com/boards/index.php?showtopic=10177 (http://cdsdraft.com/boards/index.php?showtopic=10177)

Both Steve and JJ were invited to participate in tOSU's pro day which is occurring today, Friday, March 11, 2011! I understand that some pro scouts arranged for them to participate!

Hopefully, both of them open up some more eyes and get invited to one or more camps this year.

No word on how things went for the former Flyers yet today, although I understand that they worked out this morning.

To quote Tino via his Twitter posting at 11:22 AM, "Wow what a day and it's still in the AM... Thanks for the shout outs, me and @JJVercammen tried reppin UD as much as possible.. #udflyers"

I have no doubt that both of these former Flyers stars did their school proud today!!

Here is a link to stats. I don't know when they put in the new numbers but you can find Valentino down the list on the of "All" names under the section of "WR". JJ Vercammen is in the "SS" section.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/prospectrankings/TSX/2011_WR?&print_rows=9999
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Grandpa1
03-13-11, 06:54 PM
The PFL announced its Academic Honor Roll (3.0 avg) for the Fall Semester and Joe Janasek, Steve Valentino & Jake Voigt were part of 69 student-athletes - the most in the league - for Dayton.

Congratulations for their special effort to study while playing a college varsity sport.

Also of note from the area, other names on the Honor Roll that some may remember from high schools are:

Sean Belanger - Rocky River
Matt Bennett - Walsh
Nick Collins - Padua
Jamie Mewhinney - St. Ed
Bill Petraiuolo - Mayfield
Tyler Schutz - Mentor
Pat Sweigert - Lake Catholic
Charlie Vassey - Chagrin Falls
Steve Wirkus - Brecksville

http://www.pioneer-football.org/media/pdf/10_PFL_Honor_Roll.pdf

Grandpa1
03-21-11, 09:42 AM
The Second Annual Ohio College Football.com football game sponsored by the Ohio National Guard will be a final opportunity for former Comet & Flyer Steve Valentino on the field. Steve joins Dayton's Academic All-American DE Brandon Wingeier on the south team.

Steve will play WR when he isn't at QB. Don't know about punt returns yet.

First practice is this Sunday with the game scheduled for April 23rd at Crew Stadium, Columbus.

Here's a link: http://www.ohiocollegefootball.com/members/ocf/blog/VIEW/00000063/00001913/Senior-Bowl-Rosters-Announced.html#00001913

Grandpa1
04-01-11, 01:14 PM
Former Comets Joe Janasek & Jake Voigt are halfway through the 14 spring practices that precede the Spring Game in two weeks at Welcome Field on Sunday, April 17 at 1:00pm.

The Spring Game is also the time the Flyers will receive their 2010 Championship rings.

Meantime, Dayton graduate Steve Valentino attended two Pro Days in Columbus and just received an invitation to the Elite Pro Combine in Michigan at Ford Field on the 15th & 16th. Here's a link explaining how it fits with the NFL Combine....http://www.combines.com/home/

Tino will either hurry back from Detroit to UD for his third championship ring or maybe he'll stop in Columbus for another practice with his south squad for the Senior Bowl game scheduled on Saturday the 23rd. at Columbus' Crew Stadium.

As you can see, the former Comets are busy Flyers this spring.

Hurri-Comet
04-01-11, 02:00 PM
The Sports Information job @ Dayton is open for you Gramps. No way you don't deserve it. Who's on the rosters besides Steve in this all-star game? The Browns could certainly use a 4.4 40, great hands receiver this season.

If there is a season. ;)

Grandpa1
04-01-11, 04:36 PM
Have to offer you a link Hurri; the list gets all muddled up together in one solid paragraph when I copy & paste. But you won't know many on this list.
http://www.ohiocollegefootball.com/members/ocf/adminpages/OCFBowlSouthTeam



Here's a link to photos from the south's first practice and yes, you know the kid in the red helmet & red shorts ready to heave a pass.
http://www.ohiocollegefootball.com/members/ocf/blog/VIEW/00000063/00001918/South-Team-Practice-Photos.html#00001918

Thanks for the kind job consideration. I would be an improvement for football media at UD!!! (It's a basketball school)

Hurri-Comet
04-01-11, 09:52 PM
Yep I saw Steve, looked like a average sized head amongst the others :D

I didn't recognize too many names on that South roster as you stated, but the North roster never came up. I might know some North guys better.

Grandpa1
04-02-11, 09:25 AM
Here's the link to the north squad. You may know two.
http://www.ohiocollegefootball.com/members/ocf/adminpages/OCFBowlNorthTeam

Grandpa1
04-06-11, 08:46 AM
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(http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250&username=xa-4caa29ff570769f4) CHAMBERLIN, VALENTINO HONORED BY OHIOCOLLEGEFOOTBALL.COM ON APRIL 22 (http://www.yappi.com/forums/?article_id=7654)

http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/thumbcache/d03506a45b988c78b270f69d8d2bc6c1.400.jpg Valentino will play wide receiver and quarterback in the Senior Bowl.

University of Dayton head football coach Rick Chamberlin and graduated seniors Steve Valentino and Brandon Wingeier will be recognized by OhioCollegeFootball.com in Columbus April 22-23.

At the OhioCollegeFootball.com Awards Banquet on Friday, April 22, Chamberlin will be honored as the Ohio FCS/NCAA Division II/NAIA Coach of the Year, while Valentino will be saluted as the levelís Offensive Player of the Year.
The next day, Valentino and Wingeier will play in the second annual Ohio Senior Bowl, competing with and against players from such schools as Wittenberg, Central State, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Miami, Mt. Union, Toledo and Kent State. The game will be played at Crew Stadium in Columbus.

Chamberlin led UD to a 10-1 record and a share of its second straight Pioneer Football League championship in 2010. In just three seasons, he has a record of 28-6 at the helm of the Flyers. Each season under Chamberlin, Dayton has posted a better record in the PFL than the previous year. In 2008, Chamberlin led UD to a 6-2 league record. In 2007 they improved to 7-1 and this season the Flyers posted an 8-0 mark.

Valentino was PFL Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. He finished his career 19-2 as a starting quarterback, and 15-1 in league play. Just the fifth two-time MVP in UD football history, Valentino is also a three time All-PFL First Team selection, with two selections as a quarterback and one as a wide receiver. He is the only player in PFL history to receive first team honors at two different positions.

He finished the regular season ranked 14th in FCS football averaging 266.4 total offensive yards per game. The Solon, Ohio native was UDís top rusher and ranked seventh among FCS quarterbacks with 64.7 rushing yards per game. Valentino also ranked fourth in the PFL in passing yards (201.6 ypg) and pass efficiency rating (135.0).

Wingeier is a First Team All-PFL defensive end who had 75 tackles and 10.5 sacks the last two seasons. He is the only student-athlete to be named a First Team Academic All-American all three years he was eligible for the honor.

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Hurri-Comet
04-06-11, 10:50 AM
Again, what an amazing career for Solon's Steve Valentino @ University of Dayton. He is now one of their all-time greats in football.

Congratulations Steve.

Grandpa1
04-16-11, 08:26 AM
Jake Voigt in the mix to replace Tino according to article about replacing the UD QB.

Spring Game on Sunday, April 17, will give the contenders a chance to perform but with the teams evenly mixed, don't expect scoring. Dayton's defense is always ahead of the offense. BTW, Valentino was usually on the Spring Game winner & has the t-shirts to prove.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/dayton-sports/university-of-dayton-flyers/ud-coach-chamberlin-not-fretting-about-finding-qb-1137545.html

Grandpa1
04-25-11, 09:51 AM
Steve Valentino came home to Solon for Easter with some more "loot". On Friday at a banquet in Columbus, OCF.com honored him as FCS-Div.II & NAIA Ohio Offensive Player of the Year. The UD coach was Coach of the Year too. On Saturday, #7 was co-captain for the South team, played about half the snaps at WR & half at QB, held for FG & X-points and brought home the Offensive Player of the Game trophy.

A Dayton teammate, Brandon Wingeier, #55, played L-DE the 1st half & R-DT the second.

Often typical of All-Star football or hockey, the first half had many miss-fires because of timing with only four Sunday practices to learn the system. Defense definitely ruled. It picked up later & the 4th quarter included offensive success. Here's a paragraph from the game story:

...a furious 13-play, 89-yard drive by the South Team included a pair of fourth down conversions. With the South Team needing eight yards on fourth down with less than two minutes remaining, Dayton quarterback and Offensive MVP Steve Valentino ran right on a reverse before turning around and hitting Capitalís Marty Assmann. Assmann broke a tackle and gained 27 yards down the left sideline.

Here are the rebroadcast times for the game on STO:

STO will replay the game on Saturday, April 23 beginning at 11:00 p.m. along with six other replay dates. Time Warner Cable digital customers will be able to replay the game on their local on Demand Ė be sure to check local listings.
Broadcasting the game will be Chris Solwecki (play-by-play), Matt DíOrazio (color analyst) and Jack Greathouse (color analyst). Producing this yearís Senior Bowl is Innerphase Video Productions out of Lancaster, Ohio.
The Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl II features some of the top college football players from the State of Ohio. All players must have exhausted their college eligibility from an Ohio college.
STO Replay Dates
April 23 Ė 11:00 PM
April 25 Ė 12:00 PM
April 26 Ė 5:00 AM
April 30 Ė 12:00 PM
April 30 Ė 12:00 AM
May 7 Ė 12:00 PM
May 14 Ė 5:00 PM

Hurri-Comet
04-25-11, 10:06 AM
YeeHa! Not only a great game for Tino', but we get to watch replay. Thanks Gramps.

Grandpa1
05-11-11, 09:17 AM
Here are excerpts from an internet story about the recent success by UD athletic teams with an eye toward their immediate future after graduation. The former Comet kids there are in a good place to be!


LIFE AFTER GRADUATION FOR FLYER STUDENT-ATHLETES (http://www.daytonflyers.com/mens/football/news/index.html?article_id=7794)

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DAYTON, Ohio Ė The University of Dayton held its undergraduate commencement this Sunday, May 8 in UD Arena. More than 1,300 undergrads participated in commencement exercises and more than 60 degrees were conferred upon Flyer student-athletes.

Dayton has had unprecedented success during the tenure of this senior class; both academically and athletically.

Some of the athletic accomplishments of this senior class include:
- 16 NCAA Tournament appearances
- 19 conference team championships in the last four years. In the Fall of 2009, no Division I program in the nation had more conference titles than UDís five
- 3 teams (football, womenís soccer, volleyball) nationally ranked at the end of the same season (Fall, 2010) for the first time in school history. In the last four years, menís soccer, menís basketball, womenís basketball and rowing have also been nationally ranked.
- Several A-10 Individual Track and Field Champions
- Daytonís first-ever Menís Cross Country Atlantic 10 Individual Champion
- UDís first-ever Varsity 8 boat Atlantic 10 Womenís Rowing Championship
- 3 Pioneer Football League Titles
- Through May 1, UD is the highest-ranked school in the Atlantic 10 in this year's Learfield Cup Standings.

Some will continue their careers in their respective sports:
- Menís basketball player and three-time UD MVP Chris Wright will work out in Indianapolis to prepare for the NBA Draft which will be held on June 23.
- Football players Steve Valentino and James Vercammen are attending pro combines for NFL, CFL and AFL teams.

Several plan to pursue advanced degrees:
- Valentino and Joe Ries are both pursuing their MBAs at UD. Fellow football player Jeff Pechan is pursuing his MBA from Northern Illinois. Tyler Friedrich has an internship with the LSU football strength and conditioning program. Jon Warford is attending medical school at Toledo.

Some will stay in the Midwest area:
- Football player Justin Watkins is teaching in the Northmont school system. Dan Fornek is teaching in Chicago. Nick Collins and Mike Morante both have sales jobs in Cleveland, while A.J. Kaltenbach has a job in finance and marketing.

Hurri-Comet
05-11-11, 11:26 AM
Here's the question? What are YOU going to do? Hopefully Steve goes pro and plays for a team nearby. I'm just pulling your leg. Thanks for all the UD posts over the years. You are a gem.

jimbo
05-11-11, 11:43 AM
Yes, thanks for the UD updates...

You are a Dayton GEM (remembering the Dayton Gems hockey team)

Grandpa1
05-24-11, 03:17 PM
DAYTON'S MIKE KELLY NAMED TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME (http://www.yappi.com/forums/?article_id=7832)

http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/thumbcache/1a8fa1c6cc86c7942522e339c0ee2fec.400.jpg Mike Kelly joins Harry Baujan as UD's two representatives in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Complete NFF Release (http://www.collegefootball.org/news_article.php?id=2060)

DALLAS --The National Football Foundation has announced that former University of Dayton football head coach Mike Kelly has been selected to be enshrined in the NFFís College Football Hall of Fame. Kelly is one of five other inductees who make up the 2011 Divisional Hall of Fame Class. The announcement was made by Archie Manning, chairman of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.

The Divisional class includes players and coaches from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA), Divisions II, III, and the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) for induction.

This year's class will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during the Enshrinement Festival, July 15-16, in South Bend, Ind.

Kelly is one of the winningest coaches in college football history, with a 27-year record (all at UD) of 246-54-1 and an .819 winning percentage. That is the fourth-best percentage among coaches with at least 25 years experience. Florida A&M's legendary Jake Gaither is No. 1 (.844), Nebraska's Tom Osborne is second (.836) and Michigan's Fielding Yost (.828) is third.

Kelly, 63, came to UD in 1977 as Rick Carter's defensive coordinator. After the Flyers won the 1980 NCAA Division III national championship, Carter moved on to Holy Cross and Kelly was named Dayton's head coach. During his first 12 years as head coach, the Flyers were in the NCAA Division III category and went to the playoffs eight times. Dayton went to the national title game four times under Kelly's leadership, winning the 1989 national title.

In addition to the 1989 NCAA Division III national title, Kelly's Flyers were also NCAA FCS Mid-Major national champions (by a national poll) in 2002 and 2007. Kelly cemented his place among college football's coaching giants during the 2002 season when he became the second-fastest (now third-fastest) coach in NCAA history to reach 200 wins. He made it in just 242 games--faster than Joe Paterno, faster than Bo Schembechler, faster than Woody Hayes, faster than Bear Bryant.

Kelly was the Pioneer Football League's Coach of the Year seven out of the first 15 years the league was in existence and a national coach of the year seven times. Forty-eight of UD's 50 Academic All-America selections have played for Kelly, and UD produced 84 first team All-Americans in the Kelly era.

Grandpa1
06-14-11, 02:12 PM
Soon Dayton footballers will have two reasons to travel to Florida to play football when Stetson in Deland joins Jacksonville as league members from the sunshine state. Mercer in Macon, GA will also join the PFL for a 12 team league.

MERCER, STETSON TO JOIN PFL BEGINNING IN 2013 (http://www.daytonflyers.com/mens/football/news/index.html?article_id=7865)

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Complete PFL Release (http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/News/Mercer_Stetson%20PFL.pdf)

ST. LOUIS - Pioneer Football League Commissioner Patty Viverito announced Monday that Mercer University and Stetson University have accepted the league's invitations for membership. Both institutions will begin play with the 2013 season, bringing the leagueís membership to 12 teams at that time.

ďThe Pioneer Football League has been committed to non-scholarship Division I football since the leagueís inception and has actively sought like-minded institutions to join us,Ē said Viverito. ďWith Mercer and Stetson, we add two great institutions that share our football vision.Ē

Mercer, located in Macon, Ga., announced the return of its football program in 2010. The Bears have not competed in football since 1941 but its history includes playing the first football game in Georgia against the University of Georgia in 1892. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia with NCAA Division I membership.

Stetson, located in DeLand, Fla., will return to the football gridiron for the first time in 57 years after a 2011 decision to reinstate the program. The Hatters last competed in football during the 1956 season, however the programís roots can be traced back to the first organized football game played in Florida.

Hurri-Comet
06-14-11, 09:07 PM
How well I remember Stetson in the '50's. And Rollins. And Rebel Bookman, Don Bosseler, Lee Corso, and Burt Reynolds.

Grandpa1
06-29-11, 08:06 AM
SIGN UP TODAY FOR THE 2011 UD FOOTBALL HIGH SCHOOL SKILLS CAMP (http://www.daytonflyers.com/news/index.html?article_id=7878)

http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/thumbcache/6921874662b0c99319174d4264732349.400.jpgThe High School Skills Camp will be held at Welcome Stadium.
Camp Brochure (http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/Mens%20Sports/Football/football_highschool_camp_2011.pdf)Flyer Football will be hosting the 2011 High School Skills Camp on Monday, July 11 at Welcome Stadium.

Space is available but slots are going fast for the one-day skills camp.

High school players entering 9-12 grade will receive invaluable coaching that will help improve one's skills. The camp is designed for players who want to improve their fundamentals and techniques.

Campers will receive hands on coaching from the University of Dayton Football staff.

The camp will feature individual drills on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, one-on-one drills and 7-on-7 competition.

All University of Dayton camps and clinics are open to any and all entrants and are only limited by number, age, grade level or gender described.

For more information or to register, please call the University of Dayton Football office at (937) 229-4588 or download the camp information brochure (http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/Mens%20Sports/Football/football_highschool_camp_2011.pdf).

Grandpa1
07-25-11, 07:51 AM
The Dayton Football Roster has been updated and two former Comet players will start camp in a couple weeks and another will coach the DBís:

#20 Joe Janasek, 6í1Ē, 200#, R-S Soph. saw action in six games last year. During his red-shirt freshman season in 2009, he was the Scout Defensive Player of the Year for the Flyers. At Dayton, Joe has played the ďFlyerĒ which is a hybrid spot; a combination Strong Safety/Linebacker. This is a coveted position that allows the player heavy involvement in pass & run coverage, often the leading tackler. Joe appears to be right behind the expected starter, a senior who played part-time behind an FCS All-American in all 11 games last season. Joe gets some Special Teams work too.

#9 Jake Voigt, 6í0Ē, 185#, R-S Freshman QB did not play his first year which is mostly typical at UD. In the spring game played in a 40 mph wind, the QBís had a tough time. There are perhaps a senior QB (the kid that got hurt two years ago that required Valentino to move from WR) and a RS Soph who did the best in the spring game ahead of Jake. Of the six QB on the roster, those two are the only older players. Perhaps his next step would be the clipboard holder on the sideline during games, a sure sign of being on the right path. But we all know about how injury & fate can alter things.

Coach Kevin McCoy, a native of Solon returns for a second season as DB coach. He played for the Flyers in 2003-2006 and returned to coach at UD last year after a season at Mason High School and 2 years at Carroll University. Kevin was married a year ago.

Some area guys you may have seen or heard of are found throughout the roster and for some, this is a critical season. Here are my thoughts:

#1, Brian Cugliari, 6í0Ē, 170#, Senior from St.Ignatius saw a little WR action last year.
#16, Steve Wirkus, 6í1Ē, 185# Senior Safety, Brecksville High probably will start (had an intercept-run back in spring) Could be a star!
#25 Nate Miller, Senior from Medina High will return as punter unless a surprise Frosh shows up.

#31 Tom Hunt, 5í10Ē,185# CB from St.Ignatius has not played in 2 years.
#37 Matt Dorenkott, 6í0Ē,195# R-S Soph. from Hudson High, plays same Flyer position as Janasek; got in 1 game last year.
#38 Clay Kraft 6í1Ē,225# LB from North Royalton High, R-S Frosh. Did not play last year.

#44 Sean Belanger, 6í2Ē, 225#, Senior LB from Rocky River High probably will start.
#47 Pat Dowd, 6í3Ē, 230# DE from St. Ignatius Red-Shirted last year.
#49 Patrick Sweigert, 6í2Ē, 230# DE from Mentor Lake Catholic: Senior has not played much.

#55 Tim Pallay, 6í3Ē, 250#, OT from Hudson High was Red-Shirted last year
#64 Bill Petraiuolo, 6í1Ē,260# Senior C from Mayfield High. Big guy played a lot in 2009 but in 2nd game last year at Duquesne, I saw the bad leg injury that ended his Jr. season.

#70 Jamie Mewhinney, 6í2Ē, 255# Senior OT from St.Edward. Was sub last season but his position has a 5th year Senior & Captain back again.
#86 Tyler Shutz, 6í2Ē, 205# WR from Mentor High was long snapper 2 years and backup WR.

#91 Charlie Vassey, 6í2Ē, 240# DT from Chagrin Falls High. Time for the Senior to show something!
#94 Brian Horansky, 6í3Ē, 210# TE from St.Edward was Red-Shirted last year.

There are also 4 incoming Freshman from the NE Ohio area this season.

Hurri-Comet
07-25-11, 01:50 PM
Excellent write up. Gracias.

Grandpa1
08-10-11, 10:50 AM
Here's some interesting news about a President's Leadership Group meeting in Indianapolis about FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) and it would apply to Dayton.

Last fall, the FCS playoff field expanded for the first time since 1987, growing from 16 to 20 participants. This week, a newly formed FCS Presidents Leadership Group will convene in Indianapolis with a proposal to expand the playoff bracket once more, this time to 24 teams.

Another rule-change proposal that would give FCS athletes five years of eligibility - effectively eliminating a redshirt season - has been submitted to the NCAA. The legislation, drafted and heavily promoted by Colonial Athletic Association commissioner Tom Yeager, would go into effect in 2012 if approved.

Isn't that a great idea - the 5 to play 5! So many FCS players need a year for their body to mature & grow so there is that freshman red-shirt year. But what if eligibility didn't matter if the player got in a few plays a game or a season. He and his family would certainly feel more a part of the team. Dayton typically plays 1 or 2 frosh part time at best, the other 25-35 sit. This first-year participation would mainly take place at their home games; travel teams in PFL are limited to 55 players.

Increasing the playoff to additional teams might even allow some FCS news to appear in the PD for instance. This is the highest level of football that crowns a true National Champ because they play it out!

Grandpa1
08-13-11, 03:14 PM
Split squad practice this morning for the Flyers.

Janasek starts at LB on one unit.

Voigt was backup QB on his unit.

The fastest runner in Dayton football history is a little KO returner from St.Mary's High in Detroit. As a freshman, Gary Hunter at 5'9", 155+lbs. ran back kick-offs in 9 games. He's on a Watchlist this year. After the good luck in 2008 with moving a fast QB to receiver, the coaches are trying again and Hunter is working at WR. My source says that nobody can catch him on the "fly pattern". Now if they can throw the ball & he can catch the ball; we'll see!

Squad will be back together tomorrow and were told it will be Flyer Alley drill time (the old Oklahoma hitting drill). Hope both make it through the "Alley"!

Hurri-Comet
08-13-11, 03:46 PM
Have you moved to Dayton Grandpa1? I guess you've given up Wake Forest for Dayton totally.

Grandpa1
09-01-11, 09:52 AM
DAYTON OPENS 2011 SEASON AT NEC DEFENDING CHAMP ROBERT MORRIS (http://www.daytonflyers.com/news/index.html?article_id=7979)

Here's the link for all you need to know pregame:


http://www.daytonflyers.com/news/index.html?article_id=7979

One of the media stories about last years game with RMU turns out to be the "play of the year" in some fan's mind's; even more so than a successful hail mary:

SERIES STUFF
UD leads the series with RMU 11-2, and has won the last eight meetings. The Flyers won last yearís season opener between both teams 28-14. UD led 21-0 at the half, but Robert Morris closed the gap to 21-14. RMUís Michael Landers intercepted a Steve Valentino pass attempt near midfield and attempted to run it back to the house to knot up the game at 21. Valentino ran him down, stripped the ball and Flyer receiver Tyler Hujik recovered the fumble at the UD 19. UD then drove 81 yards in 10 plays to score a TD to secure the game. Over the last seven-and-a-half minutes, the UD defense allowed just three first downs, and two of them were by penalty. (Aside...seems that same kid got off the grass at Strongsville in his first ever QB appearance in high school and did the very same thing)

Appears now that Joe Janasek is backup Flyer Back (LB/SS) and Jake Voigt is 3rd string QB.

Finally, I sometimes poo-poo the idea that a team can do well with an untested QB. This tid-bit about UD's Offensive Coach has softened my stance:

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 Whildingís 31 years of coaching the position, 11 took over with less than 20 career passes to their credit (including Steve Valentino and two QBís now in the UD Athletic Hall of Fame Ė Kevin Johns and Steve Keller). Three (Kevin Wilhelm, Kelly Spiker and Brandon Staley) had exactly the same number as new QB Will Bardo -- zero.

Grandpa1
09-08-11, 05:03 PM
Flyers Win Opener

Dayton did in olde Joe Walton's Robert Morris team again last Saturday, 19-13, on a hot Moon Twp. turf (108/112 degrees). If ever there was a season for RMU to beat this team, well, they self-destructed again.

RMU had the entire offensive line returning but gave up 8 QB sacks by 7 different Flyers. They also had 2 turnovers and 10 penalties.

Dayton ends up today with the longest winning streak (10 games) in FCS football (Eastern Washington lost) and the FCS sack leader. In 2010 they were #2 in sacks & rushing defense.

Pregame question was how will the Flyers do without Tino. Well, they still couldn't run but red-shirt freshman Wil Bardo, 6'3", 190# from Ft.Thomas Highlands, KY, the 2009 5A state champs did fine despite cramping up for a while in 3rd qtr (heck, RMU guys were cramping starting the 1st qtr). He was 14 for 24 for 180 yds, 2-TD's & 0-int. in his first college game.

Dayton Players of the game were WR/Long snapper Tyler Shutz of Mentor High & DB Steve Wirkus from Brecksville.

Home Opener with Duquesne
Another scholarship team this week as the Dukes drive down to Dayton. Last year in Pittsburgh it looked like Tino brought his team back for a win with 1:24 to play but Duquesne put the ball in the end zone in 1:03 seconds to win 35-31. I noticed that Bucknell only left them 57 seconds last week & beat the Dukes 27-26.

Larry McCoy is the Duquesne ball carrier with 112 yards last week (that's 7th time in 9 games with 100+ for him). They will not give the game away with mistakes, UD will have to take it. Should be interesting to see how the Flyers handle Mr. McCoy & the QB who beat them last Sept.

The record between the two schools is 4-4 and this is the toughest non-conference game on the schedule.

For the Flyers, #9 is Jake Voigt and #20 is Joe Janasek.

For Duquesne, #13 is Rich Piekarski from Hudson who this season switched from QB to SS.

Grandpa1
09-16-11, 08:55 AM
Last Sept. Dayton lost to Duquesne and then put 10 straight wins in the book, the longest in FCS, until last week when the Dukes won again. It was a close, low scoring game. Duquesne drove down for a field goal late to go ahead 16-13. Dayton came back into position for a 50 yard field goal but it was blocked as time ran out and the Dukes ran the ball into the end zone for a 22-13 final.

The Marist Red Foxes come in from upstate NY for the opening PFL game of 2011. The final game last year was at Poughkeepsie where it took 2 OT periods for the Flyers to win. Should be another good game as Marist has been a good new addition for three years in the Pioneer Football League.


Here's a link to familiarize one about Dayton football:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5eLOX29f_A&feature=youtube_gdata

It's always fun to watch the ESPN's Top Ten:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7VGCfvk9oQ

Grandpa1
09-22-11, 01:45 PM
Dayton & Marist looked alike -almost same points scored & allowed this year -and they played a 2-OT game to end last season. That similarity only lasted for a half.

Solon High's defensive stats against North Royalton were incredible. Well the Flyers clamped down the 2nd half after giving up 10 points the 1st. In the 4th qtr, the Red Foxes had the ball 3:36 and netted 35 yards. Final 24-10 Dayton.

Former Brecksville QB Steve Wirkus, now a senior safety, was PFL def. POW with 2-int & 6-tackles. Dayton's long snapper, Tyler Shutz (Mentor) caught his 1st pass & ran 30 yards for TD.

A three year contract ends Saturday when Dayton travels 22 miles to play Central State University, a Div.II school at Wilberforce, OH. CSU has a lot of Cleveland area players incl. Andre Johnson (Shaker) & Wayne Matthews (Bedford) but a record of 0-3. They should be over-matched again. Hoping for a big game out of Joe Janasek.

Grandpa1
09-24-11, 09:01 AM
Former Comets Joe Janasek & Jake Voigt will experience an uptake in the Dayton Flyers out-of-conference schedule beginning next season. The schedule will now include only scholarship football programs which fits the road-map that the FCS powers have developed for non-scholarship schools to get into playoffs. Eventually with playoff expansion, there will be an auto-bid.

Here's what the DDN's Doug Harris wrote this morning:


University of Dayton football coach Rick Chamberlin has always wanted a shot at maximum-scholarship FCS programs that compete for national titles, believing his team could go toe-to-toe with them as long as it didnít have to play more than one per season.
Starting next year, Chamberlin is going to get his wish.
UD will begin the 2012 season against Illinois State and then play its 2013 opener against Youngstown State, both on the road.


A great football history and of course some recent success has added prestige and made "Dayton" a name that the larger programs want to play in their non-conference schedules.



Go Flyers!

Grandpa1
10-16-11, 11:15 AM
Dayton Flyers got back on the "W" side of the ledger with a 28-0 win over Davidson College. The Flyers had some good play, especially in the red zone, a hard charging defense, some good luck and a bad Davidson performance. The Wildcats were sacked 9 times and tackled for loss so much they had (-17) yards rushing. They couldn't block or tackle.

Did you ever go to a game where one team never kicked off?

Dayton came off a loss, an expected loss, the week before in Jacksonville but played a spirited game against the best in the league. The week before that, they they were upset at home by Butler University.

Wil Bardo continues to grow into a college QB while Jake Voigt still awaits an opportunity. Joe Janasek did not play this week; something must be ailing.

Finally, when Dayton had the choice for starting the 2nd half, they chose to go with the wind and that's how Davidson never kicked off in the game.

Grandpa1
10-25-11, 07:07 PM
Talked with Joe Janasek before the game Saturday in Kentucky and it was his shoulder that sidelined him. No surgery and treatment healed it enough for him to play on Special Teams & make 3 tackles.

Only one QB played again, Wil Bardo the 6'3" roommate of Jake Voigt. It has been hard to replace a 2-time Player of the Year at QB and despite completing only 7 passes, Dayton won. They got 216 yds rushing by Taylor Harris (Highland High), Nate Miller (Medina High) a kicker who was 3-3 in field goals, 3-3 X-points 3 punts inside the 20, while punt returner Tyler Hujik (Kenosha, WI) ran 32 yards for a TD after picking up a botched bouncing punt that two Morehead players batted forward.

Jake Voigt is on the all-hands kick return unit and was in the front row with 1:07 to play. Dayton caught the short KO and ran the clock for a 30-28 win at Morehead's Homecoming with over 8,464 in attendance.

This week it's a bus ride to Valparaiso, IN and next week they host the University of San Diego.

Grandpa1
10-29-11, 04:43 PM
Dayton assured themselves of a wining record with two to play by defeating Valpo but the good news is:

Joe Janasek had his first intercept along with 3 tackles
and
Jake Voigt QB'd an 8 play 33 yd scoring drive all on the ground and he carried two of the plays.

Next Saturday the University of San Diego Toreros fly in for the final home game and senior day.

Grandpa1
11-07-11, 09:04 AM
Dayton Flyers got off to a real bad start against the University of San Diego Toreros on Senior Day. They had trouble defending the rush and late in the second quarter, returned to a defense that Joe Janasek thrives on. He had 5 tackles (one for a loss) in probably his best game at UD.

At halftime, down by 24-0, the coaches got things repaired and the Flyers actually led 28-24 before yielding a losing TD with 47 seconds to play.

For all of this season, the reason given for changing the defense was because of all the passing offenses in the league. Next week in Des Moines, Iowa, if Drake runs the ball, Joe will be on the field making tackles.

Did not see that Jake Voigt got PT on Saturday.

Grandpa1
11-15-11, 09:36 AM
While the Flyers were underdogs going into the finale in Des Moines, their play and score capped a disappointing season in many ways. The 2011 season shows a 6-5 record (4-4 league), 5th place (or tied for 5th because some teams have another game) which is a bit lower than 3rd where some of us predicted or 2nd where the pre-season coaches poll put them.

IMO it was a senior laden team but with limited experience and big shoes to fill at some skill positions incl. QB. Stats show the defense was about the same as 2010, Special Teams off a bit but offensively while exactly the same number of passes were thrown, the yardage was down 30% and points scored were also down 30%.

For next season, we should see a lot more of Joe Janasek. He's a good tackler, plays on kicking units too but is not in for obvious passing plays. Jake Voigt might need to find another position which is not uncommon in this level of football. Remember that a QB move to WR or WR move to QB adds to a person's playing knowledge in that he knows what the other player is looking for. The team went with a red-shirt freshman (like Jake is) this year and maybe the next three. It is impressive when the QB's helmet is one of the tallest in the huddle! That left handed heave is still strange tho.

The non-conf. schedule gets tougher for Dayton so they best work hard over the winter to prepare for some larger size opponents in September 2012.

Grandpa1
12-20-11, 04:17 PM
Dayton Flyer & former Comet Steve Valentino has signed with the Calanda Broncos in Switzerland for the 2012 football season which runs from March to July.

Europlayers (a media source from which this report was copied) announced three signings by the Calanda team from Chur, Switzerland. Besides Steve, they will have a new head coach and defensive coordinator both from America (I believe they can have up to 8 "imports" on a team).

The Broncos were the top team in Switzerland last year and Europlayers ranked them #6 in Europe (there are 800 teams) They have qualified for the 2012 Eurobowl in Helsinki, Finland.

Valentino will primarily play WR but will do some time at QB and PR. Calanda also has a Junior Team and he should help teach with them.

You should be able to click on the three names for more info. My apologies for the photo size...did not learn how to control that function.

Here is a link to their translated Home Page:

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.calandabroncos.ch%2Findex.php%3 Fsection%3Dhome









http://www.europlayers.com/Pic/14423_1.jpg (http://www.europlayers.com/Profile/14423/steve-valentino) Steve Valentino (http://www.europlayers.com/Profile/14423/steve-valentino)
Player Calanda Broncos (http://www.europlayers.com/Profile/9912/calanda-broncos)
Switzerland 2012













http://dl.dropbox.com/u/189686/Europlayers/Pic/11932_1.jpg (http://www.europlayers.com/Profile/11932/dave-likins) Dave Likins (http://www.europlayers.com/Profile/11932/dave-likins)
Coach Calanda Broncos (http://www.europlayers.com/Profile/9912/calanda-broncos)
Switzerland 2012 http://www.europlayers.com/Images/Report.png (http://www.europlayers.com/News.aspx?NewsId=526) http://www.europlayers.com/Images/PhotoIndividualDefaultMale.jpg (http://www.europlayers.com/Profile/11711/geoff-buffum) Geoff Buffum (http://www.europlayers.com/Profile/11711/geoff-buffum)
Coach Calanda Broncos (http://www.europlayers.com/Profile/9912/calanda-broncos)
Switzerland 2012

Grandpa1
01-22-12, 05:08 PM
Playing D-1 football has its limits and often for Solon players it is size. There still remains a subdivision or FCS in which the University of Dayton plays. It is becoming apparent that Pro football teams in Europe still consider Dayton D-1 football. And what just happened is nearly incredible that three Flyers from the 2010 team posted resumes and were quickly signed to play on European teams for the spring of 2012 season. They have an excellent Dayton education with Bachelor or MBA Degrees and now will experience foreign travel and pro football for five months. Not too shabby for a football program hardly known in these parts a few years ago but experiencing annual recruiting investigation now.

DE, Devon Langhorst (Sydney, OH) Reggio Emilia Hogs, Italy
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.hogs.it/&ei=SlUIT9TPOITi0QG6k-2DAg&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDIQ7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3DReggio%2BEmilia%2BHogs%26hl%3Den%26cl ient%3Dfirefox-a%26hs%3Dpus%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26prmd%3Dimvns

(Quickly try to click the barely visible word above the black Press Release line)


SS, JJ Vercammen (Bloomfield Hills, MI) Orebro Black Knights, Sweden
http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=sv&tl=en&u=http://lirresblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/james-vercammen-ansluter-till-black-knights/&usg=ALkJrhjLHhnWDzM6Kl2y9pV1JeLdWG4amQ

WR, QB, Steve Valentino (Solon) Calanda Broncos, Switzerland
http://www.europlayers.com/News.aspx?NewsId=555

Grandpa1
01-24-12, 04:22 PM
72 UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON STUDENT-ATHLETES NAMED TO PFL HONOR ROLL (http://www.daytonflyers.com/news/index.html?article_id=8450)

January 24, 2012
http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/thumbcache/4e3274e6704d525fa6c7224f2d1f9ae8.400.jpg
Complete PFL Release In PDF Form (http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/News/2011%20PFL%20Honor%20Roll%20Release.pdf)The University of Dayton Flyer football team garnered recognition for its team member's success in the classroom for the 2011 fall semester, with a school-record 74 student-athletes named to the Pioneer Football League Academic Honor Roll. The previous high for UD was last year's 69. It is the 17th time in the 19-year history of the PFL Dayton had the most team members on the honor roll.
The Flyersí 74 student-athletes helped the PFL recognize 482 student-athletes this year, the most in league history. Four of the 10 league schools had 60 more players honored. Following UD were Butler (69), Davidson (64) and Drake (61).
The honor roll, established as a way for the league to recognize its outstanding student athletes, consists of student-athletes that posted a 3.0 grade point average or better during the fall semester.

Among the 74 named are:

Joe Janasek (So) Pre-Physical Therapy
Jake Voigt (Fr) Intervention Specialist
...lest we not forget why these boys are at UD!

Congratulations guys!

Grandpa1
02-03-12, 07:46 PM
Link to the Schweizerischer American Football Verband in Switzerland announcing the Calanda Broncos preseason news. (Remember, Google translations are only the words so that sometimes the verb is in a different position, often at the end. The team is in Chur, the Grison's is their mountain region and no Americans return from 2011.)

http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=de&tl=en&u=http://safv.ch/2012/02/02/muggwyler-und-valentino-zu-broncos/&usg=ALkJrhhJp6c7s1ScRHP7Dlj7AtdyeILMxg

Grandpa1
03-20-12, 01:46 PM
The continuity in Dayton football coaching continued with today's announcement:

(Head-coach) Chamberlin also announced that former Flyer QB Kevin Hoyng will move from tight ends coach to quarterbacks coach, and Kevin McCoy, a former UD defensive back [and former Solon Comet] , has been elevated to a full-time position on the staff.

McCoy will continue to coach the secondary, as he has for the last two seasons, but he will add the duties of recruiting coordinator. McCoy is no stranger to the Flyers’ secondary, as he was a member of the group from 2003 to 2006. As a player, he earned both a letter and was named the AJ Cohen Flyer of the Year in 2006, an award that speaks for the character of its recipient.

“We’re very fortunate to elevate Kevin (McCoy) to full-time status and keep him on our staff,” Chamberlin said. “He was one of those guys who you just knew when he played he was made to be a coach. He will continue to coach in the secondary and have the additional responsibility of serving as our recruiting coordinator.”

Following graduation, McCoy used his degree in AYA Education to teach and coach one season at Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. He then took his whistle to Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis. for two seasons, where he was cornerback coach and assistant strength coach.

http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/thumbcache/118a9d590410f60abbfffcc54aa2afb2.200.jpg


Read the full story of other coaching changes and the spring football practice schedule which begins tonight:

http://www.daytonflyers.com/news/index.html?article_id=8660
:clap:

Grandpa1
04-14-12, 01:58 PM
Former Dayton QB & now coach of the QB's Kevin Hoyng has provided the Alumni with a peek at some practice play & scrimmage. With four former Comets slated to be on this season's squad, the interest in this stuff at this thread should be growing.

In the video both former Comets in spring practice are on the white team. #20 with bulky braces on both knees is Joe Janasek. The "white" team QB with #9 green shirt is Jake Voigt. The "lefty" #3 is Will Bardo.

What is fun is to see each play from several cameras & to see in the chart the play type, formation, name of play, def. front, def. coverage. If Kevin marks on the screen, you will have to hit the forward arrow to resume action.

When you get to the "Dashboard" site, click on the photo of the top entry & then probably click the blue arrow for the first play. You can chose full screen mode because it will advance through all the plays BUT, you lose the chart with the names.

Go to www.hudl.com (http://www.hudl.com)
enter user name or email: UDfball@gmail.com
enter Password: UDfootball1

Next Sunday, April 22nd, at 1:00 is the annual spring game that ends the allowable spring practice season. If the two new Flyers, Stuart & Schwenke attend that game, they will meet the team & their "Big Brother" who can help guide them in their first fall camp.

good luck Flyers, good luck Comets

Grandpa1
04-24-12, 11:56 AM
DAYTON, Ohio Ė Red prevailed 14-0 over White in the University of Daytonís annual Spring Football Game Sunday at Welcome Stadium.

ďI really think our wide receivers have been the biggest surprise this spring,Ē said UD Head Coach Rick Chamberlin. ďToday they made some fantastic catches on balls that werenít thrown great.Ē

Red was up 7-0 after the first quarter with the help of a seven-yard TD pass from redshirt freshman Jake Voigt to sophomore Robert Strong with 4:40 to play.

Johnson completed 15-of-26 pass attempts while Voigt was 6-of-9 passing.

Joe Janasek also played for the winning Red Team. Fans were talking about the hit he made in the second half. We could hear the oohs & aahs on the radio broadcast & the head Coach was on the air with his praise of the gut-hit Janasek delivered. If LB is the defensive concern, a big hit goes a long way for Joe!

In attendance were 25 of the 31 recruits. They were short on OL so 10 are linemen & 5 are LB. These are also the largest size OL recruits in the teams history. After the game, recruits were introduced to their "BIG BROTHER" who will help guide them during fall camp. Hope our two Comet recruits were there. This was so exciting to player Sal Salvatore, that when he learned of his Little Brother, he jumped for joy!

The story photos would not transfer for me, here's a link to it & photo gallery
http://www.daytonflyers.com/mens/football/news/index.html?article_id=8807

Grandpa1
06-08-12, 02:13 PM
Doug Harris, beat writer for the Dayton Daily News, who wrote many stories about Valentino & his buddies when the played football at UD, now interviews them about their European experience.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/dayton-sports/university-of-dayton-flyers/ex-flyers-playing-pro-football-in-europe-1388058.html

Note: 2 pages long.

Yappi
06-08-12, 07:55 PM
Valentino Scores on a “Fumble-Rooski” trick Play in Switzerland

There are several ways to run the “Fumble-Rooskie” play and in the Swiss version, the ball never touches the ground – very close though. QB Marco Glavic takes a direct snap from center but stands back at the full reach of his arms. With ball in hand he lowers it where a low crouching Steve Valentino who is hiding behind the guard snatches it from his hands. Marko makes a full spin & heads left with his RB & line.

Meantime, Valentino remains crouched low for a second, and then runs barely noticed to the left & forward 55 yards to pay dirt. The Calanda Broncos have used the former Solon High Comet & Pioneer League star from the University of Dayton in about every way possible with the ball. Apparently the Broncos don’t pooch punt, another of his college skills.

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1304702/highlights/12026618

Metacomet
06-08-12, 08:03 PM
Valentino Scores on a ďFumble-RooskiĒ trick Play in Switzerland

There are several ways to run the ďFumble-RooskieĒ play and in the Swiss version, the ball never touches the ground Ė very close though. QB Marco Glavic takes a direct snap from center but stands back at the full reach of his arms. With ball in hand he lowers it where a low crouching Steve Valentino who is hiding behind the guard snatches it from his hands. Marko makes a full spin & heads left with his RB & line.

Meantime, Valentino remains crouched low for a second, and then runs barely noticed to the left & forward 55 yards to pay dirt. The Calanda Broncos have used the former Solon High Comet & Pioneer League star from the University of Dayton in about every way possible with the ball. Apparently the Broncos donít pooch punt, another of his college skills.
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1304702/highlights/12026618

Wow, good stuff. Thanks, Yappi. :)

Grandpa1
06-15-12, 08:26 AM
Big day tomorow, Saturday, with the Calanda Broncos treading where no Swiss team has ever been, trying to beat an Austrian champ, Swarco Raiders, in Innsbruck. Winner goes to final of Eurobowl next month.

Watch full TV coverage via the internet beginning at 2:00pm Solon time at this link:

http://www.raiderstv.at/

Grandpa1
06-16-12, 07:17 PM
Sensational adhesive Wonderful Dream The Calanda Broncos win the semi-final with 3-35 (3-28)


A football sensation! Throughout the game, the Raiders had never stood a chance.
The Broncos beat the favored superior Swarco Raiders Tirol and deserve. Steve Valentino opened with an insane 8 yard leap, catch, twist and lung touchdown. Next possession he caught a 25 yard TD pass, DJ Wolfe ran twice for 70 yards to success. Ahead 28-3 at halftime - game over! 3500 spectators watched the game standing on very high level, including 400 camp followers from Switzerland.

[Headline says: The Dream Goes in Fulfillment]


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Valentino in the Innsbruck end zone of the semi-final Euro Bowl win!
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Yes, Steve, that's 2-TD's in 2-possessions!
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Punts returns too!
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Grandpa1
07-06-12, 08:12 AM
http://t.co/beymV28p

Link to Swiss Bowl starting noon Saturday in Basel.

Grandpa1
07-17-12, 08:21 AM
Valentino to Play in Euro Bowl 2012



The Calanda Bronco season ends along with former Solon Comet/Dayton Flyer Steve Valentinoís football adventure in Switzerland this Saturday in the 26th Annual Euro Bowl of American Football. Along with the Austrian opponent, the Vienna Vikings; they are the two representing 1200 clubs in 30 countries who play American Football. The Broncos are the 2012 Swiss champs and won quarter & semi-final playoffs in Austria as the underdogís claw their way to history.

The Swiss earned the right to host the game but without large enough facilities in Chur (population 33,000), they engaged the RhinePark Stadium a half-hour drive north just over the famous river in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. The only meeting ever of the two teams was last year when the Vikings beat the Broncos 19-14 in the quarter-finals. The Bronco offense is much more explosive this season and baring injury, they should score many more points. Valentino will start at slot receiver, punt returner & holder for placekicks. He sometimes lines up in the Wildcat formation and also plays QB if needed.

With luck we may be able to see it for the first time via live-streaming in 56 countries on EuroSport2 at noon Saturday, July 21st.

["In Ten Minutes to Success"- he turned this game around]

http://muinar.com/sph/up/6/5726_0.jpg
"...and a personality, Steve Valentino, as fast and nimble as the wind! "

Grandpa1
07-19-12, 04:07 PM
This is the link that looks the best for the EuroBowl at noon Saturday. Hope our American video players work with it.

http://www.livestream.com/eurosport2 (http://t.co/YL9AFGUJ)


Go Broncos!
(http://t.co/YL9AFGUJ)

(http://t.co/YL9AFGUJ)19-14 Broncos at half. This link working for me: http://www.thefirstrow.eu/watch/131509/1/watch-calanda-broncos-vs-vienna-vikings.html

Final Broncos-27 Vikings-14 Calanda celebrates European Championship of American football tonight!!!
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Grandpa1
07-21-12, 04:29 PM
After the 27-14 EuroBowl win in Liechtenstein, Steve Valentino poses with his parents, sister Jessica & former Comet teammate Aleksey Tigay!
:Party:

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/403850_10100678903982848_214918388_n.jpg

Grandpa1
08-08-12, 12:44 PM
The 2012 Dayton Flyers were in camp meetings all of first day. Day 2 started with Fitness Tests in morning, evening meetings with playbooks and the first practice with helmets only in the afternoon.

Faced with perhaps their toughest schedule ever, the theme for 2012 is "Step Up". Every practice/every game there are opportunities for somebody to Step Up with a play. The closest game to Solon is Sept.8th at Duquesne.

The Flyer roster includes:
Kevin McCoy...coach-secondary
#9 Jake Voigt
#20 Joe Janasek
#41 Ryan Schwenke
#83 Cory Stuart

The is the grass practice field with the first workout. The UD Arena- background center has football locker room. Welcome Field light towers can be seen in left background & in the center, the Marriott Hotel.
https://www.frontrush.com/userfiles/1071/2012-fb-1st-prac%20%281%29.gif

Hurri-Comet
08-08-12, 01:03 PM
Thank you Gramps for all the Valentino European experience. Golly Aleksey looks good. So do all the Valentino's. GO FLYERS!

Hurri-Comet
08-08-12, 01:06 PM
Hmmm, my reply didn't go through I guess. Too much Swiss cheese. :cool: Just kidding. Aleksey looks good as do all the Valentino clan there. Thank you for all of the great pictures and your posts on the Valentino European Experience, Hurri

Grandpa1
08-08-12, 06:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERejHD1gGq0&feature=relmfu


While you're at it, check what all Switzerland is reading today. Click link, then click HOME in left sidebar & check all12 photos!!!:

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Famericansports.sport-heute.ch%2F%2Fhome.php%2Fart%2F5434%2Fauf_hoechste m_niveau%21.html%3Fa%3D0

Grandpa1
08-27-12, 11:29 AM
Preparations have begun for Saturday's (Sept. 1st) big first game against 12th ranked Illinois State in Normal, IL. The 2012 theme is "Step Up" & the schedule certainly is a step up. Young Coach Kevin Hoyng "Stepped Up" & mailed a Daily Diary of the 16 days of summer camp to each parent. This kind of new communication is a breath of fresh air in UD football.

Coach Hoyng explained the plan & reasoning & result for every practice. Two-a-days are not allowed back-to-back, but evening meetings proliferate. Every game situation is covered including sudden changes when during some work the coach blows a whistle & immediately changes to a situation. They traveled to the Athlete's in Action Complex in Xenia to experience a new environment since they have no scrimmages with other teams.

On a Saturday morning they helped the freshmen arrivals & that night scrimmaged to close out campus orientation day. One night they dined with the Pride of Dayton band members & another hot afternoon the coach took them to a movie.

Here's the Media Day photo:
http://www.solonschools.org/Athletics/features/pictures/football82220121024471.jpg
Joe, Jake, Coach McCoy, Ryan, Cory
Good Luck former Comets, now Flyers!

Grandpa1
09-02-12, 02:35 PM
Stepping Up the schedule this season was tough since the opponent, Illinois State, is ranked 19/20 in all of FCS land and the Dayton Flyers have a slew of new faces with an unproven offense. ISU was as fast as UD & that was with about a 30#/man advantage! Can you think Solon vs. Glenville?
Final 56-14

Joe Janasek starts at LB & I saw him on the KO team. (at least the Flyers continue to avoid a shutout since 1976) Joe had 1-solo & 8-assists

Jake Voigt tried to operate for the final 7 minutes but the big rush was brutal. He completed one pass for 8 yds.

Surprise of the game was that"four freshmen" played. And one was Ryan Schwenke! He entered with about 13:30 left to play & had a solo tackle. HOF Coach Kelly doing the radio said that Schwenke was playing the "Flyer Position". Don't know if that is true since they barely used it last year but if it is - Ryan has a chance to shine in it. It is a hybrid position where the player plays safety or linebacker depending upon the expected play. IOW, the player is put where the ball is expected to go!

The "boyz" will be in Pittsburgh Saturday noon to play Duquesne & that will be a more reasonable match-up although the Dukes will be favored...again!

Grandpa1
09-16-12, 12:00 PM
Dayton posted a 20-14 score on Robert Morris for their 13 win in 15 games against the Colonials. In 6 of the past 9 meetings, RMU had more total yards than Dayton.

The four players from Solon were on one sideline facing an opponent with players from Chagrin Falls, Stow & Kenston. Jake Voigt held for the X-tra points & Joe Janasek played the Flyer position on defense. He had 5 tackles incl. one for a loss. Often he was guarding an experienced TE who at 6'4" & 235# was a load for Joe.

So how does Dayton win? They scored TD's every time in the red zone! And, the drives were short, 30, 42 & 52 yards. The rest of the game was make a few 1st downs & punt it well. On defense, put the opposing QB & offense on it's heals once a quarter.

Not pretty, but the Flyers have a first win, AND, they are now 400 games since being shutout by Marshall U. in 1976! That's an NCAA record folks!!! (NCAA called after #399 & said that they didn't know what to call it. Div 1 where UD played has a record by Brigham Young, Div III where they played has a record by Mount Union & Div.1-A (FCS) has the Montana record)

Grandpa1
10-22-12, 07:05 PM
Three of the former Comets are helping the 2012 Dayton football team get back to a respectable 4-4 record with three straight wins.

Quarterback Jake Voigt has seen playing time at QB & is the holder for place kicks. Freshman Ryan Schwenke is the backup "Flyer Position" (a hybrid LB/DB) to Joe janasek. I saw all three play at Davidson two weeks ago.

On Saturday, Janasek had his best game & was rewarded by the following:

JANASEK, JACOB EARN NATIONAL FOOTBALL HONORS (http://www.daytonflyers.com/news/?article_id=9230)

October 22, 2012

Two University of Dayton football players have earned national accolades from pair of websites devoted intercollegiate athletics coverage. Senior Flyer Joe Janasek was named CollegeSportsMadness.comís Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week, while redshirt senior running back Dan Jacob was one of eight PFL players honored by collegefootballperformance.com.
Janasek, who plays the hybrid safety/linebacker position known as ďFlyerĒ in the Dayton defensive system, had a career-high 14 tackles and broke up two passes in Saturdayís 45-0 win over Valparaiso. It was UDís first shutout of the season.
On the season, the 2009 Solon (Ohio) High School graduate is Daytonís second leading tackler (57 hits). He also is the co-leader in QB hurries (3) and is third in tackles behind the line (5.0).



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#20 Joe Janasek Flies after the Jacksonville QB

DAYTON FLYERS 2012 DEPTH CHART

Offense
QB..3 WILL BARDO (6-3, 190, RS So.)Ā

Passed for a career-high 255 yards (25 of 47) at Butler; Has completed56.8% (44 of 78) of his passes in the last 3 games; Started 2011 as a RS


freshman; Top running QB in PFL (491 yds) in 2011;







9Jake Voigt (6-0, 185, RS So.)



Was 6-for-9 for 54 yards at Davidson; 10-for 15 on season for 111 yards

Defense


20..FYR...20 JOE JANASEK (6-1, 200, Sr.)Ā



2nd on team with 43 hits & 4.5 TFL; Had 9 tackles and a QB hurry in first career start at ISU; Had 9 more at Duq; 3 QB hurries in 2012



41... Ryan Schwenke (6-0, 180, Fr.)
Played in all 7 games in 2012; 2 solo hit; 2-'t; 1-pass brk-up;HS teammate of Joe Jansek

Grandpa1
11-03-12, 11:57 AM
This week the Dayton Flyers have a tough final home game opponent in Drake. Last week the Flyers did poorly out in San Diego & returned with several more players lost for the season.

Joe Janasek did not make the trip to California & is not available this week as he suffers from bruised ribs. His back-up, Ryan Schwenke started at the "Flyer Back" position & he played about 1/3rd of the plays (running situations). Ryan had 4 tackles with 3 of them "tackles for loss".

To show the importance of this game, in the past 19 years in the PFL, either Drake or Dayton has been the champ or co-champ 16 times!!!

So for Senior Day today, here are the 27 seniors or 5th-year seniors playing their last home game. Joe is #20 on the right of the photo. (#37 LB Matt Dorenkott, Hudson; #64 C Bill Petraiuolo, Mayfield)

http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/News/Seniors-Wide.gif

Grandpa1
11-04-12, 01:05 PM
It was cold with wind & light rain at Welcome but the Flyers sent league leading Drake back to DesMoines with their first PFL loss on Saturday.

Freshman Ryan Schwenke started again for Joe Janasek (rib injury) and Ryan delivered 6 tackles with 2 for losses incl. a sack! he just missed an intercept on a diving attempt off his hands. Jake Voigt did not play QB but held for extra point kicks & a FG attempt.

The Seniors with their families enjoyed pre & post game activity despite the weather. The season wraps up next Saturday in Poughkeepsie, NY at Marist University.

Here's #20, Senior Joe:
http://sphotos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/643972_483423991698318_605055314_n.jpg

Grandpa1
11-10-12, 09:02 AM
FOUR FLYERS NAMED CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT (http://www.daytonflyers.com/news/?article_id=9312)

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DAYTON, Ohio - Four University of Dayton football players have been named to the 2012 University Division Capital One Academic All-District V First Team, it was announced today. The four selections match Northern Illinois for the most in District V, and match San Diego (in District VIII) for the most in the Pioneer Football League. The District V teams are made up of student-athletes from Division I-A and I-AA schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, along with a select number of Division II schools.

The four are safety Matt Bianco, running back Grant Huckestein, Flyer Joe Janasek and wide receiver Robert Strong.

Janasek is a senior from Solon, Ohio. He has a 3.55 grade point average in Pre-Physical Therapy. Bianco, a sophomore Pre-Med Major from Strongsville, Ohio.

The Capital One All-District team is the first step in selecting this year's Academic All-America team. Everyone named to the district first teams appears on the Capital One Academic All-America national ballot.
:clap:
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Grandpa1
11-12-12, 08:04 PM
Dayton's travel unit was up north of the Big City for their final game of the season. The 21-17 win, a very emotional win for the players & seniors against the Marist Red Foxes assured that Dayton had a winning season (6-5) after a tough start & many,many injuries. It is the 35th winning season in 36 years!

Former Comet roll call:

Senior Joe Janasek played a little after sitting two weeks with rib injuries.

RS Soph Jake Voigt held for place kicks

FR Ryan Schwenke started on defense (for Joe) & had an intercept!

FR Cory Stuart was selected offensive scout player of the week for his practice performance; second time this season!
:clap:

Hurri-Comet
11-13-12, 08:29 PM
Great pictures and info. Congrats to Joe for all-academic. Did you take that picture of Joe J. and his parents? My best to the Dayton Flyers Comets.

Grandpa1
12-13-12, 05:57 PM
Pioneer Football League Announces 20th Annual Academic All-PFL Teams




Dayton has two members each on the first team offensive and defensive squads. Senior slot receiver Robert Strong, redshirt sophomore running back Grant Huckstein, senior Flyer Joe Janasek and sophomore safety Matt Bianco were all named to the first team.

Janasek is a senior from Solon, Ohio. He has a 3.55 grade point average in Pre-Physical Therapy. Despite being sidelined two games with injuries, he was third on the team in tackles (58) and quarterback hurries (3). He also had five tackles in the backfield and three pass breakups.

The University of Dayton football team had 10 of its student-athletes named to the Pioneer Football Leagueís 2012 All-Academic Team. This is the ninth straight season, and the 18th in the 20-year history of the league, that UD has had the most academic team members.


http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/thumbcache/c6ab9fcc224d71cb5049a5815d97e2db.200.jpg

Grandpa1
02-22-13, 10:07 AM
71 UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON STUDENT-ATHLETES NAMED TO PIONEER FOOTBALL LEAGUE ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL (http://www.daytonflyers.com/mens/football/news/?article_id=9606)

February 21, 2013

The University of Dayton Flyer football team garnered recognition for its team member's success in the classroom for the 2012 fall semester, with 72 student-athletes named to the Pioneer Football League Academic Honor Roll. It is the 18th time in the 20-year history of the PFL that Dayton had the most team members on the honor roll.

It was also the second time UD had more than 70 members on the honor roll. The Flyers had a school-record 74 last season.

Following UD were Drake (62), Butler (61) and Drake (59).

The honor roll, established as a way for the league to recognize its outstanding student athletes, consists of student-athletes that posted a 3.0 grade point average or better during the fall semester.

DAYTON FLYERS/Comets ON THE 2012 PFL ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL.
Joe Janasek (Sr.), Pre-Physical Therapy
Ryan Schwenke (Fr.), Mechanical Engineering
Cory Stuart (Fr.), Pre-Physical Therapy
Jake Voigt (So.), Intervention Specialist

Grandpa1
04-12-13, 09:29 AM
The UD Spring Football Game is Sunday, April 14th at 1:00 after a Youth Clinic that starts at 11:00am.

With the 15 allowable spring practices completed, Coach Chamberlin singled out five Freshmen for their work including former Comet WR Cory Stuart.

Cory red-shirted last year; may see some action in this fall season which begins Thursday night, August 29th at Youngstown State!

Grandpa1
04-28-13, 11:41 AM
Lest we forget spring sports, the UD Women's Track & Field Team has a former Comet hurdler, Paige Yeager, who has been placing well in the middle of this season.

She runs the 400m hurdlers & I'm not sure that is at every meet - many are Invitationals & Classics with many teams represented in 2 & 3-day events. This is for sure:

All-Ohio Championship (Athens, OH) she scored 2 valuable points with a time of 1:06.10

Miami Invitational (Oxford, OH) 3rd place 1:04.22

Oliver Nikoloff Invitational (Cincinnati) 5th place 1:05.26

Grandpa1
06-28-13, 08:29 AM
The countdown for the Dayton Flyers 2013 season is well underway with Monday, August 5th being the start of summer camp.

There is plenty of excitement about finally getting connected with another Ohio Div.1 school for the opening game. Dayton will be at Youngstown State for a Thursday night game on August 32st.

The campus will be abuzz on Saturday Oct. 19th when the first home night game (actually evening) in 9 years will start at 6:00pm. San Diego will be at Dayton and the league frowns on night games because it adds another day to travel expenses. (students should be awake in time for this start!)

Former Comets Ryan Schwenke #9 and Cory Stuart #83 should see more playing time this season.

Finally, it was not all sweat work for last year's Flyer football guys. They worked hard in the classroom too and their APR (Academic Progress Rate) was 5th in the nation for D-1 programs behind Northwestern, Davidson, Yale & Boise State.
:thumb:

Grandpa1
08-18-13, 12:21 PM
It has been fun following all the "details" that the 110 Flyer Footballers encountered each day of fall camp & here are some to share with you.

They have the 2-minute drill, the backed-up, the four-minute, the overtime & other drills. The one Coach Chamberlin has made famous is the Sudden Change! It is beneficial for coaches & players. Only he knows when the Managers will blow the horns, usually in the middle of a unit or individual workout. Offense & defense run to opposite sidelines. Coaches call out their unit members & strategy. Ball is placed at 28 yd. line & asst. coaches know their refereeing assignments & who keeps the clock.

A scrimmage ensues until a score or a stop at which time the general practice resumes!

After the first week they were bussed to Athletes in Action Sports Complex in Zinia, OH for a practice in different surroundings - like a road game. Of course the "Sudden Change" horns blew once and they practiced many game-like situations.

The 2013 weather has often been agreeable with coaches wearing long sleeves one early morning. They have a grass practice field or the turf at Welcome Stadium- both a short walk from the lockers. Coach Chamberlin sometimes has them warming-up in the stadium to music; usually his favorites from the 70's. Last week he surprised them with a mix of today's hits! This was the second year they mixed at a dinner with the UD Marching Band to get to know a few members of the "other group".

The day with the Kicking Scrimmage was most fascinating to me. They just had KO's, KO returns, punts, punt returns & field goals the whole session! There is a complicated scoring routine after four punts without a TD and somehow one team won 19-11 last week!

Saturday was Move-In day for campus Freshman so the "boyz" helped carry stuff to dorms from 6:30am to 11:30am, then had a 2:00pm practice followed by a 6:45pm scrimmage for the frosh & parents. They viewed the film at 9:45pm unit meetings & were surprised with Chick-fil-A treats to cap their wonderful, busy day. So much for being a young athlete! Remember, they'll all be at Youngstown State on Thursday, Aug. 29th at 7:30pm!
:Party:

Grandpa1
08-27-13, 05:09 PM
Ryan Schwenke, #30, will start at the FYR [Flyer] position (a hybrid linebacker/DB) and Cory Stuart, #83, a redshirt last season will play in his first game & start at SE receiver in the opener at Youngstown State. Stuart starts in place of the leading receiver who will not play for disciplinary reasons; good opportunity for Cory!

FIRST-TIME STARTERS
The Flyers had a glut of injuries in 2012 that resulted in 45 starts
missed by players who were considered starters in the pre-season. The
other side of that coin is that UD has 22 players back this season who
have previous starting experience. Still, four Dayton players will be
making their first collegiate start at Youngstown State -- center Grant
Georgic, guard Jimmy Vogel, slot receiver Gabe Macis and wideout
Cory Stuart. It will be Vogelís and Stuartís first action in college.

The game is Thursday, 7:30, at YSU.

Here is a link to the Media Release:

http://daytonflyers.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/News/YSU.pdf
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Grandpa1
08-30-13, 09:29 AM
Dayton owned Time of Possession & even out-passed Youngstown but the YSU line - "O" & "D"- got enough scores & enough stops to win.

Former Comet Ryan Schwenke had 6 tackles and a diving intercept, perhaps all in the first half. Didn't see him much later.

In his first start as a Red Shirt Freshman, Cory Stuart showed well with 3 passes caught for 26 yards.

The game was a good test for Dayton with a well-regarded Duquesne team coming to UD next week.

Grandpa1
09-07-13, 03:22 PM
In a mild upset, the Flyers beat the Dukes for the first time in the career of the UD seniors!

Both teams had a couple TD's but Dayton was 3-3 on Field Goals by their Frosh place kicker.

Ryan Schwenke was credited with 4 tackles but it was his first half interception that excited me!

Cory Stuart had 5 receptions for 39 yards with his last one being a bobbling grab for a 1st down on the winning drive!

O.T......Rich Piekarski played well for Duquesne.

Next Saturday noon the Flyers will be on the field near Pittsburgh for the annual battle with the wild & furious Robert Morris group!

Grandpa1
10-17-13, 05:52 PM
DAYTON FOOTBALL WELCOMES SAN DIEGO IN RARE PFL NIGHT GAME


PDF Game Notes (http://daytonflyers.com/documents/2013/10/16/USD.pdf?id=380)

The University of Dayton football team will play its first night home game against a Pioneer Football League opponent in 10 seasons Saturday when the San Diego Toreros visit Welcome Stadium. Game time is 6:00 p.m. ET.
While a night game in the PFL is a rare thing, a critical league game between Dayton and USD is anything but. In the 20-year history of the PFL, the Flyers or the Toreros have won the league title 20 times.
Saturday's game will play true to form. San Diego is undefeated in three games in PFL play (4-2 overall), while Dayton is one game back at 2-1 (4-2 overall).
Dayton won five of its last six games in 2012 to finish the year 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the Pioneer Football League. It was UD's 35th winning season in 36 years as a non-scholarship program.

GOOD NEWS WORTH REPEATING
The Flyers entered the season with the third-best winning percentage (.762, 109-34) in FCS football since 2000 AND the most football Academic All-Americans (22) at any level of competition in the same time frame. The top five are Harvard (.775), Montana (.769), Dayton (.762), Appalachian State (.739) and North Dakota State (.710).

STREAKING
UD has not been shut out in an NCAA-record 414 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out UD was Marshall, 9-0, on Oct. 16, 1976.

RYAN'S HANDS
Ryan Schwenke (http://daytonflyers.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=85), who plays the hybrid linebacker/safety position called "Flyer" in the Dayton defensive system, has shown a nose for the ball in his move into the starting lineup. The soph's three interceptions are tied for first in the PFL. He is also third on the team in tackles (33).

STEW
Redshirt freshman wideout Cory Stuart (http://daytonflyers.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=169) had eight catches for 65 yards in the first two games, and then missed the last two games with an injury. He now has 10 for 85.
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Grandpa1
10-20-13, 05:26 PM
Pre-game comment: In the 20-year history of the PFL, the Flyers or the Toreros have won the league title 20 times.

Saturday night was a thriller with Dayton coming back to tie with seconds remaining. Then in first OT, USD scored on one play. UD used some hard running. Second OT, Dayton again used some tough running while University of San Diego tried passing. (They seemed tired...maybe the travel was getting to them...or the cold weather) Final was UD-45 USD-38

As suspected previous, both of the former Comets had key roles in the win.

Ryan Schwenke credited with 9 tackles.

Cory Stuart caught 4 passes for 37yds and two of them for first downs.

Friday is a bus ride to Morehead State in Kentucky (actually they may stay in Lexington area and work out there Friday afternoon)

Grandpa1
10-27-13, 03:09 PM
Former Comet, RS Freshman Cory Stuart, grabbed 2 more passes & now totals 16 for his first season of activity on a heavily-laden Junior/Senior team.

UD won in Kentucky at Morehead by scoring 28 unanswered points after MS tied the game at 14-14 early in the second half. Four teams are now in a First Place tie - Dayton, Butler, Marist & San Diego. The Flyers have been jelling on offense & defense which belies the 5th place ranking where their Conference preseason coaches poll had placed them.

Next Staurday is the Flyers last home game with first place on the line as the Butler Bulldogs arrive for the !:00pm Senior Day game.

Grandpa1
11-03-13, 11:07 AM
In the pregame, the parents lined the home side of Welcome Stadium Field as the 26 senior footballers were introduced. With spirits high, the team took a 27-6 lead with 2:44 left in the first half.

Butler is one of the four teams tied for 1st place and they got a halftime pep talk that changed the day & put them into the lead 30-27 with 12:17 left in the game. Dayton tied at 30-30 but lost their second conference game 33-30 as well as losing their QB & two RB's. With two away games left, the finish line is blurry what with those offensive injuries.

Cory Suart had 3 pass receptions for 23 yds. Ryan Schwenke had a solo & 4 assisted tackles - need about double that next game.

Next Saturday the boys will be in Des Moines, IA to play Drake.

Grandpa1
11-12-13, 01:43 PM
Down at the half - 10-13 - at Drake, the Flyers had multiple problems the 2nd half and lost 10-36. Now with a 6-4 record - 4-3 in the PFL - it will be pride on the line in Saturday's final at Valparaiso.

Cory Stuart had 3 receptions for 23 yards. Several other passes his way were badly thrown by the fill-in QB.

Ryan Schwenke was credited with one solo tackle...

One player had a great game, DE Pat Down (St. Ignatius) had 6 solo SACKS and was PFL Defensive Player of the Week.

Grandpa1
11-17-13, 07:16 PM
UD won their final game beating Valparaiso 45-20 by scoring TD's by rushing, passing, intercepting & KO returning. Oh, they had Field Goals & X-points too.

So the 2013 season comes to a close with a 7-4 record, 5-3 in PFL Conference for a 4th place tie. It also ends the second season for the two former Solon Comets. In the game:

Cory Stuart had another pass for 14 yds & Ryan Schwenke had 2 solo & 2 asst tackles.

After the month of December off, winter training with lifting & running begins in early January.

Grandpa1
12-05-13, 06:06 PM
Cory Stuart, WR in the Pioneer Football League, was named to the Second Team Academic All-PFL. Cory, a Sophomore, carries a 3.77 grade avg. in pre-physical science.

The University of Dayton had 5 members named to the first team and 5 to the second team. In both cases, it was tops in the league.

Congratulations to Cory and all ten Flyer players for their efforts to be student-athletes.
:clap:

Grandpa1
01-31-14, 01:53 PM
This years recruiting class is about two-thirds completed & learning about the names is so different than in years past when we relied on newspaper stories or a sports website. Now the recruits come to us via twitter! Amazing change in our sports/social information sharing.

With 19 who say they are committed (there is no signing of a letter of intent & that's why the Dayton football program doesn't publicize things) - these guys can change schools at a drop.

Early commits were from Illinois; now 6 from that state. There are 7 commits from Ohio with more to come. Two are from east coast states. Two played together on same team, two played against each other, one is a younger brother of a Flyer and the father of another played at UD in 1983-85.

From NE Ohio there is Kevin Maloney, 6'2", 210#LB from Avon High & Joe Demuth, 6'2", 227# TE/DE from Chardon who played at NDCL.

Don't know if our two Solon Flyers are hosting campus visitors these days but I bet they are hard at work strengthening their bodies for the upcoming August camp. Next we want the schedule to be finalized.

Grandpa1
03-11-14, 07:14 PM
Bet Ryan Schwenke & Cory Stuart are glad the winter workouts are ending. This week the tests in shuttle & 40 followed by the mile run on Friday. Next week spring practice starts with the Spring Game scheduled for Sunday, April 14th @ 1:00PM.

A coaching change occurred when QB coach & former QB star Kevin Hoying left for the OC position @ Wittenberg.

During the winter work, one video made YouTube and it's Matt Brown, 225# R-So from Galena, OH - Big Walnut High - doing the Deadlift 528# X6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-tk1o1dQkc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Grandpa1
05-09-14, 09:14 AM
INDIANAPOLIS Ė For the third straight year, nine University of Dayton athletics programs have received Academic Progress Rate (APR) public recognition awards, as the NCAA honored Division I sports teams ranked in the top 10 percent of the latest multi-year APR scores.

The Flyer teams honored were football, men's cross country, men's golf, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, women's rowing, women's tennis and women's volleyball.

The nine sport programs earning public recognition awards are the most for any Atlantic 10 institution, tying George Washington for the top slot.

UD also has the most teams honored of any school in Ohio.

Dayton football was one of two programs honored from the Pioneer Football League. UD football has been honored with an APR public recognition award for nine consecutive years Ė every time since the APR was instituted. They are in an elite group. Dayton is one of nine football teams to earn the honor all eight years. The others are: Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Davidson, Duke, Princeton, Pennsylvania and Yale.
:clap:

Grandpa1
08-14-14, 07:02 PM
Two former Comets are part of the 110 players at Dayton Flyers football squads 1st week of camp. Junior LB/safety, #30. Ryan Schwenke,.and RS-Soph, #83, Cory Stuart will try to improve on the PFL Coaches Preseason Poll of a 2nd Place finish for the 2014 Flyers. Since 2000, Dayton has the 3rd best winning percentage in FCS football and the most academic all-americans (22) in any level of football during that time. There are 13 starters returning.

Camp always starts with 7 individual fitness tests.(bench press, Power Cleans (except freshman), verticle jump, broad jump, bag jumps, medicine ball throw, pro shuttle & the mile run. An evening meeting honored the best results and the Mr. Fitness Team Champion. Fathead action posters of the team captains were hung on the locker room wall.

Then two days with helmets only and the squad was split in half, each working either a morning or afternoon session - coaches work both sessions and more personal time is available, especially for freshmen. In one of Thursday's sessions, the Sports Center High-Lite of the day as the QB Coach wrote..." went to WR Cory Stuart as he dove and made the catch, completely out-stretched, on a 40-Yard Bomb from QB Blake Bir".

Tomorrow the boys get to wear shoulder pads with their helmets as this first week progresses according to league rules. All are on board in 2014 to...........: Make It Happen

Grandpa1
09-12-14, 04:55 PM
Tomorrow, Sept.13th, the Dayton Flyers will be in Pittsburgh to take on a tough Duquesne team that has many transfers & some size on their line.

It's good to see #30 Ryan Schwenke back in the starting lineup; he wasn't dressed last week at home.

Speaking of last week, UD had 23-14 win over Georgetown in the first meeting of those two schools.. Dayton's running back, Connor Kacsor set a single game rushing record with 301 yds. Cory Stuart played well, caught two passes & nifty blocking that the retired coach on the broadcast pointed out.

The Dukes hold a 6-5 edge in the series since year 2000 with all games within 10 point (usually 3 points).

Hurri-Comet
10-06-14, 03:12 PM
Dayton- Davidson, how many overtimes? I think I read 5? Ryan Schwenke starred again on defense? Is he playing any offense, or just safety? As that isn't enough.

Grandpa1
10-09-14, 12:29 PM
http://daytonflyers.com/images/2014/10/5/rp_primary_Schwenke.gif

Yes Hurricomet, it was as you said, 5 Overtimes & much more. I was invited to tailgate with Flyer Fans for 2 hours. Met the parents of the Solon boys & Coach McCoy waved to me. The game took all of 4 hours & 11 minutes. Little did I know that I was watching the Pioneer Leagues Offensive & Defensive Players of the Week in the 54-48 victory.

Ryan Schwenke had 10 solo & 2 asst tackles, 1 sack & 2 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery & 2 pass breakups to earn Defensive POW. Ryan has grasped the opportunity that playing in the hybrid Flyer Position at Dayton provides an aggressive player able to play some LB & some DB depending on the situation. Running back Connor Kascor was Off.POW.

Cory Stuart had another good game with 3 receptions. When they pass it to him he catches it!

The team will play at noon at Marist in Poughkeepsie, NY. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable in NY State & some Ohio cities on the TWC sports station.

Grandpa1
10-10-14, 09:15 AM
Here's a link to the Marist game preview & interview with the League's Defensive player of last week, Ryan Schwenke & a few of his plays incl. a big tackle for loss.

The first handsome player is Connor Kacsor, the RB from Leo, IN who was All-State as a junior at Leo High then hurt his knee as a senior. Recruiters backed away but he came to Dayton, red-shirted a year and is an outstanding shifty runner with some power.

The coach mentions "TV cameras" which is refering to the upcoming Marist game at noon Saturday. TWC sports is carring the game in NY Satae & some Ohio packages.

The last play shown is the 5th Overtime intercept at Davidson which ended the 4+ hour game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JB8_QCKy5ug

Grandpa1
10-19-14, 11:30 AM
There were no Morehead Eagles flying around Dayton Saturday...too windy. So the Dayton Flyers took to the ground 46 times & gained 443 yds. Star RB Connor Kacsor carried 10 times & scored 4 TD's while gaining 232 yds. The winning Flyers had great blocking & forward push in this 41-7 win.

With only 7 completed passes by his team, Cory Stuart grabbed his usual 3 completions & added some good blocking. Ryan Schwenke had 6 solo tackles & 5 assists.

All the boys & plenty of parents will be packing for the long flight to San Diego next Saturday. Gametime in the east will be 9:00pm First place is no the line as usual with the Torero'.s.

Grandpa1
10-27-14, 12:09 PM
"Twas a lovely football evening at the University of San Diego with a clear sky, 70+ degree & only 5 MPH wind - a big change from Dayton, OH of late.

The Flyers all had their good plays & then some not so good with a big fall-off in 4th qtr. The score was tied 13-13 at halftime & 26-26 early 4th qtr but the Torreros hung a 40-29 final score on the Flyers.

Cory Stuart had 4 receptions & Ryan Schwenke his 6 solo tackles but the team suffered their first conference loss.

Saturday they are home against Valparaiso at 1:00pm. Without the all-day flights to the west, here's hoping they are up for a full game.

Grandpa1
11-01-14, 08:43 PM
Neither the wind nor Valparaiso could stop the Dayton Flyers today as they now share a season of one conference loss with three other teams.

Former Comets had another good game. Cory Stuart made a nice TD catch and Ryan Schwenke made a nice interception in the end zone.

Next Saturday Drake comes in from Des Moines, IA to play the Flyers in a second home game in a row, the first this year. It never seems to get easy in the PFL.

Grandpa1
11-09-14, 01:07 PM
The Dayton Flyers tried the Hail Mary again with clock running out but it did not work like 2010's amazing comeback. Despite 400 yds of Offense, Dayton fell 34-30 to a tough Drake team who pushed and passed their way for 500 yds.

Ex-Comets Cory Stuart again had his 3 receptions for 31 yds & Ryan Schwenke led the defense with 4-solo & 7-ast tackles for Dayton.

Hopes of a title were dashed now with 2 PFL losses. Next week they travel to Indianapolis for a game in the Butler Bowl just outside the famous stadium where basketball will be played later in the day.In fact the football game starts at 11:00am to allow for a turnover in parking before the Nationally televised Bulldog basketball game.

Grandpa1
11-18-14, 10:05 AM
Ex-Comet Cory Stuart snagged a 27 yd 1st qtr pass & ran for the first TD of the game for the Dayton Flyers in their 21-14 win over nearby rival Butler in Indianapolis.

Stuart hauled in 7 passes during the game, catching everything he could reach. Monday evening Cory was a guest on the Coaches Radio Show from Millano's Restaurant.

The game was a low scoring affair with plenty of defense, especially the second half. It seemed that Ryan Schwenke made key plays out of his 5 solo, 1 ast. tackles.& 2 pass breakups.

Both players will end their Junior season 1:00pm next Saturday at home against Campbell University from NC.

Grandpa1
11-20-14, 09:40 AM
All Comet fans should have pride showing after reading this weekly report on a University of Dayton football game. Just image, two of your former Comets end up Players of the Week after a great win against their longtime rival:::::

Dear Flyers,

Last weekend the Flyers pulled off a great win against Conference Rival Butler. It was an exciting 21-14 win that showcased all facets of Dayton Football. It was a total team win that moves Dayton into 2nd Place in the PFL with a 7-3 Record.

On Offense,.. WR's Ross Smith and Cory Stuart each had productive days... Stuart totaled 7 Catches for 91 Yards and a Touchdown, while also making a Sports-Center Highlight Catch on 3rd and 20 for a 25-Yard Conversion.

On Defense... allowed only 85 Yards in the second half. Their efforts were so outstanding that Butler only managed 5 First Downs in their final 11 series.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK;

Offense: WR Cory Stuart
Defense: OLB Ryan Schwenke
Special Teams: None
Scout Offense: OL Mitch Schleyer
Scout Defense: CB Josh Belt
Scout Special Teams: LB Shane Hannah
Hammer Hit: LB Mitch Sanders

This week the Flyers finish the season at home against Campbell.
It should be a great weekend for the Flyers as we not only honor our great senior class but go for win number 8 that will propel us into the off-season and set up a Championship Run in 2015.

GO FLYERS & MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!

Grandpa1
11-23-14, 12:42 PM
The two former Comets were a big help in the Dayton Flyers 19-14 win at home against Campbell University to get a 6-2 conference record. & 8-3 season. The team had to come from behind twice & then shut down the Fighting Camels on their last possession. Dayton finishes the season tied for 2nd in the Pioneer Football League. Winner, San Diego University, will play Montana to start the FCS playoffs Saturday.

In the final win, Ryan Schwenke started early with a 1st quarter interception, blocked another pass and had 7 tackles. Cory Stuart was heavily guarded but managed to catch 5 passes.The two will be around town for semester break after their Dec. 14th football banquet.

Grandpa1
12-03-14, 07:24 PM
Dayton & former Comet Cory Stuart was named to the Pioneer League 1st Team All-Academic roster. Congratulations Cory on your 3.83 grade-point average & your fine catching & blocking.He is #83, lower right corner. of photo.

In other news, Ryan Schwenke was named as Honorable Mention on the All-PFL team.




http://daytonflyers.com/images/2014/12/3/passthru_imagecredit_pfl_academic.jpg

Grandpa1
01-20-15, 05:54 PM
Great job in the classroom men! The @DaytonFootball (https://twitter.com/DaytonFootball) team GPA has climbed to 3.25. -Commitment to academic excellence!
University of Dayton (https://twitter.com/univofdayton), Pioneer Football (https://twitter.com/PFLNews), Dayton Flyers (https://twitter.com/DaytonFlyers) and 4 others

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B7YwofbCEAAInRQ.jpg
(https://twitter.com/Coach_ODell/status/555685082002776065/photo/1)

Grandpa1
04-02-15, 06:59 PM
Last week ended winter training for football at Dayton & the Spring Fitness Tests were conducted. A 5th year D-lineman set two new records by Bench Pressing 463 lbs & throwing the Medicine Ball 46'10".

Spring Practice starts 4/7 through 4/18 usually from 6:30 to 8:30 evenings at Welcome Stadium.

Grandpa1
04-22-15, 09:06 AM
Spring football practice at Dayton ended with a scrimmage where the two Flyers from Solon fared well. Linebacker Ryan Schwenke had a sack & WR Cory Stuart had a TD reception.

Cory was one of the Tri-captains elected for the 2015 season by team vote......

DAYTON Ė University of Dayton head football coach Rick Chamberlin (http://daytonflyers.com/coaches.aspx?rc=157) has announced that linebacker Christopher Beaschler (http://daytonflyers.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=772), safety Danny Leach (http://daytonflyers.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=758) and receiver Cory Stuart (http://daytonflyers.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=802) have been selected team captains for the upcoming 2015 season. The three seniors combined for 28 starts and were all named First Team Academic Pioneer Football League last season.

In his first season as a starter, Stuart's 35 receptions were third on the team in 2014. He averaged 10.9 yards a catch and also had three touchdowns, which was second for the Flyers. He carries an impressive 3.83 as a pre-physical therapy major. Stuart is from Solon (Ohio) High School. (Cory wears #83)

http://daytonflyers.com/images/2015/4/20/passthru_imagecredit_fb_captains_graphic.jpg

Grandpa1
07-28-15, 06:21 PM
About a dozen days until Dayton football opens fall camp. Summer working out will change to a highly organized days of work & meetings for Senior Flyers Ryan Schwenke & Cory Stuart.

Ryan was one of the seniors who wrote a motivational letter to teammates. Of course Cory is a tri-Captain. So you can see that these former Comets are providing leadership for this team.

With no title since 2010, this heavily laden senior group want to upset the Coaches Poll where San Diego is favored to repeat, Dayton 2nd & Drake 3rd.

Grandpa1
08-06-15, 06:30 PM
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CLvZHD4WEAATkEC.jpg
#83 Cory Stuart & the other Captains are up on the locker room wall at the University of Dayton awaiting the team reporting on Monday!
:clap:

Grandpa1
08-11-15, 03:18 PM
Former Comet & UD Senior Cory Stuart, & other Captains lead Senior Ryan Schwenke and the Dayton Flyers in their first 2015 warmup at Welcome Stadium. They are picked for second place in the Coaches Poll but have worked hard on the mental as well as physical preparedness to do one better than the poll.
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Grandpa1
08-16-15, 06:16 PM
So what did you do Sunday? Was it hot? Here's what former Comets Ryan Schwenke & Cory Stuart did on the last day of the first week of summer camp:

Today was a single practice in the afternoon, although one of our hottest practcies in recent memory.
Today was the first day of our practice rotations. In Rotation A we divide the team into 3 different segments. The OL, RBs & TEs compete against the DL, LBs and Safetys in our Inside Run Drill. The Wide Receivers compete in a 2 on 2 circuit against our CBs and Safetys. The QBs, WRs and TEs compete against the DBs and LBs in a Line Perimeter drill. We divide up our positions so we can get maximum reps.
In Rotation B our OL and DL compete in a 1 on 1 Pass Rush Drill. The RBs and TEs compete against the LBs in a 1 on 1 circuit. Finally the QBs, WRs, TEs and RBs compete against the DBs and LBs in Perimeter.
Finally, in Rotation C we divide half the offense and half the defense into two ends of the field. On one end we feature a scrimmage that focuses on Run Plays the other end we feature a scrimmage that focuses on Pass Plays.
Some Highlights from the day. DL Michael Gray reeked havoc in both Rotation A, as well as caused major pressure for our QBs in Rotation C. DB Ryan Schwenke forced a fumble in Rotation A, and DT Austen Alber had the recovery. OL Patrick Nuzzolese stood out today during our 1 on 1s, being an unstoppable force, as freshman WR JP Forcucci continued his strong camp performance hauling many impressive grabs. In Rotation C, Freshman QB Kyle Kaparos hooked up with WR Thomas Vogele for a long touchdown throw, as well as WR Cory Stuart had an outstanding day himself, catching hard catch after hard catch all afternoon. On Defense, freshman LB Luke Fulton continued to show great promise at the OLB position.
With these Rotations we are able to get a lot of reps and a lot of film to learn from. Our players are getting better every day and are looking forward to the start of the second week of camp. Tomorrow will be our first double day practice where the entire team practices in the morning and comes back later for a practice in the afternoon.


"Consistent to the End"
Go Flyers!

Hurri-Comet
08-23-15, 12:07 PM
Go Flyers! Schwenke and Stuart, possibly a few more Comet players being offered to go to Dayton, (probably two) but next season and the one following Solon will have more that can play out there.

Time will tell.

Grandpa1
09-03-15, 09:08 AM
The 107th season of football for the University of Dayton begins Sat. at noon in PA when the Flyers visit Robert Morris. Two ex-Comets are in the game notes.

83...CORY STUART 6Ā1, 200, RS SO.ćCaptain; Third on the team with 35 catches for 10.9 avg.
& 3 TD in 2014;
Career-high 7 grabs for 91 yards at Butler; Has a catch in 15 straight games

30...RYAN SCHWENKE 6Ā0, 195, SR.ćHas 21 starts and 6 INT in last two years; 2nd for UD with 73 tackles & 42solo hits in 2014; Also had 5.5 TFL, 6 PBU & 2 QBH; 10 tackles (8 solo), a sack, 2 TFL, 2 PBU & fum rec at Davidson; Had 56 tac in 2013

Grandpa1
09-06-15, 11:54 AM
There were a lot of first-time starters for both teams Saturday & the 1st qtr looked it. But Dayton figured it out and laid the 16th loss in 18 games against the RMU bunch.
Dayton's leadership by 3 co-captains was the difference.
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Safety Danny Leach had 2-int (i for a 93 yd TD), a forced fumble & 4 tackles.

LB Chris Beaschler had 18 TACKLES(9 solo-2 were sacks)

SE Cory Stuart had 5 catches, 91 yds, 1-TD
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LB Ryan Schwenke had a solid game with 5 tackles

Here's how the game ended. UD had a 3-point lead & RMU was driving but w/o timeouts. They did some dumb things like not step out after a catch & not throwing ball away before getting sacked. But RMU connects on a 32 yd pass to UD 28 yard line. Clock stops to set stakes but only 2 seconds remain. Spike it right? Wrong? Whole UD sideline is hollering "they can't spike". Ref tells QB "he can't spike". So center has to snap, QB has to drop back, but receivers stand expecting a spike but all they see is another sack! Coach has demonstrative argument after game. RMU webcast announcer doesn't understand why the refs said that!

In 2013 the NCAA rules changes in addition to that spearing and your out of the game rule, you can no longer spike a ball when clock starts with less than 3 seconds! OMG - Dayton players even know the rules!
Duquesne in 2 weeks!:clap:

Grandpa1
10-18-15, 12:20 PM
Been remiss & lazy about posting. But the couple of "olde" people who read this deserve more, so here goes:

After RMU, Dayton hosted Duquesne, always a big physical team. Dayton's offense started with All-American RB Connor Kacsor who carried 44 times for 246 yards. Cory Stuart had a pass reception & Ryan Schwenke had 5 tackles. Flyers win 24-13.

The last non-conf. opponent was a new football team from Kennesaw State (GA) Uniforms were new but players were often transfers from higher caliber prohrams. Again Kacsor ran for 229 yds on 44 carries. Stuart had 3 receptions, one was a TD catch. Schwenke had 6 tackles.UD-31 KS-27

Conference play started with a plane ride to Stetson in Deland, FL. Kacsor only ran for 70 yds & it would be his last because the following week in practice a knee injury ended his career. But Cory had a couple more catches & Ryan had 8 tackles plus an intercept. UD-27 Stetson-14

The pre-season Coaches Favorite arrived in Dayton from San Diego the next week. This bunch is always tough and no Connor Kacsor. But 4 other guys pounded out 49 yds running while Stuart had 4 catches & Schwenke 4 tackles. Defense held again so it was UD-13 San Diego-12

If you're counting that's 5-0 for the Flyer season.

Attached are photos of Stuart's TD catch & his excellent blocking & Schwenke with action against San Diego.

Grandpa1
10-18-15, 12:37 PM
This should be the 6th post of a win...it was 14-14 in Valparaiso, IN until the Flyer defense said enough is enough. Post game the Receiver Coach said this is the best practice team he ever worked with; and that a quiet guy, Captain Cory Stuart has taken a leadership role. Seems it applies also to halftime adjustments too.

UD went for 30 unanswered points for a 44-14 win. It was Daytons 99th win in the PFL, the most by anybody!

Ryan Schwenke, the CB, had a funny game. He had no stats. Oh, except he had 2 fumble recoveries - one he ran 35 yds into the end zone for a TD & the other he ran 36 yds but a Valpo receiver caught him inside the 10. Cory Stuart had 4 receptions for 39 yds making it 21 games in a row with at least one reception for Capt. Cory!.

Everybody on the bus got to play at least 3 snaps. The visiting crowd was the largest for Valpo's season as the UD friends & families from the heavily recruited Chicago & Indiana area came out for the win!

Longtime nearby rival Butler rides their bus from Indianapolis to Welcome Stadium next Saturday evening! Go Flyers! Get them Bulldogs!

Grandpa1
10-25-15, 05:38 PM
For nearly 53 minutes last evening the Butler Bulldogs had a lead on the Dayton Flyers but it's after 60 minutes that counts!

Again, those Flyers are strong in 2nd half & this time the 4th qtr as they seem to be better prepared physically in nearly every game this season! The final was 27-24

Cory Stuart had 8 receptions for 70 yards. This was the Captain's 20th consecutive game with a catch!

Ryan Schwenke was credited with two tackles & I think both were for losses.

Now 4-0 in the Pioneer League, the only team with a perfect record, they host the Jacksonville team next Saturday, always fast & tough bunch. Of course they cheat too with scholarship money so the Florida team is not eligible for NCAA consideration this season.

It's an amazing ride this year for Dayton with nearly all games won in second half when they begin to show strength on both offense & defense. Credit goes to the hard work so many did this past summer, many staying on campus to work with the strength & conditioning coach. That school has all of the latest workout equipment in a facility second to none.

Grandpa1
10-26-15, 11:54 AM
For Junior & Senior footballers at Solon High who would like to take a photographic peek at UD, here's a link.....

http://daytonflyers.com/documents/2015/9/14//Football_Recruitment_Guide_Final_Version.pdf?id=34 87

Grandpa1
10-29-15, 10:24 AM
Been thinking about who & when the next Comet will be to attend UD for his education & a chance to continue playing football. That lead to remembering the recent players:

Kevin McCoy...2003-2006, AJ Cohen Aard Winner (Presently a line coach & Recruiting Coordinator at UD)

Steve Valentino...2006-10,,,three-time 1st Team All-PFL, two-time winner of top UD football award, All-Academic 1st Team

Joe Janasek...2012 PFL All-Academic Honor Roll

Jake Voigt...2012 PFL All-Academic Honor Roll

Cory Stuart...2014 1st Team All-Academic

Ryan Schwenke...2014 Honorable Mention All PFL

These guys got or presently are getting a great education (the purpose of college) & their football league acknowledges the success on the field & in their classroom.

If you or your son want to continue education & football & are not big enough or fast enough for the Big Programs, take a look at this link about the program that since 2000 has the fourth best winning percentage (.738, 124-41) in all of FCS football!!!

http://daytonflyers.com/documents/2015/9/24//Football_Recruitment_Guide_Final_Version_new.pdf?i d=3547

Grandpa1
10-31-15, 05:59 PM
Those Flyers are perfect 8-0 with a 31-14 win over that usually speedy team from Jacksonville University. This year there was enough UD defense to slow them down.

Former Comet Cory Stuart had 5 receptions for 62 yards. It was his 21st consecutive game with a catch.

Ryan Schwenke was credited with 6 tackles that helped shut down the Dolphins running attack.

Next week it's a trip down to Kentucky for Morehead State, a 2nd place team in the PFL.

Grandpa1
11-07-15, 04:13 PM
Quite a season these former Comets get to play at UD. This week the bus ride home from Kentucky will be joyful with a 20-15 win over 2nd place Morehead State.

The Eagles QB threw for 323 yards but Dayton intercepted 3 times & yielded no turnovers to Morehead.

Leading receiver for UD was Cory Stuart with 8 catches for 74 yards.
Ryan Schwenke had 6 tackles for the stingy defense.

So with a 5-0 PFL record the Flyers will play their last home game next week against Marist from Upstate NY. Senior Day at Welcome Stadium & a chance with two remaining games to be the first Dayton team to be in the FCS Playoffs. But they only win one at a time so Saturday is just another important game. Go Flyers!
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Grandpa1
11-11-15, 02:10 PM
A championship can be won & a final home game for Seniors on the Dayton Flyer team Saturday.

Nice opportunity to see some former Comets before heading to the playoff game of the "current Comets".

On the computer feed, here's a link:
http://www.atlantic10.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?catid=0&id=1435379&db_oem_id=31600

Word from the Marist fans in Poughkeepsie is that Time Warner Sports will carry the game on TV in Upstate NY & in Ohio. if that's the case, many can pick it up beginning at 1:00om on TV.

Grandpa1
11-12-15, 07:07 PM
Two former Comets among 33 seniors on Dayton football team. #83 is Cory Stuart (sitting 2nd from left) & #30 Ryan Schwenke, kneeling (2nd from left)

Hopefully this is a link to a video interview with Captain Cory Stuart. Game action shows one of #83's TD pass receptions & an intercept by #30 Ryan.:
https://youtu.be/XENe4M_RTZ8
http://daytonflyers.com/images/2015/11/12/rp_primary_Best_Seniors_Sized_3.jpg

Grandpa1
11-14-15, 08:39 PM
Congrats to the Dayton Flyers, PFL Champions & FCS Playoff bound after a nail-biting come from behind 28-21 win over Marist on Senior Day.

Marist had 300 yards passing but were intercepted 3 times. Dayton had 74 yards passing but ran for 294.

Capt. Cory Stuart caught 3 passes for 23 yards & Ryan Schwenke was leading tackler with 11 (8 solo).

Next week they fly to DesMoines for the final game against Drake. Then it will be order their rings & get ready for the first Div.1 playoof in Dayton history. Must be fun playing on a team that is 10-0!!!
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Grandpa1
11-22-15, 12:51 PM
When the Flyers stepped off their charter flight & onto the stadium famous for the Drake Relays in hog-heaven Des Moines, IA, their minds must have been on playoffs because they stunk the place out the first half.

Imagine a 10-0 team playing a lesser team & having 49 yards of offense (the final play was for 18 yds) at halftime. They made a game of it with more focus for a while later ending with a 17-27 loss.

All week the internet, campus & probably some classrooms were in "bracketology" what with the FCS playoff guarantee for the team. Very hard to put that aside for a few hours of your final schedule. Cory Stuart had 6 receptions for 31 yds ( you do the math). Ryan Schwenke had one of his better games with 11 tackles but had some trouble deep. That's a lot of tackles playing behind the linemen.

All is forgotten this morning when the NCAA announced that Dayton will host Western Illinois at Welcome Stadium (location is via cash bid to NCAA) on Saturday at noon or 1pm??? Good Luck Flyers. Beat those Leathernecks! Watch on ESPN3.

Interesting that Cory & Ryan will not be the only former Comets on the field for that FCS Playoff. Their former teammate Kyle Hammonds is a Senior Leatherneck. This smallish Comet star is not much larger today. He gets in all games at DB but probably not very long because he has few stats. But shouldn't this be some kind of Solon history with three former Comet teammates on the field in a playoff game???

Grandpa1
03-15-16, 11:23 AM
After 10 years of playing & coaching football at UD, Kevin McCoy is leaving for a career change. He's coached several positions & worked coordinating recruiting. With football success for Dayton, you know we've always had some good coaching & recruiting.

Good Luck to former Solon Comet & now former Flyer Coach McCoy.

You may want to check out the Reynoldsburg area in June when he opens his Ben's Soft Pretzel Shoppe!

Grandpa1
02-03-17, 11:39 AM
Congratulations to Joe Bubonics for choosing to play football and receive his education at The University of Dayton. You are in a recruiting class of 33 members from 10 states including 8 from Ohio. Your class average GPA is 3.61. This is important because for years Dayton footballers have more Honor Roll students than any team in the Pioneer Football League. Last semester there were 79 players on academic honor roll!

You also join a list of outstanding men who went from a Comet to a Flyer! Here they are:

Kevin McCoy...2003-2006, AJ Cohen Award Winner (Former Defensive Coach & Recruiting Coordinator at UD)

Steve Valentino...2006-10,,,three-time 1st Team All-PFL, two-time winner of top UD football award, All-Academic 1st Team

Joe Janasek...2012 PFL All-Academic Honor Roll

Jake Voigt...2012 PFL All-Academic Honor Roll

Cory Stuart...2014 1st Team All-Academic

Ryan Schwenke...2014 Honorable Mention All PFL

Good Luck Joe with the Flyer Football team. The UDPriders are looking forward to the son of a Comet coach...can't get much better than that!
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