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Valentino was 14-25-1, 223 yards

Dayton uses strong 4th to beat Campbell 41-23

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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.
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Old 10-27-10, 07:28 PM
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I call this the "Big Leap"

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!

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Sunny beautiful day in NC

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
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Old 11-04-10, 03:59 PM
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The Last Home Game for many Flyers

Senior Day at Dayton when they face Drake on Saturday

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 Valentino’s 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.
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Old 11-07-10, 12:54 AM
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just saw that dayton won on a last second td pass by steve valentino. The play was number 10 on espns top 10 plays!
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Dayton wins 31-25 on last play; sounds like Solon

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/foo...rticle_id=7159

Here's ESPN Top 10 plays:


You can actually listen to it at http://newstalkradiowhio.com/Player/100780091/
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A Ring at Stake in this one

Here's the pregame:

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Dayton wins in 2-OT 41-34

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 Dayton’s 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 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. Reilly threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns on 35 of 51 passing in the loss. - AP Sports
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Old 11-14-10, 12:58 PM
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Full Story of Final Win!

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DAYTON WINS PFL TITLE WITH 41-34 DOUBLE OT WIN AT MARIST

Steve Valentino ended his career 19-2 as a starting QB.

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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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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.
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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?
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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!
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More History Made by 2010 Footballers

Dayton Flyers

VALENTINO EARNS PFL CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS


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 Dayton’s 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 week’s honor with Rudell Small, senior running back of Jacksonville and Godfrey Smith, senior wide receiver of San Diego.

In Saturday’s 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 Dayton’s 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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Valentino 3-peats!

STEVE VALENTINO REPEATS AS PFL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR; CHAMBERLIN EARNS COACH OF THE YEAR

Steve Valentino was named the PFL's Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

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DAYTON, Ohio
– Pioneer Football League coaches have selected University of Dayton Senior quarterback Steve Valentino as the PFL’s 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 PFL’s 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 UD’s 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. Jacksonville’s 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 UD’s 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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9 UD Players Named; Steve is POY

OCF Announces All-Ohio FCS/II/NAIA Teams

Monday, December 6th 2010 @ 4:25 PM

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. Ashland’s Jamie Meder and Urbana’s D.J. Mendenhall were tabbed Co-Freshmen of the Year while Dayton’s 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
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The Final Award

2010 DAYTON FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The 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 UD’s 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 season’s 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 year’s 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 UD’s 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
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Some Dayton Flyer video

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...


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...


So here are the post-game interviews after that game...


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.


Here's a Special Teams Pump Up video...

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Two Career Highlight Videos

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:



Here's a new Career Highlight for Steve Valentino:
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Kenston Coach Retires to Watch Dayton football

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.
"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.
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2011 Recruits

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.

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PFL Academic Awards

More news on a Comet at Dayton:

ELEVEN FLYERS NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-PFL


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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 year’s first team. He was also on the first team in 2009. Glavin was a Chemical Engineering major.

Two more redshirt seniors – offensive guard Tyler Friedrich and linebacker Joe Ries – 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 Coaches’ Polls.

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Tino at tOSU Pro Day

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

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/p...rint_rows=9999
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All 3 Comets Honored

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/medi...Honor_Roll.pdf
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Comet/Flyer in Ohio Senior Bowl

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/m....html#00001913

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Busy, busy around UD

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.
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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.
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You won't know many on this roster

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/m...FBowlSouthTeam



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/m....html#00001918

Thanks for the kind job consideration. I would be an improvement for football media at UD!!! (It's a basketball school)
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Yep I saw Steve, looked like a average sized head amongst the others

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.
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North all-star team roster

Here's the link to the north squad. You may know two.
http://www.ohiocollegefootball.com/m...FBowlNorthTeam
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