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CHAMBERLIN, VALENTINO HONORED BY OHIOCOLLEGEFOOTBALL.COM ON APRIL 22

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 level’s 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 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).

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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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.
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Old 04-16-11, 08:26 AM
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Don't frett, they'll find a QB

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/dayto...b-1137545.html
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Dayton Players in Ohio Senior Bowl

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 Capital’s 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 – be sure to check local listings.
Broadcasting the game will be Chris Solwecki (play-by-play), Matt D’Orazio (color analyst) and Jack Greathouse (color analyst). Producing this year’s 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 – 11:00 PM
April 25 – 12:00 PM
April 26 – 5:00 AM
April 30 – 12:00 PM
April 30 – 12:00 AM
May 7 – 12:00 PM
May 14 – 5:00 PM
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YeeHa! Not only a great game for Tino', but we get to watch replay. Thanks Gramps.
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It's Been a Fruitfull Time at Dayton

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



DAYTON, Ohio – 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 UD’s five
- 3 teams (football, women’s 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, men’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and rowing have also been nationally ranked.
- Several A-10 Individual Track and Field Champions
- Dayton’s first-ever Men’s Cross Country Atlantic 10 Individual Champion
- UD’s first-ever Varsity 8 boat Atlantic 10 Women’s 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:
- Men’s 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.
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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.
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Yes, thanks for the UD updates...

You are a Dayton GEM (remembering the Dayton Gems hockey team)
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Old 05-24-11, 03:17 PM
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DAYTON'S MIKE KELLY NAMED TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

Mike Kelly joins Harry Baujan as UD's two representatives in the College Football Hall of Fame.

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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 NFF’s 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.
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2 New Members for Dayton Football

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


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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 league’s membership to 12 teams at that time.

“The Pioneer Football League has been committed to non-scholarship Division I football since the league’s inception and has actively sought like-minded institutions to join us,” said Viverito. “With Mercer and Stetson, we add two great institutions that share our football vision.”

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 program’s roots can be traced back to the first organized football game played in Florida.
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How well I remember Stetson in the '50's. And Rollins. And Rebel Bookman, Don Bosseler, Lee Corso, and Burt Reynolds.
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High Schoolers Improve Skills at Camp

SIGN UP TODAY FOR THE 2011 UD FOOTBALL HIGH SCHOOL SKILLS CAMP

The High School Skills Camp will be held at Welcome Stadium.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.
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Comet & Area Players on 2011 Dayton Roster

The Dayton Football Roster has been updated and two former Comet players will start camp in a couple weeks and another will coach the DB’s:

#20 Joe Janasek, 6’1”, 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 “Flyer” 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, 6’0”, 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 QB’s 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, 6’0”, 170#, Senior from St.Ignatius saw a little WR action last year.
#16, Steve Wirkus, 6’1”, 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, 5’10”,185# CB from St.Ignatius has not played in 2 years.
#37 Matt Dorenkott, 6’0”,195# R-S Soph. from Hudson High, plays same Flyer position as Janasek; got in 1 game last year.
#38 Clay Kraft 6’1”,225# LB from North Royalton High, R-S Frosh. Did not play last year.

#44 Sean Belanger, 6’2”, 225#, Senior LB from Rocky River High probably will start.
#47 Pat Dowd, 6’3”, 230# DE from St. Ignatius Red-Shirted last year.
#49 Patrick Sweigert, 6’2”, 230# DE from Mentor Lake Catholic: Senior has not played much.

#55 Tim Pallay, 6’3”, 250#, OT from Hudson High was Red-Shirted last year
#64 Bill Petraiuolo, 6’1”,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, 6’2”, 255# Senior OT from St.Edward. Was sub last season but his position has a 5th year Senior & Captain back again.
#86 Tyler Shutz, 6’2”, 205# WR from Mentor High was long snapper 2 years and backup WR.

#91 Charlie Vassey, 6’2”, 240# DT from Chagrin Falls High. Time for the Senior to show something!
#94 Brian Horansky, 6’3”, 210# TE from St.Edward was Red-Shirted last year.

There are also 4 incoming Freshman from the NE Ohio area this season.
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Excellent write up. Gracias.
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Maybe 5 year eligibility for FCS footballers

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!
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Report on Saturday Practice

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"!
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Have you moved to Dayton Grandpa1? I guess you've given up Wake Forest for Dayton totally.
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Opening the 2011 Season in Coropolis

DAYTON OPENS 2011 SEASON AT NEC DEFENDING CHAMP ROBERT MORRIS

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


http://www.daytonflyers.com/news/ind...rticle_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 year’s season opener between both teams 28-14. UD led 21-0 at the half, but Robert Morris closed the gap to 21-14. RMU’s 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 Whilding’s 31 years of coaching the position, 11 took over with less than 20 career passes to their credit (including Steve Valentino and two QB’s now in the UD Athletic Hall of Fame – Kevin Johns and Steve Keller). Three (Kevin Wilhelm, Kelly Spiker and Brandon Staley) had exactly the same number as new QB Will Bardo -- zero.
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UD wins at RMU; Duquesne next!

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.

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Win Streak Ends; Marist Coming to Town

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:


It's always fun to watch the ESPN's Top Ten:
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Defense stops Marist; Central State next victim

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.

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Dayton Football Steps Up

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 didn’t 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!
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Dayton wins shutout

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.
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Dayton wins at Morehead State 30-28

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.
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Dayton wins at Valparaiso 49-10

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
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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.
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Janasek sees playing time

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.
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Disappointing loss 37-14 @ Drake ends season

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.
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Valentino to play American Football in Europe

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/translat...section%3Dhome









Steve Valentino
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Dave Likins
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Trio of Flyers sign Pro contracts in Europe

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/translat...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.c...9pV1JeLdWG4amQ

WR, QB, Steve Valentino (Solon) Calanda Broncos, Switzerland
http://www.europlayers.com/News.aspx?NewsId=555
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2 Comets Help Set Honor Roll Record Number

72 UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON STUDENT-ATHLETES NAMED TO PFL HONOR ROLL

January 24, 2012
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 Flyers’ 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!
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