Dayton football hits field at fall camp
DAYTON, Ohio – University of Dayton head football coach Rick Chamberlin and his staff will welcome 109 players back to campus Monday, August 5 as the Flyers prepare for the 2013 football season. Chamberlin is beginning his sixth season as UD’s head coach and returns 13 starters (four offense, eight defense, one specialist) from last season.
Dayton finished 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the Pioneer Football League in 2013. After a slow start, the Flyers won five of their last six to secure their 35th winning season in the last 36 years.
The 21st season of the PFL will be an exciting one. The league will expand by two teams, adding Mercer and Stetson but the biggest news is the much-anticipated first-ever appearance in the NCAA FCS playoffs by a PFL team. Beginning with the 2013 playoffs, the Pioneer Football League champion will earn an automatic berth into the championship.
Among the eight starters returning on defense are three preseason all-league selections – end Pat Dowd, linebacker Colin Monnier and cornerback Kyle Sebetic.
Dowd led UD and was third in the PFL in sacks (0.85 per game). All but one of his 8.5 sacks in 2012 were in PFL action. He was First Team All-PFL in 2012. Monnier, the 2012 Flyer football MVP, was the only member of the defense to start every game last year. He was also a First Team All-PFL pick. Monnier led the team in tackles (92), solo hits (46) and tackles in the backfield (12.0). A three-year starter with 30 career starts to his credit, Sebetic led NCAA FCS football in passes defensed in 2012. He had 15 passes broken up and three interceptions in nine games, for a 2.0 per game average. He also had 52 total tackles and was second on the team with 39 solos.
Other returning starters on defense are tackle Brannon Dunn, end Victor Kaczkowski, linebacker Clay Krafft, cornerback Howard Savage and safety Matt Bianco. Dunn started the opener, missed the next five games after an emergency appendectomy, and then started all five games after his return. Savage missed the last half of the season with a knee injury but was second on the team in tackles per game (6.6) and also had two interceptions and four passes broken up.
The starters back on offense are tackles Ben Estey and Tom Corcoran, quarterback Will Bardo, and receiver Branden Johnson. Estey started the last six games of 2012 at offensive tackle when the Flyers finished by winning five of their last six. Bardo gained 2,092 of the team’s 3,989 total offensive yards in 2012. Johnson led the team with 28 receptions despite missing the last five games with a shoulder injury.
Team captains for 2013 are Dunn, Estey, Monnier and Sebetic.
Chamberlin has guided UD to 40 wins in his first five seasons. A Flyer All-American linebacker in his playing days, Chamberlin has been a part of 334 of UD’s 634 wins – 26 as a player, 268 as an assistant coach, and 40 as a head coach. He has also been a part of 428 of UD’s 1,013 games.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Flyers are continuing “Tuesday Night Lights”, the free program where pee wee football teams take the field for a practice with the University of Dayton football players. For eight Tuesdays beginning September 3, 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.
After reporting, attending meetings, getting their equipment and undergoing physicals Monday, the team will undergo fitness tests Tuesday morning. First practice for the 2013 Flyers will be Tuesday afternoon. Practices will be at Welcome Stadium and the adjacent Jerry Von Mohr practice field.
IMPORTANT FLYER FOOTBALL DATES
Players Report (Physicals, Meetings, etc.) Monday, August 5
Fitness Testing (Frericks Center) Tuesday, August 6 7:45 a.m.
First Practice (Welcome Stadium) Tuesday, August 6 2:55 p.m.
Intra-squad Scrimmage Sunday, August 11 10 a.m.
(At Welcome Stadium)
Intra-Squad Scrimmage Saturday, August 17 7:30 p.m.
(@ Welcome Stadium, Part of New Student Orientation Program)
Football Media Day (@Welcome Stadium) Sunday, August 18 1:00 p.m.
Classes Begin Wednesday, August 21
First Weekly Media Session (@ Welcome) Monday, August 26 3:30 p.m.
Opener @ Youngstown State Thursday, August 29 7:30 p.m.
First Tuesday Night Lights Practice Tuesday, September 3 7:30 p.m.
Regular Weekly Media Sessions (@Welcome) Wednesday, September 4 3:30 p.m.
Home Opener vs. Duquesne @ Welcome Saturday, September 7 1:00 p.m.
PFL Opener vs. Marist Saturday, September 28 1:00 p.m.
In addition to the Flyers’ PFL opener on Saturday, Sept. 28 against Marist, other Pioneer Football League teams visiting Welcome Stadium in 2013 are Davidson (Oct. 5), San Diego (Oct. 19) and Butler (Nov. 2). The San Diego game will be the first PFL home game played at night since 2004.
The Flyers will hold their first preseason scrimmage Sunday, Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. ET. The final full scrimmage of camp will be Saturday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET as part of the University’s New Student Orientation Program.
Tickets Now On Sale...Season tickets are only $40 for adults and $20 for ages 18 and under. Single game tickets are $10.00 for adults. In addition, children eighth grade and younger who sign up for the Future Flyer Kids Club will receive free tickets to all UD football games. Call 229-4433 for info on group rates. UD students are admitted free with an ID.
Good News Worth Repeating...The Flyers enter the season with the third-best winning percentage (.762, 109-34) in FCS football since 2000 AND have produced 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 a school-record 408 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall, 9-0, on Oct. 16, 1976. That is also the all-time FCS record.
Success In The Classroom…In the last 13 years, the University of Dayton football program has produced 22 Academic All-Americans, the most of any college football team. In the history of the Academic All-America program, UD football has had 52 Academic All-Americans. Among schools playing Division I football, only Nebraska (104), Penn State (61) and Notre Dame (57) have had more. The Flyers also had 71 players on the 2012 PFL Academic Honor Roll, the most in the PFL for the 18th time in the 20-year history of the league. UD is one of 10 D-I schools (and the only one in the PFL) to have a Campbell Trophy semifinalist for seven straight seasons. The Campbell Trophy is the National Football Foundation’s award sometimes referred to as “the Academic Heisman.”
600 Club…The Flyers became the 11th NCAA FCS team (and the first west of the Alleghenies) to win at least 600 games in its football history when UD beat Davidson on October 18, 2008. Here are the 15 members of the club, heading into the 2013 season. Yale (871), Harvard (829), Penn (824), Princeton (791), Dartmouth (662), Delaware (661), Lehigh (660), Lafayette (659), North Dakota State (641), Dayton (634), Cornell (629), Northern Iowa (625), North Dakota (617), Colgate (618) and Holy Cross (605). Of the 600 Club members, Dayton has played the fewest seasons (104, nine fewer than Northern Iowa’s 113). UD moved into the Top 10 in 2010. The Flyers’ .640 all-time winning percentage is fourth among the “600 club” and ninth all-time. The top 10 FCS winning percentages going into 2013 consists of Yale (.701), Grambling (.698), Harvard (.677), Florida A&M (.663), Princeton (.662), Tennessee State (.656), Georgia Southern (.647), Appalachian State (.6403), Dayton (.6395) and Penn (.634).
PFL Power…The Pioneer Football League is entering its 21st season. The original (and now the only) Division I strictly need-based football league began with charter members Butler, Dayton, Drake, Evansville, San Diego and Valparaiso. The Flyers’ 84-26 PFL record is the best in the history of the league.
Tuesday, August 6 2013, 08:56 PM EDT