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Drake Football Receives 22 Commitments

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Release: February 06, 2013
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DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team has received commitments from 22 student-athletes to join the defending Pioneer Football League champions for the 2013 season, head coach Chris Creighton announced Wednesday.

“We are extremely excited about our incoming freshman class,” Creighton said. “We search to find guys who are first, men of great character; secondly, are academically motivated to do something great with their life; and finally are talented and passionate about football.”

The 22 student-athletes that will continue their academic and athletic careers hail from eight states with 12 projected to line up on offense, 11 on defense and one specialist.

“We’re fortunate in that we have covered all of our position needs and we think this class has the potential to be very special,” Creighton said. “There is genuine excitement that these guys have coming into a program that is 17-5 over the past two seasons with back-to-back conference championships. Their challenge is now helping take the program to that next level.”

2013 Drake Football Commitments

Name

Position

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown

High School

Nick Amren

DL

6-2

245

Crystal Lake, Ill.

Crystal Lake South

Jared Chance

DT

6-1

250

Yukon, Okla.

Mustang

Andrew Clifford

QB

6-4

190

Lake Forest, Ill.

Lake Forest

Stephen Cochran

QB

6-0

200

Bartlesville, Okla.

Bartlesville

Colby Crawford

ATH

5-10

170

Americus, Ga.

Schley County

Matt Denning

WR

6-1

188

Wichita, Kan.

Bishop Carroll

Colby Dunn

DL

6-4

240

State Center, Iowa

West Marshall

Tanner Evans

DE

6-3

230

Gretna, Neb.

Gretna

Connor Johnson

WR

6-1

175

Eden Prairie, Minn.

Eden Prairie

Jeremy Kahen

OL

6-6

317

Northbrook, Ill.

Glenbrook North

Alex Kramer

DL

6-1

250

Clive, Iowa

Dowling

Ryan Lemke

OL

6-3

265

Germantown, Wis.

Germantown

Mack Marrin

DT

6-2

275

Mendota Heights, Minn.

St. Thomas Academy

Ryan McKeever

RB

5-10

185

Omaha, Neb.

Omaha Skutt Catholic

Grant Menard

QB

6-1

190

Whitefish Bay, Wis.

Whitefish Bay

Kyrell Newell

CB

5-10

170

Lakeville, Minn.

Lakeville North

Seth Pallissard

LB/S

6-0

205

Bourbonnais, Ill.

Bradley Bourbonnais

Tony Petta

DB

5-10

185

Frankfort, Ill.

Providence Catholic

Jordan Siebert

OL

6-4

260

Harlan, Iowa

Harlan

Jake Stauner

ATH

6-1

180

Hawthorn Woods, Ill.

Lake Zurich

Payson Wick

OL

6-3

290

Flossmoor, Ill.

Homewood-Flossmoor

Andrew Yarwood

TE

6-4

195

South Elgin, Ill.

St. Edwards


2013 Drake Football Commitments Bios


Nick Amren (DL,  6-2, 245, Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake South)
- First Team All-Fox Valley Conference
- 1st Team All-Area
- Team Captain
- Coached by Chuck Ahsmann

Jared Chance (DT, 6-1, 250, Yukon,Okla./Mustang)
- First Team All-Conference 6A
- Team Captain
- A Three-Time Wrestling State Champion
- Owns a 4.0 GPA
- Coached by Ty Prestidge

Andrew Clifford (QB, 6-4, 190, Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest)
- First Team All-North Suburban Conference
- Team Captain
- Led Team to the Class 6A state semifinals and a 9-3 record
- Coached by Chuck Spagnoli

Stephen Cochran (QB, 6-0, 200, Bartlesville, Okla./Bartlesville)
- Team Captain
- Named an Oklahoma All-Conference quarterback
- Coached by John McKee

 

Colby Crawford (ATH, 5-10, 170, Americus, Ga./Schley County)
- Suffered an ACL Injury in 2012 Season
- Named a team captain
- Selected to the all-region team his junior season
- Coached by Josh Kemp

Matt Denning (WR,6-1, 188, Wichita, Kan./Bishop Carroll)
- Won the 2012 5A Kansas State Championship with a 13-0 record
- First Team All-State Wide Receiver
- Kansas State 400-Meter Champion
- Coached by Alan Schuckman

Colby Dunn (DL, 6-4, 240, State Center, Iowa/West Marshall)
- Played in the storied West Marshall program
- Named First team All-State in 2012
- Team Captain
- National Honor Society member
- Coached by Ken Winkler, President of the Iowa Football  Coaches Association

Tanner Evans (DE, 6-3, 230, Gretna, Neb./Gretna)
- Was Academic All-State in football and wrestling
- National Honor Society member
- Was an undefeated 225-pound wrestler at 38-0
- Team Captain
- Coached by Chad Jepsen

Connor Johnson (WR, 6-1, 175, Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie)
- Two-time Minnesota State Champions
- Moved to defensive back for the 2012 playoff run and recorded two interceptions
- Owns the Eden Prairie squat record in his weight class
- Competed in Drake Football Summer Camp, running in top five of all 40-yard times
- Coached by Mike Grant

Jeremy Kahen (OL, 6-6, 317, Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North)
- Has only played one year of football after switching from basketball
- Despite lack of football experience, he has great potential and size on the offensive line

Alex Kramer (DL, 6-1, 250, Clive, Iowa/Dowling)
- Won the 2010 State Championship
- Led team to a pair of 9-3 records in 2011 and 2012 as a two-year starter
- Was a 2012 First Team All-Division 3 4A defensive lineman
- Coached by Tom Wilson

Ryan Lemke (OL, 6-3, 265, Germantown, Wis./Germantown)
- Led team to a 7-3 finish and the second round of the Wisconsin playoffs
- First Team All-North Shore Conference offensive lineman in 2011 and 2012
- Coached by Jake Davis

Mack Marrin (DT, 6-2, 275, Mendota Heights, Minn./St. Thomas Academy)
- All-Conference honoree
- Recorded 70 tackles, 14 tackles for losses, three fumble recoveries and one interception
- Ran the best 40-yard time by a defensive tackle at the Drake Summer Football Camp
- Coached by Dave Ziebarth

Ryan McKeever (RB, 5-10, 185, Omaha, Neb./Omaha Skutt Catholic)
- An All-Conference and All-District selection
- Rushed for 1,000 yards as a junior
- Academic All-Conference honoree
- National Honor Society member
- Team captain that led team to a playoff appearance.
- Coached by Matt Thurman

Grant Menard (QB, 6-1, 190, Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay)
- First Team All-North Shore Conference as a quarterback
- Led Whitefish Bay to the Wisconsin State Championship semifinals and a 10-2 record
- Team Captain
- Coached by Jim Tietjen

Kyrell Newell (CB, 5-10, 170, Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North)
- Led team to the 2012 State Championship Game
- Competed in Drake Football Summer Camp
- All-Academic All State honoree
- All-Conference Honorable Mention
- Was a three sport athlete
- Coached by Brian Vossen

Seth Pallissard (LB/S, 6-0, 205, Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley Bourbonnais)
- All-Southwest Suburban Conference
- Team Captain
- Coached by Mike Kohl

Tony Petta (DB, 5-10, 185, Frankfort, Ill./Providence Catholic)
- All-Conference honoree
- Chicago Sun-Times Southtown All-Area Team member
- Academic All-State
- Led team to an 8-3 record
- Coached by Mark Coglianese

Jordan Siebert (OL, 6-4, 260, Harlan, Iowa/Harlan)
- Played in tradition rich Harlan program that produced former Drake and NFL Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff.
- Is an Eagle Scout
- National Honor Society member
- Was a heavyweight wrestler for record setting Harlan wrestling team.
- Coached by Hall of Fame coach Curt Bladt

Jake Stauner (ATH, 6-1, 180, Hawthron Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich)
- Team Captain
- Coached by David Proffitt

Payson Wick (OL, 6-3, 290, Flossmoor, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor)
- IFCA All-State Team
- Chicago Sun-Times Southtown All-Area
- All-Southwest Suburban Blue League
- Anchored a line that helped Vikings average 34 points per game
- Coached by Craig Buzea

Andrew Yarwood (TE, 6-4, 195, South Elgin, Ill./St. Edwards)
- First Team All-Area in 2011
- Academic All-State in 2011
- Second Team All-Area in 2012
- Team Captain
- Coached by Mike Rolando

 

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