NEWS > #RedDevilsAlum Countdown to 2020 IUFB Kickoff: 89 Days (Matt Bjorson)

June 7, 2020

by Evan McShane

We are through the 90’s and heading to the 80’s as we look at tight end Matt Bjorson. We are 89 days away from the scheduled kickoff of the 2020 Indiana football season.

Name - Matt Bjorson

Position - Tight End

Year/Hometown - Junior from Hinsdale, Illinois

Height - 6’3”

Weight - 248lbs

In 2019, Matt Bjorson showed flashes of what he could become. The sophomore played in all 13 games and caught seven passes for 36 yards total. One of those receptions was Bjorson’s first-career touchdown, a pivotal score during the second half of Indiana’s road win at Nebraska.

NEWS > #RedDevilsAlum 'Great senior season' at Illinois is Hinsdale Central grad Kramer's goal

Kevin Schmit
June 3, 2020

Doug Kramer hasn't thought much about where he'll be a year from now.

Plenty of others are doing that for him.

For now Kramer is simply focused on where he plans to be on Monday, back in Champaign to prepare for his senior season on the University of Illinois football team.

Look at any list of the nation's top college interior offensive linemen, and you'll likely see the 2016 Hinsdale Central graduate's name. The center is poised to be the strength of the Illini team strength among four returning starters on the line.

"Obviously I do have goals, and that's what drives me every single ... READ FULL STORY


CHICAGO – Illinois rising senior Doug Kramer was presented with a Mental Toughness Award by the National Football Foundation at the NFF Chicago Metro Chapter Awards on Monday, February 17, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, IL. Jeff Joniak, the voice of the Chicago Bears, once again served as master of ceremonies for the event for the 14th season.

Kramer, an honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree last season, was introduced by Fighting Illini offensive line coach Bob McClain.

Kramer graded out as the No. 8 center in the nation and No. 3 in Power-5 by Pro Football Focus (79.2) in 2019, helping the Fighting Illini reach a bowl game for ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > #RedDevilsAlum Raiders Honor Seniors, Award-Winners

By John Painter

Football Banquet Caps 2019 Season, Looks Ahead to 2020

HAMILTON – Colgate Football wrapped up the 2019 season Saturday night with a thank-you to this year's captains, seniors and award-winners at the annual team banquet.
Head coach Dan Hunt recognized 22 seniors and four captains, thanking them for maintaining the poise to providing the guidance that lifted the Raiders to four wins in their final five games.
Nick Diaco took home the Andy Kerr Trophy for Offensive MVP. Diaco led all Raider pass-catchers with a 14.1-yard average. His 366 yards were second on the team and his 26 catches third. Diaco also tied for the team lead with two touchdown ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > Ron Kruse making the most of his 'last turn' wrestling at Hinsdale Central

By Patrick Kelly

Hinsdale Central’s Ron Kruse is in the twilight of his high school wrestling career, and he is making the most of his senior season as a Red Devils captain.

Kruse has a goal to reach the state tournament in Champaign and is using the end of his junior season as motivation to get there.

“I always remind myself, ‘This is the last turn,’ ” said Kruse, who lives in Clarendon Hills. “I am never going to be playing a high school sport (again), I might as well make the most of it.”

As a sophomore, Kruse made it to the Class 3A sectional meet at 132 pounds, but ... READ FULL STORY