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Rutenbeck Named 2015 Small School Prospect

Jul 7, 2014
The University of Dubuque’s returning All-American receiver Tyler Rutenbeck (Sr., WR, 6-4, 186 lbs., Maquoketa, Iowa) has been selected among the 2015 Small School Prospect List on nfldraftdiamonds.com pre-season list. He is also mentioned on nfldraftscout.com for the Spartans.

Spartans Named as Football Pre-Season All-Americans

Jul 8, 2014
The University of Dubuque football team is honored to have five Spartans named to the 2014 USA College Football Pre-Season Division III All-American list for this fall. Tyler Rutenbeck (Sr., WR, Maquoketa, Iowa) 1st Team Offense, Dominique Ravenell, (Sr., OL, Forth Worth, Texas) 1st Team Offense, Blaine Snitker (Jr., LB, Waukon, Iowa) 2nd Team Defense, Vincent Whipple (Sr., DB, Eagle Grove, Iowa) 3rd Team Defense, and Reggie Cole Jr. (Jr., DB, Milwaukee, Wis.) Honorable Mention Defense.

Dobratz Named Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Candidate

Jul 15, 2014
For 23 years the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has served as one of the most coveted and prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. The award recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport. University of Dubuque's Tyler Dobratz (Sr., TE, Edgerton, Wis./Edgerton HS) has been named among the 182 nominees seeking to be a finalist for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® in 2014. He is one of just three candidates submitted among the eight Iowa Conference schools.

Rutenbeck and Ravenell Named BSN Pre-season All-America

Jul 21, 2014
Beyond Sports Network (BSN) is proud to announce the University of Dubuque's Tyler Rutenbeck and Dominique Ravenell as members of our 2014 Preseason D3 All America Football Team. The BSN 2014 Preseason D3 All America Football Team, which is made up of 93 football players from around the country, was chosen based on returning All Americans from the 2013 BSN All America Football Team, highest vote recipients in the 2013 BSN All American Voting, statistics, and game evaluations.

Spartans Share Love of American Football with Frenchman

Aug 16, 2014
The University of Dubuque football team will have a special guest on the sidelines when they return to practice this week. Joining the Spartans on the sideline is special guest coach from the Touluse Bears team in France. The Spartans traveled abroad this spring and played the Bears, sharing American football with thousands of fans in France. Florian Perget (offensive coordinator) was so impressed with the University of Dubuque football team he made plans to join them for pre-season camp this week.

Ravenell and Rutenbeck Named D3 Classic Preseason Super Seniors

Aug 19, 2014
A pair of Spartans have been honored among the D3 Senior Classic Preseason Super Senior Watchlist is presented by the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL). The University of Dubuue Spartan student-athletes Dominique Ravenell and Tyler Rutenbeck were selected for UD. Rutenbeck was named to the North Offense Second Team and Ravenell was chosen as an Honorable Mention for the Spartans. The pair were among five Iowa Conference student-athletes named to the list.

Rutenbeck Named to 2014 Dream Bowl Pre-season All-American

Aug 22, 2014
Optimum Scouting and Cutting Edge Sports Management is proud to announce the University of Dubuque's Tyler Rutenbeck (WR) named to the 2014 Dream Bowl D-III Preseason All-American team along with the four other Spartans named to Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Preseason All-Conference team. Joining Rutenbeck is teammates Dominique Ravenell (OL), Blaine Snitker (LB), Reggie Cole Jr. (DB), and Vincent Whipple (DB).

Spartans Football Picked Among IIAC Contenders

Aug 27, 2014
The University of Dubuque football is optimistic for the 2014 season to begin after being selected among the top contenders of the Iowa Conference pre-season poll. The Spartans are looking to avenge three Iowa Conference losses where they lost leads in a combined 1:47 in three heartbreaking defeats in 2013. Head coach Stan Zweifel will be looking to the strength of his defense, which returns nine starters and an offense which returns 74% of the receiving corps for success in 2014.

Turnovers Costly in Spartan Football Opener

Sep 7, 2014
The University of Dubuque football team would like to wake up and start again after their 2014 season opener finished in favor of the UW-La Crosse Eagles 8-24 on Saturday night. The Spartans stumbled early and coughed up the football in their first three possessions in a combined 1:28 of possession. The six Spartans' turnovers were more than they could overcome as the Pioneers spotted the ball inside of the UD 35 yardline in four out of their first five possessions.

Spartans Football Fall Short Against #8-ranked Pioneers

Sep 13, 2014
The University of Dubuque Spartans football team displayed the type of football this team is capable of on Saturday in a hard fought 21-26 loss to #8-ranked UW-Platteville on their home turf.

Spartans Defense Stops Boxers

Sep 20, 2014
The University of Dubuque held on for a tough, knock down win over the Pacific University Boxers on Saturday night on Chalmers Field 16-10. Under near ideal conditions Saturday evening the Spartans 1-2 overall looked to their defense every time the visiting Boxers moved the ball within striking distance. The defense displayed what they are capable of after collecting four interceptions in the victory.

White and Prull Both Earn IIAC Performer of the Week Honors in Football

Sep 23, 2014
Cornerback Oscar White’s pair of interceptions and kicker Curtis Prull’s three field goals helped guide the University of Dubuque to their first win of 2014 and earned each an Iowa Conference Performer of the Week honor.

Big Plays Spoil Spartans Football Conference Opener

Oct 4, 2014
The University of Dubuque football team scored first on Saturday on a 22 yard pass from Zach Fry to Tyler Rutenbeck to give the Spartans their only lead of the day. The host Luther College Norse responded by scoring the next four touchdowns on a 24 yard run, a 68 yard run, a 41 yard pass and a 33 yard run before UD's Fry would scamper from a yard out to cut the final score to 14-28 in favor of the Norse.

Spartans Football Live on KCRG 9.2

Oct 10, 2014
The Spartans homecoming game vs. the Simpson College Storm on Oct. 11, 2014 at 4:05 p.m. The Storm 3-1 overall and 0-1 in the IIAC will face the Spartans in front of a large boisterous crowd on Saturday as they try to capture the homecoming victory in football. The Spartans hosted the first "live" televised broadcast in the Iowa Conference in the fall of 2012.

Spartans Dominate Simpson in 44-10 Homecoming Victory

Oct 11, 2014
The University of Dubuque Spartans scored early and often Saturday afternoon as they displayed the type of game they have been waiting to showcase all season en route to the 44-10 homecoming victory over the Simpson College Storm. The Spartans scored two touchdowns in every quarter, but the third to even their Iowa Conference mark to 1-1 and improve to 2-3 overall.

Spartans Defeated by #6-ranked Knights 9-42

Oct 18, 2014
The University of Dubuque football team used a fake punt to nearly score in the first half after a gain of 26 yards by Mitch Michaelis. The play helped set-up a 25 yard touchdown pass from Zach Fry to Tyler Rutenbeck just six plays later. The #6-ranked Knights offense never slowed down as they scored all four chances inside the red zone on Saturday to defeat the Spartans 42-9.

UD vs. BVU Football Game Notes

Oct 24, 2014
The Spartans oppose another offensive juggernaut as Buena Vista brings their four-game winning streak to town.

Spartans Bitten By Beavers in Late Drive

Oct 25, 2014
he University of Dubuque football team for the second year in a row, fell victim to a late drive by the Buena Vista University Beavers in a hearbreaking loss on Chalmers Field by a 39-44 score. UD took a late lead 39-37 on a 34 yard Curtis Prull fieldgoal with 1:40 remaining in the game. The tenacious Beavers used just 1:01 to claw their way back into the lead on a couple of long pass plays and scored on a two yard run with :36 left in the game 44-39. A Shaun Grewal 32 yard kick-off return from the Spartan goal line gave the Spartans hope with :30 seconds left.

Key City Clash Game Notes

Oct 31, 2014
The cross-town rivalry is back for another Key City Clash with both teams on the ropes after 1-3 starts in Iowa Conference play.

Key City Clash Football Photos

Nov 1, 2014
The University of Dubuque football team scored first and never looked back in a dominating 34-7 Key City Clash on Saturday in the Rock Bowl. The Spartans own a four-game win streak in the series. Click for photo of Saturday's game.

Spartans Retain Key In Key City Clash

Nov 1, 2014
The University of Dubuque and Loras College continued their intense rivalry on the football field on Saturday at the annual Key City Clash. Equally exciting is the fact that the two schools will once again donate to a local non-profit organization. The 2014 donation marks the seventh consecutive year the two schools have given back to the community. The Gabriel Project® is the recipient of this year's donation for the Spartans and the Duhawks.

UD vs. Coe Senior Day Game Notes

Nov 7, 2014
Which Coe team will show up to face the Spartans on Senior Day? The roller coaster Kohawks (4-4, 3-2 IIAC) have alternated wins and losses since week one and are on schedule for a loss this weekend. Playing in a tight game isn’t Coe’s forte after averaging a 19.6 point margin of defeat/victory through eight total games. They will face a Spartan team (3-5, 2-3 IIAC) that’s had a number of close calls this season in the form of UW-Platteville (L 21-26), Pacific (Ore.) (W 16-10), and Buena Vista (L 39-44).

Football Hold On for Senior Day Victory

Nov 8, 2014
The University of Dubuque football team finished their home season on Saturday during Senior Day at Chalmers Field. Despite the windy, chilly November afternoon, the Spartans provided a cardiac thriller of a game for the fans in attendance. The Spartans stretched their lead late in the game to 26-14 before the Kohawks rallied in the final fifteen minutes to score twice. Trailing 27-29 the visiting Kohawks attempted a two point conversion with 1:03 only to have the pass in the endzone deflected by UD's Blaine Snitker. An on-side kick by the Kohawks was recovered by UD and the Spartans ran the final minute out to secure the victory 29-27.

UD vs. Central Football Gameday Preview

Nov 14, 2014
The Spartans aim to spoil Central’s five game-winning streak on the road this Saturday. It won’t be easy against a Dutch team that has been on a roll since losing their Iowa Conference opener to Wartburg in October.

Dutch Run by Spartans in Final Football Game of Season

Nov 17, 2014
The steady snowfall just prior to kick-off on Saturday made the conditions favorable for keeping the game on the ground. Unfortunate for the Spartans, it was the host Central College Dutch who racked up over 400 yards rushing in the white, snowy conditions on Saturday en route to a 38-7 victory over the Spartans.

IIAC Releases Football All-Iowa Conference Awards

Nov 21, 2014
The IIAC announced today the 2014 All-Conference Football Team. The 56-member Team (there were two ties on the second team) includes 20 repeat All-Conference honorees. The Spartans earned eight All-Iowa Conference selections.