Linebackers – and Ilitch Business students – driving Wayne State Football’s success

Wayne State defensive coordinator Brad Wilson offered a laundry list of superlatives to describe fifth-year senior linebackers Valorian Cunningham, a management major, and Anthony DeDamos, a finance major. Wilson, who took over the Warriors’ defense five years ago when Cunningham and DeDamos were true freshmen, has seen them mature into standout players, dedicated students and productive members of the community. Both were selected captains before the season. “They’re special young men, special football players,” Wilson said. “As a coach, you could spend your entire career and not have many guys like those two. They are the total, complete package. That’s what makes this job fun.” Cunningham, an outside linebacker, and DeDamos, a middle linebacker, have been a main reason for Wayne State’s success. The Warriors (6-1), ranked No. 22 in the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll, host Saginaw Valley State (4-2) at noon Saturday at Tom Adams Field. Wayne State has won five straight and hopes to remain a contender in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division.

Detroit Free Press