2022-23 Football News

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Every team over a 3.2, 270 recognized as SCIAC All-Academic

July 19, 2023

The SCIAC recognized 270 Chapman University student-athletes on its annual All-Academic list. Collectively, Panther student-athletes raised the bar for academic achievement as every team achieved a 3.2 team GPA or better.

Medical Eligibility virtual informational session.
Medical Eligibility Virtual Info Session #2

July 12, 2023

Questions about medical eligibility for 2023-24? Please join Director of Sports Medicine Pam Gibbons for virtual informational session on Wednesday, July 12 at 4pm.

The 2nd Annual Student-Athlete Awards are set for May 8. Here are the nominees.
2022-23 award-winners announced at Second Annual Student-Athlete Awards

May 10, 2023

Chapman Athletics and the Chapman Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted the Second Annual Student-Athlete Awards with 21 team and individual awards handed out to honor on and off field achievements.

Two Chapman football players celebrate a touchdown.
SCIAC Establishes Football Championship Game

February 28, 2023

The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) has established a Championship game that will pit the top teams between two pods – dubbed the 'Sun' and 'Surf' divisions – to determine the conference's official champion and recipient of the automatic qualifying berth to the NCAA Championships.

Owen Tapia boots a punt.
Tapia tabbed as All-American

December 19, 2022

Senior Owen Tapia was selected as the All-America Third Team punter by D3football.com. He became the fourth punter in Chapman’s history to earn All-America distinction and the second in the last five years.

Quadrants of photos of Owen Tapia, Ken Baierl, Alexander Terriquez and Wyatt Hardin playing football.
Special Teams standouts lead four All-Region selections

December 07, 2022

Four Panthers landed D3football.com All-Region honors, led by a pair of special teams First Team selections. Owent Tapia and Ken Baierl landed the All-Region First Team nods with wide receiver Wyatt Hardin and linebacker Alexander Terriquez each earning a spot on the Second Team.

Headshots of the 15 football players selected to All-SCIAC teams.
Football lands 15 on All-SCIAC teams

November 17, 2022

The Chapman University football team ended the 2022 season with 15 All-SCIAC selections, including nine First Team selections. In total, seven All-SCIAC picks came from the Chapman offense and the Panthers special teams swept the First Team kicking awards.

Kade Jordan jumps on to an opponent for a tackle.
Final SCIAC weekly award goes to Jordan

November 14, 2022

A big week from Kade Jordan led to SCIAC Defensive Athlete of the Week honors in the final week of the season.

Tanner Mendoza dives into the end zone for a touchdown.
Football ends season breaking three offensive records

November 12, 2022

To little surprise with the Panthers’ high-powered offense this season, there were three offensive records broken and one record tied in the victory. Nathaniel Espinoza broke the record for most passing yards in a single season, previously 2,545, the junior hurled for 2,663 passing yards and 30 touchdowns — the other record, which was previously 28 both held by Ian Fieber.

Nathaniel Espinoza directs a receive and Tanner Mendoza makes a tackle.
Espinoza, Mendoza named SCIAC Athletes of the Week

November 07, 2022

Nathaniel Espinoza and Tanner Mendoza were each selected as SCIAC Athletes of the Week after leading the Panthers to a big 65-26 win over Cal Lutheran in Chapman’s home finale. Espinaoza was chosen as the Offensive Player of the Week and Mendoza was the Special Teams Player of the Week.

Chapman football's seniors
Football dominates in senior day victory

November 05, 2022

The Panthers were in control from start to finish scoring on the first drive of the game through the air, connecting on four consecutive first down passes ending up at the 16. Nathaniel Espinoza connected on his first of five touchdown passes, this one to Spencer Corona, who now sits one touchdown behind David Vaccaro, 18, for the most receiving touchdowns in a Panthers’ career.

Owen Tapia boots a punt.
Tapia named to D3football.com Team of the Week

October 25, 2022

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Owen Tapia was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week. Tapia booted an 80-yard punt, which tops the board for all punts in DIII this season. That punt was also good enough for the third longest across all Divisions for this season.

Ahlers leaps to grab an interception.
Ahlers named SCIAC Defensive Athlete of the Week

October 24, 2022

On Monday, Oct. 24, Cooper Ahlers was named SCIAC Defensive Athlete of the Week. In football’s 50-7 win over Whittier, Ahlers hauled in two interceptions, creating two of the Panther’s four turnovers. He helped Chapman hold the Poets to a mere 268 yards of total offense and just one touchdown.

Adam Andrade jumps over another player and catches an interception.
Football dominates at Whittier

October 22, 2022

A dominant 50-7 win over Whittier sent the Chapman University football team into the bye week with back-to-back wins. Nathaniel Espinoza tied the school record with six touchdown passes in the victory.

Espinoza earns SCIAC Offensive Athlete of the Week honors
Espinoza earns SCIAC Offensive Athlete of the Week honors

October 17, 2022

On Monday, Oct. 17 Nathaniel Espinoza was named SCIAC Football Offensive Athlete of the Week. The junior quarterback was electric on the field following the electricity in the sky. Espinoza threw for 405 yards, adding 41 more on the ground as Chapman's leading rusher, helping the Panthers to a 38-28 victory over Redlands.

Julie Auldridge gets in position on defense.
Football overcomes lightning and Redlands for first SCIAC win

October 15, 2022

A pair of lengthy lightning delays and a fair amount of rain wasn’t enough to put a damper on the Chapman University football team as the Panthers defeated visiting Redlands 38-28 on Saturday. A super charged Chapman passing game resulted in three different players hauling in over-100 receiving yards.