Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Czap earns fourth mention from Fred Mitchell Award during monthly recognition

Senior Zack Czap earned his fourth monthly mention from the Mitchell Award for his work in September.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – After earning his seventh career Middle Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week award and his first national weekly honor, Lycoming College seniorZack Czap (Philipsburg, Pa./Philipsburg-Osceola) has earned his fourth career monthly recognition from the Fred Mitchell Award for excellence on the football field and in the community in September, the award committee announced on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Czap is one of four NCAA Division III kickers on the list and one of three kickers who play in Pennsylvania, along with Danny Fisher (Bloomsburg) and Daniel Sobolewski (Albright).

 Czap wrapped up a solid first month of his senior campaign third on the Warriors in scoring with 21 points. He has connected on 3-of-3 field goals and 12-of-13 on extra points. He scored 10 points in a 16-14 win over 24th-ranked Widener on Sept. 28, helping him earn the Middle Atlantic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week award and the Beyond Sports Network Athlete of the Week award.

Off the field, Czap’s community service includes helping with flood cleanup along Loyalsock Creek and working with Favors Forward’s Spring Cleanup with the football team, helping a local church with basketball open gyms and participating in the Student Senate of Lycoming College’s haunted house.

The Fred Mitchell Outstanding Placekicker Award is awarded to the nation’s top collegiate placekicker among more than 600 FCS, Division II, III and NAIA football teams. The award is named for Fred Mitchell, the record-setting placekicker, Wittenberg University Athletic Hall of Famer, author, philanthropist and Chicago Tribune sports columnist. The recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award will be chosen based on excellence on the football field and in the community.

The award releases a Watch List, top performers are recognized monthly during the college football season, and the winner (who is not required to be on the Watch List) is announced in mid-December. The school of the award-winner receives scholarship funds. The Fred Mitchell Award trophy will be presented in February at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall.

The Warriors (3-1 overall, 3-0 MAC) get back on the field on Saturday, Oct. 5, when they host No. 16/21 Delaware Valley in a battle for solo possession of first place in the MAC at David Person Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.