Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Czap earns Mitchell Award monthly recognition again

Sr Kicker Zack Czap Zelebrates (Photo by Dick Hostrander)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – For the fifth time in his career, the Lycoming College football team’s senior kicker Zack Czap (Philipsburg, Pa./Philipsburg-Osceola) has earned recognition from the Fred Mitchell Award for excellence on the football field and in the community in October, the award committee announced on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Czap’s second recognition from the award this season comes after drilling game-tying and game-winning field goals in a 20-17 overtime win over Albright.

 With 18 seconds remaining in regulation, Czap stayed patient through two timeouts to try to ice him before he drilled a 35-yard field goal into the wind to tie the game at 17. He finished off the win in overtime, overcoming another attempt to ice him, by drilling a 29-yard field goal.

This season, Czap has earned two MAC Special Teams Player of the Week selections, two Beyond Sports Network Athlete of the Week awards and one D3football.com Team of the Week accolades.

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 (5-2 overall, 5-1 MAC) get back on the field on Saturday, Nov. 2, when they head to King’s (4-3 overall, 4-2 MAC) for another key MAC game at 1 p.m.