Springfield, Mass. - June 20, 2018 - With the 2018 college football season on the horizon, a pair of Springfield College football student-athletes garnered national attention this preseason. According to Lindy's Sports Annuals College Football Preview, both Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) and Nick Bainter (East Bridgewater, Mass.) were chosen to the 2018 Preseason All-Division III Team, while Giorgio was tabbed the Lindy's 2018 Preseason National Defensive Player of the Year.
Named to the Lindy's Defensive First Team in addition to the preseason player of the year accolade, Giorgio enters his senior season at Springfield after a standout junior year. One of only 10 juniors a season ago from across the Division III landscape to earn a spot on the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches' All-America Team, the reigning New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Athlete of the Year was dynamic on the defensive line last season. The Business Management major produced the second-most tackles on the team with 65, including 46 unassisted stops, and established a new program record for tackles-for-loss in a season, notching 26, including 10.5 sacks. He finished his junior year ranked second in the nation in tackles-for-loss per game (2.4) and was a catalyst for Springfield ranking fifth in total defense (233.8 ypg) and sixth in the nation in scoring defense (12.0 ppg). Heading into his final season in maroon and white, Giorgio has 136 tackles, including a program-record 41.5 tackles-for-loss and 15.5 sacks.
Entering his junior season, Bainter will once again help direct Springfield's potent offense as the Pride's center as a Lindy's Offensive Second Team honoree. One of just two centers from the entire nation to be recognized, the Applied Exercise Science major started all 10 games last season and helped orchestrate one of the top offenses in all of college football. A D3football.com All-East Region Second-Team selection a season ago, Bainter was a key component of an offense that produced nearly 4,800 rushing yards, averaging 435 yards per game. Springfield would own the seventh-best scoring offense in the country (43.6 ppg), while its 19.15 passing yards per completion was the fourth highest in the nation.
As a team, Springfield will look to build on a memorable 2017 season in which it won the inaugural NEWMAC Championship and rattled off a 10-0 regular-season record, before earning a spot in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the first time since 2006.