Springfield, Mass. - July 24, 2018 - The Springfield College football program and one of its standout student-athletes was recognized recently in the College Football America 2018 Yearbook.
As a team, Springfield ranked 28th in the College Football America 2018 Yearbook Division III preseason Top 30, while senior Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) was one of four defensive lineman in the nation to be selected to College Football America 2018 Yearbook's NCAA Division III Starting Lineup, CFA's version of an All-America team.
Last season, the Pride produced an undefeated regular season with a 10-0 record en route to winning the inaugural New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship. The Pride returned to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the first time since 2006 and finished the year with a number of single-season program records, including team rushing yards (4,787), team total offense (5,170), total points (480). Additionally, Springfield registered the most rushing yards in all of college football and ranked seventh in Division III in scoring with 43.9 points per game. As impressive as Springfield's offense was, the Pride's defense was just as dynamic as it set a program record for fewest total points allowed (132), while ranking fifth in Division III in total defense (233.8) and sixth in scoring defense (12.0).
Giorgio, who has previously been tabbed Lindy's 2018 Preseason National Defensive Player of the Year and a defensive first-team honoree, 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 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.
The College Football America 2018 Yearbook features more than 930 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 300 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff. The print edition is available online via Amazon.com and other major retailers such as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million. Additionally, an iBooks version for iPads and iPhones is available through Apple's iTunes bookstore and the iBooks app. A Kindle version of the book is also available.
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