Boston, Mass. - November 26, 2018 - The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston College Awards Committee chairman Tim Whelan recently announced that Springfield College senior Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) is part of an accomplished group of student-athletes, coaches and officials who will be honored at the club's annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at the Marriott Hotel in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Giorgio was chosen as the Joe Zabilski Division II/II Outstanding Defensive Player of The Year in New England. The 23rd annual Joe Zabilski Award recognizes New England's top offensive and defensive players in Divisions II/III, and Tufts University quarterback Ryan McDonald was recognized on the offensive side of the ball. This marks the first time in program history that Springfield has had a defensive player honored with this award, as Chris Sharpe was tabbed the New England Offensive Player of the Year in 2006.
Following a sensational senior season, Giorgio cemented himself as one of the best to ever play at Springfield College and powered the Pride back to the postseason for the second-consecutive year. The Business Management major was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Athlete of the Year for the second-straight season as he totaled 82 tackles, including 29 tackles-for-loss and 14 sacks, to go along with four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and two blocked kicks. The defensive end currently ranks second among all active college football players for career tackles-for-loss per game (1.91), is the Division III active leader for career forced fumbles (9), while his 82 tackles was the third most for a defensive end in Division III football this year.
He will graduate as Springfield's all-time leader in career sacks (29.5) and tackles-for-loss (70.5) and led the Pride to 18 wins in the last two seasons, its most over a two-year span since 2003-04. Academically, Giorgio has shined as well and is a two-time CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District Team selection and was a national semifinalist for the 2018 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy, an award that is focused on celebrating the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Additionally, Giorgio was recently named one of 13 semifinalists for the Gagliardi National Player of the Year Trophy, which recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and community service.