Springfield, Mass. - December 21, 2018 - For the second-time in program history, the Springfield College football program had two student-athletes selected to the D3football.com All-America Teams following tremendous seasons for the Pride.
Both Nick Bainter (East Bridgewater, Mass.) and Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) were recognized for the first time in their careers as Bainter was named to the D3football.com All-America Third Team and Giorgio was a D3football.com All-America Honorable Mention selection. A total of 11 Springfield College football student-athletes have earned the national honor from D3football.com dating back to 2000, and the only other time that Springfield had a pair of honorees was in 2006 when Adam Feit was named to the first team and Chris Sharpe was chosen to the honorable mention squad. In fact, of the 247 Division III football programs, Springfield was one of just 18 to have multiple D3football.com All-America selections and the only team in New England.
Bainter became the first center in Springfield College football history to be named to the D3football.com All-America teams. The junior Criminal Justice major helped lead Springfield to the nation's seventh-best rushing attack as the Pride averaged over 295 rushing yards per game and ranked first in the country yards per completion (19.12 ypc). A NEWMAC All-Conference First Team selection for the second-straight year, Bainter was a 2018 D3football.com Preseason All-America Third Team and was a key reason why Springfield reached over 300 rushing yards in seven outings, over 400 yards twice, and had the ball on offense for at least 28 minutes in all 11 games.
Following a terrifc senior season, Giorgio cemented himself as one of the most dynamic defensive ends in the country. One of 13 semifinalists for the Gagliardi National Player of the Year Trophy, the Business Management major received a number of postseason honors this season, including previously being named an AFCA All-America First Team honoree and an Associated Press All-America First Team selection, as well as the Gridrion Club of Greater Boston's Division II/III New England Defensive Player of the Year and the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Athlete of the Year. 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. He 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.