Lycoming College junior Zack Czap was one of 44 placekickers included on the 2012 Fred Mitchell Award watch list for the nation's best collegiate placekicker, the award committee announced on Wednesday.
Czap is one of 14 NCAA Division III kickers on the list and one of five kickers who play in Pennsylvania, along with Taylor Groff (East Stroudsburg), Noah Heimer (Lock Haven), Josh Thiel (St. Francis) and Brett Ullman (Indiana). He is the lone representative from the Middle Atlantic Conference.
A Beyond Sports College Network third-team Preseason All-American, Czap qualified for the watch list through his play on the field as well as his work in the community, which included helping with flood cleanup along Loyalsock Creek, helping a local church with basketball open gyms and participating in the Student Senate of Lycoming College's haunted house.
Czap led the conference in scoring by kickers at 7.3 points per game and added a league-high 12 made field goals.
Czap, a First Team All-MAC kicker in 2011 and a second team punter, hit the longest field goal in the MAC during the season, canning a 45-yarder at Stevenson. He nailed his last nine attempts of the year, all of which came in conference play. He also earned three MAC Special Teams of the Week awards, giving him five in his career.
As a punter, Czap, who was a First Team All-MAC punter as a freshman, finished sixth in the league with a 33.0 yard average, but he booted 16 of his 49 punts inside the 20-yard line.
In 2011, the Warriors were 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the MAC to finish in a tie for second with Widener. The Warriors racked up their best record since the 2003 team finished 9-2 overall.
The Warriors open the 2012 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 1, by hosting The College at Brockport at 1 p.m. at David Person Field.