Lycoming’s Austin Mital an Academic All-America selection
A two-time All-MAC offensive lineman, senior Austin Mital added another impressive jewel to his resume on Tuesday when he was included in the Division III College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American team.
Mital, a physics major, earned second-team Academic All-American accolades, joining a select group of seven Warrior football players to earn the award, joining Tom Vanaskie (DB, 1974), Paul DeJoseph (DB, 1980), Mike Kern (DL, 1985), Jeff Mahalik (DB, 1992), Mitch Marzo (LB, 2000), T.J. Chiarolanza (K, 2010) and Craig Needhammer (RB, 2014). He is the first Warrior offensive lineman to earn Academic All-American honors and he is the second straight physics major, joining Needhammer. Mital is the third Warrior to earn Academic All-American honors under ninth-year head coach Mike Clark.
“I set my goals based on what Craig Needhammer did,” Mital said, who, like Needhammer earned Second Team Academic All-American honors. “I knew some of the accolades he earned would be harder because of the position I played and he played. He was one of the best in program history and I used him as a role model.”
Mital, the team’s left guard and captain, started all 10 games as a senior, helping the Warriors average 333.2 yards of total offense per game, including 147.4 rushing yards per game while blocking for the league’s leading rusher in senior Blake Bowman, an Academic All-District selection. Mital was the team’s candidate for the National Football Foundation’s National Scholar-Athlete Award.
Mital stepped full-time into the starting lineup as a junior after being hindered by injuries as a sophomore. The healthy 6-3, 290-pounder developed into a Second Team All-MAC selection while helping the offense roll up 1,825 rushing yards, the fifth-highest total in school history. The physics major is a two-time member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll and he was an Academic All-MAC pick as a junior.
Mital is expecting to continue his studies after Lycoming in mechanical engineering, as he has already been accepted into postgraduate programs at West Virginia , Syracuse and North Carolina Charlotte. He is a member of both the Sigma Pi Sigma (physics) and Phi Kappa Phi (overall academic excellence) honor societies.
Mital is the Warriors’ second Academic All-American in the calendar year, as junior Brandon Conrad earned second-team honors in the at-large sports category in the spring.