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June 20, 2013

Punter Chad Zinchini tabbed as BSN preseason All-America


By Rob Schabert, TTU Sports Information Director

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech senior punter Chad Zinchini impressed plenty of people last season, his first year on the Golden Eagle roster.

Not only did the Hendersonville, Tenn., kicker earn all-OVC and All-America nods following the season, his ability to boot the ball left a lasting impression with the folks who are putting together preseason awards lists for 2013.

On Thursday, Zinchini was named second-team preseason All-America by BeyondSportsNetwork.com, a national website  that has chosen presason All-America teams for five different football classifications.

Zinchini led the Ohio Valley Conference and ranked fourth in the nation last year in punting with an average of 44.8 yards on 65 kicks, setting a school record in the process. He downed 19 of his kicks inside the 20-yard line with only five touchbacks, and avoided having any of his punts blocked.

Zinchini is one of 13 players from the Ohio Valley Conference listed on either the first, second, or third-team FCS squads. In addition to the conference players, the FCS list also includes two players from Tech's Sept. 28 opponent, Indiana State including runningback Shakir Bell and kicker Tanner Fritschle.

Wisconsin, Tech's Sept. 7 opponent, has two players on the FBS preseason All-America team.

To view all of the BSN All-America teams, visit their website at: http://www.beyondsportsnetwork.com/pages/allamerica2013 .

1st Team




Pos Name College YR HT WT
QB Wynrick Smothers Central Arkansas SR 6010 208
QB Denarius McGhee Montana State SR 6000 210
RB Zach Zenner South Dakota State JR 6000 215
RB Tim Flanders Sam Houston State SR 5090 210
TE Cameron Brate Harvard SR 6050 235
TE AC Leonard Tennessee State JR 6040 245
WR Erik Lora Eastern Illinois SR 5100 181
WR Jordan Harris Bryant SR 6020 215
WR Sean Price Appalachian State SO 6050 210
WR Greg Hardin North Dakota  SR 5110 167
OT Terrance Hackney Bethune Cookman JR 6060 310
OG Collin Seibert Eastern Illinois JR 6040 268
OC Chris Elkins Youngstown State SR 6030 300
OG Joshua Matthews Howard JR 6040 330
OT Eric Pike Towson SR 6050 298
DE Davis Tull Chattanooga JR 6030 230
DT Caraun Reid Princeton SR 6020 305
DT Robert Simspon Mississippi Valley State SR 6040 255
DE Colton Underwood Illinois State SR 6040 255
LB Stephon Robertson James Madison SR 5110 225
LB Jordan Tripp Montana SR 6030 237
LB Wes Dothard Chattanooga SR 6010 235
LB Quinn Backus Coastal Carolina JR 5100 205
CB Marcus Williams North Dakota State SR 5110 197
CB Steven Godbolt Tennessee State JR 6010 180
S Caleb Schaffitzel Missouri State JR 6000 214
S Jaquiski Tartt Samford JR 6010 220
K Colton Cook Southern Utah SR 5080 185
K Cameron Berra Eastern Illinois SR 5110 203
LS Richard Wright Liberty SR 6010 260
P Bobby Wenzig Alabama State SR 6020 180
KR Julian Stafford Mississippi Valley State SR 5100 180
PR Walter Powell Murray State SR 6000 180






2nd Team



QB Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois SR 6030 206
QB Jamal Jackson Appalachian State SR 6030 208
RB Shakir Bell Indiana State SR 5080 185
RB Zach Bauman Northern Arizona SR 5100 200
FB Ed Pavalko Colgate JR 5110 235
TE MyCole Pruitt Southern Illinois JR 6030 247
TE Justin Perillo Maine SR 6040 250
ATH Gavin McCarney  Colgate SR 6020 192
WR Walter Powell Murray State SR 6000 180
WR RJ Harris New Hampshire JR 6000 192
WR Mark Ross Lafayette SR 6030 207
OT Seamus O'Neill New Hampshire SR 6040 281
OG Arinze Agada McNeese State SR 6010 286
OC Jared Singleton Wofford SR 6020 309
OG Kadeem Edwards Tennessee State SR 6040 290
OT Billy Turner North Dakota State SR 6060 311
DL Damon Gresham Chisholm Howard SO 6030 249
DL Jeff Covitz Bryant JR 6020 255
DL Jonathan Woodard Central Arkansas SO 6050 271
DL Zach Wagenmann Montana JR 6030 250
LB Lynden Trail Norfolk State JR 6070 250
LB Dorian Bell Duquesne SR 6010 234
LB Daniel Davis Penn JR 6030 245
LB Ronnie Hamlin Eastern Washington SR 6020 210
CB D'Vonte Graham North Carolina A&T SR 5090 180
CB Qua Cox Jackson State SR 6000 185
S Nick Addison Bethune Cookman JR 6020 180
S Lucky Dozier Northern Arizona SR 5100 185
K Jamin Godfrey Tennessee State SR 6000 180
K Eddie Camara Central Arkansas JR 5090 168
P Chad Zinchini Tennessee Tech SR 6030 220
KR Tony Washington Appalachian State SR 5100 200
PR Niccolo Mastromatteo Coastal Carolina SR 5090 180






3rd Team



QB Jeff Matthews Cornell SR 6040 224
QB Brock Jensen North Dakota State SR 6030 226
RB Carlton Koonce Fordham SR 5080 182
RB Terrance West Towson JR 5110 223
RB Aldreakis Allen Liberty SR 6000 230
FB Jordan Neukirch Illinois State SR 6020 235
TE Dan Light Fordham JR 6040 232
TE Dezmond Beverly Arkansas Pine Bluff SR 6020 210
ATH Tyler Varga Yale SO 5110 220
WR Brian Wetzel Fordham JR 5110 183
WR Gianni Carter Duquesne SR 6020 205
WR Ben Edwards Richmond SR 5110 195
OT Michael Bamiro Stony Brook SR 6080 315
OG Gavin Farr Southern Utah SR 6030 287
OC Mike Hunchak Monmouth SR 6030 310
OT Danny Kistler Montana SR 6080 315
OT Bryan Witzmann South Dakota State SR 6070 300
DL LeBrandon Richardson Bethune Cookman JR 6020 255
DL Darren Robinson Stephen F. Austin JR 5110 247
DL Antoine Lewis Villanova SR 6020 290
DL Zach Hodges Harvard JR 6030 230
LB Grant Olson North Dakota State SR 6000 222
LB Ben Johnson UT Martin SR 6020 215
LB Anthony Brown Eastern Kentucky SR 6000 220
LB Ernest Adjei Delaware State SR 6000 230
CB Ryan Shaw Arkansas Pine Bluff SR 6010 205
CB TJ Lee  Eastern Washington SR 5090 170
S Julien David Howard SR 5110 195
S Matthew Steinbeck Bucknell JR 6000 205
K Adam Keller North Dakota State JR 6010 200
K Tanner Fritschle Indiana State JR 6010 195
P Andy Wilder Northern Arizona JR 6030 205
KR Anthony Gaffney Princeton SO 6030 200
PR Ryan Smith  North Dakota State SR 5070 178






Honorable Mention



CB Jordan Love Towson SR 6010 180