Football's Switaj Selected As A First-Team All-American
, Dec. 23, 2002 – Springfield College junior place-kicker Greg Switaj
has been selected a D3football.com First-Team All-American, announced today.
, who hails from Ridgewood, N.J.
, is the 17th player in SC football history to earn first-team All-America honors. He is also the second SC player to garner All-America honors this season. Senior guard Andrew MacFadyen
was named to the Football Gazette (2nd team) and Hewlett Packard (3rd team) All-America teams.
Switaj earned numerous post-season accolades, including the Freedom Football Conference (FFC) Special Teams Player-of-the-Year Award. He was also chosen to the Football Gazette Division III All-East Region First Team, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Northeast Region All-Star team and the New England Football Writers All-Star First Team. An outstanding student who is majoring in athletic training, Switaj was also an FFC Academic All-Conference choice.
Switaj drilled 9-of-10 field goal attempts, including a career-long 45-yarder in an 18-15 win over No. 14 Western Connecticut (Oct. 11). He also hit 40-of-44 point-after touchdown attempts and led the Pride in scoring with 67 points. Switaj led the FFC in field goals (0.9, tied for 27th nationally) and finished third in the FFC in scoring (6.7).
The 20th-ranked Pride (8-2 overall) won its fourth FFC championship in six seasons with a 6-0 conference record. SC lost to SUNY Brockport, 16-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It was the Pride’s third NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998.