Two area college football players -- Alex Tanney and Michael Zweifel -- who put up huge numbers on the NCAA Div. III level will be taking their shots with NFL teams this month.|
Tanney, who became the all-time small-school leading passer at Monmouth College, is passing on a chance to join the Pittsburgh Steelers. Instead, he has accepted an invitation to the Buffalo Bills' free agent mini camp that begins this weekend. He announced the change in plans Tuesday via social media.
A two-time finalist for Division III's Gagliardi Trophy, Tanney ended his career as the NCAA all-divisions leader with 157 touchdown passes. The 2009 Melberger Award winner and three-time Midwest Conference Player of the Year holds division records with 14,249 passing yards and 32 games of more than 300 yards. He averaged more than 300 yards per game in 47 games and holds 27 school records. Tanney completed 69 percent of his passes throughout his career and was 38-9 as a starting quarterback for the Scots.
Also looking to make the big jump is Zweifel, a University of Dubuque wide receiver, who received an invitation from the Green Bay Packers. Zweifel, who won the 2011 Gagliardi Trophy as the Division III most outstanding player, will attend Packers' min-camp from May 10-13.
In 2011, Zweifel led the nation in receiving yards (1,915), receiving yards per game (174.09), receptions (140), receptions per game (12.73), and receiving touchdowns (25). He set a Division III record with 140 catches in 2011 and is the all-time NCAA leader (all divisions) with 463 career receptions. He led the Spartans to a 9-2 record and their first conference championship in 31 years. Against Augustana in the season opener last fall, Zweifel caught nine passes for 99 yards – his only game last season with fewer than 100 yards receiving.
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