Zinchini, Mitchell receive national nods from CFPA for Saturday's efforts

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech punter Chad Zinchini and cornerback Caleb Mitchell have received honorable mention from Collge Football Performance Awards (CFPA) for their individual efforts Saturday night against Jacksonville State.

Zinchini has moved to the top of the Ohio Valley Conference with a punting average of 43.2 yards per kick after his strong effort against the Gamecocks. A junior from Hendersonville, Tenn., he punted eight times for 393 yards, averaging 49.1 yards per kick, with three of his bombs downed inside the JSU 20-yard line. Two of those were downed at the three-yard line.

Mitchell intercepted a pass in the first quarter and raced 49 yards into the end zone for his second career touchdown, giving the Golden Eagles an early 14-0 lead. It was his seventh career interception. A fifth-year senior from RUssellville, Ala., ranks ninth in the OVC in passes defended.

The Golden Eagles have an open weekend coming up, and will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 20, when they host the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at 7 p.m. in Tucker Stadium. For tickets or information, please visit the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center or call (931) 372-3940.