23 - Andrew Zitnik
Andrew Zitnik
Height: 5-11
Weight: 170
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Warren, Ohio
High School: Warren G. Harding
Position: DB

  • Ranks third all-time at Holy Cross with a career average of 25.0 yards per kickoff return.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2011:
• Played in all 11 games at cornerback and on special teams, while starting four times.
• Totaled 34 tackles, an interception and two pass breakups on the season.
• Averaged 22.5 yards on 19 kickoff returns.
• Ranked third in the Patriot League and 60th in the nation in kickoff returns.
• Had a team-high nine tackles and a 97-yard interception return for a score in the win over Harvard, to be named AT&T Crusader of the Week.
• Led the team with 11 tackles and a pass breakup against Massachusetts.
• Totaled six tackles and pass breakup in the victory over Colgate.
• Recorded four tackles and a quarterback sack at New Hampshire.
• Returned four kickoffs for 105 yards against Georgetown.
• Selected to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2010:
• Played in all 11 games as a backup defensive back, running back and on special teams.
• Made three solo tackles on the year.
• Returned 12 kickoffs for 349 yards and a touchdown, averaging 29.1 yards per return.
• Placed second on the Holy Cross single-season record list with his average of 29.1 yards per kickoff return.
• Had a 93-yard kickoff reutrn for a score in the win at Colgate, while totaling 140 yards on four kickoff returns and rushing twice for 10 yards.
• His 93-yard return at Colgate was the fifth-longest in school history.
• Named the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week and Patriot League Rookie of the Week following his performance at Colgate.
• Brought back five kickoffs for 132 yards against Lehigh.
• Placed eighth and 10th on the Holy Cross single-game list for kickoff return yards, with his games against Colgate (140) and Lehigh (132).

HOLY CROSS TRACK & FIELD:
• Competed in sprints during the 2010-2011 season.
• Placed 10th in the 60-meter dash and 15th in the 200-meter dash at the 2011 Patriot League indoor championship, and ninth in the 200-meter dash at the 2011 New England indoor championship.
• Came in ninth in the 100-meter dash and was on the sixth-place 4x100-meter relay team at the 2011 Patriot Leauge outdoor championship.

HIGH SCHOOL:
• Played for head coach D.J. Dota at Warren G. Harding High School.
• Named All-Trumbull County as a senior.
• Selected honorable mention All-Northeast Ohio in 2009.
• Also lettered in track, twice earning All-State honors.
• During his junior year, placed fourth in the state in the 200-meter dash, and fifth in the 100-meter dash.
• Member of National Honor Society.

PERSONAL:
• Son of Edward and Ruth Zitnik.
• Has one brother (Eddie) and three sisters (Mary, Anna and Katie).
• Majoring in Russian.


ZITNIK'S DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
YEAR GP-GS UT AT TT SACK TFL INT PBU
2010 11-0 3 0 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0
2011 11-4 24 10 34 1-5 1-5 1-97 2
TOTAL 22-4 27 10 37 1-5 1-5 1-97 2