Alma, Mich. - Senior Nick Mangutz (Mio, Mich./Mio-AuSable) of the Alma College football team was honored on Wednesday (Feb. 16) night as the recipient of the Morley Fraser Award from the Michigan Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
The Morley Fraser Award is given to a collegiate football player who demonstrates academic achievement, football ability and leadership. The award is named after the late Morley Fraser, longtime football coach at Albion College and an advocate for the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Mangutz, a defensive lineman and biology major, carries a 3.84 grade-point average and was one of 165 nominees across all divisions to the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team prior to the start of the 2016 season. He is also a three-time selection to the MIAA's Academic Honor Roll.
Mangutz played in all 10 games during the Scots' 7-3 campaign, recording 27 tackles. For his career, he played in 21 games, recording 33 stops.
Off the field, Mangutz has served as a volunteer with the City of Alma's Police Athletic League, a youth recreation league, and has also served at the Kid's Night Out program with the Alma Public Schools, a monthly event offered to elementary-aged students during the school year. In addition, Mangutz has been involved with the Alma Public Schools' after-school program. Outside of the area, Mangutz has been a volunteer at the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Ky., where he has served at a summer camp for children with disabilities, specifically Muscular Dystrophy, requiring round-the-clock care.
The National Football Foundation Football Awards Banquet, held at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Mich., honored football players and coaches from around the state and featured a keynote address from Chris Creighton, head football coach at Eastern Michigan University. The event also featured the presentation of the Detroit Free Press 2016 All-State Dream Team.