July 31, 2018
BLUFFTON, Ohio - Senior Isaac Zickafoose (Middlebury, Ind./Northridge) has been named a pre-season Second Team All-America selection by d3football.com. A two-time All-Region selection, Zickafoose was the HCAC Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2016.
Zickafoose battled double and triple teams on his way to a third straight First Team All-Heartland Conference honor last season. The talented defensive end was second on the team with 51 tackles, 12.0 yards TFL's and 5.0 sacks. His six quarterback hurries tied Ryan Aelker for first on Bluffton's single-season list.
He was the HCAC Player of the Week following his otherworldy performance in Bluffton's 56-14 dismantling of Anderson on Homecoming Saturday. He tallied six solo tackles, a forced fumble, three sacks and four tackles-for-loss. His sacks set AU back 32 yards and he forced a fumble on the third sack, picked it up and returned it for a score midway through the third quarter. The junior blocked a punt that Kay Boakye scooped up and ran back for a Bluffton touchdown late in the first half. He also scooted for 17 yards on a fake punt to keep the chains moving in the second quarter, and finished with a quarterback hurry and pass breakup. The Beaver defense allowed only 178 yards of offense with four total rushing yards.
Zickafoose is second all-time at Bluffton with 24 career sacks, 243 TFL yards and five fumble recoveries. He is third with 43.5 TFL's, 176 sack yards and his 14 quarterback hurries are tops all-time at Bluffton.