Zach Librizzi, Wesleyan University
Zach Librizzi was the starting quarterback for the Wesleyan football team from the middle of the 2004 season through the 2007 season. He culminated his career with a second team all-NESCAC selection in 2007 as he led the league in total offense (2065 yards) and was second in passing yards (1810). It was his most productive season for passing, rushing and TDs (11). He consistently ranked among the conference leaders in total offense and passing yards and was regarded as one of the more capable runners at his position while also possessing a powerful and accurate arm. Over his four years, he passed for nearly 5,000 yards and despite being in a precarious position for rushing, netted over 600 yards on the ground as well. He accounted for 25 TDs and his 5,484 yards of total offense ranks third all-time at Wesleyan.
In lacrosse, Zach was a four-year team member and three-year starter on defense. Beginning his career as a defensive short-pole middie, he was moved to long-pole close defense in 2007 and was a starter there his last two seasons. During his first three years with the squad, Zach helped the Cardinals qualify for the NCAA Division III tournament each year as the team reached the national semi-finals in both 2006 and 2007. Wesleyan's defense has been among the best in the NESCAC as well as nationally including second in the NESCAC and 12th in the country in 2008. In 2007, Wesleyan was first in the NESCAC and sixth nationally for goals allowed per game. In 2006, Wesleyan led the NESCAC and was 18th in the country defensively.
Zach was a team captain in both football and lacrosse and won numerous football team awards in 2007 including the C. Everett Bacon Award as team MVP, the offensive MVP honor and the Luke Yohan Award as the senior who excelled in Little Three games. He is an academic all-NESCAC choice in both football and lacrosse and was a CoSIDA District I Academic All-American in football in 2005. He had been a NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week in football twice and received Wesleyan's highest athletic honor, the Carl Aherns Award as the outstanding contributor to men's athletics, in 2007-08.
A biology major who pursued a rigorous pre-med curriculum, Zach is enrolled in dental school at the University of Connecticut to follow in the footsteps of his father.