Punter Gutierrez earns recognition at Rockford U.

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ROCKFORD – Seven Rockford University football players, including a former Amboy Clipper, received postseason recognition from the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference when the NACC released its 2017 all-conference awards on Nov. 27.

Running back Chance Manning of Durand, offensive lineman Austin Miller of Washington, tight end Adam Ambrogio of Rockford and punter Alexis Gutierrez of Amboy were each first-team All-NACC selections, while offensive lineman Brandon Bothem of Roscoe, defensive lineman Jacob Cremeens of Roscoe and defensive back Dylan Peterson of Reynolds received NACC honorable mention status. Rockford's four first-team All-NACC selections are the most in program history, and its seven overall selections are tied for the most in program history.

Gutierrez, a freshman, kicked off his collegiate career with Rockford's first ever first-team All-NACC punter selection. Gutierrez led the NACC and set the RU single-season record averaging 41.2 yards per punt. He also did an excellent job pinning the opponent deep in its own territory as he led the NACC by placing 16 of his 43 punts inside the 20-yard line. Additionally, Gutierrez showed off his strong leg by bombing 10 punts of at least 50 yards, including three that traveled at least 60 yards.

Rockford University is a private four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The University offers more than 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through its Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and Master of Education, (M.Ed.). Rockford University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and is a U.S. News and World Report Top Tier Midwest University. Rockford University currently serves approximately 1,300 full-and part-time students.