HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Tech Head Coach Steve Olson has named defensive lineman Xavier Ciardo the recipient of the Bill Hauser Memorial Award, given annually to the team's outstanding spring player.
"Xavier Ciardo, had an outstanding spring for us," Olson said. "Xavier has played significant downs for us in the past. This spring showed that he can play all four defensive line spots as he was active in the run game as well as the pass game."
Ciardo, who hails from Kenosha, Wisconsin, appeared in 10 games during the 2017 season and closed the year strong with solid performances against Davenport and Tiffin. Ciardo registered three tackles in both of those contests, including a half sack for a loss of four yards in a 17-10 win over Davenport at Sherman Field.
"Xavier has shown the ability to play multiple positions in our defense at a high level this spring," Co-Defensive Coordinator Bryan Thomas said. "His leadership role, along with his ability on the field has us excited for the type of season that he can have for our defensive line and football team next year."
Ciardo recorded a total of 14 tackles, a half sack, and one tackle for a loss during the 2017 campaign. He worked hard during spring camp in preparation for the 2018 season that kicks off August 30th.
The Huskies will begin the year at Truman State Thursday night August 30th at 8 p.m. Tech's home opener is slated for Saturday September 8th against Hillsdale at 1 p.m.