Chaparral High School graduate and current Western New Mexico University football player Mitch Glassman was named as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s 2012 offensive freshman of the year.
The all-conference honors also included the selection of former Elsinore High School player Zachary Dembrowski, who is now a sophomore at WNMU, to the RMAC third team.
Glassman was the Mustangs’ starting quarterback in 2012. He completed 249 of 426 passes, and his 3,139 passing yards and 27 touchdown throws are WNMU school records for the NCAA Division II era which began in 1993. His passing yards ranked 15th among all NCAA Division II players.
“Mitch had a very, very good freshman year,” said Western New Mexico head coach Adam Clark.
Glassman is a 2010 Chaparral graduate. He wasn’t interested in playing football immediately after concluding his high school career and began his collegiate studies at Palomar College. Clark had expressed interest in Glassman when he was a high school senior and was still interested two years later. Glassman threw four touchdown passes in his college debut September 1 in Alpine, Texas, where the Mustangs took a 54-44 victory over Sul Ross State University.
Glassman threw for four touchdowns on two other occasions, both of which were WNMU victories. He exceeded 300 passing yards in five games, including two contests where he surpassed 400 yards. On Sept. 29, 2012, when the Mustangs played Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Glassman completed 29 of 36 passes for 435 yards and four touchdowns to earn RMAC offensive player of the week honors.
“[I am] just very, very excited for the future for him,” Clark said.
Dembrowski is a defensive end for the Mustangs. In 2011 the RMAC players voted Dembrowski as the team’s defensive freshman of the year. His 69 tackles during 2012 consisted of 29 solo tackles and 40 assisted tackles. His 11.5 tackles for losses included 9.0 sacks which totaled 68 yards.
“Zach is a real hard-working kid, did a lot of good things,” Clark said.
The Mustangs’ 4-7 record for the 2012 season included a 3-6 performance in RMAC play.