Jan. 8, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University junior pitcher Cody Mizelle was named the winner of the FAU baseball team's 2013-14 Iron Owl Award.
"This year's Iron Owl was fantastic," head coach John McCormack said. "It came down to wire and the champion was not decided until the last event."
The Iron Owl competition identifies the strongest Owls' baseball player, both mentally and physically. The 14-event contest, directed by FAU coaches, tested each player's physical strength, knowledge of the game and academic performance. For the first time, academics was included as a large part of the final score.
"Cody did a great job," McCormack said. "He was constantly at the top in each event. He is a great example of a true Iron Owl. We are proud of what he accomplished."
Mizelle, a native of Winter Haven, Fla., earned 407 points to edge out Bo Logan (398 points) and last year's winner Kevin Alexander (384 points). The Daytona State College transfer is in his first season with the Owls.
In another first for the Iron Owl, a team aspect was added. The Owls were divided into groups and Team Strawn won the inaugural title. Led by senior Jeremy Strawn, the team accumulated 414 points to win decisively over the other five teams. Strawn's group was made up of himself, Nick Worrall, Seth McGarry, Kyle Miller, Brendon Sanger, John Brocius and Jose Bonilla.
"To watch the guys pull for each other and strategize was great," McCormack said. "Team Strawn was the winner of the team event and those guys really worked at it." The Owls open spring practice on Jan. 24 before starting their 2014 campaign at home against Notre Dame on Feb. 15.