Zach Block has become a weapon for Tulane University.

Green Wave coach Willie Fritz knows if his offense bogs down, Block can get them out of trouble with booming punts — nearly half of which land inside the 20-yard line or result in fair catches.

And when Tulane scores, the former East Ridge High School standout has enough leg to launch kickoffs into the end zone.

In Saturday’s 41-39 win against Lousiana-Lafayette, Block got a big workout. Against the Ragin Cajuns, Block had 10 punts for a 40.5-yard average and five kickoffs for a 64-yard average.

Three of his punts went for fair catches and four landed inside the 20. In addition, three of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.

It’s the continuation of a solid sophomore season for Block.

For the year, Block has 20 punts for a 40.8-yard average. His longest punt of the season — against Lousiana-Lafayette — went for 54 yards. Seven of 20 punts ended up as fair catches and eight landed inside the 20.

Off the kicking tee, Block has been just as formidable. More than half (11) of his 20 kickoffs ended up as touchbacks.

Block’s work at Tulane has been a continuation of his performance with the Knights. As a senior at East Ridge, Block kicked a 48-yard field goal and averaged 40.8 yards per punt.

In his junior season with the Knights, Block hit on 38 of 40 extra points and was 6-for-6 on field goals.

Anthony Ryals, football, University of West Florida

A 6-foot-1, 299-pound sophomore, Ryals is a defensive lineman for the Argonauts. He maintained his solid season in Saturday’s 40-28 loss against Valdosta State, with two solo tackles, including one quarterback sack. It was his second sack of the season.

For the year, Ryals had seven tackles — four solo — and 2.5 tackles for loss. His best game of the season came in the Argonauts opener against Ave Maria when he had three tackles.

This is the first year West Florida has played football.

Ryals spent his freshman season at Stetson University, but did not play.

Courtney Randazzo, volleyball, University of Tampa

Randazzo, a freshman middle blocker, is a Mount Dora graduate. She has helped the Spartans to an 8-4 record in her rookie season. Randazzo has played in seven matches and is averaging 1.09 kills per game and sports a .357 hitting percentage.

Her best match, arguably, occurred on Sept. 9 against Lock Haven in Indianapolis. In that match, which the Spartans won 3-0, Randazzo recorded four kills, nine attacks and two assists.

She also established a career high with two digs against St. Leo on Sept. 17.

Jarrett Novack, football, Ave Maria University

Noavack, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound freshman defensive back from Eustis, made his college debut on Sept. 10 in Chicago against Saint Xavier University. In that game, a 46-3 loss, Novack was involved in one tackle.

Through four games this season, Ave Maria is winless and plays Warner University on Oct. 8 in Ave Maria.

Ave Maria is a private Catholic university in southwest Florida, about 17 miles east of Naples. It began playing football in 2011.

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