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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Transfer Tanner Koziol helps Mt. Vernon to its first perfect regular season following commitment to Ball State

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, October 18, 2020, 6:06 pm

Mt. Vernon’s Tanner Koziol is in Travis Kelce mode this fall. He committed to Ball State last weekend following a de-commitment from the University of North Dakota.

Koziol, a 6-foot-6 hybrid tight end, has caught 26 balls for 286 yards and 10 touchdowns this year for the 9-0 Marauders.

He had three receptions for 29 yards and a pair of scores in Mt. Vernon’s 47-7 win over Yorktown on Friday, giving the Marauders their first perfect regular season.

The last three years, he’s played his prep pigskin in the Chicago area. His sophomore season, he won a state title. In 2019, his squad went to the state finals.

To say, he’s been a difference maker for Mt. Vernon would be a vast understatement. Koziol has easily replaced deep dish pizza as the town’s favorite thing from Chicago.

Transferring to Mt. Vernon back in the summer from powerhouse Nazareth Academy in Illinois after the IHSAA moved football to the spring because of the pandemic, he’s been making sweet music with Marauders junior quarterback Gehrig Slunaker (1,289 yards, 16 TDs) in the passing game all season long. More than half of the 6-2 gunslingers’ scoring tosses have gone to the Windy City transplant. Back in Chi-Town, Koziol snared passes from five-star field general and Michigan-commit J.J. McCarthy.