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Will

McNamara

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Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 235
Year: Senior
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
High School: St. Rita
Major: Government

Bio

Will McNamaraSet Dartmouth career record with three interception returns for a touchdown.

SENIOR (2015)
Team captain ... Bushnell Cup finalist for the top defensive player in the Ivy League ... All-New England and unanimous All-Ivy League First Team at linebacker ... College Football Performance Awards FCS Defensive Awards Watch List ... recipient of the team’s Reggie Williams Award ... second in the Ivy League in interceptions (4), fifth in tackles per game (7.7) and sixth in passes defended (8) ... also 16th among FCS players with 0.4 interceptions per game ... provided the defensive highlight of the season opener when he picked off a pass and returned it eight yards for a touchdown in the 31-10 win at Georgetown, earning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors in the process ... sat out the Sacred Heart game with an injury ... of his six tackles in the 41-20 triumph at Penn, 1.5 went for a loss and he added a PBU on third down to force a punt ... tied for the team lead with seven stops against Yale, including a four-yard sack and another PBU in the 35-3 homecoming romp ... snared an errant pass and returned it 11 yards during the 34-7 victory at Central Connecticut State ... again tied for team-high honors in tackles with eight in the 13-9 win over Columbia ... put up a monster game at Harvard, bringing down 14 Crimson ball carriers and picking off two passes inside the Big Green 30 ... helped out on the fourth-down stop at the one to cap an amazing five-play goal-line stand in the fourth quarter ... modest five tackles in a 21-3 win against Cornell tied for the most by a Big Green player as the defense held the Big Red to just 58 plays ... broke up a fourth-down pass in the red zone on the game’s first drive and stuffed a runner for a three-yard loss inside the 12 to help keep Cornell to a mere field goal ... chipped in eight tackles as the Green knocked off Brown on the road, 34-18 ... ended career with a team-high 10 tackles, plus broke up a third-down pass in the fourth quarter that forced a punt, leading to a Dartmouth field goal to tie the game en route to a 17-10, Ivy League title-clinching victory over Princeton. Preseason honors: College Sports Madness Preseason All-America Third Team and All-Ivy League First Team.

JUNIOR (2014)
Unanimous All-Ivy League First Team selection at linebacker ... tied for conference lead with 87 tackles, but finished atop the tackles per game list at 9.7, placing him 25th among FCS players nationally ... also paced the league with 5.2 solo tackles per game (24th in FCS) ... finished with double-digit stops in six of the nine games that he appeared and led the team in tackles seven times ... missed the season opener while nursing a preseason injury ... returned to the gridiron to lead the Big Green with seven tackles at fourth-ranked New Hampshire ... tied for team-high honors with 11 stops the following week in the 31-13 win over Penn ... posted a career-high 15 tackles (one going for a one-yard loss) in the thrilling 38-31 victory at Yale ... made a team-leading 10 stops to help beat Holy Cross, 24-21 ... led the Big Green in tackles for a sixth consecutive week with 11 tackles at Columbia in a 27-7 triumph ... five of those stops saw a Lion runner gain no more than one yard, with one going for a loss ... also picked off a Columbia pass (the third of his career versus the Lions) and returned it 18 yards, all of which earned him Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors ... one of his 10 tackles against Harvard came in the backfield for a five-yard loss ... string of five straight games with at least 10 stops ended in 42-7 win at Cornell as he provided four ... recorded 10 more tackles the next week, however, to lead Dartmouth to a 44-21 win over Brown ... added a 20-yard return to inside the Bear 10 on an interception as well to set up first touchdown of the second half to open up a three-point game ... tied for team-high honors with nine tackles, including one for a six-yard loss, in the 41-10 victory at Princeton.

SOPHOMORE (2013)
Saw plenty of action as a reserve linebacker and special teamer, earning the team’s Special Teams Award as the player who made a significant contribution to the success of the team on special teams play ... tied for the team lead in both interceptions and fumble recoveries with two of each ... began the season with a pair of tackles on special teams, plus a fumble recovery on a punt return that set up the last Dartmouth touchdown in a 30-23 victory at Butler ... recorded a season-high five tackles in the four-overtime defeat at Penn ... twice brought down a kickoff returner in the 20-13 homecoming win over Yale ... matched his season high with five stops against Bucknell, plus broke up a pass, recovered a fumble on a punt return and fell on a blocked punt in the final minute of play to set up a Big Green touchdown ... had an even bigger game the next week in the 56-0 blanking of Columbia, becoming the first Dartmouth player ever to return two interceptions for touchdowns in one game ... also tied for the team lead with four tackles (one for a loss) and earned recognition as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for his exploits ... one of just two players in the Ancient Eight to return two picks to the end zone the entire 2013 campaign ... got the start at Brown at weak-side linebacker, but missed the final game against 19th-ranked Princeton due to an injury.

FRESHMAN (2012)
Took the field in five varsity games as a rookie on special teams and at linebacker ... recorded first career tackle on a kickoff coverage just before halftime in the opener against Butler ... played the next day in a jayvee game against Middlebury, making seven stops ... missed the next five contests due to an injury ... returned to the gridiron against Harvard, but made his mark the following week by bringing down six Cornell ball carriers, four of which came on consecutive plays with one going for a two-yard loss ... came up with two tackles for a combined seven-yard loss in the season finale at Princeton and four stops in all.

HIGH SCHOOL
Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times first-team all-state selection ... named to the Sun-Times All-Area first team ... Chicago Catholic League Blue Defensive Player of the Year ... had 105 tackles with four sacks, nine tackles for loss and one interception ... chose Dartmouth over Columbia and Cornell ... played baseball and basketball before concentrating on football ... two football teammates play at Penn and Columbia and another classmate is playing basketball at Penn.

PERSONAL
Majoring in government ... full name is William Michael McNamara ... born on June 19, 1993 ... youngest of four children of William and Mary McNamara (one brother and a pair of sisters) ... enjoys following the stock market ... artistically inclined.


Complete Career Statistics

TACKLESguaatotaltfl-ydspdfffrblk
2012 5 7 4 11 3.0-9 0 0 0-0 0
2013 9 13 8 21 1.0-1 3 0 2-0 0
2014 9 47 40 87 4.0-13 4 0 0-0 0
2015 9 36 33 69 3.5-10 8 0 0-0 0
TOTAL 32 103 85 188 11.5-33 15 0 2-0 0
 
INTERCEPTIONSgno.yardstdlongavg/ravg/g
2012 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2013 9 2 75 2 51 37.5 8.3
2014 9 2 38 0 19 19.0 4.2
2015 9 4 39 1 12 9.8 4.3
TOTAL 32 8 152 3 51 19.0 4.8
 
SACKSguaatotalyards
2012 5 0 0 0.0 0
2013 9 0 0 0.0 0
2014 9 0 0 0.0 0
2015 9 1 0 1.0 4
TOTAL 32 1 0 1.0 4
 
SCORINGgtdrushrcvretpat2patfgtotalavg/g
2012 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
2013 9 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 12 1.3
2014 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
2015 9 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0.7
TOTAL 32 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 18 0.6
 
ALL PURPOSEgrushrcvprkrirtotalavg/g
2012 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
2013 9 0 0 0 0 75 75 8.3
2014 9 0 0 0 0 38 38 4.2
2015 9 0 0 0 0 39 39 4.3
TOTAL 32 0 0 0 0 152 152 4.8
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Highlights: Bushnell Cup, Will McNamara Dec. 2, 2015
Will McNamara Interception
McNamara INT for TD