HANOVER, N.H. — A total of 43 student-athletes were announced on Friday as members of the 16th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team, with two — Michael Runger and Cole Marcoux — coming from Dartmouth College. Both were also Academic All-Ivy selections for the fall, and were the only two Ivy League players among those selected from a candidate pool of 90 student-athletes.
Additionally, Runger was among seven finalists from the Academic All-Star Team selected for the 13th Annual FCS ADA’s $5,000 Postgraduate Scholarships. Two student-athletes will receive postgraduate scholarships during the Association’s annual membership meeting held in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention, being held at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla., June 9-12.
Football players from all FCS institutions are eligible for this honor. Each of the nominees were required to have a minimum GPA of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or key player with legitimate athletics credentials. He must have reached his second year of athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution and have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominated institution. He must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at his designated position.
A member of the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team, Runger is an economics major with a 3.73 GPA. Twice a first-team All-Ivy selection and FCS All-New England honoree, the linebacker was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week the final two weeks of the 2013 season as well while leading the team in tackles for a second straight season with 85, which ranked third in the league. Four times he had at least 13 tackles in a game, including three of the final four contests. The 6-2, 225-pound senior from Lisle, Ill., also recorded his first career interception with a pick at Penn while collecting 13 tackles against the Quakers. For his career, Runger compiled 212 tackles, five of which went for a loss, with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, an interception and five passes broken up. He was also selected for the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team last year, and was chosen for the Fall Academic All-Ivy squad as a junior and senior.
Marcoux, who received recognition on the Fall Academic All-Ivy Team as well as the Capital One Academic All-District I squad, is a sociology major with a 3.90 GPA. The converted quarterback flourished at tight end in his senior campaign, catching 15 passes for 206 yards with one touchdown that came in a 20-13 homecoming victory over Yale. The 6-5, 240-pound native of New York City was recognized for his academic prowess after his freshman year as well, earning the William S. Churchill Freshman Prize, which is presented annually “to the man in the first-year class whose academic achievement is outstanding and whose record of contribution in other areas indicates those qualities that Mr. Churchill wished to reward, especially those of fairness, respect for duty, and citizenship.”
In the 15 years the Academic All-Star Team has been named, Dartmouth has had 11 players selected a total of 15 times. Runger is the fourth student-athlete to earn the honor twice, joining Josh Dooley ’06, Andrew Dete ’09 and Tanner Scott ’11.
|FCS ADA Academic All-Stars from Dartmouth|
*Finalist for $5,000 postgraduate schoarship