HANOVER, N.H. — The 44 student-athletes of the 19th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team were announced by the FCS ADA today, and Dartmouth’s Jack Heneghan was among the select players chosen from the 126 nominees. The Ivy League had six student-athletes named to the team, tied for second with the Pioneer Football League while the Missouri Valley Conference led all conferences with 11.
“The FCS ADA is honored to recognize these football student-athletes selected to the 19th annual Academic All-Star Team,” stated FCS ADA President Mark Wilson, director of athletics at Tennessee Tech University. “We are proud that these young men continue to accomplish high achievement in the classroom, on the field, in the community and we are excited to recognize them for their efforts.”
Heneghan, a 6-4, 225-pound junior, had the unenviable task of replacing Dartmouth’s all-time leading passer in Dalyn Williams, yet the quarterback posted comparable numbers by leading the league in both passing yards (2,725) and total offense (2,974). The economics major with a GPA of 3.81 entering his junior year led the Big Green to victory over 22nd-ranked New Hampshire in the season opener in his first career start, rallying from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit.
Four times the native of Atherton, California, threw for at least 300 yards in a game, including a school-record 440 against Brown while also setting the Dartmouth record with 475 total yards. Heneghan finished the season completing 247-of-414 passes (59.7 completion percentage) with 11 touchdowns, and his 2,725 yards through the air are the third most in a Big Green season.
Football players from all FCS institutions are eligible for the award. Each of the nominees were required to have a minimum grade point average 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.
In the 19 years the Academic All-Star Team has been named, Dartmouth has had 14 players selected a total of 18 times.