HANOVER, N.H. — The 49 student-athletes of the 20th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team were announced by the FCS ADA today, and Dartmouth quarterback Jack Heneghan and linebacker Jack Traynor were among the select players chosen from the 115 nominees. In addition, Heneghan was named one of the nine finalists for the 17th annual FCS ADA $5,000 Postgraduate Scholarships, two of whom will be chosen to receive the award.
The Ivy League had eight student-athletes named to the team (including two of the finalists), second only to the 10-team Missouri Valley Football Conference, which led all conferences with nine.
“One of the most important responsibilities that the FCS ADA has is the selection of the Annual Academic All Star Team,” stated FCS ADA President Thorr Bjorn, director of athletics at the University of Rhode Island. “The 49 young men selected this year are truly impressive. They have been leaders on their individual campuses and have excelled in the classroom, their communities as well as on the football field. They represent the best and the brightest within FCS football, and now we have the honor of naming them to the 2017 Academic All Star Team.”
A 6-4, 230-pound senior from Atherton, California, Heneghan made the team for the second straight year as an economics major with a 3.79 GPA. He led Dartmouth to an 8-2 record and a second-place finish in the Ivy League standings completing 185-of-293 passes (63.1 percent, 18th among FCS quarterbacks) for 2,136 yards and 17 touchdowns with just six interceptions, plus ran for 162 yards and a score to earn all-conference honorable mention. Twice he topped 300 passing yards in a game this season, including 314 against Yale while leading the Big Green to the largest come-from-behind victory (21 points) in program history in a 28-27 triumph. The following week Heneghan threw a career-high four touchdown passes to send Dartmouth to a 29-26 win at Sacred Heart, and he capped his career with a wild 54-44 triumph over Princeton. He finished his career fourth on the Big Green all-time charts in both passing yards (4,900) and total yards (5,289).
Traynor, a 6-0, 230-pound junior from Lake Forest, Illinois, is an engineering major with a 3.73 GPA. A unanimous pick for the All-Ivy League First Team and a Division I All-New England selection, Traynor started every contest and ranked second in the league with 98 tackles while averaging exactly 10 per game in conference action. His five tackles for a loss tied for the team lead, and he also contributed a sack, an interception, four pass breakups and a forced fumble. Traynor had at least five tackles in every game, reaching double figures five times with a career-high 17 at Harvard. His efforts helped Dartmouth rank third in fewest points and total yards allowed, and second against the run (ninth nationally).
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 20 years the Academic All-Star Team has been named, Dartmouth has had 15 players selected a total of 20 times. Heneghan joins a select group of Big Green players to earn the honor twice: Josh Dooley ’06, Andrew Dete ’09, Tanner Scott ’11 and Michael Runger ’14.