Banaciski, a 5-10, 200-pound junior from Hillsborough, N.J., is an engineering major with a 3.48 GPA and ranks sixth on the Big Green squad with 32 tackles. The nickelback opened the season by breaking up a pass and forcing a fumble in a 35-7 victory over Butler, and he recorded a career-high 10 tackles with another PBU against Penn two weeks later in the Ivy League opener. Considered as one of the hardest-hitting defenders on the squad, Banaciski has 76 tackles in his career with seven PBUs.
Hailing from Lisle, Ill., Runger is an economics major with a 3.76 GPA. The 6-2, 225-pound junior linebacker leads the Ivy League in tackles (78) and tackles per game (9.8), and has posted at least 10 tackles in five of Dartmouth’s eight games to date and paced the squad six times. In a 13-10 victory at Holy Cross, Runger brought down a career-high 15 Crusaders, the second-most stops by an Ivy player all season. He also recovered a fumble in the season-opening win against Butler, and forced a key fumble while piling up 13 tackles against Harvard, the defending Ivy champion. Entering the weekend, Runger owns 107 career tackles, 3.5 going for a loss.
Like the other two Big Green selections, Wymore is a defensive player, taking over the starting slot at middle linebacker during the season. The economics and neuroscience double major sports a 3.90 GPA and was a Rhodes Scholar applicant this fall as a senior. With 30 tackles, the 6-1, 205-pound native of Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif., is seventh on the Dartmouth squad, but second with 3.0 tackles for a loss, including one sack. In his career, Wymore has amassed 123 tackles and broken up six passes.
Dartmouth (5-3, 3-2 Ivy) will play its final home game of the 2012 season this Saturday when it hosts Brown (5-3, 2-3 Ivy) on Memorial Field at 1:30 p.m. The game will be streamed online in HD, courtesy of the Northeast Sports Network, featuring Dick Lutsk and Wayne Young ’72 calling the action. Fans can watch the game by subscribing to Big Green Insider, which can be found on the official website of Dartmouth athletics, DartmouthSports.com. The broadcast can be heard locally on WFRD 99.3 FM and worldwide over the internet through the Dartmouth Sports Network.