Three Named to Academic All-District I Football Team
A 5-10, 200-pound nickelback from Hillsborough, N.J., Banaciski ranks second on the team in tackles with 47 and ranks among the top 15 in the Ivy League. The engineering major with a 3.57 GPA leads the Big Green with 4.5 tackles for a loss, including a sack, plus has broken up two passes. In Dartmouth’s homecoming game against Yale, Banaciski posted a career-high 10 tackles and recovered two key fumbles to take home the award for the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week and help the Green defeat the Bulldogs, 20-13. He has 133 tackles in his career, six going for a loss, while successfully defending against 10 passes, forcing one fumble and recovering five.
Marcoux, a 6-5, 240-pound native of New York City has emerged this season as Dartmouth’s top pass-catching tight end after switching positions earlier in his career. A sociology major with a 3.89 GPA, Marcoux has played in six of the seven games this season with four starts, hauling in 13 passes for 174 yards and one touchdown. In his first-ever varsity action during the season opener at Butler, he caught four throws for 46 yards, and in the most recent game rumbled for a career-long 41-yard reception at Harvard.
The Ivy League’s leading tackler and an All-Ivy First Team selection in 2012, Runger tops Dartmouth with 51 stops this season. The 6-2, 225-pound linebacker from Lisle, Ill., is an economics major with a 3.77 GPA and a recipient of numerous honors throughout his career, such as a spot on the 2012 FCS All-New England Team, the FCS Athletics Director Association Academic All-Star Team and Fall Academic All-Ivy Team. His 14 tackles at Harvard last weekend are the most by a Big Green defender this year, and he also posted 13 stops and an interception in a game that went four overtimes at Penn. Runger has started the last 25 games in a row and has 178 tackles in his career, including a career-high 17 in the 2012 season finale at Princeton, a 35-21 Big Green victory.
The Ivy League had a total of 11 players named to Academic All-District teams with Dartmouth and Brown leading the way with three apiece. Cornell and Yale each had two, while Princeton had one player honored.
The members of the various all-district teams will now go on the ballot for Academic All-America honors, which will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 5.