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Banaciski and Runger photos courtesy Mark Washburn; Marcoux photo courtesy Doug Austin.

Three Named to Academic All-District I Football Team

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 11/07/2013
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HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth seniors Mike Banaciski, Cole Marcoux and Michael Runger were each named to the Capital One Academic All-District I Football Team for Division I schools as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday afternoon. This is the second time Banaciski and Runger have been included on the team, while Marcoux is making his first appearance.

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.
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