HANOVER, N.H. — The Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Football Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), was announced today with Dartmouth senior linebacker Michael Runger among those on the second team. Runger’s inclusion on the team gives the Big Green 18 selections for football since the inception of the program, the second most in the Ivy League.
Twice named to the All-Ivy First Team and All-New England Team, Runger is an economics major with a 3.77 GPA. He finished his Dartmouth career leading the team in tackles for a second straight season with 85, which ranked third in the league. Four times he had at least 13 tackles in a game, including three of the final four contests. His 14 stops at Brown and season-high 15 in the season finale against Princeton, along with two pass breakups, gave him back-to-back Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week awards. The 6-2, 225-pound senior from Lisle, Ill., also recorded his first career interception with a pick at Penn while collecting 13 tackles against the Quakers. For his career, Runger compiled 212 tackles, five of which went for a loss, with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, an interception and five passes broken up.
Runger was a member of the Academic All-District I Team in 2012, not to mention the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team and Fall Academic All-Ivy Team (both of which have yet to be named this year). Four times in his career he was selected as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week, the last two times coming after the final two games of his career.
One of three Ivy Leaguers to earn the distinction this year, Runger was joined by Cornell wide receiver Grant Gellatly on the second team, while Brown defensive lineman Michael Yules made the first team. Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard was named the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year for Division I football with a perfect 4.0 GPA in his third year as a member of the team.
Notes: Only Yale has had more Academic All-America® selections in football than Dartmouth among the Ivy League schools with 21 ... the last Dartmouth football player to be named an Academic All-American was linebacker Josh Dooley ’06, who was also pegged for the second team in 2005 ... linebacker Paul Sorensen ’89 is the only Big Green player to receive the honor twice, capping his career as the football Academic All-America® of the Year in 1988 ... the first Dartmouth footballer to make the team was safety Willie Bogan ’71, who went on to be named to the Academic All-America® Hall of Fame in 1989.