The honor society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. A total of 1,089 players from 297 schools qualified for membership in the society’s 11th year, both new single-year records in the history of the program, which began in 2007. The student-athletes also must have been a starter or a significant substitute in their last year of eligibility and meet all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements and graduation.
Bavaro (Boxford, Massachusetts) was received All-Ivy League honorable mention after recording 61 tackles (third on the team and 19th in the conference), three of which went for a loss to rank third on the squad as well, and recovering two fumbles to tie for the league lead. The senior economics major with a 3.23 GPA was a consistent force on defense, collecting at least four tackles in every game with a season high of nine against Brown.
Another economics major, Gakenheimer (Charlotte, North Carolina) sports a 3.20 GPA and finished his career as the program’s 10th leading scorer with 141 points. The senior was an All-Ivy League Second Team selection as a sophomore after scoring 73 points and ranking 19th in the nation in field goal accuracy while converting 1.2 field goals per game, 26th among FCS kickers. The following year he served as the kicker on the first Ivy League championship team at Dartmouth in 19 years, scoring 48 points with four field goals to his credit.
Miller (Shoreview, Minnesota) generated looks from NFL scouts this past season thanks to his speed and cover ability. The 6-0, 190-pound safety played in nine games, starting eight, recording 41 tackles, 1.5 for a loss, a pair of interceptions and five passes broken up. Miller also blocked a field goal that helped preserve a 20-17 victory over Towson on Oct. 15, earning Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week honors in the process. He also served as the team’s punt returner, averaging 6.1 yards on 11 returns throughout the season.
The Hampshire Honor Society represents a powerful component in the organization's rich history as an innovator in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal. Launched in 1959 with a donation from Hall of Fame coach (and Dartmouth head coach from 1934-40) Earl “Red” Blaik, the NFF's National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, became the first initiative in history to grant postgraduate scholarships based on a player's combined academic success, football performance and community leadership. And, since its inception, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program has awarded $11.1 million to 828 top scholars and community leaders.
Dartmouth opens spring practice this afternoon on Memorial Field at 4:45 p.m.