Story courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications
HANOVER, N.H. — A total of 54 student-athletes were announced today as members of the 15th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team, with two — Michael Runger and Garrett Wymore — coming from Dartmouth College. Both were also Academic All-Ivy selections for the fall, and were the only two Ivy League players among those selected from a candidate pool of 98 student-athletes.
Football players from all FCS institutions are eligible for this honor. Each of the nominees were required to have a minimum GPA of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or key player with legitimate athletics credentials. He must have reached his second year of athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution and have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominated institution. He must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at his designated position.
A first-team All-Ivy selection and FCS All-New England honoree, Runger twice was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week while amassing 98 stops to become the first Big Green defender to lead the conference in tackles since Josh Dooley '08 in 2007. A 6-2, 225-pound strong-side linebacker, Runger posted double-digit tackles in six of the 10 games during the season and averaged 10.1 tackles in league contests, far and away the most among Ivy players.
Against Princeton in the season finale, Runger racked up 17 tackles, the most by an Ivy player all season, to help the Big Green post a 35-21 victory. Runger also had 15 tackles at Holy Cross and 13 more against Harvard while forcing a key fumble. The junior from Lisle, Ill., also broke up three passes during the season and recovered a fumble in the season opener against Butler. In the classroom, Runger is an economics major with a 3.76 GPA.
Wymore, a native of Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif., started eight of the 10 games at middle linebacker this past season as a senior to wrap up his career on the field. An economics and neuroscience double major with a 3.90 GPA, Wymore was also an applicant for a Rhodes Scholar. He finished the season seventh on the team with 38 tackles — having posted at least one stop in each of the 10 contests — and was second with four tackles for losses that totaled a team-best 47 yards. One of his TFLs was a 13-yard sack against Sacred Heart. Wymore completed his career with 131 tackles, 4.5 for a loss, six passes broken up and one fumble recovery.
In the 15 years the Academic All-Star Team has been named, Dartmouth has had 10 players selected a total of 13 times. Runger will have an opportunity next year to join Dooley, Andrew Dete '09 and Tanner Scott '11 as the only Big Green players to earn the honor twice.