By: Rick Bender
HANOVER, N.H. — The Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) announced its 21st Annual Academic All-Star Team comprised of 47 individuals, two of whom play for the Dartmouth Big Green — seniors David Emanuels and Jack Traynor. This is the second-straight year Traynor has been chosen for this honor.
Dartmouth matched the rest of the Ivy League with two players selected and one of 12 FCS schools with two on the team. The 47 individuals were selected from a pool of nearly 100 applicants.
Emanuels, hailing from Mercer Island, Washington, is a biomedical engineering major with a 3.96 GPA who played in all 10 games while starting seven times and was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Second Team last month. The 6-1, 225-pound linebacker finished the season third on the Big Green with 51 tackles, including a career-high 11 in a 35-24 victory at Cornell. He was an integral part of a Dartmouth defense that ranked second nationally against the run (79.7 yards allowed per game), third in fewest points allowed (12.0 per game) and fourth in total defense (280.4 ypg). Among his 51 stops were 2.5 tackles for a loss, and Emanuels forced one of four recovered fumbles in the Big Green’s first win over Harvard in 15 years.
Traynor, an engineering major with a 3.71 GPA, was leading Dartmouth with 56 tackles before missing the final two games of the season, yet still was a unanimous All-Ivy League First Team selection and named to the Division I All-New England Team. The 6-0, 230 pound linebacker finished eighth in the Ivy League in tackles per game (7.0) and registered 6.5 tackles for a loss, broke up two passes, forced a fumble and recovered another as the anchor of the Big Green defense. In his final appearance of the year, Traynor made a season-high 14 stops against nationally ranked Princeton as Dartmouth held the Tiger offense that was averaging over 50 points a game to a mere 14. For his career, Traynor has 195 tackles with 11.5 for a loss, eight passes broken up and an interception.
Football players from all FCS institutions are eligible for the award. Each of the nominees were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or key player with legitimate athletics credentials. They must have reached their 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. They must also have participated in 50 percent (50%) of the games played at their designated position.
In the 21 years the Academic All-Star Team has been named, Dartmouth has had 16 players selected a total of 22 times. Traynor joins a select group of Big Green players to earn the honor twice: Josh Dooley ’06, Andrew Dete ’09, Tanner Scott ’11, Michael Runger ’14 and Jack Heneghan ’18.