Central’s Herbers, Hawkins are CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

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Wide receiver Jeff Herbers has a 3.95 grade point average.


Record-setting offensive performers are also classroom standouts

PELLA—Two key performers on Central College’s record-setting football offense, wide receiver Jeff Herbers (junior, Urbandale, Des Moines Christian HS) and quarterback Blaine Hawkins (5th-year, Ankeny), were both named to the Division III Academic All-America® Division III football team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Each was a second-team selection. They were the only players chosen to the Division III team from an Iowa college.
It’s the fifth time in the past six years that the Dutch football team has had a player chosen. Central has now had athletes receive CoSIDA Academic All-America® recognition 66 times, including 19 times in football.
Herbers is an actuarial science major with a 3.95 grade point average while Hawkins carries a 3.58 GPA with majors in economics and business management. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity contributor, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better and have reached sophomore standing. CoSIDA members first submit nominations s for a district team before selected nominees advance for consideration on the national squad.
Also an American Rivers Academic All-Conference honoree, Herbers had 77 receptions for 1,151 yards and 16 touchdowns. He ranked fifth in the NCAA Division III in touchdown receptions and 11th in receiving yards as part of a Dutch offense that ranked first in the nation in total offense (570.1 yards) and passing offense (394.5 yards) and second in scoring offense (53.5).

Hawkins was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy as the nation’s top football scholar-athlete as chosen by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. He was an academic all-conference pick as well.

A first-team AFCA Division III All-American, Hawkins is a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy as the Division III player of the year and a two-time conference offensive player of the year. The announcement of that award winner will be made on D3football.com Friday between 4:30-5 p.m. as part of the site’s Stagg Bowl pregame show in Canton, Ohio.

In 2021, Hawkins led Division III in touchdown passes (63) and points responsible for (410) while ranking second in passing yards (4,475) and total offense (4,705 yards), third in passing efficiency (192.1), fourth in completion percentage (70.7) and fifth in yards per pass attempt (9.56).


In Division III history he’s tied for second in career touchdown passes (148), seventh in season passing yards (4.475), 11th in career passing efficiency (175.32) and 13th in career passing yards (11,802).


He set school records for a game, season and career in passing yards, pass completions, pass completion percentage, touchdown passes, passing attempts and total offense. He also set school marks for consecutive passes without an interception (251, April 3-Oct. 30), consecutive games with six or more touchdown passes (6), consecutive games with five or more touchdown passes (8) and season games with 300 yards passing or more (7). He posted a 38-6 career record as Central’s starting quarterback.


The Dutch were 10-0 in the regular season, winning a record 32nd conference title and finishing 12-1 overall. Central gained its 22nd NCAA Division III playoff berth, advancing to the quarterfinals.

The Division III Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2021-22 Division III Academic All-America® teams program.

2021 CoSIDA Academic All-America Football Team


Pos.     Name                                  School                                                       Yr.     GPA         Major

QB       Luke Anthony                        Wheaton College (Illinois)                         Sr.      3.91        Business / Economics

RB        Nicholas D’Ambrose             University of Chicago                                Sr.      3.69        Neuroscience & Chemistry

RB        Giovanni Weeks                  Wheaton College (Illinois)                         Jr.      3.67        Business / Economics

WR      Ben Dwyer                           MIT                                                            Gr.     4.00        Computer Science & Neuroscience

WR      Cody Gustafson (4)            Grove City College                                   Sr.      3.93        Mathematics

TE         Anthony Senerchia              Benedictine University                               Sr.      3.59        Finance & Accounting

OL       Nathan Basinger (1)           MIT                                                            Sr.      3.92        Mechanical Engineering

OL       Kyle Gannon (2)                 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater         Sr.      3.80        General Management

OL       Alan Gorny                          Johns Hopkins University                            Sr.      3.87        Molecular & Cellular Biology

OL       Tyler Johnson (2)                 Saint John’s University (Minn.)                    Sr.      3.98        Mathematics

OL       John (JR) Woods                 Johns Hopkins University                            Jr.      4.00        Economics

K          Lake Barrett                        The College of Wooster                            Jr.      3.98        Biology / Education

DL        Lou Duh (4)                          Worcester Polytechnic Institute                  Gr.     3.92        Mechanical Engineering (UG) / Mechanical Eng. (G)

DL        Sante Parker Jr. (2)            University of Mary Hardin-Baylor            Sr.      3.96        Computer Science

DL        Luke Schuermann                 Johns Hopkins University                            So.     3.95        Mechanical Engineering

DL        Michael Wozniak                Saint John’s University (Minn.)                    Jr.      3.87        Accounting / Economics

LB        Paul Calvetti                        MIT                                                            Sr.      3.92        Computer Science & Electrical Engineering

LB        Nick Pankow                        Baldwin Wallace University                      Sr.      4.00        Business Analytics

LB        Ryan Schwartz                     Wheaton College (Illinois)                         Sr.      3.82        Business / Economics

LB        Ben Wong (3)                     North Central College                               Gr.     4.00        Neuroscience / MBA

DB        Ross Andersson (2)              Johns Hopkins University                            Sr.      3.88        Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

DB        Jake Beesley (1)                 North Central College                               Sr.      3.66        Finance / Accounting

DB        Macauley Kilbane (1)         Johns Hopkins University                            Gr.     3.47        Economics (UG) / Finance-Financial Econometrics (UG)

DB        Sean Knight (1)                   Carnegie Mellon University                       Sr.      3.68        Civil Engineering

P          Cody Harral                        Hardin-Simmons University                        Jr.      4.00        Biology

ST        Brett Tuttle                           Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology         Sr.      3.88        Biomedical Engineering



Pos.     Name                                  School                                                       Yr.     GPA         Major

QB       Blaine Hawkins                    Central College                                         Sr.      3.58        Economics / Business management

RB        Daniel Romano                    Hope College                                            Jr.      3.97        Biomedical & Bioelectrical Engineering

RB        Henry Trost                          Saint John’s University (Minn.)                    Sr.      3.87        Global Business Leadership

WR      Jeff Herbers                        Central College                                         Jr.      3.95        Actuarial science

WR      Ryan Hubley (1)                  Johns Hopkins University                            Gr.     3.74        Computer Sci. / Applied Math (UG) / Financial Math. (G)

TE         Emmett Turner                      Johns Hopkins University                            Sr.      3.63        Mechanical Engineering

OL       Alex Bongers                       University of Wisconsin-La Crosse             Sr.      3.98        Biology

OL       Zac Bowman                        DePauw University                                     Sr.      3.77        Biochemistry

OL       Anthony DerManulian          Lake Forest College                                  Sr.      3.87        Finance / Data Science

OL       Kevin Lightfoot                    Hardin-Simmons University                        Jr.      4.00        Computer Science

OL       Ryan Nall                            MIT                                                            Sr.      3.92        Mechanical Engineering

OL       Jake Rocco                          Westminster College                                 Gr.     4.00        K-12 Principal

K          Jamie Pogue                        Hardin-Simmons University                        Sr.      4.00        History Education

DL        Chris Bedell                         Johns Hopkins University                            Sr.      3.83        Neuroscience

DL        Alex Keith (2)                      Washington & Jefferson College              Jr.      3.73        Biology

DL        Nicholas Petruzziello           University of Rochester                              Sr.      3.95        Economics

DL        Bricker Thiel                         John Carroll University                              Jr.      3.93        Economics

LB        Ian Barr (2)                         Westminster College                                 Sr.      3.90        Biology

LB        Sean Doran (2)                   Washington & Jefferson College              Sr.      3.75        Accounting

DB        Travis Brown (2)                  Carleton College                                       Sr.      3.59        Statistics

DB        Caleb Egbert                       Wheaton College (Ill.)                               Sr.      3.45        Business / Economics

DB        Ryan McGregor                  Carleton College                                       Sr.      3.66        Economics

DB        Andrew Whitaker (1)         Washington University in St. Louis             Gr.     3.65        Biomedical Engineering

P          Kameron Lee                       Capital University                                      Sr.      3.93        Criminology & Psychology

ST        Andrew Ihle                         Randolph-Macon College                         Sr.      4.00        Accounting


CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year: Cody Gustafson, Grove City College


(1)  CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III 1st team selection in 2020-21

(2)  CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III 2nd team selection in 2020-21

(3) CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III 1st team selection in 2020-21 & 1st team selection in 2019