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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