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Six Knights join NFF Hampshire Honor Society

April 5, 2017 at 11:16 am
By Quinn Johnson '19
National Football Foundation
National Football Foundation

IRVING, Texas – Each year the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) reveals a list of football players across the country who excelled academically. These players while balancing the schedule of being and a student and an athlete maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher throughout their college careers. This year, six of those athletes were members of the Carleton College football team.

The Knight seniors that were awarded were: quarterback-wide receiver Zach Creighton (Lakeville Minn./Lakeville North), kicker Brandt Davis (La Verne, Calif./Bonita), wide receiver Peter Dehkes (Clinton, N.J./North Hunterdon), wide receiver Robert Deng (Sunnyvale, Calif./Harker), linebacker Brett Sterk (Hermantown, Minn./Hermantown), and quarterback Ethan Trujillo (Brighton, Colo./Brighton).

These Knights were 6 of the 39 total players from the MIAC to be named to the 2017 NFF Hampshire Honor Society.

A Political Science/International Relations major, Creighton transitioned from quarterback to wide receiver at midseason and immediately gave opposing defenses problems. He earned All-MIAC recognition after finishing the season with 65 receptions, tops among conference players. Creighton averaged 10.83 receptions per game at receiver, a figure that would have led Division III and been second among all NCAA players had he played the full season at the new position. He totaled 554 receiving yards in his half-dozen contests at wideout, the most in the conference after Oct. 1 and an average of 92.3 yards per game. Creighton also led the Carleton receiving corps with five touchdowns catches and paced the Knights’ ground game, leading the squad in rushing yards (273), yards per attempt (4.4), and rushing touchdowns (3).

Davis, an Economics major, earned All-MIAC honorable mention as he was 9-of-10 on field game attempts during the season, tied for the fifth-best rate among Division III kickers this season and 19th among players at every level of NCAA football (FBS, FCS, D-II and D-III). He drilled a 30-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Knights to a 34-31 Homecoming victory over previously undefeated Hamline. The nine made field goals tied the highest recorded single-season mark in Carleton history. Over his collegiate career, Davis converted 19-of-27 field-goal attempts, the most made field goals and highest field-goal percentage (.704) in recorded team history.

Injuries limited Dehkes, a Psychology major, to six games last fall, but he brought big production when he was able to play. Dehkes caught 12 balls for 175 yards coming in at a whopping 14.6 yards/catch.

Deng, also an Economics major, played wide receiver and was a contributor on special teams as well, while Sterk, a Biology major, made his presence felt at both inside linebacker and on special teams.

Trujillo, also a Psychology major, started at quarterback for 6 games last fall and led the team in passing yards (1253), touchdowns passes (8), and passing yards per game (139.2).