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Five Knights named to 2018 NFF Hampshire Honor Society

April 12, 2018 at 2:48 pm
By Matteo Pellizzer '20
National Football Foundation
National Football Foundation

IRVING, Texas – The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the members of the 2018 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, including five members of the Carleton College football team. The Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players across all divisions who have finished their collegiate careers, all while maintaining at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA to go along with their contributions on the gridiron.

The Carleton seniors who were recognized are: wide receiver Dane Birkeland (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnehaha Academy), running back Tyler O’Keefe (Woodville, Wis./Spring Valley), linebacker Merrick Ducharme (Blooming Prairie, Minn/Hayfield), linebacker Ian Doherty (Lincoln, Mass./Concord-Carlisle Regional), and offensive guard Nick Fredickson (Winthrop Harbor, Ill./St. Joseph).

As a conference, the MIAC produced 41 NFF Hampshire Honor Society members.

A Mathematics/Statistics major, Birkeland continually tested opposing secondary’s from his wide receiver position.  During his senior season, Birkeland produced some of the most dominant games for a Carleton receiver of all-time, highlighted by an 11-reception, 195-yard and a touchdown performance against Lake Forest, as well as an 11 reception, 106 yards and two-touchdown game against the No. 19-ranked Concordia College.

O’Keefe, a Biology major was a workhorse in the backfield for the Knights. He contributed all four of his years in Northfield, including an impressive seven touchdowns during the 2015 season and leading the team with 104 carries as a senior.

Another Biology major, Ducharme was an imposing linebacker who anchored the Carleton defense. As a senior, Ducharme battled through injuries to finish second in the MIAC in tackles per game during conference play by bringing 9.5 ball carriers per game. During his sophomore season he also was named MIAC defensive player of the week for his 14-tackle performance in a near upset over No. 23 Concordia College, and also was recognized as an All-MIAC honorable mention that year.

As a Political Science/International Relations major, Doherty was also another member of the Knights’ linebacker corps. As a senior, injuries limited him to only seven appearances, however during his junior season when he was able to play a full season, he led the MIAC in fumble recoveries as well as leading the Carleton defense in assisted tackles.

Fredrickson, a Math major, did the work in the trenches for the Knights. Injuries unfortunately limited him to only three games his senior season, however when healthy he was a steadying presence on the Knights line, appearing in 18 games during the 2015 and 2016 season.