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Four Seniors Earn Academic Recognition

May 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

NFF Release

DALLAS - The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the members of the 2012 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which included Carleton football seniors Jon Lien (Murdock, Minn./Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg), Tanner Martin (Tempe, Ariz./Brophy), Tsubasa Matsui (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial), and Dylan Gessner (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y./Briarcliff). The list is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 GPA or better and contributed significantly on the field as a starter or substitute in one’s final year of eligibility.

Lien, an economics major, earned honorable mention All-America honors from D3ProDay.com for his 2011 season, during which he broke Carleton’s single-game rushing record with 259 yards against Macalester on October 22. He also moved into third place on the school’s all-time rushing list. Lien finished his career with 2,390 yards on the ground and 20 touchdowns and received All-MIAC honors in both 2009 and 2010.

Martin, a mathematics major, four-year starter on the offensive line for the Knights. He earned academic all-conference honors in 2010, and in 2011 he was named to the All-MIAC sportsmanship team for demonstrating the ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.

Matsui, a computer science major, was a four-year contributor for the Knights as a defensive back and kick returner. He collected 23 kick returns in his career with a kick return average of 20.35 yds. He also served as captain during the 2011 season.

Gessner, an inside linebacker and political science and international relations major, has been a contributor on the field all four years, accumulating 114 tackles in his career. He also provided leadership for the team as captain during the 2011 season and earned academic all-conference recognition in 2010.