2015 Tartan Football News

  • Tartan Football Announces 2016 Incoming Class
    May 02, 2016
    Carnegie Mellon University Head Football Coach Rich Lackner has announced the Tartans 2016 recruiting class. The Tartans will welcome 27 newcomers that hail from 10 different states.
  • Carnegie Mellon Football Has Eight Named to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society
    April 28, 2016
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team had eight student-athletes named to the 2016 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers.
  • Dyer Uses Entrepreneur Skills to Lead
    March 29, 2016
    Jonathan ‘JD’ Dyer, a mechanical engineering major and cornerback on the Tartans football team, is an entrepreneur through and through. He says, “In my study of entrepreneurship, I’ve learned that it’s the people that hustle that win.” It’s that lesson that has served him well both in the business world and on the football field.
  • Football to Play MIT in 2019 and 2020
    February 05, 2016
    Two of the top universities in the country will collide on the gridiron in a home-and home football series starting in 2019. The Carnegie Mellon University football program has reached an agreement to play MIT in 2019 and 2020. The initial game of the series will be played in Pittsburgh on September 7, 2019. The Tartans will then travel to Cambridge, Massachusetts for the return game on September 5, 2020.
  • Football Alum Joe Ferris Happy to Foster Real-World Experiences for Student-Athletes
    January 26, 2016
    For Joe Ferris (TPR’95, MBA’99) there are many reasons to stay connected to his alma mater, but maybe the most important one is the energy he feels as he walks amongst some of the brightest students in the nation. Ferris, a football alum, often returns to campus for Saturday football games, networking events or engagement opportunities with business classes.
  • 38 Carnegie Mellon Football Players Recognized on PAC Academic Fall Honor Roll
    January 21, 2016
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team landed 38 members on the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Academic Honor Roll for the Fall 2015 semester. For the second consecutive fall, the Tartans had the most football players honored amongst the 11 schools that sponsor football in the PAC. Of the 38, 12 maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during the first semester.
  • Football to Play Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in 2018 and 2019
    January 12, 2016
    The Carnegie Mellon University football program has reached an agreement to play Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in a home-and-home series for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The initial game of the agreement will be played in Pittsburgh on September 1, 2018. The Tartans will then travel to Claremont, California for the return game on September 14, 2019.
  • Four Football Players Named D3football.com All-America and ECAC All-Stars
    December 21, 2015
    Four members of the Carnegie Mellon University football team, senior center Andrew Garibaldi (Flemington N.J./Hunterdon Central), junior defensive end Brian Khoury (Davenport, Iowa/Bettendorf), sophomore running back Sam Benger (Hingham, Mass.) and sophomore safety Drew Fitzmorris (Omaha, Neb./Westside), were named 2015 D3football.com All-Americans when the team was announced prior to the 2015 Stagg Bowl in Salem, Virginia, Friday, December 18. All four landed a spot on the honorable mention team.
  • Khoury Named 2015 Cliff Harris Award Finalist
    December 18, 2015
    Junior defensive end Brian Khoury (Davenport, Iowa/Bettendorf) of the Carnegie Mellon University football team has been named a national finalist for the 2015 Cliff Harris Award, which is presented to the top small college defensive player in the nation. The finalist list was announced Thursday afternoon.
  • Benger Rakes In Another All-America Honor
    December 18, 2015
    Sophomore running back Sam Benger (Hingham, Mass.) of the Carnegie Mellon University football team received his second All-America honor within a week’s time when The Associated Press (AP) announced its Little All-America team late Thursday afternoon. The AP Little All-America team selects the best "small college" players in the country and includes players from Division II, III and NAIA.
  • Benger Named 2015 AFCA Division III Coaches’ All-American
    December 14, 2015
    Sophomore running back Sam Benger (Hingham, Mass.) of the Carnegie Mellon University football team received yet another accolade for the 2015 season. The sophomore headlined the 2015 AFCA Division III Coaches’ All-America Team announced today by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). Benger is one of two sophomores that were named to the 25-member squad and one of nine non-seniors.
  • Four Football Players Named to D3football.com All-South Region First Team
    December 08, 2015
    Four members of the Carnegie Mellon University football team were named to the D3football.com 2015 All-South Region First Team; senior center Andrew Garibaldi (Flemington N.J./Hunterdon Central), junior defensive end Brian Khoury (Davenport, Iowa/Bettendorf), sophomore running back Sam Benger (Hingham, Mass.) and sophomore safety Drew Fitzmorris (Omaha, Neb./Westside). The four were selected in balloting by South Region sports information directors and D3football.com staff and were chosen from 240 nominations by Division III South member schools.
  • Khoury and Benger Named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
    December 01, 2015
    Carnegie Mellon University junior defensive lineman Brian Khoury (Davenport, Iowa/Bettendorf) and sophomore running back Sam Benger (Hingham, Mass.) have been named to the 2015 Academic All-America Division III Football team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Tuesday, December 1. Both were named to the second team and are two of the 11 non-seniors selected of the 48 student-athletes to the first or second team with Benger the lone sophomore.
  • Benger, Khoury and Staff Receive Yearly UAA Football Honors
    November 24, 2015
    Two days following the Carnegie Mellon University football team’s victory in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Legacy Bowl, the Tartans placed 20 on the University Athletic Association (UAA) team. Heading the awards are running back Sam Benger (Hingham, Mass.) garnering Offensive Player of the Year, junior defensive lineman Brian Khoury (Davenport, Iowa/Bettendorf) as Defensive Player of the Year with the coaching staff, under the helm of 30th-year head coach Rich Lackner, receiving Coaching Staff of the Year honors. The Tartans finished the season with an 8-3 record while they claimed the school’s ninth UAA title. Of the 20 players selected, 11 Tartans garnered first-team accolades.
  • Offensive Line, Herrera and Fitzmorris Garner UAA Weekly Honors
    November 23, 2015
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team’s offensive line along with sophomore safety Drew Fitzmorris (Omaha, Neb./Westside) and senior Chris Herrera (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus) garnered weekly honors from the University Athletic Association (UAA) for their play in the Tartans’ 48-13 win over Bridgewater State University in the 2015 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Legacy Bowl. The line was named Offensive Athletes of the Week while Fitzmorris received the defensive award and Herrera the special teams accolade.
  • Tartans Win ECAC Legacy Bowl 48-13 Over Bridgewater State
    November 22, 2015
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team competed in the 2015 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Legacy Bowl and defeated the Bears of Bridgewater State University, 48-13. The game was held on the campus of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. The game marked the Tartans' fourth appearance in an ECAC Bowl game as the program holds a mark of 3-1 in bowl contests.
  • Tartans to Play Bridgewater State in ECAC Legacy Bowl
    November 18, 2015
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team will play Bridgewater State University (Mass.) in the 2015 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Legacy Bowl Championship Sunday, November 22. Kick is set for 12:00 p.m. on the turf at Arute Field on the campus of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut.
  • Schilling Named PAC Player of the Week; Comsa Joins as UAA Athlete of the Week Honoree
    November 17, 2015
    Following a 52-42 victory over Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and University Athletic Association (UAA) rival Case Western Reserve University in the 30th Annual Academic Bowl on Saturday, November 14, two Tartans were recognized with weekly accolades. Senior wide receiver Graham Schilling (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) was named PAC Offensive Player of the Week and UAA Athlete of the Week while senior linebacker Nico Comsa (Connellsville, Pa.) was honored with UAA Athlete of the Week distinction.
  • Benger Named PAC Offensive Player of the Year; Tartans Place 17 on All-PAC Team
    November 17, 2015
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team had 17 players receive All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) distinction for the 2015 season, announced by the conference office following voting by the league coaches on Tuesday, November 17. The Tartans landed four on the first team, including sophomore running back Sam Benger (Hingham, Mass.) who was named PAC Offensive Player of the Year. After starting the season 1-3, the Tartans won their last six regular season contests to finish with a mark of 7-3 overall and 6-2 in the PAC, tied for third.
  • Football Earns ECAC Bowl Bid
    November 16, 2015
    After finishing the regular season with a 7-3 overall record and winners of six straight, the Carnegie Mellon University football team was selected to play in the 2015 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Legacy Bowl Championship Sunday, November 22 against Bridgewater State University (Mass.). For the first time in ECAC Bowl history all six games will be played at a neutral site with Central Connecticut State University serving as hosts in New Britain, Connecticut. Kick is set for 12:00 p.m. on the turf of Arute Field.
  • Renna Receives Second Straight ECAC Special Teams Player of the Week Honor
    November 11, 2015
    Junior placekicker Gabe Renna (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) of the Carnegie Mellon University football team was named the Corvias Eastern Conference Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Region Special Teams Player of the Week. Renna earns the honor following his play in the Tartans’ 52-7 win over the University of Chicago this past weekend.
  • Football Hosts Case Western Reserve in 30th Annual Academic Bowl; Winner Owns Share of UAA Championship
    November 11, 2015
    The Carnegie Mellon University football will host Case Western Reserve University in the 30th Annual Academic for its final game of the season Saturday, November 14. The Tartans enter Saturday’s contest with a 6-3 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and 1-1 record in the University Athletic Association (UAA). Case Western Reserve is 7-2, 6-1 (PAC) and 1-1 (UAA).
  • Brittain Named UAA Football Defensive Athlete of the Week
    November 10, 2015
    Sophomore outside linebacker Kyle Brittain (Largo, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic) of the Carnegie Mellon University football team was named University Athletic Association (UAA) Defensive Athlete of the Week for his play in the Tartans’ 52-7 win over visiting University of Chicago Saturday, November 7.
  • Tartans Handle Chicago in 52-7 Victory
    November 07, 2015
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team finished with 563 yards of total offense, 302 by way of the ground, in a 52-7 victory over visiting University of Chicago on Saturday, November 7 in a University Athletic Association (UAA) contest. The 563 yards marked the fifth time this season the Tartans eclipsed the 500-yard mark while they improve to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in UAA play, maintaining a mark of 5-2 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC). Chicago is now 6-3 and 1-1 in the UAA.
  • Eight Football Players Named Academic All-District
    November 05, 2015
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team had eight members named to the Academic All-District football team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday, November 5. To be nominated for the award, a student-athlete must be a starter or significant reserve and maintain a GPA of 3.3 or better.
  • Tartans Host Chicago in UAA Contest
    November 04, 2015
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team will jump back into University Athletic Association (UAA) play on Saturday, November 7 when the Maroons of the University of Chicago travel to Pittsburgh. The Tartans are seeking their fifth straight victory while trying to snap a two-game skid to the Maroons after dropping a 28-7 contest in Chicago a year ago.
  • Three Tartans Earn Weekly Football Honors; Khoury Recognized Nationally
    November 03, 2015
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team had three players recognized for their play on the field in the Tartans’ 73-19 victory at Thiel College Saturday, October 31. Junior defensive lineman Brian Khoury (Davenport, Iowa/Bettendorf) landed a spot on the D3football.com Team of the Week as well as garnering defensive awards from the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) and University Athletic Association (UAA). Junior placekicker Gabe Renna (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) was named PAC Special Teams Player of the Week while sophomore running back Sam Benger (Hingham, Mass.) was named UAA Offensive Athlete of the Week.
  • Benger, Khoury and Renna Set Single-Season School Records as Football Wins at Thiel
    October 31, 2015
    Sophomore running back Sam Benger (Hingham, Mass.) and junior defensive lineman Brian Khoury (Davenport, Iowa/Bettendorf) both set single-season school records, as the Carnegie Mellon University football team defeated the Thiel College Tomcats, 73-19, on Saturday, October 31 in Greenville, Pa. The Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) win marks the Tartans fourth straight and moves their record to 5-3 and 5-2 in PAC play while Thiel is now 1-7, 0-6.
  • Football Takes Three-Game Winning Streak to Thiel
    October 28, 2015
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team will seek its fourth straight victory on Saturday, October 31 when the Tartans travel to Greenville, Pa., to play the Tomcats of Thiel College. The Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) matchup concludes the Tartans’ road schedule and kicks off at 7:00 p.m.
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