(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – The Carnegie Mellon University football team had eight members named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District football team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). 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.
Carnegie Mellon is part of District 4 which is comprised of all Division III schools in the state of Pennsylvania. All eight honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced December 12.
Senior quarterback Alex Cline (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome), senior H-back Karl Kumm (Brick, N.J./Brick Township), junior defensive back Anthony Kennon (Lancaster, Mass./Nashoba Regional) and junior defensive lineman Michael Lohmeier (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale Central) are making their second straight appearance on the all-district team while the four others; senior running back Rory Hubbard (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula), senior defensive lineman Long Tran (Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township), junior defensive back Parker Mellott (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) and sophomore offensive lineman Matthew Grange (Summit, N.J./Summit) are being recognized for the first time.
Cline has thrown for 1,939 yards and 14 touchdowns this season and set the single-game passing record with 415 yards against nationally ranked Washington & Jefferson College earlier this season. The signal caller became the school's all-time passing leader for yards and completions this season and currently has thrown for 6,304 yards and completed 478 passes for his career. Cline has 52 career touchdowns and needs one to tie and two to take over the top spot for most touchdowns thrown in a career. Hubbard, who has been nagged by injuries all season, has rushed for 537 yards on 102 carries for an average of 5.3 yards per carry, which ranks fourth in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC). In the Tartans first game of the season at Rochester, he rushed for a career-best 190 yards on 20 carries. The senior also has nine kick returns this season for 256 yards including a school record 95-yard return for a score.
Grange has played a key part in blocking upfront for Hubbard and Cline while helping the offense reach the 503-yard mark at Washington & Jefferson while also compiling 450 yards in an overtime win at nationally ranked Case Western Reserve University. Grange has also led a line that ranks second in the PAC in sacks against, allowing 1.56 per game. Kumm also was a valuable blocker, who leads the team in receptions (38), receiving yards (523) and touchdowns (6). The senior has posted two games of 100 yards or more with a career-best 111 yards against Bethany.
On defense, Tran leads the team with 7.5 sacks while Lohmeier ranks second with 5.0, making Tran sixth and Lohmeier ninth in the PAC. The two are tied for the team lead with 10.0 tackles for a loss. Kennon leads the PAC with 15 passes defended and ranks fourth with four interceptions. The junior recorded two interceptions against Case Western Reserve including one in overtime to help secure the win. He currently ranks third on the team with 26 solo tackles and sixth with 38 total tackles. Mellott currently ranks sixth on the Tartans with 22 solo tackles and seventh with 35 total.
Cline carries a 3.72 GPA and is a business administration major. He is a member of Carnegie Mellon's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and was an analyst for Scottie Ventures. Cline has worked for IGS Energy as a solar intern and Berkeley Research Group as a summer associate. He studied abroad at the University of Granada in Spain following his freshman year and was awarded the Patricia Askwith-Kenner Summer Scholarship for his study abroad experience. Cline is the co-founder and treasure of the CMU College Republicans club.
Kumm is a finance major in the Tepper School of Business and carries a 3.68 GPA. Kumm has received PAC Academic honors and UAA Academic on three occasions. He has volunteered for the 1,000+ Service Day initiative at Carnegie Mellon and has worked as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst at Jefferies LLC and for Equity Research as a Summer Analyst at Robotti Securities & Company in New York. The senior has also studied a semester abroad at ICN Business School Artem in France.
Kennon has a 3.77 GPA and is a mechanical engineering major. He has made dean's list each of his semesters at Carnegie Mellon with a 4.0 GPA in the spring of 2017. Kennon continues to serve as a teacher's assistant in the physics department. He volunteers for the 1,000+ Service Day initiative at Carnegie Mellon and is a member of CMU Plaidvocates, a peer health and wellness advocacy program for athletes. Kennon also was a mechanical engineer intern for Sensata Technologies.
Lohmeier carries a 4.00 GPA as a business administration major and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America second team a year ago. Off the field, he has been a market research analyst for Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Chicago. This past summer Lohmeier worked as an Equity Research Analyst for Robotti Securities & Company in New York. He is an undergraduate analyst intern for Scottie Ventures and a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity where he has served as the philanthropy and fundraising chair. He is also a PAC honor roll and UAA All-Academic honoree.
Hubbard is a mechanical engineering & robotics major with a 3.93 GPA. The senior is a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar, which is undergraduate seniors who embody Carnegie Mellon's high standards of academic excellence, volunteerism, leadership and involvement in student organizations, athletics or the arts. They are selected each year by their deans and department heads to represent their class in service and leadership. Hubbard is a member of Carnegie Mellon's SAAC and a Student Athlete Academic Achievement Honoree in 2017. He has interned for Aerojet Rocketdyne and Marvin Engineering and is currently a research assistant for the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute.
Tran carries a 3.51 GPA as a mechanical and biomedical engineering major. Tran is a member of SAAC and Plaidvocates, volunteers with Special Olympics and has also been involved with the Lincoln Elementary tutoring program by Carnegie Mellon athletes where he visits weekly to assist students in math and science. Tran has worked as a Manufacturing Engineering intern for Oberg Medical, a Hot Mill Process Engineering intern for Nucor Steel and a Technical Engineering inter for PennDOT Materials Testing Lab.
Mellott carries a 4.00 GPA as a business administration major. He is the president of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, a member of the Tepper Finance Group and a member of the Carnegie Mellon Wall Street Club. The junior has been a Wealth Management intern at Merrill Lynch and worked as an Equity Research Analyst for Robotti Securities & Company in New York.
Grange also carries a 4.00 GPA and is a computer science major. Grange is the co-president of Alpha Sigma Phi Philanthropy and was a programming and development intern for Team Scotti. He is also a PAC honor roll and UAA All-Academic honoree.