LANCASTER, PA -- Franklin & Marshall College tightend Dan Houseman (Sr., Wyomissing, PA/Wyomissing) has been awarded a 2004 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Postgraduate Scholarship.
He is the 13th student-athlete in school history to be awarded the prestigious scholarship joining Frank DeGenova '69 (football), Robert Olender '73 (football), Eric Holmboe '81 (track & cross-country), Catherine Prinz '82 (swimming), Robert Shepardson '83 (football), Robert Belser '87 (tennis), Todd Marshall '92 (baseball), Trish Vos '94 (volleyball), Jerome Maiatico '00 (basketball), Emily Green '02 (volleyball), Keith Hamilton '02 (track & field) and Luke Oeding '03 (track & field).
A 2003 All-Centennial Conference honorable mention selection, he caught 23 passes for 169 yards on the year and reeled in a one-yard toss from tailback Scott Stephen for the game winning touchdown versus Gettysburg in the final game of the season.
His performance tied for the most single season receptions by a tightend in Franklin & Marshall College history as he equaled two-time All-CC first team selection Andy Gilburg '01.
The only Centennial Conference fall athlete to earn a Postgraduate Scholarship, he had a breakout game at Johns Hopkins University as he caught four passes for 49 yards versus the #1 nationally ranked pass of the Blue Jays in only his sixteenth game after being converted from defensive line to tightend at the conclusion of the 2001 season.
A solid blocker, he did not allow a sack and concluded the year ranked 10th in the Conference in receptions per game with 2.88 per contest. Notably, he was the only tightend to rank in the top 15 in the Conference in receptions.
For his career, Houseman finished with 25 catches for 189 yards in 20 games since being converted to tightend.
A former defensive lineman, Houseman was moved to tightend prior to the 2002 season to take advantage of his size (6-3, 225 lbs.) and blocking ability.
On the defensive line earlier in his career, Houseman started 10 games as a sophomore to finish with five tackles for loss of 22 yards, including three sacks for 20 yards, and concluded the season ranked second in the Conference with two fumbles recovered.
Overall, he finished his four-year career with 43 tackles, four sacks for 26 yards, nine tackles-for-loss of 34 yards and two passes defended.
Away from the field, Houseman is active in a number of activities as he serves as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee while serving as a tutor in genetics courses and doing research on the enzyme A4-lactate dehydroganase of the Antarctic fish C. gunnari.
A 2002 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Assistant, Houseman served as a genetics intern at the University of Pennsylvania this year and earned the 2002 Outstanding Entry award at the 2002 Franklin & Marshall College Fall Research Fair.
A 2002 & 2003 lab technician in the Franklin & Marshall College biology department, he serves as a volunteer at the Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center and has been honored on the 2001-2003 Centennial Conference Academic Honor Rolls.
The recipient of a John Marshall Scholarship, he is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med, Skull & Crown and Delphic Athletic Honor Societies, in addition to earning honors list in all seven semesters of College.
A 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-America selection, he becomes the sixth F&M football player named to the national team as both punter Jon Bushey '97 (1996) and defensive back Dan Warchol '99 (1998) were named to the second team, while defensive back Joe Fry '79 (1977, 1978) and punter Mark Rowand '02 (2001) received first team recognition.
To advance to the national ballot, he became the 19th F&M recipient to garner All-District II honors following safety Bill Stone '03 who was named to the College Division All-District team last year. Further, he became the first tightend to earn All-Region honors and only the fourth offensive player following offensive linemen Gerald Gilfoyle '79 (1978) and Al Ciavardelli '82 (1981) and quarterback Rob Shepardson '84 (1982, 1983).
Houseman's selection marked the 34th time an F&M student-athlete garnered Academic All-America national recognition, as there have been 13 third team, 14 second team and seven first team selections. Overall, 23 individuals have earned Academic All-American honors while competing for Franklin & Marshall College since 1977.
This year, the NCAA has awarded 58 postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each to 29 men and 29 women who participated in winter sports during the 2003-04 academic year.
In addition to the fall sport honorees, the NCAA also awards 116 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in winter and spring sports in which the NCAA conducts championships (or sponsors as an emerging sport), for a total of 174 postgraduate scholarships annually.
To qualify for a NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) or its equivalent and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.
Nomination forms are sent to faculty athletics representatives for fall sports in September, for winter sports in late November and for spring sports in February. Selections are made three times each academic year. The application must be submitted during the appropriate seasonal category for the sport. Candidates are screened by one of seven regional selection committees and the winners are selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.
For more information about the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program, go to www.ncaa.org and click on Education/Outreach.