Mount Union's Hank Spencer Wins NCAA Elite 89 Award

Hank Spencer (Photo by JT Higgins)

SALEM, Va. -- Mount Union sophomore linebacker Hank Spencer (Greencastle, Ind./North Putnam) has been award the NCAA Elite 89 Award Thursday at the NCAA Division III Football Championship in Salem, Virginia.

The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships.

Spencer is a Computer Science major with a 4.0 grade point average.  He graduated from high school early two years ago, enrolled at Mount Union in the spring of 2012 and has had a perfect 4.0 for five consecutive semesters.

On the field, he started the final seven games for the national champion Purple Raiders in 2012 and came back this season to be elected team captain by his teammates.  He has started 12 games this season with 49 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and six pass breakups as top ranked Mount Union plays No. 5 ranked UW-Whitewater Friday night at 7 pm at the Stagg Bowl for the national championship.

The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. 

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

For more information on the Elite 89 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite89.

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