Football: Mount Union's Hank Spencer Wins NCAA Elite 90 Award for Third Straight Season

Football: Mount Union's Hank Spencer Wins NCAA Elite 90 Award for Third Straight Season

SALEM, Va. -- Mount Union senior linebacker Hank Spencer (Greencastle, Ind./North Putnam) has been award the NCAA Elite 90 Award for a third straight year Thursday at the NCAA Division III Football Championship in Salem, Virginia.

The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 90 championships.

Spencer, a three-time team captain, is a Computer Science major with a 3.987 grade point average.  He graduated from high school early three years ago, enrolled at Mount Union in the spring of 2012. He completed his course work this past week to graduate and begins a job with Vodori a technology firm in Chicago after the first of the year.

On the field this season, Spencer has 62 tackles with a 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He was awarded the Gene Slaughter Award as the top linebacker in the Ohio Athletic Conference along with being an All-OAC and All-North Region first team selection.  He was the Academic All-American of the Year for NCAA Division III football and was the only NCAA Division III finalist for the Campbell Trophy as a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete.

In 2014, he was second on the team with 75 tackles and was named All-OAC First Team, All-North Region Second Team and a Capital One Academic All-American.

In 2013, Spencer played in 13 games and had 56 tackles with 5.5 tackles for loss as he earned All-OAC honorable mention and Capital One Academic All-District selection.

As a freshman, he started the final seven games for the national champion Purple Raiders in 2012 and was an All-OAC honorable mention pick.

Aside from Spencer the last three seasons, kicker Jay Carpenter won the award in 2009 and Miranda Stockton won the award for women's cross country in 2014.

The Elite 90, 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 90 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite-90.