Former NPHS player named All-District
Mount Union senior linebacker Hank Spencer (Greencastle/North Putnam) was named Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Spencer advances to the Academic All-American ballot.
Spencer is a computer science major with a 3.99 grade point average. He graduated from high school early four years ago, enrolled at Mount Union in the spring of 2012.
He is one of 12 nationwide finalist for the Campbell Trophy, the top scholar athlete award in college football, and has already earned an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.
On the field, Spencer is third on the team in tackles this season for a No. 1 ranked team that is NCAA Division III's top rated overall defense.
A season ago, he was an All-Amercian, an Academic All-American, an All-OAC First Team and All-North Region Second Team pick.
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 in 2012, he started the final seven games for the national champion Purple Raiders and was an All-OAC honorable mention pick.
He is a two-time winner of the NCAA Elite 89 award, which goes to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average at a national championship event.
A two-time team captain, he has aided in a variety of leadership and community service that include Trick or Treat with the Raiders, Habitat for Humanity and Rodman Public Library.
To be selected Academic All-District, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve with at least a 3.30 grade point average. Academic All-District First Team selections advance to the national Academic All-American ballot.
Sports Information Directors within a district vote for the Academic All-District teams with members of the CoSIDA Academic All-American committee voting on the national ballot. District VII includes every NCAA Division III institutions in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.