Haffner And Dambach Earn Spots On Academic All-Patriot League Team

04/15/2021 3:00 p.m.

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BETHLEHEM, PA. – Lehigh’s senior linebacker Pete Haffner and junior wide receiver Austin Dambach have been named to the Academic All-Patriot League team, which was announced on Thursday.

To qualify for the Academic All-Patriot League team, an athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20 and be a starter or key player in their sport. Freshmen or students in their first year of school at their school are not entitled to the award. The Football Academic All-Patriot League team has 12 student athletes for Spring 2021 and is elected by the league’s sports information directors.

Haffner is now a three-time winner of the Academic All-Patriot League, while Dambach received the Academic All-League award for the first time. Both student athletes were selected by CoSIDA Academic All-District in 2019.

Both Haffner and Dambach are financial majors. Dambach has a cumulative GPA of 3.95 while Haffner is 3.64. Both are perennial members of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and have made multiple Dean’s List appearances with GPAs better than 3.6. Dambach and Haffner both achieved a perfect 4.0 GPAs in the fall of 2020.

Last fall, Haffner was named a semi-finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which was awarded to the best athlete in college football.

Haffner started all three games on the field in spring 2021 and was one of Lehigh’s team captains. Haffner led Lehigh with 28 tackles, adding three tackles for the loss, a sack, and a fiddly recovery. He led a Mountain Hawk defense that led the Patriot League in the fewest allowed yards per game.

Haffner has 186 career tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and two interceptions in 33 career games.

Dambach led the Mountain Hawks at the reception, although he missed the spring opener against Holy Cross due to an injury. In two games, Dambach finished with eight receptions for 103 yards, averaging nearly 13 yards per catch.

For his career, Dambach has 48 catches for 580 yards and three touchdowns in 22 games.

Bucknell linebacker Rick Mottram was named Scholar Athlete of the Year.

2020-21 Patriot League Football Scholar Athlete of the Year – Rick Mottram, Bucknell, Sr., LB

2020-21 Academic All-Patriot League Football Team *

Rick Mottram, Bucknell, Sr., LB
Simeon Page, Bucknell, Sr., LB
Will Gruber, Colgate, Jr., DB / RS
Glenn Cunningham, Fordham, Sr. LB
Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham, Jr., LB
Nick Zakelj, Fordham, Sr., OL
Peter Oliver, Holy Cross, Jr., RB
John Burk, Lafayette, Sr., OL
Major Jordan, Lafayette, Sr., LB
Jeffrey Kordenbrock, Lafayette, Sr., PK / P.
Austin Dambach, Lehigh, Jr., WR
Pete Haffner, Lehigh, Sr., LB
* Additional players were selected due to differences in votes.

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