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Lehigh football's Tennant earns multiple academic honors

The Lehigh mechanical engineer is the first Lehigh student to receive the FCS ADA Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award

Lehigh offensive lineman Micah Tennent '17 capped a great collegiate football career last fall, helping the Mountain Hawks rally for nine straight wins to finish the season, a Patriot League championship and a berth in the NCAA Division I playoffs.

As successful as the mechanical engineer's senior season was on the field, it was even better in the classroom.

Tennent became the first Lehigh student to win the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Athletic Directors Associate (ADA) Scholar Athlete of the Year award. Tennent is just the fourth Patriot League athlete to receive this honor.

"This award is a tremendous honor," Tennent said, "and I am grateful to join the elite group of student-athletes that have come before me. My career at Lehigh has been very rewarding, and I have been blessed to have learned so many critical lifelong lessons as a part of it."

To be nominated, a player needs to maintain at least a 3.20 GPA as an undergraduate and have been a key starter or player that year. The player must have been in at least his second year of athletics and academic standing at the school for which he played and have completed at least one full academic year at that school. The Ligonier, Pennsylvania native easily surpassed those benchmarks, starting all 12 games at left guard in 2016, and earning a 3.90 GPA as a mechanical engineering major.

"This experience has allowed me to refine my work ethic, competitiveness, and teamwork through the rigors of being a student-athlete at the FCS level,” Tennant said.

Tennant will receive the award next month at the FCS ADA Awards Ceremony in Orlando, Florida, along with a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship. He'll put that to use this fall as he returns to Lehigh to pursue a master's degree in structural engineering.

The other FCS ADA Scholar-Athlete of the Year was Wofford College's Anton Wahrby, also an offensive lineman. Wahrby earned a 3.83 GPA and will be headed to medical school in Sweden this fall.

“It is an honor to recognize two young men who are amongst the best and brightest college football student-athletes with the awarding of the 16th Annual FCS ADA Postgraduate Scholarships,” said Mark Wilson, FCS ADA President and director of athletics at Tennessee Tech University. “We look forward to seeing their continued success in their chosen fields and know they will make us proud.”

The FDS-ADA award was just one of several honors for Tennant during the 2016-17 school year. He was named to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's Hampshire Honor Society, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American first-team and was a CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-Patriot League team member this season. He was also the recipient of the Lehigh mechanical engineering and mechanics department's Ferdinand P. Beer Award. This honor is awarded to a student displaying excellence in the field of mechanics.

Tennant was a key member of a veteran offensive line for Lehigh that led the Patriot League in passing offense and ranked second in scoring offense and total defense. Lehigh averaged 534 yards and 45 points per game during its nine-game winning streak, including a 45-21 regular season-ending victory over archrival Lafayette.

Read the full story at the Lehigh Athletics News Center.

-Story contributions by Austin Vitelli '17 and the FCS-ADA.

May 18, 2017

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