LANCASTER, PA -- The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has announced the selection of Franklin & Marshall College tightend Dan Houseman (Sr., Wyomissing, PA/Wyomissing) to the 2003 Academic All-America College Division District II Football first team.
In nine games to date in 2003, Houseman has 21 catches for 158 yards for an average of 17.5 yards per game. This year, he has had a breakout campaign as he caught four passes for 49 yards versus the #1 nationally ranked pass defense of Johns Hopkins University.
For his career, Houseman now has 23 catches for 178 yards in 20 games since being converted to tightend.
A former defensive lineman, Houseman was moved to tightend prior to the 2002 season to take advantage of his size (6-3, 225 lbs.) and blocking ability.
On the defensive line earlier in his career, Houseman started 10 games as a sophomore to finish with five tackles for loss of 22 yards, including three sacks for 20 yards, and concluded the season ranked second in the Conference with two fumbles recovered.
Overall, he has 43 tackles, four sacks for 26 yards, nine tackles-for-loss of 34 yards and two passes defended in his career.
Away from the field, Houseman is active in a number of activities as he serves as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee while serving as a tutor in genetics courses and doing research on the enzyme A4-lactate dehydroganase of the Antarctic fish C. gunnari.
A 2002 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Assistant, Houseman served as a genetics intern at the University of Pennsylvania this year and earned the 2002 Outstanding Entry award at the 2002 Franklin & Marshall College Fall Research Fair.
A 2002 & 2003 lab technician in the Franklin & Marshall College biology department, he serves as a volunteer at the Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center and has been honored on the 2001-2003 Centennial Conference Academic Honor Rolls.
The recipient of a John Marshall Scholarship, he is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med, Skull & Crown and Delphic Athletic Honor Societies, in addition to earning honors list in all six semesters of College.
He is the 19th F&M recipient to garner All-District II honors following safety Bill Stone' 03 who was named to the College Division All-District team last year. Further, he becomes the first tightend to earn the award and only the fourth offensive player following offensive linemen Gerald Gilfoyle '79 (1978) and Al Ciavardelli '82 (1981) and quarterback Rob Shepardson '84 (1982, 1983).
Overall, Houseman was one of six Centennial Conference players named to the first team, as Johns Hopkins running back Nate Raedel, offensive lineman Ryan Sheare, linebacker Jonas Nelson and Paul Longo and defensive lineman Paul Smith were also named to the illustrious squad.
The District II region includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Athletes named to the district team qualify for the national ballot, with the team announced on December 1.
2003 CoSIDA Academic All-America College Division District II Football Team (First Team)
QB Chris Edwards (Washington & Jefferson)
WR Nick Cushman (Albright)
WR Cory DeForrest (West Chester)
TE Dan Houseman (Franklin & Marshall)
RB John Kuhn (Shippensburg)
RB Nate Raedel (Johns Hopkins)
OL Patrick Brown (Juniata)
OL Jim Chaney (Westminster)
OL Mike Liberski (Wilkes)
OL Trevor Miller (Kutztown)
DB Matt Garner (Juniata)
DB Matt Meadows (Shepherd)
DB Jonas Nelson (Johns Hopkins)
DB Dan Roseum (Grove City)
LB Dan Holland (Mansfield)
LB Paul Longo (Johns Hopkins)
LB Matt Rapa (East Stroudsburg)
DL Louis Jamison (Slippery Rock)
DL Mike McQuillan (Mercyhurst)
DL Scott Patterson (College of New Jersey)
DL Paul Smith (Johns Hopkins)
P Aaron Polack (Allegheny)