2019 Tartan Football News

  • Tartan Football Announces 2020 Incoming Class
    May 11, 2020
    Carnegie Mellon University Head Football Coach Rich Lackner has announced the Tartans 2020 recruiting class. The Tartans will welcome 32 newcomers that hail from 14 different states.
  • Pull Back the Plaid Curtain on Head Football Coach Rich Lackner
    April 21, 2020
    Get to know Head Football Coach Rich Lackner in this addition of "Pull Back the Plaid Curtain!"
  • Seven Carnegie Mellon Football Players Named to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society
    April 15, 2020
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team had seven student-athletes named to the 2020 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. An impressive 1,432 players from 364 schools qualified for membership in the society's 14th year.
  • Football Announces 2020 Captains
    April 09, 2020
    Head Coach Rich Lackner of the Carnegie Mellon University football team has announced the captains for the 2020 season. The four rising seniors, running back Luke Bikulege (Greer, S.C./St. Joseph's Catholic), offensive linemen Bram Miller (Colgate, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran), inside linebacker Mason Tolliver (Sylmar, Calif./Crespi) and outside linebacker Danny Zahniser (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) were voted captains by the Tartan football program.
  • Kennon Awarded Prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
    February 25, 2020
    Carnegie Mellon University football senior Anthony Kennon (Lancaster, Mass./Nashoba Regional) has been selected to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for excelling academically and athletically while showing leadership and commitment to the community. Each sports season there are 21 scholarships available for men and 21 scholarships available for women across all three NCAA divisions.
  • Football Hires Ben Gibboney as Defensive Coordinator
    February 20, 2020
    Ben Gibboney has been named the defensive coordinator for the Carnegie Mellon University football program, and will begin his role next month. Gibboney, who has been part of the Tartans’ staff as the defensive backs coach since 2015, replaces longtime Tartan defensive coordinator Terry Bodnar, who announced his retirement in November after 36 years with the program. Bodnar spent 34 years as defensive coordinator.
  • 51 Carnegie Mellon Football Players Recognized on PAC Academic Fall Honor Roll
    January 21, 2020
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team landed 51 members on the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Academic Honor Roll for the Fall 2019 semester. For the sixth consecutive fall, the Tartans had the most football players honored amongst the 11 schools that sponsor football in the PAC. Of the 51, 19 maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during the first semester.
  • Banner Fall for Student-Athletes in the Classroom
    January 08, 2020
    It was a memorable fall for the Carnegie Mellon Athletics Program, as five of six fall teams advanced to postseason play, the basketball and swimming and diving teams got off to great starts, and the women’s golf team earned a number one national ranking. Four teams competed in the NCAA postseason, including the women’s soccer team’s run to the national semifinals, and the Tartans once again finished the fall 16th in the Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings. On top of the competitive success, 104 student-athletes achieved 4.0 grade-point averages (GPA) and more than 60 percent of the student-athletes earned a 3.50 GPA or better.
  • Lohmeier named PAC SAAC Scholar Athletes for November
    December 19, 2019
    Senior Michael Lohmeier was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athlete of the Month for November.
  • Lohmeier and Mellott Repeat on CoSIDA Academic All-America Football Team
    December 11, 2019
    Senior defensive end Michael Lohmeier (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and senior safety Parker Mellott (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) of the Carnegie Mellon University football team were honored with first-team selections to the 2019 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Division III Football Team.
  • Lohmeier and Nguyen Named to D3football.com All-South Region Team
    December 10, 2019
    Senior defensive end Michael Lohmeier (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and sophomore placekicker Brandon Nguyen (Maitland, Fla./Lake Highland Preparatory) of the Carnegie Mellon University football team were named to the D3football.com 2019 All-South Region team. Both land a spot on the third-team, as they were selected in balloting by South Region sports information directors and D3football.com staff. This marks the sixth straight season the Tartans have had at least one player receive the accolade.
  • 62nd National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner to be Broadcast on ESPN3
    December 09, 2019
    The 2019 National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame's 62nd Annual Awards Dinner, where Carnegie Mellon University senior defensive end Michael Lohmeier (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale Central) will be recognized as a NFF Scholar-Athlete, will be streamed live on ESPN3 available everywhere via the ESPN app. The decorated event, which has one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports, will be held Tuesday, December 10 at the New York Hilton Midtown in downtown New York City with the live stream beginning at 8:30 p.m.
  • Tartans Close Season in ECAC Scotty Whitelaw Bowl
    November 23, 2019
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team hosted Brevard College in the 2019 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Scotty Whitelaw Bowl on Saturday. The Tartans dropped a 42-28 contest to the Tornados.
  • Knight Named to D3football.com Team of the Week; Receives PAC Weekly Defensive Honors
    November 19, 2019
    Carnegie Mellon University sophomore Sean Knight (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) was recognized nationally on the D3football.com Team of the Week and also was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Defensive Athlete of the Week. Knight garners the honors following his play Saturday in the Tartans’ 24-21 win over previously undefeated and 20th-ranked Case Western Reserve University in the 34th Annual Academic Bowl on Saturday.
  • Football Places 14 on All-PAC Team
    November 19, 2019
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team had 14 members earn All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) distinction, announced by the conference office following voting by the league coaches on Tuesday. The Tartans place five on the first team and one on the second team while seven were tabbed honorable mention with one named to the sportsmanship team.
  • Football Earns ECAC Bowl Bid - Tartans to Play Brevard
    November 18, 2019
    After finishing the regular season with an 8-2 overall record, the Carnegie Mellon University football team was selected to play in the 2019 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Scotty Whitelaw Bowl Championship on Saturday, November 23 against Brevard College.
  • Tartans Win 34th Annual Academic Bowl with 24-21 Victory Over #20 Case Western Reserve
    November 16, 2019
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team hosted Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) rival Case Western Reserve University in the 34th Annual Academic Bowl on Saturday. The Tartans defeated the 20th-ranked Spartans 24-21, as Case Western Reserve’s Robertson Albrecht’s 43-yard field goal attempt as time expired hit the crossbar and bounced out which led to the Tartans second straight Academic Bowl victory.
  • Eight Football Players Named CoSIDA Academic All-District
    November 14, 2019
    For the second straight season, the Carnegie Mellon University football team had eight members named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Football Team on Thursday. To be nominated for the award, a student-athlete must be a starter or significant reserve and maintain a GPA of 3.3 or better.
  • Nguyen Named to D3football.com Team of the Week; Receives PAC Weekly Special Teams Honors
    November 12, 2019
    Carnegie Mellon University sophomore placekicker Brandon Nguyen (Maitland, Fla./Lake Highland Preparatory) was recognized nationally on the D3football.com Team of the Week and also was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Special Teams Athlete of the Week following his play Saturday in the Tartans’ 20-14 win over Westminster College.
  • Defense and Special Teams Propel Tartans to 20-14 Win Over Westminster
    November 09, 2019
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team hosted the Westminster College in Presidents’ Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon and handed the Titans a 20-14 defeat. The win moves Carnegie Mellon to 7-2 overall and 6-2 in PAC play while Westminster is now 6-3, 5-3.
  • Longtime Defensive Coordinator Terry Bodnar Announces Retirement
    November 01, 2019
    Carnegie Mellon defensive coordinator Terry Bodnar has announced his retirement after 36 years at the university, effective June 30.
  • Lohmeier Named William V. Campbell Trophy Finalist
    October 30, 2019
    Selected as the best and brightest from the college gridiron, from a nationwide pool of 185 semifinalists among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA, The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that Carnegie Mellon's senior defensive end Michael Lohmeier (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale Central) is one of 12 finalists for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Mazda. The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership. Lohmeier is the lone Division III representative and is joined by Alex Goettl of Minnesota State University - Mankato as the only non-Division I honorees.
  • Two-sport Athlete Revives Fishing Club
    October 29, 2019
    Many student-athletes at Carnegie Mellon University have been able to transfer their leadership skills from athletics to other organizations on campus. A two-sport athlete in football and men’s track and field, sophomore Jimmy Nguyen is the president of the fishing club at Carnegie Mellon. Fishing is a passion he has had since a trip to his local lake, near his home in California, at the age of seven.
  • 105 Carnegie Mellon Student-Athletes Earn Fall Academic Honors
    October 29, 2019
    A total of 105 Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes were named to the University Athletic Association’s (UAA) All-Academic Recognition list for the fall sports teams, as announced Tuesday, October 29.
  • Football Overpowers Thiel on Homecoming
    October 26, 2019
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team hosted the Thiel Tomcats in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) contest on Homecoming Saturday and downed the Tomcats 40-7. The Tartans are now 6-2 overall and 5-2 in PAC play while the Tomcats are 0-8, 0-7.
  • Tartans Late Surge Not Enough at Bethany
    October 19, 2019
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team traveled to Bethany College on Saturday and fell 23-19 after outgaining the Bison 138-3 in total offense in the fourth quarter. The Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) setback moves the Tartans record to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in PAC play while Bethany is now 3-4, 3-3.
  • Brian Khoury, 2017 Graduate, Drafted by DC Defenders of the XFL
    October 16, 2019
    Carnegie Mellon University 2017 graduate Brian Khoury has been selected by the DC Defenders of the XFL. Khoury was selected as a defensive end in the second round of the open phase of the XFL Draft.
  • Lohmeier Named to D3football.com Team of the Week; Receives PAC Weekly Defensive Honors
    October 15, 2019
    Carnegie Mellon University senior Michael Lohmeier (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale Central) was recognized nationally on the D3football.com Team of the Week and also was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Defensive Athlete of the Week following his play Saturday in the Tartans’ 24-3 win over Waynesburg University.
  • Strong Second Half Lifts Tartans Over Waynesburg in 8th Annual Cindy Lackner Memorial Game
    October 12, 2019
    The Carnegie Mellon University football team entertained Waynesburg University in the Eighth Annual Cindy Lackner Memorial game on Saturday night and walked away with a 24-3 victory on the turf at Gesling Stadium. Carnegie Mellon is now 5-1 overall and 4-1 in Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) play. Waynesburg moves to 1-5 and 1-4.
  • Tran Overcomes Setback, Engineers Final Year of Football, Master's Degree
    October 07, 2019
    Heart surgery couldn't sack Long Tran. Tran, a defensive end for the Carnegie Mellon University Tartans, returned to the starting lineup last year after sitting out the 2017 season following heart surgery to stop premature ventricular contractions, or extra, abnormal heartbeats. He recorded 39 tackles, including 7.5 sacks in his comeback season.
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