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Tech Football Sees Four Named to CSC Academic All-District Team

Tech Football Sees Four Named to CSC Academic All-District Team

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech football team saw four of its members named to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team Tuesday. Dante Basanese, Josh Cribben, Samuel Kinne and Marc Sippel earned the honors.

Basanese, a mechanical engineering major with a 3.8 GPA, competed in nine games for the Huskies this season. The Iron Mountain, Michigan, native posted 50 total tackles paired with a team-high three interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Cribben, a electrical engineering major holding a 3.75 GPA, was stellar in 10 games for Tech.

A native of De Pere, Wisconsin, Cribben averaged 1.2 tackles for loss per game for a team-high 14, totaling 47 yards. His ability to get to quarterbacks proved through ten games with two forced fumbles, which ranks fourth in the league and three sacks this season. 

Kinne, a chemical engineering major boasting a 3.82 GPA, earned second-team All-GLIAC (Defense) honorees and received the prestigious Jack H. McAvoy Award. The Metamora, Michigan, native amassed 62 total tackles in ten games. He had a season-high 13 tackles against Saginaw Valley State (Nov. 11) and accounted for three sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss. Kinne also had a fumble recovery in the season opener against Hillsdale, trekking 47 yards for a touchdown.

Sippel, a civil engineering major with a 3.72 GPA, earned second-team All-GLIAC (Defense) accolades. Hailing from Wausau, Wisconsin, Sippel racked up 93 total tackles to lead the team. He averaged 9.3 total tackles a game this season, which impressively ranks 16th nationally and runner-up in the GLIAC. Sippel also had two interceptions and eight tackles for loss. 

Academic All-District® honorees were considered for advancement to the CSC Academic All-America® ballot. Student-athletes selected as CSC Academic All-America® finalists are denoted with an asterisk and will advance to the national ballot to be voted on by CSC members. First-, second- and third-team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced Jan. 23, 2024.

The Division II and III CSC Academic All-America® programs are partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures to assist CSC with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2022-23 Divisions II and III Academic All-America® programs.