ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy seniors Brian Ackerman, John Dowd and Aaron Santiago have been honored as members of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 2012 Hampshire Honor Society. The list is comprised of college football players from all divisions who were starters or significant contributors and maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 while completing their eligibility.
Dowd was a two-year starter and three-year contributor at both guard and tackle. He was a three-time Academic All-American and the first Navy football player to be named a two-time First-Team Academic All-American. He won an $18,000 NCAA postgraduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation and was a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the nation’s premier scholar-athlete in the sport of football. Dowd was also a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School and focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Dowd will graduate on Tuesday with a 3.91 grade point average in Mechanical Engineering. He had four different semesters where he earned a 4.0 grade point average, including the final semester of his senior year.
Santiago was a two-year starter, rushing for 467 yards and four touchdowns and catching 16 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns. After scoring two touchdowns in the season-opener of his senior campaign against Delaware, Santiago broke his arm against Western Kentucky and was thought to be out for the year. Instead, he missed just six games and returned to start in the final four games of the season. The Mids were 5-1 last fall in games that Santiago played and averaged 32.8 points per contest in those games. A systems engineering major, he will graduate on Tuesday with a 3.4 grade point average
Ackerman served as the long snapper on field goals and extra points for 38-consecutive games for the Midshipmen and was nearly flawless. The economics major will graduate on Tuesday with a 3.58 grade point average.