5 Titans earn Honor Society commendation

Ash, Hecker, Kasper, Kintz and Summers

Mike Johrendt, Sports Editor

Certain graduated members of the UW Oshkosh football team earned academic honors and entrance into the 2018 class of the National Football & Foundation Hampshire Honor Society.

Former Titans who were members of this class include Beau Ash, Dylan Hecker, Brett Kasper, Stephen Kintz and Ty Summers. All five graduates maintained, at minimum, a 3.2 cumulative GPA throughout their respective careers.

The report, which came out yesterday, included over 1,250 athletes from all levels of NCAA football from a record-tying 302 schools. From the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, UW-Stout led all conference teams with eight inductees, with UW-Whitewater having four and UW-Stevens Point two.

In Ash’s career, he played in at least 10 games all four seasons, leading to a total of 49 career games. He also graduated with a 3.257 GPA as a special education major.

On 107 attempts, Ash rushed for 507 yards and four touchdowns, equaling out to an average of 4.7 yards per carry. In 2016, Ash had 16 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown, with a career-high 10 carries and 88 yards against Finlandia University.

For Hecker, he ended his Titan career having earned All-WIAC First Team honors his last two years and with a 3.419 GPA in human services. He had over 100 rushing attempts all four years, including his freshman campaign when he only played in eight contests.

Hecker’s 3,582 total rushing yardage mark puts him second all-time in the UWO record books behind Andy Moriarty, who amassed 4,496 during his 2003-2007 career as a Titan. Hecker bested Moriarty in the rushing touchdown category, as Hecker’s 62 TDs were far more than Moriarty’s 41.

Holding the records of most career passing yards and touchdowns, Kasper left behind a legacy that helped bring UWO football to the brink of a national championship and many playoff victories.

Kasper’s career marks of 9,786 passing yards and 89 TDs across 50 games contributed to his many accolades he received, including winning the 2017 Gagliardi Trophy, the Heisman Trophy of Division III football.

After finishing with a 3.375 GPA and a degree in supply chain management, Kasper is moving on to play professionally, as he recently signed a contract with the Nürnberg Rams of the German Football League 2.

For both Kintz and Summers, their contributions were not necessarily seen in the stat box, but were felt throughout the University.

Kintz only played in 10 career games as a defensive back, all in his senior season. He had 11 total tackles, including seven solo. He finished his UWO career with a 3.249 GPA as a kinesiology major.

As an offensive lineman, Summers helped pave the way for some of the most potent offensive outputs in UWO history, and he earned AP Little All-America, all-conference and all-region awards for his performance in 2017. Summers majored in kinesiology and graduated with a 3.282 GPA.