WALTHAM, Mass. – Eight former Bentley University football players, all members of the Class of 2018, were recently named to the 2018 Hampshire Honor Society by the National Football Foundation for their success in the classroom.
They were linebacker Vinny Banek (Clark, N.J./Arthur L. Johnson HS), running back Martin Bannerman Jr. (Pawtucket, R.I./La Salle Academy), linebacker Rogers Boylan (Dover/Dover-Sherborn HS), defensive lineman Dan Catalano (North Reading/Austin Prep HS), defensive lineman Andrew Crane (Amherst, N.H./Lawrence Academy, holder KC Horton (Guilford, Conn./Guilford HS), linebacker Joey Piatnik (Bethel, Conn./Bethel HS) and defensive back Michael Reitsch (Rockford, Ill./Guilford HS)
Requirements for earning Hampshire Honor Society recognition are achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, completing their collegiate eligibility during the 2017 season and being a starter or important reserve.
Bentley's eight honorees were tied for the fourth most nationally in Division II with coach Bill Kavanaugh's team trailing only Ashland University (10), Shippensburg University (10) and Ferris State University (9).
Banek was in on 60 tackles, fourth most on the team, with 1.5 tackles for losses and two forced fumbles. Bannerman, Jr. saw action in nine games and rushed for 320 yards and five TDs. Boylan was fifth among Falcon linebackers in tackles, finishing with 40, along with five tackles for losses. Catalano's final season included 29 tackles and six for losses.
Crane had 21 tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery. Horton helped Bentley make 9 of 11 field goals and 31 of 32 extra points. Piatnik provided the Falcons with 35 tackles and five tackles for losses, and Reitsch was in on eight tackles.
Majors included corporate finance and accounting for Banek, finance for Horton, marketing for Piatnik and managerial economics-marketing for Reitsch. The other four all majored in economics-finance.
Bentley finished the 2017 season with a 6-4 record.