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Photo ID - (left to right): Harry Beaudet, Mike Wentz, Frank Rubino, Frank Lisante, Chris Popper, Casey Dillon, Bill Kushner, Jean Collado, Jay Accorsi

GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University Brown and Gold Gridiron Club honored six football players for their academic achievements at a ceremony on Thursday, August 26.

The ceremony took place in the lobby of the University’s Science Hall.  The awards were created by alumni Bill Kushner ’50 and Harry Beaudet ’50 to honor student-athletes on the football team that have accumulated a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.  Each player was given a cross pen with a gold helmet and Rowan embossed on the barrel as a symbol of academic excellence.

The honorees included: offensive lineman Jean Collado (so. Egg Harbor Twp., NJ/Egg Harbor Twp.), safety Casey Dillon (so. Northfield, NJ/Mainland Reg.), offensive lineman Frank Lisante (so. Caldwell, NJ/Caldwell), defensive end Chris Popper (so. Egg Harbor Twp., NJ/Holy Spirit), cornerback Frank Rubino (so. Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery) and offensive lineman Mike Wentz (so. Woodstown, NJ/Woodstown).


Collado and Dillon are majoring in health and exercise science with 3.648 and 3.358 GPAs respectively.  Lisante has a 3.074 GPA in athletic training.  Popper is a law and justice major with a 3.492 GPA, while Rubino is majoring in health and exercise science with a GPA of 3.121.  Wentz has compiled a 3.648 GPA in history.