July 9, 2013

Albright's Harding Named to Inaugural NCSA Athleader All-American Team

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Albright College football player JT Harding was one of just eight student-athletes in the nation to be named to NCSA Athletic Recruiting's 2013 Athleader All-American Team.

The Athleader All-American Team was chosen based upon nominations received from coaches, Sports Information Directors and Athletic Directors across the nation.

Only eight athletes were selected for the 2012-13 inaugural year of this award. To be chosen for the Athleader All-American Team, athletes must embody the characteristics of an Athleader; which is defined by not only excelling on the field, but by putting their team first, valuing their education and having a thirst for learning.

The "all-in" attitude of these players is made apparent through their all-out work ethic, as well as the legacy leave on the field, campus, and community. These athletes use these factors to lead by example and give back to empower others on their campus and in their community.

Harding, a redshirt senior for the upcoming fall, has been the definition of an Athleader during his time at Albright College. He is a two-year captain and was a 2012 national Division III semifinalist for the William Campbell Trophy (the NFF National Scholar-Athlete of the Year award). Harding redshirted the season after a knee injury and withdrew from consideration for the Campbell award, which is reserved for seniors in their final year of eligibility.

A business and marketing major, Harding has maintained a 3.68 GPA at Albright. He was also named to the Dean's List four times and the MAC Academic Honor Roll in both 2010 and 2011. He had a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring 2012 semester.

During his career at Albright, Harding has volunteered with the Reading Boys and Girls Club, as a youth football coach, and with the Brandywine Park clean-up project.

On the field, Harding is a starter at defensive tackle and has two career sacks. His major contributions have been as a long snapper however, where he has emerged as one of the best in the nation.

Harding won the starting long snapper job as a freshman, for the 2009 NCAA quarterfinalist squad that won a program-record 11 games. He has not had a kick blocked since sophomore year, and in three-plus seasons as long snapper, six different kicker/punters have combined for eight conference Player of the Week honors (one NCAA.com national award) along with three All-MAC, one All-ECAC and one All-Region selection.

NCSA is a team of over 300 former coaches and players that directly connect committed athletes with college coaches and scholarships. Over 91% of recruits - 50,000 in all - have gone on to play in college, earn scholarships, and set the stage for lifelong success on and off the field.

2012-13 NCSA Athleader All-American Team:

Danielle Langness Women's Soccer University of Evansville D-I
Colt Ryan Men's Basketball University of Evansville D-I
Bailey Vrazel Softball Texas Women's University D-II
Kelly Barzak Women's Volleyball, Women's Basketball Thiel College D-III
J.T. Harding Football Albright College D-III
Bernie Bachel Women's Cross County/Track & Field Jamestown College NAIA
James Jenson Baseball Menlo College NAIA
Hannah Dalle Women's Soccer Finger Lakes Community College NJCAA
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