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Craig Needhammer is not your typical college running back. That makes

him the perfect fit for Lycoming College.

There’s no doubt that Needhammer stacks up with the best of them in the

speed department. As a sophomore in 2011, he sprinted for a 61-yard

touchdown against Lebanon Valley College to clinch a 21-13 win. It

may have been the longest run of his career, but it is just one of

many highlights, as the senior entered his final season with the

Warriors needing just three more rushing touchdowns to tie

the school record of 29.

Needhammer, who entered his senior season

within shouting distance of the school’s career

records for rushing yards, 100-yard rushing

games, all-purpose yards, and total points

scored, knew early on that Lycoming’s

football program was a place where he

would feel comfortable.

“Coach Clark was very straight-forward with me

and very honest (during recruiting),” Needhammer

said. “You could tell that the coaches cared about

their players and that they were more than just

numbers on the field.”

It’s not just on the field where the running back

excels, as he has also worked to become special in the

classroom. He admits that he was not a great student in

high school, especially in math, where he struggled with

his placement exam at Lycoming College. However, he

is quick to thank his advisor, Dr. Christopher Kulp, who

made sure that Needhammer’s goals were reached.

Three years later, the physics major earned

Capital One Academic All-District

honors and he was inducted into the

Sigma Pi Sigma honor society for

physics as a junior. As a senior, he has

his eyes on more academic honors.

Needhammer said he would like to earn

an induction into the Kappa Mu Epsilon

mathematics honor society.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Needhammer said.

“When I got into the Physics Honor Society, I

thought ‘Wow.’ In high school, I never dreamed I’d be

an academic honor society. Coming from a high school

where I wasn’t in an honor society to having a chance to

be in two - it’s pretty cool.”



“You could tell

that the coaches

cared about

their players and

that they were

more than just

numbers on the




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