Fordham University Head Football Coach Joe Moorhead announced the signing of Ben Hartman to a letter of intent with Fordham for the 2014 season. He joins ten other signees to the Fordham Football program for 2014.
Hartman, a 6’5, 295-pound, native of Del Rio, Texas, was a four-year starter on the line at Del Rio High School where he played for head coach Frenchey McCrea. He was named to 2013 Class 5A Region IV Pre-Season Elite Team and was a second team 2013 All-District 29-5A Team selection at offensive tackle at season’s end. He was also named offensive lineman of the year and served as a team captain.
As a junior, Hartman was an All-America defensive end and also earned first team All-District defensive lineman, first team All-District tight end and defensive lineman of the year accolades. During his sophomore year, he was named All-State at defensive tackle, defensive tackle of the year, defensive MVP and defensive line captain, while as a freshman, Hartman received All-Conference honorable mention honors as well as being named defensive new comer of the year.
Hartman will be traveling in March to France to play as an All-American offensive tackle with team USA against Team Europe (U19) with Football Worldwide.
Moorhead, who enters his third season on Rose Hill and was an Eddie Robinson Award finalist as the NCAA FCS Coach of the Year for the past two seasons, led Fordham to a 12-2 record last fall and the Rams advanced to the second round of the NCAA FCS Championship for just the second time in school history.
Moorhead, the 2013 AFCA Regional Co-Coach of the Year, Patriot League Coach of the Year and a Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year finalist, led the Rams to unprecedented success in 2013, winning the first ten games of the year for the first time in school history and being ranked as high as fifth in the NCAA FCS polls, Fordham’s highest ever ranking on the FCS level. The Rams set a school record for most wins in a season in the modern era (since 1920) and accomplished a plethora of firsts, including the first win over an NCAA FBS team (Temple), the first win over a top-ten ranked NCAA FCS team on Jack Coffey Field (Villanova) and the school’s first ever home NCAA FCS championship win on Jack Coffey Field (Sacred Heart). For his accomplishments, Moorhead was named the 2013 Patriot League Coach of the Year.
A former Fordham quarterback, Moorhead and revamped the Rams’ offense, a unit that led the NCAA FCS in pass completion percentage (70.6%), was third in passing offense (360.9 yards/game) and total first downs (364), and seventh in total offense (515.3 yards/game) this fall.