Utah State football had three players named to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame's 2019 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers.
An all-time high of 1,643 players from a record 424 schools qualified for membership in the society's 13th year. The three Aggies are among 34 student-athletes from the Mountain West to make the list.
Seniors Roman Andrus, Jontrell Rocquemore and Jake Templeton were all recognized for their academic and athletic efforts. All three players will graduate from Utah State this spring. Andrus will receive his bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in chemistry, Rocquemore will receive dual bachelor’s degrees in sociology and political science with a law and society area studies certificate and Templeton will receive his bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in criminal justice.
Throughout his career, Rocquemore earned academic all-conference honors all four years, while Andrus was recognized twice for academic success after transferring to USU from a junior college.
“We are pleased to see another record number of athletes honored by the Hampshire Honor Society this year,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “For more than a decade, it has become a powerful vehicle for schools to recognize their college football players who have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically, and we congratulate the schools and each of these young men for their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives.”
To qualify for the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, student-athletes must be in their final year of eligibility, maintain a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and meet all NCAA-mandated progress toward their degree requirements.
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's National Scholar-Athlete program by greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization's leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes at the 778 colleges and universities with football programs nationwide.
The 1,643 players honored in 2019 set a record, eclipsing the previous mark of 1,274 honorees in 2018. The 424 schools represented breaks the previous mark of 308 set in 2018.
The initiative has now honored 10,660 student-athletes since its inception, and the program has experienced growth every year in either members or school participation since its launch in 2007.
Jon F. Hanson, the chairman and founder of The Hampshire Companies, provided the endowment to launch the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2007. He made the contribution as part of his legacy to the organization after serving as NFF Chairman from 1994-2006. He currently serves the organization as chairman emeritus. Each player awarded with membership in this year's Honor Society will receive a certificate commemorating his or her achievement.Comment on this story
“It was my great privilege to endow the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which has greatly increased the number of college student-athletes the NFF has been able to recognize during the past 13 years,” said Hanson. “Nationwide there are thousands of football players excelling in the classroom, and they are going on to become great leaders. The NFF Hampshire Honor Society continues to grow and allows us to shine a light on their hard work.”
“We have honored more than 10,000 student-athletes in the last 13 years thanks to Jon Hanson's generosity,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “We are grateful for his passionate belief in the scholar-athlete ideal, and the Hampshire Honor Society allows us to showcase the names of tomorrow's leaders while inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps.”