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Wadsworth and Carter named to 2016 NFF Hampshire Honor Society

Michael Wadsworth and Nate Carter were named to the 2016 NFF Hampshire Honor Society.

IRVING, Texas – BYU football players Michael Wadsworth and Nate Carter were named to the 2016 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society announced today by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.

The 2016 NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. A total of 868 players from 275 schools qualified for membership as the society celebrates its 10th year, setting a new record for the number of players honored during the history of the program.

“The number of colleges and universities who embrace the Hampshire Honor Society continues to increase each year,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Over the past 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.”

With two more selections this year, BYU has 41 total selections; leading all schools among FBS Division I programs since the program began in 2007.  Minnesota (38), Ohio State (37) and Army (36) follow BYU’s leading mark.

Wadsworth, a defensive back, started 12 of 13 games for the Cougars in 2015 and led the team in tackles with 79. He played in 39 games in his career at BYU and majored in exercise science with a minor in business management.

Carter played in 19 games at running back and on special teams during his BYU career. He posted 439 rushing yards on 84 carries, averaging 5.2 yards per carry with three touchdowns. Carter earned his degree in experience management while getting a minor in Mandarin Chinese.

BYU is one of 32 schools that have had at least one student-athlete recognized in each of the Hampshire Honor Society’s 10 years and just one of 10 FBS Division I programs. Other schools include: Austin Peay State, Baylor, Brown, Bucknell, Colorado, Columbia, Dayton, Huntingdon (Ala.), Iowa, Johns Hopkins (Md.), Kentucky, Lafayette, Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth, Montana, North Dakota, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Penn State, Purdue, Redlands (Calif.), Saint John’s (Minn.), SMU, South Dakota State, Wartburg (Iowa), Washington U. in St. Louis (Mo.), Wayne State (Mich.), West Virginia, Wingate (N.C.), Yale and Youngstown State.

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 who play football at the 775 colleges and universities with football programs nationwide.

Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include the following:

· Being a starter or a significant contributor in one’s last year of eligibility (or a senior who has declared for the NFL Draft) at an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university

· Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study

· Meeting all NCAA/NAIA-mandated progress towards degree requirements

Currently, the NFF distributes approximately $300,000 a year at the national level through the program to 12-15 individuals. Each recipient of an NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award receives an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. Additionally, the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and displayed at its official home inside the New York Athletic Club, is given to one member of each year's class as the absolute best. The winner of the Campbell Trophy, claimed by Academic All-American and All-Big 12 center Ty Darlington (Oklahoma) in 2015, receives a total scholarship of $25,000 and a 24-inch, 25-pound bronze trophy. Through its chapter network, the NFF also awards an additional $1 million to local high school student-athletes, bringing the NFF’s annual scholarship distribution total to more than $1.3 million.

The complete 2016 NFF Hampshire Honor Society

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