Five Gophers Earn NFF Academic Honors

Go Gophers! Hawthorne was one of five Gopher honorees this year.
Go Gophers!
Hawthorne was one of five Gopher honorees this year.
Go Gophers!

April 29, 2014

Five seniors from the 2013 University of Minnesota football team have been recognized as members of the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society. Derrick Engel, Jake Filkins, Chris Hawthorne, Aaron Hill and Ed Olson all qualified for the 2014 class announced by the NFF and College Football Hall of Fame.

Each member of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above throughout his college career, and met NCAA-mandated progress toward a degree. To qualify, a student-athlete must also be a starter or significant contributor during his last year of football eligibility.

All five Gophers earning NFF recognition also earned Academic All-Big Ten status in the fall. In all, a record number of 838 student-athletes from 267 schools qualified for membership in the society’s eighth year. Since the inaugural year of 2007, 31 Golden Gophers have been honored with Hampshire Honor Society membership.

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's current National Scholar-Athlete program 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 more than 700 college and universities with football programs nationwide. The initiative has honored 4,927 student-athletes since its inception, and the program has experienced growth every year in either members or school participation since its launch in 2007.