NDSU football student-athletes receive academic recognition

NDSU football student-athletes receive academic recognition


Six Bison football players were named to the 2020 Hampshire Honor Society by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The latest members were announced April 15.

The society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career.

A total 1,432 players from 364 schools qualified for membership in the society’s 14th year. NDSU student-athletes who were recognized include linebacker Jaxon Brown, defensive tackle Jack Darnell, tight end Ben Ellefson, defensive tackle Cole Karcz, fullback Garrett Malstrom and defensive end Derrek Tuszka.

“We are pleased to honor another impressive group of athletes as part of this year’s Hampshire Honor Society,” said foundation president and CEO Steve Hatchell. “For more than a decade, the Hampshire Honor Society has served as 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.”

Nominated by their respective schools, society members must have:

  • Completed their final year of eligibility in 2019
  • Achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average throughout their undergraduate study
  • Met all NCAA- or NAIA-mandated progress towards degree requirements
  • Been starters or significant contributors during the 2019 season.

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