April 30, 2014

Eleven Butler Football Players Honored

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Eleven Butler senior football players have been honored with selection to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame 2014 Hampshire Honor Society, which was announced on Tuesday, April 29.  A total of 838 players from 267 schools qualified for membership, setting a new record for number of members in the society's eighth year.

Chosen to the Hampshire Honor Society from Butler were linebackers Bryce Barry and Thad Satre, running back Trae Heeter, tight ends Matt Jenson and Dylan Johnson, quarterbacks Matt Lancaster and Wade Markley, wide receiver Brendan Shannon and defensive backs Kevin Cook, Jimmy Schwabe and Jayme Szafranski.

To qualify for the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, a player must be a starter or significant reserve in his last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or NAIA college or university and have maintained a 3.2 cumulative grade point average.  Players must have met NCAA mandated progress toward degree requirements and graduation.

"We continue to raise the bar each year for the number of student-athletes who qualify for membership in the Hampshire Honor Society," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell in a release announcing the new members.  "The Hampshire Honor Society plays an important role in highlighting that college football players clearly play a leadership role in the classroom as well as on the playing field.  We congratulate each of these young men for their commitment to excellence."

Butler's total of 11 players honored was the most of any school in the Pioneer Football League (PFL), which had 37 total players recognized.  San Diego was second among PFL schools with eight players honored.

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 organizations leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 colleges and universities with football programs nationwide.  The initiative has honored 4,927 student-athletes since its inception in 2007.

The 11 Butler players honored this year helped the Bulldogs to a 9-4 final record, a co-title in the PFL and a first-ever berth in the NCAA Division I Football Championship in 2013.  The nine wins tied the second-highest total in school history, while the team's seven PFL victories matched the school record.  The league championship was Butler's second straight and third in five seasons.