May 2, 2014

Football: Mount Union's Kent and Maier Named to NFF Hampshire Society

IRVING, Texas -- Mount Union seniors James Kent (Rockville, Ind./Rockville) and Mike Maier (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) have been named to the Hampshire Honor Society by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.

Kent earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference second team honors as he played in all 15 games with 14 starts on the offensive line for the Purple Raiders.

Maier started all 15 games at safety and had 63 tackles and two interceptions for the nation's No. 2 rated defense and was also awarded scholar athlete award honors from the Northeast Ohio chapter of the National Football Foundation.

The Hampshire Honor 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 of 838 players from 267 schools qualified for membership in the society's eighth year, marking the highest school participation in the history of the program, which began in 2007.

"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. "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."

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. The 2014 class of 838 players represents a new high water mark for members, eclipsing the old record mark by 117 student-athletes.

Qualifications for membership to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include being a starter or significant substitute in one's last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, or an NAIA college or university. Additionally, student-athletes must achieve a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study and must meet all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements and graduation.

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