IRVING, Texas -- Five Mount Union Football Players -- Mike Furda (Wintersville/Indian Creek), Mason Minnich (Ashland/Crestview), Logan Nemeth (McBain, Mich./McBain), Nick Rodriguez (Macedonia/Nordonia) and Hank Spencer (Greencastle, Ind./North Putnam) have been named to the Hampshire Honor Society by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.
The 2016 NFF 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 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 in the history of the program, which began in 2007.
Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:
- 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.
Furda was an All-American defensive lineman who had 50 tackles and 12.5 sacks last season. He is a Mechanical Engineering major with a 3.25 grade point average.
Minnich played in all 15 games this past season as a running back and on special teams. He rushed for 172 and is a Sport Business major with a 3.23 grade point average.
Logan Nemeth was an All-American running back who ran for 1,957 yards with 29 touchdowns. An Academic All-OAC selection, he is an Accounting major with a 3.54 grade point average.
Nick Rodriguez started all 15 games at defensive back and 32 tackles on his way to All-OAC Second Team honors. An Academic All-OAC and Northeast Ohio National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete, he is a Biology major with a 3.31 grade point average.
Hank Spencer was an All-American that won the OAC's Gene Slaughter Award given to the conference's top linebacker as he had 67 tackles last season. A member of the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Class, Spencer was the Divsion III Football Academic All-American of the Year and the NCAA Elite 90 winner with the highest GPA at a national championship event. He graduated this past December with a degree in Computer Science with a 3.99 grade point average.
All five of these players helped lead Mount Union to a record 27th Ohio Athletic Conference title and 12th NCAA Division III National Championship.