HANOVER, N.H. — The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the members of the 2018 NFF Hampshire Honor Society today, and Dartmouth had 11 of its student-athletes selected for inclusion. That total was nearly double the Big Green’s previous largest class, and made Dartmouth one of just 18 schools to have at least 10 honorees, a group that included two other Ivy League schools — Brown and Yale.
The 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. An all-time high of 1,251 players from a record-tying 302 schools qualified for membership in the society’s 12th year. The student-athletes must have been a starter or a significant substitute in their last year of eligibility and meet all NCAA- (or NAIA-) mandated progress towards degree requirements and graduation.
The Dartmouth honorees are:
|Colin Boit||S||Economics modified with Mathematics||3.27|
|Jeremiah Douchee||DL||African-American Studies||3.31|
|Charlie Pontarelli||DL||Earth Sciences||3.25|
|David Smith||PK||Sociology modified with Economics||3.21|
|Ryder Stone||RB||Environmental Studies||3.33|
The Hampshire Honor Society represents a powerful component in the organization's rich history as an innovator in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal. Launched in 1959 with a donation from Hall of Fame coach (and Dartmouth head coach from 1934-40) Earl “Red” Blaik, the NFF's National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, became the first initiative in history to grant postgraduate scholarships based on a player's combined academic success, football performance and community leadership. And, since its inception, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program has awarded $11.3 million to 841 top scholars and community leaders.
Spring practice opened yesterday for Dartmouth and will conclude with the Green-White game on Saturday, May 5.
Note: Dartmouth’s previous high for players included in the honor society was six, achieved twice — 2012 and 2014.