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Four Football Players Named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society

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By Beverly Schaefer
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HANOVER, N.H. — The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the members of the 2013 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, and Dartmouth had four of its student-athletes selected for inclusion — defensive lineman Mick Davis, tight end Justin Foley, offensive lineman Patrick Lahey and linebacker Garrett Wymore.

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. A total of 703 players from 259 schools qualified for membership in the society's seventh year, marking the highest school participation in the history of the program, which began in 2007. The student-athletes also must have been a starter or a significant substitute in their last year of eligibility and meet all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements and graduation.

Davis (Renton, Wash.) started all 10 games at defensive end for the Big Green during the 2012 campaign, collecting 28 tackles and leading the squad with five tackles for a loss and four sacks. An economics major with a grade point average of 3.41, Davis finished his career with 60 stops and nine tackles for a loss, five of which were sacks.

A native of Harrison, Ohio, Foley was Dartmouth’s leading tight end with 147 receiving yards on 14 receptions, three of which went for touchdowns. The history major with a 3.38 GPA also ran the ball once on a fake punt, gaining 18 yards for a first down at Princeton in the final game of his career, and tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 18 points. Foley caught 25 passes during his four years with the Big Green for 219 yards and four touchdowns.

Lahey (North Andover, Mass.) missed what would have been his senior season last year, but returned this fall to complete his eligibility and started all 10 games at left guard and earned All-Ivy honorable mention. A sociology major with a 3.33 GPA was a big part of a line that allowed the Big Green quarterbacks to post the second-highest completion percentage (63.3) in the league and the third most passing yards despite attempting the fewest passes. The offense ranked third in the league in total yards (3,829), yards per play (5.6) and touchdowns (31).

Wymore, a native of Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif., started eight of the 10 games at middle linebacker this past season as a senior to wrap up his career on the field. An economics and neuroscience double major with a 3.90 GPA, Wymore was also an applicant for a Rhodes Scholar. He finished the season seventh on the team with 38 tackles and was second with four tackles for losses that totaled a team-best 47 yards. Wymore completed his career with 131 tackles, 4.5 for a loss, six passes broken up and one fumble recovery.

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 $10.1 million to 771 top scholars and community leaders.

Dartmouth concludes its spring practice with the annual Green and White game on Saturday, May 4 on Memorial Field at 10 a.m. Check tomorrow for a recap of the game.