Acosta Named to 2015 NFF Hampshire Honor Society
IRVING, Texas - The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the members of the 2015 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which 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 817 players from 278 schools qualified for membership in the society's ninth year, setting a new record for the number of schools represented in the history of the program, which began in 2007. Southern Miss' Corey Acosta was named to the list.
Acosta, who was tabbed as a second-team Academic All-American this season, holds a 3.81 grade point average in biological sciences through his studies at Southern Miss. In addition he was named a first-team Academic All-District honoree, as announced in November.
Acosta finished a strong senior campaign in 2014, leading Conference USA in both field goals and made percentage. His 19 field goals during the year is third on the school's single-season list. For his career, he placed third in field goals made with 43 and third in attempts (64). His final tally of 201 points puts him in fourth on the career charts.
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's National Scholar-Athlete program by 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 772 colleges and universities with football programs nationwide.
The initiative has honored 5,744 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 278 schools represented in 2015 is a new high water mark, eclipsing the 267 schools in 2014. The total of 817 players in the 2015 class is the second-most in the program's history, only 21 behind the 838 honored last year.
Jon F. Hanson, the chairman and founder of The Hampshire Companies, provided the endowment to launch the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2007. He made the contribution as part of his legacy to the organization after serving as NFF chairman from 1994-2006. He currently serves the organization as a chairman emeritus. Each player awarded with membership in this year's Honor Society will receive a certificate commemorating their achievement.
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; and -- Meeting all NCAA/NAIA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.
The Hampshire Honor Society represents a powerful component in the organization's rich history as an innovator in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal, which began in 1959 with the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards.