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IRVING, Texas – Seniors Drew Emanuel and Kyle Walker received academic recognition today, as they became members of the National Football Foundation (NFF) 2014 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 838 players from 267 schools qualified for membership in the society's eighth year, setting a new record for the number of members 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."
Student-athletes must achieve a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout their entire course of undergraduate study, as well as be a starter or a significant contributor in one's last year of eligibility.
Emanuel played in 41 total games for NAU with 21 starts. He earned 2012 Honorable Mention All-Big Sky accolades and was named a Valley of the Sun Chapter – NFF Scholar-Athlete. Emanuel was a member of the NAU Football Leadership Council, while completing over 33.5 total hours of community service. He is majoring in criminal justice and would like to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Walker, a four-year standout for NAU, was a three-time Dean's List honoree and was named to the 2013 Big Sky Fall All-Academic Team. He also earned 2011 All-Big Sky Honorable Mention accolades. Walker started every game his final three seasons and was an essential part of the Lumberjacks' offensive line. He will graduate with a degree in criminology and criminal justice, with a minor in sociology.
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.