Jonesboro (ASU) – Defensive end Alex Carrington (Tupelo, Miss.) and wide receiver Taylor Clements (Chico, Calif.), both seniors on the 2009 Arkansas State football team, have been named members of the 2010 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, announced Tuesday by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF).
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 GPA throughout the entire course of undergraduate study and were either a starter or significant substitution on their team. A total of 620 players from 246 schools qualified for membership in the society's fourth year, an 80 percent increase from the inaugural class in 2007.
ASU has now had three players named to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society all-time as Carrington and Clements join 2008 selection Matt Reibe.
Carrington, recently taken in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, was the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year and an all-conference choice as a sophomore, junior and senior. He finished his senior campaign with nine sacks that tied the most of the season and the eighth most all-time by an SBC player. He completed his career with 21.5 sacks for the second most ever by an ASU player and the fourth most in Sun Belt history. Carrington also recorded a team-high 14.5 tackles for loss in 2009, which was the third most in the league, and tallied 40.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage during his career with the Red Wolves.
Clements posted a career-best 28 receptions for 363 yards, which both ranked second on the team, as a senior in 2009. He ended his career with 35 receptions for 437 yards. He has also been named to the ASU Athletic Director's Honor Roll and Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll and is currently playing with the Red Wolves' baseball team.