Arkansas Tech football players honored for academics

From Arkansas Tech University

Arkansas Tech Wonder Boy seniors Danny Martin, Robert Sagerian and Brandon Wright have been named to the 2011 NFF Hampshire Honor Society by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF).

With their selection this year, Martin, Sagerian and Wright increase Tech's list to five former players that been named to the Hampshire Honor Society as they join Jonathan Webster and Zach Hall, who were selected in 2008.

The Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions who have maintained a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study and have met all NCAA-mandated progress toward degree requirements and were a starter or a significant substitute in their last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university.

A total of 671 players from 241 schools qualified for membership in the society's fifth year, showing a steady increase in membership each year since the inaugural class in 2007.

According to a release from the NFF, the 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 and further strengthening its leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 colleges and universities with football programs.

"In just the fifth year of this initiative, it gives the NFF great pride to honor so many qualified and accomplished collegiate players as members of this year's Hampshire Honor Society," said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. "The number of players we are able to recognize has nearly doubled since the first year of the program, showing that you can play football at the highest level and still be a standout student."

Martin, a linebacker from Tulsa, Okla., Sagerian, a quarterback from San Diego, Calif., and Wright, a linebacker from Stuttgart, Ark., were three of just four 2011 Hampshire Honor Society members from Gulf South Conference schools. The other GSC player selected was Harding's Jason Thomasson.

"What a prestigious honor, not only for Danny, Robert and Brandon, but also for our football program and our university," Wonder Boys Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Steve Mullins said. "These three young men are fine examples of the kind of student-athlete we want here at Arkansas Tech University."

Martin, who graduated in December with a degree in mechanical engineering, finished his collegiate career with a 3.7 cumulative grade point average, while Sagerian, who graduated with a degree in journalism this past December, finished his collegiate career with a 3.7 cumulative grade point average and Wright, who is carrying a 3.3 cumulative grade point average in graduate school, where he is working on a masters degree in College Student Personnel. Both Martin and Wright are currently serving as graduate assistant coaches for the Wonder Boys.

"Since Red Blaik provided the first funds for the First National Scholar-Athlete Awards in 1959, the NFF has stood in the vanguard of promoting the scholar-athlete ideal," Jon F. Hanson, the chairman and founder of the Hampshire Companies, who also served as NFF Chairman from 1994-2006, said in a release from the NFF announcing The 2011 NFF Hampshire Honor Society members. "It has been a great privilege to build on his legacy and endow The Hampshire Honor Society. Nationwide there are thousands of football players excelling in the classroom, and they're going on to be great leaders. The NFF Hampshire Honor Society allows us to shine a light on their hard work."

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