Four ASU players gain NFF Hampshire Honor Society Membership

From Arkansas State University

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced its 2013 NFF Hampshire Honor Society membership on Thursday, and a school-record four Arkansas State student-athletes are among the latest inductees who maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers.

A-State's four players on the list, including quarterback Ryan Aplin, linebacker Nathan Herrold, wide receiver Taylor Stockemer and punter Neely Sullivent, tied the fourth most in the nation among all FBS schools behind just BYU, Nebraska and Army.

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who, in addition to maintaining a 3.2 cumulative GPA, were either a starter or significant substitution on their team.  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 Red Wolves have now seen 11 players named to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society all-time as Aplin, Herrold, Stockemer and Sullivent join former selections Tom Castilaw (2012), Derek Lawson (2012), Jeff Blake (2011), Adam Gaston (2011), Alex Carrington (2010), Taylor Clements (2010) and Matt Reibe (2008).

Aplin, Herrold, Stockemer and Sullivent are all former All-Sun Belt Conference selections who helped lead the Red Wolves to back-to-back league championships and bowl game appearances, including a victory over 25th-ranked Kent State in the 2013 Bowl.  All four have received their degrees from Arkansas State University and ranked among the top three players on the 2012 team in several statistical categories.

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 4,081 student-athletes since its inception.