30 Iowa Conference titles
PELLA—Central College landed 17 players in the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society, the second highest total of any college or university in the U.S. The Dutch ranked third in the country a year ago.
The Dutch ranked third in the country a year ago.
The Hampshire Society, in its sixth year, recognizes senior football players who are starters or significant reserves and carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher.
Union College (N.Y.) led the U.S. with 18 honorees, followed by Central with 16 and Brown University with 15.
It’s the fifth straight year that Central has matched or exceeded the number of selections from all other Iowa Conference schools. Central had four players honored in 2009 and 2010, and 11 players cited in 2008 and 2011.
Iowa schools with players recognized:
School No. of honorees
Northern Iowa 3
Nationwide, 721 players from 232 schools in all divisions of play were chosen.
Those 16 players helped Central post a 31-10 mark over the past four seasons, winning the 2009 Iowa Conference titles and earning an NCAA Division III playoff berth. The Dutch were 7-3 last fall.
“This illustrates the kind of student-athlete we look for at Central,” McMartin said. “We look for the complete person, someone with great character who is a leader, an outstanding student and a talented football player. The young men on this list definitely exhibit those qualities and I couldn’t be happier about this honor. It speaks very highly of our program and our players.
“We talk about champions always being champions and that who we are on the football field needs to be reflected in who we are in the classroom and in our daily life.”
The Hampshire Honor Society is the latest component of the National Football Foundation’s efforts to promote combined athletic and academic success. The NFF’s National Scholar-Athlete Awards program, launched in 1959, was the first to credit a player for academic success, football performance and community leadership.
Central’s honorees include:
Name (hometown/high school) Position GPA Major
Garret Albers (Keystone, Iowa/Benton HS) OL 3.55 Social science
Holden Blythe (Williamsburg, Iowa) DL 3.66 Elementary
Matt Daniels (Olathe, Kan.) LB 3.26 Social science/
Mike Furlong (Davenport, Iowa/ WR/KR 3.29 Exercise science
Patrick Kelley (Eagle Grove, Iowa) LB 3.37 Business
Jackson Leuschen (Story City, Iowa/ LB 3.27 Psychology
Cory Nikkel (Pella, Iowa/Pella Christian HS) TE 3.80 English/secondary
Jake Petersen (Gladbrook, Iowa/Gladbrook- DB 3.54 Accounting
Nathan Rouse (Ankeny, Iowa) OL 3.68 History/Spanish
Ryan Schmidt (Keswick, Iowa/Tri-County DB 3.35 Environmental
Colton Smith (Kearney, Mo.) OL 3.85 Exercise science-
Jeremy Snead (Altoona, Iowa/Southeast Polk WR 3.61 Biology
Joey Toale (Spencer, Iowa) DB 3.76 Chemistry
Brandon Wagner (Overland Park, Kan./ OL 3.26 Business
Blue Valley Northwest HS) management
Brett Wilkin (Pleasant Hill, Iowa/Southeast WR 3.74 Exercise science
Brady Wilson (Britt, Iowa/West Hancock HS) DL 3.45 Exercise science
David Young (West Burlington, Iowa) TE 3.37 Exercise science-