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Apr 10, 2024

Seven Tigers Named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society

Seven student-athletes from Clemson’s 2023 football team — tight end Sage Ennis, wide receiver Hamp Greene, cornerback Sheridan Jones, offensive lineman Walker Parks, offensive lineman Will Putnam, running back Will Shipley and punter Aidan Swanson — were named Wednesday to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s NFF Hampshire Honor Society. The full press release and a link to the comprehensive list of honorees from the National Football Foundation is available below.

IRVING, Texas (April 10, 2024) – The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today a record number of members for the 2024 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA and sprint football who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers.

Click here for the full list

An elite group of 1,989 players from 339 schools qualified for membership in 2024, setting a new record for the number of members in a single year during the program’s 18-year history. The initiative has now honored 18,387 student-athletes since its inception. Click here for the 2024 list of members.

“We are thrilled to honor a record number of athletes as part of this year’s Hampshire Honor Society,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Over the last 18 years, the Hampshire Honor Society has served as a powerful vehicle for schools to recognize their college football players who have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically, and we congratulate the schools and each of these young men for their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives.”

Nominated by their respective schools, members of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society must be either:

  • A senior player, who will graduate this spring/summer, and just completed his final year of playing eligibility in 2023; or
  • A graduated player, who has been out of high school at least (3) years;

And must have:

  • Attained a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 (4.0 scale); and
  • Been starters or contributors throughout the 2023 season.

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF’s National Scholar-Athlete program by 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 at the 772 colleges and universities with football programs nationwide.

Nebraska from the FBS led all programs in membership, with 21 honorees in 2024. North Dakota led all FCS programs with 20 members; Bentley (MA) and Colorado School of Mines were the Division II leaders with 12 members each; Tufts (MA) led Division III with 20 honorees; Doane (NE) and Southeastern (FL) both boasted 12 members, tied for the most in the NAIA; and Cornell topped all Collegiate Sprint Football League teams with 13 honorees.

Michigan, South Dakota State, and Harding (AR) ensured that last season’s national champions were well-represented with a combined 25 members.

Fifty-nine schools had at least ten honorees in 2024:

  • FBS: Auburn, BYU, Cal, Duke, Kansas State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, South Alabama, Southern California, Wyoming.
  • FCS: Dartmouth, Dayton, Eastern Washington, Harvard, Montana, North Dakota, Princeton, South Dakota State, Valparaiso, Villanova.
  • DIVISION II: Benedict (SC), Bentley (MA), Colorado School of Mines.
  • DIVISION III: Amherst (MA), Benedictine (IL), Berry (GA), Carnegie Mellon (PA), Case Western Reserve (OH), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CA), Colby (ME), DePauw (IN), Franklin & Marshall (PA), Gustavus Adolphus (MN), Hardin-Simmons (TX), Hobart (NY), Huntingdon (AL), Ithaca (NY), Johns Hopkins (MD), Middlebury (VT), Plymouth State (WA), Pomona-Pitzer (CA), Redlands (CA), Saint John’s (MN), Trinity (TX), Tufts (MA), Vermont State Castleton, Wartburg (IA), Wash U. in St. Louis (MO), Wayne State (MI), Wesleyan (CT), Wisconsin-Stout, Worcester Polytechnic (MA).
  • NAIA: Georgetown (KY), Doane (NE), Southeastern (FL).
  • SPRINT: Army West Point, Cornell, Navy.

Notable players expected to have their names called at the upcoming NFL Draft (April 25-27) include but are not limited to Isiah Adams (Illinois), Graham Barton (Duke), Cooper Beebe (Kansas State), Brock Bowers (Georgia), DeWayne Carter (Duke), Olumuyiwa Fashanu (Penn State), Zach Frazier (West Virginia), Christian Haynes (Connecticut), Mohamed Kamara (Colorado State), Marshawn Lloyd (USC), Luke McCafffrey (Rice), Ladd McConkey (Georgia), Mason McCormick (South Dakota State), Kool-Aid McKinstry (Alabama), Bo Nix (Oregon), Tyler Nubin (Minnesota), Ricky Pearsall (Florida), Michael Pratt (Tulane), Ben Sinnott (Kansas State), Sedrick Van Pran (Georgia), and Malik Washington (Virginia). Nix won the NFF William V. Campbell Trophy® in December and Beebe, Carter, Frazier and McConkey were finalists for the prestigious NFF award, which goes to the top football scholar-athlete in the nation.

Jon F. Hanson, the chairman and founder of The Hampshire Companies, provided the funds to launch the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2007. He made the contribution as part of his legacy to the organization after serving as NFF Chairman from 1994-2006. He currently serves the organization as chairman emeritus. Each player awarded membership in this year’s Honor Society will receive a certificate commemorating his or her achievement.

“It was my great privilege to endow the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which has greatly increased the number of college student-athletes the NFF has been able to recognize during the past 18 years,” said Hanson. “Nationwide there are thousands of football players excelling in the classroom, and they are going on to become great leaders.”

“We have honored more than 18,000 student-athletes since 2007 thanks to Jon Hanson’s generosity,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “We are grateful for his passionate belief in the scholar-athlete ideal, and the Hampshire Honor Society allows us to showcase the names of tomorrow’s leaders while inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps.”

Twenty-three colleges and universities have had at least one player in all 18 years of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society (2007-24), including BYU, Brown, Bucknell, Columbia, Dartmouth, Dayton, Iowa, Johns Hopkins (MD), Kentucky, Lafayette, Minnesota, North Dakota, North Dakota State, Penn State, Redlands (CA), Saint John’s (MN), SMU, South Dakota State, Wayne State (MI), West Virginia, Wingate (NC), Yale and Youngstown State.

The Hampshire Honor Society represents an important component in the organization’s rich history as an innovator in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal, which began in 1959 with the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Click here to learn more.

The Hampshire Foundation is the charitable arm of The Hampshire Companies, a privately-held, fully-integrated real estate firm that has more than 60 years of hands-on, cycle-tested experience in acquiring, developing, leasing, repositioning, managing, financing and disposing of real estate. Founded by Jon F. Hanson, who served as NFF Chairman from 1994-2006, Hampshire is headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey. Learn more at

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