Four Football Student-Athletes Selected to NFF Hampshire Honor Society

Four Football Student-Athletes Selected to NFF Hampshire Honor Society

NFF Release | 2019 Hampshire Honor Society Members

IRVING, Texas - Announced on Wednesday by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF), four Sewanee student-athletes were named to the Hampshire Honor Society.

Trey Claus, Michael Jacobs, Travis Nadalini and Brinley Rhys were honored with the yearly award.

Claus, a four-time Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Academic Honor Roll selection, recorded 103 reception yards at tight end in 2018. The Memphis, Tenn. finishes his career with 159 reception yards. Playing on the defensive side of the ball his first two seasons, he comprised 40 career tackles before making the change to offense.

Jacobs netted 8-of-12 field goals and 25-of-27 point-after attempts in 2018. Earning a 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District honor, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the Germantown, Tenn. native scored 153 points in his career with the Tigers, connecting on 28-of-42 field goals and 69-of-74 PATs. He was a three-time SAA Academic Honor Roll selection.

Nadalini was a four-year letterwinner on the offensive line for the Tigers. The Dallas, Texas native played in 37 career games on the front line. In the classroom, he was named to the SAA Academic Honor Roll four times.

Rhys recorded 11 tackles and 1.5 sacks as a defensive end for Sewanee in 2018. The Cumming, Ga. native also forced and recovered a fumble during the year. The three-time SAA Academic Honor Roll honoree finished his career on the gridiron with 23 career tackles, four for a loss, in 27 career contests.

Since the Honor Society began in 2007, Sewanee has been represented five times, including back-to-back seasons. The football program has a total of 22 student-athletes named to the Society.

The Southern Athletic Association saw a total of 32 student-athletes named to the Society, representing six of the eight teams in the league.

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

  • Completed their final year of playing eligibility in 2018;
  • Graduated players, who have remaining eligibility but will not return to collegiate play (e.g. declared for NFL Draft or retired from football), may also be nominated.
  • Achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study;
  • Met all NCAA- or NAIA-mandated progress toward degree requirements; and
  • Been starters or significant contributors throughout the 2018 season.

The 2019 NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. An all-time high of 1,643 players from a record 424 schools qualified for membership in the Society's 13th year.

About the Hampshire Foundation:
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, N.J. Learn more at

About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include Football Matters®, the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy®, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments – a proud partner of the Campbell Trophy®, Goodyear, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, the Sports Business Journal, SportsManias, Under Armour and VICIS. Learn more at

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