Mastrud, Stryker Named to NFF Honor Society

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State's Jeron Mastrud and Adrian Stryker have been named to the 2010 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society, the organization announced.

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 GPA or better during their collegiate careers. A total of 620 players from 246 schools qualified for membership in the society's fourth year, an 80 percent increase from the inaugural class in 2007.

"The NFF's mission is to build leaders through football, and this year's Hampshire Honor Society members are living proof of that charge," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. "Each of these young men has showcased a strong desire to succeed on and off the football field, and we are certainly proud to honor them for their accomplishments as the next generation of our nation's leaders."

Mastrud caught 106 passes for 1,219 yards and three touchdowns during his four-year Wildcat career. His 106 receptions are tied for the 10th-most in K-State history, but tops among tight ends, while his 1,219 receiving yards rank second among tight ends in the school's history.

The Beaverton, Ore., native was also a standout in the classroom for a program that has led the Big 12 in graduation rate for each of the last three years. He earned second team Academic All-American honors in 2008 and 2009, becoming one of only 10 players nationally in 2009 to earn Academic All-America honors in consecutive seasons. A business management major, Mastrud was also a three-time First Team Academic All-Big 12 and All-District honoree and was the recipient of the 2009 ARA Sportsmanship Award.

A native of Waterville, Stryker was a First Team Academic All-Big 12 selection this past season while majoring in accounting. He was a solid contributor on special teams and as a reserve defensive back who finished his career with 10 tackles and one blocked punt that went for a touchdown.

Qualifications for membership in the inaugural NFF National Honor Society include being a starter or a significant substitute in one's last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, or an NAIA college or university; achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

Since its inception, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program has awarded $9.2 million to 724 top scholars and community leaders. Currently, the NFF distributes more than $300,000 a year at the national level through the program to 15 individuals. Each winner of a National Scholar-Athlete Award receives an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.

Additionally, the Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, is given to one member of each year's class as the absolute best. The winner of the Campbell, claimed by Florida's Tim Tebow last season, receives a total scholarship of $25,000 and a stunning 24-inch, 25-pound bronze trophy. Through its chapter network, the NFF awards an additional $800,000 to local high school student- athletes, bringing the NFF's annual scholarship total to more than $1.1 million.