April 29, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State's Jonathan Coleman and Evan Loomis were part of a record 838 players named to the National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society, the organization announced Tuesday. The Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions who maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better throughout their collegiate career.
Coleman, who was also named a finalist for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award earlier this month, and Loomis are the first Wildcats since 2012 to be named to the Hampshire Honor Society when Tysyn Hartman, Alex Hrebec, Payton Kirk and Jordan Voelker were honored following the 2011 season.
"We continue to raise the bar each year for the number of student-athletes who qualify for membership in the Hampshire Honor Society," said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. "The Hampshire Honor Society plays an important role in highlighting that college football players clearly play a leadership role in the classroom as well as on the playing field. We congratulate each of these young men for their commitment to excellence."
A sociology major, Coleman has carried a cumulative 3.35 GPA throughout his academic career, including a perfect 4.0 mark during the fall semester. The Mesquite, Texas, product played in eight career games, including five contests during the Wildcats' Big 12 Championship season of 2012 when he recorded three tackles.
Loomis put together a cumulative GPA of 3.632 as a management information systems major. The wide receiver played in four games during his two-year career after transferring from Dodge City Community College.
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's current National Scholar-Athlete program. The program further strengthens the organization's leadership role in encouraging academic performance by student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs nationwide. The initiative has honored 4,927 student-athletes since its inception in 2007, and the 2014 class of 838 members represents a new high water mark, eclipsing the old record of 721 in 2012.
Currently, the NFF distributes more than $300,000 per year at the national level through the program to 16 individuals. Each winner of a National Scholar-Athlete Award receives an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. Additionally, the William V. Campbell Trophy is given to one member of each year's class as the absolute best.