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PSU Football players receive academic honors

            DALLAS  – The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) has announced the members of the 2010 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 GPA or better. 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.

Mike Vahey Mike Carone

            Two members of the Plymouth State University football team were members of the group, senior offensive lineman Mike Vahey (Fremont, N.H./Pinkerton) and senior defensive lineman Mike Carone (Newington, Conn./Newington). Vahey (near right) was a three-year starter who graduated last December with a degree in business administration, and Carone (far right) walked on to the team as a freshman and ended up as a four-year letterman who will graduate this year with a degree in criminal justice. They are both three-time selections to the New England Football Conference All-Academic Team.

            "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."

            Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire 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.     

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