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PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Four members of the Plymouth State University football team were among the 1,432 student-athletes representing all divisions of collegiate football to be honored when the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the members of the 2020 NFF Hampshire Honor Society on Wednesday.
Now in its 14th year of existence, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society recognizes student-athletes who contributed in the classroom as well as on the field of competition for all collegiate divisions. Nominated by their respective schools, members of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society must have completed their final year of playing eligibility in 2019, achieved a 3.20 cumulative grade point average throughout their entire course of undergraduate study, met all NCAA- or NAIA-mandated progress toward degree requirements and been starters or significant contributors throughout the 2019 season.
The 1,432 student-athletes to achieve the honor represented 364 schools from the following divisions: Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
With four honorees, Plymouth State had the second most student-athletes recognized among the four Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) schools to have at least one student-athlete included. Westfield State University led the league with nine recipients, while Bridgewater State had three and UMass Dartmouth one.
Led by 17-year head coach Paul Castonia the Panthers went 6-4 overall to finish above .500 for the fourth straight year, while posting a 4-4 mark in MASCAC play.
A complete list of the 2020 NFF Hampshire Honor Society membership can be found at the NFF website, www.footballfoundation.org.
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