Former Penguin Jacob Wood Named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society

Jacob Wood with a reception
Jacob Wood

Former Youngstown State tight end Jacob Wood was named to the 2017 NFF Hampshire Honor Society of the National Football Foundation, the organization announced on Wednesday.

Wood played in 49 career games for the Penguins from 2013-16. He caught 16 passes for 222 yards during his Penguins career. In 2016, he had five receptions for 56 yards. A Mechanical Engineering major, Wood has a 3.67 grade-point average.

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the members of the 2017 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which 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. A total of 1,089 players from 297 schools qualified for membership in the society's 11th year, both new single-year records in the history of the program.

"We are pleased to see a record number of colleges and universities embrace the Hampshire Honor Society this year," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "Over the past decade, it has become a powerful vehicle for schools to recognize their college football players who have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically, and we congratulate the schools and each of these young men for their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives."

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's National Scholar-Athlete program by greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization's leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the 777 colleges and universities with football programs nationwide.

The 1,089 players honored in 2017 sets a new high water mark, eclipsing the previous record of 882 honorees in 2016. The 297 schools with members breaks the previous record of 280 in both 2015 and 2016.