Three Penguins Named to 2018 NFF Hampshire Honor Society

OT Justin Spencer
OT Justin Spencer

Former Youngstown State football student-athletes Hunter Wells, Shane Kuhn and Justin Spencer were named to the 2018 NFF Hampshire Honor Society of the National Football Foundation, the organization announced on Wednesday.

All three players were mainstays on the YSU offense during their careers. Wells, a native of Navarre, Ohio, played quarterback for the Penguins and started 36 games in his career. Spencer, a native of Indiana, Pa., was a four-year starter on the offensive line and started 50 consecutive games over the course of his career. Kuhn, a native of Vandergrift, Pa., played in 49 games as a tight end/fullback for the Guins.

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the members of the 2018 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. An all-time high 1,251 players from a record-tying 302 schools qualified for membership in the society's 12th year.

"We are pleased to see another record number of athletes honored by 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 at the 778 colleges and universities with football programs nationwide.

The 1,251 players honored in 2018 sets a new high water mark, eclipsing the previous record of 1,103 honorees in 2017. The 302 schools with members ties the previous mark also set in 2017.

Nominated by their respective schools, members of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society must have: Completed their final year of playing eligibility in 2017; Achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and met all NCAA-mandated progress toward degree requirements.