April 24, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) has announced its 2009 NFF Hampshire National Honor Society Class. This year's class includes three Wyoming senior football student-athletes -- Jake Edmunds, Michael Ray and Chris Sundberg.
Requirements for the award are:
Being a starter or significant contributor in one's last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA or NAIA college or university;
Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average throughout one's entire course of undergraduate study; and
Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.
The Hampshire NFF National Honor Society was created in 2007 to honor college football student-athletes in all divisions. The Hampshire Foundation is the corporate sponsor of the team, and is the charitable arm of The Hampshire Companies, a privately-held real estate firm headquartered in Morristown, N.J.
"We are extremely proud of Jake (Edmunds), Michael (Ray) and Chris (Sundberg)," said Wyoming head football coach Dave Christensen. "This honor is a great testament to both their work ethic and to their personal dedication to excel academically. We congratulate them for this great accomplishment."
"These three young men are great reprsentatives of our football program and of our university," said UW Athletics Director Tom Burman. "It is central to our mission that our student-athletes succeed in the classroom. Michael, Chris and Jake have all excelled at the highest level in their academic fields of study. We congratulate them and wish them all the best in their futures."
Wyoming was one of only four Mountain West Conference schools to have multiple players earn the award this year. BYU had four players selected, CSU tied with Wyoming with three honorees and TCU had two. Air Force, New Mexico and Utah each had one student-athlete selected.
Edmunds was a senior inside linebacker for the Cowboys this past season. A native of Meriden, Wyo., he has achieved a 3.32 cumulative grade-point average in civil engineering at UW.
Ray is a native of Porter, Okla., and played strong safety for the Cowboys. Ray has earned a 3.20 gpa in kinesiology and health promotion at Wyoming.
Sundberg came to Wyoming from Columbus, Mont., to play tight end for the Cowboys. He is studying kinesiology and health promotion at UW, and has a 3.96 cumulative gpa.
This year marks the third consecutive year since the awards were established that the Wyoming Cowboys had three individuals selected. In the first year of the awards in 2007, senior Cowboys Mike Groover, Tyler Holden and John Wendling were all named to the team. In 2008, former Cowboys Luke Chase, Sean Claffey and Brandon Haugen achieved their place in the Hampshire Honor Society.
A total of 564 individuals from 266 schools were named to this year's third annual class, which was an increase of 27 percent from the 2008 class.
Wyoming was one of only 18 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams (formerly Division IA) to have at least three individuals named to the team. There were 119 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams teams this past year.
Leading the way among NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams were: Baylor (4 honorees), Boise State (4), Brigham Young (4), Colorado State (3), Northwestern (5), Ohio State (8), Penn State (3), Rice (3), Syracuse (4), California (3), Kansas (3), Kentucky (3), Memphis (3), Minnesota (3), Missouri (3), Nebraska (3), Wyoming (3) and West Virginia (7).