LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming senior football student-athletes Keenan Montgomery, Mark Nzeocha and Stuart Williams were named to the 2015 class of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society on Wednesday.
This year marks the eighth year in the nine years the Hampshire Honor Society has been in existence that UW has had at least one individual selected. It is the seventh time that Wyoming has had multiple honorees in the same year.
To qualify for selection to the Hampshire Honor Society, a college football player must achieve a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade point average, must meet all NCAA or NAIA progress toward degree requirements and must be a starter or significant contributor to their team in their final year of eligibility.
Nzeocha, a linebacker from Neusitz, Germany, was a three-time Academic All-Mountain West selection. He earned a 3.41 cumulative grade-point average in finance at UW. Nzeocha was selected as a 2014 Mid-Season First Team All-Mountain West Conference player by Phil Steele’s College Football prior to him suffering a season-ending knee injury at mid-season. He was also invited to the 2015 NFL Draft Combine. During his Wyoming career, he started 26 of 39 career games.
Williams, a place-kicker from Nederland, Colo., achieved a 3.70 cumulative grade point average while pursuing a double major in architectural and civil engineering. He was a 2014 Semifinalist for the NFF William V. Campbell Trophy and was a three-time Mountain West Conference All-Academic selection and a three-time Mountain West Scholar-Athlete honoree. Williams started 37 of 38 games that he played for the Cowboys.
Nominees from all levels of college football are eligible for the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, including: NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and the NAIA football student-athletes.
Wyoming had three of the 11 Mountain West student-athletes to be honored this year. Fresno State had four honorees, Colorado State had two and Nevada and San Jose State each had one individual selected.
The three Cowboy seniors were among a total of 817 players from 278 schools to qualify for membership in the society’s ninth year, marking the highest number of schools represented in the history of the program, which began in 2007. There are currently 772 colleges and universities across the nation with football programs.
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society was created in 2007 to honor college football student-athletes in all divisions. Jon F. Hanson, the chairman and founder of the Hampshire Companies, established an endowment to fund the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in `07. He was a former NFF Chairman from 1994-2006, and currently serves as NFF chairman emeritus.
A breakdown of the Cowboys inducted into the Society through the years follows:
Hampshire Honor Society Members From the University of Wyoming
2015: Keenan Montgomery, Mark Nzeocha and Stuart Williams
2013: Luke Ruff and Oliver Schober
2012: Clayton Kirven
2011: Dax Crum, Chris Prosinski and Alex Toney
2010: Russ Arnold, Weston Johnson and Jesson Salyards
2009: Jake Edmunds, Michael Ray and Chris Sundberg
2008: Luke Chase, Sean Claffey and Brandon Haugen
2007: Mike Groover, Tyler Holden and John Wendling