Nine W&J Football Players Named To Hampshire Honor Society
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Nine Washington & Jefferson College football players were announced as members of the 2012 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society on Wednesday.
The honor society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who maintained at least a cumulative 3.2 GPA. A total of 721 players from 232 schools qualified for membership in the society’s sixth year, making this year’s class the largest since the program’s creation in 2007.
W&J and Westminster (1 player) are the only Presidents’ Athletic Conference football programs with a student-athlete on the honor roll. A total of 68 NCAA Division III teams had at least one player recognized. Among the over 700 players recognized were Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Baylor’s Robert Griffin III.
“The growing number of students involved in the Hampshire Honor Society each year shows that football student-athletes not only play at the highest level but that they are some of the best students on campus as well,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We salute each one of these young men for their commitment to education and their leadership on and off the football field.”
W&J’s nine honor society members are seniors tight end Brett Axner (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls), cornerback Josh Buckley (McKees Rocks, Pa./Sto-Rox), offensive lineman Justin Cole (Connellsville, Pa./Connellsville), defensive tackle Darrick Dominick (Latrobe, Pa./Latrobe), offensive lineman Gary Flavion (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley), safety Matthew Gal (South Park, Pa./South Park), defensive end Frank Gigler (Lower Burrell, Pa./Burrell), quarterback Taylor Hockman (Martinsburg, W.Va./Hedgesville) and linebacker Neil Sorice (Youngstown, Ohio/Canfield).
Flavion and Sorice were First Team All-PAC selections, while Gigler and Cole were second-team honorees. Flavion, Gigler and Axner recorded CoSIDA Academic All-District laurels, while Sorice was named an ECAC South All-Star.
Hockman and Buckley are two-sport athletes who have been selected as PAC Track & Field MVPs during their careers.
The Presidents ended their season at 6-4 overall and 5-3 in the PAC. W&J clinched its 28th consecutive winning season, the third-longest active streak in Division III, behind only Linfield (55) and Mount Union (39).
W&J opens its 2012 schedule on September 1 in Fayetteville, N.C., as they travel 490 miles to take on Methodist Monarchs at 1:00 pm.