W&J Football Players Selected To NFF Hampshire Honor Society
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) recently announced the members of the 2013 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 career. A total of 703 players, including three from Washington & Jefferson College, qualified for membership in the society's seventh year.
The Presidents selected into NFF Hampshire Honor Society membership are senior offensive linemen John Tokarski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Schenley) and Mike Mastellino (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) and senior defensive end John Watts (St. Johns, Fla./Jacksonville University).
Washington & Jefferson and Bethany (2 honorees) were the only schools from the Presidents’ Athletic Conference to have student-athletes recognized.
"The growing number of schools 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. "Congratulations to each of these young men for their commitment to education and their leadership on and off the football field."
Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include: being a starter or a significant substitute in one's last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, or an NAIA college or university; achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements and graduation.
Tokarski and Mastellino were lead blockers on the Presidents’ offense which averaged 360.0 yards per game, including 208.6 through the air. Watts, who earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District laurels, produced 32 tackles (5.0 for a loss) and 1.5 sacks this fall.
The senior trio helped W&J claim its 22nd Presidents’ Athletic Conference football championship and 32 games during the four years on campus.
W&J posted an 8-3 record in 2013 under Head Coach Mike Sirianni, who owns a 93-21 career mark. The Presidents earned an automatic berth to the 2013 NCAA Division III playoffs, their 22nd all-time appearance, where they lost to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Md., during the first round.