Photo Courtesy: Harding Athletics (Jeff Montgomery)
DALLAS, Tex. (HARDING) - Five Harding University football players were honored Thursday as the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced the members of the 2013 NFF Hampshire Honor Society.
Honored were Harding seniors Josh Aldridge, Caleb Farrel, Loren Kolb, Chaz Rogers and Austin Smithey.
The Hampshire Honors Society 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. Honorees must be a starter or a significant substitute during their senior seasons.
Harding now has 20 players in the Hampshire Honor Society. The 2013 class of five is Harding's largest since the inaugural class in 2007.
Aldridge, a native of Jackson, Tenn., started for the Bisons at defensive end and recorded 35 tackles, including 13.0 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks. He graduated with a 3.34 grade point average in social science.
Farrel is a native of El Cajon, Calif., and started in the Harding secondary. He was third on the team with 46 tackles and had one interception. Farrel will graduate with a 3.61 GPA in mechanical engineering.
A native of Taft, Calif., Kolb played wide receiver for the Bisons in seven games. He will graduate with a 3.30 GPA in psychology.
Chaz Rogers hails from Guntersville, Ala., and played in the Harding secondary as a senior after three seasons at quarterback. Rogers will graduate with a 3.76 GPA in mechanical engineering.
Austin Smithey, a native of Mesquite, Texas, started all 11 games in 2012 at offensive tackle. He graduated with a 3.62 GPA in social science.
Harding's previous Hampshire Honor Society inductees:
2008 - Jordan Huckeba, Jonathan Paulson
2009 - Hayden Cruce, Ryan Ferrell, Julian Firman, Jake Greer
2010 - Cade Caton, Alex Franklin, Morgan Toline, Jeremy Townsend
2011 - Jason Thomasson
2012 - Jeremy Holt, James Kee, Braden Rubey, Luke Tribble