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Wednesday April 25, 2007Former Gators Latsko & Rissler Among Inaugural Class of the NFF National Honor Society

DALLAS, Texas

Former University of Florida football players Billy Latsko and Steve Rissler were named as members of the inaugural class of National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) National Honor Society as announced by the organization on Wednesday. The NFF’s National Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 GPA or better. A total of 345 players from 195 schools earned recognition as part of the inaugural class.

"The inaugural class of the Honor Society contains an outstanding group of young men who simply set the standard for excellence on and off the field, and we are proud to showcase their accomplishments as a powerful example of football's unique ability to produce the next generation of great leaders," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "We anticipate that the program will grow dramatically in the coming years, and we project recognizing hundreds of more student-athletes each year as people learn about the qualifications for membership and submit additional nominations."

Qualifications for membership in the inaugural NFF National 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.


Both Latsko and Rissler earned multiple Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll distinctions while at UF. Latsko finished his career seeing action in 51 games, including 16 starts, and in 2006, he was a member of Florida’s Leadership Committee and was named one of six team captains. Rissler appeared in 42 games making 24 starts as a Gator, and he earned first-team Coaches’ All-SEC honors in 2006.

 

The National Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's current National Scholar-Athlete program, and further strengthens the NFF's leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs.

The National Honor Society becomes the latest component of the organization's efforts to promote combined athletic and academic success. Launched in 1959, the NFF's National Scholar-Athlete Award program became the first initiative in history to credit a player for his combined academic success, football performance and community leadership. Since its inception, the NFF' National Scholar-Athlete Awards program has awarded $8.3 million to 678 top scholars and community leaders. Currently, the NFF distributes approximately $320,000 a year at the national level through the program to 15 to 17 individuals. Each winner of a National Scholar-Athlete Award receives an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.

Upon the death of Vincent dePaul Draddy, a Manhattan College quarterback who served as the NFF Chairman for 19 years, the NFF added the Draddy Trophy to the program. First awarded in 1990, the Draddy Trophy, presented by HealthSouth, selects one member of each year's class as the absolute best. The winner of the Draddy receives a total scholarship of $25,000 and a stunning 24-inch, 25-pound bronze trophy.

 

Former Quarterback Chris Leak was selected as one of 17 members of the 2006 National Scholar-Athlete Class and was as a finalist for the 2006 Draddy Trophy. UF has had two recipients of the Draddy Trophy – Brad Culpepper (1991) and Danny Wuerffel (1996).

As part of the launch, the NFF has established a national advisory committee, including representatives from the seven major conferences, a college president, a conference commissioner, an athletics director, and a Division I-A head football coach. Each one of these representatives provided comprehensive feedback in developing the Honor Society.

 

The NFF National Honor Society Inaugural Class of 2007

 

SCHOOL

MEMBER

Abilene Christian University (Texas)

John Brock

Adams State College (Colo.)

George Holley

Alabama A&M University

Kristian Smith

Albion College (Mich.)

Chase Chandler

Albion College (Mich.)

Peter Shaw

Albright College (Pa.)

Matt Hoelscher

Allegheny College (Pa.)

James Savage

Angelo State University (Texas)

Tyrell McCrea

Angelo State University (Texas)

T.J.Gillen-Hall

Appalachian State University (N.C.)

Daniel Orlebar

Appalachian State University (N.C.)

Dominick Dingle

Arizona State Univeristy

Andrew Carnahan

Auburn University

Kody Andrew Bliss

Auburn University

William Ronald Herring

Auburn University

Karibi Dede

Austin Peay State University (Tenn.)

Drew L. Wilson

Ball State University (Ind.)

Brian Jackson

Ball State University (Ind.)

Riley Larimore

Ball State University (Ind.)

Justin Schneider

Ball State University (Ind.)

Brad Seiss

Ball State University (Ind.)

Jason Sieman

Bates College (Maine)

James Walker

Baylor University

Daniel Sepulveda

Baylor University

Shawn Bell

Bethel University (Minn.)

Phil Porta

Bethel University (Minn.)

Kirby Carr

Bethel University (Minn.)

Mark Gaalswyk

Bluffton University (Ohio)

James Fay

Bluffton University (Ohio)

Benjamin McCullough

Bluffton University (Ohio)

Tyler Schwab

Bluffton University (Ohio)

Jacob Slager

Brigham Young University

Nathan Meikle

Brown University

Justin Amoah

Brown University

Joe DiGiacomo

Brown University

Alex Doty

Brown University

David Healy

Brown University

Gavin Logan

Brown University

Akin Oyalowo

Brown University

Blake Trocki

Bucknell University (Pa.)

David Frisbey

Butler University (Ind.)

David McMahon

Campbellsville University (Ky.)

Jason Foley

Capital University (Ohio)

Sam Abdullah

Capital University (Ohio)

Eric Calland

Capital University (Ohio)

Kyle Hausler

Capital University (Ohio)

Steve Leppert

Capital University (Ohio)

Luke Schnittger

Capital University (Ohio)

Charlie Smith

Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.)

Aaron Lewis

Case Western Reserve University (Ohio)

Thomas Brew

Central Michigan University

Daniel Bazuin

Centre College (Ky.)

Kevin Phelps

Christopher Newport University (Va.)

George L. Jones

The Citadel (S.C.)

Christopher Murray

College of New Jersey

Ryan Ross

College of William & Mary (Va.)

Matthew Trinkle

The College of Wooster (Ohio)

Rick Drushal

Colorado School of Mines

Bryan Florendo

Colorado State University

Clint Oldenberg

Columbia University

Jeffrey Oke

Columbia University

Justin Nunez

Columbia University

Adam Brekke

Columbia University

Nicholas DeGasperis

Columbia University

Benjamin Schori

Columbia University

Darren Schmidt

Cornell University

Patrick Blakemore

Cornell University

John Lucas

Cornell University

Anthony Macaluso

Cornell University

Brian McGuire

Coastal Carolina University (S.C.)

Brian Kepple

Coastal Carolina University (S.C.)

Anthony M. Franklin

Coastal Carolina University (S.C.)

Brad Poston

Coastal Carolina University (S.C.)

Jamar Leath

Coastal Carolina University (S.C.)

Samuel Grady Harper Jr.

Coastal Carolina University (S.C.)

Joshua Hoke

Coastal Carolina University (S.C.)

Rodney Burgess

Coastal Carolina University (S.C.)

Tyler Thigpen

Dartmouth College

Donald Bly

Dartmouth College

Michael Fritz

Dartmouth College

Ryan Fuselier

Davidson College (N.C.)

Kyle Kinsell

Defiance College (Ohio)

Tyler Haines

Delaware State University

Peter Gaertner

Duke University

Eli Nichols

East Carolina University (N.C.)

Robert Clayton Lee

East Carolina University (N.C.)

Kevin Jackson Roach

Eastern Illinois University

Jonathan Rueter

Eastern New Mexico University

Fidencio Davalos

Edinboro University (Pa.)

Christopher Kaczor

Emporia State University (Kan.)

Scott Schoenfeld

Emporia State University (Kan.)

Zachary Teske

Ferris State University (Mich.)

Michael Klobucher

Florida International University

Chris Patullo

Fresno State

Joseph Fernandez

Furman University (S.C.)

Adnan Filipovic

Georgetown College (Ky.)

Ryan Blackerby

Gettysburg College (Pa.)

Dain Alaia

Gettysburg College (Pa.)

Spencer Davidson

Greensboro College (N.C.)

Christopher Palme

Hiram College (Ohio)

Caleb Bihari

Hofstra University (N.Y.)

Justyn Davis

Hofstra University (N.Y.)

RC Scarpa

Huntingdon College (Ala.)

Thomas Jacob Seales

Huntingdon College (Ala.)

Frederick O'Ryan Shelby

Huntingdon College (Ala.)

Hodge Patterson IV

Huntingdon College (Ala.)

Avery Toreal Ford

Huntingdon College (Ala.)

Mark McDuffie Colson

Huntingdon College (Ala.)

Yancey Lee Gordon

Idaho State University

Brandon Mennear

Illinois College

Brandon Rhea

Illinois Wesleyan University

Michael Stephens

Illinois Wesleyan University

Eric Esch

Indiana University

Will Meyers

Indiana University

Lance Bennett

Iowa State University

Shawn Moorehead

Iowa State University

Seth Zehr

Ithaca College (N.Y.)

Justin Brunell

Jamestown College (N.D.)

Robert Hummel

John Carroll University (Ohio)

Matt Lemke

Johns Hopkins University (Md.)

Brian Nickel

Kansas State University

Blake Seiler

Kent State University

Usama Young

Kentucky Wesleyan College

Todd Hollis

Kentucky Wesleyan College

Joshua Abell

Kentucky Wesleyan College

Terry Durham

Kenyon College (Ohio)

Ryan Lacy

La Salle University (Pa.)

Zachery Greaver

La Salle University (Pa.)

Taylour Lauri

La Salle University (Pa.)

Mark Moraca

La Salle University (Pa.)

Christopher Reiter

La Salle University (Pa.)

Louis Russo

Lafayette College (Pa.)

Bradley Maurer

Lewis & Clark College (Ore.)

Mike Brooder

Lewis & Clark College (Ore.)

Erik Gerwick

Lewis & Clark College (Ore.)

Joshua Schoonover

Linfield College (Ore.)

Michael Greenberg

Linfield College (Ore.)

Tyler Kaluza

Louisiana College

Justin Webb

Louisiana College

Nicholas Williams

Louisiana Tech University

Jacob Peeler

Macalester College (Minn.)

Nate Vernon

Macalester College (Minn.)

George Robbins

Maine Maritime Academy

Richard A. Schrempf

Marist College (N.Y.)

Shawn Casadiego

Marist College (N.Y.)

Prince Prempeh

Marist College (N.Y.)

Nicholas Salis

Marist College (N.Y.)

Michael Walsh

McNeese State University (La.)

Brent Pousson

Mesa State College (Colo.)

Creed James

Michigan State University

Drew Stanton

Michigan State University

Brian Bury

Michigan State University

Brandon Fields

MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kan.)

Clayton Matthew Pritchard

Middlebury College (Vt.)

Matthew Morrissey

Middlebury College (Vt.)

Scott Secor

Millsaps College (Miss.)

Josh Hanna

Minot State University (N.D.)

Mathew Jensen

Minot State University (N.D.)

Max Milne

Minot State University (N.D.)

Tyler Perrson

Missouri Valley College

Ryan Ross

Montana State University

Ryan Force

Montana State University

Brant Birkeland

Mount Union College (Ohio)

Anthony Angelo Antonucci

Mount Union College (Ohio)

Jerry J. Ditz

Mount Union College (Ohio)

Maxwell T. Smith

Mount Union College (Ohio)

Bryan J. Hubler

Mount Union College (Ohio)

Anthony E. Ursetti

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Josh Codr

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Joe Gramann

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Zac Heisey

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Matt Smoyer

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Chris Softley

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Josh Strehle

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Connor Wobig

New Mexico State University

David Romaka

North Carolina State University

William Lee

North Dakota State University

Craig Dahl

Northern Illinois University

Douglas Free

Northwestern College (Iowa)

Blake Reinke

Ohio State University

Douglas Datish

Ohio State University

Andrew Norman

Ohio State University

Joel Penton

Ohio State University

Stan White, Jr.

Ohio University

Austen Everson

Ohio Wesleyan University

Kyle Sherman

Oklahoma State University

Darnell Smith

Oregon State University

Adam Koets

Penn State University

Paul Posluszny

Pittsburg State University (Kan.)

Ryan Meredith

Plymouth State University (N.H.)

Ryan Puck

Pomona-Pitzer College (Calif.)

Matthew Barbour

Purdue University

Michael Otto

Rowan University (N.J.)

Mike Orihel

Saint Anselm College (N.H.)

Gary R. Senecal

Saint Francis University (Ind.)

Luke Palko

Saint Francis University (Ind.)

Sean McCune

Saint John's University (Minn.)

Jamie Steffensmeier

Salisbury University (Md.)

Wilhelm Leinemann

Samford University (Ala.)

Graham Lemmond

San Diego State University

Patrick Justman

University of the South (Tenn.)

D'Anthony M. Allen

University of the South (Tenn.)

Conor M. Bozzi

University of the South (Tenn.)

Jason J. Loudon

University of the South (Tenn.)

Wesley A. Satterfield

Shenandoah University (Va.)

Justin Mosser

South Dakota State University

Marty Kranz

Southern Illinois University

Braden Jones

Southern Illinois University

Kent DeVinney

Southern Illinois University

Jack Wise

Southern Methodist University

Duke William Clifford Hasson

Saint Ambrose University (Iowa)

Brad Cook

Stephen F. Austin State University (Texas)

Andrew Fleck

Temple University

Elliot Seifert

Tennessee State University

Brandon Hubbard

Tennessee State University

Carlos Jones

Texas A&M University

Chad Schroeder

Texas Christian University

Chad Andrus

Texas Christian University

Brent Hecht

Texas Lutheran University

Jake Robbins

Texas State University

Walter Musgrove

Towson University (Md.)

Eric Yancey

Trinity College (Conn.)

Kevin Swiniarski

United States Military Academy

Pete Bier

United States Military Academy

Mike Castelli

United States Military Academy

Justin Koenig

United States Military Academy

Austin Miller

University at Albany

Ryan Chrobak

University of Akron

Tim Crouch

University of Akron

Luke Getsy

University of Akron

Mark Groza

University of California-Davis

Jonathan Grant

University of Chicago

Benjamin Potts

University of Cincinnati

Anthony Carvitti

University of Cincinnati

Brent Celek

University of Cincinnati

William Poland

University of Colorado

Ben Carpenter

University of Colorado

Brian Daniels

University of Connecticut

Rhema Fuller

University of Connecticut

Christopher Pavasaris

University of Dayton

Brandon Godsey

University of Dayton

Josh Heyne

University of Dayton

John Hoppe

University of Dayton

Chance Walton

University of Dayton

Scott Wintering

University of Florida

Billy Latsko

University of Florida

Steve Rissler

University of Hawaii

Michael Malala

University of Hawaii

Kenneth Patton

University of Hawaii

Dane Uperesa

University of Houston

Wade P. Koehl

University of Iowa

Mike Elgin

University of Iowa

Andrew Fenstermaker

University of Kansas

Jonathan Lamb

University of Kentucky

Hayden Lane

University of Louisiana-Monroe

Christopher Bauman

University of Maryland

Josh Wilson

University of Massachusetts

Bradley Anderson

University of Memphis

Russell Clayton

University of Minnesota

Matthew Spaeth

University of Minnesota-Duluth

Mark Knudsen

University of Minnesota-Morris

Adam Turgeon

University of Mississippi

William Moseley

University of Montana

Dustin Dlouhy

University of Nebraska

Andy Kadavy

University of Nebraska

Kurt Mann

University of Nebraska

Brandon Rigoni

University of Nebraska

Andrew Shanle

University of Nebraska

Dane Todd

University of New Hampshire

Corey Graham

University of New Hampshire

Evan Loring

University of New Hampshire

Arden Snook

University of New Mexico

Christopher J. Nelson

University of North Dakota

Christopher Belmore

University of North Dakota

Trent Christensen

University of North Dakota

Michael Greenwood

University of North Dakota

Thomas Loegering

University of North Dakota

Reed Manke

University of North Dakota

Sam Schmitz

University of North Texas

Zachary Muzzy

University of North Texas

Sky Pruitt

University of Northern Iowa

Curt Bradley

University of Northern Iowa

James Lindgren

University of Notre Dame

Daniel A. Santucci

University of Notre Dame

Christopher Frome

University of Oklahoma

Carl Pendleton

University of Pennsylvania

Arthur Fritzinger

University of Redlands (Calif.)

Jeffrey Gazaille

University of Rhode Island

Kyle Edwards

University of San Diego

Kyson Hawkins

University of Sioux Falls (S.D.)

Dan DeJong

University of Sioux Falls (S.D.)

Josh Veurink

University of South Dakota

Matthew Murphy

University of South Dakota

Lucas Mikkelsen

University of South Dakota

Ryan Mach

University of South Dakota

Travis Mlady

University of South Dakota

Ryan Hedden

University of Saint Thomas (Minn.)

P.J. Theisen

University of Tennessee

James Howell Wilhoit, II

University of Texas-El Paso

Reagan Schneider

University of Tulsa

Brandon Diles

University of Utah

Casey Evans

University of Virginia

Marcus Hamiliton

University of Wisconsin

Joseph Thomas

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Matthew Evensen

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Michael Hayes

University of Wyoming

John Wendling

University of Wyoming

Mike Groover

University of Wyoming

Tyler Holden

Utah State University

Malik Cin

Utah State University

Ryan Taylor

Utica College of Syracuse University (N.Y.)

Michael Sanchez

Valley City State University (N.D.)

Eric Spooner

Vanderbilt University

Benjamin Koger

Villanova University

Allyn Bacchus

Villanova University

Jonathan Cooper

Villanova University

Zachary Mariacher

Villanova University

Blake Shubert

Wabash College (Ind.)

Will Certain

Wabash College (Ind.)

Frank Knez

Wabash College (Ind.)

Tim Schirack

Wabash College (Ind.)

Chris Greisl

Wabash College (Ind.)

Patrick Millikan

Walsh University (Ohio)

Lucas Grove

Walsh University (Ohio)

Michael Lum

Walsh University (Ohio)

Adam Maione

Wartburg College (Iowa)

Nick Noble

Washington & Lee University (Va.)

Mark C. Snoddy

Washington & Lee University (Va.)

Josh Hudak

Washington & Lee University (Va.)

James Delgado

Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.)

Drew Wethington

Wayne State University (Ind.)

Ryan Oshnock

Webber International University (Fla.)

Eric Potochney

West Texas A&M University

Nick Ashley

West Virginia University

Jay Henry

West Virginia University

Dan Mozes

Westminster College (Utah)

Joshua A Moore

Willamette University (Ore.)

Kevin Dean

Willamette University (Ore.)

Ben Weyerhaeuser

Wingate University (N.C.)

Daniel Brooks

Wingate University (N.C.)

Jeremy Kent

Wingate University (N.C.)

Francis Marino

Winston Salem State University (N.C.)

Chad Oakley

Wittenberg University (Ohio)

Tristan Murray

Yale University

Ed McCarthy

Youngstown State University

Ryan Jewell

 

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