IRVING, Texas – Maine Maritime Academy football seniors John Bennett (Chelsea, Maine) and Jacob Doyon (Sidney, Maine) have been named to the 2019 National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.
On Wednesday, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced the members of the 2019 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. An all-time high of 1,643 players from a record 424 schools qualified for membership in the Society's 13th year.
Bennett, a Marine Engineering Technology major, recorded 57 tackles this season, including 33 solo stops and three tackles for a loss of six yards. The team captain also tallied two interceptions which he returned for 46 yards, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a broken up pass. Bennett was named to the 2018 NEWMAC Second Team, NEWMAC Sportsmanship Team and was named as a Semifinals for the 2018 Campbell Trophy.
Doyon, a Power Engineering Technology major and offensive lineman, appeared in all nine games for the Mariners this season. The team captain was named to the 2017 NEWMAC Second Team and earned a spot on the NEFC All-Academic Team in 2016.
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's current National Scholar-Athlete program by greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. Jon F. Hanson, the chairman and founder of The Hampshire Companies and NFF Chairman Emeritus, provided the endowment to launch the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2007.
The 1,643 players honored in 2019 sets a new high water mark, eclipsing the previous record of 1,274 honorees in 2018. The 424 schools represented breaks the previous mark of 308 set in 2018. The initiative has now honored 10,660 student-athletes since its inception, and the program has experienced growth every year in either members or school participation since its launch in 2007.
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