The University of the Cumberlands (UC) football team has been one of great success in recent memory. They have been able to garner numerous team and individual awards and this season was no different as they were a household name in almost every award given out representing the NAIA. As the 2012-13 seasons come to an end, you can add one more award to UC's accomplishments this year.
Graduating seniors Justin Dyer (Woodburn, KY) and Jay Bright (Fayetteville, GA) were chosen as National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Honor Society members. To receive this recognition, a player must be able to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 throughout their college career. A total of 703 players from 259 schools earned this high honor.
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's current National Scholar-Athlete program, greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization'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 nationwide. The initiative has honored 4,081 student-athletes since its inception.
This is most certainly a tremendous honor that caps off a marquee year for UC. The focus for the Patriots now shifts to the 2013 fall season where they hope to continue their quest for a berth in the NAIA National Championship Series.
For more information on the Cumberlands football team as well as other Patriot athletics, please visit our website at www.cumberlandspatriots.com.