Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina football landed five players on the 2019 Hampshire Honor Society, announced today by the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame. Catamount senior punter Ian Berryman, running back Corey Holloway, and offensive linemen Nathan Dalton, Kaleb Spry, and Zach Weeks each earned recognition.
This year marked a seventh-consecutive season that WCU landed players on the NFF’s Hampshire Honor Society with a combined 18 Catamounts recognized since 2013. This year’s five honorees are an all-time high for Catamount football, two more than last year’s previous best of three. WCU’s honorees includes its Campbell Trophy semifinalist, Zach Weeks, with both he and Ian Berryman earning FCA ADA Academic All-Star honors back in January.
All told, an all-time high of 1,643 players from a record 424 schools across all divisions of college football qualified for membership in the Society’s 13th year. The 1,634 players honored this year eclipse the previous record of 1,274 honorees in 2018 while the 424 schools breaks the previous mark of 308 set last year.
A combined 21 student-athletes from six Southern Conference schools were honored on Wednesday.
A team captain in 2018, Berryman finished as Western Carolina’s career leader in punting average at 43.8 yards per punt, breaking the previous school benchmark of 42.8 yards per kick that stood for 20 years. His 206 career punts ranked him tied for fourth in the WCU record books, downing an impressive 82 of his kicks inside the opponent’s 20-yard line while 56 of his punts traveled 50+ yards. Majoring in communications, Berryman boasted a cumulative GPA of 3.534.
WCU offensive linemen Nathan Dalton, Kaleb Spry, and Weeks were all an integral part of Western Carolina amassing 1,000-yard rushers in each of the past four seasons – three by tailback Detrez Newsome and last year with quarterback Tyrie Adams. The trio anchored a veteran WCU offensive line over the past four years in Cullowhee.
Weeks, who was a team captain and dubbed first team All-Southern Conference in 2018, majored in Criminal Justice with a 3.672 cumulative grade point average. Dalton majored in management with a 3.487 GPA while Spry is a health & physical education major with a 3.447 GPA.
Redshirt senior running back Corey Holloway, also selected as a team captain in 2018, finished his Catamount playing career with 893 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns including career-bests of 444 yards on the ground and seven TDs in 2017. The Atlanta, Ga., native finished with a cumulative GPA of 3.316 while majoring in psychology.
Nominated by their respective schools, members of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society must have:
- Completed their final year of playing eligibility in 2018;
- Graduated players, who have remaining eligibility but will not return to collegiate play (e.g. declared for NFL Draft or retired from football), may also be nominated.
- Achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study;
- Met all NCAA - or NAIA-mandated progress toward degree requirements; and
- Been starters or significant contributors throughout the 2018 season.
The initiative has now honored 10,660 student-athletes since its inception, and the program experienced growth every year in either members or school participation since its launch in 2007.
Catamount football continues its annual Spring Drills, presented by Wells Fargo, on Thursday afternoon with a workout in shells – its 12th of the season – on-campus at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field. The squad is slated to practice Friday in helmets and spider pads ahead of a fully-padded practice including a scrimmage on Saturday morning at 10:30 am.
Season tickets for the 2019 season of Catamount football are on-sale now through the Catamount Athletics Ticket office, located on the first floor of the Ramsey Center, by phone at (800) 34-GOWCU, and online at CatamountSports.com. Three different seat types – reserved chair back, bench back reserved, and traditional stadium bleacher – options are available for the six home dates with prices beginning at $90 for an adult general admission and $55 for a youth bleacher season ticket.
Returning season ticket holders must renew their season tickets by June 28, 2019 to lock-in their same seats from a year ago.
2018: Tyler Junius, A.J. Newman, and Daniel Riddle
2017: Chandler Addertion and Ethan James
2016: Darius Ramsey and London Richardson
2015: K.P. Hicks and Richard Sigmon
2014: Clark Sechrest and Ben Watkins
2013: Conner Orr and Rock Williams