(Editor's note: University of Montana media release)
MISSOULA -- The Montana football program continued its 14-year tradition of placing its highest-achieving stars into the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society on Wednesday, with five former players joining the class of 2020.
Outgoing seniors Colin Bingham, Dante Olson, Brandon Purdy, Dalton Sneed and Adam Wilson were welcomed into the Society, which recognizes players from all divisions of college football who maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA throughout their careers while excelling on the field of play.
Montana is one of just 29 programs nationwide to place a student-athlete in the Society in each of its now 14 years. Since its inception in 2007, the Grizzlies now have 33 total members, including this year's class of five, who are part of an impressive 1,432 players from 364 schools nationwide that qualified for membership.
"We've always believed that success on the field and success in the classroom go hand in hand. During my first run at Montana, we had the most academic all-conference selections in the league and graduated our student-athletes at a significantly higher rate than their peers. We have also posted the program's highest-ever term GPA for two-straight semesters," said Montana head coach Bobby Hauck.
"The Hampshire Society is important in that it allows us to recognize the hard work these men put into their studies. It helps promote better all-around student-athletes and better citizens. We are proud to have had a Grizzly enter the Hampshire Society in each of its 14 years, and we look forward to celebrating our academic achievements into the future."