IRVING, Texas – Two Olivet College senior football players Mitchell Bailey and Travis Lankerd have been named to the 2017 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society. The society is comprised of college football players who have maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. Overall, a total of 1,089 players from 297 schools qualified for membership in the society's 11th year.
Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:
- Being a starter or a significant contributor in one's last year of eligibility (or a senior who has declared for the NFL Draft) at an 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/NAIA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.
Lankerd is also an insurance and risk management major and has a 3.95 GPA. The starting tight end for nine games before suffering a season-ending injury, he hauled in 19 passes for 186 yards. Lankerd was selected to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® and CoSIDA Academic All-District VI first-team.
Bailey and Lankerd helped Olivet finish the 2016 season with a 9-2 overall record and win the outright MIAA title with a 6-0 record. The Comets also earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA DIII Playoffs.