May 2, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - Former Washington State University football players Jared Karstetter and Daniel Wagner were named to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 2012 Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF announced today.
Designed to highlight football's unique ability to develop tomorrow's brightest leaders, The NFF Hampshire Honor Society honors the college football players from all divisions of play who each maintain a 3.2 GPA or better during their collegiate careers.
Karstetter, a wide receiver, adds another accolade to his impressive academic resume, after being named the Pac-12 Football Student-Athlete of the Year this past season. The Spokane, Wash. native was also named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and earned spots on the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team and CoSIDA All-Academic District VIII First Team.
Karstetter finished his Cougar career ranked fourth in school history with 166 receptions and third with 19 touchdown catches. This past season, he earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention recognition, the third such honor of his career, after catching 60 passes for 700 yards and six touchdowns.
In addition to his year's achievements, Karstetter received Pac-10 All-Academic First Team honors in 2010 and second team honors as a sophomore in 2009. A three-time WSUCougars.com Student-Athlete of the Week, he is a President's Honor Roll member, a member of the WSU Athletics All-Academic Team from 2008-10, and he was named a Cougar Academic Top 50 Scholar-Athlete for 2010-11. Karstetter is a member of the WSU Honors College and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He was a First Team All-Academic District VIII honoree as a junior.
Wagner, a senior punter and entrepreneurship major (3.27 GPA) earned Academic All-Pac-12 honorable mention this past season. The Portland, Ore. native punted 55 times for 2,243 yards, averaged 40.1 yards per kick including six of 50-plus yards and 15 inside the 20.
Looking to build on his legacy in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal, Hanson endowed in perpetuity the NFF Hampshire Honor Society through his real estate company, the Hampshire Companies, and its charitable arm, the Hampshire Foundation, in 2007, and since its inception 3,379 student-athletes have earned membership, including 722 in 2012, 687 in 2011, 620 in 2010, 564 in 2009, 441 in 2008 and 345 in 2007.
"Ever since legendary Army coach Red Blaik provided the first funds for the first National Scholar- Athlete Awards in 1959, the NFF has stood in the vanguard of promoting the scholar-athlete ideal," said Hanson, the chairman and founder of The Hampshire Companies when he endowed the program. "It's a great privilege to build on his legacy and endow The NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which greatly increases the number of the college student- athletes that the NFF can recognize each year. Nationwide there are thousands of football players excelling in the classroom, and they're going on to be great leaders. The NFF Hampshire Honor Society allows us to shine a light on their hard work."
Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:
Being a starter or a significant substitute in one's last year of eligibility at an accredited 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-mandated progress towards degree requirements.