The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the members of the 2017 NFF Hampshire Honor Society on Tuesday, April 5. Andreas Knappe, Sean Marinan. Bobby Puyol and Justin Wain received the honor for the Huskies.
The Hampshire Honor Society comprises of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. 1,091 players from 298 schools qualified for membership in the society’s 11th year.
Andreas Knappe started in all 12 games for the Huskies in his senior season at right tackle. Knappe helped UConn rush for 100 yards or more on six occasions this year. At the end of the year, Knappe was named to the Conference’s All-Academic team. Knappe will graduate UConn with a degree in Communications.
Sean Marinan played in all 12 games in his senior campaign, finishing the year with 11 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and one sack. After his senior season, Marinan was named CoSida Academic All-District, was named to Conference All-Academic team and was the winner of the John L. Toner Scholar-Athlete Award at the 2016 Football Awards Show. He earned his undergraduate degree in management information systems..
Bobby Puyol served as the Huskies primary placekicker. He made 13-18 field goal attempts and 19-19 PATs. Puyol was named to the Conference’s All-Academic team in 2016. He will graduate with a degree in management.
Justin Wain Received the Nils V. “Swede” Nelson Award for exceptional achievement in sportsmanship, academics and athletics from the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. The UConn punter was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given by the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame to the top college football student-athlete in the country. Wain was also named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District team. Wain finished his senior season with a career-high 41.3 yards per punt with 22 inside the 20 and 35 that were fair caught. He will graduate with a degree in allied health sciences.