The National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame announced the members of the 2016 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. Four Hobart College seniors were among the 868 players from 275 schools who have distinguished themselves academically and athletically.
Offensive lineman Brendan Casey, running back Conner Hartigan, tight end Nick Liverio, and wide receiver Yanni Zulia raise the total number of Statesmen in the Hampshire Honor Society to 31. This is the 10th year of the program which strengthens the NFF’s leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the 775 colleges and universities with football programs nationwide.
In 2015, Casey helped anchor an offensive line that graduated two All-Americans, including current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ali Marpet ’16, starting all 10 games at left guard. Casey helped the Statesmen average 115.2 yards rushing and 204.1 yards passing per game. He and his fellow linemen cleared the way for a season-high 276 yards rushing and a season-high 305 yards passing in the win at Union.
A media and society major, Casey played in 32 games, starting 22, over the past four seasons.
A two-time All-Liberty League second team pick, Hartigan led Hobart and ranked sixth in the Liberty League with 574 yards rushing this season. He gained a season-high 95 yards rushing against the Dutchmen. Hartigan also produced 88 yards rushing and completed a 74-yard touchdown pass in the win over WPI. The environmental studies major was a three-time Liberty League All-Academic selection.
In 40 career games, Hartigan rushed for 1,994 yards (5.0 yds/att) and 16 touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 61 yards and averaged 32.4 yards per attempt as a kick returner.
A political science major, Liverio played in all 10 games this season, contributing as a blocker and on special teams. He appeared in 31 games during his career. Liverio was a three-time Liberty League All-Academic selection.
A biochemistry major, Zulia played in eight games this season with two receptions for 41 yards. He appeared in 14 games during his career. Zulia was a three-time Liberty League All-Academic selection.
Hobart was 7-3 overall this season, finishing third in the Liberty League with a 5-2 record. The Class of 2016 produced a four-year record of 41-6 that includes three consecutive conference championships and two trips to the NCAA quarterfinals.