IRVING, Texas - Three departed seniors of Baylor's football team, Trevor Clemons-Valdez, Spencer Drango and Blake Muir, earned a place in the 2016 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced Wednesday.
Baylor is one of 32 schools to have at least one student-athlete recognized in each of the Hampshire Honor Society’s 10 years and the Bears have now had multiple honorees in nine of the last 10 years. In total, Baylor has had 25 student-athletes selected since the program's inception in 2007.
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society 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. A total of 868 players from 275 schools qualified for membership in the society's 10th year.
All three of the Bears' 2016 honorees helped lead Baylor to the most successful three-year span in school history: including two conference championships (2013 & 2014 Big 12 titles), 32 wins (17-2 home mark) and a 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl win.
Clemons-Valdez played 44 career games in his Baylor career on the defensive line and at tight end. The Copperas Cove, Texas native was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree and a four-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection. He graduated in August 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing.
Drango, a four-year starter on the offensive line and a two-time consensus All-American, was twice honored as Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year. The Cedar Park, Texas, product was a 2015 Outland Trophy finalist and 2014 semi-finalist. For his career, Drango totaled 211 knockdowns and a career coaches grade of 89.3 percent in 48 games played (started all 48 games of career). Off the field, he was a four-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, a two-time first-team Academic All-District VII selection, a two-time Dean’s List honoree and an eight-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll member. Drango graduated in December 2014 with a degree in Finance and was a 2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete.
Muir, a two-time All-Big 12 offensive lineman, started all 25 games played at Baylor. He totaled 83 knockdowns and averaged 88.8 percent coaches grade in two seasons at BU. The native of Australia and former Hawai’i transfer, was a four-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection and a two-time Academic All-Big 12 first teamer. Muir graduated in December 2015 with a degree in Health, Kinesiology and Leisure Studies.
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's current National Scholar-Athlete program greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization's leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs nationwide. Jon F. Hanson, the chairman and founder of The Hampshire Companies, provided the endowment to launch the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2007. Each player awarded with membership in this year's Honor Society will receive a certificate commemorating their achievement.
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-mandated progress towards degree requirements.
Baylor's Hampshire Honor Society Athletes
John David Weed
Robert Griffin III