FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Former Razorback tight end Austin Tate is included among the members of the 2014 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, it was announced Tuesday.
The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame manages the program, which is comprised of college football student-athletes from all divisions who maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career, were a starter or significant contributor in their final year of eligibility and met all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements. A total of 838 student-athletes from 267 schools qualified for membership this year, setting a record for the number of members in the program, which has honored 4,927 student-athletes since beginning in 2007.
Tate appeared in 46 games with 11 starts and caught 22 passes for 171 yards, made five tackles and returned one kickoff during his career. Last season, he played in the final nine games after returning from an injury. He hauled in a seven-yard reception vs. No. 8 Auburn and helped block for the Arkansas rushing attack that produced eight 100-yard performances. The Harrison, Ark., native earned his bachelor's degree in agriculture business before his senior season and is on track to complete his master's degree in agriculture economics this summer. He was twice recognized on the Athletic Director's List and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Tate is the fourth Razorback named to the society in its eight years. Punter Dylan Breeding was honored in 2013, punter Jeremy Davis earned the recognition in 2009 and fullback Farod Jackson was Arkansas' first honoree in 2008.
Jon F. Hanson, the chairman and founder of The Hampshire Companies, provided the endowment to launch the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2007. He made the contribution as part of his legacy to the organization after serving as NFF chairman from 1994-2006. He currently serves the organization as a chairman emeritus. Each student-athlete awarded with membership in this year's Honor Society will receive a certificate commemorating their achievement.
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