IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa football student-athlete Nate Stanley has been named to the 2020 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society. The announcement was made Wednesday morning by the National Football Foundation.
“Nate has been an outstanding representative of the University of Iowa and the Hawkeye football program, both on the field and in the classroom,” said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. “As a three-year captain, he is a proven leader within the program. His career GPA and academic achievements are further proof of the role model Nate has been for our program. Our players receive great support and guidance from our Academic Student Services Department staff members. Our players and staff are very appreciative of the academic support that is provided.
“We encourage a well-rounded athletic and academic experience for our student-athletes. Programs such as the Hampshire Honor Society assist in recognizing our players for their academic accomplishments.”
In its 14th year, the Hampshire Honor Society recognizes football players who completed their final year of playing eligibility as a starter or a significant contributor in 2019 and achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale) or better throughout their college career.
Iowa is one of 29 colleges and universities to have at least on honoree in each of the 14 years of recognition.
Stanley, a native of Menomonie, Wisconsin, carried a 3.56 GPA, earning a human physiology degree. He was named Academic All-Big Ten for the third year and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches) selection in 2019.
Last season, Stanley started all 13 games, passing for 2,951 yards and 16 touchdowns. In three years as starting quarterback and captain, Stanley went 27-12 and become one of only two Iowa quarterbacks to post a 3-0 record in bowl games. He ranks second in career passing touchdowns (68), career passing yards (8,302), career completions (673), and career pass attempts (1,155), and third in career total offense (8,198).
The NFF recognized 1,432 players from 364 college football programs at all levels this year. The entire list can be found on the NFF website, http://www.footballfoundation.org.
The Hampshire Honor Society represents a component in the NFF’s history as an innovator in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal. Since its inception, the initiative has now honored 12,127 student-athletes.