DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke football seniors Matt Daniels, Cooper Helfet, Will Snyderwine and Johnny Williams were all named to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF announced on Wednesday.
To be eligible for the award, players must have maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.2 throughout their college career. They must have also served as starters or significant substitutes in their final year of eligibility while meeting all NCAA-mandated criteria toward graduation.
Daniels and Helfet were both All-ACC selections in 2011, while Daniels and Snyderwine both earned All-America honors during their respective careers. Williams played in 39 games at Duke, beginning as a wide receiver before switching over to the defensive side of the ball as a cornerback.
Duke's four selections were the most of any ACC school.
Daniels finished his Duke career with 324 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, four interceptions, 31 pass breakups and seven forced fumbles. A native of Fayetteville, Ga. (Fayette County), he played in 46 games, started 36 in a row and ranks 13th at Duke in career tackles, tied for fourth in pass breakups and tied for third in forced fumbles. He served as team captain as a senior and earned All-America second team honors by the Walter Camp Foundation and All-ACC first team recognition by the league's coaches. Daniels also earned All-ACC Academic Football Team honors as well as the University Scholar-Athlete Award by the National Football Foundation. On pace to become a four-year member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll, he will graduate with a degree in public policy.
Helfet, who transferred to Duke from Santa Rosa Junior College prior to the 2010 season, earned All-ACC honorable mention honors as a senior after catching 43 passes for 395 yards and four touchdowns. A native of Kentfield, Calif. (Redwood), Helfet also earned All-ACC Academic Football Team recognition. Soon to be a two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll, he will graduate with a degree in sociology with a minor in economics.
Snyderwine, a 2010 All-America first team choice by the American Football Coaches Association, wrapped up his career ranked third on Duke's all-time scoring list and second on the all-time made field goals list. He booted a school-record 81 consecutive PATs and also holds the school record with 18 consecutive field goals he made as a junior in 2010. A native of Potomac, Md. (Landon), Snyderwine was a three-time member of the Academic All-ACC Football Team and a two-time All-ACC choice. Snyderwine will be a rare five-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and will graduate with a degree in economics and a minor in English.
Williams played his first two seasons at Duke as a wide receiver, hauling in 61 receptions for 712 yards and one touchdown during that span. He switched to the other side of the ball prior to his junior year and logged significant snaps in 2010 and 2011 as a cornerback. He totaled 33 tackles and eight pass breakups after the switch. A native of St. Stephens, Ala. (Leroy), Williams earned Academic All-ACC Football Team honors as a freshman in 2009. Soon to be a three-year member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll, Williams will graduate from Duke with a degree in Visual Arts and a minor in sociology.
The Hampshire Honor Society represents a powerful component in the National Football Foundation's rich history as an innovator in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal. Launched in 1959 with a donation from Hall of Fame coach Earl "Red" Blaik, the NFF's National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, became the first initiative in history to grant postgraduate scholarships based on a player's combined academic success, football performance and community leadership. And, since its inception, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program has awarded $9.8 million to 756 top scholars and community leaders.
Currently, the NFF distributes more than $300,000 a year at the national level through the program to 16 individuals. Each winner of a National Scholar-Athlete Award receives an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. Additionally, the William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, is given to one member of each year's class as the absolute best. The winner of the Campbell Trophy, claimed by Army linebacker Andrew Rodriguez in 2011, receives a total scholarship of $25,000 and a 24-inch, 25-pound bronze trophy. Through its chapter network, the NFF also awards an additional $1 million to local high school student-athletes, bringing the NFF's annual scholarship distribution total to more than $1.3 million.