Seniors Spud Dick & Alex Fitch Named to NFF's Hampshire Honor Society

Seniors Spud Dick & Alex Fitch Named to NFF's Hampshire Honor Society

May 5, 2010

Spud Dick - Alex Fitch.jpgMay 5, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — DePauw University seniors Gerry "Spud" Dick and Alex Fitch are among the members of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame's 2010 Hampshire Honor Society, which is composed of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 GPA or better. A total of 620 players from 246 schools qualified for membership in the society's fourth year, an 80 percent increase from the inaugural class in 2007.

"The NFF's mission is to build leaders through football, and this year's Hampshire Honor Society members are living proof of that charge," says Archie Manning, the former NFL quarterback who is chairman of the NFF. "Each of these young men has showcased a strong desire to succeed on and off the football field, and we are certainly proud to honor them for their accomplishments as the next generation of our nation's leaders."_NFF.jpg

Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:

  • Being a starter or a significant substitute in one's last year of eligibility at an accredited 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.

dick_spud_09fb.jpgSpud Dick, a quarterback, was one of four finalists for the 2009 Gagliardi Trophy, the most prestigious individual honor in NCAA Division III football. He rewrote DePauw's all-time passing records and finished his career with 9,312 passing yards which established a new Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference record. In 38 career starts, he set school career records for passing yards (9,312), completion percentage (65.5%), pass attempts (1,195), pass completions (783), touchdown passes (76), pass efficiency (145.11), total offense yards (9,293) and total plays (1,322).

In leading the 7-3 Tigers in 2009, he broke his own school record for completion percentage atSpud 2007 Monon.jpg 71.3 percent which also established an SCAC mark. His eight 300-yard passing games were also a school record. He earned All-SCAC First Team honors this year after garnering second team selections each of the last two seasons.

An economics major and Management Fellow at DePauw, Dick has been named to the SCAC Academic Honor Roll three times and was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection in November.

Alex Fitch, a defensive end, was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® fitch_alex_09fb.jpgCollege Division Football First Team last November as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Fitch was a second team selection in 2008 and is the first DePauw student-athlete since 1991 to earn Academic All-America® honors in consecutive years.

An economics and mathematics double major, Fitch is also a member of DePauw's Management Fellows program and has been named to DePauw's dean's list every semester in addition to his three Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll selections. In addition to his normal fitchmononblock08.jpgcourse load, Fitch also takes one piano class each semester. He's also been a recipient of the Timothy Pearson Scholarship, the Stuart and Jane Watson Delta Tau Delta Scholarship, and the Neal Scholarship. (at right: Fitch blocks a field goal early in the 2008 Monon Bell Classic)

Fitch started all 10 games for the 7-3 team last fall and totaled 19 tackles including a team-high 6.0 sacks. He also shared the team lead with 6.5 tackles for loss.

The Hampshire Honor Society is a component of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program, which has awarded $9.2 million to 724 top scholars and community leaders. Learn more, and access a list of this year's honorees, by clicking here.