LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Five members of the Bucknell football team earned spots on the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society. Representing the Bison are seniors Ned Bent, Thomas Bodolus, Anthony DelRusso, Troy Glenn and Cary Hess.
In order to qualify for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, a student-athlete must be a starter or significant contributor in his final year of eligibility, and have a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average. A record total of 1,091 players from 298 schools were recognized this season.
Bent started all 11 games at center in his final season in 2016. A chemical engineering major, he was a four-year letterman who appeared in 37 career games with 16 starts.
Bodolus appeared in 32 career games with seven starts at linebacker. He made 44 career tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss, broke up four passes and intercepted a pass. Bodolus, an accounting and financial management major, had 19 tackles during his senior season, including a career-high seven against Duquesne.
After three seasons on the scout team, DelRusso played in seven games at running back and on special teams in 2016. The chemical engineering major recorded a career-best eight-yard carry on Senior Day against Fordham.
Glenn had his most productive year as a senior last fall, playing in all 11 games on the Bison defensive line. The economics major recorded 22 tackles, including two for loss, and also recovered a fumble.
Hess played in all 11 games on the offensive line for the second straight season. He made six starts, five of them coming at right guard and the other at left guard. A biology major with minors in anthropology and philosophy, Hess was selected as a semifinalist for the NFF's William V. Campbell Trophy, which goes to the top scholar-athletes in college football.
This has been a banner year academically for the Bucknell football team. A record total of 46 student-athletes made the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll with a GPA of 3.20 or better in the fall semester. That was the highest total in the league by a significant margin, and it was the fourth straight year in which the Bison surpassed their previous high-water mark for Honor Roll recipients.