May 2, 2013
NEW YORK -- Tennessee product and recent New York Jets signee Zach Rogers was named to the 2013 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society on Thursday. Rogers finished his UT career with a 3.2 GPA while playing a major role for the Vols on the field.
Rogers signed with the New York Jets on Saturday night after a four-year career as a receiver with the Vols. Rogers played in 48 games with the Big Orange, hauling in 63 passes for 906 yards and nine touchdowns. Seven of those scores came during his breakout senior campaign as he was one of the team's top targets with 32 catches for 491 yards.
He tied the Vols' record for single-game receiving touchdowns with three at South Carolina (10/27/12). That was his career games, as he made six catches for a career-high 107 yards. He also had six catches vs. Georgia. Rogers was an Academic All-SEC selection in 2010 and 2011 and named to the Academic Honor Roll as a freshman.
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the members of the 2013 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. A total of 703 players from 259 schools qualified for membership in the society's seventh year, marking the highest school participation in the history of the program, which began in 2007.
"The growing number of schools involved in the Hampshire Honor Society each year shows that football student-athletes not only play at the highest level but that they are some of the best students on campus as well," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "Congratulations to each of these young men for their commitment to education and their leadership on and off the football field."
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's current National Scholar-Athlete program greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization's leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs nationwide. The initiative has honored 4,081 student-athletes since its inception.