Albion College has placed center Andrew DiFranco, defensive tackle Nathan DiRado, offensive lineman Mike Dussel and cornerback Anthony Waite on the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society. The Britons are among 1,089 players from 297 colleges to be selection for this honor.
According to the NFF, qualifications for selection to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:
- Being a starter or significant contributor in one's last year of eligibility (or a senior who has declared for the NFL Draft) at an 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 the entire course of undergraduate study; and
- Meeting all NCAA/NAIA-mandated progress toward degree requirements
An accounting major from Warren, Mich., DiFranco was named to the Academic All-America first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. A three-year starter for the Britons, he was a two-time all-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association pick (a first team selection in 2015 and a second team award winner in 2014).
In addition to his accomplishments on the field, DiFranco participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program which prepares tax returns for the Albion community, and he completed an internship with Ernst & Young during the 2016 spring semester.
DiRado, a business and organizations major from Northville, Mich., wrapped up 53 tackles (including two sacks) during the 2016 season.
An environmental science major from Cassopolis, Mich., Dussel is a two-time recipient of the Barbara Putnam scholarship presented to Albion's outstanding student in natural resources. He has also been placed on the MIAA's Academic Honor Roll twice. Last summer, Dussel stayed in Albion to interpret the College's Ewell A. Stowell Arboretum.
Waite, a business and organizations major from White Lake, Mich., wrapped up 77 tackles and collected two interceptions during the 2016 season. He spent last summer as an intern at Roush Enterprises where he worked with the marketing director for the alternative fuels division.
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