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Central's Boerm lands on football academic squad

May 22, 2015
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Central College football player Brendon Boerm (Traer, North Tama HS) was one of nine Dutch players named to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society for academic achievement.

The Hampshire Society, in its ninth year, recognizes senior football players who are starters or significant reserves and carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher.

Central ranked first in the Iowa Conference for the seventh time in eight years, landing 70 honorees in that span, the most in Iowa. The Dutch led the state this year with nine honorees.

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The Dutch tied for eighth in the nation in 2014-15. Brown University (R.I.) led the U.S. with 16 honorees. Central ranked third in the nation in 2011-12 with 17 honorees and had 11 players cited in 2007-08 and 2010-11. A year ago, six Dutch players were cited. Nationwide, 817 players from 278 schools were recognized this year.

A wide receiver and quarterback for the Dutch, Boerm carries a 3.87 GPA with a biology major. Boerm was also an honorable mention all-Iowa Conference selection.

"This illustrates the kind of student-athlete we look for at Central," McMartin said. "We look for the complete person, someone with great character who is a leader, an outstanding student and a talented football player. The young men on this list definitely exhibit those qualities and I couldn't be happier about this honor. It speaks very highly of our program and our players.

"We talk about champions always being champions and that who we are on the football field needs to be reflected in who we are in the classroom and in our daily life."

The Hampshire Honor Society is the latest component of the National Football Foundation's efforts to promote combined athletic and academic success. The NFF's National Scholar-Athlete Awards program, launched in 1959, was the first to credit a player for academic success, football performance and community leadership.



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