Van Maanen Receives Hampshire Honor Society Membership

 Laramie --  Wyoming fullback Drew Van Maanen was honored on Wednesday by The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) as a member of the 2018 Hampshire Honor Society.  Van Maanen, a four-year starter for the Cowboys, earned his bachelor’s degree in social science at UW in December of 2017.

This year marks the 11th year in the 12 years the Hampshire Honor Society has been in existence that UW has had at least one individual selected. VanMaanen is the 25th Cowboys player to be recognized.

To qualify for selection to the Hampshire Honor Society, a college football player must achieve a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade point average, must meet all NCAA or NAIA progress toward degree requirements, must have been a starter or significant contributor to their team and must have completed their playing eligibility.

Van Maanen completed his bachelor’s degree in social science with a 3.36 cumulative grade-point average.  Van Maanen is originally from Parker, Colo., where he played at Chaparral High School.  He was a four-time Academic All-Mountain West Conference selection.  Van Maanen was also voted a team captain by his teammates for the 2017 season, and was the Wyoming recipient of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Humanitarian Award in 2017.

“Drew (Van Maanen) was an outstanding leader for our football team and exemplified everything you look for in a student-athlete,” said head coach Craig Bohl.  “He excelled on the football field and in the classroom.  Drew was a selfless teammate, and set a great example for our younger players to follow.  He is a great representative of Cowboy Football, the university and the state of Wyoming”

 In the fall of 2017, Van Maanen was one of the national semifinalists for the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy.  The Campbell Trophy is recognized as college football’s premier scholar-athlete award.  The 181 semifinalists for the 2017 Campbell Trophy came from all divisions of college football.

Van Maanen played in 51 career games as a Cowboy and was the starter at fullback all four years.  He also served as the starting long snapper for the Cowboys his senior season. 

Van Maanen was one of 1,253 players from 303 schools in all divisions of college football to qualify for membership in the Hampshire Honor Society’s 12th year.  The 1,253 individuals and the 303 schools represented were single-year highs.  The previous single-year highs were 1,103 individuals from 302 schools in 2017.  There are currently 777 colleges and universities with football programs nationwide.

Hampshire Honor Society Members From the University of Wyoming

2018: Drew Van Maanen

2017: Chase Roullier

2016: Cameron Coffman and Rafe Kiely

2015: Keenan Montgomery, Mark Nzeocha and Stuart Williams

2013: Luke Ruff and Oliver Schober

2012: Clayton Kirven

2011: Dax Crum, Chris Prosinski and Alex Toney

2010: Russ Arnold, Weston Johnson and Jesson Salyards

2009: Jake Edmunds, Michael Ray and Chris Sundberg

2008: Luke Chase, Sean Claffey and Brandon Haugen

2007: Mike Groover, Tyler Holden and John Wendling

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