Wednesday, April 05, 2017

4 UConn players earn Hampshire Honor Society recognition

Wins were hard to come by on the football field but four seniors on UConn's 2016 team certainly did not let than stop them from doing the work both on the gridiron and in the classroom.

Three-year starting right offensive tackle Andreas Knappe, defensive lineman Sean Marinan, kicker Bobby Puyol and punter Justin Wain are among players to earn membership into the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society.

Seniors need to have a GPA of at least 3.2 during their playing careers to receive this prestigious honor.

Knappe originally played on the defensive line when he made the trip from his native Denmark to UConn. He started 32 games, all at right tackle for the Huskies. He earned a spot on the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after the site gave him a grade of 83.7 in the 20-9 victory over Cincinnati. He was also credited with the second best rating among offensive players in a 42-14 loss to Houston.

Marinan, who like Waiin was honored on multiple occasions for attaining a 4.0 GPA during his time with the Huskies, had 11 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack as a senior as he went from being a walk-on earlier in his career to becoming a part of the regular rotation on the defensive line.

Puyol was 13 of 18 on field goals as a senior and also had 29 touchbacks on 43 kickoffs. He finished his career with 39 field goals which ranks third in program history.

Wain averaged 41.3 yards per punt as a senior. He averaged at least 40 yards per punt in nine of the 12 games including a career-high 48.0 in a loss to Syracuse. Wain finished fourth in program history in career punts, punting yards and yards per punt.

The four honorees are the most of any American Athletic Conference team. East Carolina, Tulsa and UCF each had three.


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