COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three Ohio State Buckeyes – Jarrod Barnes, Joe Burger and Tyler Durbin – were each named today to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s (NFF) 2017 Hampshire Honor Society. Hampshire honorees are players who have completed their eligibility and maintained at least a 3.20 grade point average throughout their academic career.
Barnes, from Westerville and Westerville South High School, graduated in August 2016 with his master’s degree in kinesiology and immediately started work on his Ph.D. in sports management, thus becoming the first active Ohio State football player ever to be working on a Ph.D. while still competing. An OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Barnes was honored with a McMurry Scholar Athlete Citizenship Award this spring.
Burger, who graduated in December with a degree in industrial and systems engineering, is taking classes with plans of attending medical school. Last week he won a $5,000 Corwin Fergus Memorial Award at the Scholar-Athlete banquet, renewable for up to three years. The Cincinnati native and LaSalle High School graduate was a five-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Durbin was one of the top place kickers in college football in 2016 and was a semifinalists for the Lou Groza award after leading the Big Ten in scoring and kick scoring. He will graduate this spring with his degree in civil engineering. The Burke, Va., native and graduate of Lake Braddock High School is a two-time OSU Scholar Athlete, and an Academic All-Big Ten and Academic all-District 5 honoree.
All three players were among the six-year high 38 football Buckeyes who were named OSU Scholar-Athletes last week.