May 3, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State had three of the 19 student-athletes from the Big Ten Conference who were honored and named to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame's (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society yesterday.
Buckeyes from the 2012 team named to the NFF's relatively new - it is in its seventh year - honor society are Ben Buchanan, from Westerville, Ohio, Adam Homan (Coldwater, Ohio) and Stewart Smith (New Albany, Ohio).
All three individuals met criteria for admission that included being a starter or significant reserve in one's last year of eligibility, carrying a minimum 3.2 cumlative grade point average throughout the entire course of undergraduate study, and meeting all NCAA-mandated progress toward degree requirements and graduation.
Buchanan, a three-year starting punter for the Buckeyes, has a degree in strategic communications and he is one internship - which he will complete this summer in the Westerville Central H.S. athletics department - away from his master's degree in sports administration.
Homan, a fullback and key special team's player for the Buckeyes who played in nine games this year (he missed three because of injury) and 43 for his career, will graduate Sunday with his degree in exercise science.
Smith was a key special team's player in the final six games of the season for the Buckeyes. He played in 17 games throughout his career and he graduated in December with his degree in biology.
All three players were multiple honorees as Academic All-Big Ten and as OSU Scholar-Athletes. Buchanan and Homan were each Academic All-Big Ten three times and an OSU Scholar-Athlete five times. Smith was Academic All-Big Ten once and an OSU Scholar-Athlete four times.