CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.– Virginia football players Evan Butts, Lester Coleman and Joe Spaziani earned NFF Hampshire Honor Society membership, as announced by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. To earn membership a football student-athlete must maintain a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout his college career.
Other qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include: Being a starter or a significant contributor in the last year of eligibility at an NCAA FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university; achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout the entire course of undergraduate study; and meeting all NCAA/NAIA-mandated progress toward degree requirements.
Butts (Sr., Springfield, Pa.) earned All-ACC honorable mention honors in 2018 after hauling in 16 catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Butts was a two-time All-ACC Academic honoree and leaves UVA with 71 career receptions for 635 yards and eight touchdowns.
Coleman (Sr., Martinsville, Va.) leaves UVA No. 3 all-time in program history with a 42.9 yards per punt average. He was a Campbell Trophy semifinalist and a co-recipient of the Touchdown Club of Richmond’s Humanitarian Man of the Year. Coleman is a two-time All-ACC Academic honoree and earned second-team All-ACC honors in 2017.
Spaziani (Sr., Hingham, Mass.) started 30 games in his career at UVA as the long snapper. He was part of a punt return defense that finished 2018 No. 1 in the ACC and No. 7 in the nation with 3.21 yards allowed per return.
UVA has had a Cavalier now earn the honor four years in a row. Kurt Benkert and Micah Kiser earned the honor in 2018, while Nicholas Conte, Ryan Santoro and Conner Wingo-Reeves earned the accolade in 2017. Ian Frye was recognized in 2016. Fellow ACC members Boston College, Duke, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, NC State, Syracuse and Wake Forest also boast student-athletes that gained membership in 2019.