WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team had three graduating seniors selected to the 2017 National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society. Punter Harry McCollum (Arlington Heights, Ill./Saint Viator), defensive end Phil Novacki (Great Falls, Va./Langley) and placekicker Ben Priddy (Davidsonville, Md./Severn) were three of 17 Patriot League student-athletes to earn the prestigious academic honor.
A record 1,099 players from an all-time high of 301 colleges and universities across all divisions of play were honored in the 11th year of the society. To be eligible a student-athlete must be a starter or significant contributor with a cumulative 3.2 grade-point average (GPA) or better in the final year of eligibility.
McCollum, who graduated in December with a degree in finance, had one of the best punting seasons in Georgetown history as a senior, earning himself a spot on the All-Patriot League Second Team. He set single-season records in total punts (86) and punt yards (3,575), becoming the first Hoya to surpass 3,000 punt yards in a season. His 41.6 yards per punt average ranks second in GU history. He was named the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 26 after punting a program-record 14 times against Columbia. McCollum was a three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Novacki, a finance major in the McDonough School of Business, finished his senior season with a team-high 6.5 sacks and ranked second with 7.5 TFL to go along with 37 tackles, including 19 solo takedowns. He also contributed two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and four quarterback hurries. Novacki earned a Patriot League Honorable Mention selection on Sept. 12 after Georgetown’s win at Marist. He was a two-time selection to the Academic All-Patriot League Team and was a four-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Priddy, an accounting & international business major in the McDonough School of Business, was Georgetown’s kickoff specialist for each of his four years on the Hilltop. As a senior in 2016, Priddy kicked off 39 times for 2,059 yards, an average of 52.8 yards per kick. He recorded three touchbacks and was part of a kickoff coverage team that allowed the second-fewest return yards in the Patriot League. In the classroom, Priddy was a four-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
The Hoyas are preparing to host their Annual Spring Football Weekend, April 21-22. The Blue & Gray Spring Game will be played on Friday, April 21. Kickoff at Cooper Field is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and the game is open to the public and admission is free.