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Four Members Of App State Football Earn Honor Society Honors

Four Members of App State Football Earn Honor Society Honors

App State Football alums Jacob Huesman, Baer Hunter, Kaiden Smith and Caleb Spurlin have been named members of the 2022 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which was released this week by the National Football Foundation.

To be a member, players who completed their final year of eligibility in Fall 2021 must have attained a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 and been starters or significant contributors during the 2021 season.

Huesman played in 26 career games at quarterback, including six during the 2021 season, when he threw a third-quarter touchdown pass to extend App State’s lead in a league-opening win at Georgia State. He had a 3.72 cumulative GPA while majoring in public health nutrition.

Hunter, a community college and university leadership major, received All-America Honorable Mention recognition following a 2021 season in which he was named an All-Sun Belt offensive lineman for the third time. He played in 64 career games and made 52 career starts, including 14 as a first-year center in 2021.

Smith suffered a torn Achilles tendon during an April 2021 spring practice but returned less than six months later as a starting safety for the Sun Belt opener and totaled 58 tackles while starting each of the last 10 games. A communication studies major with a 3.85 cumulative GPA, he co-hosted the 135 Podcast with teammate Thomas Hennigan, produced video/written content for the UNCUT Boone site and conducted player interviews for App State’s pregame radio show.

Spurlin, a supply chain management major with a 3.62 cumulative GPA, tied a school record by appearing in 66 career games, including 26 straight starts at defensive end to close his App State career. Also a frequent contributor as a blocker and touchdown-catching threat at H-back, he completed his college career with 6.5 sacks, 15.0 tackles for loss, four receiving touchdowns (on four career catches) and seven lead blocks on goal line rushing touchdowns — making him one of just two FBS players in the 2000s with at least six career sacks and four receiving TDs.