April 29, 2014
IRVING, Texas -
One of the Southland Conference's top punters over the course of his four years in Beaumont, Kollin Kahler has added one more honor to his standout collegiate career. Kahler has been named to the 2014 National Football Foundation's (NFF) Honor Society. The honors list is comprised of names of athletes who maintained at least a 3.2 grade-point average at schools from all divisions.
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's current National Scholar-Athlete program greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization's leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs nationwide. The initiative has honored 4,927 student-athletes since its inception, and the program has experienced growth every year in either members or school participation since its launch in 2007. The 2014 class of 838 players represents a new high water mark for members, eclipsing the old record mark by 117 student-athletes.
To be nominated for the NFF Hampshire Honor Society the student-athlete must be a starter or a significant contributor in his last year of eligibility, achieve and maintain a 3.2 GPA throughout his undergrad career and meet all the NCAA progress standards toward receiving a degree.
That same level of excellence that Kahler achieved in the classroom, he also reached on the playing field. Becoming the first LU player to receive preseason first-team All-Southland honors since football was brought back to Lamar, Kahler backed that up on the field by being named postseason first-team All-SLC. He averaged 41.3 yards per punt and will graduate as the school's all-time leader in yards per punt.
A 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, Kahler has maintained a 3.9 GPA, and was a recipient of the 2013 David J. Beck Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to only two Lamar students each year, and rewards outstanding academic achievement. It also allows top students to further challenge themselves with unique opportunities for undergraduate research and creative study. Kahler will use the fellowship to study the advances of joint replacement surgery in Dublin, Ireland during the summer.
A two-time Academic All-Southland conference selection, Kahler has also been named to the FCS ADA Academic All-Star team during his career. During the 2013 season, Kahler was a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, which is considered the academic Heisman.