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Football Pair Named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society

April 28, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty’s Maximilian Sommer (left) and Chima Uzowihe (right) were two of the record number of student-athletes named to the 2016 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society.

Liberty's Maximilian Sommer (left) and Chima Uzowihe (right) were two of the record number of student-athletes named to the 2016 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society.

2016 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society

Liberty's Maximilian Sommer and Chima Uzowihe were two of the record number of student-athletes named to the 2016 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society recently announced by the organization.

A total of 875 players from 278 schools qualified for membership as the society celebrates its 10th year, setting a new record for the number of players honored in the history of the program, which began in 2007.

To be eligible for the 2016 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, a graduating senior must have achieved a 3.20 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA), met all progress toward degree requirements and been a starter or significant contributor in his final year of eligibility.

Sommer finished his career at Liberty with a 3.49 GPA as an accounting major, while Uzowihe completed his degree in biology with a 3.28 GPA.

Joining Sommer and Uzowihe on the 2016 NFF Hampshire Honor Society from the Big South Conference were Charleston Southern's Nathan Prater (TE) and Coastal Carolina's Alex Ross (QB).

Sommer was named to the 2015 All-Big South first team squad and the VaSID all-state first team listing as a senior. The two-year starter finished his career with 34 games played and 24 starts, including 10 of 11 during the 2015 season.

The native of Hamburg, Germany, finished the 2015 season ranked second on the team in knockdowns and he allowed only two sacks.

Uzowihe spent the entire 2015 season on the STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year watch list, finishing 22nd in the final voting for the nation's top defensive player award.

The senior finished the 2015 season with 52 tackles (34 solo, 18 assisted), including 17.0 tackles for a loss (86 yards) and 8.0 sacks (62 yards). The 2015 Big South Defensive Player of the Year also added a team-best six quarterback hurries, along with four pass breakups and a forced fumble.

The senior led the Big South and ranked No. 17 in the country in tackles for a loss (1.5 per game). He also led the conference and ranked No. 18 in the nation in sacks per game (0.73).

The native of Houston, Texas, finished his career with a program and Big South-best 25.0 sacks. His 44.0 career tackles for a loss ranks second in program history and third in the Big South record book. During his four-year career, he recorded 150 tackles (84 solo, 66 assisted), 10 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.