DALLAS –Temple senior defensive back Dominique Harris
(Washington, D.C.) and senior tight end Steve Maneri
(Bound Brook, N.J.) have been named to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame's (NFF) 2010 Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 GPA or better.
A total of 620 players from 246 schools qualified for membership in the society's fourth year, an 80 percent increase from the inaugural class in 2007.
“The NFF's mission is to build leaders through football, and this year's Hampshire Honor Society members are living proof of that charge,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning
. “Each of these young men has showcased a strong desire to succeed on and off the football field, and we are certainly proud to honor them for their accomplishments as the next generation of our nation's leaders.”
received the 2009 Owl Award as Temple's most valuable player. A four-year starter and two-time team captain, Harris earned his second All-MAC honor last fall. He played in every game of his collegiate career with 44 starts. He finished the 2009 season third in team tackles with 71. He also had two sacks and a team-best nine break-ups. Harris was a finalist for the 2009 Wuerffel Trophy.
Named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine first-team Academic All-District Football Team, Harris also earned recognition on the 2009 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Football Team and the 2009 Academic All-MAC Team. The recipient of the Athletic Department
's 2009 Temple Teammates Community Service Award and the 2008 and 2009 Captains' Awards, Harris earned the monthly Owl Outreach Award for Community Service twice.
A senior safety with a 3.50 grade-point average, Harris received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice last May. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in Liberal Arts. Harris signed a rookie free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills in April.
A third team All-MAC honoree, team captain Maneri
started all 13 games at tight end. Mostly blocking on the line, he added 12 receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns. The three-year starter earned the team's 2009 John Rienstra Award for excellence in off-season conditioning and 2009 Captains' Award.
The senior is cited on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll with a 3.20 GPA in communications. Maneri was named to the 2009 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Football Team and the 2009 Academic All-MAC Team. Maneri, who signed a rookie free agent contract with the Houston Texans in April, will receive his degree in communications on May 13.
Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:
• Being a starter or a significant substitute in one's last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, or an NAIA college or university;
• Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and
• Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.
For the complete list of honorees, visit http://www.footballfoundation.org
Temple opens the 2010 season on Friday, Sept. 3 with Villanova in the second annual Mayor's Cup at Lincoln Financial Field. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.