NEW YORK—Four 2017-18 Columbia Football seniors—defensive lineman Connor Heeb, quarterback Anders Hill, running back Chris Schroer and punter Parker Thome—were named to the 2018 Hampshire Honor Society Thursday by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF).
The Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. An all-time high 1,251 players from a record-tying 302 schools qualified for membership in the society’s 12th year. Click here for the NFF story and this link to see the full list of honorees. The 1,251 players honored in 2018 sets a new high water mark, eclipsing the previous record of 1,103 honorees in 2017. The 302 schools with members ties the previous mark also set in 2017.
A two-year starter at defensive end, Heeb totaled 47 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and blocked three kicks during his 35-game career. As a senior, he was named the team’s Maniatty-Remer Unsung Hero Award after he finished with 22 tackles, 4.5 tackles for losses, 1.0 sack, registered Columbia’s only safety and ranked No. 3 nationally after blocking a team-best three kicks. A Canandaigua, N.Y. native, Heeb will graduate from Columbia in May with an Economics degree.
A two-time Fall Academic All-Ivy League selection and Second Team All-Ivy League quarterback, Hill completed 399 of 646 career passes for 4,612 yards and 27 touchdowns, rushed for 565 yards on 299 carries and six touchdowns and was responsible for 33 total touchdowns (27 passing, six rushing) in his 31-game, 18-start collegiate career. As a senior co-captain this past fall, he guided the Lions to their best record in 21 years (8-2, 5-2 Ivy League), set a school-record for season completion percentage (63.4 percent) while completing 206 of 325 passes for 2,407 yards and 16 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. He also led the Lions in total offense with 2,550 yards and rushed for 143 yards on 118 carries and three touchdowns, was responsible for 19 of Columbia’s 31 touchdowns (61.3 percent) and ranked among national FCS statistical leaders in a variety of categories: No. 17 in completion percentage (63.4%), No. 17 in completions per game (20.6), No. 23 in passing yards per game (240.7) and No. 26 in total offense (255.0). In addition, Hill ranked No. 2 in the Ivy League in total offense (255.0 per game), No. 2 in passing yardage per game (240.7) and No. 5 in passing efficiency (135.7). For his efforts, Hill was named the team’s Sid Luckman Most Valuable Player award winner. A Boulder, Colo. native, Hill will graduate in May with a Political Science degree.
Schroer earned CosSIDa Academic All-America Second Team honors, becoming just the 11th football player and 34th all-time Columbia student-athlete to garner such accolades. He also was selected to the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team and 2017 Fall Academic All-Ivy League team. Over his four-year, 32-game career, Schroer rushed for 920 yards on 217 carries with two touchdowns and caught 33 passes for 295 yards and a touchdown. A Cincinnati native, Schroer will graduate from Columbia in May with a degree in Sociology.
Thome was named a First Team All-Ivy League punter as a senior after leading the Ivy League and ranking No. 11 nationally in punting with a 42.9 yards per punt average (2,146 yards on 50 punts). He also had 10 punts travel 50 yards or more and placed 23 punts inside the 20-yard line. Thome also earned All-ECAC Second Team honors and saw action in 19 career games on special teams as both a punter and holder. A native of Hortonville, Wis., Thome will graduate from Columbia in May with a biological studies degree.