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Penn State Football: Carter And Kline Honored For Academic Achievement

by on April 27, 2016 2:00 PM

Former Nittany Lions, Kyle Carter and Ben Kline were honored for their accomplishments in the classroom when they were named to the National Football Foundation’s 2016 Hampshire Honor Society

In order to be considered for membership in the Hampshire Honor Society, a player must be a starter or significant contributor in his last year of eligibility who maintains a cumulative 3.20 grade point average or higher throughout the course of his undergraduate study at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, or an NAIA college or university.

Carter graduated in December 2014 with a degree in kinesiology. He was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Carter appeared in 46 games in his career with 19 starts. He earned a spot on the John Mackey Award watch list three times in his career. In 2015, he led all tight ends with 14 catches for 135 yards. His best performance of 2015 came against San Diego State when he pulled in three receptions for 47 yards, including a career-long 35-yard catch. 

Kline was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District choice and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He posted a perfect 4.0 GPA during the 2011 summer session and 2013 spring semester. Kline has posted a 3.50 GPA or higher in 12 of his 13 semesters on campus, including summer semesters and is a six-time Dean's List selection. He graduated with his degree in finance in December 2014 with a 3.76 cumulative GPA, in just three and a half years. He is working on his master's degree in international affairs. Additionally, Kline is a member of the Lion's Paw Senior Honor Society, a prestigious Student-Leadership Senior Honor Society with 14 members from the 2015 graduating class.

The Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania native was selected to the 2015 AFCA Good Works Team for his contributions to the community. Kline served as the President of Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes chapter for two years. In 2014, Uplifting Athletes raised a record-breaking $140,000 for Kidney Cancer Awareness and Research at its Lift for Life event. Overall, the group raised a record $155,000 total in 2014. He was also involved in THON and Special Olympics during his time at Penn State. He is also the co-founding a student organization this summer that benefits an orphanage in Kenya. The orphanage has an academic partnership with Penn State, and Kline’s organization supports that relationship.


Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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