Skinner and Silas Named to NFF Hampshire Society


BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo, The State University of New York seniors Lee Skinner and Jake Silas have been named to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society - comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. This marks the fourth straight year a UB player has made the list, and it is the second straight season the Bulls have had multiple honorees.

Skinner, who was also a third-team All-MAC selection in 2014, was a business administration major with a 3.32 grade point average. He started all 11 games at linebacker and led the team in tackles with 96 and ranked second in tackles for loss (6.5) and sacks (3.5). He was a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, considered by many to be the "Academic Heisman."

Silas, a computer engineering major with a 3.42 grade point average, started all 11 games at left tackle for a UB offense that averaged 178.6 yards rushing per game and an FBS-era record 32.3 points per game. He was also named to the All-MAC Second Team in 2014.

A total of 817 players from 278 schools qualified for membership in the society's ninth year, setting a new record for the number of schools represented in the history of the program, which began in 2007.

UB's Hamsphire Honor Society Members

2008 – Jamey Richard 2009 – Drew Willy 2012 – Peter Fardon 2013 – Graham Whinery 2014 - Colby Way and Alex Neutz 2015 – Lee Skinner and Jake Silas