Beaver Football quartet named to 2018 NFF Hampshire Honor Society

Beaver Football quartet named to 2018 NFF Hampshire Honor Society
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Beaver Football quartet named to 2018 NFF Hampshire Honor Society

IRVING, Texas -- Four student-athletes from the Bemidji State University football program were included in an all-time high list as the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame released its 2018 NFF Hampshire Honor Society. Seniors Blake Holder, Jordan Johnson, Jake Krause and Evan Tompkins were named to the list that 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.

The quartet of Beavers are part of a class of 1,271 student-athletes from 307 schools across the country to be named to the list. The NFF Hampshire Honor Society is currently in its 12th year.

Holder, a wide receiver and native of Streamwood, Ill., saw his senior season cut short due to injury after playing in six games. He totaled 301 receiving yards on 20 receptions with three touchdowns while being named to the 2017 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Fall All-Academic Team. Holder recorded a season-high 120 receiving yards and tied a career high with two touchdowns against University of Minnesota Crookston on Sept. 30, 2017. He finished his BSU career with 110 receptions, 2,068 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns in four seasons.

Holder is a business administration major with a 3.4 GPA. He currently has two mini-camp invitations with the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans with the NFL.

Johnson, a linebacker and native of Lakeville, Minn., played in nine games during his senior season with 14 total tackles. He recorded seven assisted and seven solo tackles with two pass breakups as a senior. Johnson was selected to the 2017 NSIC Fall All-Academic Team. He finished his Beaver career with 86 tackles, 10.0 tackles for a loss, five pass deflections, four fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one sack.

Johnson is a business administration major with a 3.31 GPA.

Krause, an offensive lineman and native of Wadena, Minn., finished his BSU career with 33-game start streak and helped drive the program to 35.3 points per game, which ranked third in the NSIC. He also helped guide the BSU offense to 202.5 rushing yards per game, which ranked third in the conference, and 396.5 total yards per game, which ranked fourth. Krause was selected to the 2017 NSIC North Division All-Conference First Team Offense and the 2016 NSIC North Division All-Conference Second Team Offense. He was selected by the NSIC coaches as the 2017 Glen Galligan Award recipient and was a member of the 2017 NSIC Fall All-Academic Team.

Krause, a sport management major, holds a GPA of 3.66. He currently has an invitation to join the Kansas City Chiefs mini-camp with the NFL.

Evan Tompkins, a safety and native of Scottsdale, Ariz., played in 11 games during his senior season with the Beavers. He finished 2017 with 41 total tackles and three interceptions returned for 40 yards. Tompkins is a three-time selection to the NSIC Fall All-Academic Team and became the BSU football program’s third ever student-athlete named CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team.

Tompkins is a pre-law major with a GPA of 3.84

Bemidji State has totaled 24 student-athletes recognized by the NFF since 2007.

Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include: Being a starter or a significant contributor in one’s last year of eligibility at an 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; Meeting all NCAA/NAIA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

About the Hampshire Foundation:
The Hampshire Foundation is the charitable arm of The Hampshire Companies, a privately-held, fully-integrated real estate firm that has more than 60 years of hands-on, cycle-tested experience in acquiring, developing, leasing, repositioning, managing, financing and disposing of real estate. Founded by Jon F. Hanson, who served as NFF Chairman from 1994-2006, Hampshire is headquartered in Morristown, N.J. Learn more at

About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, Hofmann Brands, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour and VICIS. Learn more at

Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).