Five Black Knights Join NFF Hampshire Society

Nate Combs had 12.5 tackles for loss in 2012.

Nate Combs had 12.5 tackles for loss in 2012.

May 6, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y.  –  Army seniors Chris Boldt, Nate Combs, Ben Jebb, Zach Watts and Will Wilson have been honored as members of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) 2013 Hampshire Honor Society. The list is comprised of college football players from all divisions who were starters or significant contributors, and maintained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2 while completing their eligibility.

A total of 703 players from 259 schools qualified for membership in the program’s seventh year. Army’s five selections tied a program best and were the most among the service academies.

Boldt served as Army’s primary punter in his final two seasons. He finished his career ranked among Army’s all-time top 20 in punts (t-20th, 65), punting yards (19th, 2530) and punting average (10th, 38.9). In addition to his play on the field, Boldt served as a regimental commander in the United States Corps of Cadets, supervising the activities of more than 1,000 cadets. He will graduate with a degree in Leadership and will be commissioned in the infantry branch of the U.S. Army.

Combs, a linebacker, started all 10 games in 2012 and led the team with 12 tackles for loss, six quarterback sacks and three fumble recoveries. He finished his career ranked fifth all-time at West Point with nine sacks. A team captain as a senior, Combs is majoring in Engineering Management and will be commissioned as an officer in the infantry branch of the U.S. Army.

Despite battling injuries for much of the season, Jebb was with the first unit in eight of the nine games he played in. He was part of the Black Knights’ offensive line that led the way for the nation’s top rushing offense with a school record 369.8 yards per game. Jebb will graduate with his degree in Political Science and be commissioned in the infantry branch of the U.S. Army.

Watts started 11 games at defensive end and ranked sixth on the team with 45 tackles. A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and an Academic All-America choice in 2011, Watts will graduate from West Point with a degree in Engineering Management. He will be commissioned in the infantry branch of the U.S. Army.

Wilson served as a valuable role player along Army’s offensive front, starting three times at center and earning playing time at several other spots along the line. The Black Knights led the nation in rushing and ran for 516 yards in a win over Boston College during one of his starts. Wilson will earn a degree in Engineering Psychology and be commissioned in the field artillery branch of the U.S. Army.

The Black Knights have now had 18 players included in the honor society since the NFF began the program in 2007.

Army Hampshire Society Inductees
2007 -- Pete Bier, Mike Castelli, Justin Koenig, Austin Miler
2008 -- Connor Wicklund
2009 -- Lowell Garthwaite
2011 -- Carson Homme, Jordan Trimble
2012 -- Alex Carlton, Max Jenkins, Chad Littlejohn, Mike McDermott, Andrew Rodriguez
2013 -- Chris Boldt, Nate Combs, Ben Jebb, Zach Watts, Will Wilson

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