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Kamal Cass honored as scholar-athlete


June 26, 2018

Courtesy: ENMU athletics


PORTALES - The National Football Foundation recently announced the members of the 2018 Hampshire Honor Society, and Kamal Cass - a 2014 Clovis graduate and '18 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University - was among those representing ENMU.

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society consists of football players from all divisions who maintain a high level of academic excellence. To be eligible, a player must maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale through their careers. This year, the society included a program-record 1,271 players from 307 schools. The Lone Star Conference was represented by six players, including Cass, who was ENMU's fourth member of the society in the last two years.

The Greyhounds fullback, who last fall concluded one of the finest careers in program history - the absolute finest from a rushing standpoint - dashed for a school-record 4,301 yards during his Eastern career, shattering Tom Manley's previous mark by 99 yards.

A broadcast journalism major, Cass led the league in rushing in each of the last three seasons, claimed the 2017 LSC rushing crown by a 509-yard margin and reached the century mark seven times as a senior to bring his career total to 20 games. He entered the Hounds' season finale needing 178 yards against fourth-ranked Midwestern State to become ENMU's all-time rushing leader and registered a career-best 276-yard performance along with three touchdowns.

The league's preseason Co-Offensive Player of the Year wrapped up his Greyhound career with 50 rushing touchdowns, plus 15 receptions for 287 yards and three touchdown catches. Cass has also been a key special teams player, with 33 kickoff returns and 10 punt returns. He accumulated 5,322 all-purpose yards over 44 games.


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