Quartet of Bruins Named to Hampshire Honor Society
Four Bruins – Greg Dulcich, Ethan Fernea, Quentin Lake and Otito Ogbonnia -- were named to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society which recognizes football student-athletes from all divisions of play for outstanding achievement both on the field and in the classroom. Each of these honorees achieved at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA during the course of their academic careers in Westwood.
Dulcich started in all 12 games last season for the Bruins and was selected as a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award which is presented annually to the nation's top performer at the tight end position. His 17.3 yards per catch averaged rated fourth among the nation's tight ends. Dulcich, who had two 100-yard receiving games in 2021, averaged 60.4 receiving yards per game to rank No. 5 in the conference among all receivers. He had a season-best nine catches against Arizona State and touchdown receptions against LSU, Arizona, Washington, Utah and California. The political science major was named to the first-team CoSIDA 2021-22 Academic All-District 8 Football Team and was a second-team Academic All-America honoree. Dulcich was also voted a first-team All-Pac-12 selection by Associated Press and the league coaches.
Fernea saw action in 11 games as a reserve running back and key special teams performer. He ran for a 42-yard touchdown against USC and was credited with four tackles on special teams during the season. Fernea was presented the Tommy Prothro Award for excellence on special teams at the annual UCLA Football Awards Banquet. He was recognized on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll over all six of his years at UCLA and earned his undergraduate degree in political science.
Lake started at safety for UCLA in all 11 games he played in during the 2021 season. He topped the team in passes defensed and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. Lake registered multiple tackles in 10 games with a season-high of nine at Utah. The league coaches and Associated Press voted him to the second-team all-conference team. He was a first-team CoSIDA 2021-22 Academic All-District 8 Football Team selection and earned Athletic Director Honor Roll acclaim all five years at UCLA. Lake earned his undergraduate degree in sociology.
Ogbonnia started all 12 games along the Bruin defensive line in the 2021 campaign. He recorded multiple tackles in seven contests and was credited with a season-high five stops at Arizona. Ogbonnia rated sixth on the team in tackles for loss and forced and recovered a fumble at Arizona. He was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection by PFF. Ogbonnia earned Athletic Director Honor Roll accolades all four years at UCLA and received his undergraduate degree in geography / environmental studies.
"We are pleased to honor another impressive group of athletes as part of this year's Hampshire Honor Society," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "For more than a decade, the Hampshire Honor Society has served as a powerful vehicle for schools to recognize their college football players who have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically, and we congratulate the schools and each of these young men for their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives."