The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) named Joe Franjione of Bridgeville and Conor Manning from McMurray as members of its 2020 Hampshire Honor Society.

Both were members of Washington & Jefferson College’s football team.

The award recognizes college football players from all divisions of play who maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. In it’s 14th year, 1,432 players from 364 colleges and universities were selected for the distrintion.

A defensive lineman, Manning accumulated 34 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss. He also recorded 4.5 sacks and forced three fumbles.

The Peters Township product majored in accounting. He was a CoSIDA academic All-American as well as a member of that all-district, first team. He also earned the PAC Sportsmanship Team award.

The senior earned a spot on the PAC fall academic honor roll four years in a row. He was also an ECAC President’s Honor Roll recipient.

A defensive back for the Presidents, Franjione majored in business administration and communications arts. A South Fayette High School graduate, he was also a member of the PAC and ECAC honor roll during his collegiate career.

Almanac Sports Editor

An award-winning journalist, Eleanor Bailey has been employed by Observer Publishing Company since 1982. She is the sports editor at The Almanac and a contributor for the Observer-Reporter.

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