TAMPA - Four members of the University of South Florida football program earned recognition on the Hampshire Honor Society, the National Football Foundation announced on Thursday. Maikon Bonani, Lindsey Lamar, Michael Lanaris and Evan Landi each earned a spot on the prestigious list for maintaining a 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career.
"The growing number of schools involved in the Hampshire Honor Society each year shows that football student-athletes not only play at the highest level but that they are some of the best students on campus as well," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "Congratulations to each of these young men for their commitment to education and their leadership on and off the football field."
Bonani, a spring 2012 graduate with a degree in physical education, served as USF’s place-kicker for four seasons. He is USF’s all-time leading scorer and was a two-time All-BIG EAST selection. Bonani also holds USF records for field goal attempts (91), field goals made (69) and field goal percentage (75.8). A three-time BIG EAST All-Academic team member, Bonani finished his career with a 3.69 GPA. He signed as a free agent with the Tennessee Titans.
A Tampa native, Lamar graduated in December 2012 with a degree in communications. A jack-of-all trades, Lamar was the 2010 BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year, while also playing running back and wide receiver for the Bulls. Lamar’s 3,162 all-purpose yards rank fifth on USF’s all-time list. Lamar was also a three-time BIG EAST All-Academic team member. He earned a rookie tryout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Lanaris earned a business degree in December 2011 and is expecting to finish his master’s degree in entrepreneurship this spring. A four-year letterman who earned 17 starts during his 46-game career, he posted 161 tackles, 9.5 TFL and three INTs. He was a four-time BIG EAST All-Academic performer. Lanaris is now working as a volunteer on the USF football staff.
A free-agent signee with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Landi earned two undergraduate degrees, one in communications and one in criminology, during his time in the USF program. A versatile athlete, he played quarterback, wide receiver and tight end during his 46-game career, that saw him start 26 times. Landi is also a four-time BIG EAST All-Academic team member.