Four Commodores earn Hampshire Honor Society nod

April 11, 2018

Four upperclassmen on the 2017 Commodore football team – Tommy Openshaw, Caleb Scott, Scott Sypniewski and Ryan White – have received national recognition as scholar athletes.

Openshaw, a kicker from Jacksonville, Fla., Scott, a wide receiver from Suwanee, Ga., Sypniewski, a snapper from Ottawa, Ill., and White, a safety from Louisville, Ky., have been named Hampshire Honor Society recipients by the National Football Foundation (NFF).

The Hampshire Honor Society, now in its 12th year, celebrates collegiate players who play starting roles on the football field and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher.

Openshaw and White are working towards master’s degrees after completing their undergraduate work at Vanderbilt last May. Sypniewski is working to complete his master’s degree at Vanderbilt after earning an undergraduate degree last year from the University of Michigan. Scott will complete his Vanderbilt undergraduate studies in Medicine, Health and Society next month.

White, who started 26 games in his career, ranks among the leaders in recent Commodore history. In 2017, he became just the third three-year captain in team history. As a senior, White registered 60 tackles and a career-high two interceptions while starting every game in the Commodore secondary. He finished his career with 127 solo tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three interceptions and 13 passes defended. White is a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient.

Openshaw was a four-year starting kicker at Vanderbilt. He finished his Commodore career ranking among the team’s all-time leaders with 38 field goals and 224 points scored. Openshaw’s finest season came as a junior in 2016 when he made 15-of-19 field goals, including two conversions beyond 50 yards. Openshaw is a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient.

Scott, a 19-game career starter, was a top deep threat in the Vanderbilt receiving corps. He ended his career with 1,061 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 72 receptions. As a junior in 2016, Scott topped all Commodore receivers averaging 19.4 yards per catch, totaling 466 yards on 24 receptions. He is a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient.

Sypniewski started the first eight games in 2017 playing as a first-year graduate student. He served as both the conversion and long snapper for the Commodores until suffering a late-season injury.


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