Softball All-American Nicole Barber, three-time national diving champion Chris Colwill, football All-American Thomas Davis and All-American shot putter Reese Hoffa will comprise the Class of 2017 for induction into the University of Georgia’s Circle of Honor. Barber, Colwill, Davis and Hoffa will be inducted formally Feb. 12 during the Circle of Honor Gala at the UGA Fine Arts Theatre.
The Circle of Honor is designed to pay tribute to extraordinary student-athletes and coaches who by their performance and conduct have brought honor to the university and themselves, and who by their actions have contributed to the tradition of the Georgia Bulldogs. The criteria also stipulate that each recipient has earned his or her academic degree.
Barber received her degree in consumer economics from UGA in 2005. A four-year letter winner from 2001–2004, she earned All-America honors in each of her final three seasons, starting in 2002, when she batted .420 and led the Bulldogs to a 59-17 record.
Colwill earned four letters from UGA (2004–2006, 2008) and is the greatest, most accomplished diver in school history, winning three NCAA individual diving titles during his time with the Bulldogs and earning the maximum of 12 All-America honors.
Davis was a three-year letterman at free safety for the Bulldogs from 2002–2004. In 39 career games, Davis recorded 272 tackles, 17 for a loss, 10.5 sacks, three interceptions, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
Hoffa will become the second shot putter to join the Circle of Honor, following Brent Noon’s induction in 2009. Hoffa enjoyed a successful career as a collegiate thrower from 1998-2001 and shined in his later competitive years on the international stage.