Beyond The Trophy 2020: Get to know Maryland Chapter President and running back Jake Funk


Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.

Name: Jake Funk

College: University of Maryland

Height, weight, class, position: 5-10, 203 pounds, redshirt senior, running back

High School: Damascus High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland

About Jake: The three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and former Maryland Gatorade High School Player of the Year made an immediate impact for the Terrapins by appearing in 25 games his first two seasons before battling injuries the last two years. In 2019 he had more than 200 yards and a couple touchdowns through three games before an ACL injury again brought his season to an end. Owns a stellar 6.1 yards per carry average for his career with seven touchdowns. He became a Maryland Chapter leader serving the Rare Disease Community in 2019 and attended the Uplifting Athletes 2020 Leadership Development Conference.

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

FUNK: Scoring the game winning touchdown to beat Texas at Texas.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

FUNK: Former teammates of mine emphasized the importance of Uplifting Athletes to me. I also really enjoy helping others especially when individuals are less fortunate than others like kids with rare diseases.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

FUNK: I did not know how underfunded rare diseases actually are. 

What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football? 

FUNK: Make sure you take advantage of every second because it all goes by so fast.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

FUNK: Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffery because I aspire to have the skill set at RB that he does. 

If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

FUNK: Connor McGregor because he is the definition of sports entertainment. 

JAKE ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

FUNK: Pepperoni

All time favorite movie?

FUNK: Lion King

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

FUNK: Chipotle

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

FUNK: Washington Capitals

What is the most used app on your phone?

FUNK: Snapchat

Chapter Update: Florida State pulls off big-time upset and three other chapter schools pick up Week 6 wins


For the first time in more than a half century an unranked Florida State team beat a top-five ranked team in Doak Campbell Stadium with a narrow victory over North Carolina. The last time it happened was October 16, 1965 when the Seminoles recorded a 10-3 win over No. 5 Georgia.

The upset provided Mike Norvell his first ACC victory as the Florida State head coach. The Seminoles’ last victory over a top-five team came in 2014 when they edged Notre Dame.

Quarterback Jordan Travis completed only eight passes, but finished with 191 yards through the air to average nearly 24 yard per completion. He also rushed 16 times for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Florida State also blocked a pair of punts in the first quarter and now leads the nation in blocked kicks with five.

Florida State Chapter President, linebacker DeCalon Brooks, scooped up a blocked punt on the first drive of the game and returned it 18 yards to set up FSU’s first touchdown. Fellow FSU Chapter Leader, wide receiver Keyshawn Helton, had two catches for 43 yards.

Clemson: The Tigers scored a school record 52 points in the first half to extend its road winning streak to 14 games with a victory over fellow Uplifting Athletes Chapter Georgia Tech. The previous mark for points in a half was 49 against Wake Forest in 1981. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence became only the second quarterback in school history to throw for 400 yards and five touchdowns in a road game. Lawrence joins Tajh Boyd, who did it twice – once in 2012 and another time in 2013. Clemson Chapter President, punter Will Spiers, averaged 50.7 yards on three punts. The senior also made a late cameo appearance at quarterback for the Tigers, completing 2 of 3 passes for 13 yards.

Notre Dame: Sophomore running back Kyren Williams posted his third consecutive 100-yard game to help the No. 4 ranked Fighting Irish edge Louisville to remain unbeaten. Williams finished with 127 yards on 25 carries. Louisville came into this contest averaging nearly 425 yards a game offensively, but an Irish defense that surrendered fewer than 12 points a game on average held the Cardinals to a season-low 219 yards and seven points. Notre Dame Chapter President, linebacker Drew White, finished with three tackles including a tackle for a loss.

NC State: The Wolfpack trailed by six at halftime, but used a strong defensive effort in the second half to roll past Duke at home. NC State outscored the Blue Devils 17-0 in the second half. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Payton Wilson had a pair of interceptions to become the first Wolfpack linebacker with a pair of interceptions in the same contest since Jerod Fernanez picked off No. 1 ranked Florida State twice in the 2014 matchup. Wilson also finished with a team-high 19 tackles in the victory over Duke, the most tackles for a Pack player since Earl Wolff had 19 vs. Clemson in 2012.

Syracuse: Back-up quarterback Rex Culpepper, playing in place of injured starter Tommy DeVito, threw three touchdown passes and running back Sean Tucker notched his second 100-yard game of the season in a home loss to Liberty. Former Syracuse Chapter Leader, punter Nolan Cooney, averaged 46.5 yards per punt and he dropped all six of his punts inside the 20-yard line.

Joshua Eargle, the 2019 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion, stood in for Kansas’ Les Miles Saturday at West Virginia as the Jayhawks acting head coach. Miles was unable to make the trip to Morgantown after testing positive for COVID-19. Eargle won the award for his inspiring efforts to advance support and awareness for his daughter’s battle with an ultra rare disease.
Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter. This week we feature Western Michigan linebacker and Chapter President Zaire Barnes.

Beyond The Trophy 2020: Get to know Western Michigan Chapter President and linebacker Zaire Barnes


Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.

Name: Zaire Barnes

College: Western Michigan University

Height, weight, class, position: 6-3, 225 pounds, junior, linebacker

High School: Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Illinois

About Zaire: The former high school standout at running back and safety has converted to outside linebacker in college and has been making an impact on the field from the beginning of his collegiate career. Zaire has appeared in 24 games his first two years at WMU with four starts and is projected to be a starting linebacker this season. Zaire Barnes is part of the second wave of leaders for Western Michigan Chapter after co-founders Jamauri Bogan and Justin Tranquill move on. He joined the leadership team at WMU after his 2018 freshman season and attended the Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference. 

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

BARNES: Going to my first bowl game. The Idaho Potato Bowl was one of the best experiences. It was something new I never thought I would be able to do.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

BARNES: At first I was selected to go to the Leadership Conference, but once I got there and heard about the cause and message, I was all for it. Promoting rare diseases is a message that many more people need to hear.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

BARNES: How blessed I truly am. People out there have loved ones suffering and dying from rare diseases. And with the position I am in, I can make a difference. That’s how blessed I am.

What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?

BARNES: Work hard and be patient. Your time is coming. Reach out to coaches, but make sure you still have fun out there on the field. 

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

BARNES: Former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polumalu because of how hard he played and his outlook on life. 

If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

BARNES: Jesus. I have so many questions to ask.

ZAIRE ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

BARNES: Meat lovers

All time favorite movie?

BARNES: End Game

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

BARNES: Wendy’s

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

BARNES: Chicago Bears

What is the most used app on your phone?

BARNES: Instagram

Chapter Update: Notre Dame pushes past Florida State and three other teams nail down Week 5 victories


Playing for the first time in three weeks, No. 5 ranked Notre Dame used a balanced offensive attack to push past Florida State in a match-up of Uplifting Athletes chapter schools.

Sophomore running back Kyren Williams went for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and freshman Chris Tyree kicked in 103 on 11 carries with a touchdown. Combined the duo averaged 9.6 yards per carry.  Wide receiver Javon McKinley also had a 100-yard day, catching five passes for 107 yards. The last time Notre Dame had a pair of 100-yard rushers and a 100-yard receiver in a single game was 2015 against Stanford.

Florida State fell behind 14-3 early but counter punched the entire game, grabbing a 17-14 lead late in the first quarter. Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis had 300 total yards in his first start (204 passing, 96 rushing) with a pair of touchdowns.

Notre Dame Chapter leaders, linebackers Drew White and JD Bertrand, each had three tackles for the Fighting Irish. Former chapter leader, tight end Brock Wright, had two catches for 10 yards.

Clemson: The No. 1 ranked Tigers extended their home winning streak to 25 in handing No. 13 Miami its first loss of the season. RB Travis Etienne had 222 total yards (149 rushing, 73 receiving) and scored a pair of rushing touchdowns. Etienne extended his school record for 100-yard rushing games to 19 and became the first non-kicker in ACC history to score 400 points. QB Trevor Lawrence added 292 yards passing with three touchdowns and the Clemson defense produced three interceptions and five sacks. Clemson Chapter President Will Spiers punted only three times but averaged a stellar 52.7 yards per kick and Vice President Jack Maddox handled all the long snapper duties for the Tigers.

Georgia Tech: After falling behind 21-7 late in the second quarter Friday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium, the Yellow Jackets went on a tear and overwhelmed Louisville to even their record at 2-2. Wide receiver Ahmarean Brown’s touchdown pass in the final minute ignited the comeback. Brown’s nine-yard toss to Jalen Camp was the first touchdown pass by a Georgia Tech wide receiver since 2003. The Yellow Jackets outscored the Cardinals 32-6 in the second half. Georgia Tech Chapter leaders Jake DeFoor and Zach Quinney started at left guard and left tackle, respectively.

NC State: The Wolfpack picked up their second road victory in as many weeks with a victory at Virginia. NC State scored 24 unanswered first-half points to grab control. QB Devin Leary threw a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes and RB Zonovan Knight added a 35-yard TD scamper to put NC State in control. The Wolfpack defense made a pair of goal-line stands, stopping UVA at the 1-yard line twice. NC State Chapter Vice President Dylan Autenrieth started at tight end and President Thomas Ruocchio saw snaps on special teams and at tight end.

Syracuse: Four forced turnovers by the Orange defense was not enough to overcome Duke’s strong balanced offense that produced nearly 650 yards of total offense. Syracuse Chapter President Aaron Bolinsky started at long snapper and former chapter leader Nolan Cooney averaged 46.9 yards per punt with half of his eight kicks traveling 50-plus yards including a pair downed inside the 20-yard-line.

Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter. This week we feature Davidson quarterback and Chapter President Tyler Phelps.

Beyond The Trophy 2020: Get to know Davidson Chapter President and Quarterback Tyler Phelps


Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.

Name: Tyler Phelps

College: Davidson College

Height, weight, class, position: 6-2, 217 pounds, senior, quarterback

High School: Gulf Breeze High School in Gulf Breeze, Florida

About Tyler: The Florida native has been the Wildcats’ starting quarterback 30 of the last 33 games including 23 starts in a row the last two seasons. He’s thrown for nearly 4,000 in his career and 27 touchdowns. Tyler was a Pioneer Football League Academic Honor Roll selection each of the past three seasons and in 2019 he was a team captain. He watched the co-founders of the Davidson Chapter establish a level of excellence and was motivated to become a leader after participating in the Lift For Life events. Tyler attended the 2020 Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference.

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

PHELPS: We had a goal line stand in 2018 that secured our team the first winning season at Davidson in seven years.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

PHELPS: The opportunity to get involved in an organization that uses a unique platform to help support a community that doesn’t get a lot or enough support.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

PHELPS: That when you put in the effort and have a story that combination can go a long way to affect change.

What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?

PHELPS: Don’t do it for the status. Do it for the love of the sport.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

PHELPS: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. The way he prepares for each game and spends time after practice taking mental reps is something I idolize.

If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

PHELPS: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick to learn what it takes to sustain excellence at the highest level.

TYLER ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

PHELPS: Pepperoni, green olives and feta cheese

All time favorite movie?

PHELPS: Avengers – Infinity War

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

PHELPS: Jersey Mike’s

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

PHELPS: Indianapolis Colts

What is the most used app on your phone?

PHELPS: Messages

Chapter Update: NC State rallies late to upset No. 24 Pitt and two other teams pick up Week 4 victories


NC State redshirt sophomore quarterback Devin Leary made his first start of the season a memorable one by guiding the Wolfpack on a late scoring drive and tossing a touchdown pass in the final minute to Emeka Emeze that completed a one-point upset at No. 24 Pitt.

Leary marched the Wolfpack 79 yards in eight plays for the winning score after Pitt took a 29-24 lead with 1:44 to play. Leary finished with 336 yards through the air and four touchdown passes.

In a back-and-forth game that featured more than 900 yards of total offense and zero turnovers, penalties played a huge role. Pitt was penalized 13 times for 125 yards and eight of the Wolfpack’s 28 first downs came via penalties.

Clemson: The Tigers extended their winning streak on Saturdays to 46, passing the 1953-57 Oklahoma Sooners for the longest such streak in FBS history by taking out Virginia at home. QB Trevor Lawrence threw for 329 and three touchdowns. RB Travis Etienne rang up 187 yards from scrimmage and a pair of touchdowns. Etienne set a Clemson record for receiving yardage by a running back with 114 yards on five receptions. He broke C.J. Spiller’s running back record of 108 yards from 2008, and is only the second running back in Clemson history to surpass 100 receiving yards in a game.

Florida State: Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jordan Travis came off the bench and guided the Seminoles to five consecutive scoring drives to rally the Seminoles to a come-from-behind victory over FCS Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks led 21-14 at halftime. It was FSU’s first win for new head coach Mike Norvell. Florida State Chapter Leader Keyshawn Helton had 162 all-purpose yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles. Helton had three catches for 53 yards and totaled 109 on four kickoff returns including a pair of 30-plus yard returns.

Baylor: The Bears couldn’t take advantage of their opportunities in regulation on the road at West Virginia and fell in double overtime to the Mountaineers. Baylor missed three  field goals and was stopped on a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard-line in the fourth quarter trailing 14-7. The Bears forced four turnovers, but misfired on first-half field goal attempts from 46 and 48 yards and had a 51-yard attempt on the final play of the first half blocked.

Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter. This week we feature Illinois offensive lineman and Chapter President Alex Palczewski.

Beyond The Trophy 2020: Get to know Illinois Chapter President and offensive lineman Alex Palczewski


Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.

Name: Alex Palczewski

College: University of Illinois

Height, weight, class, position: 6-6, 310 pounds, senior, offensive line

High School: Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois

About Alex: The versatile and athletic Illini right tackle also participated in wrestling, water polo and track and field during his high school career. Alex started as a true freshman and has registered 36 starts up front in three seasons at guard and right tackle. He was a third-team All Big Ten selection following the 2019 season, played in the first bowl game of his career and is on the 2020 Outland Trophy watch list. After participating in several Lift For Life events as part of the Illinois Chapter, Alex volunteered to step into a leadership position for his senior year and attended the 2020 Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference.

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

PALCZEWSKI: The last second field goal to beat No. 6 Wisconsin at home last year.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

PALCZEWSKI: I wanted to remember that there is more to life than football and I wanted to do something to help others.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

PALCZEWSKI: It is important to be more than a football player and that I can use my platform to help raise awareness for the Rare Disease Community.

What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?

PALCZEWSKI: I would say make sure you go where you are wanted. If a school is not paying much attention to you, then don’t go there.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

PALCZEWSKI: Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. Simply put, he’s a badass.

If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

PALCZEWSKI: The actor Dolph Lundgren. To me he’s just all around awesome and I’m a big fan.

ALEX ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

PALCZEWSKI: Sausage and pepperoni

All time favorite movie?

PALCZEWSKI: Rocky IV

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

PALCZEWSKI: Chipotle

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

PALCZEWSKI: Chicago Bears

What is the most used app on your phone?

PALCZEWSKI: Tik Tok

Chapter Update: Syracuse nabs first 2020 win in home opener and Baylor rolls to highlight Week 3


Syracuse opened its newly renovated Carrier Dome in style, picking up the Orange’s first victory of the season by taking out fellow Uplifting Athletes Chapter Georgia Tech.

All three phases of the game played a vital role for the Orange, as the offense was powered by 100-yard rusher Sean Tucker, Syracuse’s defense nabbed four interceptions – including a pick-six – and special teams used a 49-yard kickoff return to set up a score and blocked a field goal.

Tucker, a freshman, finished with 111 yards and had touchdown runs of 38 and 4 yards in the first quarter to power Syracuse to a quick 17-0 advantage. Former Syracuse Chapter leader and punter Nolan Cooney continues to shine for the Orange. The senior averaged 49.2 yards on five punts including a long of 55 yards and dropped one inside the 20-yard-line.

Baylor: Senior running back Trestan Ebner put together one of the best all-around performances in Bears history, accounting for 272 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in a victory over Kansas in the season opener. Ebner scored on kickoff returns of 100 and 83 yards, added a one-yard TD run and hauled in an 18-yard touchdown pass. He became the first player in the 25-year history of the Big 12 to score touchdowns on a run, a reception and a return in the same game. Ebner had a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game last season, but he is the first Bear to record a return for a score and catch a TD pass in the same game since Uplifting Athletes’ Chapter Success Manager Levi Norwood did it in 2013 against Texas Tech.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets offense posted its third straight 400-plus yard game, but five turnovers and 15 penalties proved too much to overcome on the road against fellow Uplifting Athletes Chapter Syracuse. Georgia Tech outgained the Orange 453-357, but Syracuse turned those five turnovers into 17 points – the final margin on the scoreboard. True freshman running back Jahmyr Gibbs had 105 yards in only his second collegiate game, becoming the first Tech true freshman RB to eclipse 100 yards since 2016. 

NC State: A slow start hampered the Wolfpack on the road against No. 20 Virginia Tech. The Hokies outgained NC State 166-36 in the first quarter and led 17-0 after 15 minutes. One bright spot, Wolfpack kicker Christopher Dunn drilled a career-long 53-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. Dunn’s boot tied for the fourth longest kick in school history, and the longest since John Deraney had a 54-yard FG in 2006. The field goal was Dunn’s 13th consecutive dating back to last season.

Florida State: Roughed up by a Miami defense that posted six sacks, 13 tackles for a loss and three interceptions, the Seminoles dropped to 0-2 with a road loss to the Hurricanes. Florida State Chapter President and linebacker DeCalon Brooks had three tackles and broke up a pair of passes.

Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter. This week we feature Marist Kicker and Chapter Vice President Luke Paladino.

Beyond The Trophy 2020: Get to know Marist Chapter Vice President and kicker Luke Paladino


Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.

Name: Luke Paladino

College: Marist College

Height, weight, class, position: 5-11, 143 pounds, redshirt sophomore, kicker

High School: Penfield Senior High School in Rochester, New York

About Luke: The New York native took over the primary kicking duties for the Red Foxes as a redshirt freshman in 2019 and delivered a stellar first season. Luke not only tied the school record with a 49-yard field goal against Stetson, he also added two more field goals from 45 yards or longer. He made 11 of his 14 field goals (79 percent) and finished the season with 61 total points. He was a Pioneer Football League honorable mention selection and was also on the PFL Academic Honor Roll. After participating in the inaugural Marist Chapter Lift For Life in 2019, Luke stepped into a leadership position and attended the 2020 Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference.

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

PALADINO: Hitting a school record field goal my freshman year. 

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

PALADINO: My good friend, Paul Olivett, started the Marist Chapter so I wanted to help him and get involved in it.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

PALADINO: This experience makes me want to help create new experiences at my college because I’ve learned new ways to fundraise and raise awareness for the Rare Disease Community.

What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?

PALADINO: Take the offer that has the best “whole” experience such as academics, location, etc. rather than just for football reasons.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

PALADINO: Peyton Manning. I have loved him since the early 2000’s and he was my childhood hero.

If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

PALADINO: Frank Sinatra. He is a legend and I would want to talk to him about his experiences in life.

LUKE ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

PALADINO: Plain cheese pie

All time favorite movie?

PALADINO: Inglorious Bastards/Interstellar

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

PALADINO: Chipotle

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

PALADINO: University of North Carolina Tar Heels

What is the most used app on your phone?

PALADINO: Snapchat

Chapter Update: NC State wins wild 2020 season opener and two other teams notch Week 2 victories


Powered by running backs Ricky Person Jr. and Zonovan Knight, NC State won its 2020 season opener in a wild back-and-forth affair with Wake Forest. Person and Knight combined for 196 yards on the ground with three touchdowns.

Person scored the winning touchdown on a 3-yard run late in the fourth quarter and finished with 99 yards and two scores. He also threw a touchdown pass on a halfback option.

Wake Forest, which rallied from 14-point deficits three times, had one final shot to win it. Back-to-back sacks by Vi Jones and Daniel Joseph sealed the Wolfpack victory.

Syracuse: For the second consecutive week the Orange defense gave Syracuse a chance on the road, this week against No. 25 Pitt. Only problem was the Panthers defense was just as strong. The Orange defense produced a pair of turnovers, had eight tackles for a loss, three sacks and held Pitt to fewer than 350 total yards. But the Orange offense managed only 171 total yards and was shut out in the second half of a 14-10 game at intermission. Former Syracuse Chapter leader and punter Nolan Cooney continues to shine. The senior averaged 43.6 yards per punt, registered one of 50-plus yards and dropped two of his six kicks inside the 20. 

Notre Dame: The No. 7 ranked Fighting Irish extended its home winning streak to a modern program record 20 games behind six rushing touchdowns from four different players. Notre Dame scored on its first four possessions to seize a 35-0 halftime cushion. Quarterback Ian Book had three rushing touchdowns the first half to become the first quarterback in modern school history with three rushing TD’s in a half. Notre Dame Chapter Vice President JD Bertrand recorded his first career tackle in the second quarter. The sophomore linebacker finished with three tackles.

Clemson: The No. 1 ranked Tigers claimed their home opener with ease and in the process set an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) record with their 31st consecutive regular season victory to surpass the 2013-15 Florida State Seminoles. Clemson scored on its first seven possessions, led 28-0 after one quarter and 49-0 at halftime. Fast starts are a trademark of this offense guided by quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Since the start of the 2019 season, the Tigers have now outscored the opposition 219-34 in the first quarter. Clemson Chapter President Will Spiers averaged 46 yards per punt and buried two of his three kicks inside the 20.

Georgia Tech: Offense wasn’t a problem for the Yellow Jackets in their home opener at The Flats as Georgia Tech rolled up nearly 500 total yards. Five turnovers, the most in a game for the Jackets since 2013, was simply too much to overcome against the equally high-powered No. 14 ranked UCF offense. True freshman Jahmyr Gibbs amassed 219 all-purpose yards and scored twice. Gibbs had a rushing and receiving touchdown and set up Tech’s first score with a 75-yard return on the opening kickoff.

Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter. This week we feature Notre Dame Linebacker and Chapter Vice President and  JD Bertrand.