Beyond The Trophy 2019: Get to know Notre Dame Chapter Vice President and linebacker Drew White


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: Drew White

College: University of Notre Dame

Height, weight, class, position: 6-0, 230-pound, junior, linebacker

High School: St. Thomas Aquinas in Boca Raton, Florida

About Drew: After appearing in four games a redshirt freshman for the Fighting Irish in 2018, Drew has taken over a full-time starter at linebacker this season. Through nine games he’s second on the team in tackles with 55, leads Notre Dame with 8.0 tackles for a loss and has pair of sacks. Drew participated in the inaugural Notre Dame Chapter Lift For Life in 2018 and was inspired to take on a bigger role for the Fighting Irish Chapter. He volunteered to become a Chapter Leader and attended the Leadership Development Conference in January of 2019. Drew is motivated by the rare disease cause, wanted to make a difference and is inspired by the children who attend the Uplifting Experience at the Notre Dame Chapter Bowling Event. He was instrumental in Notre Dame’s record-breaking Lift For Life in 2019 and provides a strong voice from his platform on behalf of the Rare Disease Community.

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

WHITE: My most memorable experience in my college football career thus far was replacing Drue Tranquil in the 2018 Navy game and having my first shot at playing middle linebacker for Notre Dame.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

WHITE: I wanted to use the platform I was granted to help and inspire kids with rare diseases.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

WHITE: I’ve learned that these kids who have been dealt the worst of hands are the toughest individuals I know and they keep on inspiring me.

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

WHITE: Be first class in every aspect of your life as a student athlete. Don’t cut corners. Go to class, meet with professors, do extra in the weightroom, and be in film study. Yes, it is hard but the results from your hardwork will be evident.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

WHITE: My favorite NFL player is Leighton Vander Esch of the Dallas Cowboys because he plays sideline to sideline, is a leader and has a certain attitude that one needs to play linebacker.

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

WHITE: I would have lunch with Denzel Washington. Denzel is my favorite actor and his speech at Dillard University is the most inspiring talk I have ever listened to.

DREW ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

WHITE: Good Ole Pepperoni (If it’s a truly good pizzeria, you don’t need all that extra stuff on a pizza)

All time favorite movie?

WHITE: Inside Man (Denzel Washington was a beast in this movie)

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

WHITE: Chipotle

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

WHITE: Miami Dolphins

What is the most used app on your phone?

WHITE: Snapchat

Chapter Update: Dramatic comeback makes Illinois bowl eligible and 10 teams post Week 11 victories


With a flair for the dramatic, Illinois became bowl eligible for the first time since 2014 with an improbable come-from-behind victory at Michigan State.

The Illini trailed 28-3 in the second quarter and 31-10 entering the fourth quarter.  In the end, Quarterback Brandon Peters threw a 5-yard touchdown to Daniel Barker with five seconds remaining to complete the rally and seal the victory.

On the final drive, Illinois converted a fourth-and-17 and drew a fourth-down pass interference call in the end zone before scoring. Peters finished with 369 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe, a transfer from USC, had four receptions for 178 yards and two touchdowns. The junior’s 178 yards is the most receiving yards by an opponent at Spartan Stadium since at least 2000 and the most by an Illinois player ever in the 47-game series history against Michigan State.

The Illini, who forced four turnovers to help fuel the comeback, have won four straight.

Baylor: The Bears stayed undefeated thanks to a triple overtime victory at TCU. The opportunity to win the game in overtime came courtesy of redshirt freshman kicker John Mayers. His previous long field goal was 38 yards. His career-best 51-yard kick with 36 seconds remaining in regulation pulled the Bears level at 9-9. Charlie Brewer’s 4-yard TD pass to Denzel Mims in the third OT was the game winner. Baylor is 9-0 for the second time in program history after opening the 2013 season with nine victories in a row.

Penn: The Quakers’ eventual game winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter came on a trick play that started in the hands of the backup quarterback who threw back to a transfer quarterback/returner/receiver who then uncorked an 80-yard touchdown pass to a converted defensive back who’d never caught a touchdown before. The long distance catch-and-run by Eric Markes from Owen Goldsberry gave Penn a 21-14 lead. Cornell scored a touchdown to cap a 16-play, 94-yard drive with 50 seconds remaining to pull to within a point. The Big Red opted to go for the win with a 2-point conversion, but Penn freshman DB Kendren Smith knocked down the pass to preserve the victory.

Notre Dame: Senior quarterback Ian Book threw four touchdown passes and rushed for 149 yards in the win over Duke to become the first player in Notre Dame history to rush for more than 100 yards in a game and throw four touchdown passes. Notre Dame Chapter Vice President and linebacker Drew White led the Irish with seven total tackles including a sack and a tackle for a loss.

Learn more about Notre Dame Chapter Vice President and tight end Brock Wright in our Beyond The Trophy series

Davidson: On a day when the Wildcats rushing attack rolled up more than 450 yards and amassed a 33-point second quarter, this victory was also one for the program record books. Junior running back Wesley Dugger took over as the all-time leading rusher in school history as part of his 118-yard effort in the win over Butler. Dugger moved past John Leverett’s mark of 3,165 yards posted in 2004 to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week. Davidson Chapter President and linebacker George Hatalowich had six tackles for a defense that limited Butler to one touchdown and only 257 total yards.

Western Michigan: Senior quarterback Jon Wassink had a career-high 131 rushing yards in the victory over Ball State. Wassink became the first WMU quarterback to rush for more than 100 yards since Paul Jorgenson had 128 against Northern Illinois in 1973. The victory made the Broncos bowl eligible for the sixth consecutive season. WMU also completed its third undefeated season at home since 2000. 

Clemson: Running back Travis Etienne added three more touchdowns to his career resume in the victory over NC State to pass C.J. Spiller’s mark of 51 career touchdowns and take over as the all-time leader at Clemson with 54 career touchdowns. His 50 career rushing touchdowns is tied for second most in ACC history. Sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw for 276 yards and three touchdowns. It was the fifth consecutive game Lawrence threw at least three touchdowns passes to become the first quarterback in school history to pass for three scores in five straight games.

Florida State: The Seminoles scored 14 unanswered points in a 45-second span inside the final two minutes of the fourth quarter to pull away from Boston College. D.J. Matthews’ 60-yard touchdown pass from James Blackman with 1:48 to play made it 31-24 FSU. Jordan Travis made it a two-score game with a 66-yard gallop only 45 seconds later to extend the lead to 38-24. Blackman finished with 369 passing yards and wide receiver Terry Tamorrion had seven catches for 156 yards and a touchdown.

Colgate: Quarterback Grant Breneman rushed for a career-high 105 yards and added 195 yards through the air with a touchdown to help the Raiders notch their first home victory of the season with a win over Fordham. Colgate’s defense limited the visiting Rams to only 33 rushing yards and 208 total yards. The Raiders’ defense also added five tackles for a loss and three sacks.

Eastern Illinois: The Panthers used a furious second-half comeback that included a third-quarter successful onside kick to rally past Tennessee State for their first win of the season. EIU outscored TSU 28-3 in the second half after falling behind 35-21 at intermission. Darshon McCullough led a pair of Panthers running backs with 155 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown.

Beyond The Trophy 2019: Get to know Notre Dame Chapter Vice President and tight end Brock Wright


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: Brock Wright

College: University of Notre Dame

Height, weight, class, position: 6-5, 246-pound, junior, tight end

High School: Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, Texas

About Brock: The native of Texas has appeared in more than 30 games for the Fighting Irish since enrolling early as part of the 2017 recruiting class. Brock joined the leadership team for the Notre Dame Chapter after participating in the 2018 Lift For Life event. He attended the 2019 Leadership Development Conference and serves as the Chapter Vice President. Brock played a significant role in leading the ND Chapter through its annual Uplifting Experience Bowling Event with rare disease patients, siblings and caregivers and the second Lift For Life.

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

WRIGHT: Beating USC at home my freshman year.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

WRIGHT: I believe that we have a responsibility as athletes to use our resources to help others and saw Uplifting Athletes as a perfect way to do so.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

WRIGHT: A little bit goes a long way when it comes to helping others.

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

WRIGHT: Enjoy every moment of it, and don’t get caught up worrying about the future.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

WRIGHT: Rob Gronkowski – he plays the game with a crazy amount of energy and passion.

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

WRIGHT: Matthew McConaughey – he’s the coolest dude alive.

BROCK ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

WRIGHT: Pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, bacon and onion

All time favorite movie?

WRIGHT: Forrest Gump

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

WRIGHT: Whataburger

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

WRIGHT: Houston Texans

What is the most used app on your phone?

WRIGHT: Snapchat

Chapter Update: Last-second field goal propels Penn to come-from-behind victory and nine teams notch Week 10 wins


On a milestone day, where Penn played the 1,400th game in program history, the Quakers first Ivy League victory of the season came in dramatic fashion at Franklin Field.

Sophomore kicker Daniel Karrash made his first collegiate field goal attempt a memorable one, as the Philadelphia native drilled a 22-yard kick with two seconds remaining to vault the Quakers past Brown.

Junior linebacker Brian O’Neill gave Penn a 35-19 lead early in the third quarter with a 21-yard scoop and score on a fumble. After that, the Quakers’ offense sputtered and Brown scored 17 unanswered points to surge in front 36-35 with 4:10 to play.

Penn went on a 16-play, 74-yard victory march, including a fourth-and-7 conversion, to set up Karrash’s dramatic winning kick.

Notre Dame: Staring down the barrel of an upset by Virginia Tech at Notre Dame Stadium, the Fighting Irish’s struggling offense climbed off the deck in the dying minutes to rally for a one-point victory over the Hokies. Notre Dame, held scoreless in the second half up to this point, manufactured an 18-play, 87-yard drive in the final 3:22 to win it. Quarterback Ian Book capped the march with a seven-yard touchdown run with 29 seconds to play. Notre Dame Chapter President and linebacker Drew White led the Irish defense with eight tackles.

Marist: Running back Hunter Cobb had another big outing, as the Red Foxes won for the second consecutive week. The redshirt freshman accounted for 148 of Marist’s 166 yards on the ground and scored three touchdowns. In leading the Red Foxes to back-to-back victories, Cobb has rushed for 324 yards and scored five times.

Clemson: Running back Travis Etienne rushed for a career 212 yards and the Tigers extended their nation best win streak to 24 games. Clemson scored 59 points in the victory to mark the fourth game in a row the Tigers have scored 45 or more points – the first time in program history that has happened. They also tied the school record for consecutive home victories with 21. Etienne’s 212 yards came on the fewest carries in school history (9), he reached 1,000 yards in the fewest number of games (9) to tie the school record and the senior also broke the school record for career rushing touchdowns with an 86-yard gallop to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

Baylor: Backstopped by a defense that surrendered the fewest rushing yards allowed by a Bears team in more than four years, Baylor edged West Virginia at home to stay undefeated. The 8-0 Bears moved up in the polls to No. 11. Baylor’s defense gave up only 14 rushing yards and fewer than 225 total yards to win its first game when scoring fewer than 20 points since 2006. 

Davidson: The Wildcats never trailed, but it was a grind for the home squad against a pesky one-win Valparaiso outfit. Wesley Dugger’s 1-yard touchdown run with two minutes to play snapped a 21-all deadlock. And Davidson Chapter co-founder and President George Hatalowich iced the six-point victory with an interception inside the final minute. The victory guarantees Davidson back-to-back seasons with at least six victories for the first time since 2006 and 2007. Hatalowich finished with a team-high nine tackles.

Princeton: The Tigers ran their winning streak to 17 straight, cracking the Top Five for winning streaks during the program’s 150-year history. Princeton’s defense limited Cornell to seven points, forced three turnovers and surrendered only one third-down conversion in 11 attempts.

Learn more about Penn State Chapter Vice President and long snapper Chris Stoll in our Beyond The Trophy series

Illinois: For the first time since 2011 when they started 6-0, the Fighting Illini are on a three-game winning streak. Senior linebacker Dele Harding became the second player in the nation in the last 20 years to have 12-plus tackles, 2.0-plus tackles for a loss, 1-plus interception and 1-plus touchdown in a single game in the victory over Rutgers. Tied 10-10 at intermission, Illinois scored all 28 points in the second half to pull away.

Colgate: Two big punt returns by Abu Daramy-Swaray covering 78 total yards and the Raiders’ defense forced a pair of key second-half fumbles that led to points for victory No. 16 in 17 games against Georgetown.

Beyond The Trophy 2019: Get to know Penn State Chapter Vice President and long snapper Chris Stoll


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: Chris Stoll

College: Penn State University

Height, weight, class, position: 6-2, 245-pound, sophomore, long snapper

High School: St. Francis DeSales, Westerville, Ohio

About Chris: Took over the full-time long snapper duties this season, becoming one of 21 Nittany Lions to make their collegiate debut in 2019. He has appeared in all eight games this season. Chris had a passion for the cause when he arrived at Penn State. His grandfather suffers from a rare disease, so the sophomore understands the impact a rare disease can have on a family. Afforded the platform of being a starter, Chris was aware of the tradition of the Penn State Chapter and became part of the leadership group. He attended the Leadership Development Conference in 2019 and currently serves at the PSU Chapter vice President.

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

STOLL: Making a tackle on punt coverage in the 2019 “Whiteout” game against Michigan.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

STOLL: My grandpa suffers from a rare disease, so if I can make any sort of impact on the future of my grandpa’s health then I will, because I know how much it can affect a person and their loved ones.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

STOLL: I’ve learned that Uplifting Athletes is doing a lot of work in order to get more research started and awareness raised, which I think will be even more impactful in the future.

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

STOLL: For my position as a specialist, you really need to have good academics and need to go to college camps and perform well to get noticed. You always have to be at your best, but being in shape and showing your athleticism is very important.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

STOLL: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees because of his consistency in his preparation and the longevity of his career. Also the importance of his faith and family, which is what I hope for later in life.

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

STOLL: Jesus Christ because I would want to ask him important life questions.

CHRIS ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

STOLL: New York style pizza

All time favorite movie?

STOLL: Dark Knight

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

STOLL: Skyline Chili

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

STOLL: Columbus Blue Jackets

What is the most used app on your phone?

STOLL: Instagram

Chapter Update: Stony Brook springs upset on final play and nine teams record Week 9 wins


Stony Brook roared back from an 18-point halftime deficit capped by kicker Nick Courtney’s 22-yard field goal as time expired to upset FCS No. 5 ranked Villanova.

The road victory marks the second time in program history the Seawolves beat a team ranked in the Top 5. Stony Brook defeated No. 2 Richmond in 2016.

Stony Brook scored 10 points in the final 92 seconds after trailing 35-20 midway through the fourth quarter. The Seawolves scored the final 16 points.

Quarterback Tyquell Fields was instrumental in the rally, throwing for a career-best 321 yards with one passing TD and a pair of rushing touchdowns. His 1-yard plunge with 1:32 to play pulled the Seawolves to within 35-33 after a failed two-point conversion.

Stony Brook then used all its timeouts and forced the Wildcats to punt with 21 seconds to play. The Seawolves connected on  a 40-yard completion from Fields to Nick Anderson in the dying seconds to set up the game winning field goal by Courtney.

Lehigh: For the third straight game the Mountain Hawks’ fate came down to the final play of the game. And for the third straight time Lehigh walked away with a victory. Austin Henning’s 27-yard field goal as time expired lifted Leigh to 3-0 in the Patriot League with a home victory over Georgetown. The Hoyas rallied with a 72-yard touchdown bomb on fourth-and-4 and added a two-point conversion to tie it up at 24 with 1:23 to play. Lehigh answered by calmly traveling 59 yards in eight plays to set up the winning kick. Lehigh Chapter President and wide receiver Jorge Portorreal posted a team-high eight catches for 103 yards to help the Mountain Hawks win their fourth in a row.

Penn State: Nittany Lions quarterback and Penn State Chapter President Sean Clifford threw four touchdown passes, three of them to tight end Pat Freiermuth, as the undefeated Nittany Lions posted a 21-point soggy and rain swept victory at Michigan State. Penn State is 8-0 for the first time since 2008, is 5-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 2011 and moved up to No. 5 in the rankings. The Nittany Lions defense produced three turnovers, limited the Spartans to seven points and broke up eight passes.

Marist: Redshirt freshman running back Hunter Cobb ran for 178 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 17 carries and the Red Foxes defense forced a pair of turnovers to upset Davidson on the road in North Carolina. The Red Foxes defense limited the No. 3 FCS rushing offense in the country to 202 yards on 46 carries. Cobb’s 89-yard touchdown run in the third quarter is the fourth-longest touchdown run by a Red Fox in the program’s 27-year FCS history and the longest in the last seven years and earned him the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

Western Michigan: Senior running back LeVante Bellamy posted a career-high four touchdowns and rushed for 178 yards to lead a Broncos ground game that rolled up nearly 400 yards and six touchdowns in their victory over Bowling Green. Junior linebacker Treshaun Hayward led a WMU defense that limited the Falcons to only 266 total yards with 13 tackles (10 solo), two sacks and three tackles for a loss. 

Learn more about Kent State Chapter President and wide receiver Antwan Dixon in our Beyond The Trophy series

Illinois: The Illini rushed for a season-high 242 yards and its defense forced a pair of turnovers in the rain-soaked victory at Purdue. Senior RB Dre Brown had a career-high 131 yards on the ground to help Illinois win its second in a row and get to 4-4 overall. Junior cornerback Tony Adams became the first Illini with interceptions in back-to-back Big Ten games since Vontae Davis and Kevin Mitchell both did it against Penn State and Wisconsin in 2007.

Clemson: Running back Travis Etienne and wide receiver Diondre Overton each scored three touchdowns as the undefeated Tigers extended their winning streak to 23 games with a 52-point victory over Boston College on homecoming at Memorial Stadium. Clemson’s defense held the No. 6 ranked rushing offense in the country to only 96 yards on the ground, scored a touchdown on a fumble return and had eight tackles for a loss.

Princeton: Led by a defense that produced three interceptions that led to 17 points, the Tigers rallied in the second half to overtake Harvard for win No. 16 in a row. Tigers quarterback Kevin Davidson threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns and linebacker Jeremiah Taylor had one of those interceptions and a team-high 13 tackles.

Florida State: Seminoles running back Cam Akers rushed for 144 yards, completed a couples pass for 26 yards out of the “wildcat” formation and tied a school record for rushing touchdowns in a game with four to lead FSU to a homecoming victory over Syracuse.

Beyond The Trophy 2019: Get to know Kent State Chapter President and wide receiver Antwan Dixon


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: Antwan Dixon

College: Kent State University

Height, weight, class, position: 5-8, 178-pound, senior, wide receiver

High School: South Fort Myers in Fort Myers, Fla.

About Antwan: Right away in 2015 Antwan made an impact as a true freshman, hauling in 26 catches for 355 yards that first season with a TD catch in his first game and a rushing touchdown. Diagnosed with the rare blood disorder aplastic anemia, he missed the next two seasons battling his rare disease including receiving a bone marrow transplant. Antwan returned to Kent State in 2018, caught a TD pass in his first game back, led the Golden Flashes in receptions, was second on the team in receiving yards, played in all 12 games, was a finalist for the Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion award and was voted the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year. Antwan was inspired to use his platform as a college football student-athlete to give back to others in the Rare Disease Community. He attended the Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference early in 2019 and worked with his teammates and university football support staff to launch the Kent State Chapter. As the Kent State Chapter President, Antwan and his Golden Flashes teammates held their inaugural Lift For Life earlier this year.

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

DIXON: My most memorable experience was coming back after two years and scoring my first touchdown on my first reception.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

DIXON: I wanted to work with Uplifting Athletes because I want to raise money for people like myself that have a rare disease and don’t have a cure.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

DIXON: My experience with Uplifting Athletes has taught me that my platform as an athlete with a rare disease is very inspirational and I can touch many lives thanks to the status I have as a football player.

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

DIXON: Advice I would for a high school student-athlete trying to play college ball is stay the course and be true to yourself, don’t let anyone steer you in the wrong direction. You are your own person and you are strong enough to get through anything. Always believe in you. Even if someone says conceited or cocky, let them know its confidence.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

DIXON: My favorite NFL player of all time is Michael Vick. I just love watching him play football.

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

DIXON: If I could have lunch with one person it would be my granddad, James Causey, Sr. I miss that guy a lot and he always protected me from getting a butt whooping when I did something wrong. In his eyes, I was just a kid and I could do no wrong.

ANTWAN ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

DIXON: Pepperoni, sausage, ham and bacon with extra cheese

All time favorite movie?

DIXON: Bad Boys 2

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

DIXON: Wendy’s

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

DIXON: Philadelphia Eagles

What is the most used app on your phone?

DIXON: Snapchat