Notre Dame defense shuts down Stanford as undefeated Fighting Irish highlight Week 5 Chapter Update

ND MC Week 5Undefeated Notre Dame has already handed out a pair of losses to teams ranked inside the top 20 in the country.

The No. 6 ranked Fighting Irish used a rock-solid defensive effort to hand previous No. 7 ranked Stanford its first loss of the season. Notre Dame’s defense limited the Cardinal to 229 total yards on 51 snaps including nine quarterback sacks and five tackles for a loss.

Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tilley ties school record for sacks to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week

Notre Dame’s offense was extremely balanced with QB Ian Book and RB Dexter Williams each having monster games. Book threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns and Williams, in his first start of the season, ripped off 161 yards on 21 carries with a touchdown.

On opening weekend of the season Notre Dame knocked off Michigan and now has a win over Stanford. Those are the only losses for those two teams and each squad remains ranked inside the Top 20 nationally.

Learn more about Notre Dame Chapter Leader Christopher Schilling in the latest installment of our Beyond The Trophy series.

Clemson: It took overcoming some serious adversity at the quarterback position and two fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Tigers to stay undefeated against previously unbeaten Syracuse at home. Travis Etienne rushed for more than 200 yards and scored the winning touchdown inside the final minute to nudge the Tigers past the Orange. Syracuse, which led by two scores with 10 minutes to play, was in search of its second win in a row over Clemson. The Tigers converted a clutch fourth-and-6 during the winning drive to set the table for the final-minute victory.

Stony Brook: In a match-up of Top 20 ranked FCS squads, the Seawolves found themselves down 21-0 to Villanova late in the second quarter before rattling off 29 unanswered points to hold on for a narrow 2-point home victory. Part of the credit goes to the SBU defense that was shredded early but rallied to post 10 tackles for a loss and four sacks. DE John Haggart tied for the team lead in tackles with eight and had three of the 10 TFL’s and two of the sacks.

Saint Francis: The Red Flash scored on all six of its first-half possessions and finished with more than 400 yards of offense in a blowout victory over NCAA Division II West Virginia Wesleyan. Nick Rinella returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown to break the 40-year-old school record of 70 yards set in 1978.

Florida State: Even the Seminoles were surprised the way they pulled out a road victory at Louisville. It took some shaky play calling late in the game by the Cardinals for FSU to have a shot. But they capitalized on it when QB Deondre Francois hit Nyqwan Murray with a 58-yard strike with 1:13 to play that capped a 14-point fourth-quarter rally.

Davidson: The Wildcats won for the first time in 17 tries at Valparaiso with a thrilling come-from-behind victory. Davidson trailed by a point (35-34) late in the fourth quarter before embarking on a 9-play, 75-yard march capped by a James Story 1-yard TD run inside the final minute to win it. .

NC State: For the third straight year the Wolfpack won their ACC opener and moved to 4-0 overall with the home win against Virginia. NC State is now ranked in the Top 25 for the first time this season. Against the Cavaliers, QB Ryan Finley threw for three scores, freshman RB Ricky Person went over 100 yards and DT Larrell Murchison had three sacks.

Colgate: The Raiders are 4-0 and scoring on the Colgate defense is getting more difficult with each passing week. The Raiders posted their second shutout in a row against William and Mary and has gone 12 quarters without allowing a touchdown. Holy Cross was the last team to score a touchdown on Colgate and that TD came midway through the fourth quarter in the season opener – a streak of nearly 187 minutes without surrendering a touchdown.

Western Michigan: For the fourth straight year the Broncos opened MAC play with a come-from-behind victory on the road at Miami. QB Jon Wassink, who threw for 439 yards and five touchdowns, scored on a 2-yard plunge with 2:53 to play to win it. Freshman WR Jayden Reed tied a school record with four TD catches on seven grabs and career-high 137 yards. WMU has won three straight after starting 0-2 with losses to Syracuse and Michigan, a couple of 4-1 squads.

Princeton: The Tigers rushed for 360 yards and scored 25 points in a 6:32 stretch midway through the game to stay unbeaten and claim their Ivy League opener. The No. 23 ranked Tigers used 311 total yards from QB John Lovett to subdue Columbia, whose rush defense had been strong the first two weeks, by five touchdowns on National TV.


Get ready for Touchdown Pledge Drive 2018 coming in October

TDPD 18 GRAPHICUplifting Athletes is pleased to announce that every touchdown scored throughout October by members of our nationwide network of college football student-athlete led chapters will help support the Rare Disease Community.

Clemson, Davidson, Fordham, Illinois, Lehigh, NC State, Penn, Penn State, Saint Francis, Stony Brook, Syracuse and Western Michigan, chapters have each committed to help Uplifting Athletes Tackle Rare Diseases in Touchdown Pledge Drive 2018.

Fans can simply make a pledge to their favorite team for each touchdown they score in October and then follow along each week to see the impact they are helping the players make.

“This is a very busy time of year for college football players, but our student-athlete led chapters still make time to leverage their position to help make a difference in the Rare Disease Community,” said Uplifting Athletes Director of Sports Impact Brett Brackett. “Touchdown Pledge Drive affords the student-athletes an opportunity to garner support for their cause during their most visible time of year based on their on-field performance.

“This is a great example of college football student-athletes using their platform to inspire others.”

The proceeds from Touchdown Pledge Drive 2018 support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.

The challenges faced by the Rare Disease Community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. The grassroots effort of our nationwide network of teams is uniquely positioned to educate and engage the local community and shine a spotlight on rare diseases.

Find your favorite Uplifting Athletes Chapter led by college football student-athletes and support their efforts to make a difference in the Rare Disease Community by joining the Touchdown Pledge Drive 2018 team today!



Davidson Chapter leader and linebacker George Hatalowich featured in latest 2018 Beyond The Trophy series

NCAA FOOTBALL:  SEP 13 Guilford at DavidsonEach 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: George Hatalowich

College: Davidson College

Height, weight, class, position: 5-10, 210-pound junior linebacker

High School: Lower Dauphin High School in Hummelstown, Pa.

About Hatalowich: In two years with the Wildcats has started 13 of 22 games at linebacker and has more than 100 total tackles entering this season. … Last year was a Pioneer Football League All-Conference honorable mention as a sophomore and also was named to the PFL All-Academic honor roll. In each of his first two seasons at Davidson had at least one game where he registered double-digit tackles in a game. … Part of the leadership team that launched the Davidson Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. … Was an All-State Academic Team selection in high school and a two-time conference first-team all-star.

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

Hatalowich: My first collegiate start against Jacksonville my freshman year when a ton of my family was there to support me.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes? Hatalowich: I had several teammates from my high school go onto college and start their school’s chapter. When we came home from break, I got the opportunity to talk to them about Uplifting Athletes and what the organization was about. Immediately, I loved everything the organization stood for, especially the idea of being a part of something that is bigger than the game of football.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

Hatalowich: Through Uplifting Athletes, my experience has taught me about leadership, communication, and surrounding yourself with great individuals. Throughout developing the Davidson Chapter, I had to step into a role to motivate my teammates, and coaches towards something that was never done at Davidson. I had to continually lead the team in the right direction in order for the chapter to flourish and be successful. It also forced me in a position to communicate and expresses different ideas and thoughts to players, coaches, and administration. Lastly, I knew building an Uplifting Athletes chapter was going to be a very tough, yet exciting task. I knew that in order to successfully build chapter, I needed to surround myself with a group of teammates that would help build the foundation of our Chapter and be major catalysts in the entire process. If it wasn’t for these individuals, I don’t think the chapter would have been as successfull as it was this past year.

As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?

Hatalowich: The time in the lockerroom before warm-ups when it’s just the team. No fans, officials, or band, just the team together listening to music and getting mentally prepared.

 Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

Hatalowich: My favorite NFL player is Antonio Brown, because he brings so much excitement and passion to the game.

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

Hatalowich: My Grandfather, he passed away before I was born and I would love to talk to him about all the stories I was told over the years.

 What is your favorite road stadium you ever played in and why?

Hatalowich: San Diego, because never before have I ever played in California, by the ocean, and with palm trees beside the video board.


What is your perfect pizza?

Hatalowich: Buffalo Chicken Pizza!

Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?

Hatalowich: It Just Comes Natural – George Straight; Better off Gone – Logan Mize and YOSEMITE – Travis Scott

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

Hatalowich: Chick-fli-a.

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

Hatalowich: Pittsburgh Steelers.

What is the most used app on your phone?

Hatalowich: Instagram.

No. 1 goal for yourself in 5 years?

Hatalowich: Work in the finance or consulting industry somewhere in the southeast.



Davidson scoring 91 points and setting numerous NCAA FCS and school records highlights Week 3 Chapter Update

week 3 MailchimpFor the first time since 2000 the Davidson football program is off to a 3-0 start. The Wildcats under first-year head coach Scott Abell picked up their third win in as many games in record-setting style.

Playing their scheduled game with Guilford two days early because of Hurricane Florence, Davidson assaulted the NCAA FCS and school record book to the tune of two national record and eight school marks in scoring 91 points against a team that scored 61 for the second consecutive week.

To learn more details about the records Davidson set, check out the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week Award.

All those records are nice, but the only number that matters for Davidson is adding another victory to its 2018 to ledger after the Wildcats won only four games the last two years combined.

Northwestern Chapter leader Peter Snodgrass is featured this week in our Beyond The Trophy series.

Syracuse: The Orange won for the first time without the full services of starting quarterback Eric Dungey, who went down with an injury in the second quarter and did not return. Back-up signal caller Tommy DeVito came off the bench to complete 11 of 16 passes for 144 yards with a touchdown and the Syracuse defense limited Florida State to fewer than 250 total yards to improve to 3-0.

Penn State: Senior quarterback Trace McSorley accounted for five touchdowns (three rushing, two passing), went over 1,000 rushing yards for his career and became the Nittany Lions all-time leading rushing touchdown leader for quarterbacks in a blowout of Kent State.

Stony Brook: Backstopped by a defense that limited Fordham to minus-7 yards rushing to win its second game in a row after dropping the opener. Jordan Gowins and Donald Liotine each eclipsed 100 yards on the ground with a touchdown for the Seawolves.

Clemson: Tigers defensive end Clelin Ferrell helped the Tigers defense shut down Georgia Southern’s offense with a pair of sacks, 2.5 tackles for a loss and seven total tackles. The Eagles finished with fewer than 150 total yards against a Clemson offense that rolled up nearly 600 total yards.

Western Michigan: The Broncos piled up more than 500 total yards of offense and 68 points to win its first game of the season. Western Michigan’s defense not only shut out the Hornets, but limited them to five first downs and 123 yards. QB Jon Wassink spread the ball around to seven different receivers to finish with 286 yards and a couple touchdowns.

Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish continue to win games despite struggles putting points on the board. The Notre Dame defense produced three key turnovers and held Vanderbilt to fewer than 100 yards on the ground to improve to 3-0.

Princeton: This is the 150th season of football for the Tigers and Princeton opened with style by scoring 44 first-half points. WR Jesper Horsted had a monster opening two quarters with seven catches for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns. RB Charlie Volker chipped in with 162 on only 14 carries with two touchdowns as well.

Chapter Scoreboard Week 3

Davidson sets pair of NCAA FCS records and smashes eight school marks in historic victory to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors

DAVIDSON 1For the first time since 2000 the Davidson football program is off to a 3-0 start. The Wildcats stayed unbeaten with a record smashing performance against Guilford in a 91-61 victory last Thursday night in a game that was moved up because of Hurricane Florence.

This school and FCS record setting performance, which included three blocked kicks by one player, earns the entire Davidson Wildcats team the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

Among the records set in this wild contest that featured 1,662 yards of total combined offense, Davidson now owns the NCAA FCS record for total yards in a single game (964) and rushing yards in a single game (685). The previous benchmark for total yards was Weber State’s 876 set in 1991 and the rushing yards record was four yard better than Missouri State’s 681.

Both of those numbers shattered long-standing school records that date back to 1946 and 1921, respectively.

The ‘Cats 15.5 yards-per-play nearly doubled the previous school mark of 8.3 set in 1979. In addition to the total yards, rushing yards and yards-per-play, the other Davidson records set include: yards in a half (525), points in a half (57), touchdowns in a game (13), rushing touchdowns in a game (10) and blocked kicks in a game (four).

Speaking of blocked kicks, senior defensive end Corey Coppola was named the Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week after the West Virginia native blocked a pair of extra points and a punt to give him four blocked kicks already this season.

Previous Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week Winners

Week 1: Eric Dungey, Syracuse

Week 2: William Wicks, Davidson


Second-half rally pushes Maryland to 2-0 and highlights Week 2 Chapter Update

Week 2 Newsletter MailchimpSuffering from a bit of a hangover after pulling off an upset of Texas in its opener, Maryland found itself on the road and trailing Bowling Green at halftime.

The Terps had little trouble moving the ball in the opening two quarters, but a plethora of penalties stalled Maryland drives and kept the offense from putting points on the board.

That changed in the second half for the Terrapins, as Maryland finally took the lead late in the third quarter then used it’s fierce running game to pile on 28 fourth-quarter points to outscore the Falcons 35-0 the second half.

In a year charged with emotion following a turbulent offseason, Maryland is 2-0 and hosts winless Temple before embarking on its nine-game Big Ten schedule for 2018.

Ty Johnson and Tayon Fleet-Davis combined for 226 of the Terrapins 444 rushing yards with three fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Davidson: Sparked by a pair of 100-yard rushers the Wildcats stayed almost exclusively on the ground against Division II Chowan and piled up 426 rushing yards to improve to 2-0. Slot back William Wicks had 132 of those yards on only nine carries, but three of those totes went for touchdowns to earn the junior Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors.

Clemson: The No. 2 ranked Tigers went on the road to College Station and received a full test from Texas A&M. The Aggies scored the final 13 points powered by QB Kellen Mond throwing for 430 yards and three scores. Despite Mond’s late heroics, it was Clemson QB Kelly Bryant’s clutch throws and dual threat that allowed the Tigers to hold on.

Catch up with Clemson Chapter leader Patrick Godfrey in the 2018 debut of Uplifting Athletes Beyond The Trophy series.

Illinois: Another slow first-half start offensively didn’t keep the Fighting Illini from getting to 2-0 this season with 20 second-half points including a blocked punt returned for a touchdown by the Illinois special teams. Back-up quarterback M.J. Rivers came in for injured starter AJ Bush and threw for 105 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Stony Brook: The Seawolves built a 20-0 lead, but saw visiting Bryant rally to take the lead just past the midway point of the third quarter. Stony Brook responded with the final 30 points to get the FCS nationally ranked Seawolves their first win of the season.

Penn State: Fueled by a defense that got off to a rough start but closed with a bang by recording 10 tackles for a loss and four sacks, the Nittany Lions shredded in-state rival Pitt on the road.

Saint Francis: Red Flash quarterback Bear Fenimore rallied his squad after they fell behind early with four consecutive scoring drives in the first quarter to grab a comfortable 28-7 lead after 15 minutes. Fenimore finished with 201 passing yards with a pair of touchdowns and two rushing scores.

Baylor: After winning only one game in his debut as Baylor head coach last year, Matt Ruhle’s Bears are off to a 2-0 start this season. Sophomore QB Charlie Brewer, part of a two-quarterback rotation, threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns.

Syracuse: Orange quarterback Eric Dungey continues to pile up records, tying the Syracuse record for the most touchdown passes in a game with five in a cruise-control victory over FCS opponent Wagner in the home opener.

Colgate: Raiders quarterback Grant Breneman plunged over from 1 yard out early in the second quarter for the only touchdown of the game in a defensive battle. The teams combined for fewer than 500 yards of total offense.

NC State: The deep receiving corps of the Wolfpack is paying dividends, as despite early injuries NC State continues to pile up points in the passing game. QB Ryan Finley threw for 370 yards and former walk-on wide receiver Thayer Thomas had nine grabs for 114 yards including a highlight-reel one-handed touchdown grab.

Florida State: New Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart picked up his first victory thanks to 320 passing yards and three touchdowns from Deondre Fancois including the game winner with 4:03 to play to rally FSU past FCS Samford.



Davidson slot back William Wicks scores three times on nine carries to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors

WICKSOn a day when Davidson College was content to keep the ball on the ground against NCAA Division II Chowan, the Wildcats had 11 runners combine for 58 carries and more than 400 rushing yards to power Davidson to a 49-28 victory to start the season 2-0.

William Wicks, a 5-9, 172-pound versatile slot back for Davidson, was one of two Wildcats who cracked the 100-yard barrier against the Hawks.

Wicks carried only nine times, but three of those went for touchdowns before the 9-minute mark of the second quarter to earn the Davidson junior the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

The native of Fayetteville, NC finished with 132 yards on the ground and averaged a staggering 14.7 yards per carry thanks to touchdowns runs covering 60 and 38 yards before his 5-yard dash at the 9:50 mark of the second quarter gave the Wildcats a 28-7 lead.

Wicks and Wildcats sophomore running back Wesley Dugger combined to rush for 285 of Davidson’s 426 yards on only 25 carries with four touchdowns.

Previous Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week Winners

Week 1: Eric Dungey, Syracuse