Penn State Chapter leader Trace McSorley announced as finalist for NFF William V. Campbell Trophy


NFF William V Campbell_ TraceCongratulations to Penn State Uplifting Athletes Chapter Leader Trace McSorley on being named a finalist for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy, which annually recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced 13 finalists, who will each receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 60th NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class.

“Trace is a tremendous leader on and off the field. He has been a pleasure to work with in his roles as our Penn State Chapter President and Vice President,” Uplifting Athletes Director Sports Impact Brett Brackett said. “He has a passion for the Rare Disease Community and is far more than just one of the best quarterbacks in the nation … he is one of the most well-rounded student-athletes I’ve ever met or had the privilege to work with.”

All 13 finalists will travel to New York City for the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 4, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports.

At the event, which will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, one member of the class will be declared the winner of the 29th William V. Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

The 13 finalists were selected from a nationwide pool of 179 exceptional semifinalists chosen from all NCAA divisions and the NAIA.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the Campbell Trophy and NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

Three other finalists, Drue Tranquill (Notre Dame), Ryan Finley (NC State) and Christian Wilkins (Clemson), participated in Uplifting Athletes chapter events at their schools.

Illinois Chapter President Nick Allegretti and Saint Francis Chapter President Mike Ames were among the 179 semifinalists.

 

 

 

October meant much more than six points per touchdown for the Rare Disease Community


TDPD 18 WRAP-UP GRAPHICFor the participating members of our nationwide network of college football student-athlete led chapters, touchdowns during the month of October meant more than six points on the board. Each touchdown provided support to the Rare Disease Community.

The Touchdown Pledge Drive 2018 month-long campaign took place on 15 university campuses. Clemson, Colgate, Davidson, Fordham, Illinois, Lehigh, NC State, Northwestern, Penn, Penn State, Princeton, Saint Francis, Stony Brook, Syracuse and Western Michigan all participated.

“I am very impressed with our chapter leaders and how they took advantage of their platform to provide much needed awareness and support to the Rare Disease Community,” Uplifting Athletes Director Sports Impact Brett Brackett said.

Using the on-field performance of touchdowns scored is a simple way for chapter leaders to share the rare disease cause with their fan bases and leverage their platform when they are most relevant. This year the 15 schools combined to score 222 touchdowns in October.

Raising awareness for the cause on behalf of the Rare Disease Community is another pillar of the Touchdown Pledge Drive campaign. With the help of university athletic communications, individual student-athletes and coaches commitment to raising awareness, this year the campaign generated four million impressions on social media.

“We are grateful to everyone who supported this month-long campaign, chapter leaders, coaches, athletic departments and fans,” Brackett said. “Thanks for being part of our team during October and using your performance on the field to have a real impact off the field.”

The direct impact on the Rare Disease Community came through the fundraising for each touchdown scored. And those 222 touchdowns scored raised more than $25,000 to support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.

Illinois, Penn State and Western Michigan chapters were the top three on the fundraising impact leaderboard with the Fighting Illini leading the pack.

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 shine a spotlight on rare diseases.

Through Touchdown Pledge Drive our chapters came together as one team each working hard to meet their individual goal in order to help us all Tackle Rare Diseases.

Syracuse ranked inside the Top 25 for the first time 17 years highlights Week 9 Chapter Update


SYRACUSE GRAPHICOn the heels of beating fellow Uplifting Athletes Chapter NC State for the first time in five outings, the Syracuse Orange are nationally ranked for the first time in 17 years.

Syracuse, last ranked in the Top 25 at the end of the 2001 season when the Orange went 10-3 overall, enter the 2018 polls this week at No. 22 in the AP Poll and No. 24 in the Coaches Poll.

The Orange improved to 6-2 overall with a wild 10-point victory at home over the Wolfpack that saw the teams combine for more than 1,100 yards and 92 points. The victory also makes Syracuse bowl eligible for the first time since 2013.

NC State quarterback Ryan Finley threw for 473 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort.

This was the second game of the year where Syracuse, who improved to 5-0 at home, faced a team in the Top 25. The Orange lost in the final minute at Clemson and now own a win over NC State.

There are still two more teams on Syracuse’s schedule, Notre Dame and Boston College, that are currently ranked in the Top 25.

Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey surpasses Donovan McNabb to become No. 1 for total yards in school history and earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors

Colgate: The beat goes on for the Raiders defense, as they posted their second shutout in a row and fourth in five games for the No. 11 ranked FCS team in the country. Colgate is 7-0 after blanking Georgetown and has surrendered only a pair of field goals in its last six games. The last time the Raiders surrendered a touchdown was at the 6:59 mark of the fourth quarter on September 1 in the season opening 24-17 win over Holy Cross. The Hoyas managed only 36 total yards of offense against this record setting Raiders defense.

Catch up with Davidson College chapter leader Kevin Stipe in the latest installment of our Beyond The Trophy Series

Northwestern: Thanks to a defense that forced three fumbles and held previously No. 20 ranked Wisconsin to seven second-half points, the Wildcats took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West. For the first time since 2000, Northwestern is 5-1 in the Big Ten and the Wildcats have now won 12 of their last 13 conference games and posted victory No. 2 over a ranked opponent this season.

Saint Francis: Quarterback Bear Fenimore threw a pair of touchdown passes for the seventh consecutive game to bring the Red Flash modest two-game losing streak to an end. Wide receiver Kam Lewis hauled in six pass for 108 yards to record the 13th 100-plus receiving yards game of his career. Saint Francis is 3-5 overall, but all five of its losses are by a touchdown or less.

Penn State: It took a gutsy effort by senior quarterback Trace McSorley, two late big stops by the Nittany Lions defense and a trio of 40-plus yard field goals from true freshman kicker Jake Pinegar for Penn State to edge former No. 18 Iowa at Beaver Stadium. The defense pitched a shutout in the second half and also came up with a huge interception by Nick Scott late in the fourth quarter with the Hawkeyes inside the Penn State 5-yard line.

Princeton: The Tigers stayed unbeaten and closed out October with its second record setting 66-point outburst of the month. Princeton is now ranked No. 14 in the latest NCAA FCS rankings and is 7-0 for the first time since 1995. The 66-point margin of victory is the largest for the Tigers in an official Ivy League game – the league formed in 1956 – and the most Princeton has ever scored against Cornell in a series that dates back to 1861. The Tigers had 11 players register at least one carry to rush for a combined season-high 358 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.

Notre Dame: Square in the middle of the College Football Playoff hunt, the undefeated Fighting Irish used a strong running game and rock-solid execution in the red zone (6-for-6) to subdue the Naval Academy in San Diego. Running back Dexter Williams piled up 142 yards on 23 carries with a trio of first-half touchdowns covering 12, 9 and 2 yards.

Penn: In the worst playing conditions imaginable at Brown Stadium, the Quakers used a pounding running game to edge the Bears. The driving rain and howling wind turned the natural grass surface into a mud pit. That didn’t bother running back Karekin Brooks, who carried a staggering 34 times for 246 yards. Penn finished the game with 60 rushes for 332 yards, compared to only 195 total yards for Brown.

Maryland: Terrapins kick returner and running back Javon Leake became the first Maryland player to score four touchdowns in a game since D.J. Adams in the 2010 Military Bowl. Leake, a sophomore, finished with 140 yards rushing, including scores of 64, 27 and 43 yards on five carries. He also had a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He had 237 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns on six total touches and averaged a whopping 39.5 yards per touch for the 5-3 Terrapins.

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Clemson wins battle of unbeaten chapters schools to highlight Week 8 Chapter Update


CLEMSON GRAPHICClemson and NC State hooked up in a battle of ACC unbeaten squads and the Tigers emerged as the clear-cut favorite to once again win the conference title.

True freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw for 308 yards and running back Travis Etienne added three touchdown runs to power the Tigers past the Wolfpack.

The Clemson defense limited NC State to fewer than 300 total yards, recorded eight tackles for a loss, one sack, and picked off a pair of passes.

For the third time in four years Clemson has won its first seven games of the season.

Clemson is now the unanimous No. 2 ranked team in the country behind defending National Champion Alabama. NC State dropped to No. 22 with it’s first loss of 2018.

Catch up with Penn Chapter leader Cooper Gardner in the latest installment of our Beyond The Trophy Series

Penn State: The Nittany Lions ended their two-game losing streak by nudging past Indiana on the strength of timely defense and 347 total yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns from quarterback Trace McSorley. No. 16 ranked Penn State recorded six sacks and was a perfect 5-for-5 in red zone opportunities.

Penn State defensive end Shaka Toney registered four sacks against Indiana to tie the school record for a single game to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors

Western Michigan: For the fifth straight year the Broncos are bowl eligible after running their winning streak to six games with a victory over in-state rival Central Michigan. The Broncos are also one of only three MAC teams without a conference loss. Running backs LaVante Bellamy and Jamuari Bogan combined for 242 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries each. Bogan became only the seventh player in WMU history to eclipse 3,000 career rushing yards.

Stony Brook: The FCS No. 17 ranked Seawolves treated their homecoming crowd to a record-breaking show by scoring the most points in school history, 52, in a CAA game. Running backs Donald Liotine and Jordan Gowins, dubbed the “Long Island Express”, each went over 100 yards rushing for the fourth time this season, tying the school record. Stony Brook ran 30 more plays (79-49) than Rhode Island and outgained the visitors 460-201.

Syracuse: Redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy DeVito came off the bench to throw three touchdown passes, including a pair in overtime, to help the Orange escape the double overtime upset bid of North Carolina. DeVito was inserted into the game late in the fourth quarter with Syracuse trailing by a touchdown (27-20). He completed 11 of 19 passes for 181 yards and his 4-yard toss to tight end Ravian Pierce in the second OT was the game winner.

Princeton: After scoring 45 or more points in each of its first five games, the Tigers used a strong defensive effort to hold off Harvard in a game where Princeton never trailed, but never led by more than two scores. The 6-0 start marks the second time since 1995 Princeton started the season with six wins in a row. The last time was 2006. The key for the Tigers in this one was a defense that produced a pair of turnovers and stuffed Harvard on three drives in the third quarter when the Crimson had opportunities to take the lead.

Northwestern: First-year running back Isaiah Bowser played a huge role in the Wildcats extending their Big Ten road winning streak to six games. Bowser posted a pair of touchdowns including a 5-yard run midway through the fourth quarter that put Northwestern ahead for good. He carried a career-high 24 times for 108 yards. Wildcats defensive tackle Samdup Miller paced Northwestern with eight tackles and has 22 stops in his last two games. The victory was the 11th in the last 12 Big Ten games for Northwestern.

Florida State: Trailing 10-0 in the first quarter, the Seminoles defense came up with a huge fourth-down stop to light the fuse that ended up being a 38 unanswered points explosion for FSU. Quarterback Deondre Francois threw for 341 yards and a couple touchdowns and running back Cam Akers scored twice, including a 58-yard gallop. Florida State’s defense overcame a shaky start to record 11 tackles for a loss and six sacks.

 

 

Penn State DE Shaka Toney ties school record with four sacks in a game to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors


TONEY RARE GRAPHIC 1Penn State needed a defensive boost in a tight game on the road at Indiana.

Redshirt sophomore defensive end Shaka Toney provided that much-needed boost for the Nittany Lions with a monster fourth quarter.

Toney tied a school record for quarterback sacks in a game with four in the final six minutes. The 6-foot-3, 241-pound edge rusher finished with six tackles a forced fumble and at least one sack in Indiana’s final three drives to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

Those four sacks put Toney is some elite company atop the single-game sack leader category at Penn State. He equaled the mark set by three others – Terry Killens vs. Indiana, 1995; Jimmy Kennedy at Wisconsin, 2002; Tamba Hali vs. Wisconsin, 2005.

Toney’s four sacks resulted in 29 yards lost and his final sack forced Indiana coach Tom Allen to use his final timeout with 37 seconds remaining.

Previous Uplifting Athletes

Rare Performance of the Week Winners

Week 1: Eric Dungey, Syracuse

Week 2: William Wicks, Davidson

Week 3: Davidson Wildcats Team

Week 4: Jesper Horsted, Princeton

Week 5: Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame

Week 6: John Lovett, Princeton

Week 7: Flynn Nagel, Northwestern

 

Colgate Bicentennial celebration throwback 1932 tribute uniforms highlight Week 4 Chapter Update


COLGATE MAILCHIMP

Colgate had a Bicentennial Blast on Saturday as Raiders kicked off their second century celebration by drubbing Lafayette at home to improve to 3-0 on the young season.

All the rage in Hamilton over the weekend to kick off Colgate’s Bicentennial festivities was the throwback uniforms the Raiders wore to honor the Colgate’s famous 1932 “Undefeated, Untied, Unscored Upon … and Uninvited” team.

The idea behind these one-of-a-kind uniforms was two years in the making and the idea was hatched by Broc Hazlet, Colgate’s Director of Equipment Services.

In his words “I wanted to do something different.” Raiders coach Dan Hunt was on board right away and Hazlet knew he had a true design partner in the head coach as they set out to on this project.

Abu Daramy-Swaray intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned a punt 77 yards to highlight a game that was never in doubt after the Raiders went up 15-0 in the first quarter and never looked back.

Learn more about Davidson Chapter Leader George Hatalowich in the latest installment of our Beyond The Trophy series.

Princeton: For the first time since 1886 the Tigers opened a season scoring 50-plus points in back-to-back games after rolling Monmouth in the home opener for Princeton. WR Jared Horsted was one of three Tigers to have a big day, but the senior also became the all-time leading touchdown receptions leader in school history to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week award.

Syracuse: This week is all about Clemson, but in order to get the sizzle behind the match-up with the ACC champs the Orange had to get to 4-0 for the first time since 1991 by taking out UConn. Syracuse has scored 50 or more points in three of its four games heading into Death Valley.

Stony Brook: The Seawolves picked up their third consecutive victory and went to 1-0 in conference play on the strength of running backs Jordan Gowins and Donald Liotine, dubbed as the Long Island Express, after each rushed for more than 100 yards for the third consecutive Saturday.

Penn State: Facing serious adversity for the second time this season, this time on the road on a Friday night at Illinois, Penn State closed strong again with 42 unanswered points after falling behind 27-24 midway through the third quarter to dispatch of the Fighting Illini.

NC State: Don’t look now but the Wolfpack are 3-0 and continue to float under the ACC radar after dispatching of Marshall on the road. Jarius Morehead came up with the first interception of the season for NC State and returned it 57 yards for a score the sealed victory No. 3.

Maryland: Freshman RB Anthony McFarland ran for 100-plus yards with two scores and LB Tre Watson returned a touchdown for a score as the Terrapins bounced previously undefeated Minnesota to improve to 3-1 overall heading into Big Ten play.

Western Michigan: Sparked by a defense that produced three turnovers, three sacks and a whopping 10 tackles for a loss the Broncos subdued Georgia State for their second win in a row and first victory on the road this season. Junior LB Drake Spears was the tip of the WMU defensive spear with nine tackles, two sacks, three tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.

Penn: The Quakers offense continues to sizzle as Penn won it’s sixth game in a row dating back to last season and is 2-0 this year thanks to more than 500 yards of total offense against Lehigh. Most impressive was Penn called 39 running plays from scrimmage and all 39 went for positive yards. The Quakers did not have a negative rushing play on its way to piling up 30 points.

Baylor: In a battle of 2-1 teams with Kansas, the Bears defense showed up big-time by registering four sacks, the most in 16 games for Baylor, and had five more tackles for a loss to limit the Jayhawks to a single touchdown. The Bears are 3-1 and face Top-10 ranked Oklahoma on the road this week.

Florida State: The Seminoles started fast and played aggressive defense all game to subdue Northern Illinois at home. QB Deondre Francois threw for 352 yards and two touchdowns and the FSU defense limited the Huskies to 221 total yards.

Clemson: The undefeated Tigers knocked off Georgia Tech for the fourth consecutive year to claim victory in their ACC opener on the road. True freshman QB Trevor Lawrence spread the ball around to his talented wideouts, completing 13 of 18 passes for 176 yards with four touchdowns to four different receivers

Notre Dame: Fighting Irish QB Ian Book made his first start of the season a memorable one, guiding the Notre Dame offense to 56 points and more than 550 yards. Book accounted for five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) and completed 25 of his 34 passes for 325 yards to keep Notre Dame undefeated.

 

 

 

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!