Beyond The Trophy: Get to know Western Michigan Chapter Vice President and safety Jake Moertl


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 Moertl

College: Western Michigan

Height, weight, class, position: 6-0, 195-pound, junior, safety

High School: Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois

About Jake: The Illinois native found the field early in his Broncos career and is now looking to make an impact serving the Rare Disease Community. Jake participated in the inaugural Western Michigan Lift For Life in 2019 and volunteered to assume a leadership role. He attended the 2020 Leadership Development Conference and is excited to help the Western Michigan program support the rare disease cause. He appeared in 23 games his first two years at Western Michigan primarily on special teams. Last season he played in all 13 games and recorded his first career tackle. This season he’s earning more snaps as a reserve safety and has six tackles in 2020.

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

MOERTL: My first collegiate game in 2018 against Syracuse. 

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

MOERTL: A connection to the Rare Disease Community that has impacted my family’s life.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

MOERTL: It’s bigger than a game. We have the platform as athletes to impact and support those in the Rare Disease Community.

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

MOERTL: Listen and consider what your family sees for you, but this is your life and decision. Follow the guidance of your loved ones, but don’t allow them to make the final decision for you.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

MOERTL: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins because he is an incredibly faithful christian and a humble person. 

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

MOERTL: My dad because he’s had the greatest impact on my life.

JAKE ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

MOERTL: Veggie  

All time favorite movie?

MOERTL: Remember The Titans

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

MOERTL: Potbelly 

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

MOERTL: Chicago Bears

What is the most used app on your phone?

MOERTL: Credit Karma

Chapter Update: Baylor rallies to win in dramatic fashion and six other teams record Week 12 victories


Baylor snapped its five-game slide in dramatic fashion, using a 30-yard John Mayers field goal as time expired to come from behind and beat Kansas State by a point.

The Bears twice overcame nine-point, fourth-quarter deficits and scored the final 10 points, including driving 57 yards in 10 plays to set up the winning kick. QB Charlie Brewer, who was 4-for-4 on the final drive, finished with 405 total yards and two touchdowns each passing and rushing.

Penn State: A season-high 254 yards on the ground powered Penn State to its first victory in 2020 with a win on the road at Michigan. The Nittany Lions’ last victory in Ann Arbor was 2009. True freshman RB Keyvonne Lee had a career-high 134 yards to pace the offense. Former Penn State Chapter President, quarterback Sean Clifford, chipped in 226 total yards including a 29-yard touchdown scamper. The Nittany Lions defense limited Michigan to fewer than 300 total yards and held the Wolverines to a paltry 5-for-15 on third and fourth down conversions. 

Notre Dame: The No. 2 ranked Fighting Irish scored the final 14 points to pull away from North Carolina down the stretch and post their 15th consecutive victory. Notre Dame’s defense held a Tar Heels offense that came in averaging more than 43 points a game to a season-low 17 points and fewer than 300 total yards. RB Kyren Williams had the second three-touchdown game of his career. Notre Dame Chapter President, linebacker Drew White, finished with five tackles including a pair of tackles for a loss and a half-sack. 

Clemson: The No. 3 ranked Tigers saw the return of starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence after a two-game absence and Clemson proceeded to score a school-record 31 points in the first quarter against Pitt. Lawrence finished with 403 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Tigers’ defense hauled in five turnovers including three interceptions in the first nine Pitt pass attempts. Wide receiver Cornell Powell, had six catches for 176 yards and a touchdown to become only the third Tiger wide receiver to finish with 150 or more receiving yards in back-to-back games and the first since Sammy Watkins in 2013.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets amassed more than 375 yards on the ground and freshman quarterback Jeff Sims threw three touchdown passes to pull away from Duke in their 88th meeting. The Yellow Jackets defense forced five turnovers and Tech scored the final 21 points to pull away. Georgia Tech Chapter leaders, offensive linemen Jack DeFoor and Zach Quinney, started at left guard and left tackle, respectively.

NC State: Powered by a career-high 313 yards and four touchdowns from quarterback Bailey Hockman, the Wolfpack won their third in a row by coming from behind to nudge past fellow chapter school Syracuse. NC State scored the final 16 points after falling behind 29-20 late in the third quarter. Former Syracuse Chapter leader, punter Nolan Cooney, averaged 43.1 yards on seven punts and was named the Orange team captain for the game.

Western Michigan: The Broncos rallied for 10 points in the final 9:12 to stay unbeaten with a victory over Northern Illinois. Wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge had 285 all-purpose yards including the eighth 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in program history. WMU’s defense had five sacks, 13 tackles for a loss and six pass break-ups. Western Michigan Chapter Vice President, safety Jake Moertl, had a solo tackle for the Broncos.

Round-Up: For the second time this season Northwestern overcame a 17-point deficit, only this time the Wildcats couldn’t hold on in the fourth quarter as Michigan State scored the final 12 points to hand the Wildcats their first loss of the season. Northwestern Chapter Vice President, defensive lineman Joe Spivak, finished with three tackles. … Maryland wide receiver Dontay Demus Jr. tallied his fourth career 100-yard receiving game and second of the season, posting six receptions for 114 yards including a 43-yard touchdown catch in the loss to No. 11 Indiana. This is the fifth-straight game Demus posted at least four receptions, becoming the first Terp to accomplish that feat since Stefon Diggs in 2014. … Kent State suffered its first loss of the season against a Buffalo team that saw running back Jare Patterson rush for 409 yards and eight touchdowns. Kent State Chapter President, wide receiver Isaac Vance, had six catches for 45 yards.

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 Kent State receiver/returner and Chapter President Isaac Vance.

Beyond The Trophy 2020: Get to know Kent State Chapter President and wide receiver Isaac Vance


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: Isaac Vance

College: Kent State

Height, weight, class, position: 5-9, 169-pound, redshirt junior, slot receiver

High School: Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico

About Isaac: Inspired by former Golden Flashes teammate Antwan Dixon and his comeback from battling a rare blood disorder, Isaac chose to take on a leadership role after participating in the inaugural Kent State Chapter Lift For Life in 2019. He attended the Leadership Development Conference in 2020 and plays a key role for the Kent State Chapter and its support of the Rare Disease Community. The native of Las Cruces, New Mexico had played in 24 games over in 2018 and 2019 primarily on special teams before earning a starting spot in 2020. Isaac is a two-time member of the Academic All-Mac Team and was honored as the 2019-2020 recipient of the Lou Holtz Scholarship Endowment.

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

VANCE: Winning the 2019 Frisco Bowl game against Utah State.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

VANCE: Being teammates with a former rare disease patient and seeing his work ethic and drive during his comeback inspired me.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

VANCE: Our voice as college athletes is strong, and we can use our platform for positivity.

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

VANCE: I would tell them to ‘work, work.’ Put in the hours when people aren’t watching.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

VANCE: Quarterback Cam Newton. Always smiling and he dresses top notch.

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

VANCE: Major League Baseball star Miguel Tejada because I grew up idolizing him and his game.

ISAAC ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

VANCE: Garlic crusted pepperoni and cheese 

All time favorite movie?

VANCE: Bad Boys II

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

VANCE: Whataburger 

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

VANCE: Atlanta Braves

What is the most used app on your phone?

VANCE: Twitter

Shaun Hastings is built to be an impactful leader in the lives of others


Shaun Hastings may be a massive 6-4, 280-pound offensive lineman, but his mother says his soft heart has always been the biggest thing about the Saint Francis University redshirt junior.  

The oldest of three siblings, Hastings was protective of his younger brother and sister. It was an instinct he displayed at a young age and one that not only helped his family navigate through a tough period but also laid the building blocks for the man Shaun is today.

“I noticed as he was growing up Shaun was always so in tune to others’ feelings,” said his mother, Erin Hastings. “He always was putting others before himself.”

“One of the biggest things I have learned is how much of an impact that I myself can have on so many people’s lives.”

Shaun Hastings

When Shaun was nearly 10 years old, his brother Matthew began to struggle with issues. As the diagnosis of ADHD/SPD slowly came into focus, finding the right combination of medication and therapy to help Matthew was a strain on the family. 

“I was younger when Matthew was first diagnosed,” Shaun said. “Even at that age I could see it was frustrating and difficult for my parents and our family. Learning how to deal with his issues, finding the right medications for him … it was some tough times.”

Shaun was keenly aware of Matthew’s issues, Erin said, and was a calming presence for his brother. That steady influence laid the foundation for a tight relationship that served both brothers well as they grew up.

“Shaun is very protective. I think with the difficulties we had in the beginning with Matthew, he was very keen on how others perceived his brother,” Erin said. “[Matthew] noticed the stares and the whispers, and Shaun stepped in to help.

“I never asked Shaun to help. He was such a calming influence for Matthew. And it was tough for me at first to reconcile having my kid help me. But I never asked him. He did it all by himself. I came to realize it was just who he is.”

Matthew and Shaun never attended the same school because of their seven-year age difference. Still, Shaun remained keenly aware of what was going on around his brother.

Shaun made sure to stay in tune with what was going on when they left the house. He wanted Matthew to be viewed the same as everybody else. It was extremely important to him. 

“I feel everyone deserves a shot to be treated right and fairly. Especially kids. Growing up, kids are mean and it’s tough,” Shaun said. “It was just something I was aware of. It wasn’t something I could protect my brother from, per se, but I just kept an open eye and looked out for him.”

During those early years, as the Hastings family worked through finding Matthew the right combination of a proper diagnosis and medications, Erin discovered Shaun had a special soft spot for kids. And it was more than Matthew. He gravitated to all of them.

“It’s not just the relationship with his brother,” Erin said. “It’s his cousins, our friends’ kids. Kids are a big deal to Shaun. He’s always such a calming influence on them and he’s always had a soft spot for kids with disabilities or who are struggling, obviously. Kids just gravitate to him and I describe Shaun to everyone as a big leader.”

A soft spot for kids, leadership abilities and a willingness to put others first  … it’s no wonder Shaun has discovered ways to fill the servant-leader gap while he’s away from his family at college.

When Shaun arrived on campus at Saint Francis in 2017, football and school dominated his focus. And that hasn’t changed. Shaun is taking classes on campus, dealing with COVID-19 guidelines and hoping the Red Flash have a season in early 2021. Meanwhile, he has discovered outlets and opportunities to help others.

During his freshman year while he was “finding his way,” Shaun came across an opportunity to be involved with Special Olympics. Kids and a community that needed help were a natural fit.

Later that first year, he participated in the Saint Francis Chapter of Uplifting Athletes Lift for Life and wanted to learn more about what it was all about.

As a leader, and a person who gets a high level of satisfaction helping serve people or communities that are challenged or underserved, Shaun learned more about the chapter and the rare disease cause and knew it was something he wanted to be a part of.

“I never really got involved with organizations and stuff [at Cedar Cliff high school] because I was always very busy in high school,” said Shaun. “My freshman year here I was still trying to find my place. I was looking for things that fit so I could help.

“So I got involved in Special Olympics. That was my first step. When I was a freshman we had Lift For Life and that really interested me.”

Shaun attended the Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference in Atlanta in early 2020 after volunteering to become a chapter leader to better help serve the Rare Disease Community. 

No one is less surprised than his mother that Shaun has found a way to serve others. She saw it up close and personal in their home for more than a decade.

“He has a heart of gold. Personality-wise he’s 100 percent like his father [Mark] but because of what we went through with Matthew and how I had to learn and train to adjust to being in tune with his needs, I like to think this side he gets from me,” Erin said. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a conversation with Shaun where he put himself first. His default is to put others first and I’m proud of him for finding ways to put his talents outside of football to use.”

Chapter Update: Northwestern locks down Wisconsin to win fifth straight and four other teams register Week 11 victories


Northwestern is 5-0 overall for the first time since 2015 after knocking off No. 10 Wisconsin. The last time the Wildcats knocked off an AP Top-10 team was 2011 when it beat Nebraska.

The last time Northwestern held an AP Top-10 opponent to seven or fewer points was 1967 against Miami. The Wildcats defense produced five turnovers, held Wisconsin to 5-for-20 (25 percent) on third and fourth downs and did not allow the Badgers to take a single snap in the red zone.

For the fourth time in five games, Northwestern held an opponent scoreless in the second half and has now outscored the opposition 47-10 in the second half this season. The Wildcats turned it over only once and had just one penalty for five yards.

Quarterback Peyton Ramsey had a pair of touchdown passes to pace the Wildcats offense. Linebackers Blake Gallagher and Paddy Fisher combined for 27 tackles, three tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a sack. Northwestern Chapter Vice President, defensive tackle Joe Spivak, started up front and finished with a pair of tackles.

Illinois: Sparked by an offense that rang up nearly 500 yards and a defense that produced five turnovers, the Illini won its second game in a row by winning at Nebraska for the first time since 1924. Running backs Mike Epstein and Chase Brown each rushed for more than 100 yards against the Huskers. It is the first time Illinois has had back-to-back games with two 100-plus yard rushers since Rocky Harvey and Antonio Harris in 2000. The back-to-back road victories marks the first time since 2007 Illinois has won consecutive Big Ten games away from home. 

NC State: Linebacker Vi Jones blocked a 39-yard field goal attempt with 1:20 left to give the Wolfpack their first win over a nationally ranked opponent at home since 2017, and the first at home over a ranked non-conference foe since 2007 in edging No. 21 Liberty. The block by Jones was his third blocked kick of the season. Linebacker Isaiah Moore had a team-high 13 tackles and forced a safety in the third quarter, the first Wolfpack two-pointer on defense since 2010. 

Kent State: The Golden Flashes are 3-0 for the first time since 1958 after securing the Wagon Wheel for the second consecutive year by drubbing rival Akron. The Flashes tied school records for most points in a single game (69) and most total yards in a single game (750) as well as broke the school record for yards per play (9.62). It is the first time in school history that the Flashes have scored 60-plus points in back-to-back games, becoming just the third Mid-American Conference (MAC) school to do so since 1970. Dustin Crum became the first quarterback in Kent State history to throw for three touchdowns and rush for two scores in the victory. Crum finished with 452 total yards (348 passing, 104 rushing), the third most in school history, and became the first Golden Flashes player since Julian Edelman in 2008 to have two touchdowns both rushing and passing. Kent State Chapter President, wide receiver Isaac Vance, had four catches for 36 yards.

Western Michigan: For the third year in a row the Broncos secured the Victory Cannon Trophy as WMU defeated rival Central Michigan. Western Michigan rang  up a staggering 628. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Kaleb Eleby finished with a career-high 382 yards passing and a career-best five touchdown passes. Redshirt senior wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge led all Broncos with 212 yards receiving and three touchdowns on just four receptions. 

Round-Up: Penn State fell behind Iowa by 27 points before former Penn State Chapter President, back-up quarterback Sean Clifford, threw a pair of touchdown passes on consecutive throws to slice the deficit to 10 late in the third quarter. However, it wasn’t enough as the Nittany Lions turned it over four times, including a pick-six, in the loss. … Three turnovers and limited firepower on offense stalled Syracuse in a setback to Louisville. The Orange managed only seven first downs and were blanked for the first time since 2016. Former Syracuse Chapter Leader, punter Nolan Cooney, is on pace to set the school standard for punting average after he averaged 44.5 yards per kick with a pair over 50 yards and two inside the 20.

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 NC State tight end and Chapter Vice President Dylan Autenrieth.

Beyond The Trophy 2020: Get to know NC State Chapter Vice President and tight end Dylan Autenrieth


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: Dylan Autenrieth

College: NC State

Height, weight, class, position: 6-4, 240-pound, senior, tight end

High School: North Paulding HS in Dallas, Georgia

About Dylan: Dylan Autentrieth has been a driving force behind the success of the NC State Chapter for three years. He has helped organize and participated in three Lift for Life events and has attended the Leadership Development Conference twice. Dylan is passionate about servicing the Rare Disease Community and feels his work is making a difference. After two seasons as a situational tight end for the Wolfpack, the Georgia native had moved up the depth chart and was named the starting tight end and team captain for the 2019 season before he went down with a knee injury after only three games that ended his year. He has been a regular at tight end for the Wolfpack in 2020.

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

AUTENRIETH: Running out of the tunnel for the first time.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

AUTENRIETH: I heard about the cause through our own events, and when I was asked to be chapter Vice President I could not resist.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

AUTENRIETH: Just how tough the Rare Disease Community is, not only for the ones diagnosed but for the families as well.

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

AUTENRIETH: Just be yourself, don’t lie to fit in just be yourself. 

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

AUTENRIETH: Tom Brady. Just the way he competes is inspiring.

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

AUTENRIETH: New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. An inspiring coach, I would love to pick his brain.

DYLAN ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

AUTENRIETH: Meatlovers

All time favorite movie?

AUTENRIETH: Law-Abiding Citizen

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

AUTENRIETH: Subway 

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

AUTENRIETH: New York Football Giants

What is the most used app on your phone?

AUTENRIETH: Instagram

Chapter Update: Illinois rallies to post first win and five other chapter schools record Week 10 victories


Led by redshirt freshman quarterback Isaiah Williams, Illinois twice rallied from 10 points down to win its first game of the season on the road at Rutgers.

Williams established a single-game rushing record with 192 yards to surpass the 187 yards AJ Bush Jr. totaled in 2018 against Nebraska. Fighting Illini kicker James McCourt’s third field goal of the day, a 47 yarder, with three seconds left was the difference.

In addition to Williams’ big game on the ground, running back Chase Brown added 131 yards on 17 carries. Williams and Brown became only the second quarterback-running back duo to each eclipse 130-plus yards on the ground in the same game. The other combo, QB Juice Williams and RB Rashard Mendenhall, did it in 2007. Illinois Chapter President, offensive lineman Alex Palczewski, made his 40th consecutive start, and was part of a group up front that helped the Illini pound out 338 yards on the ground.

Western Michigan: In the final minute against Toledo at home all the Broncos did was score two touchdowns, recover an onside kick and rally from 10 points down for an improbable MAC victory. The show stopper was a fake-spike, nine-yard touchdown pass from Kaleb Eleby to Jaylen Hall with 17 seconds remaining to cap the drama-laced come-from-behind victory where the Broncos trailed by 10 points on three separate occasions. Eleby finished with five total touchdowns and WR-KR D’Wayne Eskridge had 231 all-purpose yards. Western Michigan Chapter Vice President, safety Jake Moretl, had one solo tackle for the Broncos.

Northwestern: The Wildcats used a rock-solid effort defensively to hold off Purdue on the road for its fourth win in as many games. The last time Northwestern was 4-0 in the Big Ten was 1996 when current head coach Pat Fitzgerald was a linebacker for the Wildcats. Neither team eclipsed 300 total yards in this defensive battle. Northwestern’s run defense was spectacular, limiting the Boilermakers to only two yards on 17 carries. Northwestern Chapter Vice President, defensive lineman Joe Spivak, started at defensive tackle.

NC State: Sparked by career outings from quarterback Bailey Hockman and wide receiver Thayer Thomas, the Wolfpack posted a wire-to-wire victory over fellow chapter school Florida State. Thomas had 11 grabs for 135 yards and a couple scores and Hockman threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Florida State Chapter President, linebacker DeCalon Brooks, had one tackle for the Seminoles and Vice President, wide receiver Keyshawn Helton, had four catches.

Notre Dame: For the first time since 1996 the No. 2 ranked Fighting Irish went over the 45 points in back-to-back games to run the nation’s longest FBS winning streak to 14 straight. Quarterback Ian Book threw for 283 yards and three scores and also led the Irish in rushing with 85 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown. Notre Dame Chapter President, linebacker Drew White, finished second for the Irish in tackles with seven and also had a tackle for a loss. 

Kent State: For the first time since 1988, the Golden Flashes started a season 2-0 after overwhelming Bowling Green behind a career-high four touchdown passes from quarterback Dustin Crum. Kent State posted 672 yards of total offense and a staggering 14-for-22 (64 percent) on third and fourth down conversions. Kent State Chapter President, wide receiver Isaac Vance, had four catches for 48 yards.

Round-Up: Penn State rallied from a 21-point halftime deficit on the road at Nebraska to get within a touchdown, but the Cornhuskers defense came up with a pair of fourth-down stops in the red zone in the waning minutes to hold off the Nittany Lions. Tight end Pat Freiermuth had a career-best 113 receiving yards on seven catches. … Baylor could not hold a 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and fell to Texas Tech by a point. All five of the Bears’ losses this season are by 10 or fewer points including one in double overtime. Linebacker Jalen Pitre had a pick-six for the second consecutive game. It was the first time since 2016 that Baylor has had two interception returns for a touchdown in the same season, and the first time a BU player has had two interceptions returned for a touchdown in a season by the same player since Eddie Lackey in 2012.

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 Lehigh tight end and Chapter Vice President Alex Snyder.

Beyond The Trophy 2020: Get to know Lehigh Chapter Vice President and tight end Alex Snyder


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 Snyder

College: Lehigh University

Height, weight, class, position: 6-5, 240 pounds, junior, tight end

High School: Lambert High School in Cumming, Georgia

About Alex: The native of Georgia was a three-sport athlete in high school, he also played basketball and baseball, before arriving at Lehigh in 2018. Alex has appeared in all 22 games his first two seasons with the Mountain Hawks, including 11 starts as a sophomore in 2019 and 13 total starts at tight end. Last season he finished fourth on the team in receptions and yards, with eight of his 23 catches a year ago covering 20 or more yards. Alex participated in the inaugural Lehigh Chapter Lift For Life in 2019 before volunteering to step into a leadership role serving the Rare Disease Community. He attended the 2020 Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference and is part of a strong leadership team for the Lehigh Chapter.

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

SNYDER: I made a one-handed snag during my first game as a starter.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

SNYDER: The amazing opportunity to make a huge difference for those in need of help and support fighting rare diseases.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

SNYDER: That so many people don’t have a voice to make a difference. I’ve learned that I am blessed with an amazing platform to help those in need.

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

SNYDER: Ask the seniors who played their last game what regrets they have. Then don’t make the same mistakes they made. 

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

SNYDER: Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. He’s a baller and I’m also a tight end.  

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

SNYDER: Bill Gates to learn more about exactly what it takes to be successful.

ALEX ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

SNYDER: Cheese stuffed crust meat lovers

All time favorite movie?

SNYDER: The Dark Knight

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

SNYDER: Chick-fil-a   

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

SNYDER: Atlanta Braves

What is the most used app on your phone?

SNYDER: Twitter

Chapter Update: Notre Dame claims a thriller over No. 1 Clemson in double OT and four other chapter schools notch Week 9 victories


For the ninth time in program history Notre Dame knocked off the No. 1 team in the country with a thrilling double overtime victory over fellow chapter school Clemson. Notre Dame extended its active win streak to 13 games, the most of any FBS school, and ended Clemson’s 36-game regular-season winning streak.

Running back Kyren Williams paced Notre Dame with 140 yards on the ground and three touchdowns including both Fighting Irish scores in overtime. Linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah returned a Clemson fumble 23 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter for the first touchdown this season by the Notre Dame defense.

Fighting Irish kicker Jonathan Doerer set a Notre Dame program record, accounting for 18 kicking points including four field goals. Clemson freshman quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei threw for 439 yards, the third-most yards in school history and the most ever by a freshman surpassing Deshaun Watson’s 435 against North Carolina in 2014. His total was also the most passing yards ever by an opposing quarterback against Notre Dame, surpassing the 425 yards by USC’s Carson Palmer in 2002.

Notre Dame Chapter President, linebacker Drew White, tied for the team lead in tackles with nine and also had a tackle for a loss. 

Maryland: The Terrapins put up the most points ever in their 44-game history with Penn State by scoring 35 to post Maryland’s first victory over the Nittany Lions since 2014. Terps Sophomore quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns after throwing for nearly 400 a week ago. Tagovailoa posted the most passing yards by a quarterback (676) in back-to-back wins since Scott Milanovich threw for 692 yards in back-to-back games in 1994. Maryland Chapter President, running back Jake Funk, led the Terrapins with 80 rushing yards and scored on a 38-yard run early in the second quarter. Former Penn State Chapter President, quarterback Sean Clifford, established a program record with 57 pass attempts and recorded the third 300-yard game of his career. Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson is the first player to have a touchdown catch in each of his first three games since Allen Robinson in 2012, and Dotson’s five touchdowns in the first three games of the season equals the Penn State record set by Joe Jurevicius in 1997.

Northwestern: For the third game in a row the Wildcats defense kept the opposition off the scoreboard in the second half in a win over Nebraska. Senior linebacker Paddy Fisher, Blake Gallagher and Chris Bergin all had double-digit tackles for the second game in a row. Northwestern is 3-0 for the first time since 2015 and the last time it started with three straight Big Ten wins was 2000. Northwestern Chapter Vice President, defensive tackle Joe Spivak, made his second consecutive start and registered one tackle. Wildcats redshirt freshman safety Brandon Joseph, S, Northwestern: The redshirt freshman notched his third interception of the season in the second quarter against Nebraska to become the first Big Ten player since 2016 to record three interceptions through three games and became the first Wildcats freshman with picks in back-to-back games since 2003.

Western Michigan: The Broncos rolled up 50-plus points in their season opener on the road behind 262 passing yards and a career-best three touchdown passes from quarterback Kaleb Eleby. Western Michigan Chapter Vice President, junior safety Jake Moertl, had a pair of tackles for the Broncos.

Kent State: The Golden Flashes used a game-winning touchdown pass from Dustin Crum to Mark Williams with 7:31 left to post a victory in their season opener. Kent State’s win was its fifth in a row dating back to last season and marks the longest winning streak since 2012. Kent State Chapter President, wide receiver Isaac Vance, had three catches for 19 yards.

Round-Up: NC State took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold off No. 11 Miami at home. Wolfpack sophomore Zonovan Knight tied the school record for the longest play in school history with a 100-yard kickoff return late in the third quarter.  Knight joined four others in the record book. … Illinois fell to 0-3 despite a career-best 63-yard touchdown run by RB Mike Epstein. … Baylor used three first-half interceptions to surge in front of No. 17 ranked Iowa State 21-10 at intermission, but couldn’t hold on, surrendering 28 unanswered points to the Cyclones in a back-and-forth affair that came down to the wire. … Syracuse played one of its best defensive games of the season in a tight game with Boston College at home. … Florida State started fast with a pair of first-quarter touchdowns but couldn’t sustain that early momentum against Pittsburgh. Florida State Chapter Vice President, wide receiver Keyshawn Helton, had three catches for the Seminoles.

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 Syracuse long snapper and Chapter President Aaron Bolinsky.

Beyond The Trophy 2020: Get to know Syracuse Chapter President and long snapper Aaron Bolinsky


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: Aaron Bolinsky

College: Syracuse University

Height, weight, class, position: 5-11, 218 pounds, junior, long snapper

High School: North Schuylkill High School in Frackville, Pennsylvania

About Aaron: The Pennsylvania native battled a rare disease as a child and is passionate about serving the Rare Disease Community. Aaron participated in the 2018 and 2019 Lift For Life events and stepped into a leadership role for the Syracuse Chapter during the offseason and attended the 2020 Leadership Development Conference. An injury to the starting long snapper his freshman season in 2018 gave Aaron the opportunity to make an impact on the field on special teams. He has made 19 consecutive starts as the Orange long snapper, recorded six tackles and a forced fumble. He is projected as the No. 1 long snapper in 2020.

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

BOLINSKY: Being able to play against Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

BOLINSKY: As a kid who once had a rare disease, along with the passion I have for giving back to my community, I wanted to find more ways to help inspire kids to keep fighting.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

BOLINSKY: That the smallest thing can make such a big impact on the people who look up to you.

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

BOLINSKY: You may lose friends and people may say things about you, but if playing college football is your goal don’t stop or let anyone throw you off track in achieving that goal.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

BOLINSKY: Former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. He has been very humble and grounded his whole life and loved how he was such a big student of the game.

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

BOLINSKY: Warren Buffet. As a business major to be able to sit down talk to him would be an awesome opportunity. 

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What is your perfect pizza?

BOLINSKY: Chicken Parmesan

All time favorite movie?

BOLINSKY: Invincible

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

BOLINSKY: Chipotle  

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

BOLINSKY: Philadelphia Eagles

What is the most used app on your phone?BOLINSKY: Instagram