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.


Notre Dame Chapter leader and safety Christopher Schilling is the latest college football student-athlete featured in our Beyond The Trophy series

SCHILLINGEach 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: Christopher Schilling

College: University of Notre Dame

Height, weight, class, position: 5-11, 212-pound junior safety

High School: St. Thomas Aquinas, Overland Park, Kansas

About Schilling: Came to Notre Dame as a highly decorated high school player from Kansas, earning several all-league and All-State honors. … Leader of the Notre Dame Chapter of Uplifting Athletes for two seasons and has developed a passion for the Rare Disease Community and the cause. … Spent first two seasons on the practice squad without dressing for any games. Is on the 2018 roster and has dressed for the Fighting Irish this season.

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

Schilling: My most memorable experience thus far was beating the brakes off of USC in 2017. It was a hyped up matchup as it always is, and it felt great to beat a rival 49-14.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

Schilling: I participated in our bowling experience with our rare disease community and not only saw how much of an impact we had on these patients, but had a lot of fun doing it. I wanted my involvement with the rare disease community to be more than that one day a year.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

Schilling: My experience has shown me what it is to be a true friend or family member. Through my experiences with our Rare Disease Community I’ve seen the unconditional love of parents and friends, many of whom have a full-time job as a caregiver. There are many amazing families I’ve witnessed, especially at our bowling event. My experience has also made me more appreciative of what a blessing it is to play football.

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

Schilling: Our player walk is amazing. No matter the weather, no matter the opponent, we have thousands of people line our path from our facility to the stadium. It starts with seeing friends and family, we pass the band, and then walk past Touchdown Jesus surrounded by thousands of fans. As someone who used to love watching the walk as a kid, it’s awesome to be a part of it now.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

Schilling: Eric Berry. He’s an all-pro safety but has had a path that is far from easy. He came back from Cancer and had his best season yet. He ruptured his Achilles and came back again. The guy doesn’t quit. In addition, he does a lot of great work with Cancer patients in Kansas City.

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

Schilling: I would have lunch with Tiger Woods. I’d love to hear about his incredible career and what his road was to get back to winning championships again. I would like to hear about his mindset as a competitor. I’m also in desperate need of some golf tips so maybe we could eat at Top Golf.

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

Schilling: My favorite road stadium is without a doubt, Miami.  People were throwing stuff at our buses (even broke a window). It was an awesome environment to be in and Hard Rock Stadium was beautiful.



What is your perfect pizza?

Schilling: Classic pepperoni

Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?

Schilling: Berenstein – The Band Camino; Vacation – Dirty Heads; Counting Blue Cars – Dishwalla

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

Schilling: Chipotle

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

Schilling: Kansas City Chiefs

What is the most used app on your phone?

Schilling: Snapchat

No. 1 goal for yourself in 5 years?

Schilling: Build a career in Venture Capital.



Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery ties school record for sacks in a game to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors

TILLERYNotre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery etched his name in the Fighting Irish football record books in a victory over Stanford.

Tillery, who started the season at nose tackle but has moved to the three-technique tackle, registered a school-record tying four sacks for the undefeated Fighting Irish.

In addition to the four sacks, Tillery also registered four tackles for a loss giving him eight stops behind the line of scrimmage in one game and earned the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

The four sacks by Tillery ties the Notre Dame school record for a single game along with Justin Tuck (who did it twice) and Victor Abmiamiri.

Tillery’s eight tackles in the backfield totaled a loss of 40 yards for Stanford and spearheaded a Notre Dame defense that limited the Cardinal to 229 total yards on 51 offensive snaps.

The official line for Tillery against Stanford was six tackles (four solo, two assists), four sacks, four tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and two quarterback hurries.

No wonder he received the game ball in the lockerroom after the game from Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.

Tillery is on pace to set the school single-season sack record set by Tuck in 2004 with 13.5. Tillery now has seven sacks and at least eight games remaining including a bowl game.

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

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


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.




Princeton WR Jesper Horsted becomes Tigers’ all-time leader in touchdown receptions to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors

HORSTEDWhen your quarterback accounts for six touchdowns it is not easy to steal the spotlight from him. However setting a school record for touchdown receptions that has stood for nearly a quarter century qualifies as special.

Princeton senior wide receiver Jesper Horsted became the all-time touchdown receptions leader for the Tigers with a trio of TD grabs in Princeton’s home opening blowout of Monmouth.

Horsted, who had a monster 2017 season and is picking up where he left off, now has 20 touchdowns catches for his career and counting and becoming the all-time leader earns the Minnesota native the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

The 6-4, 225-pound Horsted entered the game two touchdowns shy of Derek Graham’s record of 19, which he set during the 1984 season, but he cut that deficit in half with a 3-yard score in the first quarter. That was a historic play in its own way, as it was the first to ever be reviewed at Princeton Stadium. The Ivy League adopted the replay rule this past season, and officials determined that Horsted did have possession of the ball in the end zone, a play that opened an early 14-3 lead.

He tied Graham’s mark with a 29-yard reception just before the half to put the Tigers in front 30-9, and took over the No. 1 spot in style with an 81-yard catch-and-run midway through the third quarter.

Horsted finished with eight catches for 150 yards on a day when Princeton rolled up more than 600 yards of offense led by quarterback John Lovett’s 332 yards and five touchdowns. The Tigers are 2-0 and have scored 50-plus points in back-to-back games to open a season for the first time since 1886.

Previous Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week Winners

Week 1: Eric Dungey, Syracuse

Week 2: William Wicks, Davidson

Week 3: Davidson Wildcats Team


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.