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NFF CHALKTALK – Nov. 3, 2015, Presented by
Latest news & notes from the world of college football for the week of Nov. 3.
Published: 11/3/2015 5:30:00 PM

(Pictured: 2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Jason Vander Laan, the quarterback for undefeated No. 3 Ferris State (Mich.), had 105 rushing yards on six carries and completed 12-of-18 passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 70-19 win over Lake Erie (Ohio).)

NFF Announces Finalists for 2015 Campbell Trophy, Presented by Fidelity Investments®

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced the finalists for the 2015 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments® and prominently displayed at its official home inside the New York Athletic Club. The trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.

The 12 finalists will each receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. At the event, one member of the class will be declared in dramatic fashion the winner of the 26th William V. Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

Selected from a nationwide pool of 135 exceptional semifinalists from among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA, the 12 class members are:






E.K. Binns





Jacoby Boren


Ohio State


Sustainable Plant Systems

Jake Brendel





Taveze Calhoun


Mississippi State


Interdisciplinary Studies

Derek Crittenden





Ty Darlington




Arts & Sciences

Jordan Dobrich




Mechanical Engineering

Spencer Drango





Blake Frohnapfel





Jordan Italiano


Kent State



Hank Spencer


Mount Union (Ohio)


Computer Science

Jason Vander Laan


Ferris State (Mich.)


App. Math & Actuarial Science

Athletics Directors Molded on the Gridiron

The NFF continues with its campaign showcasing all of the nation’s athletics directors who have played football and how their experiences helped prepare them for leadership roles on our nation’s college campuses. The campaign captures the unique stories of each athletics director, and the stories are appearing throughout the season on Last week’s profiles included Temple athletics director Patrick Kraft, who played at Indiana, and Boston College athletics director Brad Bates, who walked on at Michigan. Check out all of the athletics director profiles on

This Week on

The NFF continues to promote, the organization’s newest addition to its campaign to highlight the good in the game and the lifelong benefits to those who play it. Recent headlines on the site include:

·         Hall of Famer Murry Bowden Helps Build College Football Hall of Fame in Georgia

·         Focus and Hard Work Drives Jelani Roberts to Academic and Athletic Success

·         Family Affair at Virginia Tech for Three Edmunds Brothers

·         Sacrifice is Key for NFF High School Scholar-Athlete Zach Allen

Click here to sign up to receive the eNewsletter from The site focuses on the stories that evoke the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal, character building and the drive for academic excellence that exemplifies many of the young men who play football and the families who support them.

Ruben Brown Honored with Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, Presented by Fidelity Investments

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Ruben Brown (Pittsburgh) was honored on Oct. 29 with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments. Brown was a First Team All-American and three-time All-Big East selection during his standout career at Pittsburgh. Click here to read more about Brown.

During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. Brown will be officially inducted at the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City’s historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

The NFF would like to thank Pittsburgh Athletics Director Scott Barnes, NFF Director of Membership Ron Dilatush, Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and Fidelity Investments Vice President Institutional Sales Mike Houser for taking part in the presentation on the field.

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll – Week 9

Defending national champion Ohio State remained No. 1 in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll as five teams received first place votes in Week 9 of the season. Baylor, TCU, Clemson and LSU round out the top five in the poll, in which voters rank the top 16 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Click here to view the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll Rankings for Week 9.

Click here to view the individual rankings of every voter in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll.

Click here for notes on Week 9 of the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll.

The results of the poll will be released every Sunday of the 2015 season and the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The final poll will be released Dec. 6. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers, College Football Hall of Famers, NFF Board Members and highly regarded collegiate administrators who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective as well as a diversity of viewpoints from the different roles associated with the game.


The Hall of Fame will celebrate its mascot Fumbles’ birthday on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Noon ET. There will be cake, music and goody bags for kids.

The Atlanta Falcons hosted their Moms Football Safety Clinic on the Hall’s 45-yard indoor playing field on Oct. 28. The clinic provided helpful information to moms who have children that currently play or are considering playing tackle football. The clinic included classroom instructions on proper equipment fitting, concussion awareness and the Heads Up tackling technique.

The Hall hosted Haunted Hall of Fame, a family-friendly Halloween themed event, on Oct. 31. Guests sampled sweet treats at every treat station throughout the Hall, built “haunted” bird houses with The Home Depot and won prizes in the scary scavenger hunt and costume contests.

Kids and Pros will host its Locker Room Chat fundraiser on Nov. 17 at the College Football Hall of Fame. The event will feature three former quarterbacks: 2004 NFF National Scholar-Athlete David Greene (Georgia), College Football Hall of Famer Joe Hamilton (Georgia Tech) and former Iowa State Cyclone and Atlanta Falcon Dave Archer. The fundraiser benefits Kids and Pros, a local nonprofit that hosts free youth football camps for kids ages 7 to 13. College Football Hall of Fame kicker Kevin Butler (Georgia) will be the emcee.


The College Football Hall of Fame opened its doors Aug. 23, 2014, in the heart of Atlanta’s sports, entertainment and tourism district. Adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park, the new Hall provides visitors with a highly immersive, interactive and engaging experience using a blend of historic college football artifacts and state-of-the-art, interactive multimedia exhibits. To plan your visit and purchase tickets, visit


NFF Board Member, 2013 NFF Toner Award recipient and Oklahoma athletics director Joe Castiglione was one of 15 people elected to the State of Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. He will officially be enshrined on Nov. 15 in Columbia, Mo.

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Zach Thomas’s nephew Ty Thomas officially received a scholarship offer from his uncle’s alma mater Texas Tech.

Arizona State honored the late College Football Hall of Famer and 2006 NFF Distinguished American Pat Tillman with an alternate uniform during its game against Oregon. The “PT-42” uniforms are a replica of the uniforms Tillman wore as a member of the 1996 ASU team during its run to the Rose Bowl and the nameplate on the back of each jersey will read “Tillman.”

College Football Hall of Famer Eddie George (Ohio State) will be performing in a seven-week stint in the musical Chicago on Broadway from Jan. 11-Feb. 28, 2016.

Nov. 6 will be declaredTim Brown Day” in Dallas to honor the Dallas native and College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver from Notre Dame.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Dutch Meyer will be posthumously inducted into the Waco (Texas) ISD Athletics Hall of Fame at the Nov. 6 Hall of Fame Game between Waco High School and University High School.

My All American
will debut in theaters on Nov. 13. The film shares the inspirational true story of University of Texas football legend Freddie Steinmark, an underdog who played a critical role on College Football Hall of Fame coach Darrell Royal’s 1969 National Championship team. The film tells the tale of one of Royal’s most beloved players who always put family, team and school first. In the end, Freddie leaned heavily on the support of his coach and fellow players when faced with a life-changing challenge. Click here to view the trailer.

College Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson (TCU) will be honored for his work in the community at the 2015 Bobby Bragan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award Gala on Nov. 12 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.

UCLA honored the 1965 Bruin football team, the first to earn a victory in the Rose Bowl, during its game against Colorado over the weekend. The team was led by College Football Hall of Fame Coach Tommy Prothro and featured College Football Hall of Fame quarterback and NFF National Scholar-Athlete Gary Beban.

2015 NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient and Voice of the LSU Tigers Jim Hawthorne will miss the first LSU football game of his broadcasting career on Saturday when fourth-ranked LSU faces seventh-ranked Alabama. Hawthorne underwent a successful medical procedure late last week and is still recovering. He is expected to return to the booth in a couple of weeks.

2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Updates

2015 NFF National Scholar-Athletes Ty Darlington (Oklahoma) and Spencer Drango (Baylor) are among eight semifinalists for the 2015 Wuerffel Trophy, which is named in honor of College Football Hall of Fame quarterback and 1996 Campbell Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel (Florida). Known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” the 2015 recipient will be announced on Dec. 8 at the National Football Foundation’s Annual Awards Press Conference at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Offensive guard E.K. Binns helped Navy outrush South Florida 428-62 in a 29-17 victory. Midshipmen quarterback Keenan Reynolds scored twice in the fourth quarter to tie former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball’s FBS record for career rushing touchdowns, and Navy set a school record with three 100-yard rushers. The bowl-eligible Midshipmen will play at the undefeated No. 16 Memphis Tigers on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Coming off a bye week, center Jacoby Boren and the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes will host Minnesota on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Center Jake Brendel and UCLA held of Pac-12 foe Colorado 35-31. The Bruins will travel to play at Oregon State on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET on the Pac-12 Networks.

Coming off a bye week, defensive back Taveze Calhoun and Mississippi State will play at Missouri on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Montana defensive end Derek Crittenden recorded three tackles in the Grizzlies’ loss to Portland State. Montana will travel to Idaho State on Saturday at 4:35 p.m. ET on Cowles Montana Media.

Center Ty Darlington and No. 14 Oklahoma outgained Kansas in total yards, 710-216, in a 62-7 victory. The Sooners will host Iowa State on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Coming off a bye week, linebacker Jordan Dobrich and Nevada will play at Fresno State on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Coming off a bye week, offensive tackle Spencer Drango and the No. 2 Baylor Bears will play at Kansas State on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel went 32-of-44 for 259 yards and one touchdown in the Minutemen’s loss to Ball State. UMass will host Akron on Saturday at Noon ET on CBS Sports Network.

Kent State safety Jordan Italiano was named the MAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week last week. Coming off a bye week, the Golden Flashes will host Buffalo on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

Linebacker Hank Spencer and the Mount Union (Ohio) defense held Otterbein (Ohio) to just 44 yards of total offense in a 55-0 shutout win. The Division III No. 1 Purple Raiders will host Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET. The game can be seen on Mount Union’s website at

Ferris State (Mich.) quarterback Jason Vander Laan had 105 rushing yards on six carries and completed 12-of-18 passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 70-19 win over Lake Erie (Ohio). Undefeated and ranked No. 3 in Division II, Ferris State will play at Northern Michigan on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. The game can be seen on

NFF Program Updates

“This Week in College Football History,” which takes a look back at some of college football's landmark moments over the last 147 years, is posted each Friday on the NFF website. Click here to check out the games for Nov. 2-8.

Each week during the season, the NFF produces a comprehensive television schedule for all Division I games complete with date, time, teams and on-air talent listings. Email to receive the listing via email or visit

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As part of the NFF Little Rock Touchdown Club/Arkansas Chapter’s 2015 Speaker Series, Central Arkansas head football coach Steve Campbell was yesterday’s guest speaker.

College Football Hall of Famers Chuck Dicus, Wayne Harris and Billy Ray Smith are among six former Arkansas football players who will be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame at a luncheon on Nov. 9 at the Little Rock Marriott. The other three former Arkansas football players are Bill Burnett, Ken Hatfield and Wayne Martin. The event is put on by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in conjunction with the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Little Rock Touchdown Club/NFF Chapter.

The Touchdown Club of Atlanta-NFF Chapter will host a Touchdown Club Hall of Fame Evening at the College Football Hall of Fame on Nov. 5. The Mississippi State-Missouri game will be shown on the big screen on the field, and the event will include dinner, a bar and Hall of Fame tours. Click here for ticket information.

The NFF St. Louis/Tom Lombardo Chapter will host a luncheon Nov. 18 featuring current ESPN St. Louis radio broadcasters Randy Karraker and D’Marco Farr, a former University of Washington and Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams defensive tackle, at Lombardo’s Restaurant–Airport location.


College Football Playoff

Fans can start making plans to be a part of the 2016 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship in Glendale, Ariz., which will take place Jan. 11, through Playoff Premium’s variety of packages at various price ranges and seating locations. Click here for more information… The CFP will unveil its first Top 25 rankings of the season tonight during College Football Playoff: Top 25 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN… On Nov. 4, the CFP will announce the three communities that will host the CFP National Championship in 2018, 2019 and 2020…

New Football Schools

Following its victory over Monmouth, Kennesaw State (6-2, 2-1) has clinched a winning record in its inaugural season… East Tennessee State beat Warner (Fla.) for its first victory since reinstituting its football program…


The SEC announced the football schedules for all 14 of its member schools for the 2016 season… Marshall and Boise State have scheduled a home-and-home series in 2019 and 2020… BYU completed its 2016 schedule with Southern Utah…


ABC’s Saturday Night Football featuring Notre Dame at Temple garnered a 3.9 overnight rating, the highest-rated game of college football’s week 9 across all networks. Locally, in Philadelphia, the matchup earned an 18.1 overnight rating, making it the market’s highest-rated regular season college football game on ABC, ever… IMG released its audio montage for Week 9 of the season, featuring dramatic calls by its team of announcers from around the country…


Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer announced he will retire at the end of the season after a successful 35-year career with the Hokies and Murray State… Tracy Claeys was named the interim head coach at Minnesota after Jerry Kill announced his retirement due to medical concerns… Chris Naeole was named the interim head coach at Hawaii… Kean (N.J.) has named Jack McKiernan its new director of athletics…


The Heisman Trophy Trust announced former Maryland quarterback Boomer Esiason as the recipient of the 2015 Heisman Humanitarian Award for his efforts in battling cystic fibrosis. Esiason will be honored Dec. 14 at the 81st Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis.


The game between Temple and Notre Dame set a Temple attendance record for a home game with 69,280 fans… Saturday will be the 107th meeting in the “Border War” series between Colorado State and Wyoming… TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson had his sixth straight 100-yard receiving game, the longest active streak in the FBS, and he joined former Texas Tech wideout Michael Crabtree as the only FBS receivers in the past 20 seasons with six straight games of 100 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns… Oklahoma State and Texas Tech combined for 123 points in the highest-scoring FBS game this season… Houston's 34-0 win over Vanderbilt is its first shutout of an SEC opponent since 1969 against Mississippi State. The Cougars reached 8-0 for the fourth time in school history and the first time since 2011… Memphis' 8-0 record is the program's best start since 1938 when that Tigers squad finished a perfect season at 10-0…


Southern California unveiled its proposed plans for a $270 million renovation and restoration project to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum… Oklahoma approved the installation of a larger video scoreboard in Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium… The new 55,024-square-foot Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C., Athletic and Fitness Center opened at Stonehill (Mass.), which houses the athletics department and includes meeting rooms, coaches offices, locker rooms, a strength and conditioning center, fitness room and a sports medicine facility…


Former Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green and his wife Miranda have announced the endowment of two scholarships at his alma mater… Former wide receiver Bill Jordan pledged $1 million to the Forward Together campaign at Mississippi… Florida Atlantic officially announced a $5 million gift from Christine E. Lynn to name The Christine E. Lynn Sports Medicine Center within the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence… Eastman Credit Union presented a $250,000 gift to East Tennessee State to assist in the construction of its new football stadium…

Marketing and Uniforms

Miami (Fla.) unveiled new “Military Appreciation Day” uniforms the team will wear on Nov. 7 against Virginia… As part of North Carolina State’s annual Military Appreciation Day festivities on Nov. 21, the Wolfpack football squad will debut its new #IRONWOLF uniform… UCLA athletics and WME | IMG have agreed to a 10-year extension of their current multimedia rights partnership… Susquehanna (Pa.) will replace its long-standing “Crusader” nickname following a vote. A new mascot is yet to be determined…

More News of Interest

The Big 12 Digital Network provides an inside look at how an officiating crew handles its business, shadowing a Conference crew for a weekend when Texas Tech and Baylor squared off at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas… Pre-dental student Neil MacInnes won an open tryout to become Florida’s backup kicker… Former Virginia running back Hakeem Adbul-Saboor, former Oklahoma State wide receiver Nathan Gilsleider and former Michigan and Rice running back Sam McGuffie have all made the U.S. National Bobsled team… Tulsa athletics director Derrick Gragg has a new book, titled “40 Days of Direction: Life Lessons from the Talented Ten,” which he wrote primarily for male athletes in high school and college as a blueprint for success in life…


Former Harvard defensive back D.J. Monroe died in a crash on Oct. 15. He was 24… World War II Tuskegee Airman Cyril O. Byron Sr., who played quarterback at Morgan State and later served as a college football referee, passed away Oct. 20. He was 95… Former Western Illinois running back Dennis Morgan passed away Oct. 25. He was 63… Eric “The Flea” Allen, the former Michigan State star who set what at the time was an NCAA record with 350 yards rushing in a 1971 game against Purdue, passed away Oct. 27. He was 66… Former Colorado football player and Eureka (Ill.), Macalester (Minn.) and Winona State (Minn.) head coach Tom Hosier passed away Oct. 28. He was 73… Broadcaster Tom Hamlin, who called Dayton football games among many sporting events in a long career, passed away Oct. 29. He was 88… Darrell Brown, the first African-American to join Arkansas’ football team, passed away Oct. 31…


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Dec. 7, 2015 – Presentation of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup to the Ivy League Football Players of the Year at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New  York City

Dec. 8, 2015
 – NFF Annual Awards Press Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New York City

Dec. 8, 2015
– NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New York City

Dec. 8, 2015
– 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New York City

Dec. 8, 2015
– 26th presentation of the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently displayed at the NYAC, to the nation's top football scholar-athlete at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New York City

Dec. 8, 2015
– Induction of the 2015 College Football Hall of Fame Class at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New York City

Dec. 31, 2015
– The 11th Annual NFF National Hall of Fame Salute at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Atlanta

Jan. 7, 2015
– Leadership Hall of Fame Induction Dinner – Phoenix

Jan. 8, 2016
– Announcement of the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class – Scottsdale, Ariz.

Jan. 11, 2016
–College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Ariz. 


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