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The NFF announced the finalists for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments®. The trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.

The 13 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 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, 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 the winner of the 28th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000. The event, which will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, will be live streamed on ESPN3 starting at 8:30 p.m. ET. T he 13 finalists are:

Sam Benger
Carnegie Mellon (Pa.)
Business Administration
Braxton Berrios
Miami (Fla.)
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Mason Hampton
Boise State
Justin Jackson
Micah Kiser
Foreign Affairs
Justin Lea
Jacksonville State
Emergency MGMT & Geography
Brad Lundblade
Oklahoma State
Marcus Martin
Slippery Rock (Pa.)
Safety Management
Chandon Sullivan
Georgia State
Blaise Taylor
Arkansas State
Business Administration
Marlon Walls
Stephen F. Austin
Engineering Physics
Chris Weber
Nutrition Science
Jake Wieneke
South Dakota State
Physical/Teacher Education

Pictured above are Berrios, Jackson and Taylor.
2017 College Football Hall of Fame electee Dat Nguyen was honored Nov. 4 with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, during Texas A&M's game against Auburn.

The only player in Texas A&M history to lead the team in tackles four consecutive seasons, Nguyen earned unanimous First Team All-America honors in 1998. The winner of both the Bednarik and Lombardi awards in 1998, Nguyen started all 51 games of his illustrious career and still holds Texas A&M records with 517 career tackles and 30 double-digit tackle gamesClick here to read more about Nguyen.
During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater or school where they coached to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. Nguyen will officially be inducted during the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The event will be streamed live on ESPN3.

The NFF would like to thank Fidelity Investments Vice President Clarence Stallings, Texas A&M Athletics Director Scott Woodward and NFF Development Coordinator McBride Macatee for taking part in the on-field presentation.
The NFF is celebrating its 70 th  anniversary over the next  several weeks  by highlighting the key milestones of each decade in a weekly email with the content also promoted in its social media channels. The campaign takes a year-by-year look at some of the key events that have shaped the organization, distributing seven weekly releases covering each of the NFF's 10-year periods.

Below are highlights from the NFF's third decade: 1967-1976Click here or on the image below to view as a larger PDF.
I'm A Football Player
As part of its "I'm A Football Player®" initiative, the NFF is producing a series of graphics to be distributed through social media every Tuesday and Thursday this fall, highlighting former college football players that have experienced success off the field. From Fortune 500 CEOs, to lawyers and doctors, to coaches and teachers and all other walks of life, our goal is to showcase everyone who has benefited from the game of football, sharing their stories across the nation. 

Click here to view all of the past  "I'm A Football Player®" profiles. 

If you, or someone you know, would like to take part and share a football story, please email us at:
The Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual, in conjunction with the National Football Foundation, will honor coaches with its "Coaches Making a Difference" contest. Now through December 4, individuals can nominate a high school coach that has made a difference in the lives of student-athletes in their community. The grand prize winner will receive a trip to the "Granddaddy of Them All," the Rose Bowl Game, on January 1, 2018. This year's game will play host to a College Football Playoff Semifinal and feature two of the top teams in college football.

Coaches can be nominated for the contest by filling out a nomination form  online . A panel of representatives from the Tournament of Roses and the National Football Foundation will select the six winners which will include one grand prize winner and five finalist winners.

Six finalists and a grand prize winner will be announced at 12 p.m. PT on December 8.
Timing the Game: Understanding the Clock
Rogers Redding
Rogers Redding , the national coordinator of College Football Officiating, provides insights about rules changes and the mindset of college football referees. The CFO is the national professional organization for all football officials who work games at the collegiate level.

As a season progresses, late in a game you might hear more and more about "clock management" - that is, a team trying to make the best use of the game clock by deciding what plays to run and when to take a timeout. In this column, we'll look at some of the more important aspects of the game clock. In particular, we want to understand when the clock stops and, once stopped, when does it start to run again. In the next column, we will look at the "10-second runoff."
Starts when the ball is snapped for the next play
There are several times that the clock stops when the ball becomes dead and then starts when the ball is snapped on the next play. This always happens after a kickoff, punt or field goal attempt. It always happens after an incomplete pass. And it always happens after a turnover, such as a pass interception or a fumble recovered by the defense.
Starts when the officials make the ball ready for play
The most common play in this category is when the offense makes a first down. The clock stops when the ball is dead beyond the first-down marker, and it starts again when the official steps away after placing the ball on the ground ready for the snap. This also happens when the teams come back to play after a TV timeout. And it happens after a player is injured or when one has to leave the game because his helmet comes off. There is one special case that is different from the others: when a player fumbles and the ball goes out of bounds after going forward, the clock always starts when the ball is ready for play.
Last two minutes in the half: special rules
For a few plays, the starting of the clock depends on when the play takes place. When a ball carrier, a fumble, or a lateral goes out of bounds the clock stops. During most of the game, the clock will start back on the ready-for-play. However, inside the last two minutes of each half, the clock doesn't start until the ball is snapped (except for the forward fumble). It is during these critical times late in the half that clock management becomes most important.
Clock starting on the snap overrides starting on the ready-for-play
Finally, it is quite common for the clock to stop for more than one reason. One example is when the runner is driven out of bounds after gaining a first down inside the last two minutes of the half: both the first down and the out-of-bounds run are reasons to stop the clock. In such a case, the one causing the clock to start on the snap wins out, and the clock starts on the snap. A simple way to remember this is, "Snap trumps ready-for-play."
Alabama remained No. 1 with 41-of-48 first-place votes in the Week 10 FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll.  Georgia, Notre Dame, Clemson and Wisconsin round out the top five in the poll, in which voters rank the top 16 FBS teams.
The results of the poll will be released every Sunday of the 2017 season and the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The final poll will be released Dec. 3. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers.
The entrance to the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
Tailgate Saturdays Built by The Home Depot:  Join the Hall every Saturday this season from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. for Tailgate Saturdays Built by The Home Depot. Watch the top matchups of the week on the Hall's 36-foot HD video board while you enjoy beverages and tailgate games on the field. Participate in the GameDay Desk contest for a chance to win prizes. Visit the Hall's Twitter page @cfbhall  each week and vote for the matchups you want to see on Saturday! There's no better way to spend your Saturday's this Fall than at the Hall.

The Home Depot and College Football Hall of Fame College GameDay Sweepstakes:  At the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience, you have the chance to show your skills and pick your winner by recording your very own GameDay video sitting alongside Rece Davis and Hall of Famer  Desmond Howard  (Michigan). Share that video socially and you could score some awesome GameDay prizes. Click here for contest details.
About the College Football Hall of Fame: The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience opened its doors Aug. 23, 2014, in the heart of Atlanta's sports, entertainment and tourism district. Adjacent to 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
The Blitz
NFF Board Member and Tulco Founder, Chairman & CEO Thomas Tull will be one of the featured interviews during the SportsBusiness Daily / Journal's 2017 NeuLion Sports Media & Technology Conference Nov. 7-8 in Marina del Rey, Calif.

College Football Hall of Famer coach and 2000 NFF Toner Award recipient Frank Broyles will be posthumously honored with AFCA's 2018 Amos Alonzo Stagg Award.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Gene Stallings (Texas A&M, Alabama), Hall of Famer and 1996 Campbell Trophy® winner Danny Wuerffel (Florida), Hall of Famer and 1970 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Dave Elmendorf (Texas A&M) and 2005 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Brad Smith (Missouri) are part of the 2017 SEC Football Legends Class that will be honored at the 2017 SEC Football "Weekend of Champions" Dec. 1-2 in Atlanta. 

2009 Campbell Trophy® winner Tim Tebow (Florida)  will be inducted  into the State of Florida Sports Hall of Fame at a Nov. 8 induction ceremony at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Eleven semifinalists were announced for the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy. Named after College Football Hall of Famer and 1996 Campbell Trophy® winner Danny Wuerffel (Florida), the trophy is awarded for exemplary community service. Three finalists will be announced on Nov. 22, and the formal announcement of the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy recipient will be on Dec. 5 during the National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner press conference in New York City.

2017 NFF National Scholar-Athlete/Campbell Trophy® Finalist Updates
All FBS rankings below reflect the Week 10 FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll

After a bye week, Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) and running back Sam Benger will close out the 2017 regular season hosting Case Western Reserve (Ohio) in the 32nd Annual Academic Bowl this Saturday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed live here.

Miami (Fla.) wide receiver Braxton Berrios had three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown to help the Hurricanes defeat Virginia Tech and remain undefeated atop the ACC's Coastal Division. The Hurricanes have now won 13 straight games dating back to October 2016. No. 7 Miami will host No. 3 Notre Dame this Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. ESPN College GameDay will air live from Miami's campus the morning of the game.

Center Mason Hampton helped Boise State gain 479 yards of total offense in a 41-14 victory over Nevada. The 7-2 Broncos won their fifth straight game and now boast a 5-0 conference record atop the Mountain West's Mountain Division standings. Boise State will play at Colorado State this Saturday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.

One week after becoming the fifth running back in Big Ten history to reach 1,000 career rushing attempts, Northwestern running back Justin Jackson passed Michigan State's Lorenzo White for seventh in Big Ten history with 4,927 career rushing yards. Jackson rushed 31 times for 154 yards and also became Northwestern's all-time leader by scoring his 39th career touchdown. Northwestern became the first FBS program in history to win three consecutive overtime games after topping Nebraska, 31-24.  The win made the Wildcats bowl eligible for the 14th time in program history. Northwestern will host Purdue this Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Linebacker Micah Kiser led Virginia with 18 tackles as the Cavaliers  rallied past Georgia Tech for a 40-36 victory. His 18 tackles are the most by any ACC player this season and matched his career high, and his performance earned him his second ACC Linebacker of the Week honor of the season. Virginia (6-3, 3-2 in the ACC) achieved bowl eligibility for the first time since 2011. Kiser has 97 tackles this season, and he currently leads the ACC and is sixth nationally with 10.8 tackles per game. The Cavaliers will play at Louisville this Saturday, Nov. 11, at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Offensive lineman Justin Lea helped block for a Jacksonville State team that gained 484 yards of total offense and defeat Murray State, 59-23. The game was his 48th straight start for the Gamecocks, giving him the second-longest consecutive start streak in Ohio Valley Conference history and making him one game shy of tying the top mark of 49. No. 2 Jacksonville State is now 8-1 and 6-0 in conference, extending their winning streak in OVC games to 30 games, an OVC record and the longest conference win streak in Division I football. The Gamecocks will play at UT Martin this Saturday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

Center Brad Lundblade helped helped Oklahoma State gain 661 yards of total offense in a close loss to rival Oklahoma. The Cowboys offense ranks second nationally in both total offense with 579.4 yards per game and scoring offense with 45.3 points per game. Lundblade was announced as a nominee for the 2017 Burlsworth Trophy, which is give to the most outstanding football player who began his career as a walk-on. No. 13 Oklahoma State (7-2, 4-2 Big 12) will play at Iowa State this Saturday, Nov. 11, at Noon ET on ABC/ESPN2.

Defensive end Marcus Martin had one tackle in Slippery Rock (Pa.)'s 77-38 victory over Seton Hill (Pa.) as the team improved to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in PSAC West action. Martin, the NCAA's all-time leading career sacks leader, and Slippery Rock will close out the regular season at Kutztown (Pa.) this Saturday, Nov. 11, at Noon ET. A win in the game, which can be watched herewould likely lock up the Rock's third trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs in the last four years. 

In Georgia State's 21-17 come-from-behind win over Georgia Southern, defensive back Chandon Sullivan recovered a fumble on the first play of the game and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown, making him the first Panther with two defensive touchdowns in his career. He also recorded five tackles in the win. Georgia State (5-3, 4-1 Sun Belt) has won five of its last six games and now sits in second place in the Sun Belt, trailing only Arkansas State. The Panthers will play at Texas State this Saturday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

Arkansas State cornerback Blaise Taylor was announced as one of 11 semifinalists for the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy for exemplary community service. After a bye week, the Sun Belt Conference-leading Red Wolves (5-2, 4-0 Sun Belt) will play at South Alabama this Saturday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

After a bye week, safety Marlon Walls and Stephen F. Austin will host Nicholls State this Saturday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

Linebacker Chris Weber led Nebraska with 11 tackles, including one for loss, in a 31-24 overtime loss to Northwestern. He was also was announced as a nominee for the 2017 Burlsworth Trophy, which is give to the most outstanding football player who began his career as a walk-on. Weber and the Huskers will play at Minnesota this Saturday, Nov. 11, at Noon ET on FS1.

Wide receiver Jake Wieneke had two catches for 59 yards in South Dakota State's  33-21 upset of No. 2 North Dakota State. The performance moved him past College Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State) for third place in FCS career receiving yards, ending the day with 4,730. With the victory, the Jackrabbits improved to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference en route to retaining the Dakota Marker before a record crowd of 18,130. Wieneke and No. 6 South Dakota State close out the home portion of their regular season schedule this Saturday, Nov. 11, against Illinois State at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN3. 

Weekly TV Schedule:
Each week during the season, the NFF produces a comprehensive television schedule for all Division I (FBS and FCS) games complete with date, time, teams and on-air talent listings. Email to sign up for the weekly schedule.
Over The Middle

The  NFF Arkansas Chapter/Little Rock Touchdown Club 's  2017 speaker series continued today  with Central Arkansas head coach Steve Campbell. On Monday, Nov. 13, NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell will be the speaker and help present the chapter's James Street Award.

The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter will hold a luncheon on Nov. 15 at Lombardo's Restaurant (Airport location) featuring KMOV news anchor Steve Savard and 101 ESPN's Randy Karraker, both of whom were part of the St. Louis Rams' radio broadcasts prior to the team's departure.

The Touchdown Club of Atlanta-NFF Chapter hosted a luncheon today featuring former Oklahoma State and LSU head coach and current FOX Sports broadcaster Les Miles. On Nov. 20, the chapter will host a luncheon featuring former Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech and Cincinnati head coach and current ESPN broadcaster Tommy Tuberville at 103 West in Atlanta.

NFF Sacramento Valley (Calif.) Chapter Board Member Jay Erhart, who also serves as president of Sacramento Youth Football (SYF), has taken on a leadership role in organizing three local football games: the annual Shrine Bowl game; the Guns 'n Hoses [Pig Bowl] contest; and the Optimists all-star game for local high school senior players. All three of the games will take place at Hornet Stadium on the Sacramento State campus.
Two-Minute Drill
New Football Schools

The UAB football team picked up its sixth victory to gain bowl eligibility in its first season back after a two-year hiatus...


Former Minnesota football player George Conzemius passed away Oct. 26. He was 81... Former Harvard football player Dick Clasby passed away Oct. 28. He was 87... Former South Carolina football player Paul Martin passed away Oct. 28. He was  56... Former Southern Illinois football player and Missouri football radio broadcaster  Bill Wilkerson passed away Nov. 2. He was 72... Former Virginia football player Dr. John Risher passed away Nov. 3. He was 107... Bob Minnix, a former Notre Dame football player and athletics administrator at Washington State, Florida State and the NCAA, passed away Nov. 3... Former Washington defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim died. He was 30... Former Montana and North Dakota State football player Jay Baumberger passed away. He was 65...

More News of Interest

The College Football 150th Anniversary has announced it will partner with SME in the design of its logo and branding campaign... Miami-South Florida (2021), Indianapolis (2022), Los Angeles (2023) and Houston (2024) were announced as future sites of the College Football Playoff National Championship ... Washington's Dante Pettis set the FBS record for career punt return touchdowns...

Building on the success of last year's inaugural event, CoSIDA Membership Recognition Week returns this fall to honor athletics communications professionals and their impact on collegiate athletics. The second annual celebration will be held Monday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 12. For more, go to
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NFF Key Dates
Dec. 3, 2017 - Release of the Final FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll for the 2017 season - Via Press Release
Dec. 4, 2017  - Ivy League's Asa S. Bushnell Cup Announcement, presented by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, at the New York Hilton Midtown - New  York City
Dec. 5, 2017  - NFF Annual Awards Press Conference at the New York Hilton Midtown - New York City (Streamed live on ESPN3, starting at 10 a.m. ET)
Dec. 5, 2017  - NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, at the New York Hilton Midtown - New York City
Dec. 5, 2017  - 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown - New York City, including the induction of the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class and the 28th presentation of The William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently displayed at the New York Athletic Club.  (Streamed live on ESPN3, starting at 8 p.m. ET)
Dec. 6, 2017 - Campbell Trophy® Luncheon at the New York Athletic Club - New York City
Jan. 1, 2018 The 13th Annual NFF National Hall of Fame Salute during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - Atlanta, Ga.
Jan. 8, 2018 - Announcement of the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Class during festivities prior to College Football Playoff National Championship - Atlanta, Ga.
Jan. 8, 2018 - College Football Playoff National Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta, Ga. 
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