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NFL-AFCA announce new agreement on expanded contact with college underclassmen











The National Football League and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced an agreement to provide NFL scouting personnel with greater access to underclassmen who may elect to apply for special eligibility for the NFL Draft.

The goal of the agreement – which goes into effect in February of 2017 – is to enable NFL scouts to obtain additional background information for a limited number of underclassmen prior to and during their potential final college football season, ultimately helping enable the NFL College Advisory Committee to provide a more informed evaluation of the players’ draft potential.

“The more information our College Advisory Committee has, the better evaluations they can make for student-athletes who are at a critical juncture of their lives,” said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations TROY VINCENT.  “While there is no question that obtaining a college degree is a transformative experience for so many people in society and a goal to which we encourage everyone to aspire to, for those talented few individuals that have the ability to succeed in the NFL prior to exhausting their college football eligibility, this new agreement will ensure they have better information with which to make their decision.  We appreciate the efforts of our partners at the AFCA in making this new agreement a reality.”

Beginning in February, each NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) school may designate a maximum of five underclassmen who may apply for special eligibility for the 2018 Draft to be permitted additional scouting.  Those players may be timed, tested and interviewed prior to their 2017 college seasons at the school’s senior pro day for 2017 draft-eligible players. FBS schools may request the ability to designate more than five players, subject to the determination of the NFL that the players are legitimate draft prospects.

NFL clubs will also be permitted to inquire about and scout these players throughout the 2017 season as though they were seniors in their final season of college football eligibility.  There is no limit to the number of underclassmen from an individual school that may petition for special eligibility for the draft.

“On behalf of the AFCA, I would like to thank our committee of collegiate coaches and the NFL for working diligently over the last several months to assist our student-athletes,” said AFCA Executive Director TODD BERRY.  “This opportunity will allow our student-athletes to make better and more informed decisions.  This continues to show the commitment and cooperation of both entities to solve issues relating to this major decision.”

The NFL College Advisory Committee was created in 1994 at the request of the AFCA.  The committee serves in a limited advisory capacity for underclassmen who are seriously considering early entry into the NFL Draft.  The committee is comprised of senior personnel evaluators from NFL clubs, along with directors from the league’s two sanctioned scouting organizations – National Football Scouting and BLESTO.



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Ohio Northern hosts OAC Kingpin, Mount Union Saturday afternoon

Ohio Northern Athletics
September 28, 2016

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, 1:30 pm, Dial-Roberson Stadium, Ada, Ohio

Saturday’s Contest: Saturday’s game is the home opener for Ohio Northern and snaps a streak of five consecutive road games for the Polar Bears.

ONU Head Coach Dean Paul: Paul in his 13th season at ONU with an 85-42 record. He is 124-54 in 17 seasons overall and is 1-11 against MtU.

HU head coach Vince Kehres: Kehres is in his fourth season at MtU with a 46-2 record. He is 3-0 against ONU.

Last Year’s Meeting: Ohio Northern fell 51-7 at No. 2 Mt Union in Alliance. RB Justin Magazine carried the ball 14 times for 30 yards and a touchdown and QB Will Freed was 21-of-38 passing for 171 yards to lead the ONU offense. Defensively, S Dan Eller tied a career-high with 12 tackles to lead the Polar Bears. Magazine plowed over from 1-yard out with 14 seconds left in the contest to account for Ohio Northern’s score. The Purple Raiders had three players eclipse the 100-yard mark rushing, led by Logan Nemeth with 22 carries for 142 yards and two touchdowns. MtU out-gained ONU 547-184 in total offense.

ONU Last Week: Ohio Northern football got a tremendous defensive effort and held on a 16-10 victory at Otterbein. Senior DT Scott Rapps (Bay Village Bay) was in the OU backfield all day, finishing with a team-high nine tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two huge fumble recoveries for ONU. His first fumble recovery was in the end zone for a touchdown after senior LB Trent Stout (Fremont/Ross) and junior DE Jason Hundley (Saint Cloud, Fla./Harmony) sacked the OU quarterback and forced a fumble to make it 10-0 with 3:00 left in the first period. His second fumble recovery was just as big, as he sacked Stepp and recovered the fumble with just 1:34 left to ice the game for the Polar Bears. Sophomore  QB Will Freed (Carlsbad, Calif./San Marcos) completed 21-of-32 passes for 193 yards and freshman RB Christiaan Williams (Sidney/Anna) ran 24 times for 107 yards to lead the Ohio Northern offense. Sophomore K Joe French (Elgin, Ill./Saint Edward Central Catholic) tied a school record with FGs of 22, 34 and 21 yards. Northern out-gained Otterbein 280-205 in total offense and held the ball for 33:17 in the contest.

ONU Leaders: The ONU running game is led by freshman RB Christiaan Williams (67 att, 405 yards, 1 TD) and freshman RB David Haseleu (6 att, 47 yards). Sophomore QB Will Freed has completed 59 of 110 passes for 644 yards and 2 TDs. Sophomore WR Chad Rex (16 rec., 119 yards, 1 TD), senior WR Reed Allen (12 rec, 139 yards) and freshman RB Christiaan Williams (12 rec., 186 yards) lead the ONU receivers. Junior LB Zach Schmerge, senior S Dan Eller and senior DT Scott Rapps lead the defense with 26, 26 and 23 tackles, respectively. Rapps leads the team with 3.0 sacks and 8.5 Tackles For Loss.

MtU Last Week: RB Bradley Mitchell ran for a career high 259 yards on 32 carries as No. 1 Mt Union won at Baldwin Wallace 49-7. He led an offense that gained 505 yards as QB Luke Poorman threw for 2 TDs to WR Tim Kennedy and WR Braeden Friss. The defense also had an impressive day after BW took a 7-0 lead on an 82-yard drive in the first quarter; the Raiders held BW to 106 yards the rest of the day with 6 sacks and 2 INTs. Mt Union nabbed its 106th straight regular season win and 111th straight road win.

MtU Leaders: The MtU running game is led this season by RB Bradley Mitchell (58 att., 525 yards, 6 TDs) and RB Jawanza Evans-Morris (34 att, 204 yards, 1 TD). QB D’Angelo Fulford is 21 of 34 passing for 292 yards and 4 TDs and QB Luke Poorman is 20-of-30 passing for 265 yards and 3 TDs. WR Jordan Hargrove (12 rec., 201 yards, 1 TD) and WR Tim Kennedy (11 rec., 131 yards, 1 TD) lead the MtU receivers. LB Charlie Dear and DE Brian Groves lead the MtU defense with 14 and 13 tackles, respectively. DL Mike Vidal leads MtU with 2.5 sacks.

ONU Statistical Leaders

Rushing Yds.
Passing Yds.
Receiving Yds.
Tackles Sacks
1. Williams 405 1. Freed 644 1. Williams 186 1. Schmerge 26 1. Rapps 3
2. Haseleu 47 2. Allen 139 Eller 26 2. Hundley 1
3. Rex 32 3. Rex 119 3. Rapps 23 Stout 1

All-Time Series: MtU leads the series between the two schools by a 40-14-1 margin. MtU won last year’s battle in Alliance 51-7. MtU leads the series in Ada by a 22-8 margin.




Dayton hosts Drake Saturday on Alumni Weekend

The University of Dayton Flyers, 2-2 on the season but undefeated at home, returns to Welcome Stadium to host the Drake Bulldogs in the annual Alumni Reunion Game.
The guests of honor at the Alumni reunion will be the members of the 1996 PFL championship football team, the last UD team to go undefeated.
UD’s 22–man senior class includes 15 fifth-year players.  Captains Chris Beaschler, Ian Palin and Shane Toub are all redshirt seniors.
Another fifth-year player, William Will, needs one more field goal to have sole possession of the Dayton career field goal record. Will’s 46 FG’s ties him with Mike Duvic (1986-89).
Drake is coming off a game that it allowed the last 20 points of the game in the fourth quarter, but held off Morehead State 30-28.  Dayton allowed the last 13 points of its game at San Diego, but did not fare as well, losing 34-22.
The Flyers entered the season with the 4th-best winning percentage (.757, 134-43) in FCS football since 2000 AND have produced the most football Academic All-Americans (23) at any level of competition in the same time frame.  The top five are Harvard (.805), Montana (.766), North Dakota State (.761), Dayton (.757) and San Diego (.705).
UD has not been shut out in a school-record 447 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall, 9-0, on Oct. 16, 1976. That is also the all-time FCS record.
• Linebacker Christopher Beaschler leads UD with 30 tackles.
• Beaschler is second with 18 solo tackles.
• He had a season-high 12 tackles at Duquesne.
• On Wednesday, Beaschler was named a national semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s Campbell Trophy, which is sometimes referred to as the “Academic Heisman
• Redshirt freshman Adam Tunnacliffe had five catches for 73 yards and his first career TD at San Diego.
• Senior Chris Hagan has been designated by the coaches as UD’s 2016 special teams captain, succeeding Nick Kaczkowski.
• Hagan had 11 special teams tackles in 2015.
• He picked a fumble by the punter and returned it 31 yards for a TD at San Diego.
• Also this year’s starter at the Flyer position, Hagan is second in tackles (29) for UD.
• He had a team-high 11 tackles (seven solo) with 2.0 TFL at San Diego.
• William Will has 46 career field goals, tied for the career-best at Dayton with 1989 All-American Mike Duvic.
• Will also ranks third in total points, 63 points behind Duvic’s UD-record 326.  Will has scored 84 points in each of the last two seasons.
• In the PFL, Will is second in field goals per game (1.25).
• Will’s five touchbacks tie for the PFL best.
• Christopher Beaschler is Dayton’s 2016 nominee for the National Football Foundation’s Campbell Trophy, the major award of the NFF’s Scholar-Athlete Award program (aka, the Academic Heisman).
• UD has had at least a semifinalist for 10 straight years.
• Among D-I schools, the Flyers are one of five institutions with a semifinalist in the last 10 years. The others are Austin Peay, Bucknell, Montana and Rutgers.
• In 2007, safety Brandon Cramer was one of 15 finalists for the trophy.  As a finalist, he earned an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.
• Cramer was also the 2007 Division I football Academic All-American of the Year.
• Dayton’ remains home on Saturday, Oct. 8 for a game against Morehead State.  Game time is 1 p.m. ET.  It will be Dayton’s annual “Pink” game, promoting Breast Cancer Awareness.

Flyers LB Christopher Beaschler named Semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy


Chris Beaschler

Complete NFF Release


Dayton Is One Of Just Four Teams To Have A Semifinalist For 11 Straight Years

Irving, Texas — University of Dayton senior linebacker Christopher Beaschler has been named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments.

Sometimes referred to as “The Academic Heisman,” the Campbell Trophy is one of college football’s most sought-after awards. The Campbell Trophy recognizes a student-athlete who best exemplifies academic success alongside football performance and community leadership.

The award recognizes this individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation and is prominently displayed inside its official home at the New York Athletic Club.

Beaschler was named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American in 2015.  One of only six two-time team captains in Dayton football history, Beaschler was also named the Pioneer Football League’s Student-Athlete of the Year last season.

He is a two-time selection both as First Team All-PFL and First Team Academic All-PFL. Last year, he was also a Top Ten Finalist for the FCS Athletic Directors Association’s Postgraduate Scholarship, a 2015 FCS ADA Academic All-Star, and the winner of UD’s Charles R. Kendall Memorial Award of Excellence.

Beaschler has led the Flyers in tackles the last two years, and is currently Dayton’s top tackler (30 in four games) in 2016.

A Mechanical Engineering major who carries a 3.73 GPA, Beaschler is a four-time PFL Academic Honor Roll selection.
He is one of 156 semifinalists from all levels of college football, and one of 36 nominees from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Campbell’s Jarrett Ozimek, Marist’s Cameron Gibson, Morehead State’s Pat DiSalvio, San Diego’s Devyn Bryant and Stetson’s Davion Belk join Beaschler as one of six student-athletes from the Pioneer Football League.

UD has had at least a semifinalist for 11 straight years. Danny Leach was last year’s honoree. The others are Will Bardo (2014), Colin Monnier (2013), Bill Petraiuolo (2012), Devon Langhorst (2011), Brandon Wingeier (2010), Sean Heenan (2009), Bart Bergfeld (2008), Brandon Cramer (2007) and Brandon Godsey (2006).  Cramer was named a finalist for the award in 2007, and attended the NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Dayton is the only PFL team to even have five straight semifinalists (Campbell has five). Among Division I schools, the Flyers are one of four institutions with a semifinalist in the last 11 years. The others are Austin Peay, Bucknell and Rutgers.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the award must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally-recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.

“The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees as well as their schools and coaches on their tremendous accomplishments,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are extremely proud to highlight each semifinalist’s achievements, showcasing their ability to balance academics and athletics at the highest level. The NFF Awards Committee will have an incredibly difficult task in selecting the finalists from this outstanding group of candidates.”

The NFF Awards Committee will announce 12 to 14 finalists on Nov. 1.  Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments.

Each member of the 2015 National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored December 6 during the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. One member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the winner of the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy.

Named in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient’s grant by $7,000 for a total post-graduate scholarship of $25,000. More than $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, which puts the program’s all-time scholarship distribution to over $11 million.

Launched in 1959, the NFF scholar-athlete program became the first initiative in history to award post-graduate scholarships based on both a player’s academic and athletic accomplishments.

The Campbell Trophy, first awarded in 1990, adds to the program’s mystique and prestige, having previously honored two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, two Heisman Trophy winners and five first-round NFL draft picks.

In 2011, the NFF and Fidelity announced a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. As part of the initiative, Fidelity became the first presenting sponsor ever in the 57-year history of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program.

The past recipients of the Campbell Trophy include: Air Force’s Chris Howard (1990); Ohio State’s Bobby Hoying (1995); Florida’s Danny Wuerffel (1996); Tennessee’s Peyton Manning (1997); Marshall’s Chad Pennington (1999); Ohio State’s Craig Krenzel (2003); Tennessee’s Michael Munoz (2004); Florida’s Tim Tebow (2009); Texas’ Sam Acho (2010); Army’s Andrew Rodriguez (2011) and Alabama’s Barrett Jones (2012). Last year’s recipient was Oklahoma’s Ty Darlington.



Rutgers has 48 Student-Athletes inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma


PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Sept. 28, 2016) Forty-eight Rutgers student-athletes were inducted into the Delta Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the first national scholar-athlete society to honor collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition.


The 48 Scarlet Knights were recognized for their achievements at halftime of the Rutgers football versus Iowa game last Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium. All 48 Rutgers student-athletes inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Delta Chapter are below and broken down by their sports affiliation.


To earn induction into the honor society, a student-athlete must attend a four-year accredited college or university that is an NCAA or NAIA member, achieve junior status, hold a minimum 3.4 GPA, have an endorsement from their head coach and be of good moral character.


What is the history of Chi Alpha Sigma?

The National College Athlete Honor Society was founded at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, on May 17, 1996, by DePauw head football coach and professor of kinesiology, Nick Mourouzis. Mourouzis recognized that there were many organizations that honored top or elite athletes with high academic achievements, but none that honored all participants of athletic teams who were letter winners of their sport and who maintained a high cumulative grade point average. Chi Alpha Sigma hopes to bring honor and recognition to deserving student-athletes, their families, teams, athletic departments, and colleges in much the same way as Phi Beta Kappa honors scholastics.

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