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Football student-athlete connection group to hold first conference call

52 players representing all FBS, FCS conferences and independent schools will offer input on the sport

With the goal of receiving more feedback from student-athletes, the Division I Football Oversight Committee Student-Athlete Connection Group was recently formed and will hold its first teleconference call Sunday.

The group consists of 52 current players, including representatives from every conference and independent schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision. Jennifer Williams, the director of athletics at Alabama State, will be the Division I Football Oversight Committee’s primary liaison to the student-athlete connection group.

“It’s important that student-athletes have a platform where they can express themselves,” Williams said. “The Division I Football Oversight Committee is excited to hear what some of the topics are they want to talk about. We want to know what is affecting them, and how we can enhance their experience as a student-athlete.”

In the past, the oversight committee has gathered student-athlete feedback when considering significant changes to the sport. Two years ago, the sport adjusted its recruiting calendar to add a mid-December early signing period for football prospects and last season supported a rule where a player can participate in four games and still have it count as a redshirt year. Even so, football oversight committee members want to broaden the chance for student-athletes’ voices to be heard.

“Forming this group is an excellent idea,” said Nicholas Clark, the vice-chair of the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee who played free safety at Coastal Carolina. “Football is such a competitive environment, and everyone wants it to be as fair as possible. This new group gives student-athletes the chance to help shape the game and emphasize where the game should be headed both on and off the field.”

It has yet to be determined how often the new student-athlete connection group will hold conference calls, but they are likely to be held before each of the in-person Division I Football Oversight Committee meetings, which occur in January, April, June and October.

Below is a roster of the members who will serve on the connection group.

Football Bowl Subdivision participants:

Name Class (2019-20) Institution Conference
Isaiah Graham-Mobley Junior Temple American Athletic Conference
Braden Brady White Senior  Memphis American Athletic Conference
Amari Rodgers Junior Clemson Atlantic Coast Conference
Jimmy Morrissey Junior  Pittsburgh Atlantic Coast Conference
Bryce Torneden Junior Kansas Big 12 Conference
Sam Ehlinger Junior  Texas Big 12 Conference
Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman Senior Northwestern Big Ten Conference
Tyshon Fogg Junior Rutgers Big Ten Conference
Mufutau Taiwo Senior Old Dominion Conference USA
Tyler Witt Junior Western Kentucky Conference USA
Micah Simon Senior Brigham Young Independent
Brendan Schlittler Sophomore Liberty Independent
Josh Adkins Sophomore New Mexico State Independent
Cole Christiansen Senior Army Independent
Michael Caggiano Senior Massachusetts Independent
Chris Finke Senior Notre Dame Independent
Matt Bahr Senior Kent State Mid-American Conference
Cameron Lyons Junior Akron Mid-American Conference
Garrett Kauppila Senior Air Force Mountain West Conference
Eugene Ford Junior Hawaii Mountain West Conference
Malcolm Holland Sophomore Arizona Pac-12 Conference
Sean Killpatrick Senior Oregon Pac-12 Conference
Blake Ferguson Senior LSU Southeastern Conference
Mohamed Sanogo Junior Mississippi Southeastern Conference
Terry Thomas Jr. Senior Georgia State Sun Belt Conference
Luke Whittemore Sophomore Troy Sun Belt Conference

Football Championship Subdivision participants:

Name Class (2019-20) Institution Conference
Erron Duncan Junior UC Davis Big Sky Conference
Robby Hauck Junior Montana Big Sky Conference
Cameron Kelshaw Junior Campbell Big South Conference
Desmond Sturdivant Senior Hampton Big South Conference
Riley Stapleton Senior James Madison Colonial Athletic Association
Glenn Keeling Hunter Senior Villanova Colonial Athletic Association
Hunter Pinke Junior North Dakota Independent
Bobby Price Senior Norfolk State Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Stuart Anderson Sophomore Norfolk State Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Drew Bones Sophomore Illinois State Missouri Valley Football Conference
Christian Ellsworth Junior Northern Iowa Missouri Valley Football Conference
Robert Brown Senior Bryant Northeast Conference
Eric McAllister II Senior Robert Morris Northeast Conference
Jeremiah Oatsvall Junior Austin Peay State Ohio Valley Conference
Skyler Mayes Junior Eastern Illinois Ohio Valley Conference
Richard Rick Mottram Junior Bucknell Patriot League
Tyler Monaco Senior Lehigh Patriot League
Tyler Phelps Junior Davidson Pioneer Football League
Grant Dixon Junior Marist Pioneer Football League
Thad Mangum Senior Wofford Southern Conference
Al Wilson Senior Nicholls State Southland Conference
Jon Copeland Sophomore Incarnate Word Southland Conference
Noah Johnson Senior Alcorn State Southwestern Athletic Conference
Joseph McWilliams Senior Grambling State Southwestern Athletic Conference
Maximilian Jones Junior Harvard The Ivy League
Zachary Evans Senior Pennsylvania The Ivy League