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2016 College Football Player Profiles

Published on October 28, 2016

by FCA
Players by Conference:

ACC    American    B1G 10    Big 12    Mountain West    Pac-12    SEC


Andy Teasdall – Clemson Clemson-Andy-Teasdall

#32 – R-Gr./P/Winston-Salem, North Carolina

“No matter what I face, I keep my eyes fixed ahead on the Lord and continue to keep moving forward. With Him, everything will be all right.”

Artavis Scott – Clemson Clemson-Scott-Artavis

#3 – Jr./WR/Clearwater, Florida

“You only really learn the strength of your spine when your back is against the wall. ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.’ – Hebrews 13:8 (HCSB).”

Alec Eberle – Florida State Flo-State-Alec-Eberle

#54 – R-Soph./OL/Mechanicsville, Virginia

“In order to be bold and courageous in my faith, I try to use the platform God has given me with football to give back to the community and to those in need.”

Roderick Johnson – Florida State Flo-State-Rod-Johnson

#77 – Jr./OL/Florissant, Missouri

“Growing up in the church and continuing to go helps me be very bold and courageous in Christ, especially as an athlete.”

Colin Holba – Louisville Louiville-Colin-Holba

#49 – R-Sr./LS/Louisville, Kentucky

“I have been challenged to live out what I talk about with God. Being someone who people look at and watch in the locker room is a big responsibility to not only act like Christ, but to lead as a servant as He did for us.”

Andre Smith – North Carolina NC-Andre-Smith

#10 – Soph./LB/Jacksonville, Florida

“I’m very bold and courageous in my faith. That is helped by my pastor in Jacksonville, and my neighbor there, KJ Myers, and his program, Lack of Worries. During the summer I met with North Carolina chaplain Mitch Mason every week and we talked about faith and important messages.”

Ryan Switzer – North Carolina NC-Ryan-Switzer

#3 – Sr./WR/Charleston, West Virginia

“I believe I’m here because of the talents and abilities that God has given me. I’m not shy about putting my belief in God out there. I’ve been blessed with a great family who brought me up that way. I hope I can continue to carry on that faith with my family.”

Woody Cornwell – NC State NC-St-Woody-Cornwell

#14 – R-Soph./QB/Lake Junaluska, North Carolina

“I am bold and courageous in my faith by focusing on my relationship with Christ and choosing to live as a disciple of Him. As a result, my life looks much different than many of my peers because Jesus calls his followers to be different—Isaiah 40:30-31, Luke 9:23 and Romans 12:2, 12.”

Connor Haskins – NC State NC-St-Connor-Haskins

#33 –Gr./PK/Lumberton, North Carolina

“I am bold and courageous because I am not afraid to talk about my faith. If someone comes to me wanting to know how I keep my faith, I will sit down and have a discussion with them.”

Woody Baron – Virginia Tech VT-Woody-Baron

#60 – Sr./DL/Nashville, Tennessee

“The power of Christ inside of me allowed me to take that first step towards Him and accept Him into my life. Those were bold steps for me.”

Isaiah Ford  – Virginia Tech VT-Isaiah-Ford

#1 – Jr./WR/Jacksonville, Florida

“The ultimate test of being bold and courageous in my faith was continuing to walk the straight line, even as a student-athlete. I always try to be my best and be as Christ-like as possible.”

Players by Conference:

ACC    American    B1G 10    Big 12    Mountain West    Pac-12    SEC



Tyus Bowser – Houston Houston-Tyus-Bowser

#81 – Sr./LB/Tyler, Texas

“My teammates, my family and FCA’s Kevin Washington have always helped give me the right direction and tools to stay strong and bold in my faith. I understand that God is in control of everything.”

Dishan Romine – Navy Navy-Dishan-Romine

#28 – Sr./SB/Louisville, Kentucky

“As a follower of Christ, I try to exemplify His teachings through my words and actions. Even on the football field in front of thousands of fans, I visibly give thanks for the opportunity I have to play the game I love.”

Sean Williams – Navy Navy-Sean-Williams

#6 – Soph./S/Memphis, Tennessee

“To be courageous in my faith means to wear it on my sleeve. I feel it is my responsibility to do so while I compete in such an exposed sport as football.”

Players by Conference:

ACC    American    B1G 10    Big 12    Mountain West    Pac-12    SEC

B1G 10

Dimitric Camiel – Indiana Indiana-Dimitric-Camiel

#77 – R-Sr./OL/Houston

“I am bold and courageous in my faith by speaking about it publicly and having no fear because God has the ultimate plan for my life. No matter what, I trust in Him, and He will direct my path.”

Wes Martin – Indiana Indiana-Wes-Martin

#76 – R-Soph./OL/West Milton, Ohio

“Every day I go out to practice and know the good Lord is watching over me. I can do all things through Him, so I can go out there and put everything I have into the game and not worry about the outcome. I know He controls the end product.”

Players by Conference:

ACC    American    B1G 10    Big 12    Mountain West    Pac-12    SEC

Big 12

Lynx Hawthorne – Baylor Baylor-Lynx-Hawthorne

#7 – Sr./WR/Refugio, Texas

“There has never been anyone who’s lived more boldly or courageously than Jesus did, and as Christians we are called to live like Him. Therefore, each day I try to live in a way that reflects to others that He lives in me.”

Seth Russell – Baylor Baylor-Seth-Russell

#17 – Sr./QB/Garland, Texas

“I am bold and courageous in my faith because I am a living testament to the love and grace God gives to us all. Through Christ, I am able to play football with no worries because I know Christ has given the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live through Him.”

Samaje Perine – Oklahoma OU-Sameje-Perine

#32 – Jr./RB/Pflugerville, Texas

“I never let myself be influenced by negativity. There’s always a right and wrong way to go through life. I’m always looking to do right by God, no matter what anyone has to say about it.”

Jaxon Uhles – Oklahoma  OU-Jaxon-Uhles

#44 – R-Jr./FB/Norman, Oklahoma

“God has given me the opportunity to live out my dream and play football at Oklahoma. Walking on hasn’t been easy. I’ve had to continue to rely on my faith to help me through this process over the past three years.”

Gyasi Akem – Oklahoma State OK-St-G-Akem

#9 – Jr./LB/Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

“Being bold and courageous is about not being afraid of what you believe in. I want people to know what I’m all about, and that’s my faith.”

Victor Salako – Oklahoma State OK-St-V-Salako

#77 – R-Sr./OL/Huntsville, Alabama

“I am bold and courageous in my faith because I tell myself every day to never change who I am as a person and never conform to things I was not raised to become.”

Austin Schlottmann – TCU TCU-Austin-Schlottman

#51 – Jr./OL/Brenham, Texas

“I am courageous and bold in my faith because I know God will have my back and help me through whatever I am going through. Through adversity or success, I can always count on Him to be there for me and help me.”

Ty Summers – TCU TCU-Ty-Summers

#42 – Soph./LB/San Antonio

“I don’t let what the world says about God and my faith affect the way I live my life. Because Jesus died for me, I will live for Him!”

Talor Nunez – Texas Tech Tx-Tech-Talor-Nunez

#95 – Jr./DL/Midland, Texas

“Jesus Christ died and rose for my salvation so that I can live free of condemnation, and now His Spirit lives in me. Because of Him, I am able to be bold and courageous in my faith.”

 Luke Stice – Texas Tech Tx-Tech-Luke-Stice 
#37 – Sr./LB/Midland, Texas
“I believe I’m bold and courageous in my faith by always having faith in God’s plan regardless of the adversity that may come in life, as well as living each day to inspire others to do the same.”
Rob Dowdy – Texas Tech  WV-Rob-Dowdy
#89– R-Fr./OL/Westerville, Ohio

“I am bold in my faith by not being afraid of people knowing I’m a Christian. I pray publicly when it is needed, and I am never afraid to try to bring new people to FCA or share the gospel.”

Alec Shriner – Texas Tech  WV-Alec-Shriner

#67 – R-Fr./DL/Oviedo, Florida 

“I am courageous in my faith by letting Jesus shine through me and my actions—being confident, knowing I am standing up for the right things in my life so my actions may reflect God.”

Players by Conference:

ACC    American    B1G 10    Big 12    Mountain West    Pac-12    SEC

Mountain West


Chaz Anderson – Boise State Boise-Chaz-Anderson

#6 – R-Sr./WR/Los Angeles

“’Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God ...’ – Romans 12:2 (NET). That is the verse I live by and stand strong in.”

Jake Roh – Boise State  Bosie-Jake-Roh
 #88 – R-Jr./TE/Scottsdale, Arizona

“I’m bold and courageous in my faith by trusting in God’s plan that He has placed me in the situation I’m in for a reason.” 

Billy Freeman – San Jose State  San-Jose-St-Billy-Freeman
 #18 – R-Sr./TE/Mesa, Arizona

“I don’t shy away from conversations about my faith. I don’t care what other people think about me. I’m strong in my faith, and that is very important to me.”

 Nate Velichko – San Jose State  San-Jose-St-Nate-Velichko
 #75 – R-Jr./OL/Foster City, California

“I’m not afraid to talk about my faith, ever, in the classroom or on the field. I have defended my faith in front of a whole classroom of 50 people. I don’t shy away from conversations about it.”

Players by Conference:

ACC    American    B1G 10    Big 12    Mountain West    Pac-12    SEC


Anu Solomon – Arizona Ariz-Solomon-Anu

#12 – R-Jr./QB/Kalihi, Hawaii

“Do not worry at all because God is with you at all times. I can be bold and courageous trusting that He wouldn’t put me in situations I can’t handle.”
Alex Kelley – Colorado AlexKelley

#74 – Sr./OL/Oceanside, California

“Being bold and courageous in my faith is just living out my daily activities and trying to be Christ-like. I try to be a light on this campus and on this team. It can be hard sometimes, but that is my main focus every day.”

Derek McCartney – Colorado Colorado-Derek-McCartney

#95 –Jr./LB/Westminster, Colorado

“Every day I try to check myself with the Lord and ask Him to forgive me for my sins. I try to reach out to my teammates and let them know I’m praying for them when things are going on or tough things are happening.”

Jordan Austin – USC USC--Austin-Jordan

#56 – R-Soph./OL/Claremont, California

“In today’s world, it can be difficult staying true to your beliefs and what God wants for your life. I believe every day you stay true to who you are, it is a successful day in God’s Kingdom. I am unashamed of the gospel because of the power of Christ.”

K.J. Carta-Samuels – Washington Wash-Samuels-Carta

#11 – Soph./QB/Saratoga, California

“I have recognized that God is my Father, and as His son I have been able to let go of control and have been set free to live.”

Trevor Walker – Washington Wash-Trevor-Walker

#27 – Jr./DB/Arlington, Texas

“I am bold and courageous in my faith in God because He has showed me before that He does exist. He has helped me and my family out of obstacles we didn’t think we’d come out of, and we give all credit to Him.”

Players by Conference:

ACC    American    B1G 10    Big 12    Mountain West    Pac-12    SEC



JK Scott – Alabama Alabama-Scott-Mugs

#15 – Jr./P/Denver

“My identity is in Christ, not in football, and that changes everything. When I truly believe what He says about me, nothing else really matters. My boldness and courage come from that.”

Cody Hollister – Arkansas Ark-Hollister

#81 – Sr./WR/Bend, Oregon

“I’m bold and courageous in my faith by living every day in pursuit of Jesus, which often means being in opposition with the world. Every day is a fight against the ways of this world, but Jesus empowered us to fight when He won the war on the cross.”

Deatrich Wise Jr. – Arkansas Ark-Deatrich-Wise

#48 – Sr./DL/Carrollton, Texas 

“I’m bold and courageous through Christ because He wants me to walk by faith, not by sight. I try to stay kneeling before God so that I can stand tall before men. I am bold and courageous through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Marcus Davis – Auburn Auburn-Marcus-Davis

#80 – Sr./WR/Boynton Beach, Florida 

“What is a bold faith? I think of my grandmother, who was insistent and persistent in planting that seed in me and helping it grow. She built a foundation of faith in me and made sure I realized the importance of it. And now my faith is everything. It’s how I make it through each and every day.”

Johnathan "Rudy" Ford – Auburn Auburn-Johnathan-Ford

#23 – Sr./DB/Big Cove, Alabama 

“Trusting God is the boldest thing you can do—realizing you can’t make it by yourself and turning it all over to Him. Doing that is not easy at first, but it’s so freeing and powerful. Trust and believe, and it will change your entire life.”

Jeb Blazevich – Georgia Georgia-Jeb-Blazevich

#83 – Jr./TE/Charlotte, North Carolina

“God gives me courage to show who I am in Christ. And with our culture, that’s the boldest statement you can make.”
Quincy Mauger – Georgia Geogia-Quincy-Mauger

#20 – Sr./FS/Marietta, Georgia

“Courage is walking by faith, trusting that God will provide me with everything I need in life while I try to spread His Word.”

Caleb Lewis – LSU LSU-Caleb-Lewis

#8 – Fr./QB/Lakeland, Florida

“I am bold and courageous in my faith by striving to seek humility while being confidently driven towards my God-given purpose.”

J.D. Moore – LSU LSU-JD-Moore

#44 – Jr./FB/Ruston, Louisiana

“The truth that, ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ (Romans 8:31, NIV) is what inspires me to be bold and courageous. As I engage with my teammates, I seek to let the light of Christ shine through me each day.”

Gabe Myles – Mississippi State Miss-St-Gabe-Myles

#5 – Jr./WR/Starkville, Mississippi

“When you limit yourself, you limit God. And God has no limits, so with God I have no limits. That’s how I’m bold and courageous in my faith.”

Josiah Phillips – Mississippi State Miss-St-Josiah-Phillips

#45 – Soph./LB/Starkville, Mississippi 

“I draw upon Hebrews 13:5-6 (KJV), ‘… for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.’”

Talbot Buys – Ole Miss Ol-Miss-Talbot-Buys

#77 – Sr./OL/Vicksburg, Mississippi

“I want to use this platform to show Christ to others through my actions. Whether it’s praying on the field or before a game, leading FCA Bible Study, or just through my daily activities, I want to reflect Christ in all that I do and have an impact on people around me.”

Jordan Sims – Ole Miss Ol-Miss-Jordan-Sims

#70 – Soph./OL/Homewood, Alabama

“Seeing a difference in my life is all I need to continue to build my relationship with the Lord. I ask Him to continue to put a burning desire in me to long for Him and want Him.”

LaTroy Lewis – Tennessee Tenn-LaTroy-Lewis

#4 – R-Sr./DL/Akron, Ohio

“I’m bold and courageous in my faith because I’m not afraid to openly express how I feel about God, my faith and what Christianity means to me. I’m not afraid to share with my teammates and bring them along with me to different community outreach events.”

Josh Smith – Tennessee Tenn-Josh-Smith

#25 – R-Jr./WR/Knoxville, Tennessee

“Prayer is key for me because not everyone has the same views I do. Staying in the Word is important too, because it’s easy to get caught up in all the distractions. For me, it’s been about finding that good group of guys and holding each other accountable in our faith and staying strong.”

Koda Martin – Texas A&M TX-A&M-Koda-Martin

#75 – R-Soph./OL/Manvel, Texas

“Because of what Christ has done for me, I fight to give everything I have, no matter the circumstances. Any time I struggle, I pray, and God gives me a new mindset. The joy of the Lord is my strength.”

 Alex Sezer Jr. – Texas A&M  TX-A&M-Alex-Sezer
 #17 – Sr./DB/Orange, Texas
 “I’m bold and courageous in my faith because I know my help and strength comes from God. All of my help comes from the Lord, and with backup like that I have no choice but to be bold. I represent His name and authority; therefore I am courageous."

Players by Conference:

ACC    American    B1G 10    Big 12    Mountain West    Pac-12    SEC


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