IRVING, Texas — The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame today released a list of 1,200 student-athletes who have already earned their undergraduate degrees and will be playing college football this fall while pursuing second diplomas.
“The National Football Foundation takes great pride in its role as a leading voice in the promotion of the scholar-athlete,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “And highlighting the 1,200 student-athletes who have not only earned their undergraduate degrees but are now pursuing additional diplomas sends a powerful message about the doors that college football opens. This list allows us to showcase those individuals who have truly taken full advantage of the opportunities created by college football.”
Kentucky has two players — receiver David Bouvier and defensive lineman Adrian Middleton — on the list.
Bouvier graduated in May with degrees in marketing and management and a minor in communications. He is currently working on a third degree in kinesiology.
Middleton graduated in May with a degree in media arts and studies and a minor in digital media and design. He is currently working on a second degree in art studio.
The NFF compiled the list with the help of athletics directors, faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors from all divisions who identified the players on their 2018 fall rosters who have already earned their undergraduate degrees. A total of 235 schools responded, creating the list of 1,200 student-athletes who are slated to play this year while pursuing additional diplomas.
The numbers include 836 players from 125 schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), 220 players from 62 schools in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), 123 players from 34 schools in Division II, nine players from nine schools in Division III and 12 players from five schools in the NAIA.
UAB identified the most graduates with 19 players on its 2018 roster. Other FBS schools reporting a double digit number include Clemson (17), Pittsburgh (16), Arizona State (15), Baylor (14), Northwestern (14), SMU (14), Akron (12), Alabama (12), Houston (12), Maryland (12), Temple (12), Virginia (12), Auburn (11), Kansas (11), Miami [Fla.] (11), Old Dominion (11), Arkansas (10), Cincinnati (10), Michigan (10), Nevada (10), Penn State (10), South Alabama (10), South Carolina (10), Texas Tech (10), UCF (10) and West Virginia (10).