GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman redshirt freshman bandit Adrian Hope has been named a finalist for the 2018 Blanchard-Rogers Award, presented annually by the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame to the most outstanding collegiate player with Palmetto State ties.
Hope is the only freshman among 20 finalists,13 of whom represent Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs and three from Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams.
The recipient of the Blanchard-Rogers Award, presented by Hale’s Jewelers, will be announced at the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Banquet, scheduled for April 23, 2019, at the Hilton in Greenville. Previous winners include Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, a native of Rock Hill, S.C., and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.
The award trophy, bearing the recipient’s name, is hand-crafted by Ryan Calloway of Creative Iron Works.
Hope has fashioned a high-impact 2018 season for the Paladins, registering 22 tackles and a team-leading 12.5 tackles for-loss, including 10.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He currently ranks second in the FCS in sacks — tops among all freshmen. Two weeks ago, he registered a late fourth-quarter sack and forced fumble that was scooped up and returned for a touchdown in Furman’s 28-17 win over The Citadel, and this past Saturday the Ocala, Florida, product tallied five tackles and 2.5 sacks in the Paladins’ 16-10 win over Chattanooga.