The NFL roster of game officials for the 2014 season will include 12 first-year NFL officials – and two new referees – among the group of 119, the league announced today.
Veteran NFL officials RONALD TORBERT and CRAIG WROLSTAD have been promoted to referee, replacing retired referees SCOTT GREEN and RON WINTER. Wrolstad has spent the past 11 seasons as a field judge while Torbert has worked the past four as a side judge.
The 12 first-year NFL officials are all graduates of the NFL Officiating Development program, which is designed to train top college football officials in all aspects of NFL officiating. They will be on the field at team OTA sessions.
“The NFL is about constantly striving to improve performance, and that is certainly the case for our game officials,” said NFL Vice President of Officiating DEAN BLANDINO. “Both Ron and Craig have proven to be outstanding NFL officials and they are ready to assume the increased responsibilities of the referee position. Our 12 first-year officials were all among the best in college football. We are excited about having them on the field.”
Joining the 119 NFL officials on the field this summer will be the 21 officials at the most advanced level of the Officiating Development Program. That group, who will work at minicamps in June and officiate a preseason game as part of an NFL officiating crew in August, includes two females, SARAH THOMAS, a line judge who returns to the program for a second year, and MAIA CHAKA, a head linesman in her first year in the NFL program. Both Thomas and Chaka officiated in Conference USA in 2013.
The 12 first-year NFL officials:
|No.||Name||Position||College||2013 College Conference|
|122||Brad Allen||U||Pembroke State||ACC|
|88||Brad Freeman||FJ||Mississippi State||SEC|
|103||Eugene Hall||FJ||North Texas||BIG 12|
|117||John Jenkins||FJ||St. Mary’s||PAC-12|
|55||Alex Kemp||SJ||Central Michigan||B1G|
|1||Scott Novak||SJ||Phoenix||BIG 12|
|17||Steve Patrick||BJ||Jacksonville State||SEC|
|13||Patrick Turner||HL||Cal State-Long Beach||PAC-12|
|123||Ed Walker||LJ||San Jose State||PAC-12|
SOURCE: NFL Media