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Bob Chandler Annual Scholarship Award


Current Bob Chandler Award Recipient


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Sam Darnold

Quarterback


The precocious Darnold has proven to be among the top quarterbacks in the nation as just a redshirt freshman in 2016. His insertion into the starting lineup in the fourth game of 2016 gave the USC offense a spark as the Trojans won the final 9 games of the season. He won the 2016 Archie Griffin Award from the Touchdown Club of Columbus (given to the nation’s season-long most valuable player after the bowls), is among 10 finalists for the 2016 Manning Award and was among 18 semifinalists for the O’Brien Award, both awarded to the nation’s top quarterback. He was the 2016 Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year and made Campus Insiders Freshman All-American second team and All-Pac-12 honorable mention. He made the 2016 AP All-Bowl Team first team. He won USC’s 2016 Most Inspirational Player Award and Bob Chandler Award
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2016 Bob Chandler Award Recipient


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Max Browne

Quarterback


2015: Browne will compete to be the No. 2 quarterback again as a sophomore in 2015. 2014: Browne served as the No. 2 quarterback as a redshirt freshman in 2014. He won USC's Co-Lifter of the Year Award. Overall in 2014 while seeing limited action in 6 games (Fresno State, Oregon State, Colorado, Utah, Washington State, Notre Dame), he completed 3-of-7 passes (42.9%) for 30 yards. He played the entire fourth quarter against Fresno State and went 3-of-4 for 30 yards. He played the final series against Oregon State but did not throw a pass. He played all of the fourth quarter against Colorado but missed on his 2 pass attempts. He threw an incomplete pass at Utah. He played the last 2 series at Washington State but did not throw a pass. He played 4 snaps in the fourth quarter against Notre Dame but did not throw a pass.
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2015 Bob Chandler Award Recipient


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Chad Wheeler

Offensive Tackle


Wheeler started USC’s first 8 games at left offensive tackle as a sophomore in 2014, but he tore ligaments in his right knee at Utah (although he played a full series with the injury) and missed the final 5 games. He won USC’s Bob Chandler Award (athletics/academics/character).
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2014 Bob Chandler Award Recipient


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Cody Kessler

Quarterback


Kessler had a record-setting season in his second year as the starting quarterback as a junior in 2014. Overall in 2014 while starting all 13 games, he completed 315-of-452 passes (69.7%) for 3,826 yards with 39 TDs and just 5 interceptions, plus he had 2 rushing TDs and averaged 33.0 yards on 7 pooch punts.
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2013 Bob Chandler Award Recipient


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Randall Telfer

Tight End


The often-used and productive Telfer started all season at tight end as a senior in 2014. Overall in 2014 while appearing in all 13 games (starting all but California), he had 21 receptions for 197 yards (9.4 avg) with 2 TDs. He made 2014 All-Pac-12 honorable mention. He was named USC’s Most Inspirational Player.
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2012 Bob Chandler Award Recipient


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Hayes Pullard

Linebacker


The steady Pullard, an All-American candidate who could receive Butkus Award consideration, returns for his second year as the starting weakside linebacker as a sophomore in 2012 after a nice debut in 2011 when he was the Trojans’ tackle co-leader.
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2011 Bob Chandler Award Recipient


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Robert Woods

Wide Receiver


Just a sophomore, the exciting Woods figures to be one of the premiere wide receivers and returners in the nation for the 2011 season. Woods had a phenomenal showing as a wide receiver and kickoff returner as just a first-year freshman in 2010. Overall in 2010 while starting all 13 games, he had a team-best 65 receptions for 792 yards (12.2 avg.) with 6 TDs, plus he gained 50 yards on 6 carries (8.3 avg.) and returned 38 kickoffs for 971 yards (25.6 avg.) with 1 TD, had a punt return for 4 yards and made a tackle.
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2010 Bob Chandler Award Recipient


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Christian Tupou

Defensive Tackle


Tupou was set to anchor the line in 2010 as a senior tackle starting for his third year. But he tore ligaments in his left knee in USC's spring game that concluded 2010 spring drills, so he redshirted while sidelined in 2010. He won USC's Courage Award and USC's Co-Lifter of the Year Award.
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2009 Bob Chandler Award Recipient


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Taylor Mays

Safety


The hard-hitting, athletically-gifted (4.25 in the 40, 41-inch vertical, 425-pound bench press) Mays, a 2-time All-American first teamer who is a leading candidate for the Thorpe Award, returns for his fourth season as the starting free safety as a senior in 2009. He is on the Watch List for the 2009 Lott Trophy.
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2008 Bob Chandler Award Recipient


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Kevin Ellison

Safety


Ellison started for his second season at strong safety as a junior in 2007. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 57 tackles, including 8 for losses of 27 yards (with 2 sacks for minus 15 yards), plus 2 interceptions that he returned 9 yards (4.5 avg.), 6 deflections and 2 forced fumbles. He made the 2007 All-Pac-10 first team, ESPN.com All-Pac-10 first team and Phil Steele’s All-Pac-10 second team.
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2007 Bob Chandler Award Recipient


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Kieth Rivers

Linebacker


Keith Rivers was selected as the BCF scholarship award winner for 2007. Keith is a All American linebacker for the Trojans and has exhibited qualities on and off the field exemplary of the previous Chandler Award recipients.
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2006 Bob Chandler Award Recipient


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Ryan Kalil

Lineman


Ryan Kalil was selected as the BCF scholarship award winner for 2006. Ryan is a dominating offensive lineman for the Trojans and has exhibited qualities on and off the field exemplary of the previous Chandler Award recipients. He is majoring in sociology.
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2005 Bob Chandler Award Recipient


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Lofa Tatupu

Linebacker


Tatupu made the improbable jump from starting at Maine in 2001 to becoming an All-American at USC and leading the Trojans in tackles for 2 years­started for his second season at middle linebacker as a junior in 2004. Lofa exemplifies a true Friend of Bob with his performance both on and off the playing field. He declared for the NFL draft following his 2004 junior season.
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2004 Bob Chandler Award Recipient


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Jason Leach

Safety


Jason Leach was selected as the BCF scholarship award winner for 2004. Jason is a safety on defense. He is majoring in Public Policy and Management and has spoken to high school students as part of the Student Academic Seminars.
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2003 Bob Chandler Award Recipient


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Keary Colbert

Wide Receiver


The Bob Chandler Foundation is pleased to announce Kerry Colbert as the BCF scholarship award winner for 2003. Keary is an outstanding receiver and leader both on the field and off. He is majoring in Sociology and active in Athletes in Action.
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2002 Bob Chandler Award Recipient


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Darrell Rideaux

Cornerback


The Foundation is proud to announce that Darrell Rideaux is the recipient of the Bob Chandler Foundation Scholarship Award for the 2002-2003 season. Darrell has demonstrated those leadership and scholastic qualities characteristic of the prior scholarship award winners. Besides his outstanding athletic achievements on the football and track field, he is involved with helping inner city youth.
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1996 Bob Chandler Award Recipient


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Sammy Knight

Safety


Sammy Knight, who starred at safety for USC and in the NFL, is in his second year as a graduate assistant working with the safeties. Knight, 35, lettered 4 years (1993-96) at safety and linebacker (rover) at USC, starting the last 3 seasons. He had 290 tackles and 5 interceptions in his career.
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Scholarship
The guidelines and requirements for the USC Bob Chandler Scholarship Award truly distinguish its recipients. Underclassmen are evaluated during the season, based on their athletic ability, academic scholarship, and character, both on and off the playing field, including leadership, courage, tenacity, discipline, loyalty and high standards of morals and values. Those underclassmen judged worthy candidates are recommended to the USC's Athletic Department and to the Foundation's scholarship committee for their final decision. The award is presented annually at the Football Awards Banquet. The Foundation, through its "Friends of Bob" campaign, has permanently endowed the scholarship in Bob's memory. Highlights of Bob's USC athletic career are on permanent display in USC's Heritage Hall lobby to honor Bob, who exemplified the highest standards of moral character, commitment to family values and dedication to athletic excellence.

Bob Chandler Award Recipients

Year Recipient
2017 Sam Darnold
2016 Max Browne
2015 Chad Wheeler
2014 Cody Kessler
2013 Randall Telfer
2012 Hayes Pullard
2011 Robert Woods
2010 Christian Tupou
2009 Taylor Mays
2008 Kevin Ellison
2007 Kieth Rivers
2006 Ryan Kalil
2005 Lofa Tatupu
2004 Jason Leach
2003 Keary Colbert
2002 Darrell Rideaux
2001 Charlie Landrigan
2000 Mike Van Rapporst
1999 Aaron Williams
1998 Chad Morton
1997 Jonathan Heimbauch
1996 Sammy Knight
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Bob's MVP game winning touchdown in the 1970 Rose Bowl

Bob was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame in November 1999

It is with deep and sincere appreciation that the Bob Chandler Foundation would like to thank USC and the following Friends of Bob who made this memorial award possible:
  • Jay W. Bligh for Bligh Pacific
  • Gene and Barbara Chandler
  • Marilyn, Marisa, Justin, and Emma Chandler
  • Pat, Diane, and Colleen Dixon
  • Sandy V. Durko
  • Mr. and Mrs. David Edington
  • Brad and Dawn Fielder
  • John Buehler for First American Title Insurance Co.
  • B. Wayne Hughes
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ron Lane
  • Mr. Charles D. Miller
  • NFL Charities
  • Dr. and Mrs. C. D. Richardson
  • Ira, Donna, Andrew, and Michael Ritter
  • Mr. and Mrs. Hank Weeks
  • Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.