NFL Officiating Development Program

Training and mentoring non-NFL officials to officiate football at the highest level.

The NFL Officiating Development Program (ODP) provides an opportunity for college-level officials not yet working in the NFL to be exposed to some of the same experiences as NFL officials. Drawn from the nearly 4,000 candidates in the league’s scouting database, these officials are evaluated by the league to answer one question: Do they have the potential to succeed in the NFL?

Before joining the program, officials must receive medical clearance, pass a background check, take a psychological assessment and complete an in-person interview with a panel of NFL Officiating Department staff.

Once accepted into the program, they study position-specific film with veteran NFL officials and current officiating coaches and trainers, as well as, review NFL mechanics and analyze the differences in rules between NFL and NCAA. ODP officials gain NFL experiences by:

  • Attending the NFL’s annual preseason officiating clinic to begin learning the differences between college and professional officiating.
  • Participating in NFL mini-camps and training camps.
  • Officiating in an NFL preseason game.
  • Working an NCAA post-season all-star game (Reese’s Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine Game or NFLPA Game)

At the end of the season, the officials in the ODP will be assessed as follows:

  • Ready for the highest level: This official will be moving up to an NFL officiating crew when an opening exists.
  • Great work, but room to improve: The league likes what it sees in the official, but determines that he or she is not ready for the NFL just yet, but will remain in the program.
  • Not the right fit: The league does not see this official working in the NFL, and he or she continues his or her collegiate career.

2020 ODP Participants

Some ODP officials have several successful years of experience as college referees (crew chiefs). In most cases, when these officials enter the league, they will work at a position other than referee to gain experience.

The NFL and CFL partner together on the Officiating Exchange Program, giving CFL officials the chance to gain NFL experience through select preseason opportunities to help their continued development.

Last Name First Name Position Conference
Anderson Derek LOS BIG 12
Ballester Baron LOS AAC
Banks Bryan DF BIG TEN
Barrett Cravonne LOS PAC 12
Boger Trawick DF SEC
Booker II George DF SEC
Carter James R/DF SEC
Causey Max LOS/DF PAC 12
Chaka Maia LOS PAC 12
Clougherty Conor DF ACC
Cruse Brandon R/U BIG 12
Daniel Raymond DF BIG TEN
DeLeon Gabriel DF BIG 12
DeLorenzo Robin LOS BIG TEN
Dornan Matt LOS PAC 12
Feaster Ed  U BIG TEN
Fucik Glen DF SEC
Gautreaux Daniel DF SEC
Givens Quentin LOS BIG 12
Griffith Michael DF AAC
Hankins Martin DF SEC
Heydt Duane R/U ACC
Hill Walter U SEC
Hooper Jacques DF ACC
Johnston Joe DF PAC 12
Keller Dale LOS PAC 12
Kemp Jacob DF BIG TEN
Larrew Justin DF SEC
Ledet Jason DF BIG 12
Loeffler Matthew  R/U SEC
Lorance Jeremy (Chad) LOS SEC
Maconaghy Jeff R/U ACC
Morton Mike U ACC
Nelson Justin DF PAC 12
Nelson Lashell DF BIG TEN
Perry Brian LOS ACC
Ramsey III Alonzo DF ACC
Ray Stephen LOS AAC
Richeson Robert U BIG 12
Sakowski Brian LOS ACC
Salaam Tutashinda DF BIG 12
Savoie Gerald R/U AAC
Steratore Frank DF BIG TEN
Thielen Steve DF BIG TEN
Thomas William U AAC
Van Pham Lo DF BIG 12
Villar Francisco U PAC 12
Woods Marcus R/U ACC
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