Twelve first-year officials make NFL game officials roster for 2014

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."

The 12 first-year NFL officials are:

» Brad Allen
» Brad Freeman
» Eugene Hall
» Shawn Hochuli
» John Jenkins
» Alex Kemp
» Rich Martinez
» Bryan Neale
» Scott Novak
» Steve Patrick
» Patrick Turner
» Ed Walker

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