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12/12/15 - (QB) - Jeremiah Briscoe, rJr, 6-2, 215
Jeremiah Briscoe threw for 358 yards and four touchdowns to lead Sam Houston State to a 48-21 win over Colgate in the FCS quarterfinals Saturday. Sam Houston (11-3) faces top-seeded Jacksonville State in the semifinals. The Bearkats are the semifinals for the fourth time in five years. Briscoe was 28 of 42 in his second start of the season - first since a 59-7 win over Incarnate Ward on Oct. 10 - and had touchdown passes of 26, 8 and 18 yards in the first half and as Sam Houston jumped out to a 28-7 lead with less than six minutes remaining in the opening half. It was 31-14 at halftime. Jake Melville was 12 of 25 for 142 yards and a touchdown and rushed 13 times for 35 yards and a score to lead the Raiders (9-5), who were in the quarterfinals for the first time since losing in the championship game in 2003. - AP Sports


12/06/15 - (QB) - Jeremiah Briscoe, rJr, 6-2, 215
Jeremiah Briscoe passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns, and Sam Houston State ended McNeese State's perfect season with a 34-29 win in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday night. Sam Houston State (10-3), which failed to score on offense in a 27-10 loss to the Cowboys on Nov. 7, rolled up 494 total yards and 26 first downs against the No. 2 scoring defense in the FCS. Two second-half TD passes from Daniel Sams cut Sam Houston's lead to five, and the Pokes had first-and-goal at the Bearkats' 1-yard line in the fourth quarter. But they punted after penalties and sacks backed them up to fourth-and-39, and Briscoe led a clock-killing 11-play drive to ice the game. Sams finished 11 of 20 for 147 yards with four touchdown passes and an interception for McNeese State (10-1). He also rushed for 75 yards. Sam Houston State advances to face Colgate in the FCS quarterfinals, which beat James Madison 44-38 on Saturday. - AP Sports


11/30/15 - (OG) - Donald Jackson III, Sr, 6-1, 281
2015 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Donald Jackson III, Sam Houston State (OT)...Jackson, a three-time all-conference selection, is a key part to the Sam Houston offense that is second in the nation in total offense with 544.5 yards per game, fourth in scoring offense (43.8) and ninth in rushing offense (266.8). The senior from Kilgore, Texas, is a four-year starter for the Bearkats and has started every game on the offensive line this season. - Southland Football


10/26/15 - (RB) - Jalen Overstreet, rSr, 6-1, 212
Jared Overstreet rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown as Sam Houston State defeated Nicholls State 37-7 in pouring rain Saturday night, stretching a win streak to five games. The constant downpour hampered passing as both teams combined for 98 yards in the air. Jared Johnson completed 7 of 13 passes for 63 yards and the first two touchdowns for the Bearkats (5-2, 5-1 Southland). Seven Bearkats ran the ball 55 times for 310 yards and three touchdowns. Overstreet opened the second quarter with a 12-yard TD run. His 200 yards was a career best at Sam Houston after transferring from Texas in 2013. Tuskani Figaro put Nicholls (1-6, 1-4) on the board with an 80-yard run around left end in the third quarter. He completed 6 of 20 passes for 35 yards. The Bearkats, with the top scoring offense in the FCS, has outscored its last five opponents 242-77. - AP Sports


09/16/15 - (RB) - Donavan Williams, Sr, 5-11, 216
SEPT 7 SOUTHLAND OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Donavan Williams, Sam Houston State...Williams became the seventh player in Sam Houston State history to score four touchdowns in a single game as Sam Houston State fell 59-45 to Texas Tech. The senior from Belton, Texas (Belton H.S.), had 12 carries for 99 yards on a day in which Sam Houston's offense churned out 671 yards of total offense. Honorable Mention: Julius Maracalin, Southeastern Louisiana; Zach Conque, Stephen F. Austin; Trent Brittain, UIW; Max Staver, Houston Baptist; Joe Minden, Lamar. - Southland Conference Football


11/16/14 - (RB) - Jalen Overstreet, rSr, 6-1, 212
Sam Houston State piled up 601 yards rushing and 823 total yards, both school records, in its 76-0 win over Houston Baptist on Saturday. Donavan Williams led the Sam Houston State (7-4, 6-1 Southland Conference) ground attack, rushing for 212 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries. Cory Idlebird ran for 138 yards and two scores and Jalen Overstreet added 130 yards with two touchdowns. Ridgeway Frank returned the opening kickoff 57 yards and, two plays later, Jared Johnson connected with Gerald Thomas on a 38-yard touchdown pass to give Sam Houston State a 7-0 lead just 41 seconds in. After a 48-yard touchdown run by Overstreet with 6:51 left in the first quarter, the Bearkats had more points (28) than Houston Baptist had total yards (25). Johnson had 101 yards passing and two touchdowns in just one quarter of play. Houston Baptist (2-9, 1-7) was limited to 177 total yards. - AP Sports


11/03/14 - (RB) - Keshawn Hill, Sr, 5-10, 211
Keeshawn Hill rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns to lead Sam Houston State to a 42-28 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday. Hill had scoring runs of 59, 31 and 3 yards to give Sam Houston (5-4, 4-1 Southland Conference) a 21-14 lead at the half. Hill sprinted 32 yards for a score on the third play of the second half and Jared Johnson added a scoring run from the 2 to give the Bearkats a 35-14 advantage in the third. SFA (6-3, 3-2) kept coming back but Sam Houston's defense stopped the Lumberjacks. Zach Conque, who finished with 266 yards passing and 98 rushing, ran in from the 5 to close to 42-28 with 1:34 remaining. SFA recovered the ensuing onside kick, but four plays later Mikell Everette intercepted a Conque pass in the end zone to seal the win. - AP Sports


10/28/14 - (RB) - Keshawn Hill, Sr, 5-10, 211
Keshawn Hill ran for two touchdowns and Jared Johnson threw for another as Sam Houston State held an uncontested lead and beat Abilene Christian 38-21 on Saturday. Hill rushed for a touchdown from the 4 to cap a 10-play, 75-yard game-opening drive, and with 10 minutes to go in the second quarter the BearKats led 17-0. De'Andre Brown ran in 5 yards for a touchdown, and Parker McKenzie completed a 64-yard pass to Noah Cheshier on Abilene Christian's next possession to cut the difference to 17-14, with 4:08 left in the first half. The BearKats scored the next three touchdowns to pull away once more. Johnson threw for 277 yards and Sam Houston (3-4, 2-1 Southland) finished with no turnovers. McKenzie accounted for 385 of 445 total yards for Abilene Christian (4-4, 2-2). He threw for one final touchdown pass with 2:08 to go, cutting the Wildcats' deficit to 17. - AP Sports


10/17/14 - (DE) - P. J. Hall, rJr, 6-1, 270
OCT 13 SOUTHLAND DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State,...Hall led the Sam Houston State defense with 11 tackles, including five solo, in the Bearkats' 38-22 upset win against No. 5/4 McNeese State. The freshman from Seguin, Texas (Seguin H.S.), had three tackles for a loss in the win. Hall was an integral part of the Bearkat defense that limited the league's top-ranked offense in scoring and rushing offense to just 209 rushing yards in the game and only seven points in the first three quarters. Honorable Mention: Imoan Claiborne, Northwestern State; Davin Bovie, Nicholls; Ricky Wyatt, Central Arkansas. - Southland Conference football


10/17/14 - (K) - Luc Swimberghe, Sr, 6-0, 197
OCT 13 SOUTHLAND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Luc Swimberghe, Sam Houston State,...Swimberghe kicked a season-best 44-yard field goal and went 5-for-5 in PATs in Sam Houston State's 38-22 upset win against No. 5/4 McNeese State. The sophomore from Tyler, Texas (Lindale H.S.), kicked his second-longest career field goal with the 44-yarder. Honorable Mention: Ryan Adams, Southeastern Louisiana; Andy Wickman, Northwestern State; Ramon Coto, Jr., UIW; George Odum, Central Arkansas. - Southland Conference football


10/17/14 - (DE) - P. J. Hall, rJr, 6-1, 270
SEPT 29 SOUTHLAND DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State,...Hall helped Sam Houston State to a 42-10 conference win over Lamar after leading the Bearkats' defense with seven total tackles. The Bearkats held Lamar, which led the league in scoring (42.3 points) and total offense (497.5 yards), to just 345 yards of total offense and 10 points. The freshman from Seguin, Texas (Seguin, Texas), also had a sack for 10 yards and a blocked field goal in the win. Honorable Mention: Jonathan Woodard, Central Arkansas; Kaleb Muse, Southeastern Louisiana. - Southland Conference football


08/23/14 - (RB) - Keshawn Hill, Sr, 5-10, 211
2014 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB Keshawn Hill Sam Houston State 5-10 205 Sr. Klein, Texas,...Hill is a member of two SHSU 1,000-yard clubs with 1,396 career rushing yards and 2,312 all-purpose yards in the past three years. The Klein product is both a two-time honorable mention All-Southland and Academic All-league selection. He ranked sixth in the Southland in kickoff returns with an average of 22.3 yards per return as a junior. He returned a kickoff 93 yards in the Kats’ 2013 victory over Northwestern State and had a 69-yard run-back for a TD in the 2012 “Battle of the Piney Woods.” - Sam Houston State football


08/23/14 - (SS) - Michael Wade, Sr, 5-10, 192
2014 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Michael Wade Sam Houston State 5-11 195 Sr. Arp, Texas,...Wade is Sam Houston’s top returning tackler with 105 stops last year (59 solo, 46 assists). The Arp product was a second team All-league selection as a safety. Credited with double figure tackles in four games, Wade had a 23-yard interception return to set up SHSU’s first score in the victory over Lamar and a 48-yard return in the Nicholls win. - Sam Houston State football


08/23/14 - (K) - Luc Swimberghe, Sr, 6-0, 197
2014 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): PK Luc Swimberghe Sam Houston State 6-0 185 So. Tyler, Texas,...Swimberghe was the leading scorer for the Bearkats in 2013. He totaled 97 points with eight field goals and 73 successful point-after attempts. The 97 points is the third-highest kick scoring season total by a Bearkat. The former Tyler/Lindale performer ranked third among Southland kickers in scoring. His season long field goal was a 45-yard kick against Northwestern State. - Sam Houston State football


08/23/14 - (OG) - Donald Jackson III, Sr, 6-1, 281
2014 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Donald Jackson Sam Houston State 6-2 270 Jr. Kilgore, Texas,...Jackson was a first team All-Southland Conference offensive tackle last season. This year he has been named to two preseason All-America squads. The Kilgore native has started 25 games in the offensive line as a freshman and sophomore. He was named to the College Sports Journal Freshman All-America squad during SHSU’s 2012 Southland championship season. - Sam Houston State football


08/23/14 - (TE) - Shane Young, Sr, 6-3, 249
2014 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): TE/HB Shane Young Sam Houston State 6-4 253 Sr. Lago Vista, Texas,...Young earned honorable mention All-Southland tight end honors in 2013. He started 13 games, catching 11 passes for 151 yards including touchdowns in both the Texas Southern and Stephen F. Austin victories. The former Lago Vista performer has played in 26 games for the Kats. He caught a nine-yard touchdown late in Sam Houston’s 2012 playoff victory at Eastern Washington to help the Kats perserve a win that sent them to the FCS National Championship game. - Sam Houston State football


08/23/14 - (DT) - Gary Lorance, rSr, 6-0, 272
2014 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Gary Lorance Sam Houston State 6-0 290 Sr. New Boston, Texas,...Lorance is a two-time All-Southland defensive lineman who red-shirted last season after an injury in the season opener. The New Boston product has totaled 96 tackles including 24 for losses in his Bearkat career. Lorance was selected All-league during both Sam Houston’s 2011 and 2012 Southland championship seasons. - Sam Houston State football


05/13/14 - (RB) - Tim Flanders, rSr, 5-09, 207
New Orleans Saints announce 2014 rookie free agent class: Tim Flanders – Running Back, Sam Houston State (5-9, 210): Flanders leaves Sam Houston state as the Southland Conference’s all-time leading rushing and scoring leader, carrying 999 times for 5,664 yards (5.7 avg.) and 66 touchdowns. As a senior in 2013, the Kansas State transfer carried 241 times for 1,478 yards (5.9 avg.) with 14 touchdowns while also grabbing six passes for 63 yards and one touchdown. - New Orleans Saints


02/20/14 - (WR) - LaDarius Brown, rSr, 6-1, 233
TCU receiver removed from team after arrest...TCU removed wide receiver LaDarius Brown from the team after his arrest Sunday night on suspicion of marijuana possession. The university and the athletic department issued statements announcing Brown's dismissal. According to newspaper reports, he is expected to be charged with possession of marijuana after an officer stopped Brown's 2006 Ford on Sunday evening and arrested him after an investigation. "Due to a violation of team rules, LaDarius Brown has been removed from our football program," the athletic department said in a release. "This is very unfortunate. We provide our student-athletes with all the guidelines and principles to be successful on and off the field. At some point, they have to govern themselves. It's a sad day for everyone."

The school's statement read, "University students, like everyone else, face various choices each day. TCU tries to assist students by offering them a variety of educational resources to help make wise choices. In general, if a student is alleged to be in violation of the University's student code of conduct, they can face a hearing and then a judicial process that may result in disciplinary action from the University above and beyond any legal consequences the student might face." Last season as a sophomore, Brown played in all 12 games and had 36 receptions, which tied for the team lead, and 393 receiving yards. He had seven career receiving touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

01/03/14 - (RB) - Tim Flanders, rSr, 5-09, 207
2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS FCS SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: RB Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State, Sr.,...Flanders rushed for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns during the 2013 season, his third year in a row to gain more than 1,000 yards on the ground. He helped lead Sam Houston to a 9-5 record and the Bearkats’ third consecutive NCAA Division I Football Championships playoff berth. The Kats are one of only three programs in the country to earn FCS playoff berths each of the past three years. Rushing for 5,664 yards and scoring 420 points during his career, Flanders stands No. 3 in FCS career rushing touchdowns (66) and No. 6 in all-time FCS rushing yards and scoring. - Sam Houston State football


12/01/13 - (RB) - Tim Flanders, rSr, 5-09, 207
Timothy Flanders rushed for 152 yards and two fourth quarter touchdowns as Sam Houston St defeated Southern Utah 51-20 in the first round of the FCS playoffs. The Bearkats will face SE Louisiana (10-2) in the second round. Southern Utah (8-5) jumped out to a 10-0 first quarter after a field goal and Aaron Cantu's 28-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Norris.

Sam Houston (9-4) countered with 30 unanswered points, including touchdown passes from Brian Bell to Chance Nelson (32 yards) and Ragan Henderson (7 yards). Bell added a 1-yard scoring plunge. The Thunderbirds cut the lead to 10 with another field goal and Robert Torgerson's 39-yard fumble recovery for a TD. But the Bearkats took control with Flanders' 2-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth. He added a 1-yard dive later in the frame. Keshawn Hill (101 yards) added his second TD, a 2-yard run, with 5:10 left. - AP Sports

11/09/13 - (QB) - Brian Bell, Sr, 6-1, 180
Keshawn Hill and Brian Bell accounted for four touchdowns as Sam Houston State ran over Nicholls State 49-24 Saturday. Hill had TD runs of 16 and 1 as the Bearkats (8-2, 4-1 Southland Conference) scored seven unanswered touchdowns. Bell, the Bearkats' quarterback, added a 45-yard touchdown run, and also threw a 56-yard TD pass to Torrance Williams. Richard Sincere had a 32-yard touchdown run, and a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown by Michael Wade rounded out the scoring for the Bearkats.

The Bearkats have scored 44 points of more in seven of their eight wins. Nicholls State (4-6, 1-4) scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Michael Henry rushed for a 2-yard score. Beaux Hebert then added TD passes of 46 and 7 yards. The Colonels have a four-game losing streak, and have given up 49 points or more in their six losses this season. - AP Sports

11/02/13 - (QB) - Brian Bell, Sr, 6-1, 180
Brian Bell threw four touchdowns on 339 yards passing and Sam Houston State used four fourth-quarter touchdowns to edge Stephen F. Austin 56-49 on Saturday in the Battle of the Piney Woods. The Bearkats (7-2, 3-1 Southland Conference) broke a 28-28 tie, scoring 28 points in less than three minutes to take a 56-28 lead over the Lumberjacks (3-6, 1-3) early in the fourth quarter.

Bell found Torrance Williams for a 38-yard touchdown reception to give Sam Houston State a 35-28 lead and two fumbles from Stephen F. Austin led to quick scores by the Bearkats. Sam Houston State capped the scoring spurt with a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown by DeAntrey Loche. The Lumberjacks responded with 21 unanswered points to come within a touchdown, but the Bearkats recovered an onside kick to preserve the win. Brady Attaway had 505 yards passing and five touchdowns to lead the Lumberjacks. - AP Sports

10/28/13 - (ILB) - Eric Fieilo, rSr, 5-11, 220
OCT 28 SOUTHLAND DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eric Fieilo, Sam Houston State...Fieilo led the Bearkat defense with 11 tackles in Sam Houston State’s 44-10 victory over Northwestern State last Saturday. The senior from Euless, Texas (Trinity H.S.), made five solo stops and assisted on six tackles. The Sam Houston State defense produced two turnovers and limited the Demons to 4-and-13 on third down while giving up only a touchdown and a field goal in the game. Fieilo leads Sam Houston with 58 tackles and has 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and an interception. Honorable Mention: Justin Heard, Central Arkansas; Drew Misita, Southeastern Louisiana. - Southland football


10/26/13 - (QB) - Brian Bell, Sr, 6-1, 180
Brian Bell threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Sam Houston State extended its home winning streak to 20 with a 44-10 rout of Northwestern State on Saturday. After scoring just a field goal on its first four drives, SHSU (6-2, 2-1 Southland) scored touchdowns on each of its next six possessions to break open a game that was tied at 3 midway through the second quarter.

Timothy Flanders began the string of touchdowns with a 7-yard scoring run. Bell then tossed touchdown passes on three straight drives, connecting with Richard Sincere for a 17-yard score, with Torrance Williams for a 44-yarder and with Chance Nelson for a 9-yarder. Bell then ran for an 18-yard score and Steven Hicks added a 2-yard touchdown run on the following drive. NSU (3-5, 0-3) gained 412 total yards but lost two fumbles, missed a field goal and had another one blocked. - AP Sports

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