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12/12/15 - (QB) - Jeremiah Briscoe, rSo, 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, rSo, 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


11/30/15 - (QB) - Jared Johnson, Jr, 6-1, 215
2015 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Jared Johnson, Sam Houston State (QB)...Johnson, a dual-threat quarterback for the Bearkats, leads one of the nation’s most prolific offenses into the postseason. The junior from Grand Prairie, Texas, has thrown for 2,176 yards on 162 of 268 passing this season and has thrown a league-high 18 touchdowns paired with a league-low one interception on the season. Johnson leads the league in passing yards per completions (13.43), is second in passing yards, passing efficiency (150.1), passing yards per game (197.8) and points responsible for per game (12.7), third in completions per game (14.73) and fourth in completion percentage (60.4). Johnson also keeps defenses off balanced with his ability to run, as he has 433 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns on the season. He is second the conference with his 237.2 yards of total offense per game. Johnson ranks second all-time in Sam Houston history total offense (6,876) and third in passing yards (5,312) in only two years as a starter. - Southland Football


11/17/15 - (QB) - Jared Johnson, Jr, 6-1, 215
Jared Johnson threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns and Corey Avery rushed for a career-high 197 yards and two scores to lead Sam Houston State to a dominating 59-21 win over Northwestern State on Saturday. Yedidiah Louis grabbed five passes for 69 yards and two scores. The Bearkats (7-3, 6-2 Southland Conference) needed this win to keep alive hopes of making the playoffs for the fifth straight year. Next week Sam Houston State will play at Central Arkansas, which is 6-3 (6-1 conference) going into Saturday night's game with Nicholls (2-7, 2-5). SHSU is one of only three teams to earn FCS playoff berths for the last four years. The score was tied at 7 with 3:51 left in the first quarter when the Bearkats scored 28 straight points for a 35-7 advantage late in the second quarter. De'Mard Llorens rushed for 122 yards for Nothwestern State (3-7, 3-5). - AP Sports


11/03/15 - (QB) - Jared Johnson, Jr, 6-1, 215
Corey Avery ran for 125 yards and three touchdowns and Jared Johnson threw for 267 yards as Sam Houston State beat Division II Texas A&M-Commerce 38-24 on Saturday night. Sam Houston State (6-2) was up 24-10 at the break. The Lions (7-2) tied the score in the third when Harrison Stewart, who threw for 432 yards, passed to Derick Macon from the 10 for the score to trail 24-17, and on the next series hit Lance Evans on a 39-yard scoring strike tie the score at 24-24 with 5:07 remaining in the third. Avery answered with a 1-yard scoring plunge to go ahead 31-24 with 2:14 left in the third and Johnson sealed the win with a 24-yard scoring run with 9:19 left in the game. Sam Houston, which opened the season with two straight losses, now has a six-game winning streak. The Bearkats face Southland Conference-leading McNeese State next week. - AP Sports


10/26/15 - (RB) - Jalen Overstreet, rJr, 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


10/19/15 - (QB) - Jared Johnson, Jr, 6-1, 215
Jared Johnson threw for five touchdowns as Sam Houston State overwhelmed Abilene Christian 49-21 in Southland Conference play on Saturday. Johnson completed 17 of 24 passes for 250 yards. LaDarius Brown grabbed six passes for 108 yards and one touchdown. Cory Avery rushed for 98 yards and one score on six carries. Sam Houston State (4-2, 4-1), after opening the season with losses to Texas Tech and Lamar, has now won four consecutive games. SHSU has outscored its opponents 133-66 in the second half. The Bearkats struck early when Johnson hit Brown on a 64-yard scoring strike with 13:41 left in the first quarter. They had a 28-0 lead going into the second quarter and were up 35-7 at the break. Parker McKenzie led Abilene Christian (2-4, 2-3), throwing for 106 yards on 6-of-12 passing, but he was also intercepted twice. - AP Sports


09/28/15 - (QB) - Jared Johnson, Jr, 6-1, 215
Jeremiah Briscoe and Jared Johnson combined to throw for 455 yards and five touchdowns as Sam Houston State picked up its first win of the season, a 63-14 victory over Houston Baptist on Saturday night. Briscoe completed 13 of 16 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson finished with 230 yards on 17-of-22 passing and two scores. Gerald Thomas grabbed eight passes for a career high 164 yards and two touchdowns and LaDarius Brown caught five passes for 84 yards and two scores for the Bearkats (1-2, 1-1 Southland Conference). Houston Baptist (1-3, 0-2) answered the Bearkats and tied the score at 14 when Terrance Peters broke for an 82-yard scoring run with 6:12 left in the half. Sam Houston State scored twice to go up 28-14 at the half and the Huskies never threatened again. Sam Houston had 727 total yards while limiting the Huskies to 296. - 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


12/07/14 - (QB) - Jared Johnson, Jr, 6-1, 215
Jared Johnson threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to lead Sam Houston State to a 37-26 victory over Jacksonville State in a second-round FCS playoff game Saturday. Johnson connected on a 49-yard score with LaDarius Brown with 8:03 left in the third quarter for a 30-26 lead. Jalen Overstreet added an insurance score with a 33-yard run four minutes later. Johnson completed 13 of 19 passes for 161 yards, also throwing another touchdown pass to Brown plus one to Keshawn Hill. Johnson also rushed for 85 yards and had a 10-yard scoring run for the Bearkats (10-4).

Connor Rouleau's 42-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half gave the Gamecocks (10-2) a 26-24 lead. Eli Jenkins was 12-of-24 passing for JSU for 253 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. DeMarcus James rushed for 128 yards and a score. JSU had won 10 straight games. With its victory over the third-seeded Gamecocks, Sam Houston State will now take on sixth-seeded Villanova in the quarterfinals. Villanova defeated Liberty 29-22 on Saturday. - AP Sports

11/16/14 - (RB) - Jalen Overstreet, rJr, 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


11/11/14 - (QB) - Jared Johnson, Jr, 6-1, 215
Jared Johnson threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns to lead Sam Houston State to a 40-19 win over Incarnate Word on Saturday night. Sam Houston State took a 23-0 lead in the first quarter, capped by Keshawn Hill's short touchdown run, his second 1-yard score of the game. Incarnate Word scored the first 10 points of the second quarter, but Johnson extinguished the run by finding Gerald Thomas for a 5-yard touchdown. Hill finished with 79 yards rushing on 15 carries with two touchdowns and Thomas caught four passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns for Sam Houston State (6-4, 5-1 Southland). Jordan Scelfo completed 21 of 38 passes for 213 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for Incarnate Word (2-8, 2-5). - 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 - (QB) - Jared Johnson, Jr, 6-1, 215
OCT 13 SOUTHLAND OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jared Johnson, Sam Houston State,...Johnson accounted for 382 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to help Sam Houston State knock off No. 5/4 McNeese State 38-22 and extend its conference home winning streak to 11 games. The sophomore from Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie H.S.), set the Sam Houston school record with 190 rushing yards by a quarterback, which included touchdown runs of 73 and 67 yards. Johnson also threw for 193 yards with touchdown passes of 22 and nine years. Johnson helped orchestrate scoring drives of 75, 69, 76, 55 and 75 yards to help Sam Houston build a 35-7 lead through three quarters. Honorable Mention: Gus Johnson, Stephen F. Austin; Bryan Bennett, Southeastern Louisiana; Michael Henry, Nicholls. - Southland Conference football


10/17/14 - (DE) - P. J. Hall, rSo, 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, Jr, 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, rSo, 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


10/11/14 - (QB) - Jared Johnson, Jr, 6-1, 215
Jared Johnson ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more to lead Sam Houston State to a 38-22 upset victory over McNeese State on Saturday. Sam Houston (3-3, 2-0 Southland Conference) jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and held on to knock off the Cowboys (3-2, 1-1) who were ranked No. 4 in the FCS national polls. SHSU was unranked. Johnson, who rushed for 190 yards on 11 carries and threw for 192 yards, accounted for all but 104 of SHSU's 486 total yards. The Bearkats led 21-7 at the half following Johnson's 73-yard scoring sprint with 2:14 remaining in the second quarter. Johnson passed to Yedidiah Louis for a 22-yard score to start the third and ran 67 yards for another score and a commanding 35-7 lead. Daniel Sams rushed for 130 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries for the Cowboys. - AP Sports


10/01/14 - (QB) - Jared Johnson, Jr, 6-1, 215
Jared Johnson threw for 164 yards and ran for another 78 to lead Sam Houston State to a 42-10 win over Lamar in the Southland Conference opener for both teams on Saturday night. Sam Houston bounced back from its last game, a 47-21 loss to Division II Colorado State-Pueblo on September 13. Lamar could not slow SHSU's rushing attack as the Bearkats totaled 268 yards. Jalen Overstreet ran for 132 yards on nine carries. SHSU (2-3, 1-0) was ahead 19-3 at the half. Lamar's Caleb Berry hit Mark Roberts on a 32-yard scoring strike with 9:05 remaining in the third quarter to close the gap. The Bearkats responded quickly when Johnson passed to Gerald Thomas from the 22 for a score and a 26-10 advantage. Overstreet dashed 50 yards for a score in the fourth to seal the victory. Berry threw for 244 yards and one touchdown for Lamar (3-2, 0-1). - AP Sports


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, Jr, 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


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