08/23/14 - (RB) - Keshawn Hill, Sr, 5-10, 200 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, 5-11, 195 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, So, 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, Jr, 6-2, 278 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, 6-4, 256 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, rJr, 6-3, 220 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, 6-2, 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, 6-2, 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, 6-2, 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
10/16/13 - (WR) - Torrance Williams, rSr, 5-07, 175 OCT 14 SOUTHLAND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Torrance Williams, Sam Houston State...Williams helped Sam Houston win the field possession battle with five punt returns for 138 yards in a 14-3 victory over Lamar last Saturday. The senior from Waco, Texas (Connally H.S.), averaged 27.4 yards per return, including a long of 53 yards. After his fifth long return, the Cardinals booted their final three punts out-of-bounds.
He also caught two passes for 17 yards and rushed for 18 more to total 173 all-purpose yards. Williams leads the Southland in punt returns this year (16 for 358) and his 22.4 return average ranks second nationally in the FCS. Honorable Mention: Seth Sebastian, Southeastern Louisiana; Jonathan Harrison, Central Arkansas; Kolin Kahler, Lamar. - Southland football
10/12/13 - (QB) - Brian Bell, Sr, 6-2, 180 Brian Bell threw for one touchdown and rushed for another as Sam Houston State beat Lamar 14-3 in the Southland opener for both teams. Sam Houston State's prolific offense, averaging 51.6 points per game heading into the game, struggled to move the ball. Timothy Flanders, coming off a 280-yard performance against Eastern Washington, was held to just 83 yards on 28 carries.
Bell opened the scoring with a 45-yard run in the second quarter. Lamar (3-3, 0-1) responded with a 47-yard Alex Ball field goal at the end of the half. Bell found Stephen Williams for an 18-yard touchdown late in the third quarter, giving the Bearkats (5-1, 1-0) the 14-3 lead they would hold onto for the win. Caleb Berry struggled for the Cardinals, going 17 of 41 for 196 yards and throwing one interception. Lightning delayed the game for two hours in the fourth quarter. - AP Sports
10/01/13 - (RB) - Tim Flanders, rSr, 5-09, 207 SEPT 30 SOUTHLAND OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State,...Flanders ran the ball 32 times for 280 yards and two touchdowns as No. 4/4 Sam Houston State extended its home win streak to a Division I-best 18 games with the upset Eastern Washington. The senior from Midwest City, Okla. (Midwest City H.S.), became the first Southland player and the 22nd player in FCS history to rush for 5,000 career yards. The rushing total, which included 82 yards on 13 carries in the fourth quarter, was the 29th time in his career that he reached 100 yards and the third time he has topped 200 yards.
Flanders has exactly 5,000 career yards. He scored on runs of 60 and 12 yards and played in the fourth quarter for the first time this year. His 61 career rushing touchdowns, which includes nine this season, rank 12th all-time in the FCS. In five games this season, Flanders leads all FCS rushers with 766 yards and his 153.2 yards per game ranks third in the FCS. Honorable Mention: Tuskani Figaro, Nicholls; Brady Attaway, Stephen F. Austin; Caleb Berry, Lamar; Zach Adkins, Northwestern State. - Southland football
10/01/13 - (RB) - Tim Flanders, rSr, 5-09, 207 SEPT 30 SPORTS NETWORK FCS CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State, RB, Sr., 5-9, 210, Midwest City, Okla.,...Flanders took advantage of the biggest non-conference matchup of the season against the Big Sky's Eastern Washington and made the most of it. The Bearkats' running game dominated in a 49-34 win against Eastern Washington, and Flanders was the spark. He rushed for 280 yards and two touchdowns (including a 60- yarder) as the Bearkats proved last year's national semifinal victory over EWU was no fluke. Flanders became the first Southland Conference player and 22nd in FCS history to eclipse 5,000 rushing yards in a collegiate career. It was the third time Flanders topped 200 yards in a game. - The Sports Network
10/01/13 - (RB) - Tim Flanders, rSr, 5-09, 207 WEEK 5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State, rushed for 280 yards to reach 5,000 yards for his career and scored two TDs in a 49-34 win over Eastern Washington. - AP Sports
09/30/13 - (RB) - Tim Flanders, rSr, 5-09, 207 It's all so familiar. The Sports Network FCS Top 25 returned on Monday to the way it finished in each of the past two seasons - with North Dakota State at No. 1 and Sam Houston State at No. 2. They played each other in the 2011 and 2012 FCS national championship games, with North Dakota State winning both times. Here the two dance partners are in the same order again, with North Dakota State remaining atop the poll as it has been since the preseason and Sam Houston State moving up two spots to No. 2.
It was a result of the two teams winning the most anticipated games of this past weekend's schedule. North Dakota State handled then-No. 6 South Dakota State, 20-0, and Sam Houston State raced past then-No. 2 Eastern Washington, 49-34. The top-ranked Bison (4-0) received all but one of the 158 first-place votes and 3,949 points. The Bearkats (4-1), whose only loss is to Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M, gained the other first-place vote and had 3,673 points, jumping over No. 3 Towson to gain the second spot. Towson (5-0) remained unbeaten after staging a second-half rally to beat Stony Brook, 35-21. - The Sports Network
09/29/13 - (RB) - Tim Flanders, rSr, 5-09, 207 SEPT 30 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS FCS NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Timothy Flanders (Sam Houston State)...The Walter Payton Award candidate carried 32 times for 280 yards including touchdown runs of 60 and 12 yards in the win for the Kats. With those figures, Flanders became the first Southland Conference running back to rush for 5,000 career yards. The 280 yards Saturday marked the 29th time the Midwest City, Okla., product has rushed for 100 or more yards in a game. The total ranks as his second highest single game total ever.
Flanders, who leads both the FCS and Southland Conference in total rushing yards with 766 in five games (153.2 per contest), saw his first fourth quarter action of the year. In each of the first four games for 4-1 Sam Houston State, Flanders saw his backups taking over during the final period. With the game still in doubt, Flanders rushed 13 times for 82 yards in the fourth period alone. He picked up four first downs and a crucial touchdown as the Bearkats milked the clock to clinch the victory. Flanders now ranks No. 12 all-time in FCS career rushing touchdowns. He stands as the 22nd running back in FCS history to rush for 5,000 or more career yards. - Sam Houston State Football/College Football Performance Awards
09/28/13 - (RB) - Tim Flanders, rSr, 5-09, 207 Timothy Flanders rushed for 280 yards and two touchdowns, reaching 5,000 yards for his career, to lead Sam Houston State to a 49-34 win over Eastern Washington on Saturday. The only thing that slowed Flanders was a rainstorm that delayed the start of the showdown between two top five FBC teams for more than an hour. The teams combined for 1,052 yards after piling up 1,026 last year when Sam Houston (4-1) beat the Eagles (2-2) 45-42 in the FBC semifinals.
Sam Houston had 450 yards on the ground, with Richard Sincere adding 98, including a 51-yard score on the third play of the game. Brian Bell threw for two touchdowns to Torrance Williams and ran for a third. Vernon Adams threw for 355 yards and touchdowns covering 33, 59 and 62 yards for Eastern Washington. However, DeAntrey Loche returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown for SHSU. - AP Sports
09/21/13 - (RB) - Tim Flanders, rSr, 5-09, 207 Brian Bell threw four touchdowns and added another on the ground as Sam Houston State dominated Incarnate Word 52-21 Saturday night. Bell completed 19 of 25 passes for 285 yards as the Bearkats (3-1) piled up 566 yards of total offense. He added 35 yards rushing on 7 carries. Incarnate Word (2-2) took a 14-10 lead with 13:59 remaining in the first half when Johnny Sessions scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, but Sam Houston rattled off 35 unanswered points, including touchdown runs of 7 and 41-yards by Timothy Flanders, to pull away for good.
Flanders, who finished with 157 yards rushing on just 15 carries, became the all-time leading rusher in Southland Conference history. He has now rushed for 4,720 career yards, surpassing Claude Mathis of Southwest Texas, who ran for 4,694 yards from 1994-97. The Bearkats are averaging 52.3 points per game, tops in the FCS. - AP Sports
09/17/13 - (ILB) - Tanner Brock, Sr, 6-2, 237 SEPT 16 SOUTHLAND DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tanner Brock, Sam Houston State...Brock recorded seven tackles and two tackles for loss in leading the defense in a 55-17 win over Texas Southern last Saturday. The senior from Copperas Cove, Texas (Copperas Cove H.S.), sacked the quarterback twice for losses totaling 10 yards. In the first half, Sam Houston limited Texas Southern to minus-23 yards rushing and 29 yards passing.
The Bearkats caused four fumbles and recovered three with each turnover setting up the team’s first three touchdowns. Honorable Mention: Jabralon Allen, Stephen F. Austin; Radarius Winston, Central Arkansas; Cqulin Hubert, Southeastern Louisiana; Braden Thomas, Lamar. - Southland Football
09/15/13 - (RB) - Tim Flanders, rSr, 5-09, 207 Timothy Flanders ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns as Sam Houston State ran away from visiting Texas Southern 55-17 Saturday. The Bearkats (2-1) pulled ahead in the second quarter, taking advantage of three recovered fumbles and scoring on their final four possessions of the half. Both of Flanders' scores followed Texas Southern turnovers and put the Bearkats ahead 27-3. Brian Bell finished 9 of 17 for 121 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. He also ran for 32 yards and a score.
Daveonn Porter rushed for 104 yards on 16 carries for Texas Southern (0-2), including a 50-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Shane Young had 51 yards receiving, including a five-yard touchdown and Richard Sincere added 3 catches for 53 yards for the Bearkats. Keshawn Hill ran seven times for 65 yards and a score for Sam Houston State, which finished with 326 rushing yards. - AP Sports