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10/16/16 - (QB) - Devlin Hodges, rSo, 6-0, 213
Devlin Hodges tied a career high with five touchdown passes, Karel Hamilton and Emmanuel Obajimi both had more than 100 yards receiving, and Samford pummeled VMI 55-21 on Saturday. Hodges, who sat toward the end of the fourth quarter, set a career mark with 435 yards passing. The sophomore had 300 yards and four TDs at halftime. He completed 35 of 50 passes with an interception. Kelvin McKnight caught a 9-yard TD pass from Hodges on Samford's opening drive. On the next possession, Deion Pierre returned an interception 21 yards to put Samford up 14-0. VMI's Alex Keys halved the deficit with a 7-yard touchdown, but Hodges threw scoring passes to McKnight and Obajimi to give the Bulldogs a 28-7 lead after one quarter. Keys scored again for the Keydets in the second quarter. Pete Reed's 19-yard run midway through the third quarter cut Samford's lead to 38-21, but the Bulldogs outscored VMI 17-0 in the final period. - AP Sports

10/15/16 - (P) - Austin Barnard, rJr, 6-3, 200
SEPT 12 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Austin Barnard, Samford, Sr., P, Fayetteville, Ga.,...Austin Barnard handled the punting and kickoff duties for the Bulldogs on Saturday as Samford earned a 35-29 win at Central Arkansas. Barnard punted 10 times and averaged 46.0 yards per kick, including a long of 64 yards. He forced four fair catches, punted two balls over 50 yards and dropped five punts inside the Central Arkansas 20-yard line. The senior kicked off six times, averaging 59.5 yard per kick and producing three touchbacks. Other Nominees: Tyler Zielenske (Mercer), Colin Brewer (Chattanooga), Logan Howard (Western Carolina) and Brian Sanders (Wofford). - Southern Conference Football

10/14/16 - (QB) - Devlin Hodges, rSo, 6-0, 213
OCT 10 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Devlin Hodges, Samford, So., QB, Kimberly, Ala.,...Samford’s Devlin Hodges completed 27-of-38 passes for 411 yards with three touchdowns strikes as Samford topped Furman, 38-21 Saturday afternoon. The sophomore also scored a 7-yard rushing touchdown in the win and became the first Bulldog quarterback to pass for 400 yards since 2013. All three of his touchdown passes went to Karel Hamilton. The Kimberly, Ala., native ranks fifth nationally with 327.0 yards passing per game. Other Nominees: Cam Jackson (The Citadel), Marquise Irvin (Mercer), Alejandro Bennifield (Chattanooga), Al Cobb (VMI) and Lorenzo Long (Wofford). - Southern Conference Football

10/14/16 - (QB) - Devlin Hodges, rSo, 6-0, 213
OCT 3 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Devlin Hodges, R-So., QB, Kimberly, Ala.,...Samford’s Devlin Hodges threw for 315 yards and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 28-26 win over Wofford, completing 28 passes on 32 attempts for a stellar completion percentage of 87.5. The redshirt sophomore completed touchdown passes of 51, 23, 13 and 2 yards. For the season, Hodges has thrown for 14 touchdowns and tossed just two interceptions in 161 passing attempts. Other Nominees: Rod Johnson (The Citadel), Derrick Craine (Chattanooga), Al Cobb (VMI), Detrez Newsome (Western Carolina) and Lorenzo Long (Wofford). - Southern Conference Football

10/08/16 - (QB) - Devlin Hodges, rSo, 6-0, 213
Devlin Hodges and Karel Hamilton hooked up for three touchdowns as Hodges threw for a career-high 411 yards with Hamilton hauling in seven passes for 168 yards to lead Samford to a 38-21 victory over winless Furman on Saturday. Hodges was 27 for 38 passing. Hamilton, who is rapidly closing in on the school record for yards receiving in a career, needs just 259 yards to tie Efrem Hill's record of 3,054 yards. Kelvin McKnight pulled in three passes for 75 yards and Justin Curry rushed for 95 yards for Samford (4-1, 2-1 Southern Conference). The Bulldogs jumped out to an early advantage and led 24-14 at the break. Hodges hit Hamilton on a 63-yard strike to pull ahead 31-14 late in the third quarter. Reese Hannon threw for 301 yards and two scores to become Furman's (0-6, 0-3) career passing leader with 6,384 yards. - AP Sports

10/01/16 - (QB) - Devlin Hodges, rSo, 6-0, 213
Devlin Hodges threw four touchdown passes and Samford withstood a Wofford comeback bid to escape with a 28-26 win on Saturday. Wofford's Lorenzo Long scored his second rushing touchdown of the day with 3:24 left to make it a two-point game, but the conversion attempt was intercepted by Brandon Goodson to preserve the lead. Hodges found Emmanuel Obajimi on a 13-yard scoring strike with 5:05 to go to cap a nine-play, 74-yard drive to give Samford (3-1, 1-1 Southern Conference) its cushion. Hodges finished 28 of 32 for 315 yards. The Bulldogs built a 21-10 lead midway through the second quarter on Hodges' second touchdown pass of the day to Karel Hamilton - covering 51 yards. Wofford (3-2, 1-1) then marched on a 15-play, 59-yard drive on the next possession, culminating with Long's 1-yard touchdown plunge, and trailed 21-17 at intermission. The Terriers added a 34-yard field goal by David Marvin in the third quarter to pull to 21-20. - AP Sports

09/13/16 - (QB) - Devlin Hodges, rSo, 6-0, 213
Devlin Hodges threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns and Samford held off Central Arkansas' fourth-quarter rally, beating the Bears 35-29 on Saturday night. Samford (2-0) led 35-10 when Tonne Osaigbovo intercepted Hayden Hildebrand and returned it for a 57-yard score with 3:53 left in the third. Antwon Wells capped a 17-play, 75-yard drive with 3-yard run with 12:24 to play cutting the deficit to 35-16. Then Central Arkansas (1-1) put together an 8-play, 85-yard drive ending again with Wells running it in from 3 yards to make it 35-22. Both 2-point conversions failed. Hildebrand next found Desmond Smith on an 18-yard score to reduce the deficit to six with 2:11 left. On their final possession, the Bears advanced to their 41 but a delay of game penalty and three incomplete passes ended the contest. Hildebrand had 346 yards passing but also threw two picks. Jatavious Wilson and Smith combined for 15 catches and 267 yards receiving. - AP Sports

09/06/16 - (QB) - Devlin Hodges, rSo, 6-0, 213
Devlin Hodges threw five touchdowns as Samford beat Division II Mars Hill 77-7 in a season opener Thursday night. Hodges was 39 of 49 for 313 yards for the Bulldogs. Roland Adams ran for 89 yards and a score and Drew Couto ran for 46 yards and two touchdowns. Hodges threw three touchdowns in the first half, one to Devon Schmitt in the first quarter and one each to TaDarryl Marshall and Adams in the second. Adams also ran for a score and Samford led 28-7 at halftime. In the third quarter, Hodges threw two more touchdowns to help make it 49-7 with 4:37 left in the period. He was replaced in the fourth by backup Liam Welch who added a 23-yard touchdown pass with 14:20 to play. The Lions only score came early in the second quarter on a 1-yard touchdown throw from Austin Brown to Craig Rucker. - AP Sports

11/24/15 - (WR) - Kelvin McKnight, So, 5-08, 185
2015 SOCON FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (MEDIA): Kelvin McKnight, WR, Samford...McKnight joins former Samford quarterback Justin Taliaferro (2008) as the only two Bulldogs to earn the league’s freshman of the year award. McKnight ranked third in the league in receptions per game (5.2 rpg) and was seventh in receiving yards per contest (56.0 ypg). In addition to his yards receiving, McKnight returned 15 punts for 189 yards on the season, including a 77-yard return for a touchdown in the season finale at Mercer. He added 13 rushes for 88 yards and a touchdown on the ground. - SoCon Football

11/24/15 - (WR) - Kelvin McKnight, So, 5-08, 185
2015 SOCON FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Kelvin McKnight, WR, Samford...Samford wide receiver McKnight becomes the Bulldogs’ second freshman of the year and first since quarterback Dustin Taliaferro took the honor in 2008, Samford’s first season in the league. McKnight is second on the squad this season with 57 receptions and third with 616 yards and has scored a pair of touchdowns, including a 66-yard strike in his career debut, against Central Arkansas in the season-opener. McKnight also took 13 carries for 88 yards, including a 37-yard scoring run against then-No. 10 Chattanooga. The rookie from Bradenton, Fla., was also the Bulldogs’ primary punt-returner this season, as he led the team with 189 yards on 15 tries and took a 77-yard return for a touchdown in Samford’s season finale against Mercer. McKnight is just the fourth wide receiver to ever earn freshman of the year honors from the coaches. - SoCon Football

11/14/15 - (RB) - Denzel Williams, rSr, 5-09, 215
Devlin Hodges had 439 total yards and three touchdowns and Samford scored 30 straight points in a 37-27 victory over Wofford on Saturday. Hodges had two touchdown passes in the second half. He connected with Kelvin McKnight for 11 yards in the third quarter and found Denzel Williams for a 6-yard score early in the fourth. Hodges was 28-of-38 passing for 345 yards and had 18 carries for 94 yards for Samford (5-5, 2-4 Southern). McKnight finished with 94 yards receiving, Karel Hamilton added 82 yards and a score and Emmanuel Obajimi had 82. Wofford (4-6, 2-4) had seven rushers combine for 486 yards. Lorenzo Long had 162 yards and one touchdown, and Evan Jacks added 115 yards and one score. The Terriers were 4-of-12-passing for 62 yards. - AP Sports

11/08/15 - (WR) - Gavin Sinclair, Sr, 5-10, 161
Devlin Hodges tied a career-high with three touchdown passes, including a pair to Emmanuel Obajimi, to help Samford cruise to a 43-0 win over Division II Clark Atlanta on Saturday. Hodges completed 24 of 34 passes for 307 yards, including first-half touchdown passes of 51 and 42 yards to Obajimi and a 24-yarder to Gavin Sinclair as Samford (4-4) took a 33-0 lead into the break. Anthony Pistelli, a transfer from Valdosta State where he led Division II with 23 field goals made in 2014, made a career-high five field goals - from 25, 28, 20, 40 and 42 yards out - the most in a single game in the FCS this season. The Bulldogs held Clark Atlanta to just 179 total yards. Hodges, a redshirt freshman, is averaging 316 yards passing with nine total touchdowns (eight passing, one rushing) over his past four games. - AP Sports

09/16/15 - (ILB) - Justin Cooper, rSr, 6-0, 229
SEPT 14 SOCON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Justin Cooper, Samford, Sr., LB, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,...Samford’s Justin Cooper finished with five tackles and an interception as Samford topped Florida A&M, 58-21, Saturday. Late in the second quarter, the junior stepped in front of a Carson Royal pass and returned it 13 yards for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 38-14 lead. Pierce anchored a Samford defense that gave up just 14 points and forced five turnovers by the Rattlers. Other Nominees: Mitchell Jeter (The Citadel), Stephen Houzah (Mercer), Tony Richardson (VMI), Daniel Riddle (Western Carolina) and Nick Ward (Wofford). - Southern Conference Football

09/16/15 - (QB) - Michael Eubank, rSr, 6-5, 246
SEPT 7 SOCON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Michael Eubank, Samford, Sr., QB, Corona, Calif.,...Samford quarterback Michael Eubank led the Bulldogs to a 45-16 win over Central Arkansas Thursday night. He passed for a career-high 372 yards in the win. The senior also set a new career high with four touchdown passes, completing TD strikes of 66, 55, 35 and 16 yards in the win. Three of Eubank’s touchdowns came in the first half as the Bulldogs carried a 28-13 lead into halftime. Other Nominees: Isiaha Smith (The Citadel), Reese Hannon (Furman), Alex Lakes (Mercer), Jacob Huesman (Chattanooga), Al Cobb (VMI), Troy Mitchell (Western Carolina) and Nick Colvin (Wofford). - Southern Conference Football

09/12/15 - (QB) - Michael Eubank, rSr, 6-5, 246
Samford's Michael Eubank threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns leading the Bulldogs past Florida A&M 58-21 on Saturday. The Rattlers (0-2) led 14-10 at the end of the first quarter when Gerald Hearns scored from a yard out. FAMU's Akil Blount earlier intercepted Eubank and ran 65 yards to score to put the Rattlers up 7-3. But Samford (2-0) broke the game open in the second. Eubank completed an eight-yard score to Tony Philpot for a 17-14 lead with 13:23 until half. K'rondis Larry ran 10 yards for a score seven minutes later to make it 24-14. Eubank carried the ball six yards to score for a 31-14 lead. Then Justin Cooper intercepted Carson Royal and scored from 13 yards out to make it 38-14. Anthony Pistelli made a 27-yard field goal to make it 41-14 at the half. Devin Bowers had 144 yards rushing for FAMU. - AP Sports

09/04/15 - (QB) - Michael Eubank, rSr, 6-5, 246
Michael Eubank threw for a career-high 372 yards and four touchdowns as Samford opened the season with a 45-16 win over Central Arkansas on Thursday night. Eubank, an Arizona State transfer, had completed 17 of 30 attempts for 344 yards after three quarters. Kelvin McKnight pulled in six passes for 157 yards and one touchdown. Denzel Williams rushed for 91 yards and another score. Central Arkansas took an early lead when Dominique Thomas scored on a 29-yard run midway in the first quarter. Eubank answered quickly when he hit Karel Hamilton on a 55-yard scoring strike to tie with 5:03 left in the first. Eubank passed to Vaquan Small for a 35-yard score early in the second. Williams broke free for a 49-yard ramble to score with 9:09 left in the half. The Bulldogs led 28-13 at the break. Taylor Reed threw for 312 yards for Central Arkansas. - AP Sports

05/05/15 - (SS) - Jaquiski Tartt, rSr, 6-1, 221
A closer look at the 49ers' 10 picks: Round 2/46 -- Jaquiski Tartt, S, 6-2, 221, Samford...If Armstead was selected to eventually replace Smith, then it's logical that Tartt could be the next man up when veteran safety Antoine Bethea is no longer around. Like Bethea, Tartt appears best suited to be a strong safety because of his strength in run support. The high-school teammate of last year's first-round pick, Jimmie Ward, seems refreshingly amicable to being a leader on special teams -- a high priority for the 49ers in recent years -- until his time comes to be a starter. - The Sports Xchange

11/15/14 - (RB) - Denzel Williams, rSr, 5-09, 215
Denzel Williams ran for a touchdown in the final seconds as Samford edged The Citadel 20-17 on Saturday. Williams ran for 88 yards on 19 carries. His 2-yard scoring run with 17 seconds remaining came with Samford trailing, 17-13. Michael Eubank threw for 228 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs (7-3, 5-2 Southern Conference). Eubank found Tony Philpot on a 31-yard scoring strike to give Samford a 7-0 lead that would take them into the break. The Citadel (4-7, 2-4) scored late in the third quarter on a short run by quarterback Aaron Miller, and Erik Goins kicked a 30-yard field goal early in the fourth to put them up 10-7. Samford's Krondis Larry scored on a 14-yard run with 8:39 left in the fourth and the Bulldogs led 13-10. Miller put The Citadel back up, 17-13, on a short TD run with 1:47 to play before Williams' winning score. - AP Sports

11/11/14 - (QB) - Michael Eubank, rSr, 6-5, 246
Michael Eubank threw two touchdowns and Denzel Williams ran for two more as Samford beat Western Carolina 34-20 on Saturday. Eubank finished with 15-of-24 passing for 232 yards for the Bulldogs (6-3, 4-2 Southern Conference). Williams ran for 156 yards on 27 carries. Two Eubank scoring passes - one to Jeremiaha Gates and one to Karel Hamilton - and two rushing touchdowns by Williams had Samford up 28-0 late in the second quarter. The Catamounts' Troy Mitchell ran it in from the 3 for the first Western Carolina score with 2:25 left in the first half. A pair of Reece Everett field goals in the second half put it out of reach for Western Carolina. Mitchell tightened the gap in the final minutes, taking the Catamounts (6-4, 4-2) 85 yards in 11 plays and scoring his second rushing touchdown. He also threw for 262 yards and another score. - AP Sports

11/03/14 - (QB) - Michael Eubank, rSr, 6-5, 246
Michael Eubank completed 10 of 12 passes for 166 yards and touchdowns on Samford's first two drives as the Bulldogs blanked Concordia-Selma 55-0 on Saturday. Carson Barnett took over before halftime and also tossed a pair of touchdowns, finishing 9-for-13 for 105 yards. Samford (5-3) rolled up 533 total yards to Concordia's 114, and finished eight of 11 drives with points on the board. The Bulldogs also missed a field goal and lost a fumble with about a minute to play. Eubank took just 1:26 on the first drive, covering 58 yards in four plays and finding Karel Hamilton from 24. The Bulldogs scored twice more after forcing Concordia punts, and led 21-0 before the Hornets notched a first down. Concordia (1-8) marched 73 yards to open the second half and Matthew Rowser appeared headed for paydirt on a 20-yard run when he was hit and fumbled at the 2. - AP Sports

10/28/14 - (QB) - Michael Eubank, rSr, 6-5, 246
Michael Eubank threw for a career high 314 yards, Karel Hamilton added a career high 206 yards receiving, and Samford pounded Furman 45-0 on Saturday. Eubank and Hamilton would connect once for a touchdown, a 62-yard strike early in the first. Denzel Williams finished with 101 yards on the ground with two touchdowns, and Jay Galloway returned a blocked punt 15 yards for a score less than 2 minutes into the game for the Bulldogs (4-3, 3-2 Southern Conference), who scored at least 10 points or more in three of the four quarters. P.J. Blazejowski had 133 yards passing for Furman (2-6, 1-2), finishing with two interceptions and no touchdowns. Blazejowski was also the Paladins leading rusher with 51 yards. Andrej Suttles added 49 yards receiving on seven receptions. - AP Sports

10/16/14 - (RB) - Krondis Larry, Jr, 5-06, 150
SEPT 22 SOCON FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Krondis Larry, Samford, Fr., RB, Miami, Fla.,...Krondis Larry turned in his first career 100-yard rushing performance on Saturday. Larry carried 10 times for 128 yards and a touchdown. He scored on a 68-yard run early in the third quarter and averaged 12.8 yards per carry. His touchdown run is Samford’s longest play from scrimmage this season. The Miami, Fla., native also caught a pass in the win. Other Nominees: Isiaha Smith (The Citadel), Alex Lakes (Mercer) and Cole Higbie (Wofford). - Southern Conference football

10/16/14 - (SS) - Josh Kimberlin, Sr, 6-0, 205
SEPT 22 SOCON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Josh Kimberlin, Samford, Jr., SS, Olive Branch, Miss.,...Junior Josh Kimberlin helped anchor a strong defensive performance in Samford’s win over VMI. Kimberlin picked off two passes in the game and returned them for 33 yards. The strong safety picked off his first pass with 10:43 to play in the opening quarter and raced 33 yards to the VMI 23-yard line. That set up Michael Eubank’s touchdown run to give the Bulldogs a 14-0 advantage. Later in the quarter Kimberlin picked off his second pass at the VMI 45-yard line. He was credited with an additional pass break-up in the win. Other Nominees: Justin Oxendine (The Citadel) and Kevin Thomas (Wofford). - Southern Conference football

10/16/14 - (RB) - Denzel Williams, rSr, 5-09, 215
SEPT 22 SOCON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Denzel Williams, Samford, So., RB, Columbiana, Ala.,...Samford sophomore running back Denzel Williams rushed 16 times for 178 yards and scored two touchdowns in Samford’s 63-21 win over VMI Saturday. Williams averaged over 11 yards per carry and hauled in one pass for seven yards before being pulled at halftime. The Columbiana, Ala., native made an immediate impact for the Bulldogs as he took his first handoff 61 yards for a score on Samford’s second offensive play from scrimmage. He added a 4-yard TD run later in the quarter. He also added a 42-yard scamper in the second quarter which set up the Bulldogs’ final score of the first half. Other Nominees: Aaron Miller (The Citadel), John Russ (Mercer), and Lorenzo Long (Wofford). - Southern Conference football

08/09/14 - (SS) - Jaquiski Tartt, rSr, 6-1, 221
2014 PRESEASON BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD WATCHLIST: Jaquiski Tartt, FS, Samford, Sr.,...Finished seventh in the 2012 Buck Buchanan Award voting, but was not a finalist in 2013...Has the speed and athletcism to make plays against the run or pass. Has excellent range and is physical at the point of contact...As a 2012 first-team All-American, Tartt totaled 94 tackles, grabbed five takeways (scoring on two long touchdowns) and tied for 11th place in the FCS in passes defended (14, 1.27 per game). - The Sports Network

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