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08/09/14 - (SS) - Jaquiski Tartt, rSr, 6-1, 218
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


01/27/14 - (QB) - Michael Eubank, rJr, 6-5, 240
Quarterback Michael Eubank has transferred from Arizona State University to Samford University, announced Samford head coach Pat Sullivan on Sunday. Eubank will start taking classes at Samford when the University begins its spring semester on Monday. He will participate in spring practice with the Bulldogs. "We are very happy to have Michael join our team," Samford head coach Pat Sullivan said. "He is an outstanding player and an outstanding young man. He will fit in well with our players and our program, and we are excited to have him." Eubank redshirted at Arizona State in 2011, and he participated with the Sun Devils during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He will enter Samford as a redshirt junior.

For his two seasons at Arizona State, Eubank accounted for 11 touchdowns (four passing, seven rushing). He completed 64.4 percent of his passes (38-of-59) for 400 yards for the Sun Devils. Eubank played in 20 games in his two seasons with ASU, including all 13 games in 2012. In addition to his passing numbers, he rushed 76 times for 243 yards and seven touchdowns. Eubank is a native of Corona, Calif., and he had a stellar prep career at Centennial High School. For his career, he completed 253-of-392 passes (64.5 percent) for 3,982 yards with 31 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,687 yards on 197 carries (8.6 avg.) with 24 touchdowns. - Samford football

01/03/14 - (SS) - Jaquiski Tartt, rSr, 6-1, 218
2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS FCS SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DB Jaquiski Tartt, Samford, Jr.,...Tartt ranked second in the Southern Conference in total passes defended (10). He ranked third on the team in tackles with 98, including a team-high 69 solo stops. Tartt was on the preseason watch list for the Buchanan Award. - Samford football


01/03/14 - (ILB) - Justin Shade, Sr, 5-09, 238
2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS FCS FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: LB Justin Shade, Samford, Sr.,...Shade, who was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Year by the media, led the SoCon and ranked 24th in the nation is sacks with a school-record 9.5. He also led the SoCon in tackles per game at 9.9 per contest, finishing with a team-high total of 129 for the season. Shade finished third in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive player in all of Division I-FCS football. He has also been named All-American by the Sports Network, Beyond Sports Network, College Sports Madness and the Associated Press. In 2013, Shade and the Bulldogs earned the first Southern Conference title in the history of the football program. The team also reached the NCAA Division I-FCS Playoffs for the first time since 1992. - Samford football


01/03/14 - (RB) - Fabian Truss, Sr, 5-09, 187
2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS FCS FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: All-purpose Fabian Truss, Samford, Sr.,...During the 2013 season, Truss led the SoCon and ranked third in the nation in all-purpose yards per game at 183.8 yards per contest. He ranked second nationally in kickoff return average at 32.1 yards per return. Despite missing the final two games of the season with an injury, Truss rushed for 877 yards and eight touchdowns. For his career, Truss holds the Samford record for all-purpose yards with 6,640 yards in his four seasons in a Samford uniform. Truss ranks third in school history in rushing with 3,088 career rushing yards. - Samford football


12/31/13 - (RB) - Fabian Truss, Sr, 5-09, 187
2013 AFCA FCS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: AP Fabian Truss, Sr., Samford,...During the 2013 season, Truss led the SoCon and ranked third in the nation in all-purpose yards per game at 183.8 yards per contest. He ranked second nationally in kickoff return average at 32.1 yards per return.

Despite missing the final two games of the season with an injury, Truss rushed for 877 yards and eight touchdowns. For his career, Truss holds the Samford record for all-purpose yards with 6,640 yards in his four seasons in a Samford uniform. Truss ranks third in school history in rushing with 3,088 career rushing yards. - Samford football

12/31/13 - (ILB) - Justin Shade, Sr, 5-09, 238
2013 WALTER CAMP FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM: LB Justin Shade, Samford, Sr., Birmingham, AL,...Shade, who was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Year by the media, led the SoCon and ranked 24th in the nation is sacks with a school-record 9.5. He also led the SoCon in tackles per game at 9.9 per contest, finishing with a team-high total of 129 for the season.

Shade finished third in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive player in all of Division I-FCS football. He has also been named All-American by the Sports Network, Beyond Sports Network, College Sports Madness and the Associated Press. In 2013, Shade and the Bulldogs earned the first Southern Conference title in the history of the football program. The team also reached the NCAA Division I-FCS Playoffs for the first time since 1992. - Samford football

12/13/13 - (QB) - Michael Eubank, rJr, 6-5, 240
Arizona State backup quarterback Michael Eubank plans to transfer to another school. Coach Todd Graham said after practice Friday that he will help Eubank in the search for a new team. The 6-foot-6, 246-pound quarterback was used mostly in short-yardage situations by the Sun Devils, including a notable failure on a goal-line sneak in the Pac-12 championship game against Stanford.

This season, Eubank completed four of five passes for 70 yards and ran 13 times for 20 yards and three touchdowns. He has two years of eligibility remaining and would have to sit out a season if he transfers to an FBS school. Eubank was a highly regarded high school recruit, rated eighth-best dual threat quarterback in the 2011 recruiting class. - AP Sports

11/24/13 - (QB) - Andy Summerlin, rSr, 6-4, 220
Andy Summerlin threw four TD passes, including the game-winner with seconds remaining and propelled Samford to a 33-32 victory over Elon on Saturday, assuring Samford a Southern Conference co-championship. The Bulldogs (8-4, 6-2) had all they could handle with an upset-minded Elon team that broke out to a first half lead (21-10) and still lead in the fourth quarter when Summerlin took control and drove the Bulldogs 75 yards in 12 plays for the go ahead TD.

Summerlin hit Chris Cephus on a fourth-and-goal 12-yard pass with just 7 seconds remaining. The 2-point conversion failed, but Elon (2-10, 1-7 Southern) had no time to mount a comeback. Summerlin threw for 442 yards (36-55) and two interceptions. The Bulldogs rushed for only 27 yards and fumbled once. Mike Quinn passed for 227 yards with two interceptions, while Kierre Brown opened the scoring for Elon with a 56 yard TD punt return. - AP Sports

11/16/13 - (QB) - Andy Summerlin, rSr, 6-4, 220
Andy Summerlin threw two touchdown passes and Warren Handrahan converted a 43-yard field goal in overtime as Samford took down Chattanooga 17-14 on Saturday night. Chattanooga (8-3, 6-2 Southern Conference) had claimed a share of the conference title but Samford (7-4, 5-2) spoiled the Mocs bid to win it outright on Saturday. The Bulldogs have one conference game remaining while Chattanooga concluded its conference schedule against Samford.

Summerlin found Chris Cephus for a 92-yard touchdown pass to put the Bulldogs up 14-0 in the third quarter. But Wes Dothard intercepted a pass by Summerlin in the fourth quarter, returning it 70 yards for a touchdown. Jacob Huesman connected with Faysal Shafaat on a 3-yard touchdown pass with 4:59 left to tie the game. In overtime, Samford opened with possession and took the lead on Handrahan's field goal. Chattanooga's 31-yard field goal attempt missed, hitting the left upright. - AP Sports

10/26/13 - (QB) - Andy Summerlin, rSr, 6-4, 220
Andy Summerlin shook off an early game interception that was returned for a score, and passed for 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Samford edged Wofford 34-27 in a meeting of Southern Conference unbeatens on Saturday. Summerlin was intercepted three times, first by Alvin Scioneaux, who returned it 33 yards for an early 7-0 Wofford lead. But Jeremiaha Gates and Summerlin each threw TD passes to Chris Cephus as Samford (6-2, 4-0 Southern) surged ahead 14-7 by the end of the opening period.

Wofford (5-3, 4-1) fell behind by as many as 11, but rallied into a 24-24 tie when Ty Gregory scooped up teammate Donovan Johnson's fumble at the 2 and punched it in. Samford scored twice more - a 38-yard field goal by Warren Handrahan and Summerlin's second TD pass, a 26-yarder to Jauan Davis. A 30-yard field goal by Kasey Redfern pulled Wofford within 34-27. - AP Sports

10/12/13 - (QB) - Andy Summerlin, rSr, 6-4, 220
Andy Summerlin threw for 265 yards and one touchdown to lead Samford to a 34-10 Southern Conference victory over Appalachian State Saturday. This was Samford's first win against the Mountaineers since 1970. The Bulldogs (5-2, 3-0 SOC) scored early when Michael Pierce Jr. rushed in from 1 yard out. Appalachian State (1-5, 1-2) narrowed the gap on a 38-yard field goal by Drew Stewart, also in the first quarter.

Samford then scored 20 unanswered points to jump out to a 27-3 lead early in the fourth quarter. Samford spread the scoring around as D'Morrise Bledsoe scored from 26 yards out, Summerlin threw a 7-yard strike to Kelvin Clay and Jeremiah Gates rushed in from the 1 in the fourth quarter for the final score. Warren Handraham added field goals of 30 and 27 yards. Appalachian State's Kameron Bryant threw for 156 yards, including a late 15-yard touchdown to Andrew Peacock. - AP Sports

10/09/13 - (QB) - Andy Summerlin, rSr, 6-4, 220
OCT 7 SOCON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Andy Summerlin, Samford, Sr., QB, Apopka, Fla.,...Samford quarterback Andy Summerlin was named the Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. The senior completed 23 of 42 passes for a career-high 495 yards and three touchdowns as Samford topped No. 16 Georgia Southern, 44-34. Summerlin’s 495 yards was the fifth-highest single-game total in league history. He completed touchdown passes of 74, 69 and 58 yards in the win.

Other Nominees: Marcus Cox (Appalachian State), Ben Dupree (The Citadel), Karl Bostick (Elon), Hank McCloud (Furman), Jerick McKinnon (Georgia Southern), Jacob Huesman (Chattanooga), Terryon Robinson (Western Carolina) and Will Gay (Wofford). - SoCon football

10/08/13 - (QB) - Andy Summerlin, rSr, 6-4, 220
WEEK 6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Andy Summerlin, Samford, threw for a school-record 495 yards and three TDs in a 44-34 win over Georgia Southern. - AP Sports


10/05/13 - (QB) - Andy Summerlin, rSr, 6-4, 220
Andy Summerlin threw for a school record 495 yards to go along with three touchdowns as Samford beats Georgia Southern in a 44-34 shootout. Samford overcame a 21-10 halftime deficit with a furious second half. Fabian Truss ran for two third quarter touchdowns to give the Bulldogs (4-2, 2-0 Southern) a 25-21 lead near the end of the third quarter.

Georgia Southern (3-2, 1-2) responded with a 27-yard rushing score by Jerick McKinnon, giving the Eagles a 27-25 lead. The Bulldogs weren't down for long as Summerlin found Karel Hamilton for a 69-yard touchdown. Summerlin then hit Kelsey Pope for a 58-yard score after a Georgia Southern punt. The Eagles came back with a 75-yard drive, capped by another McKinnon score. He finished with 181 yards. The comeback fell short as Samford was able to kill the clock, kicking a field goal with 12 seconds left to finish the scoring. - AP Sports

10/01/13 - (QB) - Andy Summerlin, rSr, 6-4, 220
SEPT 30 SOCON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Andy Summerlin, Samford, Sr., QB, Apopka, Fla.,...Senior quarterback Andy Summerlin completed 16 of 22 attempts for 327 yards and four touchdowns in Samford’s 62-23 win over Western Carolina. Summerlin’s four touchdown passes were a career high for the Apopka, Fla., native. He completed touchdown passes from 6, 52, 68 and 25 yards to three different receivers on Saturday.

Summerlin ranks 12th in FCS with 1,259 passing yards through five games. Other Nominees: Marcus Cox (Appalachian State), Darien Robinson (The Citadel), Kierre Brown (Elon), Gary Robinson (Furman), Jerick McKinnon (Georgia Southern), Jacob Huesman (Chattanooga) and Troy Mitchell (Western Carolina). - SoCon football

10/01/13 - (QB) - Andy Summerlin, rSr, 6-4, 220
WEEK 5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Andy Summerlin, Samford, threw for 327 yards and four TDs in a 62-23 win over Western Carolina. - AP Sports


09/28/13 - (QB) - Andy Summerlin, rSr, 6-4, 220
Andy Summerlin threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns as Samford coasted to a 62-23 win over Western Carolina in their Southern Conference opener Saturday. The Catamounts overcame an early 14-0 deficit with 10 straight points, but the Bulldogs (3-2, 1-0 Southern) rolled from there as Fabian Truss returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Summerlin completed a 52-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cephus late in the second quarter. Samford pulled away in the second half as Summerlin threw two more touchdown passes, including a 68-yards strike to Gavin Sinclair.

Truss rushed for 60 yards and a score. Cephus had three receptions for 86 yards and Sinclair added two catches for 74. Karel Hamilton caught two scores for the Bulldogs, finishing with 42 yards. Troy Mitchell went 15-of-33 for 202 yards. He also had 77 yards rushing and a touchdown for Western Carolina (1-4, 0-2 Southern). - AP Sports

09/17/13 - (SS) - Josh Kimberlin, Jr, 6-0, 195
SEPT 16 SOCON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Josh Kimberlin, Samford, So., DB, Olive Branch, Miss.,...Samford safety Josh Kimberlin tied a school record with three interceptions in Samford’s 27-20 win at Florida A&M on Saturday afternoon. He returned the three interceptions for a total of 67 yards. The sophomore’s first pick came late in the third quarter with the Bulldogs holding a 24-20 lead.

In the fourth quarter with Samford ahead 27-20, Kimberlin intercepted FAMU’s Damien Flemming on back-to-back possessions in Samford territory to seal the victory. The Olive Branch, Miss., native added three tackles in the win. Other Nominees: Derek Douglas (The Citadel), Kyle Oehlbeck (Georgia Southern), Kadeem Wise (Chattanooga), Andre Shishkin (Western Carolina) and Alvin Scioneaux (Wofford). - SoCon football

09/16/13 - (SS) - Josh Kimberlin, Jr, 6-0, 195
SEPT 16 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS FCS DEFENSIVE BACK PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Josh Kimberlin (Samford)...Kimberlin tied a school record with three interceptions in Samford's 27-20 win at Florida A&M Saturday afternoon. He returned the three interceptions for a total of 67 yards. Kimberlin's first pick came late in the third quarter with the Bulldogs holding a 24-20 lead. In the fourth quarter with Samford leading, 27-20, Kimberlin intercepted FAMU's Damien Flemming on back-to-back possessions in Samford territory to seal the victory. The Olive Branch, Miss., native added three tackles in the win.

Honorable Mention: Lucky Dozier (Northern Arizona), Andrew Brown (South Dakota State), Marcus Alford (Northern Arizona), Michael Jones (North Carolina Central), Tony Williams (North Carolina Central), John Wilson (Savannah State), Tim Burke (Bethune-Cookman), Daniel Fitzpatrick (Tennessee State), De’Ante Saunders (Tennessee State), Patrick Aiken (Florida A&M), DaQuan Minter (Saint Francis U), Brandon Bender (Jacksonville State), Clark Coe (Monmouth), Michael Jackson (Morehead State), J’vontez Blackmon (UT-Martin). - Samford football/College Football Performance Awards

09/16/13 - (QB) - Andy Summerlin, rSr, 6-4, 220
Andy Summerlin threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as Samford used a big first quarter to beat Florida A&M 27-20. Samford (2-1) jumped to an early 17-0 first quarter lead behind touchdown runs by Fabian Truss and Summerlin. A blocked punt by Cody Brooks set up the latter score.

Florida A&M (1-2) managed just 219 yards of total offense but two interception returns for touchdowns kept the Rattlers in the game. Patrick Aiken had a 93-yard return for a score in the second quarter for Florida A&M's first points. Devonte Johnson then scored on a 28-yard interception return in the third to cut Samford's lead to 24-20. But the Bulldogs tacked on a field goal and held on for the win, bouncing back from last week's 31-21 loss to Arkansas in which Samford lost a fourth-quarter lead. - AP Sports

09/10/13 - (ILB) - Justin Shade, Sr, 5-09, 238
SEPT 9 SOCON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Justin Shade, Samford, Sr., LB, Birmingham, Ala.,...Senior linebacker Justin Shade tied for the team high with 10 tackles as Samford fell at Arkansas on Saturday night. Shade was credited with four solo stops and two tackles for loss, which resulted in minus-11 yards. Shade added the team’s only sack against the Razorbacks and was responsible for two Arkansas turnovers as he forced two fumbles in the game.

Other Nominees: John Law (Appalachian State), Brandon McCladdie (The Citadel), Julius Moore (Elon), Kyle Oehlbeck (Georgia Southern), Derrick Lott (Chattanooga), Courtland Carson (Western Carolina) and Kevin Thomas (Wofford). - SoCon football

09/03/13 - (SS) - Jaquiski Tartt, rSr, 6-1, 218
SEPT 2 SOCON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jaquiski Tartt, Samford, Jr., FS, Mobile, Ala.,...With Samford trailing FBS Georgia State 14-7 in the third quarter Friday night, Jaquiski Tartt picked off a pass and raced 33 yards for a touchdown to even the score as the Bulldogs rallied for a 31-21 win. Tartt’s touchdown sparked Samford, as the Bulldogs scored 21 unanswered points in the win. The junior finished the game with five tackles and an additional pass break-up in the win. Other Nominees: John Law (Appalachian State), Carl Robinson (The Citadel), Kyle Oehlbeck (Georgia Southern), Ace Clark (Western Carolina) and Kevin Thomas (Wofford). - Southern Conference football


09/03/13 - (RB) - Fabian Truss, Sr, 5-09, 187
SEPT 2 SOCON SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Fabian Truss, Samford, Sr., KR/RB, Birmingham, Ala.,...Samford senior Fabian Truss opened the 2013 season in style as he took the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to stake the Bulldogs to a 7-0 lead en route to a 31-21 victory over Georgia State. Truss finished the game with three kickoff returns for 149 yards and added two punt returns for 53 yards, including a 46-yard effort. Other Nominees: Drew Stewart (Appalachian State), Eric Goins (The Citadel), Alex Hanks (Georgia Southern), Nick Pollard (Chattanooga), Clark Sechrest (Western Carolina) and Kasey Redfern (Wofford). - Southern Conference football


09/03/13 - (RB) - Fabian Truss, Sr, 5-09, 187
SEPT 2 SPORTS NETWORK NATIONAL FCS SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Fabian Truss, Samford, RB/RS, Sr., 5-9, 190, Birmingham, Ala.,...Truss jump-started the Bulldogs toward a 31-21 victory over transitioning FBS program Georgia State by returning the game's opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. The Sports Network Preseason FCS All-America kick returner brought back three kickoffs for 149 yards while adding two punt returns for 53 yards. He scored another touchdown on a carry in the first minute of the fourth quarter to put the Southern Conference team ahead for good. His 296 all-purpose yards ranked No. 1 in the FCS in Week 1. - The Sports Network


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