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12/22/17 - (OLB) - Ahmad Gooden, rJr, 6-0, 240
2017 WALTER CAMP FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM: DL Ahmad Gooden, Samford,...Samford junior defensive lineman Ahmad Gooden was named to the Walter Camp FCS All-America team, released by the Walter Camp Foundation Thursday. This is Gooden's fifth All-America honor since the season ended. He was previously named All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, the Associated Press, Phil Steele and STATS. Gooden was also named the Southern Conference's Defensive Player of the Year. For the season, he shared the team lead and tied for second in the Southern Conference in tackles for loss with 15.5. He ranked second on the team and tied for fifth in the SoCon in total tackles with 101. He also led the team and tied for fourth in the SoCon in total sacks at 5.5. In addition to his SoCon and All-America honors, Gooden finished seventh in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive player in all of FCS football. - Samford Football


12/22/17 - (WR) - Kelvin McKnight, Jr, 5-08, 188
2017 AFCA FCS COACHES' SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: WR Kelvin McKnight, 5-9 188, Jr., Samford, Chris Hatcher Bradenton, Fla. (Manatee),...McKnight, who was also previously named to the Phil Steele and STATS All-America teams, led the SoCon and ranked fifth nationally in receptions per game (7.8), and led the SoCon and ranked eighth nationally in receiving yards per game (107.2). He also ranked third in the SoCon in both all-purpose yards per game (114.3) and scoring (6.5 ppg.). McKnight led the SoCon and tied for eighth nationally with 12 touchdown receptions. - Samford Football


12/22/17 - (QB) - Devlin Hodges, rJr, 6-0, 205
2017 AFCA FCS COACHES' SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: QB Devlin Hodges, 6-1 205, Jr., Samford, Chris Hatcher Kimberly, Ala. (Mortimer-Jordan),...Hodges was named the Southern Conference's Offensive Player of the Year for a second-straight season. He passed for 3,983 yards and 31 touchdowns. He completed 65.7 percent of his passes (347-of-528) and averaged 331.9 passing yards per game. Hodges led the Southern Conference and ranked in the top 10 nationally in passing yards per game, total offense per game and total offensive plays. - Samford Football


12/21/17 - (OLB) - Ahmad Gooden, rJr, 6-0, 240
2017 AFCA FCS COACHES' FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DL Ahmad Gooden, 6-1 240, Jr., Samford, Chris Hatcher Talladega, Ala. (Talladega),...Gooden was also named the Southern Conference's Defensive Player of the Year. For the season, he shared the team lead and tied for second in the Southern Conference in tackles for loss with 15.5. He ranked second on the team and tied for fifth in the SoCon in total tackles with 101. He also led the team and tied for fourth in the SoCon in total sacks at 5.5. In addition to his SoCon and All-America honors, Gooden finished seventh in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive player in all of FCS football. Gooden and the Bulldogs posted a record of 8-4 overall and 6-2 in SoCon play this season. Samford reached the FCS Playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1992. - Samford Football


11/11/17 - (QB) - Devlin Hodges, rJr, 6-0, 205
Devlin Hodges threw for four touchdowns and Samford rolled over East Tennessee State 42-7 on Saturday afternoon. Hodges was 20-of-32 passing for 261 yards for the Bulldogs (7-3, 5-2 Southern Conference). Scoring throws went to Montrell Washington, Clarke Miller, Andrew Harris and Jai'Rus Creamer, who led with 85 yards receiving. Treyvon Paulk ran for a score. Hodges threw touchdown passes to Washington and Miller in the first quarter and followed in the second with a 75-yard strike to Creamer on first down for a 21-7 Samford lead with 11:55 to play in the half. Harris caught a 10-yard Hodges toss for another score and Christian Stark had a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown to stretch it to 35-7 with 5:43 to go before the break. Austin Herink threw for 139 yards and a score for the Buccaneers (4-6, 2-5) and was intercepted twice. - AP College Football


10/28/17 - (QB) - Devlin Hodges, rJr, 6-0, 205
Victor Ulmo delivered on a 39-yard field goal with 19 seconds left in the game to lift Chattanooga to a 23-21 Southern Conference upset victory over Samford Saturday. Devlin Hodges ran for a score and hit Chris Shelling on a 30-yard score in the fourth quarter to put the Bulldogs in front, 21-20. Samford (5-3, 3-2), coming off an upset win over Wofford last week, was plagued by turnovers. Hodges completed 33 of 54 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns, but he was picked off three times, with one interception returned for a touchdown. Chattanooga (2-7, 2-4) drove 56 yards in nine plays to set up the game-winning kick. Alex Trotter kept the drive alive, scampering 17 yards on fourth-and-one to give the Mocs a first down at the Samford 38. Cole Copeland was 14 of 27 for 144 yards and two scores, but threw two interceptions. - AP College Football


09/30/17 - (QB) - Devlin Hodges, rJr, 6-0, 205
Devlin Hodges threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score as Samford rolled to a 35-14 victory over The Citadel on Saturday. Hodges connected with Kelvin McKnight on a 57-yard pass on his first throw of the game, and capped the opening drive with an 8-yard scoring throw to McKnight. Hodges threw a 70-yard touchdown strike to Yassar El-Amin and a 63-yarder to TaDarryl Marshall as the Bulldogs built a 35-0 lead early in the second quarter. Hodges ran for a 1-yard touchdown and finished 21 of 26 for 323 yards passing. Moise Satine rushed for 73 yards on 12 carries including a 10-yard touchdown run. Jordan Black and Brandon Rainey ran for second-half touchdowns for The Citadel (3-1, 1-1 Southern Conference). Samford (3-2, 1-1) bounced back from a 38-34 loss to Western Carolina in last week's conference opener. Hodges threw for a program-record 516 yards and four touchdowns in the loss. - AP College Football


09/08/17 - (WR) - Kelvin McKnight, Jr, 5-08, 188
Devlin Hodges threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns, Kelvin McKnight had 136 yards receiving and two scores, and Samford held off Division II West Alabama 49-41 on Thursday night. Samford (2-0) had a 28-point lead midway through the third quarter, but West Alabama (1-1) scored 21 straight points to pull to 42-35 with 8:11 remaining. Samford's Darius Harvey intercepted Harry Satterwhite's hurried pass and returned it 23 yards for a score to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 49-35. West Alabama answered to make it 49-41 with 2:08 remaining and elected to kick it into the end zone. After six Samford plays, the Tigers got the ball back at their 6 with seven seconds left but Satterwhite's heave to Donta Armstrong didn't go past midfield as time expired. Armstrong scored on a 57-yard punt return in the first half and he had 54- and 62-yard touchdowns receptions in the third quarter. At the start of the fourth, Armstrong found Barnard McGhee on a wide-receiver pass for a 63-yard TD. Armstrong finished with 316 all-purpose yards and four scores, and Satterwhite threw for 401 yards for the Tigers. - AP College Football


09/01/17 - (QB) - Devlin Hodges, rJr, 6-0, 205
Devlin Hodges threw four touchdown passes and Samford rallied in the second half after a long delay for a 28-23 victory over Kennesaw State on Thursday night. The game was delayed nearly three hours when the stadium was cleared at halftime because of severe weather. Hodges finished 16-of-24 passing for 241 yards, throwing for three scores in the second half, two to Kelvin McKnight, to rally the Bulldogs. Samford scored on its first drive of the second half on Hodges' 28-yard pass to Andrew Harris, to take a 14-10 lead. Following a blocked punt, Hodges made it 21-10 with an 18-yard TD pass to McKnight. Jake McKenzie's 1-yard run cut Samford's lead to 21-17 in the fourth quarter. Hodges responded with a 58-yard scoring pass to McKnight before the Owls cut it to 28-23 on a 27-yard pass by running back McKenzie to TJ Reed with 4:48 remaining, though a conversion pass failed. The Owls got the ball back with 2:11 remaining but stalled at the Samford 43. - AP College Football


03/10/17 - (WR) - Karel Hamilton, Sr, 6-1, 199
A total of eight Samford players worked out for 36 scouts from NFL and CFL teams at the Bulldogs' annual Pro Day, held Thursday morning at Seibert Stadium. "This is a big day," Samford head coach Chris Hatcher said. "It's the culmination of a lot of hard work. Today, the scouts are able to gather some hard evidence and facts about each player, numbers-wise, but there is a lot of work that goes into getting drafted, other than today. Most of that is how you play during the season, that's your resume." Wide receivers Karel Hamilton and Emmanuel Obajimi, offensive linemen Royus Amos and Armando Bonheur, defensive linemen Ladarius Banks, Roosevelt Donaldson and Jared Holloway, and free safety Jamerson Blount performed in the bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 40-yard dash, pro agility, three-cone drill and 60-yard shuttle for the scouts on hand. Some of the players also went through position drills. Hamilton said he felt good about his performance in Thursday's session.

"I feel like I performed well," Hamilton said. "I've been training ever since the East-West Shrine Game, and I just came out here and gave it all I've got. I had a lot of people rooting for me, a lot of teammates and coaches, and that really motivated me to come out here and work hard to show out for small schools like Samford. Unofficially, Hamilton ran a 4.59 40-yard dash. He also jumped 34 inches in the vertical jump, and 9-feet, 7 inches in the broad jump. "I think I bring competitiveness and the ability to learn quickly and play at almost any receiver spot," Hamilton said. "That's what I've always worked hard to be. When I first got here, I was more of a 50-50 ball, deep-ball kind of guy, but I taught myself and I fought hard and worked hard to try to be an all-around guy. I think I can definitely bring that to an NFL team, and compete every day, day-in and day-out." - Samford Football

02/13/17 - (WR) - Karel Hamilton, Sr, 6-1, 199
2016 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Karel Hamilton, Sr., Samford,...For the season, Hamilton caught 111 passes for 1,389 yards and 14 touchdowns. Hamilton leads the nation in receptions per game (10.1), and he ranks second in the nation in receiving yards per game (126.3), and fourth in total receiving yards (1,389). Hamilton currently holds single-season Samford records for receptions (111) and receiving yards (1,389). He also holds school career records for receptions (279) and receiving yards (3,803), and he has tied the career record for touchdown receptions (31). - Samford Football


02/13/17 - (QB) - Devlin Hodges, rJr, 6-0, 205
2016 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB Devlin Hodges, R-So., Samford,...Hodges earned Offensive Player of the Year honors from both the SoCon coaches and media. He is the second Samford player to be named the media's Roy M. "Legs" Hawley Offensive Player of the Year, joining former quarterback Andy Summerlin, who earned the honor in 2013. Hodges is the first Samford player to earn the award from both the coaches and media. For the season, Hodges has completed 342-of-479 passes for 3,716 yards and 33 touchdowns. His completions, attempts and yards are all new school records, and his touchdown passes are just one short of the record set by Jimbo Fisher in 1987. His completion percentage of 71.4 is also the highest in school history. - Samford Football


02/13/17 - (CB) - Omari Williams, Sr, 6-0, 190
2016 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Omari Williams, Jr., Samford,...Joining Hodges on the coaches first team were wide receiver Karel Hamilton, linebacker Shaheed Salmon and defensive back Omari Williams. On the coaches second team were offensive lineman Armando Bonheur, wide receiver Kelvin McKnight, defensive linemen Roosevelt Donaldson and Ahmad Gooden, and safety Jamerson Blount. - Samford Football


02/13/17 - (ILB) - Shaheed Salmon, Sr, 6-1, 226
2016 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Shaheed Salmon, Jr., Samford,...Joining Hodges on the coaches first team were wide receiver Karel Hamilton, linebacker Shaheed Salmon and defensive back Omari Williams. On the coaches second team were offensive lineman Armando Bonheur, wide receiver Kelvin McKnight, defensive linemen Roosevelt Donaldson and Ahmad Gooden, and safety Jamerson Blount. - Samford Football


02/13/17 - (SS) - Jamerson Blount, Sr, 6-0, 196
2016 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Jamerson Blount, Sr., Samford,...Joining Hodges on the coaches first team were wide receiver Karel Hamilton, linebacker Shaheed Salmon and defensive back Omari Williams. On the coaches second team were offensive lineman Armando Bonheur, wide receiver Kelvin McKnight, defensive linemen Roosevelt Donaldson and Ahmad Gooden, and safety Jamerson Blount. - Samford Football


02/13/17 - (OLB) - Ahmad Gooden, rJr, 6-0, 240
2016 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Ahmad Gooden, R-So., Samford,...Gooden was one of the top defensive players for the Bulldogs this season. He finished the season with 70 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks. He also had one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 12 quarterback hurries during the season. - Samford Football


02/13/17 - (DE) - Roosevelt Donaldson, rSr, 6-1, 270
2016 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Roosevelt Donaldson, R-Sr., Samford,...Joining Hodges on the coaches first team were wide receiver Karel Hamilton, linebacker Shaheed Salmon and defensive back Omari Williams. On the coaches second team were offensive lineman Armando Bonheur, wide receiver Kelvin McKnight, defensive linemen Roosevelt Donaldson and Ahmad Gooden, and safety Jamerson Blount. - Samford Football


02/13/17 - (WR) - Kelvin McKnight, Jr, 5-08, 188
2016 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR Kelvin McKnight, So., Samford,...McKnight, a wide receiver and return specialist, caught 70 passes for 896 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He also returned 22 punts for an average of 8.7 yards, and he returned two kickoffs for an average of 24.0 yards. - Samford Football


02/13/17 - (OG) - Armando Bonheur, rSr, 6-2, 305
2016 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL Armando Bonheur, Sr., Samford,...Joining Hodges on the coaches first team were wide receiver Karel Hamilton, linebacker Shaheed Salmon and defensive back Omari Williams. On the coaches second team were offensive lineman Armando Bonheur, wide receiver Kelvin McKnight, defensive linemen Roosevelt Donaldson and Ahmad Gooden, and safety Jamerson Blount. - Samford Football


12/20/16 - (WR) - Karel Hamilton, Sr, 6-1, 199
2016 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FCS ALL-AMERICAN: WR Karel Hamilton, Samford,...For the season, Hamilton caught 111 passes for 1,389 yards and 14 touchdowns. Hamilton leads the nation in receptions per game (10.1), and he ranks second in the nation in receiving yards per game (126.3), and fourth in total receiving yards (1,389). This season, Samford finished with a record of 7-5 overall and 5-3 in Southern Conference play. The Bulldogs reached the NCAA Division I-FCS Playoffs for the first time since 2013. - Samford Football


12/19/16 - (WR) - Karel Hamilton, Sr, 6-1, 199
2016 AFCA NATIONAL FCS SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN (COACHES): WR Karel Hamilton, 6-1 202, Sr., Samford, Chris Hatcher, Valrico, Fla. (Strawberry Crest),...This marks the second All-America team Hamilton has been named to in the last week. He was named first team All-American by the Associated Press on Dec. 15. For the season, Hamilton caught 111 passes for 1,389 yards and 14 touchdowns. Hamilton leads the nation in receptions per game (10.1), and he ranks second in the nation in receiving yards per game (126.3), and fourth in total receiving yards (1,389). Hamilton currently holds single-season Samford records for receptions (111) and receiving yards (1,389). He also holds school career records for receptions (279) and receiving yards (3,803), and he has tied the career record for touchdown receptions (31). This season, Samford finished with a record of 7-5 overall and 5-3 in Southern Conference play. The Bulldogs reached the NCAA Division I-FCS Playoffs for the first time since 2013. - Samford Football


11/22/16 - (QB) - Devlin Hodges, rJr, 6-0, 205
2016 SOCON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Devlin Hodges, R-So., QB, Samford...Hodges earned Offensive Player of the Year honors from both the SoCon coaches and media. He is the second Samford player to be named the media's Roy M. "Legs" Hawley Offensive Player of the Year, joining former quarterback Andy Summerlin, who earned the honor in 2013. Hodges is the first Samford player to earn the award from both the coaches and media. For the season, Hodges has completed 342-of-479 passes for 3,716 yards and 33 touchdowns. His completions, attempts and yards are all new school records, and his touchdown passes are just one short of the record set by Jimbo Fisher in 1987. His completion percentage of 71.4 is also the highest in school history. - Samford Football


11/15/16 - (QB) - Devlin Hodges, rJr, 6-0, 205
NOV 14 SOCON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Devlin Hodges, Samford, So., QB, Kimberly, Ala.,...Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges completed 90 percent of his passes and threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs held off Mercer, 24-19. Hodges connected on 39-of-43 pass attempts in the win and threw scores of 45, 5 and 2 yards. The sophomore also caught two passes for 10 yards in the victory. It was the fourth 400-yard passing game for Hodges this season. He ranks third nationally in passing yards (3,594) and touchdown passes (33). Other Nominees: Dominique Allen (The Citadel), Jajuan Stinson (ETSU), Reese Hannon (Furman), John Russ (Mercer), Alejandro Bennifield (Chattanooga), Detrez Newsome (Western Carolina) and Lorenzo Long (Wofford). - Southern Conference Football


11/12/16 - (QB) - Devlin Hodges, rJr, 6-0, 205
Devlin Hodges threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns as Samford held on to beat Mercer 24-19 on Saturday. Samford (7-3, 5-2 Southern Conference) was ahead 21-0 in the first quarter but Mercer outscored the Bulldogs 19-3 in the final three quarters. The Bears closed to 21-19 when CJ Kleckley ran for a score early in the fourth quarter and Cole Fisher booted a 20-yard field goal with 7:02 left. Samford's Reece Everett kicked a 37-yard field goal with 3:36 remaining for the winning margin. Mercer responded with a drive to the Samford 25 but ran out of downs. Hodges has thrown for 3,594 yards in his career, leaving him just 46 yards shy of the school record set by Andy Summerlin in 2013. Emmanuel Obajimi grabbed 13 passes for 183 yards for Samford. Karel Hamilton caught 15 for 108 yards. John Russ had 183 yards passing and rushed for 185 for Mercer (5-5, 3-4). - AP Sports


10/24/16 - (WR) - Karel Hamilton, Sr, 6-1, 199
Karel Hamilton caught 16 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns and Samford pulled away from Western Carolina in the second half for a 30-17 win on Saturday night. Devlin Hodges completed 32 of his 49 passes for 375 yards and two scores, both to Hamilton, for the Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 Southern Conference), who finished with 590 yards of total offense. K'rondis Larry added 167 yards on the ground on 22 carries. Samford broke the game open in the 3rd quarter on two Hodges scoring plays. First Hodges found Hamilton on a 20-yard TD strike; he then followed it up with a 1-yard run with 1:46 left in the period which gave the Bulldogs 27-10 lead. The Catamounts Tyrie Adams hit Terryon Robinson from 9-yards out for a TD with 1:49 left in the 4th, but there was not enough time to rally. Adams threw for 122 yards for Western Carolina (1-6, 0-5). - AP Sports


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