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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, 213
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, 185
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, 213
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, 213
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, 213
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


10/16/16 - (QB) - Devlin Hodges, rJr, 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, rSr, 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, rJr, 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, rJr, 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, rJr, 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, rJr, 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, rJr, 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, rJr, 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, Jr, 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


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