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SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 SAMFORD VS. MERCER

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Head Coach Chris Hatcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Assistant Coaches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Football Support Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Returning Players. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Signees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 National Honors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Today’s Game. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Around the SoCon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Fall Sports Schedules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Football Feature. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Rosters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Depth Charts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Sports Feature. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Historic Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Seibert Stadium. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Sullivan-Cooney Family Field House. . . . . . . . . 46 Academic Enhancement Program. . . . . . . . . . . 48 Andrew Westmoreland, President. . . . . . . . . . 54 Martin Newton, Athletics Director. . . . . . . . . . 56 Athletics Administration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Coaches/Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 NCAA Compliance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Samford University. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Athletics Facilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Southern Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Bulldog Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Players in the NFL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Hall of Fame. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

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VAN WAGNER SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment (VWSE) and Samford University athletics announced a long-term partnership naming VWSE as the athletics department’s exclusive multimedia rights partner and sales agent for the department’s corporate sponsorship program in the summer of 2017. As part of the agreement, the VWSE Collegiate Services division oversees the locally based operation, Samford Sponsorships, which will work with university leadership to enhance the overall gameday experience, and create unique and meaningful opportunities for the program’s sponsors, business partners and a growing and dedicated Bulldogs fan base. The VWSE team, in collaboration with the Samford athletics department, handles management, sales and integration of corporate sponsorship on all levels within multimedia resources, including the Bulldogs’ digital assets, venue signage, marketing, promotional rights to athletics marks and hospitality. For more information please contact General Manager Leon Ryan at 205-726-4717. SOCIAL MEDIA Samford fans can keep up with the Bulldogs 24/7 through the following social media outlets: SamfordSports samford_sports samfordsportsnetwork samfordsports INTERNET The official website of Samford University athletics is samfordsports.com. A partnership of Samford athletics and SideArm Sports, the internet home of the Bulldogs, is full of the most up-to-date information on football and Samford’s 16 other varsity sports. With news stories, coaches’ and student-athletes’ biographies, plus team rosters, statistics, schedules, game notes,

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results and video, the most comprehensive coverage of the Bulldogs can always be found online at samfordsports.com. BROADCASTS For the fourth-straight season, Samford’s home games will be broadcast live on ESPN platforms. Four of the five home games during the 2018 season can be seen on ESPN+, while the home game versus Western Carolina will air on ESPN3. For the ESPN broadcasts, Curt Bloom will handle play-by-play duties, Chad Pilcher will serve as color analyst, and Macy Marin will be the sideline reporter. Both ESPN3 and ESPN+ can be accessed via the ESPN App across most internet-connected media devices or on ESPN.com. ESPN+ is the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment in conjunction with ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time. Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and multiple other sports from more than 15 conferences), exclusive Top Rank boxing, UFC (beginning in 2019), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby, cricket, new and exclusive documentary films and series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s awardwinning 30 for 30 films. Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time. It is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App, the leading sports app and the premier allin-one digital sports platform for fans, and is also be available through ESPN.com.


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BULLDOGS HEAD COACH

Chris Hatcher

Chris Hatcher was named Samford’s 36th head football coach on Dec. 11, 2014. Now entering his fourth season at Samford, Hatcher boasts a career record of 142-71 in 18 years as a college head coach, having previously coached at Murray State, Georgia Southern and Valdosta State. Hatcher has led the program to back-to-back NCAA Division I-FCS Playoff appearances for the first time in 25 years. The 2016 team finished 7-5 overall and 5-3 in Southern Conference play, and the 2017 team posted a record of 8-4 overall and 6-2 in SoCon play. The program has had sevenstraight winning seasons, the longest streak in program history. The team’s 2017 offense led the SoCon and ranked fifth in the nation in passing yards per game (33.4 ypg.), and quarterback Devlin Hodges was named the SoCon Offensive Player of the Year for a second straight season. Hodges also finished fourth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the top offensive player at the FCS level. Not to be outdone, the Bulldogs’ defense led the SoCon in scoring defense, surrendering 22.2 points per game. Defensive lineman Ahmad Gooden earned SoCon Defensive Player of the Year honors and was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive player in all of FCS football. In 2016, Hodges set school records for single-season completions (375), attempts (530), passing yards (4,088) and touchdown passes (36). As a unit, the Samford offense ranked third among all FCS schools in passing offense, averaging 349.4 passing yards per game. The offense also ranked sixth in the nation in red zone 4

offense (90.2%), 11th in team passing efficiency (155.24), 12th in scoring offense (35.1 ppg.) and 14th in total offense (446.2 ypg.). In his first season at Samford in 2015, Hatcher put his stamp on the Bulldog program. Samford finished the season third in the nation in passing offense (332.9 ypg.), seventh in the nation in total offense (479.7 ypg.) and seventh in fourth-down conversions (66.7%). Hatcher’s special teams also stood out, ranking fifth nationally in kickoff return average (24.34 ypr.). Hatcher led the Bulldogs to a 6-5 record, ending the season with a pair of impressive Southern Conference road wins at Wofford and Mercer. The 2015 team also produced a pair of All-Americans in cornerback James Bradberry and place-kicker Anthony Pistelli. Hatcher came to Samford after serving as the head coach at Murray State University from 2010 to 2014. In five seasons as the head coach of the Racers, Hatcher’s teams employed the highpowered “Hatch Attack” offense to top the Division I-FCS football charts. Hatcher is no stranger to the Southern Conference, as he served as the head coach at Georgia Southern from 2007 to 2009. Prior to his time at GSU, Hatcher molded Valdosta State into one of the most dominant teams in Division II. The winningest coach in the Blazers’ history, Hatcher was 76-12 at his alma mater. Hatcher led his 2004 team to the program’s first NCAA Division II National Title, and was named National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. The Macon, Ga., native spent one year as quarterbacks/tight ends coach at the University of Central Florida where he worked with future NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper. He then spent three years working with the quarterbacks at the University of Kentucky where he worked under


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samfordsports.com former VSU head coach Hal Mumme. During his time with the Wildcats, he coached the number 1 NFL draft pick, All-America quarterback Tim Couch. While at UK, Hatcher and the Wildcats played in the 1999 Outback Bowl, the program’s first New Year’s Day Bowl in 47 years, then followed that the following year with a berth in the ’99 Music City Bowl. It marked the first time the Wildcats had consecutive bowl appearances in 15 years. Hatcher carried his success on the playing field to help him develop into one of the nation’s winningest coaches. A two-time All-American quarterback at VSU (1993 and 1994), Hatcher threw for 11,363 yards and 121 touchdowns during his stellar career. During his senior year in 1994, he led the Blazers to their first postseason berth, advancing to the quarterfinals, and, when it was all said and done, set 29 VSU passing and total offense records. Among the national records he once set were a 68.5 career completion percentage and a streak of 20-straight completions in a game against New Haven. Hatcher held 14 Valdosta State, 13 Gulf South Conference and 17 Division II national records. He also started 41 consecutive games, posting a 29-10-2 record. Not only did Hatcher excel on the field, he was just as successful in the classroom. Twice he received the Gulf South Conference’s Commissioner’s Trophy which is awarded to the league’s Most Outstanding Student-Athlete. He finished his senior year by winning several national honors including: the NCAA Top Eight Award, the CoSIDA Academic All-America National Player of the Year and a postgraduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. At the time when Hatcher won the Harlon Hill Trophy, he won by the second-largest voting margin in the then-19-year history of the award. Hatcher was also voted to the GSC Football team of the 1990s. The honors continued to add up even after 6

his playing days. Hatcher was named to the Valdosta State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, in his first year of eligibility. He was also elected into the Macon Sports Hall of Fame the same year. In 2005, Hatcher was inducted into the Division II Hall of Fame. Hatcher was also inducted into the inaugural class of the GSC Hall of Fame in 2014. Hatcher graduated from Valdosta State in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. He and his wife, Lori, also a graduate of VSU, are the parents of a son, Ty, and daughter, Talley.


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Bill D’Ottavio

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Director of Football Strength and Conditioning

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James Carlson

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Offensive Coordinator

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ALL-AMERICANS AND NATIONAL HONORS All-Americans Austin Barnard 2017, Punter (3rd Team, AP, Phil Steele) Fred Bishop 1999, Linebacker Bobby Bowden 1952, Quarterback James Bradberry 2015, Cornerback (3rd Team, STATS) Wally Burnham 1963, Linebacker Norman Cooper 1936, Center Marcus Durgin 1991, Cornerback (2nd Team, Sports Network; 3rd Team, AP) 1992, Cornerback (3rd Team, AP) Surkano Edwards 1992, Running Back (HM, Sports Network) Cortland Finnegan 2002, Safety; 2003, Safety (3rd Team); 2005, Safety (AFCA) Jimbo Fisher 1987, Quarterback Sam Goldman 1940, End Ahmad Gooden 2017, Defensive Lineman (1st Team, AFCA, Phil Steele, Walter Camp; 2nd Team, AP, STATS) Karel Hamilton 2016, Wide Receiver (1st Team) Tim Hamrick 1987, Punter Efrem Hill 2003, Wide Receiver; 2004, Wide Receiver Harold Hill 1937, End Devlin Hodges 2016, Quarterback (3rd Team); 2017, Quarterback (2nd Team, AFCA) Scott Holmes 1994, Punter Harley Hopkins 1938, End Bobby Jackson 1962, Quarterback Anthony Jordan 1994, Running Back Jim Lovette 1966, Running Back Kelvin McKnight 2017, Wide Receiver (2nd Team, AFCA; 3rd Team, STATS; 4th Team, Phil Steele) Joe Milazzo 1960, Quarterback Anthony Pistelli 2015, Kicker (1st Team, AP, Walter Camp) David Primus 1989, Kick Returner Shaheed Salmon 2017, Linebacker (3rd Team, STATS; 4th Team, Phil Steele) Justin Shade 2013, Linebacker (1st Team) Bryce Smith 2010, Linebacker Bennie Story 1961, Defensive Tackle James Tarrant 1940, End (Honorable Mention); 1941, End (3rd Team) Jaquiski Tartt 2012, Safety (1st Team); 2013, Safety (2nd Team); 2014, Safety (1st Team) Fabian Truss 2012, Kick Returner (2nd Team); 2013, All-Purpose (1st Team) Mike Williams 2017 Offensive Lineman (Freshman All-American)

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Other National Honors 2007, NFF National Honor Society; 2007, FCS Academic All-Star 2011, Capital One Academic; All-District 2006, NFF National Honor Society; 2006, FCS Academic All-Star 2009, FCS Academic All-Star; 2009, ESPN The Magazine; Academic All-District 1991, CoSIDA Academic; All-American (2nd Team)


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TODAY’S GAME Samford at Seibert Stadium Samford has an all-time record of 164-77-4 in games played at Seibert Stadium. This season, Samford has five home games on its schedule, and the Bulldogs are currently 1-0 in those contests. Last season, Samford posted a record of 5-1 in home games. In the last seven-plus years, Samford has a combined record of 31-9 when playing in the friendly confines of Seibert Stadium. The Samford football team will open Southern Conference play by playing host to the Mercer Bears Saturday at 2 p.m. at Seibert Stadium. The game can be seen live on ESPN+. Samford enters the game with a record of 1-1 overall and 0-0 in SoCon play. The Bulldogs are coming off a hard-fought 36-26 loss at ACC power Florida State last week. Mercer is currently 1-1 overall and 0-0 in league games. The Bears earned a 45-3 win over Jacksonville Saturday in Macon, Ga. The Series The Samford Bulldogs and Mercer Bears are meeting for the 25th time, with Samford holding a 13-10-1 advantage in the series. The teams last met on Nov. 4, 2017, with Samford earning a 20-3 win at Macon, Ga. Since Mercer joined the SoCon in 2014, Samford is 4-0 against the Bears. Samford Against Southern Conference Teams Now in its 11th season as a member of the Southern Conference, Samford has a record of 43-35 in league games. Saturday’s game is Samford’s first SoCon game of the season. Last season, Samford went 6-2 in league play. Against the current members of the Southern Conference, Samford has an all-time record of 69-65-4. The Bulldogs are 13-10-1 all-time against Saturday’s opponent, Mercer. Samford’s overall record against each current SoCon member is: Chattanooga (10-30-3), The Citadel (5-6), ETSU (4-1), Furman (10-10), Mercer (13-10-1), VMI (5-0), Western Carolina (12-3) and Wofford (10-5).

The Last Time Against Mercer Samford and Mercer last met on Nov. 4, 2017, with the Bulldogs earning a 20-3 win in Macon, Ga. In the win, Devlin Hodges passed for 367 yards and two touchdowns. Chris Shelling caught nine passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns. Aaron Harris led the Samford defense with 13 tackles, including two solo stops. Jamond Glass had an interception for Samford as well. The Last Time Out Samford jumped out to an early lead, but a late comeback by Florida State handed the Bulldogs a 36-26 loss to the heavily favored Seminoles Saturday evening at Doak Campbell Stadium. Devlin Hodges threw for 475 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Kelvin McKnight caught 14 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Andrew Harris had five catches for 122 yards. Aaron Harris led the Samford defense with 13 tackles. Christian Stark had a forced fumble, while Jordan Montgomery had a fumble recovery. Statistical Comparison Points Scored* Total Offense* First Downs Rushing Yards* Passing Yards* Time of Possession* Third Down Percentage Points Allowed* Yards Allowed* Rushing Yards Allowed* Passing Yards Allowed* *per game

SAM 46.0 540.5 51 125.0 415.5 28:35 44% 22.5 351.5 112.0 239.5

MER 29.5 289.0 30 167.0 122.0 25.38 41% 34.5 482.0 260.5 221.5

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Around the SoCon SOCON OVERALL TEAM RECORD PCT HOME AWAY NEUTRAL RECORD PCT HOME AWAY NEUTRAL Wofford 2-0 1.000 2-0 0-0 0-0 2-0 1.000 2-0 0-0 0-0 Chattanooga 1-0 1.000 0-0 1-0 0-0 2-0 1.000 1-0 1-0 0-0 Western Carolina 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 1.000 1-0 0-0 0-0 ETSU 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 .500 1-0 0-1 0-0 Mercer 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 .500 1-0 0-1 0-0 Samford 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 .500 1-0 0-1 0-0 Furman 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 .000 0-0 0-2 0-0 VMI 0-1 .000 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-2 .000 0-0 0-2 0-0 The Citadel 0-2 .000 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-2 .000 0-1 0-1 0-0

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CHATTANOOGA (2-0, 1-0 SoCon) Last week: at The Citadel, W, 29-28 (OT) This week: at UT Martin

SAMFORD (1-1, 0-0 SoCon) Last week: L, 26-36, at Florida State This week: vs. Mercer

The CITADEL (0-2, 0-2 SoCon) Last week: vs. Chattanooga, L, 28-29 (OT) This week: vs. Charleston Southern

VMI (0-2, 0-1 SoCon) Last week: at Wofford, L, 14-59 This week: vs. ETSU

ETSU (1-1, 0-0 SoCon) Last week: at Tennessee, L, 3-59 This week: at VMI

WESTERN CAROLINA (1-0, 0-0 SoCon) Last week: Open This week: at Gardner-Webb

FURMAN (0-2, 0-0 SoCon) Last week: at Elon, L, 7-45 This week: vs. Colgate

WOFFORD (2-0, 2-0 SoCon) Last week: vs. VMI, W, 59-14 This week: at Wyoming

MERCER (1-1, 0-0 SoCon) Last week: vs. Jacksonville, W, 45-3 This week: at Samford

For the latest in standings, log on to soconsports.com


2018 FOOTBALL

SAMFORD FALL SPORTS FOOTBALL Aug. 30 (Thurs.) Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Nov. 3 Nov. 10 Nov. 17

Shorter at Florida State Mercer (Family Weekend)* at Chattanooga* at Kennesaw State Western Carolina* VMI* at Furman* Wofford (Homecoming)* at The Citadel* at ETSU*

W, 66-9 L, 26-36 2 p.m. 6 p.m. 5 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 12 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

Aug. 24 McNeese State% Aug. 24 Loyola% Aug. 25 Kennesaw State& Aug. 31 at Ole Miss% Aug. 31 vs. Little Rock% Sept. 1 vs. Ohio State% Sept. 1 vs. Southern Miss% Sept. 7 at Ohio# Sept. 7 vs. IUPUI# Sept. 8 vs. Virginia Tech# Sept. 11 at Alabama Sept. 14 vs. Air Force@ *Southern Conference game Sept. 15 vs. Maryland Eastern Shore@ All times are Central Sept. 15 at Denver@ Sept. 21 Furman* SOCCER Sept. 22 Wofford* Aug. 16 Auburn L, 0-4 Sept. 28 at ETSU* Aug. 19 at Baylor L, 1-6 Sept. 29 at UNCG* Aug. 24 at Alabama State W, 1-0 Oct. 5 Mercer* Aug. 26 at UAB L, 0-2 Oct. 6 The Citadel* Aug. 31 Rice Canceled Oct. 10 at Chattanooga* Sept. 3 Memphis L, 0-3 Oct. 12 at Western Carolina* Sept. 7 at Jacksonville State W, 2-1 (2OT) Oct. 19 at Furman* Sept. 9 at LSU L, 0-2 Oct. 20 at Wofford* Sept. 13 Kennesaw State 7 p.m. Oct. 26 UNCG* Sept. 15 at College of Charleston 6 p.m. Oct. 27 TSU* Sept. 21 The Citadel* 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at The Citadel* Sept. 23 Mercer* 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at Mercer* Sept. 28 at Furman* 6 p.m. Nov. 7 Chattanooga* Sept. 30 at Wofford* 6 p.m. Nov. 10 Western Carolina* Oct. 5 ETSU* 7 p.m. Nov. 16-18 SoCon Tournament! Oct. 7 Western Carolina* 6 p.m. *-Southern Conference Game Oct. 12 at Chattanooga* 6 p.m. %-Courtyard by Marriott Samford Invitational Oct. 19 at VMI* 3 p.m. &-Mississippi Invitational #-Ohio Invitational Oct. 21 at UNCG* 1 p.m. @-Denver Challenge Oct. 27 SoCon Tourn. First Round$ TBD !-SoCon Tournament (Greensboro, N.C.) Nov. 2 and 4 SoCon Tournament! TBD All times are Central *-Southern Conference Game $-SoCon Tournament First Round (Campus Sites) !-SoCon Tournament Semifinals and Finals (Macon, Ga.) All times are Central

W, 3-0 W, 3-1 L, 2-3 L, 0-3 L, 1-3 L, 0-3 L, 2-3 L, 2-3 W, 3-2 W, 3-0 7 p.m. 8 p.m. 4 p.m. 8 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. TBD

CROSS COUNTRY Aug. 31 Sept. 15 Sept. 29 Oct. 12 Oct 27 Nov. 9 Nov 17

Mississippi College Opener M-1st, W-2nd Commodore Classic JSU Foothills Invitational Blazer Classic (Montevallo, Ala.) SoCon Championship (Cullowee, N.C.) South Regional (Tallahassee, Fla.) NCAA Championships (Madison, Wisc.)

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Devlin Hodges: Football is a Family Affair by Joey Mullins, Samford Athletics Communication Football has always been a family affair for Samford senior quarterback Devlin Hodges. When he first started playing football at the age of five, Hodges’ father, Zane, served as his head coach for several years. “My dad was always the head coach of the park ball team growing up, and everyone knew my dad because he was the coach,” Hodges said. “It was always awesome how my dad was the coach, and he was definitely the person who had the biggest influence on me for football.” In addition to Hodges and his father, his younger brother, Duncan, played football as well. Duncan Hodges is a sophomore quarterback and the University of North Alabama. The younger Hodges brother started last season for Southern Conference member VMI, including in the Bulldogs’ 26-7 win over the Keydets. Though football is his favorite sport, Hodges started out playing another sport, prior to switching to football at the age of five. 28

“I actually played ice hockey before I started playing football,” Hodges said. “But football was something I really wanted to do, so I began when I was five years old. I remember the person I threw by first touchdown pass to when I was five and everything.” Like most players growing up, Hodges played several positions before eventually settling on the spot that suited him best. “I actually started out playing quarterback and defensive back,” Hodges said. “In park ball, I played defensive back, quarterback and running back; I just kind of did it all. Mainly I was the quarterback. In high school, I played quarterback; I punted and kicked, and also played some safety.” Growing up in Kimberly, Alabama, Hodges went on to star for the Mortimer Jordan High School team. He was a four-year starter, passing for 4,900 yards and 44 touchdowns in his final three seasons. In his senior year alone, he threw for 1,748 yards and 15 touchdowns. In 2013, Hodges was named MVP of the VTO/247Sports Prep 100. He earned Birmingham News All-Metro Honorable Mention status in 2012


2018 FOOTBALL and 2013. As a junior in 2012, Hodges was named the top quarterback at the Scout MVP Camp, and was named MVP of the VTO/Rivals.com Prep 100. He was also named to the NUC Alabama Top 45 and the Elite 11 Alumni. Once he got to high school, it did not take Hodges long to realize that playing football in college was a realistic possibility. “I realized that in the summer between my ninth and 10th grade year,” Hodges said. “I just remember going to a recruiting combine at D1 in Homewood, and this guy from Rivals, Chad Simmons, writing an article about me, about how good my hands were and about how he thought I’d have a chance to go play in college. From there on, that’s when I knew I’d possibly have a chance to play college football.” When he was deciding where to attend college and play college football, Hodges originally committed to Southern Mississippi. But he eventually switched to Samford, which is much closer to his hometown. “One of the reasons was being close to home,” Hodges said. “I’m a big family guy. Another reason was this was a place I felt like I could come in and play and play early. I was fortunate that it worked out like that. Also, this is a great school and a very nice campus. I didn’t know much about Samford until I started taking visits here. The coaches were good people and I felt like, at the time, it was the best fit for me.” Hodges came to Samford in the fall of 2014. He redshirted his first season under former head coach Pat Sullivan. Following his redshirt season, Sullivan stepped down and former Murray State head coach Chris Hatcher was hired to take over the program. During the first half of the 2015 season, Hodges served as a backup quarterback to then-starter Michael Eubank. With the team struggling, Hodges was named the starter for the seventh game of the season at Western Carolina. The Bulldogs fell to the Catamounts, 59-39, but Hodges passed for 399 yards and three touchdowns, and he rushed for another 94 yards and a score. “I was definitely excited,” Hodges said of his first start. “I probably had some butterflies at the time. That’s definitely the game I remember the most. I just remember that that specific game was one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever played in. And Western was really, really good that year, as they

are now, but I just remember the crowd and the atmosphere. On the first third down that we had on offense, I remember scrambling and breaking one for about 50 or 60 yards. And once that happened, I was like, this is awesome, let’s go out there and play.” That season, Hodges, in just five starts, threw for 2,230 yards and 12 touchdowns. Additionally, he rushed for 327 yards and two touchdowns. In his first full season as the team’s starter in 2016, Hodges passed for a school-record 4,088 yards and 36 touchdowns. He was named the Southern Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year, and he earned third-team All-America honors as well. He had another tremendous season in 2017. Hodges passed for 3,983 yards and 31 touchdowns, earning his second-straight SoCon Offensive Player of the Year honor. He, once again, was named third team All-American following his junior season. When asked about the awards, Hodges shares the praise with his teammates. “That’s honestly something I never thought of,” Hodges said of winning back-to-back Offensive Player of the Year awards. “The first year I won it, I was kind of blown away, and then to repeat, it just shows what kind of a group of guys we have. I know my name is on the award and all that, but I couldn’t do anything I do without the other guys on the team.” Entering his senior season, Hodges is on the watch list for the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the top offensive player in all of NCAA Division I-FCS football. He already owns 21 Samford records, and he has several Southern Conference and national FCS records that are possibly within reach this season. Hodges says, despite the individual honors, the team goals are what is really important to him. “I try to keep it off my mind, but obviously it still comes up, and it’s definitely something I want to achieve,” Hodges said. “I mean, who wouldn’t want to be the all-time passing leader in the FCS. Obviously, that’s not my number one goal. But, I feel like the team goals I have ahead of that, if we achieve those goals, I feel like that will take care of itself.” As we begin Southern Conference play Saturday afternoon against Mercer, Hodges and his fellow seniors are working hard to make sure their final season in Samford uniforms will be their best.

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SAMFORD NUMERICAL ROSTER NO 1 2 2 3 4 4 5 6 6 7 8 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 13 13 14 14 15 15 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 23 23 24 24 25 26 27 27 28 28/66 29 29 30 31 31 32 32 33 34 35 35 36 36 37 37 38 30

NAME Chris Shelling Darius Harvey Hunter Howell Kentre’vious Williams Grayson Edgemon C.J. Ackles Tyler Queen Kelvin McKnight Jonathan Moore Liam Welch Devlin Hodges Moise Satine Chase Volpi Koi Freeman Cooper Cross Andrew Harris Will Hudson Ty King Jordan Montgomery Daniel Leuze Torrence Pollard Adam Moon Jes Sutherland Ty Herring Robert Adams Devan Walker Mitchell Fineran Ty Hatcher Christian Matthew Jai’Rus Creamer Nick Barton Roland Adams Clay Buchweitz Joshua Carter Chandler Smith Nathan East Jeremiah Roberts William Bryant Drew Couto Aaron Atkinson Sean Hershey Christian Stark Tre’Shun Floyd Kendall Adams DeMarcus Ware Coutrell Plair Pete Dorsten Harrison Weltlich Kendall Watson Jake Burdeshaw Jamond Glass Jacob Carson LaVar Gardner Walter Brooks John Staton Aaron Harris Joseph Mera D’Marcus Crawford Conner Rohling Bryce Davis Tucker Queen William Roseman Dorien Gooch

POS WR DB QB WR QB DB ATH WR DB QB QB WR DB DB QB WR QB WR DB RB WR LB QB DB WR RB K QB DB WR DB RB LB DB WR LB RB DB RB LB WR DB LB DB RB DB TE/OL DB WR DB DB WR LB WR LB LB DL WR DB DB DB K LB

HT 5-8 5-11 6-3 6-1 6-3 6-2 6-1 5-8 5-11 6-2 6-1 5-9 5-11 6-1 6-3 6-1 5-10 5-11 6-1 5-8 5-7 6-0 6-2 6-2 6-3 5-9 5-10 5-6 6-3 6-3 5-10 5-10 6-0 6-1 5-9 6-2 5-7 6-1 5-8 6-0 5-10 6-2 5-11 6-0 5-9 5-11 6-4 6-0 5-8 5-11 5-10 6-2 6-0 5-9 6-1 6-0 6-0 5-8 5-10 5-10 5-10 6-0 6-0

WT 165 187 195 184 184 190 215 186 176 188 210 172 184 188 179 185 178 157 188 195 162 210 190 192 193 180 175 148 175 238 201 203 229 198 186 212 243 194 182 214 173 190 212 172 186 168 240 172 169 194 185 196 189 161 211 218 236 163 170 199 181 145 214

CL Jr. Sr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Sr. Sr. Fr. So. Sr. So. Fr. So. So. Sr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. So. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. So. Jr. Sr. So. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Fr. Sr. So. Fr. Fr. So. So. Fr. Fr. So. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Sr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr.

HOMETOWN/PREV. SCHOOL Lawrenceville, Ga./Army Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln HS Hoover, Ala./Spain Park HS Baconton, Ga./Mitchell County HS Madison, Ala./Madison Academy Mount Zion, Ga./Mount Zion HS Birmingham, Ala./Vestavia Hills HS Bradenton, Fla./Manatee HS Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian Augusta, Ga./Aquinas HS Kimberly, Ala./Mortimer-Jordan HS Avon Park, Fla./Avon Park HS Tampa, Fla./Robinson HS Leeds, Ala./Leeds HS Marietta, Ga./Lassiter HS Canton, Ga./Cherokee HS Marietta, Ga./Sprayberry HS Wrens, Ga./Jefferson County HS Anniston, Ala./Walter Welborn HS Santa Rosa Beach, Fla./S. Walton HS Ensley, Ala./Leeds HS Norcross, Ga./Wesleyan School College Park, Ga./Woodward Acad Fernandina, Fla./Fernandina Beach HS Montgomery, Ala./Trinity Presb. Helena, Ala./Birmingham Prep Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County HS Homewood, Ala./Bessemer Academy Columbus, Ga./Georgia Southern Rome, Ga./Rome HS Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood HS Florence, Ala./Florence HS Roswell, Ga./Fellowship Christian Birmingham, Ala./Ramsay HS Marietta, Ga./Walton HS McCalla, Ala./McAdory HS College Park, Ga./Banneker HS Leesburg, Ga./Lee County HS Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake HS Hazel Green, Ala./Hazel Green HS Cornelius, N.C./Hough HS Norcross, Ga./Wesleyan HS Auburn, Ala./Auburn HS Lilburn, Ga./Providence Christian Olive Branch, Miss./Olive Branch HS Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Acad Thompsons Station, Tenn./Independence Roswell, Ga./Blessed Trinity HS Chattanooga, Tenn./McCallie School Homewood, Ala./Homewood HS Atlanta, Ga./Grady HS Auburn, Ala./Lee-Scott Academy Decatur, Ala./Columbia HS Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta HS Atlanta, Ga./Lovett HS Norcross, Ga./Southern Mississippi Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS Eatonton, Ga./Putnam County HS Vestavia Hills, Ala./Vestavia Hills HS Albertville, Ala./Albertville HS Vestavia Hills, Ala./Vestavia Hills HS Tampa, Fla./Robinson HS Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic


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Peyton Ringer Antwione Sims Alfred Brown Sam Pettway Luke Hill Bradley Porcellato Trent Shedd Jalen Nash Tay Berry Tyler Crowder Slade Ziegler Alec Happel Jaleel Laguins Javier King Ryan Holcomb Mike Williams Adam Thomas Beau Myers Camren Wood Turner Miles Iba Diop Lewis Freeman Nick Nixon Jeremy Garth Gunnar Sadowey Sean Barden Jordan Weaver Austin Guyse Peter Renkoski Scotty Rogers Emmett Taliaferro Anthony Eads Gavin Orr Reid Hulgan Mason Mitchell Brendan Loftus George Grimwade Nate Lee Antwan Johnson Matthew Pittarelli Will Bazemore Justin Hayes Justin Foster Yassar El-Amin Titus Gardner Clarke Miller Montrell Washington Sam Fleming Tanner Alexander Kevin Marion Robert Burke Garrett Brasher Joshua Long Braeden Royal Champ Stewart Nelson Jordan Brett Granger Mike Kelly Horace Roberts Armond Lloyd Ahmad Gooden

WR RB DL S WR P LB DL DL LB LB LB LB LS LB OL LS OL LS LB DL LS OL DL P DL PK OL OL OL DL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL WR DL DL WR WR WR WR WR WR WR WR TE DL DL TE DL DL DL DL DL DL

5-5 5-10 6-3 5-11 5-11 6-0 6-0 6-2 6-1 5-10 5-11 6-1 6-2 5-6 6-0 6-6 6-0 6-2 5-8 6-2 6-3 6-0 6-6 5-9 6-3 6-2 6-2 6-3 6-1 6-1 6-1 6-2 6-2 6-4 6-1 6-7 6-6 6-4 6-6 6-6 6-1 6-1 6-3 5-10 5-7 6-1 5-9 6-0 5-10 6-2 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-0 6-4 6-1 6-3 6-0 6-2 6-3 6-2

145 218 262 190 185 170 221 244 283 222 197 227 220 184 187 300 215 272 164 212 277 230 275 249 185 269 195 254 262 280 239 271 276 260 265 322 307 318 290 245 207 277 267 163 156 199 184 195 164 233 209 232 236 273 230 252 234 227 316 287 245

Fr. Fr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. So. Fr. Jr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Fr. So. Fr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. Fr. Jr. Jr. Fr. Sr. So. So. So. Sr. So. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Sr. So. Sr.

Lithonia, Ga./The Lovett School Zephyrhills, Fla./ Navy Prep Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt County HS Mobile, Ala./UMS-Wright Franklin, Tenn./Franklin HS Melbourne, Australia Dora, Ala./Corner HS Huntersville, N.C./Army Flora, Miss./Madison Central HS Fayetterville, Ga./Whitewater HS Mandeville, La./Lakeshore HS Arlington, Texas/Lamar HS Watkinsville, Ga./Univ. of Georgia Homewood, Ala./Homewood HS Madison, Miss./Madison Central HS Bessemer, Ala./Bessemer Academy Cumming, Ga./South Forsyth HS Clarksville, Tenn./Independence HS Hoover, Ala./Hoover HS Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland Christian School Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery HS Dunwoody, Ga./Dunwoody HS Hendersonville, Tenn./Pope John Paul II HS Madison, Ala./James Clemens HS Elkhart, Ind./St. Joseph’s Roswell, Ga./King’s Ridge Christian HS Norcross, Ga./Wesleyan School Trinity, Ala./West Morgan HS Roswell, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic HS Tampa, Fla./Plant HS Kennesaw, Ga./Mount Paran HS Harpersville, Ala./Coosa Valley Acad. Southside, Ala./Southside HS Fort Payne, Ala./Fort Payne HS Roswell, Ga./Centennial HS Tallahassee, Fla./Univ. of Miami Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes HS Thomasville, Ala./Thomasville HS Marietta, Ga./Pope HS Forsyth, Ga./Mary Persons HS Smyrna, Ga./Campbell HS Anniston, Ala./The Donoho School Douglasville, Ga./Douglas County HS Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy Tampa, Fla./Plant HS Canton, Ga./Cherokee HS Suwanee, Ga./Lambert HS Buford, Ga./Burford HS Spanish Fort, Ala./Spanish Fort HS Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy Alpharetta, Ga./Mount Pisgah HS Columbus, Ga./Brookstone HS Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa County HS Birmingham, Ala./Briarwood Christian Starkville, Miss./Starkville HS Helena, Ala./Helena HS Montgomery, Ala./Montgomery Academy College Park, Ga./Banneker HS Birmingham, Ala./Oak Mountain HS Talladega, Ala./Talladega HS

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MERCER NUMERICAL ROSTER NO 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 50 51 32

NAME Kaelan Riley Rashad Haynes Stephen Houzah Edmond Graham Malique Fleming Jamar Hall Eric Jackson Marquise Irvin Sidney Otiwu Robert Riddle BJ Bohler Harrison Poole David Durden Bryce Lawrence Rob Lake LeMarkus Bailey Tony Jones II Harrison Frost Brett Burnett Kam Lott Kareem Rogers DQ Wilkerson Will Coneway Danijah Gammage Max Slott Michael Campbell Deondre Johnson Tee Mitchell Brandon Gurley Kermit Solomon Luke Ward Brandon Coney Michael Freeman Tyray Devezin Marcus Young Dylan Calhoun Darien Wiggins Cam Fannon Bradley Earnest Noah Carmon Isaiah Buehler Willie Fulks DJ Bullard Travonte’ Easley Andrew Pettit Trey Peppers Brandon Shelnutt Matt Shiel Logan Craighead Coby Germany

POS QB RB WR WR DB DB DB WR LB QB DB DB WR QB WR LB WR QB QB DB RB DB LB DB LB DB RB RB DB DB DB LB LB RB RB DB DB TE LB LB DL RB LB LB LB TE TE P LB DL

HT 6-3 5-10 5-9 5-9 5-11 6-1 5-8 6-3 5-11 6-3 5-7 5-11 6-2 6-3 5-11 5-11 6-0 6-1 6-2 5-8 5-9 6-0 5-11 6-1 6-1 5-11 5-7 5-10 5-9 6-2 6-1 5-10 6-1 5-8 5-7 5-11 5-8 6-1 6-1 6-1 6-3 5-10 6-2 6-1 6-2 6-1 6-3 5-11 6-1 6-0

WT 231 188 161 170 208 194 172 216 230 207 183 196 197 203 184 199 183 195 200 195 182 190 217 209 245 169 166 204 190 179 201 215 230 233 181 192 170 229 228 242 259 167 233 197 194 241 251 209 227 268

CL R-So. R-Fr. Sr. So. R-So. So. R-Jr. Sr. R-So. R-Fr. So. R-So. Fr. Fr. R-Fr. R-Sr. Fr. R-Fr. R-Fr. R-Sr. Fr. Fr. R-Jr. R-Fr. R-Fr. Fr. Fr. Sr. R-Sr. Fr. R-Fr. R-Sr. So. So. So. Sr. R-Fr. R-Jr. R-Sr. R-Fr. R-Sr. R-Fr. Fr. R-Sr. R-So. R-Jr. Fr. Gr. R-So. Fr.

HOMETOWN/PREV. SCHOOL Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun HS Memphis, Tenn./Memphis Central HS Augusta, Ga./Lakeside HS Buford, Ga./Mill Creek HS Nashville, Tenn./Hillsboro HS Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek HS Powder Springs, Ga./Hillgrove HS Huntsville, Ala./Madison County HS Buford, Ga./Mill Creek HS Lookout Mountain, Tenn./The McCallie School Ocoee, Fla./Ocoee HS St. Mary’s, Ga./Camden County HS Midville, Ga./Emanuel County Institute McDonough, Ga./Ola HS Ocala, Fla./Vanguard HS Marietta, Ga./Hillgrove HS Union City, Ga./Langston Hughes HS Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison HS Chapin, S.C./Airport HS Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast HS/Rutgers Stockbridge, Ga./Woodland HS LaGrange, Ga./Callaway HS Sandersville, Ga./Washington County HS Brunswick, Ga./Brunswick HS Cumming, Ga./South Forsyth HS Darien, Ga./McIntosh County Academy Reidsville, Ga./Tattnall County HS Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School/Air Force Prep Huntsville, Ala./Madison County HS Albany, Ga./Lee County HS Atmore, Ala./Northwest HS (Fla.) Dublin, Ga./Dublin HS Hogansville, Ga./Callaway HS Woodstock, Ga./Etowah HS Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian HS Waxahachie, Texas/Waxahachie HS/Utah/Arkansas Atlanta, Ga./Woodward Academy Atlanta, Ga./St. Pius X HS/Maryville College Atlanta, Ga./Lakeside HS/Miami (Ohio) Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic HS Apopka, Fla./Apopka HS Mableton, Ga./Whitefield Academy St. Petersburg, Fla./Largo HS Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy Lawrenceville, Ga./Mountain View HS Canton, Ga./Creekview HS Loganville, Ga./Archer HS Doncaster, Australia/St. Francis Xavier HS/Auburn Roswell, Ga./Blessed Trinity HS Grovetown, Ga./Evans HS


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Kashawn Baker Steven Nixon Thomas McBride Andrew Robinson Collin Foster Jack Raines Dorian Kithcart Bailey Clark Conner Krieger Caleb Etheridge David May Mason Lawing Cliff Snyder Austin Sanders Brian Forrestal Dawson Ellis Tyrese Cohen Isaiah Goolsby Ty McLemore Jake Flath Trey Iorillo Gavan George Eric Allen Tucker Cannon Ryan May Camiel Grant Brandon Mays DeMond Ellison JD Pirris Brady Tindall Sam Walker Chris Ellington Chase Westfall Behr Cooper Austin Wysor Caleb Dowden Brad Powell Xavier Perkins Barron King Destin Guillen Grant Goupil Cole Fisher DJ McDaniel

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SAMFORD DEPTH CHART OFFENSE QB 8 DEVLIN HODGES 7 Liam Welch XWR 6 KELVN MCKNIGHT 19 JaiRus Creamer HWR 84 CLARKE MILLER 88 Kevin Marion YWR 1 CHRIS SHELLING 82 Yassar El-Amin ZWR 11 ANDREW HARRIS 3 Kentre’vious Williams F 20 ROLAND ADAMS 9 Moise Satine LT 57 NICK NIXON 65 Austin Guyse LG 75 BRENDAN LOFTUS 76 George Grimwade C 77 NATE LEE 52 Beau Myers or 68 Scotty Rogers RG 50 MIKE WILLIAMS 79 Matthew Pittarelli RT 78 ANTWAN JOHNSON 72 Gavin Orr

(6-1, 210, Sr.) (6-2, 188, So.) (5-8, 186, Sr.) (6-3, 238, So.) (6-1, 199, Sr.) (6-2, 233, Sr.) (5-8. 165, Jr.) (5-10, 163, Jr.) (6-1, 185, Sr.) (6-1, 184, Fr.) (5-10, 203, Sr.) (5-9, 172, So.) (6-6, 275, Jr.) (6-3, 254, Fr.) (6-7, 322, Jr.) (6-6, 3-7, Jr.) (6-4, 318, Jr.) (6-2, 272, Fr.) (6-1, 280, Fr.) (6-6, 300, So.) (6-6, 245, Jr.) (6-6, 290, Sr.) (6-2, 276, Fr.)

DEFENSE STUD 99 AHMAD GOODEN 91 Joshua Long or 95 Brett Granger DT 81 JUSTIN FOSTER 98 Armond Lloyd NG 97 HORACE ROBERTS 40 Alfred Brown

(6-2, 245, Sr.) (6-2, 236, So.) (6-3, 234, So.) (6-3, 267, Jr.) (6-3, 287, So.) (6-2, 316, Sr.) (6-3, 262, Sr.)

SAMFORD COACHING STAFF Head Coach: Chris Hatcher Alma Mater, Year: Valdosta State, ‘94 Record at School: 21-14 (4th year) Career Record: 142-71 (19th year)

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SPECIAL TEAMS SN 5 TYLER QUEEN 56 Lewis Freeman H 10 COOPER CROSS 18 Ty Hatcher KO 17 MITCHELL FINERAN FG 17 MITCELL FINERAN or 64 JORDAN WEAVER P 42 BRADLEY PORCELLATO or 64 JORDAN WEAVER KR 9 MOISE SATINE and 3 KENTRE’VIOUS WILLIAMS PR 6 KELVIN MCKNIGHT or 11 ANDREW HARRIS

(6-2, 244, Jr.) (6-1, 252, Fr.) (6-2, 190, Sr.) (6-2, 212, Fr.) (6-0, 218, Sr.) (6-2, 220, So.) (6-0, 214, Jr.) (5-11, 212, So.) (5-11, 187, Sr.) (6-3, 175, Jr.) (6-1, 194, Jr.) (6-1, 188, Fr.) (6-1, 188, So.) (6-2, 192, So.) (5-10, 185, Jr.) (6-1, 198, So.) (6-1, 215, Sr.) (6-0, 230, Jr. (6-3, 179, So.) (5-6, 148, Fr.) (5-10, 175, Fr.) (5-10, 175, Fr.) (6-2, 195, So.) (6-0, 170, Fr.) (6-2, 195, So.) (5-9, 172, So.) (6-1, 184, Fr.) (5-8, 186, Sr.) (6-1, 185, Sr.)

Assistant Coaches Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator: Bill D’Ottavio Offensive Coordinator: Russ Callaway Offensive Line: Shawn Bostick Running Backs: C.J. Bennett Safeties: Darius Eubanks Defensive Line: Justin Hinds Secondary: Jamael Lett Linebackers: Ross Newton Wide Receivers: Derrick Sherman Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends: Ricky Turner Director of Strength and Conditioning: Ben Ashford


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MERCER DEPTH CHART OFFENSE LT 67 AUSTIN SANDERS 56 Collin Foster or 72 Tyrese Cohen LG 76 JAKE FLATH 77 Trey Iorillo C 63 DAVID MAY 60 Conner Krieger RG 55 ANDREW ROBINSON 70 Brian Forrestal RT 71 DAWSON ELLIS 79 Eric Allen or 61 Caleb Etheridge X 8 MARQUISE IRVIN 84 DeMond Ellison QB 1 KAELAN RILEY or 10 Robert Riddle TE 87 SAM WALKER 88 Chris Ellington or 89 Chase Westfall Z 13 DAVID DURDEN 3 Stephen Houzah RB 28 TEE MITCHELL 34 Tyray Devezin H 80 TUCKER CANNON 17 Tony Jones II

(6-3, 287, R-Jr.) (6-3, 260, Fr.) (6-2, 333, Fr.) (6-5, 297, Jr.) (6-3, 311, R-Fr.) (6-4, 305, R-Sr.) (6-1, 287, R-So.) (6-3, 319, So.) (6-3, 291, R-So.) (6-4, 255, R-Jr.) (6-5, 301, R-Fr.) (6-2, 291, Fr.) (6-3, 216, Sr.) (6-1, 213, Fr.) (6-3, 231, R-So.) (6-3, 207, R-Fr.) (6-4, 242, R-Sr.) (6-4, 247, Jr.) (6-3, 255, R-Jr.) (6-2, 197, Fr.) (5-9, 161, Sr.) (5-10, 204, Sr.) (5-8, 233, So.) (6-0, 192, R-So.) (6-0, 183, Fr.)

DEFENSE DE 41 ISAIAH BUEHLER 91 Austin Wysor NG 90 BEHR COOPER 99 DJ McDaniel DE 96 DESTIN GUILLEN 57 Jack Raines

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MERCER COACHING STAFF Head Coach: Bobby Lamb Alma Mater, Year: Furman, ‘87 Record at School: 33-26 (6th year) Career Record: 100-66 (15th year)

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SPECIAL TEAMS PK 98 COLE FISHER 97 Grant Goupil KO 98 COLE FISHER 97 Grant Goupil P 48 MATT SHIEL 97 Grant Goupil SN 53 STEVEN NIXON 64 Mason Lawing LSN 53 STEVEN NIXON 64 Mason Lawing H 18 HARRISON FROST 97 Grant Goupil KOR 13 DAVID DURDEN 3 Stephen Houzah PR 8 MARQUISE IRVIN 80 Tucker Cannon

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2018 Samford Volleyball Outlook The Samford volleyball team enters the 2018 season with an experienced team returning. The Bulldogs return all but one of the key players off of the program’s 2017 squad. “We talk about the wealth of knowledge you need on a team to pass down from one class to the next, and I think we have a strong foundation moving forward, for sure,” Samford head coach Keylor Chan said. The Bulldogs were picked to finish fourth in the Southern Conference’s preseason poll. Senior outside hitter Krista Boesing was named to the SoCon’s preseason All-Conference team. The team opened its season by going 2-1 in the Courtyard by Marriott Samford Invitational, held in the Pete Hanna Center. The Bulldogs were a young team in 2017 that improved as the season progressed. Chan said he hopes to see this team continue to improve from last season’s performance. “We graduated so many of the kids that handled the ball on the back row for us from the year before last,” Chan said. “Last year was kind 36

of a mixed bag with that, but I think with the experience coming back, with some kids coming back from injury and a freshman that handles the ball for us, I think that will be remedied. And, I think, when we get a chance and we handle the ball, we’re pretty good and we’ll need to be to have a chance this season.” The volleyball team will open its season this weekend, hosting the Courtyard by Marriott Samford Invitational at the Pete Hanna Center. Samford will take on McNeese State Friday at 12:30 p.m., Loyola Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Kennesaw State Saturday at 3 p.m. The pre-conference schedule also includes contests with Ole Miss, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Alabama. Chan said he hopes the preconference schedule will prepare his team for the always-tough Southern Conference slate. “I think the biggest thing is you just want to see where you are,” Chan said. “You don’t know where you are unless you’re starting to compete with some really good teams. We want to be tested. We want teams to pick on things. We


2018 FOOTBALL want to see the things we’re struggling with and the things we are erroring out on. Then we’ll want to get back in our gym and work on it. I think that’s what we’re hoping to do. Hopefully, we can see those things without taking a loss. But, at the end of the day, it’s about getting better and getting ready for conference, and I know that we’ll have a challenging nonconference schedule that will prepare us for the SoCon regular season.” A LOOK AT THE TEAM BY POSITION OUTSIDE HITTERS Senior Krista Boesing, and sophomore Kendal Strand return to the team as outside hitters. Last season, Boesing ranked second in the Southern Conference in kills with 501, averaging 4.11 per match. Strand tallied 118 kills last season. Joining that duo will be freshman Lauren Deaton, and sophomore Sinclaire Green, who could see time in the middle and on the outside. Chan said Boesing and Deaton will most likely get the starting nod on the left side. On the right side, Kelsi Hobbs and Elise Watford return as veterans to the position. Hobbs was second on the squad with 384 kills a season ago. Watford saw action in 15 matches, tallying 61 kills. “We expect a lot of production from that position, both in attacking and blocking-wise,” Chan said. “Overall, that’s six athletes we feel good about at those positions for us. We still need to get a little healthier, but if we can get some of those athletes back and cleared, it will really help us.”

in the middle. Green could also see time at the position as well this season. “Overall, we feel really good about the middles,” Chan said. “We have three middles that are competing for time, and again we are crosstraining Sinclaire to help the program in a lot of ways, and she is an athlete who could come in and really compete and win a spot too. So there are four middles that really could play this year.” SETTERS Samford returns two experienced setters to this year’s squad. Senior Taylor Anderton and sophomore Corinne Meglic both saw time at the position in 2017. Anderton ranked fifth in the SoCon with 1,135 assists last season. Meglic, who stepped into the position for the last month of last season, tallied 213 assists. “The setting piece is going to be really nice for us this year,” Chan said. “Either athlete could win the starting job, they’re both really good setters for us.” DEFENSIVE SPECIALISTS/LIBEROS Senior Alana Schouten returns as the starter at defensive specialist from last season. Grace Tiesman was the team’s starting libero a year ago. Tiesman led the team and ranked seventh in the SoCon with 469 digs last season. Schouten tallied 62 digs in 2017. Also competing for time will be junior Courtney Johnson and sophomore Gabbi Cerasoli. Johnson finished last season with 72 digs for the Bulldogs. “We feel that we have a good group of liberos and DS’s,” Chan said. “We need them to really help us pass the ball and defend the ball behind the block, and really initiate our offense.”

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Samford Plays a Big Part in History of Legion Field by Joey Mullins, Samford Athletics Communication Legion Field opened its gates nearly 91 years ago. Its long and storied history is well documented. Everyone knows about the Iron Bowls, SEC Championship games and bowl games that have been played in the facility. What a lot of people don’t know, however, is the part Samford played in the history of what was once referred to as the Football Capital of the South. On Nov. 19, 1927, Legion Field hosted its first football game. The contest featured rivals Samford (then Howard College) and BirminghamSouthern. Samford won that first matchup by a score of 9-0. Billy Bancroft, a member of the 2018 Samford Athletics Hall of Fame class, had a hand in all of the offense that day. He threw a touchdown pass and kicked a field goal in leading Coach Chester “Chet” Dillon’s team to victory. The game was played as a joint homecoming game for both teams. A crowd of 16,000 witnessed the historic meeting between the old rivals in the then 21,000-seat stadium. The 1927 season was a successful one for Samford in more ways than one. In addition to the win at Legion Field, the Bulldogs earned an impressive 52-0 win at Miami, and fought to a 9-9 tie with Auburn at Rickwood Field. That first Legion Field contest was just the beginning of Samford’s games in the facility. Over the years, Samford posted a record of 34-17-3 in the stadium. The following season, Samford played five games at Legion Field, going 2-2-1 in those contests. Samford and Birmingham-Southern played there every year from 1927 until BSC dropped football following the 1939 season. In those 13 games, all joint-homecoming contests, Samford held a 7-5-1 advantage over its crosstown rival. Samford played at least one game at Legion Field every year from 1927 through 1944, with the exception of 1942 when the school did not field a team. The team also played at Legion Field in 1950 and again in 1955. The 1955 game was an especially significant

Legion Field shortly after construction in 1927.

contest. Samford hosted the National University of Mexico on Oct. 22, 1955, with the Bulldogs falling, 41-13. The contest was a return game from the previous season when Samford traveled to Mexico City to take on the National University team, falling by a score of 13-6. The programs also met in 1963 in Mexico City, with Samford picking up a 26-14 victory. In all, Samford has played 25 different schools in games at Legion Field. Other than the 13 games against Birmingham-Southern, the opponents Samford played the most in the stadium were Spring Hill (3-1), Chattanooga (2-2) and Millsaps (2-1-1). The last time Samford played a game at Legion Field was in the 1990 season opener. The Bulldogs took on the Alabama State Hornets, with the game ending in a 24-24 tie in front of 10,500 fans. Prior to Seibert Stadium opening in 1958, Samford played its home games at a number of locations. The Bulldogs have hosted games at the old East Lake campus practice field, Legion Field, Rickwood Field, West End Park, the old Shades Valley High School, Woodlawn High School, Fairfield High School, Hewitt-Trussville High School, Tarrant High School and the Alabama State Fairgrounds. None of those, however, has the historic significance of playing that first game at Legion Field in 1927.

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SEIBERT STADIUM Seibert Stadium has been home to the Samford football team since 1958, one year after the campus was moved from East Lake to its present site. Over the years, the stadium has seen some memorable football, including the Bobby Bowden era (1959–62), a one-loss season in 1971 and the Terry Bowden era, which ended with a 14-game Bulldog winning streak in the stadium. The stadium is named for the late F. Page Seibert, a Daytona Beach, Florida, businessman who donated money for the completion of the stadium in 1961 with the addition of stands on the west side. Originally, the s­ tadium had the current gatehouse and ­seating on the east side. The first game was played Friday, Sept. 26, 1958, with Samford losing to Sewanee, 21-0. Bobby Bowden brought Samford (then known as Howard College) its first win at Seibert on Oct. 3, 1959, as the Bulldogs defeated the Tennessee Tech “B” team, 34-0. The first win against varsity competition came two weeks later when the Bulldogs defeated Millsaps, 26-0. Seibert Stadium has undergone numerous improvements during the past few years. Before the 2009 season, the Cooney Family Field House was opened in the south end zone of the stadium. The field house was renamed the Sullivan-Cooney Family Field House during the 2014 season.

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The facility includes locker rooms, training rooms, meeting rooms and coaches offices for Samford’s football program. A second-level terrace overlooks Seibert Stadium. A third level provides for future university expansion. In fall 2005, the original grass surface was replaced with an LSR Blade Synthetic Surface. The turf was replaced with a similar surface prior to the 2014 season. The four-level Bashinsky Press Tower was completed before the 1989 season. This GeorgianColonial structure contains complete facilities for print and electronic media on the third level, reserved seating for 51 guests on the second level and a concession stand and restroom facilities on the ground floor. A partially covered film deck is located atop the facility, and an elevator serves all levels. At the same time, more than 200 theatre-type reserved seats were added in front of the press tower, bringing the seating capacity to 6,700. Aluminum seating replaced the original wooden seats. A scoreboard featuring an electronic matrix message board was added before the 1994 season. The improvements have made Samford’s football facility one of the finest in the nation at the Division I-FCS level.


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BUILT: Gatehouse and East Stands, 1958; West Side Stands, 1961; Bashinsky Press Tower, 1989; Electronic Message Board, 1994; Video Board, 2005; SullivanCooney Family Field House, 2009.

LONGEST RUN FROM SCRIMMAGE: 81-yard run, Chris Evans, vs. Austin Peay, 2007

MOST YARDS RUSHING: 249, Surkano Edwards, vs. West Georgia, 1992

FIRST GAME: Friday, Sept. 26, 1958 (Sewanee defeated Samford, 21-0)

LONGEST PASS COMPLETION: 92-yard touchdown, Andy Summerlin to Chris Cephus vs. Chattanooga, 2013

MOST CARRIES: 35, Derek Staley, vs. Tennessee Tech, 1995

LONGEST SAMFORD PASS COMPLETION: 92-yard touchdown, Andy Summerlin to Chris Cephus vs. Chattanooga, 2013

MOST TOUCHDOWNS RUSHING: 4, Michael Eubank, vs. VMI, 2014; 4, Steve Hayden, vs. Morgan State, 1995; 4, Brady Jones, vs. Austin Peay, 1990; 4, Brady Jones, vs. East Tennessee State, 1989

FIRST WIN: Oct. 3, 1959 (Samford defeated Tennessee Tech “B” team, 34-0) FIRST VARSITY WIN: Oct. 16, 1959 (Samford defeated Millsaps, 26-0) SAMFORD OVERALL RECORD AT SEIBERT (243 GAMES): 162-77-4 (.675) SAMFORD DAY RECORD AT SEIBERT (171 GAMES): 107-60-4 (.637) SAMFORD NIGHT RECORD AT SEIBERT (72 GAMES): 55-17-0 (.764) MOST COMMON OPPONENTS AT SEIBERT: Chattanooga 15, Jacksonville State 11, UT Martin 10, Mississippi College 9, Tennessee Tech 9 MOST SAMFORD POINTS: 72 vs. Maryville (10), 1987 LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: 70 points (Samford 77, Mars Hill 7), 2016 MOST OPPONENT’S POINTS: 82, by Salem (Samford 9), 1984

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LONGEST PUNT: 73 yards, Ray Collins, vs. Southwestern, 1961 LONGEST FIELD GOAL: 52 yards, Ray Early of Furman, 2010 LONGEST SAMFORD FIELD GOAL: 4 8 yards, Mark Prevost, vs. Jacksonville State, 2007 LONGEST PUNT RETURN: 90-yard touchdown, Mick Edmonson of Jacksonville State, 1989 LONGEST SAMFORD PUNT RETURN: 76 yards, Anthony Jordan, vs. Alcorn State, 1994 LONGEST KICKOFF RETURN: 100-yard touchdown, Karel Hamilon vs. Chattanooga, 2015; 100-yard touchdown, Fabian Truss vs. Western Carolina, 2013 LONGEST INTERCEPTION RETURN: 100-yard touchdown, Ricky Fields, vs. Concord, 1990

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ACADEMIC ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has strongly enforced academic reform this decade as it pertains to student-athletes’ continuing eligibility and ultimate college graduation. Because of the tightening of new legislation, academic support services throughout the country have been highlighted to spearhead the additional success that is needed for student-athletes to earn a degree. The academic success for Samford University student-athletes begins with the Academic Enhancement Program (AEP). The AEP was developed in the early 1990s and is based on individual instruction with student-athletes who are integrated within a caring environment that is conducive to academic success. The AEP system is designed to provide Samford’s student-athletes with the necessary guidance, personal attention and academic skills– enhancement activities to help them have the most positive educational and personal experience possible. Student-athletes are integrated within a foundation of the university’s general education core curriculum that emphasizes basic skills for academic achievement. Tutors and academic mentors assist athletes in writing courses, foreign languages, math, science and business, to name a few. With tutorial sessions incorporating improved study techniques, the AEP puts student-athletes in position to succeed and become independent learners. The AEP environment includes a computer lab/classroom, private tutor rooms and quiet study space. In conjunction with the Career Development Center, the Writing Center, the Academic Success Center and all student support services, the AEP is a bridge from freshman orientation to graduation and professional life. The AEP strives to meet the needs, concerns and overall welfare of all student-athletes. Each May, the academic enhancement office honors studentathletes who have achieved a 3.0 GPA or better over the last two full terms. LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM The Department of Athletics offers a variety of support programs for student-athletes, including 48

some NCAA Student Affairs programming. This student development program exists to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience within the university setting. There are five focus areas that address student-athlete development. Commitment to Academic Excellence: To support the academic progress of student-athletes toward intellectual development and graduation Commitment to Athletic Excellence: To build philosophical foundations for the development of athletics programs that are broad-based, equitable and dedicated to the well-being of student-athletes Commitment to Personal Development: To support the development of a well-balanced lifestyle for student-athletes, encouraging emotional well-being, personal growth and decision-making skills Commitment to Career Development: To encourage student-athletes to develop and pursue career and life goals Commitment to Service: To engage studentathletes in service to their campus and surrounding community Throughout the year, student-athletes attend the programs in the five commitment areas that are most relevant and helpful to them at their current stage of development. This is done through workshops and seminars, campus partnerships and other programming throughout the year. Topics include financial management, time management, media relations, spiritual development, choosing a major and a career, résumé writing, and sportsmanship. Speakers include faculty members, coaches, administrators, business leaders and former student-athletes. All AEP programming is designed to enhance and support the academic and athletic endeavors of student-athletes. Student-athletes gain preparation for success in life, develop enhanced interpersonal skills, build positive self-esteem, develop leadership skills and make meaningful contributions to their communities.


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On May 23, 2003, Samford junior cornerback Charles Williams died in a car accident. In only two seasons on the team, Williams emerged as a starter in the secondary in 2002. In addition to his success on the field, Williams also maintained one of the highest grade point averages on the team. For the 2003 and 2004 seasons (what would have been Williams’ junior and senior seasons) no one wore jersey No. 5, the number that Williams wore. Every year since then, a senior has been selected to wear the No. 5, the Charles Williams Memorial Jersey.

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Brinson Porter 2014

Carson Barnett 2015

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Andrew Westmoreland President

Andrew Westmoreland became Samford University’s 18th president on June 1, 2006. As Samford’s president, Westmoreland has led the university to embrace a vision to enrich and expand its service to students, and further inspire their desire to meet the needs of the world. To advance this vision, the university is committed to a challenging strategic plan with three priorities: to provide an enriched and more vibrant university experience; to engage the global community in learning, faith and service; and to inspire imagination. Forever Samford is a six-year, $300 million capital campaign that was launched publicly in fall 2016. It is the largest undertaking of its kind in Samford University’s 177-year history. Funding from the campaign will help to ensure that Samford continues to prepare and send dedicated, thoughtful and ethical people out into the world. Prior to assuming the Samford presidency, Westmoreland was president of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Before his selection as Ouachita’s president in 1998, he had served on the administrative staff for more than 19 years in various capacities. Westmoreland holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science and a doctorate in higher education administration. A native of Arkansas, he is married to Dr. Jeanna ­Westmoreland. They have one daughter, Riley, who is a graduate of Samford and of Vanderbilt University. His career in higher education spans almost 40 years, including two college presidencies. In addition to his duties as Samford president, Westmoreland teaches courses in political science on a regular basis. He serves as a member of many boards for charities and other entities, and he is an author and speaker. He is the past chair of the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, which oversees accreditation for more than 800 colleges and universities from Virginia to Texas. He also served as president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities. The Westmorelands enjoy entertaining and annually host more than 9,000 students, employees, alumni, donors and other friends of the university in the president’s home, in addition to the thousands whom they greet and host at on-campus events.

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DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS Martin Newton Martin Newton was introduced as Samford’s director of athletics on March 9, 2011. In his time at the helm of the athletics department, Newton has made a major impact. In the spring of 2017, a goal of Newton’s since being hired was realized when the inaugural class of the Samford Athletics Hall of Fame was inducted. The first-class facility is housed on the third floor of the Pete Hanna Center, and includes inductee plaques and displays, along with a display of important moments in Samford Athletics history and another honoring all of the school’s conference and NCAA champions. On the fields and courts, Samford’s teams have won 30 Southern Conference overall and divisional titles since Newton took over as director of athletics. The Bulldogs have won league or division titles in women’s tennis (2015 regular season and tournament), soccer (2011 regular season and tournament, 2014 regular season, 2015 regular season, 2016 regular season and tournament and 2017 regular season), softball (2016 tournament and regular season), volleyball (2011, 2014 and 2016 tournament, 2011 and 2012 North Division), men’s outdoor track and field (2014, 2015), women’s outdoor track and field (2014, 2017), women’s indoor track and field (2016, 2017, 2018), men’s tennis (2011, 2013 tournament, 2012 regular season), baseball (2012 and 2018 tournament), football (2013) and women’s basketball (2012 tournament). Additionally, in the most recent Southern Conference All-Sports standings, Samford finished second in both the Commissioner’s Cup (top men’s program) and Germann Cup (top women’s program) standings, making Samford the top overall program in the league. In 2014-15, Samford won the Germann Cup and finished just a tenth of a point away from winning the Commissioner’s Cup. Academically, the school’s student-athletes have also posted outstanding results in the classroom, with a total of 1,142 Samford student-athletes 56

being named to the SoCon Honor Roll over the last seven years. Samford’s student-athletes posted an impressive 97 percent in the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report, released last November. Also in Newton’s tenure, the athletics department has seen a significant increase in corporate sponsorship and annual giving revenue. Since Newton’s arrival in 2011 both sources of revenue have more than doubled. Additionally, a new softball stadium and baseball/softball indoor hitting facility was completed in the spring of 2013. The athletics department also redesigned its website, and Samford’s radio network was reorganized. Newton has also negotiated a school-wide footwear and apparel deal with Nike, which went into effect in the summer of 2013. Also, the athletics department led the way in consolidating a universitywide lincensing agreement with the Licensing Resource Group. Newton has been recognized nationally for his work. He was named to the NCAA Leadership Cabinet for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. A 1983 Samford graduate, Newton returned to his alma mater after ­spending two years as director of b­ asketball operations at the University of Kentucky. Newton graduated with a business degree. He was a four-year letterwinner in men’s basketball and was All-­Conference honorable mention in 1980. Following graduation, he worked in sports marketing for Converse for 13 years. Newton then spent 13 years in a similar capacity at Nike. Newton was hired at Kentucky in 2009, where he managed an $11 million budget, along with fund-raising, compliance, scheduling, marketing and academic support for the men’s basketball program. Newton is a member of the board for the Birmingham Bowl, and he is a member of the Birmingham Quarterback Club, Birmingham Tip-Off Club and Birmingham Kiwanis Club. He is also an active member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Newton and his wife, Cindy, have three grown children, Katie, Madison and Charles. They also have two grandsons, Charlie and Sawyer.


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B.J. Millican

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Director of Academic Services

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ASK BEFORE YOU ACT Compliance with NCAA rules is of utmost importance to Samford University. As a member of the NCAA, Samford is responsible for the actions of its coaches, student-athletes, employees, alumni, donors, boosters and friends. As such, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these important items concerning NCAA rules and always remember to ASK BEFORE YOU ACT: 205-726-4244 | compliance@samford.edu Twitter: @Samford_Rules FIVE IMPORTANT RULES 1. Only coaches and athletics department staff members are permitted to be involved in the recruiting process. Alumni, friends and “other representatives of athletic interest” who are not employed by the university are not permitted to contact a prospect (or members of the prospect’s family) by letter, telephone or in person (on or off campus) for the purpose of soliciting participation in the athletics program. Samford faculty members are permitted to have contact with prospects on campus only. 2. A prospect remains a prospect even after he or she signs a Letter of Intent or financial aid agreement to attend the university. The prospect does not lose prospect status until the start of classes at Samford or the beginning of official team practice prior to the start of classes. 3. The prohibition of contact with a prospect is intended to relate to unavoidable incidental contacts with a prospect by representatives of a member institution’s athletics interest. It is understood that such a contact is not prearranged by the athletics representative or an athletics department staff member; is not made for the purpose of recruitment of the prospect; and involves only normal civility. For example, if you meet a high school student or junior college student-athlete, you can talk with him or her about anything except Samford athletics. If you are attending a public function and find yourself talking to the parents of a prospect, you can talk about anything that doesn’t relate to the athletics department. 4. If a student-athlete accepts any benefits or special consideration based on his or her status as an athlete or because of athletic skill, the student-athlete will lose all eligibility for intercollegiate athletic participation. Do not do anything for prospective or enrolled studentathletes without specific authorization from the Samford Athletics Compliance Office. 5. Representatives of athletics interest (boosters) are reminded that NCAA rules regarding enrolled studentathletes remain in effect throughout the entire year, including summer breaks. When student-athletes complete their final season of eligibility, they must abide by NCAA rules until the end of that academic year and/ or until they are no longer receiving athletics financial aid

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FAQ Who is a “prospective student-athlete?” A “prospective student-athlete,” also known as a recruit or prospect, is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade, seventh for men’s basketball and softball. In addition, any younger student who receives any benefits from the institution not available to prospective students generally would be considered a prospective student-athlete. Who is a “representative of athletic interest” or booster? A representative or booster is an individual or business that is or has ever done any of the following: • been a contributor to the Samford Bulldog Club or has purchased tickets to a Samford athletics event • been an employee of Samford University or is the spouse of an employee • has ever made a donation of any kind to the Samford athletics department • helped to arrange or to provide employment for enrolled student-athletes or for prospects who have signed a National Letter of Intent • assisted or have been requested (by the athletics department) to assist in the recruitment of students to participate in any of Samford’s athletics programs • assisted in providing any benefit to Samford enrolled student-athletes or their families • been involved in promoting Samford athletics programs

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SAMFORD UNIVERSITY pharmacy and public health. The faculty-toSamford University is a premier nationally student ratio is 1:13, and no classes are taught by ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the teaching assistants. Among Samford’s 50,600 alumni are more than 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the 60 members of the U.S. Congress, eight state United States. It enrolls 5,509 students from 45 governors, two U.S. Supreme Court justices, one states and 30 countries. Secretary of State, four Rhodes Scholars, multiple In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Samford #3 in the South, #5 in the South for most Emmy and Grammy award-winning artists, two innovative and #1 in the South for best colleges for national champion­ship football coaches, and recipients of the Pulitzer and Nobel Peace prizes. veterans among regional universities. Kiplinger’s The university fields 17 varsity sports—eight Personal Finance ranked Samford #50 in its 2018 men’s and nine women’s—that participate at the ranking of the best value private universities. NCAA Division I level in the Southern Conference. Samford is ranked #87 nationally and #1 in Samford’s athletics teams are ranked #1 in Alabama by The Economist and is the top-ranked Alabama and the Southern Conference for university in Alabama in a national ranking conducted by The Wall Street Journal. Graduation Success Rate by the NCAA with an Samford offers numerous undergraduate and average score of 97%. graduate/professional degrees through 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing,

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SAMFORD DISTINCTIONS • Samford is ranked #3 in the South, #5 in the South for most innovative and #1 in the South for best colleges for veterans among regional universities by U.S. News & World Report (2018). • Samford is ranked #87 nationally and #1 in Alabama by The Economist. • Cumberland School of Law is ranked #10 nationally for trial advocacy by U.S. News & World Report (2018). • Ida Moffett School of Nursing‘s graduate programs are ranked among the top in the country. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is ranked #58 nationally for graduate programs, and master’s degree programs are ranked #78 by U.S. News & World Report (2019). • The Brock School of Business online M.B.A. program is ranked #68 nationally by U.S. News & World Report (2018). • 97% of undergraduate alumni are employed, attending graduate school or in a postgraduation internship within six months of graduation (2017). • Samford is ranked #50 private university in the U.S. for value and affordability by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (2018). • Samford is recognized as a best value–top college by Educate to Career for the employability of graduates.

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ATHLETIC FACILITIES The Samford University athletics program has risen to regional and national recognition through its commitment to athletic and academic excellence. Samford student-athletes have achieved much on the playing fields and in the classroom. Paralleling the competitive success of the program, Samford’s athletics facilities also continue to develop. The newest addition to Samford’s athletics facilities is the Samford Softball Field, which opened in the spring of 2013. Also, the new J. T. Haywood Field House, which houses an indoor hitting facility, as well as locker rooms and meeting rooms for both baseball and softball, was officially opened in the fall of 2013. The new Samford Soccer and Track Stadium opened in the spring of 2011. The 1,200-seat facility opened by hosting the 2011 Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field ­Championships. The facility includes locker rooms, a ticket office, a high-tech press box, a nine-lane track and a regulation soccer field. The Cooney Family Field House for football opened in August 2009. It includes coaches’ offices, meeting rooms, a locker room, weight room, training room, equipment room and players’ lounge. The facility was renamed the Sullivan-Cooney Family Field House in the fall of 2014 to honor former Head Coach Pat Sullivan and his family. The convocation/arena/fitness complex, Pete Hanna Center, was completed in fall 2007. The center provides outstanding playing facilities for volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball in a 5,000-seat center, a fitness/wellness complex for the entire student body, and state-of-the-art training facilities for Samford’s varsity sports. Also included in the facility are offices, meeting space and support ­facilities for coaches and athletics ­administration. The facility is adjacent to Bashinsky Field House and can be 70

expanded up to 6,000 seats for commencement and other major ­nonathletics events. The Pat M. Courington Tennis Pavilion was completed in 2006 with three indoor courts, a support facility for locker rooms, offices and restrooms. Samford’s Tennis Center also includes the Darwin C. Hardison Courts, ­featuring six outdoor NCAA courts. All-weather field turf was installed at Seibert Stadium in the summer of 2005. Facilities in Seibert Hall have been renovated to accommodate academic programs and student recreation activities. Joe Lee Griffin Field, home of the Samford Bulldogs baseball team, was remodeled in 2000 to include offices, locker rooms and other support services in a facility that complements the Georgian-Colonial archi­tecture found throughout the Samford campus. The Carl E. Miller Press Box was added in 2009. Bulldog Spirit Plaza, dedicated during 2005 Homecoming weekend, is the focal point of the area connecting Seibert Stadium, Joe Lee Griffin Field, Bashinsky Field House and Pete Hanna Center. Organized by the Class of 2003, the landscaped plaza includes a bas relief of the Bulldog mascot and more than 100 bricks honoring Samford alumni, students, parents, employees, former athletes and friends of the university as a celebration of Samford’s more than 125 years of inter­collegiate athletics competition. The athletics department is building its capital campaign efforts to raise funds to further assure Samford athletes of the finest playing facilities possible.


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SOUTHERN CONFERENCE The Southern Conference The Southern Conference, which is in its 98th season of intercollegiate competition in 2018-19, is a national leader in emphasizing the development of the student-athlete and in helping to build lifelong leaders and role models. The Southern Conference has been on the forefront of innovation and originality in developing creative solutions to address issues facing intercollegiate athletics. From establishing the first postseason college basketball tournament (1921), to tackling the issue of freshman eligibility (1922), to developing women’s championships (1984), to becoming the first conference to install the 3-point goal in basketball (1980), the Southern Conference has been a pioneer. The Southern Conference is the nation’s fifth-oldest NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association. Only the Big Ten (1896), the Missouri Valley (1907), the Pac-12 (1915) and the Southwestern Athletic (1920) conferences are older in terms of origination. Academic excellence has been a major part of the Southern Conference’s tradition. Hundreds of Southern Conference student-athletes have been recognized on CoSIDA Academic All-America and all-district teams. A total of 20 Rhodes Scholarship winners have been selected from conference institutions, most recently in 2012-13, when former Wofford volleyball player Rachel Woodlee earned the prestigious award. The conference currently consists of 10 members in six states throughout the Southeast and sponsors 22 varsity sports and championships that produce participants for NCAA Division I Championships. The league added rifle, becoming just the second Division I conference to sponsor the sport, in 2016-17, and added women’s lacrosse for the 2017-18 campaign. The Southern Conference offices are located in the historic Beaumont Mill in Spartanburg, South Carolina. A textile mill that was in operation from 1880 until 1999, Beaumont Mill was renovated in 2004 and today offers the league first-class meeting areas and offices as well as 72

a spacious library for storage of the conference’s historical documents. Football The Southern Conference has also excelled as the premier Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) conference. Former Southern Conference member Appalachian State won the three consecutive FCS titles from 2005-07, becoming the first team to do so. The league boasts more than 250 players who have garnered All-America recognition and numerous national player or coach of the year awards. The conference had at least one team in the top 10 of the final FCS poll for 28 consecutive years (1985-2012), with at least two teams finishing in the final poll in every season from 1982-2013. Samford and Wofford finished in the top 20 in each of the last two seasons, with Furman joining them in the top 25 in 2017. The Citadel, Chattanooga, Samford and Wofford each finished in the top 25 in 2016, giving the league four in the final poll for the first time since 2007. The conference has placed multiple representatives in the FCS Playoffs in 29 of 34 seasons, with 16 championship game appearances and eight national titles. The Southern Conference has had at least one team reach the semifinals in 12 of the last 19 years and in 18 of the last 26 seasons. In 2007, Appalachian State became the first FCS team to defeat a nationally ranked Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team, when the Mountaineers defeated No. 5 Michigan, 34-32, on Sept. 1 before a sellout crowd at Michigan Stadium. Georgia Southern, in its final game as a member of the Southern Conference, downed the SEC’s Florida in Gainesville. The league picked up two wins over


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son appearances and an unprecedented three straight NCAA Division I FCS/I-AA national titles (2005-07). In 1999, Georgia Southern’s Adrian Peterson captured the Walter Payton Award, presented annually to the Football Championship Subdivision’s most outstanding offensive player. Peterson, a four-time All-American who finished his career as the NCAA Division I leader in rushing yards with 6,559, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December 2017. The league saw a pair of former players enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018, as former Chattanooga standout Terrell Owens and Marshall star Randy Moss, who enjoyed a record-breaking freshman year in the SoCon, earned the nod. Furman’s Louis Ivory earned the Walter Payton Award in 2000, Georgia Southern’s Jayson Foster was presented with the 2007 trophy and most recently, Appalachian State’s record-setting quarterback Armanti Edwards became the first two-time winner in Payton Award history after claiming the honors in 2008 and 2009. Appalachian State’s Dexter Coakley was a three-time all-conference selection and consensus All-American in 1994, ’95 and ’96 before going on to stardom with the Dallas Cowboys. Coakley won a pair of Buck Buchanan Awards, given to Football Championship Subdivision’s top defensive player each year. Western Carolina’s David Patten and Appalachian State’s Matt Stevens were both members of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl champion team in 2002 and Patten also earned Super Bowl rings with the Patriots in 2004 and ’05. Appalachian State’s Daniel Kilgore appeared in Super Bowl XLVII for the San Francisco 49ers in 2013.

Sue Arakas Associate Commissioner

Doug King Associate Commissioner for Compliance

Jason Yaman Associate Commissioner

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BULLDOGS IN THE NFL JAQUISKI TARTT Jaquiski Tartt became the highest NFL Draft pick in Samford history when he was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2015 Draft. Tartt enters his fourth season with the 49ers.

JAMES BRADBERRY James Bradberry was drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. Bradberry is entering his third season with the Panthers.

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AUSTIN BARNARD Austin Barnard signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2017.

NICK WILLIAMS Nick Williams was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Williams also played with the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, and is currently a member of the Chicago Bears.

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The game program from the Mercer at Samford football game: Sept. 15, 2018.

2018 Samford Football Game Program--Mercer Game  

The game program from the Mercer at Samford football game: Sept. 15, 2018.

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