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Head Coach Chris Hatcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Football Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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 Seibert Stadium. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Sullivan-Cooney Family Field House. . . . . . . . . 46

Academic Enhancement Program. . . . . . . . . . . 48 Charles Williams Memorial Jersey. . . . . . . . . . 50 Andrew Westmoreland, President. . . . . . . . . . 54 Martin Newton, Athletics Director. . . . . . . . . . 56 Head Coaches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 College Football 150. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Tickets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 NCAA Compliance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Samford University. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Hall of Fame. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Southern Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Bulldog Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Players in the NFL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Athletics Facilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

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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, 2

results and video, the most comprehensive coverage of the Bulldogs can always be found online at samfordsports.com. BROADCASTS For the fifth-straight season, Samford’s home games will be broadcast live on ESPN platforms. Three of the five home games during the 2019 season can be seen on ESPN+, while the home games versus Alabama A&M and Chattanooga will air on ESPN3. For the ESPN broadcasts, Curt Bloom will handle play-by-play duties and Chad Pilcher will serve as color analyst. 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 award-winning 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 all-in-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 fifth season at Samford, Hatcher boasts a career record of 148-76 in 19 years as a college head coach, having previously coached at Murray State, Georgia Southern and Valdosta State. Hatcher’s 2018 team posted the program’s eighth-straight winning season, the longest streak in program history. Also during the season, quarterback Devlin Hodges became the FCS’ all-time leader in career passing yards. Hodges also earned the highest individual honor at the FCS level, winning the Walter Payton Award. Additionally, he was named the Southern Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year for a third-straight season. Also in 2018, Hodges set school records for single-season completions (388), attempts (550) and passing yards (4,283). Hodges was named the SoCon’s Offensive Player of the Year and a third team All-American at the conclusion of the season. In 2017, Hatcher led the team to an 8-4 record and a spot in the NCAA Division I-FCS Playoffs for a second-straight season for the first time since 1992. As a unit, the 2016 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 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 4

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 that first season, 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 high-powered “Hatch Attack” offense to top the Division I-FCS football charts. In 2014, the Racers ranked second in the nation in passing offense, averaging 327.2 yards per game. The team also ranked 15th in total offense at 468.3 yards per contest. MSU used a balanced attack in 2013. The Racers rushed the ball 424 times, while throwing it 458, in averaging 398.6 yards of offense. The 2012 Murray State offense led the Ohio Valley Conference for the third-straight season. The 2011 season saw the Racers go 7-4 and post back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 1999-2000 seasons. The Racer offense was among the most prolific in the nation as MSU ranked third in scoring offense, fourth in total offense and seventh in passing offense. In 2010, the Racer offense led the OVC in passing offense, total offense and scoring offense, while ranking fourth nationally in passing offense, fifth in total offense and fifth in scoring offense. Hatcher served as the head coach at Georgia Southern from 2007 to 2009. In his first season with the Eagles in 2007, Hatcher led GSU to the second-best regular season turnaround in program history, a plus-four improvement from 2006. The Eagles ranked among the national leaders in various categories on offense, defense and special teams.


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samfordsports.com He also coached quarterback Jayson Foster, the second Walter Payton Award winner at GSU. The prolific offense ranked first in rushing, eighth in total offense, eighth in scoring offense and 23rd in sacks allowed. The 2008 season saw Hatcher guide the Eagles to the program’s 25th winning season in 27 years. Prior to his time at GSU, Hatcher molded Valdosta State into one of the most dominant teams in Division II. The winningest coach in Blazers’ history, Hatcher was 76-12 at his alma mater. In his first year back at VSU, Hatcher took a 4-7 squad the previous year and produced a 10-2 overall record (8-1 in GSC action), and a berth in the Division II playoffs. He coached quarterback Dusty Bonner, who was a twotime winner of the Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II Player of the Year, an award Hatcher won himself in 1994. His 2001 and 2002 teams posted back-toback undefeated records during the regular season, part of a Gulf South Conference record 35 straight victories during the regular season. During the 2004 national championship season, the Blazers lost their season-opener before rattling off 13 consecutive victories, capped by a 36-31 victory over Pittsburg State in the title game. Hatcher was named National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. In 2005, Valdosta opened the season ranked No. 1 for four-straight weeks and saw the season culminate with a sixth-straight NCAA postseason appearance. The 2006 team finished sixth nationally in passing offense (283 yards per game), 12th in scoring offense (34.9 ppg.) and 19th in total offense (389.9 ypg.). 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 former VSU head coach Hal Mumme. During his 6

time with the Wildcats, he coached the No. 1 NFL draft pick, All-America quarterback Tim Couch. 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. 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 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. Ty is entering his second season as a quarterback on the Samford team.


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Football Staff

Bill D’Ottavio

Russ Callaway

Shawn Bostick

Kynjee Cotton

Darius Eubanks

Jamael Lett

Ross Newton

Michael Nysewander

Assistant Head Coach Defensive Coordinator

Safeties

Offensive Coordinator

Secondary

Offensive Line

Linebackers

Defensive Line

Running Backs

Derrick Sherman Wide Receivers

Kentwan Balmer Defensive Analyst

Ricky Turner

Steve Adams

Ben Ashford

Special Teams Coordinator/ Tight Ends

Director of Player Personnel

Director of Football Strength and Conditioning

James Carlson

Jackson Hadley

Courtland Hays

Director of Equipment Services

Offensive Analyst

Offensive Analyst

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Support Staff

Kendall Johnson Operations/Recruiting Analyst

Aaron Keefer Defensive Analyst

Javier King

Special Teams Student Assistant

Paige Mathis

Assistant Athletics Director for Academics

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J.R. Odom Defensive Analyst

Ben Olinger

Offensive/Special Teams Analyst

Andre Roper State Trooper

Rocky Sabbatini Football Video Coordinator

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Tanner Schultheis

Director of Football Operations

Will Word

Head Football Athletic Trainer

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Nick Serritelli State Trooper

Max Spittler Offensive Analyst

Wes Wilhoite

Assistant Director of Equipment Services


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Kendall Adams

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Robert Adams

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Lamar Anderson

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Aaron Atkinson

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FRESHMAN

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Sean Barden

5

Nick Barton

80

Will Bazemore

70

J.D. Beall

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Tay Berry

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WR

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Ty Boles

32

John Booth

90

Garrett Brasher

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Walter Brooks

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Jake Burdeshaw

DB

10

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Robert Burke

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Jacob Carson

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William Bryant

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D’Marcus Crawford

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Jeremy Garth

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Dorien Gooch

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Brett Granger

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Jordan Montgomery

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Jalen Nash

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Nick Nixon

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All-Americans and National Honors

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Austin Barnard Fred Bishop Bobby Bowden James Bradberry Wally Burnham Norman Cooper Marcus Durgin Surkano Edwards Cortland Finnegan Jimbo Fisher Sam Goldman Ahmad Gooden Karel Hamilton Tim Hamrick Efrem Hill Harold Hill Devlin Hodges Scott Holmes Harley Hopkins Bobby Jackson Anthony Jordan Nelson Jordan Jim Lovette Kelvin McKnight Joe Milazzo Anthony Pistelli David Primus Shaheed Salmon Justin Shade Bryce Smith Bennie Story James Tarrant Jaquiski Tartt Fabian Truss Mike Williams

All-Americans 2017, Punter (3rd Team, AP, Phil Steele) 1999, Linebacker 1952, Quarterback 2015, Cornerback (3rd Team, STATS) 1963, Linebacker 1936, Center 1991, Cornerback (2nd Team, Sports Network; 3rd Team, AP) 1992, Cornerback (3rd Team, AP) 1992, Running Back (HM, Sports Network) 2002, Safety; 2003, Safety (3rd Team); 2005, Safety (AFCA) 1987, Quarterback 1940, End 2017, Defensive Lineman (1st Team, AFCA, Phil Steele, Walter Camp; 2nd Team, AP, STATS) 2016, Wide Receiver (1st Team) 1987, Punter 2003, Wide Receiver; 2004, Wide Receiver 1937, End 2016, Quarterback (3rd Team); 2017, Quarterback (2nd Team, AFCA); 2018, Quarterback (1st Team, Consensus) 1994, Punter 1938, End 1962, Quarterback 1994, Running Back 2018 Defensive Lineman (Freshman All-American) 1966, Running Back 2017, Wide Receiver (2nd Team, AFCA; 3rd Team, STATS; 4th Team, Phil Steele) 1960, Quarterback 2015, Kicker (1st Team, AP, Walter Camp) 1989, Kick Returner 2017, Linebacker (3rd Team, STATS; 4th Team, Phil Steele) 2013, Linebacker (1st Team) 2010, Linebacker 1961, Defensive Tackle 1940, End (Honorable Mention); 1941, End (3rd Team) 2012, Safety (1st Team); 2013, Safety (2nd Team); 2014, Safety (1st Team) 2012, Kick Returner (2nd Team); 2013, All-Purpose (1st Team) 2017 Offensive Lineman (Freshman All-American)

Jefferson Adcock Joe Collins Devlin Hodges Graham Lemmond Ty Levie Michael O’Neal

Other National Honors 2007, NFF National Honor Society; 2007, FCS Academic All-Star 2011, Capital One Academic; All-District 2018, Walter Payton Award; 2018, FCSADA Offensive Player of the Year; 2018, Columbus TD Club Offensive Player of the Year 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 The Samford football team will host The Citadel in a key Southern Conference game Saturday at 2 p.m. at Seibert Stadium. The game can be seen live Wide receiver Montrell on ESPN+. caught six passes Samford enters the Washington for 127 yards and a touchdown game with a record of last week against Alabama 2-2 overall and 1-0 in A&M. Southern Conference play. The Bulldogs are coming off a 55-21 non-conference win over Alabama A&M last week. The Citadel has a record of 2-2 overall and 0-0 in league games. The Citadel is also coming off a nonconference win, 22-13 over Charleston Southern last Saturday. The Series The Samford Bulldogs and The Citadel Bulldogs have met 12 previous times, with The Citadel holding a 7-5 advantage in the series. Last season, The Citadel earned a 42-27 win in Charleston, S.C. In the 11 years Samford has been in the Southern Conference, The Citadel leads the series, 6-5. The Last Time Out Samford used a balanced attack to earn a 55-21 win over Alabama A&M in the team’s home opener last Saturday night. As a team, Samford finished with 479 yards of total offense, with 254 yards coming through the air and 225 coming on the ground. The rushing total is the highest of the season for the Bulldogs. Freshman running back Jay Stanton rushed 15 times for a career-high 116 yards and two touchdowns. Chris Oladokun completed 16 of 31 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns. Oladokun also rushed 16 times for a career-high 95 yards and a touchdown. Montrell Washington caught six passes for a career-high 127 yards and a touchdown. He also returned five punts for 120 yards on the night. For the Samford defense, John Staton led the way with 15 tackles. Ty Herring intercepted a pass and returned it 95 yards for a touchdown late in

the second quarter. Nick Barton also had an interception to go along with his five tackles. Mitchell Fineran was good on both of his field goal tries, making kicks from 34 and 29 yards out. Samford Against Southern Conference Teams Now in its 12th season as a member of the Southern Conference, Samford has a record of 49-38 in league games. So far this season, the Bulldogs are 1-0 in league games. Last season, Samford was 5-3 in SoCon games. Against the current members of the Southern Conference, Samford has an all-time record of 75-68-4. The Bulldogs are 5-7 all-time against Saturday’s opponent, The Citadel. Samford’s overall record against each current SoCon member is: Chattanooga (10-31-3), The Citadel (5-7), ETSU (5-1), Furman (11-10), Mercer (13-11-1), VMI (6-0), Western Carolina (13-3) and Wofford (12-5). Samford At Seibert Stadium Samford has an all-time record of 168-78-4 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 4-1 in home games. In the last eight years, Samford has a combined record of 35-10 when playing in the friendly confines of Seibert Stadium. In four-plus seasons under head coach Chris Hatcher, Samford has a record of 18-5 when playing at home. Statistical Comparison SAMFORD VS. THE CITADEL 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 39.0 437.8 82 142.8 295.0 21:13 40% 34.8 457.5 263.5 194.0

CIT 24.5 302.2 75 251.2 51.0 36:58 44% 25.0 405.8 186.8 219.0 25


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Around the SoCon TEAM Furman Samford VMI Mercer The Citadel Chattanooga ETSU Western Carolina Wofford

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SOCON OVERALL RECORD PCT HOME AWAY NEUTRAL RECORD PCT HOME AWAY NEUTRAL 1-0 1.000 1-0 0-0 0-0 2-2 .500 2-0 0-2 0-0 1-0 1.000 0-0 1-0 0-0 2-2 .500 1-0 1-1 0-1 1-0 1.000 0-0 1-0 0-0 2-2 .500 1-1 1-1 0-0 1-1 .500 0-0 1-1 0-0 2-2 .500 0-1 2-1 0-0 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-2 .500 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-3 .250 1-1 0-2 0-0 0-1 .000 0-1 0-0 0-0 2-2 .500 2-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 .000 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 .333 1-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 .000 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 .333 1-1 0-1 0-0

CHATTANOOGA (2-2, 0-0 SoCon) Last game: vs. James Madison, L, 14-37 Games Since: vs. Western Carolina

SAMFORD (2-2, 1-0 SoCon) Last game: vs. Alabama A&M, W, 55-21 Games Since: vs. Western Carolina

The CITADEL (2-2, 0-0 SoCon) Last game: vs. Charleston Southern, W, 22-13 Games Since: at Samford

VMI (2-2, 1-0 SoCon) Last game: vs. Robert Morris, L, 21-31 Games Since: vs. Wofford

ETSU (2-2, 0-1 SoCon) Last game: vs. Austin Peay, W, 20-14 Games Since: at Furman

WESTERN CAROLINA (1-2, 0-1 SoCon) Last game: OPEN Games Since: at Chattanooga

FURMAN (2-2, 1-0 SoCon) Last game: vs. Mercer, W, 45-10 Games Since: vs. ETSU

WOFFORD (1-2, 0-1 SoCon) Last game: vs. Gardner-Webb, W, 49-10 Games Since: at VMI

MERCER (2-2, 1-1 SoCon) Last game: at Furman, L, 10-45 Games Since: vs. Campbell

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


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SAMFORD FALL SPORTS FOOTBALL Aug. 24 Aug. 31 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 Nov. 16 Nov. 23

vs. Youngstown St.# at Tennessee Tech at Wofford* Alabama A&M The Citadel* Furman* at VMI* ETSU* at Mercer* Chattanooga* at Western Carolina* at Auburn

L, 22-45 L, 58-59 (2OT) W, 21-14 W, 55-21 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 12 p.m. 6 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. TBD

*Southern Conference Game Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.) All times are Central

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Aug. 31 vs. App. State# L, 2-3 W, 3-2 Aug. 31 at #24 Arizona# Sept. 6 North Alabama$ W, 3-0 Sept. 7 Jacksonville St.$ W, 3-0 Sept. 7 UAB$ W, 3-1 Sept. 13 at Kennesaw St.% W, 3-2 Sept. 14 South Alabama% W, 3-1 Sept. 20 vs. Tulsa^ L, 1-3 Sept. 21 vs. Northern Kentucky^ L, 0-3 Sept. 21 at Western Kentucky^ L, 0-3 Sept. 25 Chattanooga* 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Wofford* 5 p.m. Sept. 28 at The Citadel* 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at Mercer* 6 p.m. Oct. 11 Furman* 7 p.m. Oct. 12 UNCG* 5 p.m. Oct. 18 ETSU* 7 p.m. Oct. 19 W. Carolina* 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at Chattanooga* 5 p.m. Oct. 25 The Citadel* 7 p.m. Oct. 26 Wofford* 5 p.m. Oct. 30 Mercer* 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at UNCG* 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at Furman* 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at W. Carolina* 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at ETSU* 6 p.m. Nov. 22 SoCon Tourn.! TBD Nov. 23 SoCon Tourn.! TBD Nov. 24 SoCon Tourn.! TBD *Southern Conference Match # Cactus Classic (Tucson, Ariz.) $ Samford Invitational (Pete Hanna Center) % Kennesaw St. Challenge (Kennesaw, Ga.) ^ WKU Invitational (Bowling Geen, Ky.) ! SoCon Tournament (Spartanburg, S.C.) All times are Central

UAB T, 0-0 (2OT) Murray State L, 0-2 Western Kentucky W, 3-2 (2OT) LSU T, 2-2 (2OT) MTSU W, 3-0 at Florida State L, 0-6 Alabama State W, 5-0 at Auburn T, 3-3 (2 OT) at DePaul T, 0-0 (2 OT) Furman* 7 p.m. Wofford* 6 p.m. at ETSU* 7 p.m. at Western Carolina* 6 p.m. at The Citadel* 4 p.m. at Mercer* 6 p.m. UNCG* 7 p.m. VMI* 6 p.m. Chattanooga* 1 p.m. TBD SoCon 1st Round$ SoCon Quarterfinals$ TBD CROSS COUNTRY SoCon Semifinals! TBD Sept. 7 Falcon Classic M-2nd/W-1st SoCon Finals! TBD Sept. 20 Atlanta Track Club M-2nd/W-2nd *Southern Conference Game Oct. 5 Louisville Classic TBD $ Campus Sites Oct. 18 Blazer Classic TBD ! Greensboro, N.C. Nov. 2 SoCon Championship# TBD All times are Central Nov. 15 NCAA Regionals% TBD Nov. 23 NCAA Championships@ TBD # Johnson City, Tenn. % Tallahassee, Fla. @ Terra Haute, Ind. 27


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Nick Barton: From Walk-on to Starter

By Joey Mullins Samford Athletic Communications

Like a lot of college football players, Samford senior safety Nick Barton came to campus in the fall of 2015 as a walk-on. Now, as a fifth-year senior, Barton is a starter at safety and has earned one of the most significant awards a Samford football player can attain. Barton grew up in a football family. His father, David, played football in high school, and a couple of years in college at a Division III institution. The younger Barton wanted to follow in his dad’s footsteps, so he picked up the game at an early age. “I think I started in the fourth grade,” Barton said. “My dad always grew up really loving it. It was honestly the first sport I really played, other than youth soccer. But throughout my whole life I’ve been playing football.” In high school Barton played both football and basketball at Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee. On the basketball court, he was a shooting guard. In football, he saw time at a variety of positions. “I played a ton of different positions growing up,” Barton said. “I actually came into high school

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as a quarterback, we ran the triple option. Then sophomore year I moved over to safety and started three years at safety, and that was that.” Barton said he liked playing offense, but that defense was definitely a more natural place for him to play. “Senior year, I played both ways,” Barton said. “Our team was pretty good, but I played both ways, mostly in the playoffs. I played receiver, but safety was always the main position.” When it came time to make a decision about where to attend college, Barton was looking at a couple of different schools. He said it came down to Samford and another Southern Conference school, but that a visit from a member of the Samford coaching staff convinced him to give the school a shot. “It really came down to Wofford and Samford,” Barton said. “I was originally going to go to Wofford, but (Offensive Line) Coach (Shawn) Bostick actually came to our high school and asked me to come take a look at Samford. I really liked the college and liked the atmosphere and I didn’t really care where


2019 FOOTBALL I played, I just wanted to play. And then I chose Samford.” Barton came to Samford in the fall of 2015, redshirting that first season. After not seeing any playing time in 2016, he began seeing a little playing time during the 2017 season. He saw limited time in a few games that season, not accumulating any statistics during those contests. As a junior, Barton really began to see more significant playing time. He said it felt good to be able to get back into playing regularly. “My first meaningful reps at safety were at Florida State last season,” Barton said. “But I got a drive in and I felt good. And then for the Kennesaw State game, I was actually a two (second string) that week and I got put in the game a lot, and then after that game I started. It felt good once I got in the games, it’s just football and trusting the coaches and our game plan. It was pretty fun.” During his junior season, Barton developed into one of the most dependable players on the team. He finished the 2018 campaign with nine tackles, including seven solo stops. He also had two tackles for loss, and he even produced two interceptions for the Bulldog defense. Following his junior season, Barton got some good news from head coach Chris Hatcher. Hatcher informed him that he was being put on scholarship for his final season in a Samford uniform. “It was actually after the season,” Barton said. “I had started basically the latter half of the season, and I didn’t know if I was coming back for this year. Coach pulled me in and said you’re on full scholarship and then they told the team that afternoon. It was me and (linebacker) John Staton getting put on at the same time.” Being given a scholarship was not the only honor Barton would receive before his senior season started. During the spring, he was named the winner of the 2019 Charles Williams Memorial Jersey. The Charles Williams Memorial Jersey is an award given to a different senior leader each season. The award, which is the jersey number five, honors former Samford defensive back Charles Williams, who died in a car accident on May 23, 2003. Williams would have been a junior during the 2003 season, so for that season and the 2004 season, no one wore the number. Since then, a different senior leader has worn the jersey each season.

The award is voted on by the players, which shows the amount of respect Barton’s teammates have for him. Barton is the15th player to earn the honor. Now in his senior year of eligibility, Barton has already earned his bachelor’s degree from Samford in finance. He is currently working on his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) at Samford. Barton said he wants to do something in finance after he finishes his M.B.A., but thinks he might get back involved in football at some point down the road. “I think next semester I’ll probably get an internship while I finish my M.B.A. and then probably work in the business world,” Barton said. “I’ll do something in corporate finance, logistics or something like that. I think I’ll probably be a football coach later down the road. I think that is coming at some point, but I want to take a couple of years off before I do that.” Being a student-athlete is very demanding. Not only do the athletes have to go to class and study like every student, but they have practices, games and other team obligations on top of that. When looking back on his time at Samford so far, Barton said it has been hectic, but he has loved the experience. “It’s definitely been very busy,” Barton said. “But I don’t know what I would do without playing football. I just need to stay busy. It’s not always fun going home to do homework after football practice, but it keeps me busy doing other things. But I love football and I would trade any free time to practice for it.”

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NAME Chris Shelling Chris Oladokun Coutrell Plair A.J. Toney Montrell Washington Grayson Edgemon C.J. Ackles Nick Barton DeMarcus Ware Fletcher Jennings Liam Welch Yassar El-Amin Moise Satine Chase Volpi Koi Freeman Cooper Cross Aaron Atkinson Will Hudson Ty King William D’Armond Jordan Montgomery Torrence Pollard Ty Herring Cade Blackmon Robert Adams Sam Rogers Mitchell Fineran Devan Walker Ty Hatcher Christian Matthew Jai’Rus Creamer Chance Hall Jay Stanton Joshua Carter Nathan East Jeremiah Roberts William Bryant Bradley Ellis Jocquet Jiles Kyle Ross Miles Morris Tre’Shun Floyd Ty Boles Kendall Adams Pete Dorsten Chandler Smith Jake Burdeshaw Lamar Anderson Jacob Carson John Booth Walter Brooks John Staton Antwione Sims Joseph Mera D’Marcus Crawford Conner Rohling Jonathan Moore Tucker Queen Peyton Ringer Dorien Gooch William Roseman Trimarcus Cheeks Donovahn Wyatt

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

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

WT 173 195 178 177 170 180 190 196 190 185 194 175 178 185 190 185 214 183 167 185 184 170 203 173 190 180 183 182 156 200 230 160 192 190 221 227 191 191 164 179 188 215 178 177 228 186 180 187 205 205 165 215 208 239 163 170 180 175 152 200 168 207 201

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

HOMETOWN/PREV. SCHOOL Lawrenceville, Ga./Army Tampa, Fla./Univ. of South Florida Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Acad Birmingham, Ala./Jackson-Olin HS Canton, Ga./Cherokee HS Madison, Ala./Madison Academy Mount Zion, Ga./Mount Zion HS Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood HS Olive Branch, Miss./Olive Branch HS Cullman, Ala./Cullman HS Augusta, Ga./Aquinas HS Douglasville, Ga./Douglas County HS Avon Park, Fla./Avon Park HS Tampa, Fla./Robinson HS Leeds, Ala./Leeds HS Marietta, Ga./Lassiter HS Hazel Green, Ala./Hazel Green HS Marietta, Ga./Sprayberry HS Wrens, Ga./Jefferson County HS Baton Rouge, La./Episcopal Anniston, Ala./Walter Welborn HS Ensley, Ala./Leeds HS Fernandina, Fla./Fernandina Beach HS Opelika, Ala./Opelika HS Montgomery, Ala./Trinity Presb. Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County HS Helena, Ala./Birmingham Prep Homewood, Ala./Bessemer Academy Columbus, Ga./Georgia Southern Rome, Ga./Rome HS Homewood, Ala./Homewood HS Crestview, Fla./Crestview HS Birmingham, Ala./Ramsay HS McCalla, Ala./McAdory HS College Park, Ga./Banneker HS Leesburg, Ga./Lee County HS Eads, Tenn./Briarcrest Christian HS Auburndale, Fla./Auburndale HS Munford, Ala./Munford HS Macon, Ga./Tatnall Square Academy Auburn, Ala./Auburn HS Panama City, Fla./William Jewell College Lilburn, Ga./Providence Christian Thompsons Station, Tenn./Independence Marietta, Ga./Walton HS Homewood, Ala./Homewood HS St. Louis, Mo./Ball State Auburn, Ala./Lee-Scott Academy Cumming, Ga./Beloit College Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta HS Atlanta, Ga./Lovett HS Zephyrhills, Fla./ Navy Prep Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS Eatonton, Ga./Putnam County HS Vestavia Hills, Ala./Vestavia Hills HS Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian Vestavia Hills, Ala./Vestavia Hills HS Lithonia, Ga./The Lovett School Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic Tampa, Fla./Robinson HS Hampton, Ga./Dutchtown HS Albuquerque, N.M./St. Pius X


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Luke Hill Austin Hughes Bradley Porcellato Trent Shedd Jalen Nash Tay Berry Thomas Neville Slade Ziegler Chris Edmonds Jaleel Laguins Ryan Holcomb Mike Williams Adam Thomas Beau Myers Camren Wood Luke Byrne Caleb Dale Lewis Freeman Nick Nixon Jeremy Garth Grant Urenovitch Tyler Russell Sean Barden Daniel Bettis Austin Guyse Peter Renkoski Scotty Rogers Emmett Taliaferro J.D. Beall Anthony Eads Gavin Orr William Lawrence Kasra Bojnordi Brendan Loftus George Grimwade Nate Lee Chance Butts Matthew Pittarelli Will Bazemore Justin Hayes Justin Foster Titus Gardner Kendall Watson Parker Neal Sam Fleming Jason Houston Michael Vice Robert Burke Garrett Brasher Joshua Long Braeden Royal Champ Stewart Nelson Jordan Brett Granger Nick Jackson Armond Lloyd Jamal Ellis

WR LB P LB DL DL LB LB WR LB LB OL LS OL LS OL LB LS OL DL K LS DL DL OL OL OL DL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL WR DL DL WR WR WR WR WR TE WR DL DL DL TE DL DL DL DL DL

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

190 219 165 223 239 273 203 200 205 238 190 310 238 269 160 286 210 232 282 255 151 210 272 209 242 278 270 243 316 283 275 301 293 340 313 336 279 298 205 290 286 163 175 163 195 210 251 222 220 235 220 230 253 240 256 302 262

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

Franklin, Tenn./Franklin HS Marietta, Ga./Walker HS Melbourne, Australia Dora, Ala./Corner HS Huntersville, N.C./Army Flora, Miss./Madison Central HS Loganville, Ga./Dunwoody HS Mandeville, La./Lakeshore HS Columbus, Ga./Brookstone School Watkinsville, Ga./Univ. of Georgia Madison, Miss./Madison Central HS Bessemer, Ala./Bessemer Academy Cumming, Ga./South Forsyth HS Clarksville, Tenn./Independence HS Hoover, Ala./Hoover HS Forsyth, Ga./Mary Persons HS Navarre, Fla./Navarre HS Dunwoody, Ga./Dunwoody HS Hendersonville, Tenn./Pope John Paul II HS Madison, Ala./James Clemens HS Whitehouse, Ohio/Kent State Niceville, Fla./Southern Mississippi Roswell, Ga./King’s Ridge Christian HS Tuskegee, Ala./Booker T. Washington HS Trinity, Ala./West Morgan HS Roswell, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic HS Tampa, Fla./Plant HS Kennesaw, Ga./Mount Paran HS Flowood, Miss./EMCC Harpersville, Ala./Coosa Valley Acad. Southside, Ala./Southside HS Athens, Ala./Athens HS Milton, Ga./Cambridge HS Tallahassee, Fla./Univ. of Miami Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes HS Frankville, Ala./Leroy HS Marietta, Ga./Pope HS Forsyth, Ga./Mary Persons HS Smyrna, Ga./Campbell HS Anniston, Ala./The Donoho School Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy Chattanooga, Tenn./McCallie School Meridian, Miss./Lamar HS Suwanee, Ga./Lambert HS Bremen, Ga./Bremen HS Vestavia Hills, Ala./Vestavia Hills 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 Orlando, Fla./Winter Park HS Birmingham, Ala./Oak Mountain HS Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta HS

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NAME POS HT Evan Schickel QB Andy Davis DB Airan Reed LB Phil Davis LB Clay Harris B-Back Lane Botkin DB Destin Mack DB Keyonte Sessions A-Back Willie Eubanks III LB Torian Spencer DB Phil Barrett DB Cooper Wallace QB Ryan McCarthy QB Cole Owens WR Jalen Smith QB Brandon Rainey QB Chris Beverly DB Dante Smith A-Back Brian Murdaugh QB Jay Howard DB Remus Bulmer A-Back Raleigh Webb WR Keefe White A-Back Jay Girdner DB Sean-Thomas Faulkner DB Bud Chaney A-BACK Jaylan Adams DB Nkem Njoku A-Back Ryland Ayers DB Jake Kenison DB Von Ramsey DB Emeka Nwanze B-Back Darique Hampton A-Back Javonte Middleton DB Sam Llewellyn A-Back Antareus Pressley DB Joe Douglas LB Stephon Eugene A-Back Eric Vettel LB Nehemiah McIntosh DB Hayden Williamson LB Kyler Estes LB Nic Trocha DB Logan Braucht LB Hoss Smith B-Back Nick Grier DL Brian Horn LB Donnie Brechtel III B-Back Jay Lagroon LB Gunner Covey DL Marquise Blount LB Caleb Deveaux LB Collin Flanders LS Jon Barrett Lewis OL Tereis Drayton OL Haden Haas OL Logan Billings LB Ronald Prince OL Blake Harrison OL Denzel Wright OL Kevin Wilson OL Jay Smith DL

WT CL 6-0 183 6-0 200 6-2 240 6-1 225 6-0 203 6-0 195 6-0 190 5-8 190 6-2 215 5-11 172 6-0 160 5-10 195 6-3 200 5-11 175 6-0 205 6-0 205 5-10 181 5-10 180 6-0 213 6-1 180 5-8 170 6-2 213 5-11 190 5-10 184 5-11 180 5-9 185 5-10 165 5-9 195 5-9 173 6-1 190 5-11 190 6-0 215 5-10 162 6-0 180 5-11 199 6-0 160 6-2 200 5-9 195 5-10 200 5-10 170 6-1 210 6-2 220 6-0 185 6-2 212 5-11 195 6-3 250 6-1 195 5-11 250 6-3 200 6-2 242 6-3 223 6-1 213 6-1 205 6-2 295 6-2 280 6-3 295 6-0 200 6-2 280 6-2 270 6-1 240 6-4 260 6-1 270

Fr. Fr. Gr. Gr. So. So. So. Jr. Jr. Fr. Jr. Fr. So. So. RFr. Jr. So. So. RJr. So. Gr. Jr. RFr. Fr. So. Fr. RFr. So. So. Fr. RFr. RFr. RFr. RFr. RFr. Fr. So. RSo. RSo. Fr. Fr. So. Sr. Fr. Jr. Fr. So. RSo. Fr. Jr. So. RFr. RFr. Jr. Fr. So. Fr. RFr. RSo. Jr. RSo. RFr.

HOMETOWN/PREV. SCHOOL Fredericksburg, Va. / Massaponax Canton, Ga. / Creekview Medina, Tenn. / Southern Illinois Marietta, Ga. / Hillgrove Atlanta, Ga. / Norcross Columbia, S.C. / A.C. Flora Macon, Ga. / Tattnall Square Myrtle Beach, S.C. / Myrtle Beach Augusta, Ga. / Laney Union City, Ga. / Langston Hughes Columbia, S.C. / Irmo Florence, S.C. / West Florence Cumming, Ga. / Pinecrest Academy Irmo, S.C. / Chapin Columbia, S.C. / Ridgeview Acworth, Ga. / Allatoona Tallahassee, Fla. / Wakulla North Charleston, S.C. / Porter-Gaud Walterboro, S.C. / Colleton Prep Lewisburg, Tenn. / Marshall County Missouri City, Texas / Sam Houston State Acworth, Ga. / Allatoona Montgomery, Ala. / Montgomery Academy Spartanburg, S.C. / Spartanburg Easley, S.C. / Easley Cape Coral, Fla. / Lehigh Johnson City, Tenn. / Science Hill Hampton, Ga. / St. Pius X Catholic Camden, S.C. / Camden Simpsonville, S.C. / Hillcrest Hodges, S.C. / Greenwood John’s Creek, Ga. / Centennial Goose Creek, S.C. / Goose Creek Savannah, Ga. / H.V. Jenkins Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / St. Thomas Aquinas Anderson, S.C. / Belton-Honea Path Augusta, Ga. / Aquinas Seabrook, S.C. / Whale Branch Charleston, S.C. / Bishop England Atlanta, Ga. / Westlake Okinawa, Japan / Kubasaki Tallahassee, Fla. / North Florida Christian Greenville, S.C. / St. Joseph’s Catholic School Waycross, Ga. / Ware County Oakland, Neb. / Oakland Craig Snellville, Ga. / South Gwinnett Columbia, S.C. / Westwood Niceville, Fla. / Niceville Anderson, S.C. / T.L. Hanna Pickens, S.C. / Pickens Charlotte, N.C. / Vance Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge Aiken, S.C. / Aiken Lenoir, N.C. / Hibriten Charleston, S.C. / James Island Cuero, Texas / Cuero Spartanburg, S.C. / Boiling Springs Valhalla, N.Y. / Archbishop Stepinac Roswell, Ga. / St. Pius X Catholic Lawrenceville, Ga. / Grayson Harker Hieghts, Texas / Harker Heights Charleston, S.C. / West Ashley


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SAMFORD DEPTH CHART OFFENSE QB 2 CHRIS OLADOKUN 7 Liam Welch XWR 19 JAI’RUS CREAMER 8 Yassar El-Amin HWR 4 MONTRELL WASHINGTON 3 A.J. Toney YWR 1 CHRIS SHELLING 14 Torrence Pollard ZWR 16 ROBERT ADAMS 84 Kendall Watson F 20 JAY STANTON 17 Devan Walker TE 28 PETE DORSTEN 93 Champ Stewart LT 57 NICK NIXON 65 Austin Guyse LG 77 NATE LEE 70 J.D. Beall C 75 BRENDAN LOFTUS 52 Beau Myers RG 50 MIKE WILLIAMS 79 Matthew Pittarelli RT 72 GAVIN ORR 76 George Grimwade

(6-2, 195, Jr.) (6-2, 194, Jr.) (6-4, 230, Jr.) (5-10, 175, Sr.) (5-10, 170, Jr.) (5-7, 177, Fr.) (5-8, 173, Sr.) (5-8, 170, So.) (6-2, 190, Sr.) (5-11, 177, So.) (6-0, 192, Fr.) (5-8, 182, Fr.) (6-4, 228, Jr.) (6-4, 230, So.) (6-6, 282, Sr.) (6-4, 242, Fr.) (6-4, 336, Sr.) (6-2, 316, So.) (6-7, 340, Sr.) (6-4, 269, Fr.) (6-7, 310, Jr.) (6-0, 205, Jr.) (6-4, 275, So.) (6-8, 313, Sr.)

DEFENSE STUD 95 BRETT GRANGER 91 Joshua Long DT 81 JUSTIN FOSTER 80 Justin Hayes NG 98 ARMOND LLOYD 44 Tay Berry

(6-4, 240, Jr.) (6-2, 235, Jr.) (6-4, 286, Sr.) (6-3, 290, Fr.) (6-3, 302, Jr.) (6-2, 273, So.)

SAMFORD COACHING STAFF Head Coach: Chris Hatcher Alma Mater, Year: Valdosta State, ‘94 Record at School: 27-21 (5th year) Career Record: 148-78 (20th year)

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SPECIAL TEAMS SN 56 LEWIS FREEMAN 60 Tyler Russell H 10 COOPER CROSS 18 Ty Hatcher PK 17 MITCELL FINERAN 59 Grant Urenovitch P 42 BRADLEY PORCELLATO 59 Grant Urenovitch KR 8 YASSAR EL-AMIN or 9 MOISE SATINE PR 4 MONTRELL WASHINGTON or 21 CHANDLER SMITH

(6-2, 239, Sr.) (6-2, 253, So.) (6-2, 221, So.) (6-2, 207, Fr.) (6-1, 215, Jr.) (6-2, 238, Jr.) (6-0, 214, Sr.) (5-11, 215, Jr.) (6-4, 200, Sr.) (6-2, 205, Fr.) (5-10, 196, Sr.) (5-9, 187, Jr.) (6-2, 203, Jr.) (6-2, 190, Jr.) (6-0, 178, Jr.) (6-1, 190, Jr.)

(6-0, 232, Sr.) (6-1, 210, Sr.) (6-4, 185, Jr.) (5-8, 156, Fr.) (5-10, 183, So.) (6-2, 151, Sr.) (5-11, 165, So.) (6-2, 151, Sr.) (5-10, 175, Sr.) (5-9, 178, Jr.) (5-10, 170, Jr.) (5-10, 186, Fr.)

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THE CITADEL DEPTH CHART OFFENSE WR 22 RALEIGH WEBB (6-2, 213, Jr.) 13 Cole Owens (5-11, 175, RSo.) LT 67 PRINCE HOWARD-WHITAKER (6-3, 250, RJr.) 73 Ben Brockington (6-1, 278, Fr.) LG 65 JOHNATHAN TOOLE (6-1, 287, RFr.) 52 Jon Barrett Lewis (6-2, 295, Jr.) C 54 HADEN HAAS (6-3, 295, RSo.) 53 Tereis Drayton (6-2, 280, Fr.) RG 63 DREW MCENTYRE (6-3, 285, Sr.) 64 Stephon Stokes (6-2, 295, Fr.) RT 58 DENZEL WRIGHT (6-1, 240, Jr.) 78 Thomas Crawford (6-3, 230, RSo.) TE 89 ELIJAH LOWE (6-4, 228, RJr.) 84 Liam Reid (6-5, 210, RSo.) WR 12 RYAN MCCARTHY (6-3, 200, RSo.) 87 Cameron Roberts (6-1, 175, RSo.) QB 16 BRANDON RAINEY (6-0, 205, Jr.) 10 Brian Murdaugh (6-0, 213, Jr.) or 19 Evan Schickel (6-0, 183, Fr.) A-Back 18 DANTE SMITH (5-10, 180, RSo.) 21 Remus Bulmer (5-8, 170, Gr.) B-Back 5 CLAY HARRIS (6-0, 203, So.) 32 Emeka Nwanze (6-0, 215, RFr.) 38 Logan Billings (6-0, 200, Fr.) A-Back 28 NKEM NJOKU (5-9, 195, So.) 34 Sam Llewellyn (5-11, 199, RFr.)

Head Coach: Brent Thompson Alma Mater: Norwich/1998 Record at School/Years: 21-16/4th season Overall Record/Years: 21-16/4th season

DEFENSE DE 92 48 NT 72 60 DT 98 76 SAM 45 36 MIKE 9 4 MO 3 88 WILL 49 96 CB 11 27 27 or 33 FS 17 2 SS 25 7 or 24 CB 6 20

AARON BRAWLEY Gunner Covey DALTON OWENS Jay Smith JOSEPH RANDOLPH II Dewey Greene IV BRIAN HORN Joe Douglas WILLIE EUBANKS III Phil Davis AIRAN REED Anthony Britton Jr. MARQUISE BLOUNT Hasan Black PHIL BARRETT Jaylan Adams Jaylan Adams Javonte Middleton CHRIS BEVERLY Andy Davis SEAN-THOMAS FAULKNER Destin Mack Jay Girdner LANE BOTKIN Jay Howard

(6-2, 215, Jr.) (6-2, 242, Jr.) (6-2, 302, RSo.) (6-1, 270, RFr.) (6-3, 255, Sr.) (6-3, 245, Fr.) (6-1, 195, So.) (6-2, 200, So.) (6-2, 215, Jr.) (6-1, 225, Sr.) (6-2, 240, Gr.) (6-2, 205, Fr.) (6-3, 223, So.) (6-2, 225, Fr.) (6-0, 170, Jr.) (5-10, 165, RFr.) (5-10, 165, RFr.) (6-0, 180, RFr. (5-10, 181, So.) (6-0, 200, Fr.) (5-11, 180, RSo.) (6-0, 190, So.) (5-10, 184, Fr.) (6-0, 195, RSo.) (6-1, 180, RSo.)

Assistant Coaches Lou Conte (Offensive Coordinator / QBs / B-Backs) Tony Grantham (Defensive Coordinator / Safeties) Turner West (Special Teams / Recruiting Coordinator) Ron Boyd (Offensive Line) Orland Mitjans, Jr. (Cornerbacks) Brian Rucker (Wide Receivers) John Ward (Defensive Line / Academic Coordinator) Ben Hodges (Inside Linebackers) Kevin Weston (Outside Linebackers) Bobby Ruff (Tackles/Tight Ends) Will Christopher (Director of Football Operations) Grant Drakeford (Offensive Quality Control) Cannon Jordan (Defensive Quality Control Andy Clawson (Assistant AD / Sports Medicine) Donnell Boucher (Assistant AD / Strength and Conditioning) Floris Mendonca (Video Coordinator) Kate Yeager (Director of Personnel) 35


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SIGNIFICANT WINS IN SAMFORD’S MODERN FOOTBALL HISTORY

By Joey Mullins Samford Athletic Communications

Former head coach Pat Sullivan walks off the field following the historic win.

The 2019 season marks the 35th year since Samford reinstated its football program in 1984. In each game program this season we will look at some of the most significant wins and greatest performances since the school’s football program was revived. The win we will talk about this week came on Oct. 4, 2008 in Cullowhee, N.C. The victory marked Samford’s first win in a Southern Conference game. Samford had joined the Ohio Valley Conference in 2003, marking the first time the school’s football program had been a member of a Division I-FCS (then I-AA) conference. After just five seasons in the OVC, Samford officially made the move to the Southern Conference on July 1, 2008. The Samford campus was full of excitement entering the transition, but the rest of the Southern Conference did not expect much from the Bulldogs. In the preseason polls, Samford received every last-place vote from both the coaches and media. The team, however, would surprise everyone by the end of the season. 36

The first conference game came at eighth-ranked Elon. The unranked Bulldogs played the Phoenix close the entire way, but the team came up just short in a 23-17 road loss. Next up for Samford was a trip to Cullowhee, N.C., to take on the Western Carolina Catamounts. In a defensive struggle, the Bulldogs took down the Catamounts by a score of 21-6 to give the program its first-ever Southern Conference victory. Samford received the opening kickoff of the game, and after a 30-yard return by Alex Barnett, the Bulldogs began their first drive at their own 45-yard line. Samford marched 55 yards in just five plays, taking 1:51 off the first-quarter clock to take an early 7-0 lead. The scoring play came on 10-yard run by Chris Evans with 13:01 left in the period. The defenses took over for the remainder of the first half. The score remained 7-0 until Western Carolina’s Blake Bostic kicked a 43-yard field goal with 3:17 left in the second quarter, and the teams headed to the locker room at halftime with Samford holding a 7-3 advantage.


2019 FOOTBALL Early in the third quarter, the Catamounts pulled even closer when Bostic kicked a 35-yard field goal to cut the Samford lead to 7-6 with 11:58 left in the third quarter. The Samford offense needed to respond, and it did in a big way. A pair of late third-quarter touchdowns would put the game away for the Bulldogs. Quarterback Dustin Taliaferro connected with Jonathan Lowery for a 22-yard touchdown with 6:50 left in the period to make the score 14-6. On the ensuing kickoff, Samford pinned the Catamounts at their one-yard line. The Samford defense then held Western Carolina to a three-andout and WCU had to punt from its own two-yard line. Following the punt, Samford took over at the WCU 43-yard line. Two plays later Taliaferro hit Riley Hawkins for a 38-yard score to push Samford’s lead to 21-6 with 4:59 left in the third quarter. About midway through the fourth quarter, Western Carolina drove to the Samford 30-yard line. On a fourth-and-four play, the Samford defense held, shutting down the biggest threat by the Catamounts. For the game, Evans led the Samford offense, rushing for 166 yards and one touchdown on 34 carries. Taliaferro completed 14 of 16 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Lowery had

five catches for 69 yards and a touchdown, while Hawkins hauled in three passes for 63 yards and a score. Andy Davis led the Samford defense with nine total tackles, a forced fumble and a pass break-up. Bryce Smith intercepted a pass to go along with his seven tackles. Kyle Morton also intercepted a pass for the Bulldogs. Samford finished the season with a record of 6-5 overall and a respectable 4-4 in Southern Conference play. All four conference losses came to teams ranked in the top 20 in the nation, and the lone nonconference setback came at Ole Miss. The Bulldogs would go on the claim conference wins over The Citadel (28-10), at Georgia Southern (27-17) and at Chattanooga (30-7). Following the season, Evans and defensive lineman Patrick Hatcher were both named first team All-SoCon by the media. Evans also received the honor from the league’s coaches. Second team honorees were Davis and offensive lineman Jon Weber. Taliaferro and Hawkins both earned SoCon All-Freshman teams honors. The move to the Southern Conference has been an unquestioned success for the entire Samford athletics department and for the university as a whole. Overall, Samford teams in every sport have won a combined 40 SoCon regular season, tournament or divisional titles. The football team contributed to that list by winning a share of the 2013 SoCon title. Including the 2013 season, the team would also earn at-large bids to the NCAA Division I-FCS Playoffs in three of the next five seasons.

Running back Chris Evans rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown in the win.

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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 ­stadium had the current gatehouse and s­ eating 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 several years. Prior to the 2019 season, a state-of-the-art video board was added to the north end zone of the stadium. Before the 2009 season, the Cooney Family Field House was opened in the south end zone. The field house was renamed the Sullivan-Cooney Family Field House

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during the 2014 season. 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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Seibert Stadium Facts

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

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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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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 four priorities: emphasize student success, enhance our community, extend our reach, and ensure financial strength. Forever Samford is a six-year, $300 million capital campaign that was launched in fall 2016. It is the largest undertaking of its kind in Samford University’s 178-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 54

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 40 years, including two college presidencies. In addition to his duties as Samford president, Westmoreland teaches courses in political science as his schedule allows. 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. Currently, he serves as the executive director of Samford’s Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership. 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. On July 1, 2019, Newton began a four-year appointment to the NCAA Division I Council and the Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee. The Division I Council is a high-level group responsible for the day-to-day decision-making for Division I. The Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee ensures that appropriate oversight of men’s basketball is maintained, and makes recommendations related to regular-season and postseason men’s basketball. 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 35 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 (2), soccer (8), softball (2), volleyball (6), men’s outdoor track and field (2), women’s outdoor track and field (3), women’s indoor track and field (4), men’s tennis (3), baseball (3), football (1), and women’s basketball (1). In the most recent Southern Conference AllSports standings, Samford finished second in the Germann Cup (top women’s program) standings and fourth in the Commissioner’s Cup (top men’s program) standings. 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, 56

with a total of 1,353 Samford student-athletes being named to the SoCon Honor Roll over the last eight 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 reached a deal with ESPN to have nearly all of its home events broadcast on either ESPN+ or ESPN3. 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. Newton graduated with a business degree from Samford in 1983. He was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and was All-Conference honorable mention in 1980. Following graduation, he worked in sports marketing for Converse for 13 years, followed by 13 years in a similar capacity at Nike. Newton was hired at Kentucky in 2009, where he managed an $11 million budget, along with fundraising, 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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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 Samford University is a premier nationally ranked Christian university. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states and 30 countries. Samford is the top-ranked university in Alabama in national rankings by The Wall Street Journal. Additionally, The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 3rd in the nation for student engagement. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford offers undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools through 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. The student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1.

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Among Samford’s 52,838 alumni are more than 60 members of the U.S. Congress, eight state governors, two U.S. Supreme Court justices, one Secretary of State, four Rhodes Scholars, multiple Emmy and Grammy award-winning artists, two national championship football coaches, and recipients of the Pulitzer and Nobel Peace prizes. The university fields 17 varsity sports—eight men’s and nine women’s—that participate at the NCAA Division I level in the Southern Conference. Samford’s athletic teams earned a 97% Graduation Success Rate (GSR) by the NCAA. Samford is ranked first in Alabama and 17th in the nation among all colleges and universities in the NCAA Division 1 level.


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2019 Samford Distinctions • Samford is ranked 34th nationally among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. • Samford is the top-ranked university in Alabama in national rankings by The Wall Street Journal. • Samford is ranked 3rd in the nation for student engagement by The Wall Street Journal. Student engagement examines factors such as engagement with campus, recommendation of students, interaction with teachers and students, and the number of accredited programs. • 96% of undergraduate alumni are working or in further study within six months of graduation. • Samford is recognized as a best value–top college by Educate to Career for the employability of graduates. • Samford is ranked 3rd nationally for best Christian colleges and universities by College Consensus. • Samford’s athletic teams earned a 97% Graduation Success Rate (GSR) by the NCAA. Samford is ranked first in Alabama and 17th in the nation for GSR among all colleges and universities in the NCAA Division 1 level. • Samford is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 12 universities granting merit-based financial aid. • Over the past two academic years, a total of $8.9 million in external funding was authorized to Samford faculty from federal, state, private industry, foundations and nonprofit funding sources in support of research and scholarly activities.

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Southern Conference The Southern Conference The Southern Conference, which is in its 99th season of intercollegiate competition in 2019-20, 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. Te 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 a spacious library for storage of the conference’s historical documents. Leadership Jim Schaus began his tenure as the ninth commissioner in league history on July 1, 2019. Schaus came to the SoCon after an 11-year run as the director of athletics at Ohio University, where he led the Bobcats to unprecedented levels of success in athletics and academics. Schaus, who boasts more than 30 years of experience in athletics administration, has a familial connection to the Southern Conference, as his father, former Los Angeles Lakers coach Fred Schaus, was the men’s basketball coach at West Virginia from 1954-60, earning SoCon Coach of the Year honors 72

four times in that six-year span and still ranking in the top 20 in career wins by a league coach. Schaus replaced former commissioner John Iamarino, who concluded his 13-year tenure at the Southern Conference in the summer of 2019. Throughout his tenure, Iamarino promoted the Southern Conference through an ambitious agenda that improved championships, upgraded compliance-related matters, launched the conference’s Hall of Fame, created the SoCon Academic Exchange and increased the marketing and brand awareness of the conference and its member institutions. He also guided the league through membership changes that ensured the Southern Conference’s future viability and stability with the additions of ETSU, Mercer and VMI. Iamarino spearheaded the effort to create the SoCon Digital Network, which launched in the fall of 2014, and the league-wide plan to have all 10 member institutions capable of producing broadcast-quality content by 2017. Iamarino also orchestrated the addition of three sports in a four-year span, starting with men’s lacrosse in 2014-15. Rifle was added in 2016-17, and women’s lacrosse became the SoCon’s 22nd varsity sport in 2017-18. The addition of those three sports attracted a combined 11 associate members, while a 12th, Belmont, was added for men’s soccer beginning in 2018. The Southern Conference named its first commissioner in December 1950. Duke’s Wallace Wade made the transition from Blue Devil football coach to athletics administration as the first person at the helm of the conference. Lloyd Jordan replaced Wade as the commissioner in 1960 and served a 14-year term until Ken Germann became the league head in 1974. Germann was the commissioner for 13 years and orchestrated the league’s expansion to include women’s athletics. In 1987, he was succeeded by Dave Hart, who oversaw the transfer of the league office from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Asheville, North Carolina. Wright Waters succeeded Hart upon his retirement in 1991. Under Waters’ leadership, the Southern Conference expanded to 12 members, added three women’s sports and posted record revenue from the basketball tournament. Waters was followed by Alfred B. White in 1998. White, a veteran member of the NCAA office, introduced the current conference logo and elevated the


2019 FOOTBALL conference’s commitment to marketing and development of corporate partners. Danny Morrison, who would go on to be president of the Carolina Panthers, headed the conference from 2001-05 and orchestrated the league’s move from Asheville to Spartanburg. Under Morrison’s leadership, the conference increased its marketing and promotional efforts. 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. Wofford, which was finished in the top 20 in each of the last three seasons, was joined in the final polls in 2018 by ETSU, which earned its first FCS playoff berth since 1996. 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 30 of 35 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 20 years and in 18 of the last 27 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 FBS teams in 2015, with Furman downing UCF and The Citadel stunning South Carolina. Prior to the conference’s reclassification in 1981, Southern Conference football teams appeared in a total of 36 bowl games, posting a record of 16-18-2. From 1925-30, league schools won five football national championships in a six-year span. There are nearly 60 former Southern Conference players and coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame. One of the most recognizable of these names is former North Carolina running back Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice, who helped guide North Carolina to three bowl appearances. He was a first-team All-America selection and the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1948 and 1949. In 1949, Justice earned first-team all-conference honors for the fourth consecutive season, becoming the first player in league history to achieve that feat. He was a member of the league’s inaugural Hall of Fame Class in 2009. Another of the league’s football products that made it to the College Football Hall of Fame is Sam Huff of West Virginia. Huff was a three-year starter on both the offensive

and defensive lines for the Mountaineers. In 1955, Huff earned first-team All-America honors on the field and was a first-team Academic All-American for his work in the classroom. He played 12 seasons in the National Football League for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. Also a member of the conference’s first Hall of Fame class, he was a five-time All-Pro linebacker and is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Former Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in December 2014. The winningest coach in Appalachian State and Southern Conference history, Moore compiled a 215-87 record in his 24 seasons at Appalachian State (1989-2012), including 10 SoCon championships, 18 postseason 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. Record-breaking quarterback Devlin Hodges of Samford became the Southern Conference’s most recent Walter Payton Award winner in 2018, when the senior was also named the FCS ADA Offensive Player of the Year. The consensus All-American, who led the FCS in passing yards and completion percentage that season, wrapped up his career with FCS records for passing yardage (14,584), pass attempts and completions. 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. Western Carolina’s Keion Crossen and Chattanooga’s Keionta Davis were teammates for the Super-Bowl winning Patriots in 2018.

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Bulldogs in the NFL Entering the 2019 NFL preseason, Samford had eight players in NFL rosters, the most at any time in school history. AUSTIN BARNARD Austin Barnard signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2017. He spent the 2018 season on the injured reserve list.

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

AHMAD GOODEN Defensive lineman Ahmad Gooden signed as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos following the 2019 draft.

DEVLIN HODGES Quarterback Devlin Hodges signed as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers after performing at the team’s rookie minicamp in 2019.

KELVIN MCKNIGHT Wide receiver Kelvin McKnight signed as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos following the 2019 draft.

MICHAEL PIERCE Michael Pierce has had success as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens. He enters his fourth season with the Ravens in 2019.

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 fifth season with the 49ers.

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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Athletics 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 new state-of-the-art video board in Seibert Stadium installed by the first home game of the 2019 season. Also, the Samford Softball Field opened in spring 2013. 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 fall 2013. The new Samford Soccer and Track Stadium opened in spring 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 Sullivan-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 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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2019 Samford Football Game Program: The Citadel Game  

The game program for the Samford football team's home game vs. The Citadel: Sept. 28, 2019.

2019 Samford Football Game Program: The Citadel Game  

The game program for the Samford football team's home game vs. The Citadel: Sept. 28, 2019.

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