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  Zerrick Cooper ran for two touchdowns, threw for another and Jacksonville State defeated North Alabama 24-17 on Saturday in the absence of Gamecocks head coach John Grass. Grass announced Thursday he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would self-isolate with assistant head coach Jimmy Ogle overseeing Gamecocks. Cooper's second 1-yard score of the day gave the Gamecocks (2-1) a 21-17 lead at the end of the third quarter. Passes of 23 and 40 yards to Trae Berry sparked the quick drive. Alen Karajic extended the advantage with a 36-yard field goal with under 10 1/2 minutes left. Cooper threw for 244 yards with Barry making five catches for 104 yards. Cooper's 14-yard pass to Quan Charleston was his 61st career TD throw, tying Ed Lett's school record. Cooper also ran for 46 yards. Jakobi Byrd's 100th career catch was an 11-yard TD reception of Rett Files' only attempt that gave the Lions a 17-14 lead. Blake Dever threw for 202 yards. Attendance was 4,632, below the 7,000 maximum North Alabama had set for its 14,215-seat stadium. Both the Lions and the Gamecocks are playing four-game fall seasons. - AP College Football

(DS#18 QB) rSr/2021 QB Zerrick CooperJacksonville State
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  Nicario Harper's 64-yard fumble return for a touchdown with about five minutes left helped Jacksonville State pull away from Mercer for a 34-28 victory on a rainy Saturday. Trailing 27-21, Mercer's Harrison Frost completed a pass to Andrew May, but Kolbi Fuqua forced May to fumble and Harper scoped it up and scored to put the Gamecocks ahead 34-21. Frost threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Dirrim with 51 seconds remaining but the Gamecocks recovered the ensuing onside kick.

The Gamecocks' Zerrick Cooper was 12-of-18 passing for 139 yards with touchdown runs from the 1 and 9. Cooper moved into second past Ed Lett on the school's passing yards list with 7,153. Eli Jenkins holds the record with 7,652 yards. Frost was 12 of 25 for 134 yards passing with two touchdown passes. Tyray Devezin had a 3-yard touchdown run and finished with 94 yard rushing to surpass 2,000 career yards. It was the only home game for Jacksonville State (1-1) during its four-game fall schedule, and the first game of Mercer’s three-game fall season. - AP College Football


(DS#18 QB) rSr/2021 QB Zerrick CooperJacksonville State
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  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Zerrick Cooper, Jacksonville State,...Cooper, a senior from Jonesboro, Ga., earned his second-straight All-OVC honor in 2019 after being named a first-team selection in 2018, extending JSU's streak of consecutive seasons with a quarterback on the All-OVC teams to seven. In 2019, Cooper finished the regular season ranked eighth nationally in total offense with 310.3 yards per game, eighth in passing yards with 3,404 yards, ninth in points responsible for with 204 and 11th in passing touchdowns with 28. - Jacksonville State Football

(DS#18 QB) rSr/2021 QB Zerrick CooperJacksonville State
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  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Trae Berry, Jacksonville State,...Barry, a senior from Summerdale, Ala., was voted to the 2020 Preseason All-OVC squad despite playing in just five games before an injury forced him to miss the remainder of the 2019 season. Despite the injury, he is JSU's leading returning receiver with 25 catches for 330 yards and a touchdown a year ago. He joined Cooper on HERO Sports Sophomore All-America Team in 2018 after catching 32 passes for 503 yards and a score to grab First-Team All-OVC honors that year. Barry enters his senior campaign with 67 career catches for 1,076 yards and five touchdowns. - Jacksonville State Football

(DS#18 TE) Sr/2021 TE Trae BarryJacksonville State
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  A former Alabama linebacker is now part of a different in-state program. Markail Benton recently joined the team at Jacksonville State, a team spokesman confirmed to AL.com. A former four-star recruit, Benton posted 19 tackles as a redshirt sophomore at Alabama last season. He went into the NCAA transfer portal in June. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 ILB) rJr/2022 ILB Markail BentonJacksonville State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT OVC PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: QB Zerrick Cooper, Jacksonville St, Sr.,...Cooper finished the 2019 regular season ranked eighth nationally in total offense with 310.3 yards per game, eighth in passing yards with 3,404 yards, ninth in points responsible for with 204 and 11th in passing touchdowns with 28. In just two years at JSU, Cooper has the top two single-season passing marks and ranks third in school history for career passing yards (6,820). - Jacksonville State football

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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-FCS SECOND TEAM: QB Zerrick Cooper, Jacksonville St, Sr.,...In 2019, Cooper finished the regular season ranked eighth nationally in total offense with 310.3 yards per game, eighth in passing yards with 3,404 yards, ninth in points responsible for with 204 and 11th in passing touchdowns with 28. In just two years at JSU, Cooper has the top two single-season passing marks and ranks third in school history for career passing yards (6,820). - Jacksonville State Football

(DS#18 QB) rSr/2021 QB Zerrick CooperJacksonville State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-FCS SECOND TEAM: TE Trae Barry, Jacksonville St, Sr.,...Barry, a senior from Summerdale, Ala., was voted to the 2020 Preseason All-OVC squad despite playing in just five games before an injury forced him to miss the remainder of the 2019 season. Despite the injury, he is JSU's leading returning receiver with 25 catches for 330 yards and a touchdown a year ago. - Jacksonville State Football

(DS#18 TE) Sr/2021 TE Trae BarryJacksonville State
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  For the second time in two days, a member of Alabama's 2017 signing class has entered the NCAA transfer portal. Crimson Tide linebacker Markail Benton, who was suspended from the team earlier in the offseason, went into the transfer portal Wednesday afternoon, AL.com has learned. The former four-star recruit played in nine games for the Tide as a redshirt sophomore last season and finished the year with 19 tackles. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 ILB) rJr/2022 ILB Markail BentonJacksonville State
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  Alabama's new online roster doesn't include one of the Crimson Tide's backup inside linebackers from last season. Redshirt junior Markail Benton has been removed from the Tide's online roster. While Benton hasn't entered the NCAA transfer portal as of Monday night, it's the second time this offseason that Benton has been taken off that online roster. In addition, sources had indicated during this last month that Benton hadn't been around the team. The former four-star recruit posted 19 tackles as a redshirt sophomore for Alabama last season. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 ILB) rJr/2022 ILB Markail BentonJacksonville State
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB - Marlon Bridges, Jacksonville State,...Bridges, a redshirt-senior from Lanett, Ala., earns his fourth All-OVC honor in as many years on the field for the Gamecocks, including three on the first team. He finished the 2019 season with 59 tackles despite fighting nagging injuries for the second-straight season. He recorded five tackles for a loss and a sack, while breaking up five passes, picking up an interception and forcing a fumble. His 296 career tackles rank third in school history. - Jacksonville State Football

(DS#24 FS) rSr/2020 FS Marlon BridgesJacksonville State
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB - Zerrick Cooper, Jacksonville State,...A junior from Jonesboro, Ga., Cooper earns his second-straight All-OVC honor after being named a first-team selection in 2018. He extends JSU's streak of consecutive seasons with a quarterback on the All-OVC teams to seven. In 2019, Cooper finished the regular season ranked eighth nationally in total offense with 310.3 yards per game, eighth in passing yards with 3,404 yards, ninth in points responsible for with 204 and 11th in passing touchdowns with 28. In just two years at JSU, Cooper has the top two single-season passing marks and ranks third in school history for career passing yards (6,820). He also has the top two single-season passing touchdown marks and ranks seventh in OVC history and second in JSU history with 60 career passing touchdowns, just one away from Ed Lett's school record of 61 from 1979-82. - Jacksonville State Football

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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR - Josh Pearson, Jacksonville State,...Pearson, a senior from Decatur, Ala., also earned his second-straight All-OVC nod after a first-team mention a year ago. He wraps up a record-breaking two seasons on the field for JSU with a school-record 30 touchdown catches that rank among the top 10 in OVC history. His 13 touchdown catches in 2019 are the second-most in a season in school history to his school-record 17 set in 2018. This season saw him lead the FCS in touchdown catches for the second-straight season and haul in 59 catches for 943 yards, tying Joey Hamilton (1998) for the fifth-most in a season in JSU history. - Jacksonville State Football

(DS#30 WR) rSr/2020 WR Josh PearsonJacksonville State
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  2019 OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM (COACHES): WR - KJ Stepherson, Jacksonville State,...Stepherson had a productive first season on the field for the Gamecocks to earn his spot on the league's All-Newcomer squad. The junior from Jacksonville, Fla., was third on the team in both receptions with 36 and in receiving yards with 479. His six touchdown catches were second on the squad and bolstered against Eastern Kentucky in the season's final week, when he became just the sixth player in school history to catch three touchdown passes in a single game. - Jacksonville State Football

(DS#139 WR) rSr/2021 WR KJ StephersonJacksonville State
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB - Traco Williams, Jacksonville State,...Williams grabbed second-team honors for the second-straight season after finishing third on the team in tackles. The Valley, Ala., native amassed 66 tackles from the safety position, including eight in his opponents' backfields. He led JSU with three interceptions, while forcing a fumble and recovering two of them. - Jacksonville State Football

(DS#47 SS) Sr/2020 SS Traco WilliamsJacksonville State
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