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  10/24/20 - Trae SelfJr/2022, Stephen F. Austin, 6-3, 190 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Trae Self threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns and Stephen F. Austin beat Abilene Christian 35-32 in overtime on Saturday. Self's 16-yard scoring pass to Chad Aune in the extra session served as the game winner. Blair Zepeda's 35-yard field goal in overtime gave the Wildcats their last lead at 32-29. Stephen F. Austin (3-3, 1-0 Southland Conference) scored two touchdowns, one with 2:23 left in regulation and the other with 51 seconds left to force overtime. Abilene Christian (0-3, 0-1) scored with 98 seconds left when Tyrese White ran it in from 3-yards out, and the 2-point conversion made it 29-22 in favor of the Wildcats. That score was set up on Peyton Mansell's short pass to Kobe Clark who ran for the majority of the 78-yard completion. The Lumberjacks countered when Self completed a short pass to Jeremiah Miller for a 62-yard completion. The play set up Self's 5-yard scoring pass to Remi Simmons to tie it. Mansell threw for 224 yards and had three interceptions and Abilene Christian turned it over five times. - AP College/Stephen F. Austin Football

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  Xavier Gipson caught two touchdown passes and scored on a punt return to lead Stephen F. Austin to a 31-12 victory over Division-II member Angelo State on Saturday night. Gipson finished with five receptions for 177 yards. His 37-yard punt return for a touchdown helped the Lumberjacks build a 14-10 halftime lead. Trae Self was 11 of 27 for 197 yards passing, and threw touchdown passes of 90 and 76 yards to Gipson. Da'Leon Ward had a 9-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter for the Lumberjacks (2-3). Zach Bronkhorst threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Cason Brown for Angelo State. Alfred Grear scored on a 38-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter. - AP College Football

(DS#999 WR) So/2023 WR Xavier GipsonStephen F. Austin
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  10/04/20 - Trae SelfJr/2022, Stephen F. Austin, 6-3, 190 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Trae Self threw two touchdown passes and Stephen F. Austin won its home opener, beating Division II West Texas A&M 34-6 on Saturday. The Lumberjacks (1-3) opened their season with three losses to FBS teams but were up 17-0 after one quarter against the Buffaloes with a 69-yard run by Da'Leon Ward, a 28-yard reception by Xavier Gipson and a Chris Campos field goal. Self's 63-yard pass to Remi Simmons made it 24-3 after three quarters. Campos added another field goal and Jaaquarion Turner a 12-yard rushing TD in the fourth. The Buffaloes' six points came off field goals by Mauricio Gonzalez. Self was 12-of-24 passing for 234 yards with an interception. Ward ran for 111 yards and another score on 11 carries and Gipson had 124 yards on four catches. - AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) Jr/2022 QB Trae SelfStephen F. Austin
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  2019 ALL-SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR Xavier Gipson, Stephen F. Austin, Fr., Dallas, Texas,...Through his debut collegiate campaign, the Dallas, Texas, product has distinguished himself as not just one of the best freshmen in the Southland Conference but among all FCS competitors as well. Over the course of his first nine games as collegian, Gipson tops SFA's charts in receiving yards (619), receiving yards per game (68.8), receptions (37) and receiving touchdowns (four). - Stephen F. Austin Football

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  2019 ALL-SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES): KR Xavier Gipson, Stephen F. Austin, Fr., Dallas, Texas,...Not only has Gipson served as a potent weapon for the 'Jacks on offense, his special teams prowess is eye-catching as well. A kickoff return specialist, too, Gipson has accumulated a total of 345 return yards which are the fifth-most in the Southland and the 52nd-highest total on the FCS scene this season. The freshman's all-purpose yardage average of 109.7 per game ranks as the fifth-best in the Southland and the 56th-best among FCS student-athletes. - Stephen F. Austin Football

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  11/26/19 - Storm RuizSr/2020, Stephen F. Austin, 5-10, 170 (DS#18 K) + More +

  NOV 25 SOUTHLAND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Storm Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin, Sr., Kicker, League City, Texas,...Ruiz played a vital role in a rivalry game win over Northwestern State, accounting for nearly half of the 'Jacks points with three made field goals and three extra-points. He converted three-pointers from distances of 54, 41 and 44 yards, finishing his career as the Southland Conference leader in career field goal percentage (78.1) and wrapping up 116-for-116 on PATs. Honorable Mention: Gavin Lasseigne, Nicholls; Hayden Ray, Central Arkansas; Devonte Williams, Southeastern La. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school's sports information director. Voting for one's own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. - Southland Football

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  Josh McGowen ran 158 yards and a score on 22 carries, Xavier Gipson had seven receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown, and Stephen F. Austin beat Northwestern State 32-20 in the season finale for both teams on Thursday night. Thomas Hutchings added 75 yards rushing, including a 7-yard TD, for Stephen F. Austin. Storm Ruiz made a career-long 54-yard field goal midway through the first quarter and three plays later Gary Sampson recovered a fumble at the Northwestern State 13 to set up Hutchings' touchdown run before Ruiz added a 41-yarder to make it 13-0 going into the second quarter.

McGowen scored on a 20-yard run and, on the first play from scrimmage after the Lumberjacks (2-9, 2-6 Southland Conference) recovered an onside kick, Trae Self hit Gipson in stride for a 55-yard TD to make it 27-0 with 10:39 left in the first half. Shelton Eppler threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Price to cut Northwestern State's deficit to 27-7 at halftime but Gary Sampson strip-sacked Eppler for a safety and then Ruiz kicked a 44-yard field goal to make it 32-7 with 8:48 left in the third quarter. Eppler was 27-of-50 passing for 333 yards and two touchdowns and Quan Shorts had nine receptions for 132 yards and a score for Northwestern State (3-8, 3-5). - AP College Football


(DS#999 WR) So/2023 WR Xavier GipsonStephen F. Austin
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  Xavier Gipson caught four passes for 132 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown to help Stephen F. Austin beat Incarnate Word 31-24 on Saturday night. Cam Arnold connected with Gipson in stride on a go route for a 70-yard TD pass that made it 28-21 for the Lumberjacks (2-8, 2-5 Southland) with 13:26 left in the fourth quarter. Storm Ruiz kicked a 38-yard field goal to extend the lead to 31-21. Carson Mohr answered with a 32-yard field goal for the Cardinals (5-5, 4-4) with 5:19 left in the game. Stephen F. Austin took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter after Thomas Hutchings scored on a 2-yard run and Arnold took a 20-yard keeper into the end zone. Incarnate Word scored all three of its touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 21-14 at half. Hutchings scored on a 21-yard run to tie it at 21 early in the third quarter. Jon Copeland completed 35 of 62 passes for 349 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Cardinals. - AP College Football

(DS#999 WR) So/2023 WR Xavier GipsonStephen F. Austin
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  2019 JERRY RICE AWARD WATCH LIST: Xavier Gipson, WR/KR, Stephen F. Austin: 37 receptions, 619 yards, 4 TDs; 21.6 KO return average; 109.7 all-purpose yards per game (9 games),...Through his debut collegiate campaign, the Dallas, Texas, product has distinguished himself as not just one of the best freshmen in the Southland Conference but among all FCS competitors as well. Over the course of his first nine games as collegian, Gipson tops SFA's charts in receiving yards (619), receiving yards per game (68.8), receptions (37) and receiving touchdowns (four).

Not only has Gipson served as a potent weapon for the 'Jacks on offense, his special teams prowess is eye-catching as well. A kickoff return specialist, too, Gipson has accumulated a total of 345 return yards which are the fifth-most in the Southland and the 52nd-highest total on the FCS scene this season. The freshman's all-purpose yardage average of 109.7 per game ranks as the fifth-best in the Southland and the 56th-best among FCS student-athletes. - STATS FCS/Stephen F. Austin Football


(DS#999 WR) So/2023 WR Xavier GipsonStephen F. Austin
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  SEPT 30/WEEK 5 SOUTHLAND DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stephen F. Austin's Amad Murray, R-Fr., Defensive End, Huntsville, Texas,...Murray played a vital role in a Stephen F. Austin defense that held Lamar to just three points through the first three quarters of Saturday's 24-17 win over the Cardinals. The redshirt freshman defensive end tallied two of the ‘Jacks' four sacks, both of which came on third-downs tops. Murray is the first SFA player this season to record multiple sacks in a game. Honorable Mention: Scean Mustin, Sam Houston State; Alexis Ramos, Southeastern Louisiana; Tre Richardson, UIW. - Southland Conference Football

(DS#999 DE) rSo/2023 DE Amad MurrayStephen F. Austin
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  09/29/19 - DaLeon WardrSr/2021, Stephen F. Austin, 5-10, 180 (DS#94 RB) + More +

  Quarterback Trae Self passed for 291 yards but it was running back Da'Leon Ward who threw the winning touchdown as Stephen F. Austin defeated Lamar 24-17 on Saturday night. Trailing for the first time in the game, Stephen F. Austin drove 75 yards in 1:29 and regained the lead when Ward hit Ryan Waugh with a 4-yard pass for the touchdown. Self ran for two points and a 24-17 lead for the Lumberjacks (1-4, 1-1 Southland). Lamar (2-3, 0-2) went ahead 17-16 when Jordan Hoy threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Mason Sikes with 6:44 remaining. The Cardinals' other touchdown came via a 15-yard pick-6 by Kyron Norwood early in the fourth quarter. Hoy completed 19 of 36 passes for 203 yards and matched Myles Wanza with 54 yards for the team rushing lead. Ward led the Lumberjacks with 55 yards rushing with one touchdown. Storm Ruiz kicked three field goals for SFA. - AP College Football

(DS#94 RB) rSr/2021 RB DaLeon WardStephen F. Austin
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  09/25/19 - Storm RuizSr/2020, Stephen F. Austin, 5-10, 170 (DS#18 K) + More +

  SEPT 9/WEEK 2 SOUTHLAND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stephen F. Austin's Storm Ruiz, Sr., Placekicker - League City, Texas,...Responsible for more than half of SFA's point total, Ruiz banged home all four of his field-goal tries, marking a career high for the senior from League City, Texas. He added a pair of extra points in the ‘Jacks home opener and became the first SFA kicker to make four field goals in a game since Nov. 3, 2012. Honorable Mention: Bailey Giffen, Lamar; Bailey Raborn, McNeese; Taylor Wallace, Central Arkansas. - Southland Conference Football

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  08/30/19 - Alize WardrSr/2021, Stephen F. Austin, 5-10, 190 (DS#33 FS) + More +

  All-America S Alize Ward is lost for the season following a non-contact knee injury occurred this month in practice. - Houston Chronicle

(DS#33 FS) rSr/2021 FS Alize WardStephen F. Austin
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Ward will miss the season and was already considered a priority free agent and he could either come out for the 2020 draft or return for the 2021 draft.

  08/15/19 - Alize WardrSr/2021, Stephen F. Austin, 5-10, 190 (DS#33 FS) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT ALL-FCS FOURTH TEAM: Alize Ward, Stephen F. Austin, Sr.,...Ward finished second on the team in total tackles (58) last season. The San Diego, California (DeSoto HS), native led the 'Jacks in solo stops (36) in 2018 and claimed 2.5 tackles for loss to go along with an interception, forced fumble and pair of pass breakups. - Stephen F. Austin Football

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  07/16/19 - Alize WardrSr/2021, Stephen F. Austin, 5-10, 190 (DS#33 FS) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON ALL-SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Alize Ward, Stephen F. Austin, Sr., San Diego, Calif.,...Ward, who has claimed back-to-back All-Southland Second Team spots the previous two years, finished second on the team in total tackles (58) last season. The San Diego, California (DeSoto HS), native led the 'Jacks in solo stops (36) in 2018 and claimed 2.5 tackles for loss to go along with an interception, forced fumble and pair of pass breakups.

He ranked 20th among all Southland defenders with 6.4 tackles per game, while second among SFA kickoff returners with 254 yards on 11 returns. Although not meeting NCAA minimums, Ward would have tied for 42nd nationally in yards per kickoff return (23.1) and ranked third in the Southland in that category. He had three games with 10 or more tackles and racked up over 50 yards on kickoff returns on two separate occasions. Ward notched six or more tackles five times last fall and had at least four tackles in eight different games. - Stephen F. Austin Football


(DS#33 FS) rSr/2021 FS Alize WardStephen F. Austin
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It's going to be interesting to see what kind of road grades Ward gets back during the season. He's a legit Day 3 possibility and All-Star Bowl candidate now ... but will he hold that status, even with a big year and three-to-five top underclassmen FS/SS in the mix come Jan 18th.

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