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  SEPT 12 BIG SOUTH OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gardner-Webb quarterback Bailey Fisher (Clayton, Ga.) nearly engineered Gardner-Webb's second-ever FBS win as he passed for a career-high 403 yards and accounted for three touchdowns in a 31-27 loss to former Big South foe Coastal Carolina. His 5-yard rushing touchdown with just over 10 minutes to play put Gardner-Webb up, 27-24. He also scored on a 4-yard run, and threw a touchdown pass in the first half. Fisher's efforts helped GWU roll to 495 yards of total offense, including 448 through the air. He completed 16 passes that went for first downs - 10 of which were more than 20 yards and two of longer than 53 yards. Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Julian Hill (Campbell). - Big South Football

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  SEPT 12 BIG SOUTH DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gardner-Webb defensive back Jamari Brown (Miami, Fla.) was all over the field on Saturday at Coastal Carolina that included a pair of forced turnovers in a narrow 31-27 loss to the Chanticleers. His 17-yard fumble recovery and return set up a game-tying field goal in the second quarter, while his 54-yard interception return set GWU up inside the Chanticleers' red zone late in the second quarter. Brown tallied five total tackles (three solo) and added a half-tackle for loss. Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Joe Andreessen (Bryant) and Gabe Holmes (Campbell). - Big South Football

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  SEPT 5 BIG SOUTH FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Gardner-Webb running back Janiero Crankfield ran for a career-high 89 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries to help GWU tie a school-record with eight rushing touchdowns in a 56-21 season-opening win over Limestone. His second TD of the game put Gardner-Webb up 35-7 in the second quarter, while his final run - a 21-yard sprint - gave the home team a 56-14 lead. Crankfield also had one reception for 12 yards, plus 33 return yards for 134 all-purpose yards on the evening. Also nominated for Freshman of the Week: Zachary Yeager (North Carolina A&T). - Big South Football

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  Narii Gaither had 137 of Gardner-Webb's 412 rushing yards, Janiero Crankfield rushed for three scores, and the Runnin' Bulldogs routed Division II Limestone 56-21 on Thursday night in a season opener for both teams. Gaither, a preseason All-American who has been named to the Walter Payton Award watch list, had 120 yards in the first half as the Runnin' Bulldogs piled up 309 rushing yards. Gardner-Webb had 394 yards of total offense and 22 first downs in the half while holding the Saints to 131 yards and five first downs. Gardner-Webb scored 42 points in the first half and finished the game with 642 total yards. Limestone, with a spark from quarterback John Seter in the second half, finished with 347 total yards. Seter had 259 passing yards and two touchdowns. Matthew Caldwell was 12-of-15 passing for 137 yards for Gardner-Webb. The Runnin' Bulldogs scored all eight of their touchdowns on the ground. - AP College Football

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  2022 PRESEASON STATS PERFORM FCS THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: AP - Narii Gaither, 5-10, 181, senior, Gardner-Webb,...Gaither (Rock Hill, S.C. / Rock Hill HS) added to a growing list of preseason honors, earning a spot as an all-purpose back. The 5-foot-10, 181-pound dynamo is one of the top dual threats in the country, capable of dominating a game on the ground or through the air. He is one of only two backs returning for 2022 who led their team in both rushing yards and receptions.

Gaither, who played in only nine full games, carried 178 times for 991 yards and seven touchdowns - while leading the Big South with 5.6 yards per carry. He also led GWU with 42 catches for 351 yards and five scores, and had two games with at least 10 receptions late in the season. Gaither recorded a pair of 150-yard rushing games, doing so in just over a half of action against Campbell. He has recorded back-to-back Big South rushing titles, and has carried for 1,454 career yards in only 26 games - with much of that damage coming over the past 12 games. - Gardner-Webb Football


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  2022 PRESEASON STATS PERFORM FCS THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DL - Ty French, 6-3, 230, junior, Gardner-Webb,...French (Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt County HS) has been one of the nation's most feared pass rushers since arriving on campus in 2020. He was the Big South's Defensive Freshman of the Year following the spring season in 2021, and followed that up with another first-team All-Big South nod this past fall. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior was a Hero Sports Freshman All-America in the spring and a Sophomore All-America in the fall. French has 22.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks in just 14 career games so far, disrupting opposing defenses to the tune of 132 lost yards. Last season, French had 61 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He was dominant against Big South foes, recording seven of his sacks in the final four games he played. - Gardner-Webb Football

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  2022 PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT BIG SOUTH PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: RB Narii Gaither, Gardner-Webb, Sr.,...Gaither played in just nine full games in 2021, but managed to produce 991 yards and seven touchdowns on 178 carries. His average of 5.6 yards per carry ranked among the nation's best and led the Big South. The 5-foot-10, 181-pounder also caught 42 passes for 351 yards and five more touchdowns. He produced a pair of 150-yard games and caught 10 passes in a game twice in 2021. Gaither has run for 150 yards or more four times in his last 14 gamess over two seasons. - Gardner-Webb Football

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  2022 PRESEASON WALTER PAYTON AWARD WATCH LIST: RB Narii Gaither, Gardner-Webb, Sr., 5-10, 181,...Gaither, who has garnered significant preseason plaudits over the past three weeks, enters his senior season poised for even greater heights. The Rock Hill, S.C., native has won back-to-back Big South Conference rushing titles, is a two-time All-Big South choice and is one of only two backs returning for the 2022 season nationally to lead his team in rushing yards and receptions. Gaither played in just nine full games in 2021, but managed to produce 991 yards and seven touchdowns on 178 carries. His average of 5.6 yards per carry ranked among the nation's best and led the Big South. The 5-foot-10, 181-pounder also caught 42 passes for 351 yards and five more touchdowns. He produced a pair of 150-yard games and caught 10 passes in a game twice in 2021. Gaither has run for 150 yards or more four times in his last 14 gamess over two seasons. - Gardner-Webb Football

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  2022 PRESEASON BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD WATCH LIST: DL Ty French, Gardner-Webb, Jr., 6-3, 230,...French is making his second appearance on one of Stats Perform's most important national awards. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder was a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award following the spring 2021 season – which is given to the nation's top freshman each season. After announcing his arrival to college football with a debut that included 12 tackes, 4.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in a win over No. 24 Elon on February 27, 2021, French continued to dominate as a sophomore. He finished last season with 61 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 quarterback sacks. French earned Freshman All-America and Sophomore All-America honors for his efforts and enters his third season with 22.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks and 24 quarterback pressures in just 14 career games to date. - Gardner-Webb Football

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  2022 PRESEASON ALL-BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): RB Narii Gaither, Sr., Gardner-Webb,...The All-America candidate is one of the top all-purpose backs in the country and is coming off the best season of his career. A two-time All-Big South choice, Gaither churned out 991 yards on the ground with seven scores – and also led the team with 42 catches for 351 yards and five touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound speedster led the Big South in rushing, all-purpose yards and yards per carry last season and topped the 100-yard rushing mark in five games.

Gaither ranked No. 9 nationally in all-purpose yards and was only one of two backs to lead his team in rushing yards and receptions during the 2021 season. His best game of the season came in a narrow loss at No. 10 Kennesaw State, when he rushed 22 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns and caught a career-high 10 passes for 91 yards and the go-ahead score with just 43 seconds left in the game. He followed with 210 all-purpose yards at Hampton and closed with 185 all-purpose yards and two receiving touchdowns in the season finale win at North Carolina A&T. - Gardner-Webb Football


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  2022 PRESEASON ALL-BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DL Ty French, Jr., Gardner-Webb,...French (Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt County HS) has been one of the nation's most feared pass rushers since arriving on campus in 2020. He was the Big South's Defensive Freshman of the Year following the spring season in 2021, and followed that up with another first-team All-Big South nod this past fall. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior was a Hero Sports Freshman All-America in the spring and a Sophomore All-America in the fall. French has 22.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks in just 14 career games so far, disrupting opposing defenses to the tune of 132 lost yards. - Gardner-Webb Football

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  2022 PRESEASON ALL-BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DB Jamari Brown, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb,...Ty French paced the Gardner-Webb contingent on defense and is also an All-America candidate heading into the 2022 season. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior remains one of the top pass rushers in the FCS and has led GWU in tackles for loss and sacks for two consecutive seasons. French was joined on the All-Big South preseason defense by linebacker William McRainey and safety Jamari Brown. - Gardner-Webb Football

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  2022 PRESEASON ALL-BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): LB William McRainey, Jr., Gardner-Webb,...Ty French paced the Gardner-Webb contingent on defense and is also an All-America candidate heading into the 2022 season. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior remains one of the top pass rushers in the FCS and has led GWU in tackles for loss and sacks for two consecutive seasons. French was joined on the All-Big South preseason defense by linebacker William McRainey and safety Jamari Brown. - Gardner-Webb Football

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  2022 PRESEASON ALL-BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): OL Gabe Thompson, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb,...Narii Gaither was named Big South Offensive Player of the Year on Tuesday, adding to a growing list of preseason accolades. He was joined on the All-Big South preseason offense by linemen Gabriel Thompson and Clayton Frady, receiver Justin Franklin and quarterback Bailey Fisher – who was also a preseason choice at punter. TJ Luther, Gardner-Webb's fastest man, was named preseason All-Big South as a kick return specialist. - Gardner-Webb Football

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  2022 PRESEASON ALL-BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): OL Clayton Frady, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb,...Narii Gaither was named Big South Offensive Player of the Year on Tuesday, adding to a growing list of preseason accolades. He was joined on the All-Big South preseason offense by linemen Gabriel Thompson and Clayton Frady, receiver Justin Franklin and quarterback Bailey Fisher – who was also a preseason choice at punter. - Gardner-Webb Football

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