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  The Denver Broncos did not sign former Auburn/Jacksonville State tight end Landon Rice, though they did express interest in him as a free agent, according to the Denver Post. Rice's signing with the Broncos was originally announced by Jacksonville State's official social media accounts. Rice was not selected in the 2021 NFL Draft but Jacksonville State announced on Twitter and Instagram that he had signed with the Broncos. A former four-star tight end, Rice originally signed with Auburn as part of its 2016 recruiting class. He was dismissed from the team on Sept. 10, 2016 after being accused of rape for an incident that occurred in April 2016. A subsequent Title IX investigation found Rice was "responsible" for sexual assault, and his appeal of the ruling was denied. As part of his initial punishment, Rice was banned from Auburn's campus for eight years -- until the fall of 2024 -- and was not permitted to attend any of the university's events during that time. - Birmingham News

(DS#35 TE) Sr/2021 TE Landon RiceJacksonville State
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  MARCH 8 OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Zion Webb, QB, 6-0, 200, R-Jr., Phenix City, Ala., Jacksonville State,...Webb completed 21-of-33 passes for 280 yards and a career-high three touchdowns and rushed for 18 yards as Jacksonville State won its fifth-straight game, 38-16 at Tennessee Tech. He had a 29-yard touchdown pass right before halftime, added a 54-yard pass early in the fourth quarter and capped the game with a 19-yard score with 3:57 to play. Others Nominated: Damonta Witherspoon, Murray State; Cam Wyche, Tennessee State; Rodney Williams, UT Martin. - Ohio Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Zion WebbJacksonville State
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  MARCH 2 OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nicario Harper, SAF, 6-1, 180, R-So., Atlanta, Ga., Jacksonville State,...Harper led a stellar JSU defensive effort against No. 23 Tennessee Tech, recording a game-high 13 tackles and also intercepting a pass in the 27-10 win. His interception came with just over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter at the JSU three-yard line to stop a TTU scoring threat and keep the JSU lead at two possession. The play also set up the Gamecocks' final scoring drive. Harper was the leading tackler on a defense that held TTU to just 227 total yards and only 75 yards on the ground and also forced five turnovers. Others Nominated: Don Parker, Murray State; Nyle Love, Tennessee State; Jamaal Thompson, Tennessee Tech. - Ohio Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 FS) rJr/2023 FS Nicario HarperJacksonville State
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  02/28/21 - Uriah WestSr/2022, Jacksonville State, 5-11, 225 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Zion Webb threw for 125 yards and a touchdown and Uriah West ran for 106 yards and a touchdown and Jacksonville State beat Tennessee Tech 27-10 on Sunday. Jacksonville State (4-1, 1-0 Ohio Valley Conference) kicked off the FCS spring season picking right up where it left off in the fall. Following a 41-24 loss at FBS-member Florida State in October - a game in which the Gamecocks led 14-0 after the first quarter - Jacksonville State followed with wins against Mercer, North Alabama and Florida International. Sunday, the 16th-ranked Gamecocks came out against Tennessee Tech (1-1, 1-1) and immediately controlled the line of scrimmage. They held the Golden Eagles to four yards in three plays on their opening drive to force a punt. Jacksonville State then held the ball for a 14-play, 53-yard drive that ended when Josh Samuel ran it in from two yards out. - Jacksonville State/AP College Football

(DS#999 RB) Sr/2022 RB Uriah WestJacksonville State
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  Alen Karajic made his fourth field goal with 2:40 remaining and Jacksonville State beat Florida International 19-10 on Friday night for the first FCS victory over an FBS team this season. Jacksonville State (3-1), of the Ohio Valley Conference, got its first win against an FBS school since topping Georgia State in 2013 and Mississippi in '10. JSU outrushed FIU 285-72 despite Zerrick Cooper leaving the game with an injury after one carry. Josh Samuel carried it 25 times for 163 yards and a touchdown, and Uriah West added 24 carries for 116 yards. Karajic made his first three field goals before getting his fourth attempt blocked, snapping a string of seven makes. JSU coach John Grass returned, in the Gamecocks' season finale, after missing last week's win over North Alabama due to testing positive for COVID-19. FIU (0-3), of Conference USA, was held to 156 total yards and six first downs. - AP College Foootball

(DS#18 QB) rSr/2022 QB Zerrick CooperJacksonville State
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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/2022 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/2022 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

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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) rSr/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

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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) rSr/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) rSr/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

(DS#18 QB) rSr/2022 QB Zerrick CooperJacksonville State
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