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  2022 ASUN CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Conor Cummins, Kennesaw State,...In his first season handling the Owls' place-kicking duties, Cummins was a perfect 25-of-25 on his PATs while also connecting on 10-of-14 (71.4%) of his field goal tries. He tallied a total of 55 points for KSU. Cummins went 4-of-6 from 40 yards or farther and set the KSU record for longest field goal with a 50-yard kick at Eastern Kentucky. - ASUN Conference Football

So/2025 K Conor CumminsKennesaw State
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  NOV 7 FEDEX GROUND FCS NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chance Gamble, Kennesaw State, DB, So., 6-2, 170, Fitzgerald, Georgia,...Gamble matched the FCS season high with three interceptions in his ASUN team's 44-27 win at UT Martin, the Ohio Valley Conference co-leader. He put a stamp on the performance with an 89-yard pick-six on the game's final play, giving him 128 return yards, which are the most in the subdivision this year. He also set a career high in tackles for the second straight week, with seven solos among his eight stops. Honorable Mention: Travell Cook, DB, Saint Francis; Evan Eller, DB, VMI; Patrick Godbolt, DE, South Carolina State; Ryan Greenhagen, LB, Fordham; PJ Herrington, S, Northwestern State; Robert Hicks, LB, UT Martin; Marcus Hillman, DB, Elon; Alex Howard, LB, Youngstown State; Michael Jackson, DB, Portland State; Jamison Lindsey, DB, Mississippi Valley State; Joshua Reed, LB, Grambling State; Caleb Sanders, DT, South Dakota State; Scott Valentas, LB, Columbia; Aiden Weber, LB, Delaware State. - STATS FCS Football

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  NOV 7 ASUN FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Xavier Shepherd, Kennesaw State, Junior, Quarterback, Nashville, Tenn.,...First Career ASUN Offensive Player of the Week award; first-ever selection for Kennesaw State...Accounted for five touchdowns (30 points) in KSU's upset win over No. 15 UT Martin...Rushed for 86 yards and three scores, which marked his sixth career game with three rushing TDs...Made most of his three pass completions finishing with 123 yards and two touchdowns...Connected with Blake Bohannon for a 61-yard touchdown play that helped Owls retake the lead in the fourth quarter. Other Nominees: Mike DiLiello, Austin Peay; Parker McKinney, Eastern Kentucky; ShunDerrick Powell, North Alabama. - ASUN Football

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  NOV 7 ASUN FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chance Gamble, Kennesaw State, Sophomore, Cornerback, Fitzgerald, Ga.,...First Career ASUN Defensive Player of the Week award; marked third honor for the season and all-time for the Owls...Matched the FCS season high and tied KSU record with three interceptions in the win against No. 15 UT Martin...Finished with career-best eight tackles including seven solo stops...Tallied an FCS season-high 128 interception return yards highlighted by an 89-yard pick-six on the game's final play...Earned the Stats Perform FedEx Ground FCS National Defensive Player of the Week honor. Other Nominees: Shamari Simmons, Austin Peay; TK McLendon, Eastern Kentucky. - ASUN Football

So/2025 CB Chance GambleKennesaw State
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  OCT 31 ASUN FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gabriel Benyard, Kennesaw State, Sophomore, Running Back, Ocilla, Ga.,...First Career ASUN Special Teams Player of the Week award; third selection all-time and of the season for KSU...Set school record for most punt return yards in a single game with 117; had long of 37 yards...Added one kick return of 29 yards...Finished with over 200 all-purpose yards; tallied two rushes (11 yards) and two receptions (61 yards)...Recorded second career receiving touchdown. Other Nominees: Christian Richmond, Central Arkansas; Jamari Jenson, Jacksonville State. - ASUN Football

So/2025 RB Gabriel BenyardKennesaw State
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  Xavier Shepherd accounted for five touchdowns as Kennesaw State battled back from a 10-point deficit early in the third quarter to post a 44-27 win over No. 15 UT Martin in the first-ever meeting between the schools Saturday. Kennesaw State is now 6-0 against teams from the Ohio Valley Conference and 26-14 when playing a team for the first time. UT Martin (5-4) trailed 17-3 midway through the second quarter, but Dresser Winn threw two touchdown passes and Zak Wallace raced 21 yards for a touchdown to put the Skyhawks in front, 24-17 at intermission. Shepherd hit Gabriel Benyard with a 32-yard touchdown pass to make it 27-24 after three, then hit Blake Bohannon from 61-yards out to take the lead. Shepherd added his third rushing touchdown of the game and Chance Gamble picked off a Winn pass as time expired and returned it 89 yards for a touchdown. Gamble picked off three passes and the Owls (5-4) came up with five interceptions against Winn. - Kennesaw State/AP College Football

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  Xavier Shepherd accounted for 220 total yards and three touchdowns and Kennesaw State led all the way en route to a 30-20 win over Charleston Southern on Saturday. Shepherd threw for 158 yards and a touchdown and ran 28 times for 62 yards and a pair of scores. His 37-yard scoring pass to Gabriel Benyard made it 10-0 with 5:35 remaining before halftime. Jeremiah McClendon got Charleston Southern back in it when he intercepted Shepherd for 25-yard pick-6 to cut its deficit to three. Conor Cummins pushed the lead to 13-7 with 10 seconds before intermission with a 29-yard field goal. After the teams exchange scores in the third - one of which was a 1-yard Shepherd plunge - his 3-yarder with 10:28 left sealed it for the Owls. JD Moore and TJ Ruff each scored rushing touchdowns for the Buccaneers (1-7). - Kennesaw State/AP College Football

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  OCT 24 ASUN FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Conor Cummins, Kennesaw State, Sophomore, Kicker, Marietta, Ga.,...Second Career ASUN Special Teams Player of the Week award; second of the season and second all-time award for the Owls...Sent the game into overtime with a career-long 40-yard field goal as time expired in regulation...Made a pair of field goals in the game and was perfect 3-for-3 on PATs...Finished with nine of the KSU's 33 points in the win ...Has garnered ASUN weekly awards twice in the last three weeks. Other Nominees: Jaden Smith, Eastern Kentucky. - ASUN Football

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  OCT 24 ASUN FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Markeith Montgomery, Kennesaw State, Senior, Safety, Flintstone, Ga.,...Second Career ASUN Defensive Player of the Week award and second of the season; KSU's second all-time nod in the category...One of the Owls' top tacklers finishing with eight stops including six solo tackles...Nabbed his third interception of the season and eighth of his career to match the KSU career record...Also notched a TFL (-3 yards) and broke up another pass...Leads KSU on the season with 42 total tackles. Other Nominees: Jaylen Herrud, Eastern Kentucky; Fred Perry, Jacksonville State. - ASUN Football

rSr/2023 CB Markeith MontgomeryKennesaw State
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  Xavier Shepherd scored from 4-yards out in overtime to lift Kennesaw State to a 33-30 win over Tennessee Tech in a wild non-conference showdown on Saturday. The teams combined to score 17 points in the final 90 seconds of regulation. Conor Cummins converted a 40-yard field goal as time expired in regulation to pull Kennesaw State even and force the extra period, and the Owls' defense held the Golden Eagles to a 46-yard Hayden Olsen field goal on the opening possession of overtime.

Shepherd had 224 yards and a touchdown and added 125 yards and the game-winning score on 30 carries. Shepherd put Kennesaw State (2-4) in front 24-20 with 1:21 left in the fourth quarter with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Foster, but Jeremiah Oatsvall completed four passes, including a 39-yard strike to Heath Price and an 18-yarder to Willie Miller for a touchdown with 27 seconds remaining. Oatsvall was 18 of 29 for 264 yards and three touchdowns for Tennessee Tech (1-6). - Kennesaw State/AP College Football


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  Kennesaw State was approved for membership in Conference USA on Friday, and will join the league on July 1, 2024. Conference USA is going through a transition of its makeup, with six of the league's 11 current members in their last academic year before moving to the American Athletic Conference next summer. That will be at the same time that Liberty, New Mexico State, Jacksonville State and Sam Houston State will join C-USA. Kennesaw State's addition a year after that will put the league at 10 members. C-USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod said adding Kennesaw State "continues to build upon our strong foundation." The public university with two campuses in Georgia has 43,000 undergraduate and graduate students and sponsors 18 sports, 17 of which will compete in Conference USA.

Kennesaw State's football program is only in its eighth season. The Owls played the first seven as an associate member in the Big South, winning three conference titles before joining the school's other programs in the ASUN this season. Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice, UAB and UTSA are leaving Conference USA for the American next summer. C-USA was at 14 schools before Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Mississippi left this past summer for the Sun Belt. - AP College Football


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  OCT 10 ASUN FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Conor Cummins, Kennesaw State, Sophomore, Kicker, Marietta, Ga.,...First Career ASUN Special Teams Player of the Week award; marks first all-time selection for the Owls...Made first career field goals hitting from 36 and 26 yards in KSU's win over North Alabama...Was a perfect 4-of-4 on his PATs in the victory against the Lions...Responsible for 10 points in Kennesaw State's first ASUN victory on Saturday...Recorded the first scoring attempts in his career with his kicks...Other Nominees: Christian Richmond, Central Arkansas. - ASUN Conference Football

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  SEPT 26 ASUN FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Markeith Montgomery, Kennesaw State, Senior, Safety, Flintstone, Ga.,...First Career ASUN Defensive Player of the Week award; first honor for Kennesaw State...Recorded a 78-yard interception return for his first career touchdown to set the KSU program record...Interception was the sixth of his career moving him into third all-time in Owls' history...Recorded four total tackles (two solo) and had a PBU as well in the victory over Wofford...Montgomery and the Owls open league play at Jacksonville State on Saturday...Other Nominees: Kory Chapman, Austin Peay; TD Williams, Central Arkansas; Chase Lasater, Eastern Kentucky. - ASUN Conference Football

rSr/2023 CB Markeith MontgomeryKennesaw State
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  SEPT 12 ASUN FOOTBALL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Juandarion Silas, Kennesaw State, Freshman, Linebacker, Decatur, Ala.,...First Career ASUN Freshman of the Week award; fourth all-time & first of the season for Owls...Notched a career-high five tackles in the contest against FBS foe Cincinnati...Had four solo stops and one assisted tackle in the game...Recorded one tackle for a loss (-3 yards)...Forced a fumble in a game for the second consecutive time this season...Other Nominees: Kellen Stewart, Austin Peay; Jeremy Edwards, Eastern Kentucky. - ASUN Conference Football

Fr/2026 OLB Juandarion SilasKennesaw State
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  Isaac Foster scored with 21 seconds left in regulation and ran 12 yards for a touchdown in the second overtime to rally Kennesaw State to a 40-34 win over North Alabama on Saturday night. After Foster's burst around left end, the defense stood tall with Markeith Montgomery defending the fourth-and-7 pass from the 22. Noah Walters and Takairee Kenebrew hooked up for a 60-yard touchdown with 3:43 to play to put North Alabama up 27-20. The Owls, who had 227 yards rushing, worked their way back to fourth-and-goal at the 1 when Xavier Shepherd hit Foster on a play-action pass to tie the game.

On a third-and-16 to open the overtime, Walters and Kenebrew connected for their third touchdown for 31 yards. Shepherd responded with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Hill on third-and-8. Shepherd finished 13-of-18 passing for 172 yards and kept the ball 34 times for 102 yards and two more scores for the Owls (2-3, 1-0 Atlantic Sun). Foster had six runs for 36 yards and five catches for 76. Walters was 15 of 27 for 326 yards with Kenebrew catching four for a career-best 162 yards in the first-ever A-Sun game for the Lions (1-4, 0-1). - AP College Football


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