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  11/24/21 - K.J. SmithrSr/2022, North Alabama, 5-11, 187 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  2021 BIG SOUTH SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (COACHES): K.J. Smith, DB, Gr., North Alabama,...Smith is a 4.00 student working on his Masters of Science in Health and Human Performance. A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, Smith is the first three-time Big South Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year honoree. He led the Big South during the regular-season with six interceptions, and totaled 42 tackles and 12 passes defended for the Lions. - Big South Football

(DS#999 FS) rSr/2022 FS K.J. SmithNorth Alabama
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  Parker Driggers ran for touchdowns, Jaylen Gipson ran for another two and North Alabama defeated Hampton 35-27 on Saturday. The Lions (3-8, 2-4 Big South) never trailed and led 35-21 after Driggers' 2-yard touchdown run with 3:11 left in the game. Tymere Robinson scored for Hampton (5-6, 3-4) with 1:06 to go but North Alabama recovered the onside kick. Blake Dever completed 15 of 28 passes for 254 yards and the Lions had a total of 351 passing yards. Jett Duffey completed 15 of 24 passes for 242 yards and led the Pirates with 69 yards on the ground. Romon Copeland had six receptions for 129 yards. - AP College Football

(DS#999 WR) rFr/2025 WR Parker DriggersNorth Alabama
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  10/23/21 - Rett FilesrSo/2024, North Alabama, 6-3, 235 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Rett Files threw all three of his touchdown passes to Takairee Kenebrew and ran for another score as North Alabama rolled to a 45-22 victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday. Early in the fourth quarter, Files and Kenebrew connected on a 76-yard score that gave North Alabama (2-6, 1-2 Big South Conference) a 24-7 lead. Files added a 1-yard TD run with 10:29 remaining following a Charleston Southern (2-4, 1-3) turnover. The pair also had a 59-yard yard touchdown and a 4-yarder, each in the first quarter. Files was 17-of-36 passing for 235 yards. Kenebrew finished with four catches for 141 yards. Jack Chambers was 20-of-48 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions and added 110 yards rushing with a score for the Buccaneers, who scored all 22 points in the fourth quarter. - AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2024 QB Rett FilesNorth Alabama
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  Parker Driggers ran for 145 yards and three touchdowns - including a school- and Big South Conference-record 99-yarder - on just 12 carries and North Alabama picked up its first win of the season with a 42-31 victory over Robert Morris on Saturday. Driggers staked the Lions (1-6, 1-2) to leads of 7-0 and 14-7 with short touchdowns runs before racing 99 yards to the end zone to make it a two-score lead. Jaxton Carson added a 4-yard TD run and Rett Files connected with E.J. Rogers for a 38-yard score as North Alabama took a 35-10 lead into halftime. Files capped the scoring for the Lions with a 32-yard TD toss to Kobe Warden in the final period. Files was 20-of-30 passing for 262 yards with two interceptions. George Martin completed 17 of 40 passes for 252 yards and two third-quarter TDs - an 18-yarder to James Westry and a 22-yarder to Alijah Jackson - for the Colonials (2-3, 1-2). Westry finished with eight catches for 103 yards, while Jackson rushed for 86 yards on 18 carries. - AP College Football

(DS#999 WR) rFr/2025 WR Parker DriggersNorth Alabama
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  09/15/21 - Joe GurleyrSr/2022, North Alabama, 6-1, 200 (DS#999 P) + More +

  SEPT 13 BIG SOUTH SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: North Alabama punter Joe Gurley (Killen, Ala.) averaged 45.1 yards on eight punts against nationally-ranked Chattanooga, with just four returned for a total of eight yards. He boomed two kicks beyond 50 yards with a long of 57, had two downed inside the Mocs' 20-yard line, and did not record a touchback. On the eight ensuing drives, Chattanooga managed only one score (field goal), punted four times and committed two turnovers. Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: Reece Moulton (Campbell), Miller Braddock (Charleston Southern), Nathan Robertson (Kennesaw State) and Nick Null (Monmouth). - Big South Football

(DS#999 P) rSr/2022 P Joe GurleyNorth Alabama
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  09/08/21 - Joe GurleyrSr/2022, North Alabama, 6-1, 200 (DS#999 P) + More +

  SEPT 6 BIG SOUTH SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: North Alabama punter Joe Gurley (Killen, Ala.) averaged 44.5 yards on four punts against Southeastern Louisiana, with just one returned for zero yards. He pinned a 46-yarder that was downed at the 1-yard line, and had a long of 47 on the night. - Big South Football

(DS#999 P) rSr/2022 P Joe GurleyNorth Alabama
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  08/05/20 - Andre LittlerSr/2022, North Alabama, 5-11, 174 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-BIG SOUTH SECOND TEAM: KR Andre Little, North Alabama, Jr.,...Little led the Big South Conference in kickoff return average at 29.7 last season and earned second-team All-Big South Conference and second-team Phil Steele's All-Big South Conference honors as a kick returner. He had 16 total returns for 475 yards. Little had a 94-yard touchdown return vs. Campbell and led UNA with 1,126 all-purpose yards a year ago. - North Alabama Football

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Andre LittleNorth Alabama
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  08/05/20 - Joe GurleyrSr/2022, North Alabama, 6-1, 200 (DS#999 P) + More +

  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-BIG SOUTH SECOND TEAM: K Joe Gurley, North Alabama, Sr.,...As a place-kicker last season, Gurley booted a game-winning field goal on the final play of the game to beat Campbell, 25-24. He was 14-of-17 on field goal attempts with a long of 48. He led the Big South in field goal percentage (82.3) and was second in the league in field goals made. He made four of his five attempts from over 40 yards. Gurley led the team in scoring with 60 points. He averaged 57.4 yards on 40 kickoffs, with 12 touchbacks. He was second-team Phil Steele's All-Big South Conference as a kicker last season. - North Alabama Football

(DS#999 P) rSr/2022 P Joe GurleyNorth Alabama
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  08/05/20 - K.J. SmithrSr/2022, North Alabama, 5-11, 187 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-BIG SOUTH SECOND TEAM: K.J. Smith, North Alabama, Sr.,...Smith was selected as the Big South Conference Football Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2019, as well as the league's overall Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. A two-year starter at UNA, he finished fifth on the team in tackles (54) and had two interceptions last season. Named first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America┬« and STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar Athlete of the Year National Finalist, he will be playing as a graduate student at UNA in the Fall after graduating with a 4.00 grade point average in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in health. - North Alabama Football

(DS#999 FS) rSr/2022 FS K.J. SmithNorth Alabama
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-BIG SOUTH SECOND TEAM: Dexter Boykin, North Alabama, Jr.,...Boykin ranked among Big South leaders in every receiving category last season. He was sixth in receiving touchdowns (6), fourth in receiving yards per game (64.0), second in yards per catch (18.5) and fourth in reception yards (704). He had 38 total catches for the season. Top games included 132 yards on three catches against Alabama A&M and 125 yards on nine catches vs. Gardner-Webb, including game-winning TD reception in final two minutes of game. He had touchdown catches in four different games with two against Presbyterian and two against Gardner-Webb. He was a second-team Phil Steele's All-Big South Conference pick in 2019. In his two seasons at UNA, Boykin has 73 career catches for 1,200 yards, with 11 TDs and an average of 16.4 yards per catch. - North Alabama Football

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Dexter BoykinNorth Alabama
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  08/05/20 - Joe GurleyrSr/2022, North Alabama, 6-1, 200 (DS#999 P) + More +

  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-BIG SOUTH FIRST TEAM: Joe Gurley, North Alabama, Sr.,...A three-time Big South Conference Special Teams Player of the Week in 2019, Gurley ranked second in Big South in punting average at 42.4. He had 60 total punts for 2,545 yards, with 14 punts over 50 yards and a long of 61. He had 16 of his punts downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line and was second in league for most punts over 50 yards. He was a third-team Phil Steele's All-Big South Conference pick as a punter last season. A three-year starting punter for the Lions, Gurley has 161 career punts for a 39.9-yard average and a long of 61 yards (twice). - North Alabama Football

(DS#999 P) rSr/2022 P Joe GurleyNorth Alabama
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-BIG SOUTH FIRST TEAM: Wallace Cowins, North Alabama, Sr.,...Cowins was the leading tackler in the Big South among all defensive linemen last season with 66. He also led that position with 6.0 tackles per game. He ranked as the 15th leading tackler in the entire league regardless of position. He ranked third in the Big South in tackles for loss (12) with 1.09 per game and finished third on UNA team in tackles. He finished the season with 12.0 tackles for loss of 36 yards and two sacks for 10 yards. He added four pass breakups and one recovered fumble. He was a second-team Phil Steele's All-Big South Conference pick last season. - North Alabama Football

(DS#999 DE) rSr/2022 DE Wallace CowinsNorth Alabama
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-BIG SOUTH THIRD TEAM: Jake Whitehead, North Alabama, Sr.,...A two-year letterman at UNA, Whitehead has started the last 17 straight games for the Lions on the offensive line. - North Alabama Football

(DS#999 OG) rSr/2022 OG Jake WhiteheadNorth Alabama
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  01/01/20 - Andre LittlerSr/2022, North Alabama, 5-11, 174 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG SOUTH SECOND TEAM (COACHES): KR - Andre Little, R-Soph., North Alabama,...Little, a native of Anchorage, Alaska, led the Big South Conference in kickoff return average at 29.7. He had 16 total returns for 475 yards in 2019. Included in those totals was a 94-yard touchdown return for a touchdown against Campbell. - North Alabama Football

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Andre LittleNorth Alabama
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  01/01/20 - DAndre HartSr/2020, North Alabama, 6-0, 206 (DS#75 SS) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG SOUTH SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB - D'Andre Hart, Sr., North Alabama,...Hart, from Pinson, Ala., led all Big South defensive backs with 88 tackles and 8.0 per game. He ranked seventh among all Big South defenders in tackles. Hart had three tackles for loss of seven yards, one pass interception for 49 yards, one pass break-up and one forced fumble. He had four games with double-figure tackles. His top game was 12 stops at Hampton. He was a two-year letterman for the Lions and had 114 career tackles. - North Alabama Football

(DS#75 SS) Sr/2020 SS DAndre HartNorth Alabama
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