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  Justin Miller completed 29 of 37 passes for 352 and two touchdowns, Elijah Burns and Bobby Cole each ran for a TD and Southern Utah beat Utah Tech 31-17 Saturday night. Utah Tech (1-3, 0-1 Western Athletic Conference) failed to convert a fourth-and-7 play from the SUU 35 and, on the next play, Justin Miller hit Isaiah Wooden down the left sideline for a 65-yard catch-and-run touchdown to make it 14-7 with 11:56 left in the first half and Southern Utah led the rest of the way. Miller went 4 for 4 on third downs - hitting four different targets for first downs - on a 16-play, 82-yard drive that culminated when Ethan Bolingbroke caught a 3-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds left in the second quarter and make it 24-10. Kobe Tracy was 19-of-36 passing for 277 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions for Utah Tech (formerly known as Dixie State). - AP College Football

rJr/2024 QB Justin MillerSouthern Utah
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  Justin Miller hit Isaiah Wooden with a 73-yard touchdown pass with 33 seconds remaining to give Southern Utah a 17-10 win on Saturday over Western Illinois. Western Illinois had tied the game 21 seconds earlier. Miller found Wooden wide open deep down the left side for the game-winner. The Leathernecks (0-3) had tied the game on Clay Bruno's 5-yard keeper after driving WIU 73 yards. The Thunderbirds (2-1) had six takeaways with four interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Southern Utah took advantage of a short field to score first on Micah Pettit's 27-yard field goal. The Thunderbirds made it 10-0 in the final minute of the first quarter after Julian Sanderlin's fumble recovery led to Elijah Burns' 5-yard touchdown two plays later. Miller was 20-of-33 passing with 194 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Bruno had 219 passing yards and 70 rushing but threw three of the picks. Naseim Brantley had eight catches for 116 yards. - AP College Football


rJr/2024 QB Justin MillerSouthern Utah
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  Justin Miller threw for 364 yards and three touchdowns and Southern Utah beat St. Thomas (MN) 44-13 in a season opener Thursday night. Cade Sexauer threw for 207 yards and a touchdown and interception while Hope Adebayo ran for 73 yards on seven carries for St. Thomas. The debut win for head coach DeLane Fitzgerald ended an eight-game losing streak for Southern Utah. The team hadn't won since defeating Tarleton, 40-35 on Sept. 18, 2020. It was the Thunderbirds' first season-opening win since 2013 when they beat South Alabama 22-21. The Tommies, who made their first trip to Utah, are in their second season as a Division I program. It was the first meeting between the teams. - AP College Football

rJr/2024 QB Justin MillerSouthern Utah
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  2022 PRESEASON FCS PUNTER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST: Jake Gerardi, Southern Utah,...Redshirt senior who transferred from Azusua Pacific after the 2019 season, when he averaged 59.3 yards on kickoffs and 39.9 on punts with a best of 67 yards. At Southern Utah last year he averaged 40 yards per punt and connected on his only field goal try, from 46 yards - Southern Utah Football

rSr/2023 P Jake GerardiSouthern Utah
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  2022 PRESEASON ALL-WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM (COACHES): DL Francis Bemiy, Gr., Southern Utah,...Bemiy has had a phenomenal career for the Thunderbirds thus far, earning All-Big Sky First Team honors in the 2020-2021 season and Third Team All-Conference honors this past year. Bemiy has compiled eight total sacks and 18 tackles for loss over the past two seasons. He had a career-high 11 tackles in a victory over Tarleton State last year. In four seasons with the Thunderbirds, Bemiy has appeared in 38 games, amassing 137 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks. He will look to build upon a strong offseason and add to those numbers this Fall as Southern Utah prepares for its first season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. - Southern Utah Football

rSr/2023 DE Francis BemiySouthern Utah
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  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Braxton Jones, SUU,...Jones anchored the offensive line for SUU all season long, which led to awards other than his All-Conference honors. Jones recently accepted an invitation to compete in the Reese's Senior Bowl which highlights many of the elite NFL Draft prospects across the country. - Southern Utah Football

rSr/2022 OT Braxton JonesSouthern Utah
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  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES): DE Francis Bemiy, SUU,...Bemiy led SUU in tackles for loss and sacks with 12.5 and four, respectively. He tallied a total of 48 tackles, and both forced and recovered a fumble. - Southern Utah Football

rSr/2023 DE Francis BemiySouthern Utah
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  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OLB La'akea Kaho'ohanohano-Davis, SUU,...Kaho'ohanohano-Davis finished the season as Southern Utah's top tackler with 73 total tackles through nine games. The Hawaii native also earned 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks that set opponents back 24 yards. One of the highlights of Kaho'ohanohano-Davis' season was coming down with a game-clinching interception to help the Thunderbirds knock off Tarleton State. - Southern Utah Football

rSr/2022 OLB Laakea Kahoohanohano-DavisSouthern Utah
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  Justin Miller threw four touchdown passes and Karris Davis scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:34 remaining as FCS-member Southern Utah defeated Tarleton State 40-35 on Saturday night. Tarleton's loss came despite a 95-yard go-ahead drive capped by a Steven Duncan 27-yard pass to Daniel Wright Jr. for a 35-34 lead with 6:09 remaining. After an exchange of punts, Southern Utah drove 54 yards for Davis' game-winning TD. An interception by La'akea Kaho'Ohanohano-Davis helped seal the win for the Thunderbirds.

The score was tied at 28 at halftime before SUU took the lead 34-28 on a 6-yard run by David Moore III late in the third quarter. For the Thunderbirds (1-2), Miller finished 24-of-35 passing for 304 yards. Duncan was 18 of 27 for 256 yards passing for the Texans (1-2). Both had four touchdown passes and two interceptions. Brandon Schenks had seven receptions for 109 yards and three touchdowns for Southern Utah. - AP College Football


rJr/2024 QB Justin MillerSouthern Utah
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  AUG 30 BIG SKY FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Southern Utah trio of Justin Miller, Kobe Singleton and Jake Gerardi were named the ROOT SPORTS Big Sky Football Players of the Week, as the Thunderbirds were rewarded for their efforts in Week 0. The weekly honors are the first for SUU since Manny Berz won Special Teams Player of the Week on March 14, 2021, this past spring. The recognitions are also the first for all three Thunderbirds in their collegiate careers. Quarterback Justin Miller was the top offensive performer for the Thunderbirds this past Saturday, as he passed for 117 yards and caught a touchdown pass off a trick play for the first official touchdown for the Big Sky in 2021. - Big Sky Football

rJr/2024 QB Justin MillerSouthern Utah
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  AUG 30 BIG SKY FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Punter Jake Gerardi had a career day in the season opener, as the junior lifted five punts for an average of 47.2 yards per kick. Gerardi boomed a career-long 70-yard punt, while pinning San Jose State on its own two-yard line on another occasion. SUU's punter leads the FCS with his 47.2 average, while the 70-yarder is the longest so far for any punter this season. - Big Sky Football

rSr/2023 P Jake GerardiSouthern Utah
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  MARCH 15 BIG SKY SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Manny Berz, Sr., PK, Southern Utah,...Manny Berz led the charge for Southern Utah on special teams. Berz connected on all four extra point attempts and added a pair of 25-yard made field goals to help lift the Thunderbirds to their first win of the season. It is the first weekly honor of the season for Berz and the second of his career. Other Nominees, Special Teams: Seth Harrison, EWU; Daniel Whelan, UCD. - Big Sky Conference Football

Sr/2022 K Manny BerzSouthern Utah
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT ALL-BIG SKY THIRD TEAM: AJ Stanley, Southern Utah, Jr.,...A.J. Stanley was named to the Third Team Defense, following a season where he was second on the team in total tackles with 71 (52 solo, 19 assisted), earned 2.5 tackles for loss, accounted for two pass breakups and forced one fumble. - Southern Utah Football

rSr/2023 SS AJ StanleySouthern Utah
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT ALL-BIG SKY FIRST TEAM: AP Landen Measom, Southern Utah, Sr.,...Measom appeared in seven games for SUU, catching 28 passes for 463 yards and one touchdown. Measom is a former Freshman All-American, a designation he earned after a strong 2017 campaign. - Southern Utah Football

rSr/2022 WR Landen MeasomSouthern Utah
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT ALL-BIG SKY FIRST TEAM: Braxton Jones, Southern Utah, Jr.,...After a standout season on the offensive line, Braxton Jones has been named to Phil Steele's First Team All-Conference Offense. After the conclusion of the 2019 campaign, Jones was named to the Sophomore All-American team by HERO Sports and earned Third Team All-Big Sky honors. - Southern Utah Football

rSr/2022 OT Braxton JonesSouthern Utah
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