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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR - Josh Pearson, Jacksonville State,...Pearson, a senior from Decatur, Ala., also earned his second-straight All-OVC nod after a first-team mention a year ago. He wraps up a record-breaking two seasons on the field for JSU with a school-record 30 touchdown catches that rank among the top 10 in OVC history. His 13 touchdown catches in 2019 are the second-most in a season in school history to his school-record 17 set in 2018. This season saw him lead the FCS in touchdown catches for the second-straight season and haul in 59 catches for 943 yards, tying Joey Hamilton (1998) for the fifth-most in a season in JSU history. - Jacksonville State Football

(DS#30 WR) rSr/2020 WR Josh PearsonJacksonville State
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  2019 OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM (COACHES): WR - KJ Stepherson, Jacksonville State,...Stepherson had a productive first season on the field for the Gamecocks to earn his spot on the league's All-Newcomer squad. The junior from Jacksonville, Fla., was third on the team in both receptions with 36 and in receiving yards with 479. His six touchdown catches were second on the squad and bolstered against Eastern Kentucky in the season's final week, when he became just the sixth player in school history to catch three touchdown passes in a single game. - Jacksonville State Football

(DS#77 WR) rSr/2021 WR KJ StephersonJacksonville State
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB - Traco Williams, Jacksonville State,...Williams grabbed second-team honors for the second-straight season after finishing third on the team in tackles. The Valley, Ala., native amassed 66 tackles from the safety position, including eight in his opponents' backfields. He led JSU with three interceptions, while forcing a fumble and recovering two of them. - Jacksonville State Football

(DS#47 SS) Sr/2020 SS Traco WilliamsJacksonville State
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB - Zack Woodard, Jacksonville State,...A sophomore from Thomasville, Ala., Woodard had a breakout season in his first season starting in the middle for JSU. He led the Gamecocks and was in the top five in the OVC in tackles with 96, while also tallying seven tackles for a loss and assisting on a sack. He recorded an interception, broke up four passes and recovered a fumble for the Gamecocks in 2019. - Jacksonville State Football

(DS#999 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Zack WoodardJacksonville State
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL - DJ Coleman, Jacksonville State,...Coleman, a sophomore from Atlanta, grabbed his first All-OVC honor as one of the OVC's top pass rushers. He created havoc for opposing quarterbacks in his second season in Jacksonville, leading JSU with five sacks and 10.5 tackles for a loss. His five sacks tallied a total loss of 31 yards, while he also picked up a team-best 28 quarterback hurries, broke up a pair of passes and forced a fumble. He totaled 59 tackles, tied with Bridges for fourth on the team. - Jacksonville State Football

(DS#999 DE) Sr/2022 DE DJ ColemanJacksonville State
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OT - Michael Shaddix, Jacksonville State,...Shaddix, a sophomore from Fort Payne, Ala., earned his first All-OVC honor in 2019 after helping the JSU offensive line pave the way for the second-best offense in the OVC. Shaddix and his teammates up front cleared a path for 5,033 yards of total offense and 296 passing yards per game - 13th-most in the nation. - Jacksonville State Football

(DS#999 OG) rSr/2022 OG Michael ShaddixJacksonville State
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  2019 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): P - Jason Pierce, Jacksonville State,...Pierce, a sophomore from Powder Springs, Ga., grabs his first All-OVC honor and becomes JSU's first all-conference punter since Hamish MacInnes was a first-team pick in 2014. He was second in the OVC in punting average at 41.8 yards per punt and led the league with 12 punts of 50 yards or longer. He pinned 20 (42 percent of his kicks) punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line and forced a fair catch on 18 of them. His 69-yard boot against Murray State on Oct. 26 was the longest by an OVC player this season. - Jacksonville State Football

(DS#999 P) Jr/2022 P Jason PierceJacksonville State
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  NOV 25 OHIO VALLEY NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: KJ Stepherson, WR, 6-1, 185, R-Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., Jacksonville State,...Stepherson, the transfer from Notre Dame, became just the sixth player in Jacksonville State history with three touchdown catches in a game on Saturday. Against Eastern Kentucky he grabbed seven catches for 80 yards and caught a 20-yard touchdown in the first quarter, a 10-yard touchdown in the third quarter and a 18-yard touchdown in fourth quarter. Others Nominated: JJ Ross, Eastern Illinois; Conor Blount, Eastern Kentucky; Josh Green, Tennessee State. - Ohio Valley Conference Football

(DS#77 WR) rSr/2021 WR KJ StephersonJacksonville State
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  Zion Webb rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown, and one of his two throws went for another score as Jacksonville State held off Murray State 14-12 on Saturday. JSU had a 32-game regular-season home winning streak snapped last week against Southeast Missouri but got off to a 14-0 lead with just under 10 minutes left in the second quarter against Murray State. Zaden Webber kicked a 53-yard field goal to pull Murray State within 14-12 with 4:59 remaining in the fourth. After a JSU punt, the Racers went on a 13-play, 45-yard drive but Webber was off on a 52-yarder with five seconds to go for his third miss of the game. Michael Matthews added 89 yards rushing for Jacksonville State (6-3, 3-2 Ohio Valley Conference). Jamari Hester made two catches for 74 yards and a TD. Preston Rice completed 24 of 46 passes for 231 yards with an interception for Murray State (4-5, 2-3). He also carried it 15 times for 49 yards and a TD. - AP College Football

(DS#30 WR) rSr/2020 WR Josh PearsonJacksonville State
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  Jared Scott caught four passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns to help Prairie View A&M beat Virginia Lynchburg 51-0 on Saturday. Jalen Morton started at quarterback for the Panthers (3-4) and played the 1 1/2 quarters before Tyriek Starks entered in relief. Morton passed for 144 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and Starks passed for 194 yards and a TD. Caleb Broach ran for 66 yards and a touchdown and Ahmad Antoine added 48 yards rushing and a TD run. Prairie View A&M ran 63 times for 294 yards and four TDs. The Panthers outgained the Dragons 632-194 in total offense. Virginia Lynchburg is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association. - AP College Football

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Jared ScottJacksonville State
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  OCT 14 OVC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Traco Williams, SAF, 5-11, 195, Sr., Valley, Ala., Jacksonville State,...Williams had five tackles and two interceptions as Jacksonville State picked up its first road victory of the season, a 28-20 win over Eastern Illinois. His first interception came in the end zone in the second quarter, thwarting a Panther 12-play drive and resulting in an ensuing 12-play drive for JSU who would go ahead 21-7. His second pick of the day came on the final play of the first half, where Williams picked it off at the 20-yard line and returned it 40 yards to keep the score 21-7. Others Nominated: Shaun Whittinghill, Austin Peay; Dytarious Johnson, Eastern Illinois; Kendrick Catis, Murray State; Josh Green, Tennessee State; TJ Jefferson, UT Martin. - Ohio Valley Conference Football

(DS#47 SS) Sr/2020 SS Traco WilliamsJacksonville State
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  OCT 7 OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Zerrick Cooper, QB, 6-4, 225, R-Jr., Jonesboro, Ga., Jacksonville State,...Cooper completed 25-of-39 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 44 yards as No. 20 Jacksonville State came from behind to top Tennessee State 31-23. He had touchdown passes for 20, 42 and 8 yards in the game and passed Eli Jenkins for second place on the school's career touchdown list (48). It marked the fourth-straight week he has thrown for three touchdowns, the first JSU player to accomplish that since 2009. Cooper became the sixth player in school history to pass for 5,000 yards in a career during the win.

Cooper ranks third nationally in passing yards (1,879), fourth in points responsible for (120), fifth in total offense (345.0 yards/game), sixth in passing touchdowns (16), seventh in passing yards/game (313.2), 11th in completions/game (24.17), 26th in pass efficiency (149.2) and 28th in completion percentage (63.3%). Others Nominated: Jaelin Benefield, Eastern Illinois; Preston Rice, Murray State; Zion Custis, Southeast Missouri; Chris Rowland, Tennessee State; Bailey Fisher, Tennessee Tech; Peyton Logan, UT Martin. - Ohio Valley Conference Football


(DS#18 QB) rSr/2022 QB Zerrick CooperJacksonville State
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  Zerrick Cooper threw three touchdown passes and Jacksonville State rallied to beat Tennessee State, 31-23 in an Ohio Valley Conference contest Saturday night. The Gamecocks (4-2, 1-1) staked Tennessee State to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. Chris Rowland ran 48 yards for the opening touchdown less than two minutes into the game and his brother, Seth Rowland, followed him into the end zone minutes later from 27 yards out. Antonio Zita kicked a 19-yard field goal with 4:27 left in the first period to extend the lead and added field goals from 29 and 34 yards to complete the Tigers scoring.

Cooper hit Pearson from 20-yards out to cut the Tennessee State lead to a touchdown, and after Zita's second field goal, hit K.J. Stepherson from 42 yards out to make it a 20-17 game at intermission. Cooper found Pearson again with 2:43 left in the third quarter to put the Gamecocks on top, 24-23. Michael Matthews put the game away with a 10-yard scoring run with 7:18 left in the game. Cooper was 25 of 39 passing for 305 yards and Pearson had seven catches for 87 yards. Cameron Rosendahl was 14 of 24 f or 240 yards for Tennessee State (1-5, 0-2). - Jacksonville State/AP College Football


(DS#18 QB) rSr/2022 QB Zerrick CooperJacksonville State
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  SEPT 23/WEEK 4 OVC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Josh Pearson, WR, 6-4, 205, Sr., Decatur, Ala., Jacksonville State,...Pearson caught seven passes for a career-high 149 yards and three touchdowns as Jacksonville State topped North Alabama 30-12. The win was the 31st consecutive home regular season win for the Gamecocks. It marked his third career three-touchdown game and moved him into second place on the school's career touchdown list (22). Pearson caught a 12-yard touchdown in the first quarter, a 67-yarder in the second quarter and wrapped up the scoring with a 53-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The senior ranks fifth nationally in receiving touchdowns (5). - OVC Football

(DS#30 WR) rSr/2020 WR Josh PearsonJacksonville State
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  SEPT 23/WEEK 4 OVC CO-SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Jason Pierce, P, 6-3, 215, So., Powder Spring, Ga., Jacksonville State,...Pierce punted five times for an average of 41.4 yards in Jacksonville State's 30-12 win over North Alabama. The senior pinned two of those five punts inside the UNA 2-yard line and had a long punt of 54 yards. - OVC Football

(DS#999 P) Jr/2022 P Jason PierceJacksonville State
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